Friday with Friends: A Textural Tablescape

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It all started when I spied these adorable little cafe chair napkin rings at Pier One. I knew I had to have them in my collection. The pink and cream loosely woven napkins seemed right for the textural tablescape, so I started with those as a color theme.

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Then, knowing the IRONY in buying a burlap-wrapped vase with French script writing on it, I decided to build a Frenchy centerpiece for my table that would look pretty while my house-sitter was living at my house, but which would not require any maintenance.

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I popped fake flowers into the vase, got out my flameless pillar candles and some woven decorative ornaments, and put it all on a wooden platter. I had a centerpiece.

When we got home from France, I replaced the fake flowers with some pink roses from the grocery store. They didn’t hold up very well, and quickly began to droop. I liked the blowsy, fading glory look of the centerpiece better that way.

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We were eager to see our neighbors across the street after our trip, so I invited them over for dinner and a little music-making. We are all working on Godspell at my church and wanted to play through some arrangements Music Man has done for the pit band. Thank goodness, my friends don’t get excited when I get out my “stuff” and the men are quite self-actualized and don’t get offended by a pink-themed table. 🙂

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We began with a little champagne. I have a large collection of wine charms, some of which are store-bought and some my friend and I made by choosing very specific charms relevant to our lives. Needless to say, I usually take the saxophone charm. I like the juxtaposition of the two stages of polish on the silver against the shiny brass of the wine charm and the sparkling champagne flute.

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I started with the round woven “straw” placements I got at Tuesday Morning. I kept shopping until I found three packages of four placemats. I almost always buy twelve linens just in case.

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I have eight of these majolica-style Italian plates that I bought many years ago at a home store. I picked the strawberries, cherries, and apples for this table as the fruit has pink coloring. There are also plums, grapes, and pears in the set.

IMG_9249 BCombined with my trusty Pfalzgraff Filigree plates, the Fostoria salt and peppers, the Gorham Chantilly silver, Anchor Hocking tumblers, and Crystal d’Arques Longchamp wine glasses, I had a tablescape.

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We finished our meal with fruit, cookies, and candies brought by our friends and served on Fostoria plates and my favorite fruit compotes (really shrimp cocktail bases!). It was a wonderful way to spend an evening winding down after the stresses of the week — and recovering from jet lag.

For the recipes for this meal, check out my other blog, Got My Reservations. The Slow-Cooker Lasagna is definitely a keeper!

I’m linked up today at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Check out the creative and beautiful tablescape designs!


6 thoughts on “Friday with Friends: A Textural Tablescape

  1. So here I was thinking I am the only one who likes roses when they’re not standing up all straight and tall. I have a sister-in-arms when it comes to that!!! They just look so much softer and prettier when they are beginning to droop a bit…especially the pink ones!

    How nice to get together with friends/neighbors to unwind! I know you need it after that long trip!!! I’m surprised you found the strength to put together such a pretty table!! Jet lag keeps me down for weeks!!!!!!!

    I LOVE those champagne flutes!!! Those are so classic and classy!

    Your dessert ended the meal on a high note, and the fruits complemented the dinner plates. How cool is THAT?!??!! 🙂 I hope you’re able to get some more much-needed rest this weekend. Take care of yourself, and thank you for sharing this pretty table!

    • Well, no rest but a busy and fun-filled weekend is in store. I bought some sunflowers at the market today and I’m going to have to bust out the new tablecloth purchased in Aix-en-Provence for next week’s tablescaping post!

  2. What a lovely evening with your neighbors! I love your centerpiece, but it’s those plates that are making me swoon…oh my goodness, are they ever beautiful! Those napkin rings are TOO cute! I’m going to go check out your recipes now….

    • Kitty, I love those plates too. I try to spread them out in the spring and the summer, but it’s hard to resist using them every day! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Those cafe chair napkin rings are the cutest ever! And, I’m happy to know the placemats are from Tuesday Morning. I visit a couple of shops now and then but have never seen the woven mats. I must look deeper into the pile!!! Everything is lovely at your table, and the desert looks amazing!

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