Cuisine Kathleen issued her Summer challenge this week (at least, I think it’s this week. Some of you may remember that I did two “white plus one” tablescapes, because my first one was posted a few weeks before the week of the challenge. So…if you’re not sure when the Summer challenge is, you’d best not rely on me.)
I have not used my shell dishes all summer, so I’m glad to get the chance to use them now. When I think of summer, I think of a trip to the beach. We weren’t able to go to the beach this summer, so this tablescape is our only trip to the beach this year.
The glass fish “snack plates” were from an estate sale. I served a green salad in them. I know you are wondering about up my upside down knife and fork, which I have placed on the dinner plate. No, it’s not a new trend (you know I’m not a trend-setter). I’ve always thought there should be a salad knife as well as a salad fork. Many times, I have to use my dinner fork to try to cut something in my salad. Then, when the salad plate is removed, I have no place to put my used dinner knife, other than the table. I guess I could just hold it in my hand, but then, I know I’d end up waving it around in the air while I talk, and I’m pretty sure that would be frowned upon!
So, this extra fork and knife are for the salad, and they are upside down, because they have our initial engraved on the back (I guess that would be European style), and if I placed them with the tines facing away from the diner, the “R” would be upside down. I ordered these a few years ago from the The Lazy Peacock Etsy. I guess the monogram doesn’t have to show, but I wanted it to, so I threw the rules out the window and turned them upside down (in two directions!).
I served spaghetti with meat sauce in my shell-shaped dinner plates. I bought these on sale at Kohl’s a couple of years ago. They are Shoreline Collection by Home Studio. I can’t remember where I got the placemats. I’ve had them a long time. I had eight, but because of spills, I’m down to five of them.
The dessert shells were my mother’s. I don’t know about you, but I don’t serve any dessert small enough to fit in those shells (after all, dessert is the best part of the meal), so I used them for butter.
If these wood napkin rings were washable, I could have used them for rolls. I ordered these on-line one time, and when they arrived, I was shocked at how big they were. (Nope, I didn’t read any measurements, although they were probably available.)
The centerpiece is simply a sand castle candle holder, surrounded by found sea shells, dumped onto a tray. (Yes, I really did just dump them!)
Thank you for stopping by. laurie
EDITED TO ADD: On August 24, 1969, I married my best friend! (I was a child bride!)
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