I have a confession to make. Mom 2 and I were shopping at Tuesday Morning in Memphis recently, and we perused the clearance aisle.
These plates were so cheap, we couldn’t find a reason NOT to buy them. I’d promised myself…no more plates!
Let this be a lesson unto you and me:
Never visit the aisle of sin…unless you truly expect to cave to that sin.
Ha! Truth, right there, eh?
If you’re fairly new here, Mom 2 is a former neighbor, a long-time family friend, whose daughter remains my good friend from my high school years. I’ve always joked that most people don’t require two moms, and I must have been especially challenging because God saw to it that I have two.
We decided these plates would be great for any occasion. And, look how closely they match the tea-towel-sized napkins.
Our every-day stainless would have been a similar design, but I opted for the sleek black flatware as a contrast. Funny how the flatware looks gold-toned in some of these pictures.
I also contrasted the solver tones represented in all the flatware on plates, napkins, and utensils, I went with aged brass candelabra and salt and pepper shakers my grandparents brought from Pakistan.
For pops of color, red burlap thrown over the table matches red dinner plates and tapers. Charcoal Dollar Tree stems repeat the flatware and other black accents.
Each cabinet knob cloche covers chocolate favors – in sparkly red wrappers.
For a Valentine’s Day table, add a simple heart dish at one end or both.
For a patriotic setting, add a star.
Simplicity sets a calm mood and puts the focus on the food that is served.
What’s your preference – a simplistic tablescape, or a table overwhelmed with interesting goodies (which is my tendency)?