Kathleen suggested a destination theme for a tablescape. I decided to go with Italy.
I purchased these place mats from a very talented seamstress, Millie, mom to Ahrisha at Joyously Living Life blog. I just love them.
This is an American rooster, but he makes me think of his Tuscan cousins. These plates will hold our antipasto of prosciutto and melon or maybe freshly made mozzarella and roasted peppers.
There will be pasta served at this dinner. The set includes six bowls and a huge serving bowl. They are by Pamela Gladding for Certified International.
Stemless wine glasses from Pier I, about four years ago. In addition to Italy, glasses represent wine from Spain, France and Napa Valley.
This candle smells exactly like a fresh-picked tomato from the vine. Made by Milkhouse Candles.
Pasta in great colors presented in a clear vase or cylinder makes a nice centerpiece. The pasta shells, conchiglie , are from Home Goods.
A moppine (dish cloth), can help with hot plates and cleaning up those saucy spills.
This dipping bowl will be filled with extra-virgin olive oil and seasoned with herbs and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
Green checkered napkins from Home Goods.
Would you like a white wine spritzer? Pinot Grigio from Venezia and a lemon sparkling water from Italy. Perhaps with a twist?
My centerpiece is from my fruit and veggie bins.
I will have a recipe using something from this bowl later this week.
This artichoke will hold freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano. It was made by my mother when we did weekly ceramics.
The paint, when fired, gave this finish which is really close to the shades in a fresh artichoke.
Thirty-three years ago!
Apologies for the glare, it was sunny, then cloudy, then overcast, and my lighting is terrible. This is the huge serving bowl. I once had three pounds of spaghetti in it with a couple dozen meat balls and there was still room.
Now a word or two about dishes that is not fun, washing them!
First, these tablets for the dishwasher smell so great, and they leave it sweet smelling for a while, Mediterranean Lavender by Cascade. I only seem to find it in Wal-Mart.
Sometimes I enjoy washing dishes by hand, especially in the summer. With this dish soap, it is downright spa like. Basil Lemon dish soap, and in hand soap, too. Both purchased at Home Goods.
I hope you enjoyed my virtual dinner. I would love to entertain each of my followers and blogging friends.
Stop by Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish and Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday for really beautiful tables. Thanks to Kathleen and Susan for hosting each week.
Pasta bowl set, Wegman's in NJ, 5 yrs ago
Stemless wine glasses, Pier I, 4 yrs ago
Water glasses, Libby, many years ago
Pedestal bowl centerpiece, Home Goods two yrs ago
Dish towels, Stein Mart, several years ago
Napkins, pasta, dish soaps all Home Goods and purchased with a gift card I won from The Tablescaper. A few other goodies will be in future posts and I can still shop some more! Thank you, Alma