Tuesday, January 13, 2009

ANOTHER dinner.....

Are you sick of these table settings yet? It's just fun for me to share! I had a small, informal movie night & dinner last night for a friend (hi Alex and her mom!). As it was a workday with very little time to get ready, I just used the crockpot for the meal and set the table in just 5 minutes when I got home. I try to keep the silver and china all handy, so it can be taken out at a moment's notice. It just makes even a simple dinner an OCCASION!I bought these new gold thread & linen placemats at pottery barn today ( 75% off!) to make the table less formal than a tablecloth. The same antique irish linen napkins as usual, grandmother's silver, my minton dinner plates and my favorite (use it daily) cuckoo pattery by wedgewood for the salad plate. I think it came together nicely! Instead of candles, I just used my small alabaster lamp (sort of like an old fashioned dinner club!).
We watched the Venus Beauty Institute -a WONDERFULLY fun French movie from 1999 that you should all check out (starring Nathalie Baye and Audrey Tautou). I wish you could all have been there!

11 comments:

Grant K. Gibson "the blog" said...

what did you serve? what did you serve?

ArchitectDesign said...

Nothing fancy, Grant. An arugula salad with tomatoes and hazlenuts to start -then a potroast with potatoes and carrots, cooked in red wine and tomatoes with some basil and garlic thrown in for good luck. Simple and tasty!! Oh -and a bottle of a nice Shiraz :-)

David said...

Nicely done, I love a little lamp at the table. My favorite steakhouse here is all dark wood and leather and stone, and the 2-top banquettes all have a small lamp.

Cote de Texas said...

Why no tablecloth this time? :)

Great Dame said...

The table looks great, and I'll definitely borrow the idea of the small lamp on the table. What a great, cozy effect. Oh, and good to know about the Audrey Tautou movie - I'll watch just about anything with her in it!

willow said...

The Wedgewood is wonderful! I love Tautou, too. (that sounds nice)

ArchitectDesign said...

Thanks everyone :-) It was a fun, quickly thrown together little dinner. I have that lamp on the table for 'everyday' so I just left it on with a guest over as well!

thomas said...

love the monogram napkins...placemats worked well! perfect dinner for a cold night:)

Topsy Turvy said...

Sounds like another movie to add to my queue. What a nice evening!

-Lana

Margie said...

Alex told me she had a wonderful time. As always, I'm loving your blog, from faraway Portland. So glad you and Alex share a love of architecture and opera! Now you just have to get her to invite you over so her chef fiance can cook for you!

Alex's maman

Anonymous said...

Your salad plates look remarkably like Aynsley Pembroke pattern..