“Like apples of gold in a setting of silver…”
These words are taken from Proverbs 25:11. Even though the verse is referring to a fitly spoken word, the imagery is of a beautiful still life setting. My Mother was the very best example in preparing me to have friends and family sit at our table and enjoy fellowship. The most important thing to her was to make people welcome in her home, but more importantly, at her table. She always used a neatly pressed tablecloth and napkins and I cannot recall her ever using paper plates or cups! She taught me to always use the very best I have and not put it away to collect dust. Nothing against any who use paper items, but use your “good stuff” in your everyday living! Using your very best is such a great way to show your family, the most important people in your life, how special they truly are!
Many of you have encouraged me to share my table settings and entertaining ideas with you on our blog. I am excited to share with you one of the things I love doing the most! I am not promising a post on tablescaping every Tuesday, but will do my best.
This past Saturday night, we celebrated the birthday of our beautiful daughter-in-love, Allison. I always begin a birthday setting with the person being celebrated in mind. I usually decide on the china first, then the centerpiece. From there, I begin to have a vision of how I want the table to look. I decided on a simple plan with very little layering. The only thing I purchased was fresh pink roses from the grocery store. Everything else was in my supply of “stuff” that I have accumulated over the past 40+ years. Inexpensive items made up the majority of the setting. The china was purchased 4 or 5 years ago from Tuesday morning. The silver plate flatware was a gift from my Mother. The table runner, cotton napkins, and crystal candlesticks came from TJ Maxx. In other words, nothing expensive.
The country French figurines were borrowed from the chest in my foyer and used for the setting. Always look around your home to see what you can use for your tablescape.
I treasure these beautiful crocheted napkin rings made years ago by a sweet and godly lady that was a blessing in my life, Mrs. Ruby Bradley.
Always remember, the most important part of your setting is the faces and laughter of those seated around your table…
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