Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Very Casual Dinner

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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ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

So pretty Christine...I love those colorful dishes!!


First: Your house is looking great Chrsitine. I love your dining set, we had one very similar with these Duncan Phyfe chairs. Your dishes are so cute and fun. I love the coloring of your setting with the great chargers! Big hugs,

Vel Criste said...

Even your casual is extra-special Christine!!!! Love the blues and true enough, matches your cabinet! Wonder what that dish is? Hmmmm, adobo? Anyway, I bet the dinner was not only yum but a huge success as well!

Creations By Cindy said...

How darling is this tablescape! Love the colors. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Sue said...

I love all the bright colors. They really make the plastic plates beautiful these days, don't they? Your table really does match your chest! Love the flatware!

Tea in Texas said...

This a lovely table with the melamine plates and the greens and blues have a summery feel. Your chargers were a bargain considering they are by Mac Kenzie Childs. Have a fun summer with your family in Florida.


Debbie said...

Christine, you just floor me. Your "casual" table looks like something that it would take me a week to plan. I love all the blues and the patterns. I would love a set of that flatware, too. Just so pretty!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Those polka dots plates are the perfect colors for your Florida home Christine. Your chargers were a nice buy. Have a fun summer with your family in Florida.

Marlis said...

What a great find on those MC chargers. Wow. that is a steal. I love your melamine pieces. They are so wonderfully vibrant. The vase is gorgeous and your birds so cheerful. This really turned out so nice. xo marlis

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Oh Christine, you always set an incredible table, this aqua is so stunning and what a deal on those chargers, I know they are usually very expensive...Those napkins go sp perfectly, love the whole thing...Phyllis

Anonymous said...

This is so pretty; love the color scheme! As usual, your details are amazing.

Diane said...

Christine - your table really is popping with color. It is perfect for a family dinner and for Florida! Your chargers were an amazing find - so jealous - lol!! I adore that striped chest - it is so much fun!

Diann said...

I love the colors in this table Christine! And the fun patterns of the dishes. What a fun table to sit and enjoy a meal with family!

Unknown said...

You set a playful tablescape! It is so cute...I love the plates. It just says fun to me...enjoy!
Blessings My Friend,

Candy S said...

Aqua and yellow have been my summer favorites for several years. The colors just pop. Your plates, napkins, and flatware go perfectly with the lovely striped cabinet. Great job! I've visited your blog many times but this is my first time to leave a comment.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, how fun to have dining rooms in two different homes to create your wonderful tablescapes. This is such a fun table, and yet pretty at the same time. Love all of the turquoise touches and those bright dishes. And oh, that flatware is perfect with this scape. laurie

Dolores said...

Beautiful!!! I love the colors and to match the chest, wow!

Have a great weekend!

Sarah said...

Christine, these are fun dishes. Love the colors and designs. The dishes look great with the chargers.

Terra said...

Your plates are very cheerful, especially the polka dot designs. It all combined to give a festive look.
I am having a book give away on my blog today, a memoir written by a friend of mine.

Mary said...

What a great buy on your MC chargers! They set off your fun, colorful melamine dishes beautifully!

Katherines Corner said...

a very stylish and thrifty setting. love it! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

SmilingSally said...

Hi Christine,

What a gorgeous table you set.

Entertaining Women said...

I have those MacKenzie-Childs chargers, too. Also found them on eBay for a great price. It was strange because I don't ever remember seeing them in our M-C store. Wonderful turquoise colors with pops of green. I'll bet that your new German friends are now great fans of Philline cooking. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Kathy said...

This is gorgeous, Christine - love the combination of the festive colors and patterns - so wonderful to spend time with family!!! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Kathleen said...

What a bright and cheerful table! I LOVE that flatware! Haven't seen it in our HG, so pretty!

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