Today I wanted to show off my Friendly Village. I never get tired of this lovely china. You have actually seen all of these elements in the past, and while this tablescape is very, very similar to other Friendly Village tables, I did try to do some things a little differently so that it wouldn’t look completely the same as the old one.
I started with the square red plates from Wal Mart. I love these plates and think that they are a great base for the dinner plate.
I tried several different plates as a top layer, but really wasn’t satisfied with any of them. So I stuck with the square salads (love those!) and added the San Remo flatware. I chose my colorful plaid napkins with simple brass napkin rings. These napkins have so many colors in them that I can use them in a variety of different table settings.
For glasses, I chose the vintage Ruby Red. I love these glasses and liked the way they looked next to the Friendly Village mug.
Then I started thinking about a centerpiece. One thing that came to mind was using the platter that matches the red plates.
I also thought about using this lovely vintage Salem platter. The deep burgundy rim will blend well with the Friendly Village, and I don’t think that I have used it in a tablescape before.
I tried a pillar candle and didn’t like the look, so I got out my old faithful Wal Mart candle tray with votive holder. Instead of using the river rock, I used the red, white, and neutral beads to accent the base.
But I still wanted to use the red platter, so I tried it under the metal tray. Well, it doesn’t look bad, but I wasn’t totally satisfied with the look either. Also, I don’t have the leaf in the table, so I can’t really hold a very long centerpiece. Therefore, using both in the center wasn’t really an option.
I remembered my Red Leaf pottery praying crosses and placed them on the red tray. I had some pretty heavy things on my heart the day that I was working on this table, and those praying crosses had helped me through some deep prayer time. I did not actually pick them up and hold them in my hand like they are intended. Just looking at them and handling them while working on this table was enough to get me centered and grounded. Anyway, I liked how they popped off the red background of the tray.
But I did not like the tray as the centerpiece, so I moved it to the side. I prefer the candle tray in the middle of the table. I posed the Salem platter on the stand for the photo, but in reality, I put it on the other side of the table. That way it is actually usable as a platter and it balances out the red platter on the other side.
I ended up pleased with the final look. The table is both familiar and refreshing.
Truthfully, I have decided that any way to use the Friendly Village is the right way. I just can’t go wrong when I use this versatile pattern.
As for things that are on my mind, they are still there. But I read some amazing words in my devotion yesterday that jumped out at me.
After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:1-5
Peter wanted to take control, to build shelters, to preserve the moment. What does God say? “Listen to Him.” Sometimes we need to hear those words. It is not about my saying, doing, or controlling. It’s about stopping. It’s about being silent for a while and listening and paying attention to Jesus. [Adapted from The Upper Room Disciplines devotional book.]
Wow! Did I need those words that day (and every day!). I need to listen more, as Peter was instructed, and to pay attention. Well, that’s my huge insight for today, folks! Hope everyone has a great week of tablescaping and listening.