AW & I were very blessed to get a new table and chairs from my parents and I l-o-v-e them! They open up and brighten up our space and coordinate better with our other decor.
So, in the spirit of newer, brighter things I decided to figure out a summery table setting! I have been wanting new summer dishes but just haven't found any that I love. I've looked everywhere: Bed, Bath & Beyond, Belk, online stores even Dollar Tree.
I couldn't find anything that I liked or that worked with my centerpiece. I really enjoy old things and therefore I really enjoy going to yard sales. I went with a co-worker of mine back in the fall and found these adorable little jars for $0.50 or $1.00 each (I can't quite remember):
I bought them because I thought they were cute and then later decided they would make a nice fall centerpiece by adding some "forever flowers" (fake sounds so tacky) to them:
Cute, right? Well, one day I was doing a price comparison between my beloved Publix and the beast that is better known as Wal-Mart when I came across some simple dishes in all different colors!
(FYI: in the end Publix ended up being cheaper, YAY!)
When we were registering for our wedding gifts I picked out all white dishes so that I could accessorize them and use them for every season and holiday. Our dinner plates are large and for this setting work as chargers!
So, I picked out a set of four dinner plates in a darker teal color ($1), a set of four bowls in lime green ($1) and four cups in a dark purple color ($2)! That's right, all of my summer dishes cost $4!!! Needless to say that is one purchase AW approved!
I set up our new table with our new dishes while working in our formal dishes and I must say I think it's a great match! A summer sensation! *Sorry, had to be a little cheesy* Here, see for yourself:
To celebrate the summer season and our new table AW cooked some of the most delicious steaks I have ever had! We also had an Italian salad along with broccoli and cheese and a wonderful merlot we discovered at World Market! We later topped it all off with a trip to Yogurt Lab! YUM!
This was also a chance for AW to flex his grillin' muscles and believe me he was prepared...see?
In the end it was a fabulous meal with fabulous company on a newly fabulous table! We even lit our wall sconces for the occassion!
Afterall, life's too short not to eat a big, juicy steak now and then...especially when Winn-Dixie has them on sale =)