Monday, March 13, 2017

Early Spring Tablescape

I'm popping in with an early spring tablescape.
About two weeks ago we made plans to have dinner with some friends. 
Usually we go out but this time we decided to stay in.
The meal and the table setting needed to be easy to put together.
It was! 

I started with a soft and nubby drop cloth table cover and my silver chargers from Hobby Lobby. 

A vase of hot pink tulips from the grocery store became the centerpiece. 
The stem ware came from my mother in law. I think it is a Fostoria pattern. 

I decided to use our white every day china. The pattern is Empress by Adams and Sons. 
It is easy to clean up in the dishwasher. 

The cabbage fruit bowls came from Tuesday Morning. 
I paid full price for one but the rest were on clearance. 
Simple white napkins in my pewter napkin rings from the thrift store were added next. 

 Queen Bess by Community Plate was the flatware we used.
It can be put in the dishwasher as well. 

We had a cheese board and shrimp for our appetizer.
The main dish was steak, baked potatoes, and asparagus. 
My friend made a Napa cabbage salad. It had a slight kick and was delicious. 
The ladies had fruit for dessert. The guys had fruit with a side of cheesecake.

I'm a work in progress but I've made more of a conscience decision to simplify our gatherings.
The goal is to entertain more and stress less about the details.
I used to get so worked up about everything being almost perfect that I didn't enjoy the process. 
The process of setting this table was a breeze and it was fun.

I also wanted you to get a sneak peak at our new plates.
Bill got these for me for our anniversary and birthday. 

It's Delamere by Spode.
I adore brown transferware.
I was drawn to this pattern because of its versatility. It looks fall and Thanksgiving but isn't limited to that season. We will be using this for a fun Easter tablescape. 
I'll be back to talk about our fun but frigid weekend at the lake. 
Happy Monday. 


  1. The crystal pattern is Fostoria and it's called June. It comes in clear like the one you have, azure, pale pink and amber. Mom kept calling it Bow Knot and I googled and goolged and could not find it. The estate sale lady knew exactly what it was.

  2. Such a pretty table, like a breath of fresh air.
    Nice meeting you, Katie.
    Stopping by via Judith's...for Monday Social.

  3. A lucky girl would have a husband who buys her Spode! I must get my husband to read your post...

  4. Nice job. I used the same bowls this week. Also I love transferware and can't wait to see your post.

  5. Very pretty Katie ... love that you used the drop cloth for a tablecloth. Everything looks so pretty. I have cabbage salad plates,
    but have not seen the bowls. I may just need to start going to Tuesday Morning. You Spode plate is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z.

  6. Yummy menu! Your table looked lovely!

  7. What a beautiful table setting! I love the pink tulips. Tulips mean Spring to me. I have been trying to do that too about stressing less over the set-up for guests and enjoy the gathering more.

  8. I'm sure your guests felt right at home sitting at this beautiful table. The pop of pink from the tulips is so perfect and hats off to your husband for such a great gift.

  9. Lovely table setting - I like simple too, makes the entertaining more fun. Love the new plates.

  10. Hi Katie: Your table looks lovely and the meal sounds delicious and pretty easy. Just enough so you can enjoy the evening. Your new dishes are exquisite..Happy Weekend..Judy

  11. Your spring tablescape looks lovely, Katie. I love the whites. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinning to my spring decor board.