Before I left Florida, I had my daughter and her family and a friend and her daughter over for a casual dinner. When I am there, I do not cook everyday. There are 4 of us who take turns in cooking and having the others over and that night was my turn. Nothing fancy, just an everyday dinner.
I started with my set of plain green Mac Kenzie Childs plate chargers. I won 13 of them from Ebay for less than $100, which I think is a very good price for a big set of Mackenzie dishes.
I don't have a lot of dish sets in FL but I have enough to mix and match. In this case, being so casual, I used melamine plates, which I have plenty of, because I have a lot of small grandkids eating there. Besides, we like to eat in the back porch and these plates are really practical to use outside.
I bought the dinner plates at Big Lots, really cheap, like $1.99 each and I just love the pop and combination of colors.
Then I topped them with polka dotted salad plates in the same mix of colors, also from Big Lots and even cheaper at $1.49 each.
I brought the napkins from the Natchez home and the flatware are from Homegoods, $14.99 for a setting for 4 times 2. I love the swirls on them. The napkin rings were given to me by my friend Noemie when she came back from a trip to the Philippines early this summer. Thanks, Noems, I love them!
S & P fish shaker set from Ross. These shakers were actually being sold at my store when I still had it but luckily have not sold when I closed because the colors are perfect for here.
I brought the birds from the Natchez home but bought the 2 white tea light candle holders from Fort Myers Goodwill for $1.99 for the pair.
I just left the vase with yellow flowers that is usually on the table since the colors go so well with the plates. I just placed it on a tray with a peacock design.
The plates even match the small chest of drawers by the wall. I store napkins and some placemats there.
And here's the table with the food! Our other guests are Germans from Illinois who has a summer home here but they were willing to try anything so I served Filipino food, and they enjoyed it.
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