Guests are coming--six or more--and you can't find matching crystal, plates, napkin rings, or flatware. What to do? Buy more? No, you have a cake in the oven and you need to vacuum--seriously.
What about shopping your house?
Just mix and match, even if it looks like it will never work. White plates, clear glassware, and great food. If your mother is there, keep very, very quiet. Chances are, she won't notice. Chances are no one will care.
They key (if there is a key) is to keep symmetry where you can, and when you can't, throw caution to the wind and get wild. Like most people, I have four of this, three of that...mainly because great buys at Goodwill or garage sales don't come in perfect sets.
I kept the luncheon plates (the Lenox pattern) and the white napkins consistent. I thought about using colorful glassware, but I decided to save them for another party.
And that's it. It's a busier table than I normally set, and if I'd had room, I would have added more.
The more whimsy you can find, the better is my motto.
Do you see the mixing?
When it comes to entertaining, it is critical to keep a sense of humor on the table and above it. Especially above. At all times. No matter what. That way, when things get tense, you can look up, take a breath, and all is right in the world.
For chargers, I used Big Lots and Baroque dinner plates (they're nice and large) with Lenox Winter Garden luncheon plates--bought at the local antique mall several years ago.
Linda Riley (Mom of a German Shorthair) gave me this darling Majolica bunny last year after my book tour.
The Limoges bowl has been with me for decades, moved with care from one house to the next.
The flatware is Towle Hotel service--all mismatched--and it's stainless, but when candlelight hits it, the metal glows.
This old bowl was found in a dusty shop in Watertown, Tennessee, about 25 years ago. I love the dolphin detail--a conversation starter if there ever was one!
Check out the give-aways (see below this post or the sidebar for details) for a Kitchenaid mixer, 20 piece set of Treble Clef flatware, and 2 Le Creuset stoneware pears.
I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, my favorite day of the week.
I will see my foodie friends tomorrow at Foodie Friday. Mr. Linky will be available at 8 pm central.
Dishes: Baroque by American Atelier, Lenox Winter Garden, Big Lots Claremont.
Crystal: Odd pieces
Napkins: Horchow (came with a tablecloth)