About a month ago we had some friends in for dinner. I served a rustic sort of meal (menu below) and decided to set the table very simply. No tablecloth or placemats, just lovely, gleaming wood. (My husband made the dining table about 23 years ago.) I used alternating blue and yellow plates and then patterned pasta plates on top. I bought the napkins in Avignon a couple of years ago.
There were four votive candles casting a warm glow, and in the center a simple jug from Spain held fresh sage and rosemary.
Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter and Crispy Leek Rings
Mixed Greens with a Pancetta and Dried Cherry Dressing, topped with a warmed goat cheese round
Frozen Lemon Souffle with Whipped Cream and Candied Lemon Rind (brought by one of our friends)
For more wonderful tablesettings, check out Between Naps on the Porch.