While planning for a recent impromptu dinner party, I decided to let the napkin be my inspiration for setting the table. I am always amazed by the beautiful paper napkins that are available out there. Some of them are almost too pretty to use. I say almost for a reason ... more on that later in the post.
I went peeking around in my "prop closet" and found some beaded fruit and velvety leaves. Did any of you used to watch Christopher Lowell on the Discovery Channel? He had a home decorating show (in the 90s, I think). Anyhow, he had a "prop closet" where he stored things that he used to decorate with when they weren't in use. Often when he was going to begin a new project he would first visit his "prop closet". I haven't seen him in years, but a quick Google search led me to this page . I didn't take the time to read through it, but it does look like he offers some good holiday tips on his blog so I'll be back to visit him again later. His taste in decorating wasn't necessarily my style, but I always found him to be inspiring.
Anyhow, I digress. . .
I gathered up my leafy glasses and candle holders.
Must have candles to cozy things up on a cool Fall evening.
In my dining room I have an antique dresser that is used for storing tablecloths, napkins, etc. During my recent organizing flurry, I designated one drawer for each season. To set the table for this dinner I opened the Fall drawer and chose the tablecloth and candles too. It was so nice to have everything all organized. Wonder what took me so long? :).
With little effort and no expense, my table took shape. . . all thanks to my dinner napkin.
Oh, and about those napkins being almost too pretty to use . . .
when it became evident that my mom could no longer live on her own and we were helping her pack up her belongings, we came across a big bag full of napkins for all occasions. As I looked through them I was reminded of the many times she has hosted happy gatherings and used many of these napkins. Perhaps there were some left in the package and perhaps some of the packages she found too pretty to open. Either way her days of creating pretty tables and happy get-togethers was now behind her. For reasons I can't quite explain, it made me sad to know those napkins would never be involved in her "company's coming" plans again. In a strange way it was a reminder to me that the time to use the pretty napkins and the good china is now.
Since I have a drawer full of pretty napkins for all occasions,
I'm challenging myself to use them now to make memories with my family and friends. I think I tend to be a procrastinator when it comes to entertaining... always thinking someday I'll do it and then someday never seems to come. I guess inspiration can come in all forms and for me a simple napkin is just the inspiration I seem to need. :)
Today I am tuned to CNN and keeping those of you in the path of Hurricane Sandy in my thoughts. Stay safe.