Wednesday, November 3, 2010

December - A Holiday Setting

Red and silver, one of my favorite combinations.
I wanted to have some added fun when I cook dinner each weekend for friends. I bought some dishes from a friend and decided to be creative in setting a theme for each month. I love chargers because they add such a wonderful touch, especially with this clear and etched glass dinnerware. Here is December's table. I found the angel in the centerpiece and the red napkins at Tuesday Morning. The silver napkin rings are from Bed Bath & Beyond.
Chargers are my friend

Monday, November 1, 2010

November - Thanksgiving Already?

I struggle with my Thanksgiving table setting. I am still looking for a centerpiece I like. The one I purchased is too big and dwarfs the table setting. Hopefully I can find one I am grateful for before November is over.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October's Halloween Funtastic

Halloween is a holiday I have always found to be entertaining and fun. I spent weekends for the last couple of months working on a project making Grim Grinning Ghosts busts for my son who decorates his yard in Southern California with fantastic props that pop up, fly through the air, glow eerily in the windows or stands around adding to the spirit of Halloween. Here is the link to my other blog describing my project to help make his yard a real treat for trick or treaters.

Not too spooky to make guests lose their appetites.
Fall came too quickly this year. Here is October’s table setting to help set the mood for the holiday. While at Michael’s I found this Halloween centerpiece on sale. The price was right, and I like the color combination of purple, orange tones and black. I added a couple of orange butterflies I had bought several months previously. I purchased two spider-shaped candle holders from Michael’s, purple napkins, black with silver trimmed napkin holders from Bed Bath and Beyond, black chargers and orange candles from Tai Pan Trading. I made a purple table runner and bread basket liner. I found the purple and black tassel for the table runner in the shopping district in Los Angeles. I previously purchased over 100 pieces of Arcoroc dinnerware from a friend. The clear glass with an etched wheat pattern is easy to decorate around, and the numerous pieces add a variety of possibilities.

Monday, September 13, 2010

September's Table - Sunflowers Inspire Me

Silver and blue,
elegant and calming
When I was driving to work one day, I was inspired to decorate August/September’s table with sunflowers. It had been a wet spring and summer and sunflowers grew profusely along the road in full bloom. I took my blue and white English china off the shelf, bought some sunflowers, other flowers, some silk butterflies and blue candle holders. Since most retail stores have limited colors for home decor, I bought the dark, blue napkins at a thrift store. Bed Bath & Beyond is a great place to find napking holders. This cheerful table setting makes me smile.
Butterflies and sunflowers brings cheer to the table