When I was trying to think of something new for the dining table this week, I realized that I haven’t used the Old Country Roses in a while. I also thought that I had not used all three sizes of plates in one tablescape yet, so that is how I started. I like how the dinner, salad, and bread & butter plates look together with the rims lined up.
I didn’t want to use silver since I had just used it last week, so I decided to use the San Remo flatware. To my surprise, the black really looked better than I had anticipated. Since I was using all three plates, I decided on both the salad and the dinner forks, and I like the balance that gave to the place setting.
You may remember that I purchased these napkins from the Napkin Lady a while back. She made them especially for me in this great shade of pink that blends well with the colors in Old Country Roses. I used pretty beaded napkin rings that I purchased from an antique mall back when I first started tablescaping.
For the glassware, I chose the green Dollar Tree goblets (I know, big surprise, right?). The green picks up on the green leaves in the pattern. Tablescapers, unite! We need to send the Dollar Tree a petition to make the goblets in additional colors to the green and blue! For the wine goblet, I added these balloon goblets decorated with grapes and leaves.
Moving on to the centerpiece, I chose my pillar candles with the clear glass holders. I wanted to use my banana stand again because I will probably get it up to the flea market in the next week or two.
Because it is the Fenton Silver Crest pattern, I decided to add the candy dish that I have in the same pattern.
I have had that dish for a long time. I inherited it from one of my female ancestors, and it started my love for the Fenton Silver Crest pattern of milk glass.
Because the white milk glass on the white tablecloth needs a little color, I just sprinkled around my colored glass beads.
I liked the casual feel that the stones evoke, and I really was happy with the final look of the table.
I also decided to change my sofa table vignette this week. I was a little bit tired of the silver tray, and I wanted to be a little bit more casual. As I was dismantling last week’s tablescape, I decided that I wanted the platter from Casey to be more noticeable.
I decided to use it in the center of my sofa table. To bring in a little more color to the vignette, I added some of my Gail Pittman Flame pieces. I finished the look with photos of “my pretty ones” in wooden frames. I like the more layered look of the vignette as well as the addition of a little color.
The Lord has really blessed my potted herbs this summer-of course, He always does! For the past several years, my basil has really produced well, and I have been meaning to try a Caprese salad. Last week, I finally did it. I just followed the traditional Caprese recipe, and layered sliced tomatoes, sliced mozzarella, and basil leaves. We really enjoyed it.
This week I decided to be a little more free with the recipe. I cut the mozzarella in chunks rather than slice it. I also tore the basil leaves rather than leave them whole.
Then for my own special modification, I served the Caprese salad on a bed of my own fresh arugula that I had grown from the seeds that my daughter-in-law gave me.
It was wonderful! We have definitely found a new favorite summer salad.
I also used my bumper crops of rosemary and thyme. When I went to the Farmer’s Market to pick up the tomatoes, I also purchased some beautiful zucchini and new potatoes.
Roasted with olive oil and herbs, vegetables fixed this way are one of our favorite dishes.
Plus they were a perfect accompaniment to our ribeyes, purchased from the reduced for quick sale meat section at my grocery store.
In conclusion, we had a delicious meal,
wonderful herbs and greens to complete our meal,
and a beautiful table. What more could we ask for?