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Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Dining

For the past several months, our family made a point to get together at my parents' house for dinner most weekends.  It was nothing fancy, and sometimes we just ordered a couple of pizzas, but the point was to spend quality time together.  We let the kids run around and play in the backyard and the adults just chatted and hung out for a few hours.  We are continuing to do our weekend dinners, but now we'll start alternating houses between ours, my brother's, and my mom's.  I wanted to make the next dinner at our house light and lively and found some perfect Spring table accessories at World Market to help set the mood.  







As soon as I walked into the the store, these bright floral table linens caught my eye.  They are from the World Market Fiji Foliage collection and consist of pretty green and lime tropical leaves with  flowers in cherry and fuchsia.  This pattern is on everything from plates and bowls to bed linens and shower curtains.  I restrained myself and only bought the table runner and napkins.  


I almost bought the placemats, but didn't want everything too matchy-matchy.  I would've done the placemats and napkins or napkins and runner, but not all three.  I ended up finding these cool beaded rim rattan chargers (in lagoon blue, coral, and apple green) and bought two of each to mix and match on the table. 


Our everyday white places look clean and crisp against the charger with the napkin on top.  



I've come to really enjoy using my gold flatware, so when I saw these stainless steel and faux wood flatware, I knew I'd like using them too.  Just something different from our everyday silverware that we've had for 8 years.  I'm slightly finicky about how flatware feels in my hand and these feel great, but maybe better for smaller hands since they're on the skinny side.  They come in soup and tea spoons also, but I figured I only really needed the knives and forks.  You can buy them individually to suit how many you need. 


I already had drinking glasses from World Market (these but taller) and they look even prettier with a yellow and white paper straw peeking out. 



What about these adorable bottle vases with wood holder?!  So stinking cute, right?!  I got two since our table is longer.   I love how the neck on the bottles is small, so one bunch of flowers would be all you need to fill them out.  I used a combo of green leaves, white carnations and white daisies.  Since they are rather tall, I'll have to move them when we all sit down to eat.  You could also just cut the stems shorter to decrease the height.  I'm already thinking how pretty they would look with colorful gerber daisies or purple flowers.  


But for this Spring table, I like the simple, casual arrangement of white flowers and raw wood against the colorful tropical table runner and napkins. Nice contrast between them.  I find these kinds of flowers last forever too, so hopefully, they'll be around awhile. 


 I'm looking forward to hosting the next dinner! Now what to cook??  Maybe we'll just do pizza again . . . 




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23 comments:

  1. What an awesome tradition. I bet the cousins absolutely love it!

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    1. They do! And I try to remember to snap some pics each time- even with just my iPhone so we can always look back at when they were little. It's great they are getting to spend so much time together!

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  2. Love the tradition of meals together, where memories are made! So many special memories of mine are around a table, with grandparents, mom, dads, sisters- so special. Love your decor pics too!

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    1. Thank you Lauren. And then this weekend we decided to meet in the middle at a Mexican restaurant! Ha! But my table is ready!

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  3. How special to have dinner with your family so frequently- especially during hard times. I adore this colorful print and am trying to decide between the table linens or pillows for my patio. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Man, the pillows really perk things up! Y'all spending lots of time on the patio lately- I'd go for that! We just bought some chairs to put in our front yard so we can hang outside more.

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  4. Where are the napkin rings from? Everything looks so great together!

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    1. Oh, I forgot to mention those- thanks for the reminder! They are old, but from Crate & Barrel I think. ;)

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  5. Very festive Megan. I know how much family meals mean to you all, especially while grieving the loss of your dad. I know it is a bright spot in your mom's week, and a comfort having something to look forward to.

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    1. She is crazy over her grandkids and James is crazy for her, so yes, it's great medicine. I love that they have their own close relationship.

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  6. Your Spring table looks great! I especially love your placemats and flowers centerpieces. Very pretty!

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    1. The flowers are my favorite part. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. So pretty! I have the same side table - looks like you changed the handles, great touch!

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    1. Yes, that table is from World Market too. I bought hardware from Signature Hardware online.

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  8. Gorgeous as always! Love those chargers . . .festive yet still casual. I also love how you use carnations!

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    1. Thanks Tiffany! Even my son said he likes those chargers and he's only 5! :)

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  9. Love World Market, they have great finds and always so chic!

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    1. I agree! So much goodness in one store! I love looking at their stationary/cards/gift wrap too.

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  10. This is sooo beautiful! And inspiring! Makes me want to make our dining area colorful and pretty as well, will do that very soon!
    Your blog as a whole has been a lovely inspiration and source for - yes - peaceful relaxation for a couple of years now. Thank you, for doing what you do and for being who you are. Keep it up and enoy, and God bless you and your lovely family!

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    1. Kerstin, thank you so much for letting me know! I appreciate hearing from you and it's an honor to among the blogs you enjoy! Kisses!!

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  11. I love doing family dinners! Those place mats are perfect too :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

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    1. Thanks mama! The colorful beading around the edges got me!

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  12. I was just at WM the other day and fell in love with those drinking glasses. Great picks!

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