I planned to relax all day today. Well, that changed when my friend Brenda texted me last night saying I am invited to a simple early luncheon here at our house, lol. She made some pinakbet, which is an ethnic Filipino food and she wanted to bring it over. Of course, I am always happy to have their company and their food. She said our other friend Noemie was also coming. The more the merrier!
I had some time in my hands so I decided to make the table pretty. Besides, Kathleen is having a "Summer Party" this week so I better get ready for that too.
I started with laying a crinkle soft tablecloth on the table. Then, I just used our everyday placemats. I like using these on this round table because of the shape. Then, I added a blue and white plate charger with shells.
Next, came the grey blue "Abigail" dinner plates and the blue bubble flatware.
I added a little lantern that I won by sharing a link of a store downtown. It also came with a bigger yellow lantern but I only used this white one.
I added the luncheon shell plates I bought from Homegoods on my last trip to Florida. I like how the shells are raised. Then I placed a shell place card holder on each plate.
I added a 4th plate setting in case John shows up for lunch, which he does every now and then. Sure enough, he did show up.
I like to use this glass salt and pepper shakers for beach themed tables. It makes the salt and pepper look like dry and wet sand on the beach. John bought me this shell compote about 3 years ago from Red Door in Baton Rouge.
This coral candelabra came from Homegoods in FL months ago and was shattered to pieces in my luggage, but I was able to glue it back together.
The stems are some of our everyday glasses.
The napkins have shell prints on them. The beaded coral napkin rings came from Kohls in Cape Coral, FL., on clearance. I believe the napkins came from there too, just from another trip.
I used this covered casserole to serve mussel soup.
My beautiful friends Brenda and Noemie, with their pretty smiles.
We planned to fry some dry fish at first, fish that Noemie brought from the Philippines but we wanted to eat early because Brenda is working tonight and she can take a nap before going to work. So, we did not fry the fish. We will save it for a brunch that we plan to have in the future.
I decided to make some mussel soup, only at the last minute.
And so I added some soup bowls on the place settings and this is how the table ended up looking.
Thanks for coming over. I always appreciate your visits and especially your comments. I also appreciate all the hostesses very much. I know they do lots of extra work to make these parties possible so again, a big THANK YOU to y'all!
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