Summer Seas table setting

blue seas

Summer by the sea is the best place to be!  I love summer days and nights.  Living nearby sea water always reminds me, how I am lucky to live where I do.  Summer table settings should not seem fussy or elegant this time of year.  So gather up your seashell collections and grab some rattan placemats to set the dinner mood at ease. You too, can evoke the sense of the seas at your dinner table.

blue seas
Summer Seas Table setting
summer seas table
Capture the Seas mood

If your dinner mood is relaxing by the Sea. Play some soft music of ocean waves and listen to the seas while dining…pretend the the Caribbean sea is just beyond your table.   Those breezy outdoor summer nights are only a short season so be sure to make the most of dining outside!

Serve up some fresh fish tilapia, salmon or how about a deep sea bass?  Keep the menu simple and light.

The blue melamine plates and soft ruffled linen napkins from pottery barn help create this light summer setting.  Bamboo flatware turns up the island feel.  Get to the sea! even if it is only at your dinner table.

 

 

The sea is His, for it was He who made it, and His hands formed the dry land.   Psalm 107:29

 

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Mother’s Day -2016 – Kate Spade Inspired Table Setting

Kate Spade Table setting likeness

It’s here!…Mother’s Day 2016 Inspired Design table!

Kate Spade Table setting likeness
Kate Spade table setting

This special table setting is a nod to Kate Spade, in case you had not already guessed by the earlier posts, Creatively made, using a bit of sewing, painting and style.  Bright Pink color with black and white stripes and of course Kate’s signature bow.  Remember the handmade gold dotted plates? Here they sit in the middle of a basic white corelle plate, encircled by additional elements to set the designer mood.

The signature pink bow was made with a bright pink napkin pinched by a gold band ring. If you remember the table runners made with a black and white striped fabric were sewed on the last post.  Here these runners are across the table instead of set down the center.  The quick made chair covers on the six chairs bring the table alive with color. Set with some wine glasses for style and designed all for MOM.

Inspired setting black white polka dots and pink bow
Inspired setting black white polka dots and pink bow

It’s the one time a year we honor our Mother’s with a special Day.

Alternating the elements for this style was easy.  This time I changed the plates  and added a coffee cup all atop a fresh white placemat.

Kate Spade brunch table setting
Brunch setting

 

 

 

 

If you just wanted to serve Mom special desserts.  You can start with the simple plate and change the napkin ring to a flower.  Simplify the style and place the spoon at the head of the head of the plate which is the placement for dessert spoons.  I added a tall polka dot drinking glass to keep with the Kate Spade designer theme.

Kate Spade simple dessert place setting
Kate Spade simple dessert place setting

Try your hand a shaping a table setting to capture the look and feel of a designer.  Just a few quick changes and you could change the whole atmosphere for a special day. Lunch, brunch or dinner! Make your guests feel special by stepping up your game at the table!

Kate Spade another take
Another take on the place setting

 

 

 

This one song  reminds me of being a Mom and having a Mom,  sung by the late Whitney Houston “I will always Love You“.

Happy Mother’s Day !!!

Ephesians 6:1-3  “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

Mother’s Day Table Setting 2016 – part3 – elements

Mother’s Day!!…. is Coming Soon!

Having Mom over for dinner or lunch ? Try creating a distinct table setting for her that will make her feel special!. This month I have been working towards that end.   Just a bit more sewing in preparation for this LUX  designer table setting.  I chose a black and white striped decorator fabric, Decorative Fabrics Direct was a good find, they carry a wide variety of fabric you may want online here .  A few quick stitches on a machine and you too, can create a table runner.

mothers day table runner
Yikes stripes!

In early May I will share the final project and give you some tips on how to create you own unique table setting.  Create this upscale look with a few simple elements  you might have around your house.  Then you too can make Mom feel special!

black and shite strip
Yikes black and white stripes!

So gather up some tableware to create a special setting

Here’s my list:

  1. table cover
  2. napkins
  3. dishes
  4. flatware

You can click the item links above to find where to purchase some of the inexpensive Fundamentals. On the next post I will reveal my final LUX  table setting and show YOU how to alter these elements to make your Mother’s Day table special.

 

 

 

 

Easter is Hopping!

You might have all your ducks in a row…but I have all my bunnies in row.

Napkins Multiply like Rabbits
Napkins Multiply like Rabbits

Napkins

These colorful little bunny napkins will be filled with flatware for an Easter brunch.  The napkins needed to multiply like rabbits, so there’s enough for everyone.  This year I have decided to release my standard of traditional  seating and hop into a new plan.  Buffet style which I titled on my Pinterest page  “Buffet ole’ ” style.  These nibbling little creatures each have a carrot  purchased from Michaels, to which I added some wire to keep the lil’ cottontails wrapped together.

Spring season brings back the color into our lives.  I’m hoping My ombre cake will be a hit!…I created 6 layers each one more intense pink color .  This is simply a white boxed cake mix, I recommend using 3/4 cup batter for each of the 6 layers and adding one drop more food coloring to each 3/4 cup batter.  Bake,  then stack them with frosting in between. The topping you see is green colored coconut. Simply add a green drop of food coloring into a sandwich bag with the coconut, mix around til the coconut turns green. Place it on top of the cake with a few candied eggs.

Pretty in pink Ombre cake
Pretty in pink Ombre cake

Check back and will update with a photo of the cut layers of cake.

6 layer Easter cake
6 layer Easter cake

Soup’s on!

Soups On!

Ever thought of just having soup for dinner?  Its not just for a  luncheon meal.  You can create a hearty soup or stew and serve it for dinner too. Try a hearty winter soup like a hearty Italian Beef soup.  And I’ve got just the setting for the dinner. It’s a casual affair and this time no intricately folded napkins.  Red plaid napkins and big  red bowls for filling.

Soup's On!
Soup’s On!
Winter Moods
Winter Moods

 

I remember as kid,  soup was often kept warm inside the thermos.  Instead of hot drink it was a nice hot soup.

Thermos
Thermos

I used some antique plaid thermos’s for the centerpiece, along with some wooden skates. A big pot of soup stew pot sits at table side for easy serving on a cold Boston night.

stew pot
stew pot for easy cooking and serving on a cold night.

 

I warmed the setting up with a couple of lit candles. Not just any candle but these candles are unique with the wooden wick so they provide a crackling sound like the sound of a real fire. Don’t forget to serve it while the soup is still hot.  IMG_2842

Chow!

 

This time last year I was enjoying Lake Placid NY, so hop on over to the travel blog page to read about our trip to  Lake Placid NY.  <click

Warmed by the outdoor fire on Lake Placid
Warmed by the outdoor fire on Lake Placid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanukkah 2015

IMG_2747Our 2015 Hanukkah tablescape this year I decided to create a napkin folded into a Star of David.  The napkins in varied shades of blue are much more interesting than using only one color on  the table.  I love a shimmering table, so this year I found a beauty in silver at  TJMaxx the silver shimmer tablecloth reminds me that the night is called the Festival of Lights. IMG_2745

 

So with another holiday to celebrate, we plan and prep for a dinner celebration and in my house it always starts with the tablescape.

Hanukkah Table 2014
Hanukkah Table 2014

To me, a blue table signifies the Jewish holiday with drama.  Last year we set out these deep blue wine glasses purchased at TJMaxx, trump up the glossy drama, the navy blue glass with white etching  are unique and glamorous. Any formal table must have cloth napkins. These blue beauties are from Pier1 Imports, with a silver edge they shimmer with a glint of silver, matching that of the plate chargers.  Since I need so many white plates, I cheated by using my simple white Corelle plates which are masked by the glitzy silver and blue. A string  of silver light bulbs in the center cast a glow with a bright cheerfulness for the evening dining.  The table runner with the star of David sets the center with nod to the season of starry nights.  No Chanukah table is complete without the Menorah candle. The tiny candles burn out quickly unlike the oil that lasted for 8 days.  The Miracle of Hannukah! Image 12

This year the Holiday begins at Sundown on December 6th. Hanukkah, which is sometimes called The Festival of Lights, seems a bit perplexing to me. As a young child, I thought everyone who didn’t have Christmas lights on Christmas MUST be Jewish…and yet they call this holiday the Festival of Lights. I know…I know…. the true story of Hanukkah was about the miracle of oil …a 1 day supply of oil to keep the candles burning, lasted 8 days and nights. We like to entertain and eat and cook food so we appreciate every reason to have another dinner party.   My playlist of music includes some beautiful songs  by Michele Gold she shares the tempo and lyrics of her background in her heritage.

Stay tuned for 2015 tablescape. Posting pictures soon.

Place tags
Place tags

Our dinner consists of beef brisket (only the red will do). The latkes are potato delights that justify the need for fried foods which they say represents the oil for Hanukkah.

Even though I am not blessed with a Jewish bloodline, I respect and honor Israel and its people.

Psalm 122:6 Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.