I love to use my Noritake Reverie china any time of the year, but it especially seems appropriate in the spring and summer.
I started with my vintage April Cornell table runner, an old eBay purchase. The yellows, blues and greens in this runner look beautiful with my wedding china.
One of the many things that I love about my Noritake china is that I can use it with many different colors. Do you see all the lovely pastels in this china? The colors are gorgeous, and I can bring out any of them that I choose.
Today I decided to go with green. These light green napkins were handmade for me by The Napkin Lady, and I just love them.
I tried to get a good close up of these great napkin rings. My mother-in-law recently gave them to me (she rescued them from the hoarded house). They have the sweetest springtime floral, strawberries, ladybugs, and dragonflies on them. There is even a slit on them for a placecard if you would like to use one. I thought that these napkin rings are perfect for this time of the year.
Since I am bringing out the green today, I also used my Dollar General flatware in green. It’s hard to tell from my photo, but they really are a perfect match for the other greens even though the lighting makes them look a little more neon.
Of course, Dollar Tree green goblets are what this table calls for.
For the centerpiece, I started with my Dollar General butterfly pot. It has the perfect shade of green rim, plus the butterflies go with the plates and the napkin rings.
I chose my variegated green candle on my Dollar General candlestick. Both this candle and this candlestick have been real tablescaping workhorses for me!
I thought I needed one more touch of green on the table, so I chose my Dollar General basket in the perfect shade of green and filled it with my Wal Mart rattan balls.
To add a touch of humor and whimsy to the otherwise slightly formal table, I put a Dollar General flowerpot at each place. I have used these cute little pots a good bit on tables; they can hold flatware, napkins, candy, nuts, or anything else that I have a mind to put in them. If you want to freshen up your tablescaping stash for not much money, go by Dollar General and look in the gardening section at this time of the year. I have gotten lots of my cute things there.
Voila! I love my fresh, spring table…perfect for a springtime luncheon. That statement brings me to a question that I am sometimes asked. Do I use my tablescapes, or are they just for show? Well, the answer is yes…and no.
Unless I mention a specific event that I am preparing for, such as my son and his wife visiting, the dining room tables are just for show. Occasionally when I am ready to take the dining room table down, I will take a couple of the place settings and move them to the kitchen table for our meal.
When I show you a tablescape on our kitchen table, we do use that one. Regular readers know that we are empty nesters and it is just the two of us at mealtime, so we eat in the kitchen. I do like to fix us pretty table settings in there, but I realized as I was thinking about answering this question that I don’t make pretty tables in there as much as I used to.
I’m not sure why I’ve gotten out of the habit of doing the kitchen table. I think that it is mainly due to increased work schedule; I really just don’t take the time to set a table in there any more. I am going to make a goal of trying to set tables in the kitchen again…not as much as I used to, of course, but more than I have done in the past year or so.
The last question is one that I have for readers. What do you do about negative comments? I rarely get them…tablescaping is not really a hot-button, controversial topic, after all! Usually I just hit delete! Any feedback to this issue would be appreciated.
Have a great week of decorating and tablescaping!