You don’t need a special occasion to set a nice table. Nice doesn’t have to mean fancy or extravagant or even expensive. It doesn’t take much effort to make any meal festive. Use what you have. If you don’t have much, start collecting. Every time I shop, I head for the clearance table. You never know when you will stumble upon placemats or napkins at bargain prices.
At a recent dinner for six, I looked in my stash of fabrics. I had purchased yards of the black and white check fabric several years ago for an outdoor party. I cut off a length to fit my table. If you have the time and know-how, hem up the edges for a neat finish. If not, use pinking shears. The zig-zag cut will keep the fabric from raveling.
The colorful pennants are remnants from another outdoor party with a nautical theme. I simply laid them down the middle of the table to create a unique runner.
Consider white dinnerware and white and black napkins basic accessories to your dinnerware wardrobe. Whenever I find 8 or 12 matching plates or napkins at a great price, I snatch them up. Like earrings and handbags, you just can’t have too many!
Fancy folded napkins are fun, but when you’re quickly throwing the table together, a simple knot and placed on the plate will do. Don’t overlook the office supply store for tableware accessories. Tags are perfect for place cards. So simple, yet your guests will be wowed!
Add yellow roses and candle light for atmosphere, throw in good friends, fine wine and a yummy meal and memories are sure to be made!