My precious husband gave a small dinner party to celebrate my birthday this past weekend. It was wonderful--just a few friends, delicious food, and I didn't cook a single thing. The only thing Jack asked me to do was set the table, which I did early in the day on Saturday.
On the table are gorgeous flowers that my friends gave me on Friday. Aren't they lovely? And that cool vase is actually a measuring cup--perfect for flowers in the kitchen!
Before our dinner party guests arrived, though, I realized I wanted a long, low tablescape that wouldn't impede conversation at the table. I moved the flowers to the kitchen island, where Jack set up the dinner buffet. Then I grabbed a couple of pairs of candlesticks, some red candles, and some autumn leaves, and in less than two minutes I had this:
Obviously I took this photo after all the dishes had been removed from the table, but this tablescape was just perfect for a dinner party. The table decorations didn't get in anyone's way, and the candles looked so pretty at night.
Remember Baldwin Brass candlesticks? Did you have some in the 1980's? Hope you didn't get rid of them--brass is back, baby!
Labor-intensive tablescapes are beautiful, of course, but don't be intimidated--you can create a pretty table just by using elements you have in your cupboards!
Do you like to decorate the table for dinner parties? Please share--I'd love to see what you do!