Tablescapes, Home Decor, Thrifting, Cooking

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Let's Have a Casual Luncheon After Church

A huge THANK YOU to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting another week of Tablescapes. I may have said this before but Thursday has become one of my favorite days of the week. It is great fun to see what everyone comes up with. If you haven't been playing along or at least peeking at the gorgeous tables, you are missing out! Go take a look....
Now on with my contribution for today:
Quick!
Daughter Number Three suggest we have her boyfriend who recently returned from Iraq over for lunch after church!!
YES! I said while my mind was spinning on what to cook.
It had also been awhile since I had daughter number one, her husband and our little grandsons over for a meal.
Everything was rather face paced because it was already Saturday late afternoon and I had to decide on a menu, run to the grocery store and do a few other things that came up.
~~On the Menu~~
Cream cheese Chickenwith Angel Hair Pasta in the Crockpot
Oriental Salad
Red Lobster Biscuits
Scotcharoo Bars
The table setting was really quick because I did all the meal preparing between 7:00 am and 10:00. I had to allow a little time to get this old lady ready for church, you know!
I pulled my always trusty white dishes out of the cupboard and right away thought of my new napkins I recently purchased from Old Market. Ours is closing it's doors! :( :( We are all so sad to lose them. Of course they are really marking things down now so I have been watching their table linens and such.
These colorful napkins just have so much personality ~~ wouldn't you say? Okay, what placemats do I use? I like the burndt orange ones but I only have four. Wait!
I just picked up two (that was all they had left) of these brown bamboo ones with a fleck of orange! Perfect, I said with not a minute more to think about it! Now we have six. The two older boys like to sit at the bar right next to the table and the baby is in the high chair. We are in business with six somewhat matched placemats.
I wanted more color so I pulled out these red glasses I purchased at a grocery store somewhere in the vicinity of twenty years ago! I like the colors that are coming together. Yes, I can do this fast!
Now I need a centerpiece. I felt the look of the black charger tray was a good feel with these spotted leopard candles. In my eye it worked well with the napkins. My friend just gave me these bronze painted stones for my birthday. Aren't they unique?
It's all coming together just in the nick of time.
"What's missing" I asked myself as I'm about to leave the room to hop in the shower? Ah ha! A nice single red gerbera daisy! Yes, it's faux.....
Sometimes you really don't need to take a lot of time to put together an eye pleasing table. White dishes and LOTS of color are always a great combo. ;)

27 comments:

southerninspiration said...

Now doesn't that look lovely, Miss Donna......nice job! And I'm sure everyone had a fabulous time!

Suzanne

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Donna, Your menu sounds really good. I am sure you had a wonderful time. I love your white plate and colorful napkins. I an having the hardest time finding napkins that I really like. These are great. I have been really busy. Maybe I can get back to posting fairly soon.
Hugs, Terrie

Shelia said...

Hi Donna! This is so cute! I would have loved to have been there too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Sue said...

What a pretty table...I love the colors...but your menu sounds really good...how do you cook angel hair in the crock pot??

xinex said...

Lovely!...Christine

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

You're such a good mom. Your menu sounds yummy and your table looks wonderful. The gerber daisy was an excellant choice.

ceekay said...

I really like your centerpiece. And the napkins are fun too!

Happy To Be said...

Just beautiful girl...love all the colors you used here...now How do you cook this pasta in the crock pot...give us the recipe..Hope your luncheon when well always great to have family..thanks for another great post...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Miss Janice said...

Love your colorful tablescape...put together very well!

Paula said...

Your tablescape looks very pretty. Love your new napkins and your leopard candles! Your family must have had a fun lunch.

Bo said...

Hi Donna...my goodness, you really know how to decorate on the fly...
I really love the centerpiece. Your menu sounds wonderful too...
;-) Bo

Candy said...

Pretty! Love those candles.
Blessings, Candy

Meadowsweet Days said...

Looks great, Donna! I love how the pattern in the candle picks up the flower in the napkin. Most important is family coming... don't you think? :)

Carol

"Blossom" said...

Those candles and napkins are to die for; how lovely and you put this together just bam! Girl, I need you around when someone just drops in and decides to stay for dinner. Great tablescape.

Cathy said...

Donna, your table looks great! I really love the napkins.

Cathy

Susan said...

great table...love the centerpiece!

Anonymous said...

Very colorful...great for this time of year Donna !!!

Kathy :)

Janie's World said...

What a great modern table! That gerber daisy is the perfect touch. Looks wonderful!!!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Donna, you sure work quick girl! You put together a wonderful table with a delicious sounding meal. :-)
I love your painted rocks.. what a sweet friend.. Just took a walk outside.. girl it's in the middle 60's already and just too "gorgeous" for words out there.. I hate that I have to be stuck inside at the desk. :-(.. hugs ~lynne~

Leigh said...

Great job! I love the candles! Now, what I really want to know is the recipe to the chicken pasta dish! Will you email it to me?
Thanks for dropping by my place today!
Leigh,
Tales from Bloggeritaville
lbratina.blogspot.com
lbratina@bellsouth.net

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Hey Donna,
Great casual table. Perfect for a family lunch. I adore your napkins. So fun and floral. I really live your centerpiece too. The little gerbera daisy really adds a punch of color.
See ya soon.
Warmly,
Alisa

Teacup Mosaics said...

It looks alike a wonderful time was waiting to happen, great table and sounds like a yummy menu.

Chrissy said...

What a nice, bright, happy table you have created!! I'd pop over myself for lunch if I could!! All the best, Chrissy

Chandy said...

Donna,what a great looking table! Beautiful choice for today. I love your dishes!
Sorry for the late visit, we had no internet since 12:30 this morning.

Have a great Thursday!

tardevil said...

Very nice! Like the candles & red glasses!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Donna, those napkins are great! They can be used with so many different colors. Love your centerpiece with the animal print candles. laurie

Lady Katherine said...

Love the orange napkins! Your centerpice is adorable. Love te stones! Wish I was there! lol