I do have a soft spot for Southern living, the ambiance of a Southern lifestyle. You know, mild (er) winters, a pretty pastel painted home with a veranda, sipping a cool glass of sweet tea, bougainvillea climbing up a trellis, wicker furniture, a peach tree in the yard. And, I would just love to have a magnolia tree. I have never seen or smelled a real one, but I love them just the same.
I unexpectedly found these dishes yesterday when I was supposed to be "just looking". Somehow, "just looking" never works out for me. At $1.99 for a three-piece place setting, and with my favorite flower on them*, I just had to buy them. Coffee mugs were .99 cents each.
I had other dishes originally planned for the 2nd Monthly Thrifty Tablescaping party at The Thrifty Groove, but I'll use them another time.
I replaced the salad plates with the soup bowls. I was feeling more "shrimp and grits" than lettuce. The fabric place mats (.99 cents each) and napkins (8 for $2.99, 100% cotton) came from the same store, Lot-Less Closeouts.
The napkin rings never made it to dinner, even though they are the right color, as they are too narrow for the restaurant-style napkins.
The flatware I bought about three years ago at the Christmas Tree Shop, but I don't remember the price. I think 20 pieces for four was about $10.00.
The glasses were from my friend L's garage, as she didn't need them, were never used and was ready to toss them into the trash. I gladly took all six plus a very nice pitcher, off her hands. I don't remember the name but they were made in Mexico. Thanks, L.! xo
The centerpiece basket is at least forty years old. It was filled with jams and jellies sent to us for Christmas by a family member. I recall I was in high school at the time. It has held many rolls, bagels, baguettes, dish towels, ornaments, pumpkins, gourds, and Beanie Babies (not at the same time, of course).
The magnolia swag is from a Home Interiors show I hosted about six years ago. I would say it is the most expensive thing on this table, but I don't remember the price. The straw bird was an ornament on a gift I received for my last birthday. The oval bakers in the exact green to match these dishes were $1.49 each at Lot-Less. Oven-dishwasher-microwave safe, they are perfect for seafood Newburgh, scalloped potatoes or peach crisp.
The recap: four 3-pc. place settings @ 1.99 ea = $7.96
four mugs @.99 cents ea = $3.96
place mats 4 @ .99 cents ea = $3.96
oval bakers 4 @ 1.49 ea = $5.96
napkins 4 @ .37 cents ea = $1.48
flatware 20 pc. for 4 = $10.00
I definitely was thinking of my Southern blogging buddies while setting up. For those states dealing with drought conditions, I hope the rain falls softly and steadily, but only while you are asleep!
Please be sure to stop by this Saturday at The Thrifty Groove. Lots of lovely and thrifty tables to be seen.
(*) Thank you Debbie for verifying that they are indeed magnolias and not dogwood. :-)