Still, I try to create a warm and welcoming home for friends and family, especially on special occasions.
Lately, I've been feeling more and more adventurous when it comes to "table setting" and have regularly been setting a pretty table for both extended family visits and dinner for just the five of us.
With only eight table settings (why, or why didn't I register for 10 or 12???!!!), I don't find myself using the "good china" all that often when we have large family gatherings. Paper/plastic (I know, the table setting police are shuddering!) is just so much "safer" with large crowds...and easier for mama to clean up!
But, since Mary Catherine's Communion wasn't until 2:30 PM, I had plenty of time to put on a brunch for just my parents and immediate family. With only seven of us total at brunch, I was able to set a pretty table using my wedding china, crystal and silver.
One thing I sometimes struggle with (read..."over-think") is how "dated" my china is.
(And that's a good thing, right???!!! I mean, in today's day and age, if you've got wedding china that's 20+ years old you gotta be doing something right in the marriage!!!)
So, imagine my surprise and delight to find a great article in the March/April issue of Southern Lady Magazine about how to "update" your "dated" china. It was just the motivation and inspiration necessary to help me create a more modern look for my Noritake china pattern. (And I really do love my china pattern...even if it is "busy" and "dated"! It is just so delicate and feminine!)
In the same aisle, I was also able to find coordinating candles on sale (scented, even more fun!) as well as some fun glass votive lanterns.
|A very famous "Noritake" pattern updated in Southern Lady Magazine|
|I love the use of the chevron linen napkin with the floral plates. And orange is just so fun!|
My three munchkins (I can't believe we have no more high chairs or booster seats!!!) sat across from our very special guests, Mimi and Papa. Fortunately, the home decorating blogs/magazines are showing mixed dining chairs around the table. (I wasn't trying to achieve any particular look...just making do with chairs from different parts of the house! LOL)
This table setting was complete with a scrumptious brunch. I served jalapeno popper quiche, picnic potatoes, french toast casserole, and fresh fruit. We were stuffed (like the french toast!), but it carried us until late in the afternoon when we served pizza, cold pasta salad, and cake. On plastic. For real. :)
Recipes for the brunch menu to come! Each was delicious and the different flavors actually worked well together.
Thanks so much for dropping by and Happy Monday! I have a sickie home from school (can you believe it??? In May???!!!) so I've been able to play catch-up with my blog.