Life gets busy and it’s easy to settle down for dinner in front of the TV to unwind and catch up on the day’s news. But I do think it’s important to eat meals together as a family and catch up on each other’s news instead of the world news. To make the evening meal (or even a noon meal) special, create a simple everyday table setting to add a bit of beauty to breaking bread together in the kitchen.
I literally created this table setting in just a few minutes with items I had on hand. The polka dot tablecloth is a piece of scrap fabric I rummaged out of my fabric drawer. Since we’re eating in the kitchen, I kept my tablescape simple.
My centerpiece is a single boxwood topiary in a weathered pot that I grabbed off the ledge of my kitchen window.
Corrugated brown squares serve as place mats beneath my everyday white dishes. Since I was going with an earthy scheme, I decided to grab smooth rocks from my garden to use as place cards. Normally I don’t use name cards for an everyday table setting, but I thought the family would enjoy these.
All I did was wash them off and then write names on them after they dried, using a brown Sharpie marker. I snipped ferns from the same garden to soften the rock on the plate.
Vintage silverware is wrapped with a cloth napkin and tied together with a stretch of twine.
I snipped more ferns than I needed for my everyday table setting, so I tucked a couple of them into garden pots on the kitchen windowsill.
My everyday table setting took just minutes to put together and cost me nothing. I think my family appreciates the extra little touches at the end of a busy day.
Now all that needs to be done is figure out what to serve for dinner!
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