Our weekend got flipped around when a friend suddenly became homeless for a few days. Her house sold and closed, then the movers came, but her condo wasn’t ready so she needed a place to stay for just a few days. Of course, we spent a bit of the weekend sewing, instead of helping her unpack as we had planned. With all the patriotic things going on over the holiday weekend, I thought a simple everyday tablescape would do for the non-holiday days, especially since the formal table in the dining room is decked out in red, white and blue. So what to do for the pub table for breakfast and supper that is simple and quick? I thought about my thrift store salad plates with the fruit and veggies, and the checkerboard rims. Then I remembered the checkerboard tablecloth I had stashed away. It hasn’t been used in quite a while as I usually save it for picnics. So I dug out both the plates and the tablecloth and began setting the table.
No chargers this time, this is supposed to be casual and simple. I used white round placemats, my everyday white French Country stoneware plates, and set the salad plates on top.
I went through all my linen drawers, and could only find two checkerboard napkins. I guess I only have two. So, white ones will have to suffice. I put the plastic napkin rings on, another thrift store find.
Each setting was completed with flatware, my trademark individual salt and pepper shakers, and water glasses (yet another thrift store score!)
Now for the center, these little rabbits are actually a salt and pepper set, but I never use them for that. I thought of them as they are wearing little neck wreaths with grapes, so they go with the fruit and veggie thing I have going. The center has a yellow basket with faux ivy.
Once again, the mason jar votives are the perfect casual thing to add to the table. The flared votive candle holders fit the top leaving space underneath to change out to fit the theme. This time, I put little faux fruit in them with some dried orange slices and a cinnamon stick. This one got a little pear. Then put the votive holder on top, and screw the ring on to hold it all in place.
The pear goes perfectly with the pear motif on one of the plates.
The other one got a tiny artichoke, with orange slices and cinnamon sticks.
Around the other side of the ivy basket is a little rabbit peaking out of a head of lettuce. This is a cute little sugar bowl with a carrot handle.
I added a pottery dish under the basket to finish off the table.
And all done. Sorry the picture is a bit dark, it was raining while I was setting the table.
I have left plenty of room for food this time, as it is just an everyday table. But a little special for a dear friend to come stay. I’ll get out my lettuce bowls for serving the veggies too.
There, all set and ready for some grilled ribs and fresh yellow squash! It did stop raining long enough to grill.
Do you ever set an everyday tablescape?