Monday was a public holiday here as well as being smack bang in the middle of school holidays. In the afternoon the kids were a bit fractious so Phil took them to the skate park to burn off some energy while I finished some chores at home. I decided to surprise them all with a nice dinner outside on the lawn.
I moved the table all of a huge 4 metres onto the lawn (rather than on the paving under the pergola) and it made all the difference. We were surrounded by greenery with little solar powered lanterns hanging in the frangipani tree and surrounded by flowers. I laid a very simple table -white damask table cloth, white linen napkins and a sprig of rosemary plucked from the near by herb pots. Little tea light candles in IKEA glasses and old jam jars and some fading poppies in little glass bottles. It's funny how simple things gathered from around your home can transform a table.
How huge are those snapdragons in the background. I can't quite believe them. And I'm amazed what some watering can do for the lawn, my dad looked at the photo below and thought I'd enhanced the grass digitally! The photo is untouched, we didn't even fertilise the lawn this winter. I've just been making sure I give it a little water twice a week if it doesn't rain and it's made a world of difference.
White napkins make a table setting for me. I know ironing isn't very fashionable, I have loads of friends who don't even own an iron (or a clothes line) but call me old fashioned, I love certain things ironed. I can handle my clothes being creased but I always iron my tea-towels, pillow slips, napkins and tableclothes. I also iron kids school uniforms and my husband's work shirts. (I blame it on being in the Airforce where ironing was a definite necessary skill.)
We had such a lovely evening sitting out in our garden with the fading light. It's still early Spring and we needed blankets on our laps but we stayed out there for ages talking, laughing and having a special family time. Everyone was so relaxed and happy and that happiness spilled over to today as well.
I had cooked such a simple dinner of seasoned chicken thigh fillet, a roasted mix of different types of sweet potato; and some plain baby spinach (no dressing even). It was nothing special but just moving the table to a different location and doing a little table zhooshing, made it feel like we were at an expensive restaurant.
Do you dress the table for dinner?
If you've got a photo of a recent special table setting, why don't you post it to my facebook page. I'd love to see it.
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