Mr. Autumn and I are just home from a beautiful four-day bicycle ride in the mountains of Virginia, near Blacksburg. The scenery was breath-taking, but the cycling was very challenging. So, with so little time before the holiday week-end, I thought I better start making some plans.
And if you have been wondering about Jordan, she is still busy working in Ohio. She catches a plane every Monday morning and returns home Thursday night. She only has a few more weeks of this crazy schedule before she will be home for a while. She and I have two takes on the same recipe for Friday’s post. Hers will be the easy version, and mine will be the “from scratch” version, but they are both very tasty.
So, I think the first thing I will do is make the plans for our week-end meals. Come along while I plan our holiday table.
First, I’ll start with a faux leather equestrian place mat by Pomegranate.
Next, I’ll use a large dinner plate as the charger. This one is called Barnyard by Noble Excellence. I bought ten of them at Dillards years ago on sale 80 per cent off.
For the dinner plate, our new Nantucket Basket by Wedgewood will be perfect. My friend Beth has the entire collection of this pattern, and I just love it. I opted to just get the dinner plates because they will go with everything else that we own.
You can see the basket weave pattern in this close-up. It is supposed to resemble the famous Nantucket purses that are so special and so expensive.
I think this rugged and masculine Crate and Barrel salad plate will make a nice contrast against the delicate Nantucket Basket.
This bowl by Bennington Potters, called Blue Agate,will be a perfect addition to complete the red, white, and blue theme I want. The chilled soup will look perfect in it. I bought a set of eight place settings of this pattern when our children were little. Sadly, there are only five bowls remaining, and that’s it.
Let’s see. Which napkin should I use? What about this bandana patterned dish towel from Martha Stewart’s K-Mart collection of a few years ago? Hmmmm… No, I think it needs more contrast.
I like this powder blue gingham napkin better. It offers some contrast, but it still follows the theme. It, too, is from a set of Martha Stewart K-Mart dish towels.
And here are the final touches. I am adding our everyday stainless by Oneida and some blue water goblets I found at the Dollar Tree a few years ago. Mission accomplished.
Here is one last peak. Now all I have to do is figure out a center piece, plan a menu, and do the shopping so that Mr. Autumn and I will have to only deal with the fun part of our week-end: concert, parade, and lots of bicycling with friends.