Last year, a dear friend of mine asked me to make a black tablecloth for her dining room table. Not a problem and what a great idea! I immediately wanted one myself.
I bought several metres of two different black tablecloth fabrics. One was plain and one brocade. She chose the plain for herself. (I was hoping she’d pick that one!). And I made a cloth for my own table out of the brocade.
Above is a shot of the cloth before I laid out all the tableware.
We are hosting a small dinner party Saturday evening, and since this is the start of the Holiday season, it’s a perfect opportunity for a bit of sparkle and drama. And the black lends a backdrop that works splendidly.
The gold table runner was purchased from Homesense for under $20. They had a red one too and I’m kicking myself now that I didn’t buy it as well. Truly, I couldn’t make it any cheaper.
The silver bowl and compotes were purchased from Replacements. The other silver pieces were acquired at various auctions.
I’m really pleased with how this has all come together. The little compotes will be removed from the table during dinner, and will return, holding after dinner mints which I’ll serve with dessert.
For dinner, we are starting with a Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup, which is an Ina Garten/Barefoot Contessa recipe.
Then we will tuck into beef tenderloin, Yorkshire puddings, glazed baby carrots and roasted Brussels sprouts.
I’ve just baked a cheesecake for dessert and will make a strawberry sauce in the morning…after I go to the gym for a serious calorie burn session in anticipation!
Let the festive season begin!
Bye for now.