Sometimes the table design comes first and sometimes – the menu. The chicken / egg question. In this case, I started with the feeling I wanted to create: Fun, fun, fun!
I knew I wanted bright colors and playful flowers, nothing too dressy or even sophisticated. I started out rummaging around in my butler’s pantry (a.k.a. my garage) and found the multicolored ramekins I bought on sale at World Market. I knew I’d find a use for them!
That set the color palette. From there, it was easy to coordinate the deep orange dishes and bright orange napkins.
I pulled out a vintage white linen cloth with a green trim, for the table. When I first set the table, the white was too serious, so I added deep wine colored liner runners.
The vintage Majolica Centerpiece was perfect. I filled it with gorgeous rainier cherries. I wondered if anyone would get the subtle reference to the “Life is just a bowl of cherries, don’t take it serious.”
Of course, my friends are so smart: Someone got it immediately!
Here’s what’s on my table:
Orange cloth napkins: World Market
Long oval bone platter: Laurie Gates
Tulip planters: Vintage McCoy Pottery
Majolica centerpiece: Ebay
Crystal bowls for the berries: Vintage Steuben Glass
Multicolored ramekins for the Dipping Sauces: World Market
Cheese Spreaders: Vintage Neiman Marcus