With just the two of us...we eat in the kitchen, or I guess I should say the eating area just off of the kitchen. We have a formal dining room on the other side of the house.
I was thinking about how to set the kitchen table for a nice dinner...A romantic dinner for just the two of us.
Because I like to play with dishes...I began staging my "Romantic Dinner in the Kitchen" table to see what I could come up with.
I chose to use a white tablecloth instead for placemats. A white tablecloth automatically dresses up any table. For additional elegance add a table pad under the tablecloth. The fabric lays better.
For the place settings, I began with gold scalloped chargers.
Next I added red Spode plates. Then I pulled out a couple of red napkins and folded them into flat packets.
Start by folding the napkin in half.(above) Then bring the two lower corners up to the top middle fold line.(below)
Next, bring the top two corners down to the bottom point. This will give you a flat square.
When I was a young bride...I read Etiquette books and Southern Living magazine to learn how to properly set tables, when to light candles, and other housekeeping tips.
One thing that I read which has stuck with me for years is that there is no one more special than your family, so be sure to take the time to set a pretty table and make dinner time special.
Whether you are eating in the kitchen, at the kitchen bar, on the back porch, or in the dining room, take a couple of extra minutes to set a pretty table or place setting. Add a candle or two in the evening to make it a special time.
❤A white tablecloth is so fresh and clean looking. This one can be thrown into the washer and dryer, which is the only way for me.
I put this table together with some very simple items. You can do the same thing. Elegance does not have to be expensive.
If you do not have a tablecloth...I suggest that you pick up a simple white one. It can elevate the level of "pretty." I do love pretty place mats too...but for something special, try a white tablecloth. It does not have to be an expensive linen one.
Look in the one of the home stores for something inexpensive. While I love beautiful table linens, I am also pragmatic about things that will get food and beverage stains. I want to be able to throw that baby into the washer and dryer. Sorry linen...I love you, but you are just not practical for my table.
❤Here is my romantic table for two.
❤The Beatriz Ball cake plate will have something pretty and special on it too. Will it be chocolate, or will it be strawberry? hmmm.
Your menu does not need to be elaborate...because by dressing your table and creating a relaxed, 💕romantic ambiance with candles and music, the meal will be special.
I Love My BIA Cordon Bleu Soup Tureen.
I like this one because it is inexpensive, and should it meet with a kitchen accident, well, not too much lost. I have way too much breakage to invest in a fine china tureen.
Have you looked at the prices of some? Ouch! Beautiful, but with my track record of breaking, chipping or cracking I should not go down the expensive tureen path! ha!
Between Naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday