One type of party that helps is a pot luck. How many times have you invited someone and they courteously ask 'what can I bring?' Do you say, 'oh nothing--I've got it covered', or do you specifically let them know? Sometimes I consider the individual's situation. Do they work full time? Are they busy with kids/grandkids? If so, I might ask them to bring something they can just pick up. If the person has a specialty, I will sometimes ask them to bring that. At Christmas and Thanksgiving, I often will tell my family members what I intend to prepare and let them decide what they'd like to bring to fill in. At larger events, we sometimes use the alphabet. For example, those with last names from A-N--appetizer, last names from O-Z--a dessert. Sometimes it really is just pot luck. And it works out most of the time. And sometimes I really do prefer to do it myself! Entertaining is a lot of work, but can be a lot of fun, too!
Today's table uses dishes that you probably have seen lately in the TJ Maxx or HomeGoods stores. I think they are lovely and romantic.
The tablecloth is a white cotton with cut work, over a solid pink tablecloth.
The dinner plate is Maxcera Amour and the accent heart-shaped plate is Maxcera Paisley Peony. They were purchased at TJ Maxx and Home Goods.
Repousse flatware is used with a pink floral damask napkin.
Salt cellars are adorned with a tiny flower and were my Mom's.
Chargers are from Ross.
Crystal on left is Heisey, and was my Mom's.
Floral-etched stems were also my Mom's.
Pink floral votives came from, are you ready--Kroger!
I also found the matching vase and a pair of adorable birds~
The crystal candle holders were a gift from my cousin. They will hold a taper or a pillar candle.
Last but not least, the most important thing about entertaining is that people come to see YOU. So if things aren't as perfect as you'd like--light a candle and smile. That's the best decoration of them all!
Thanks for visiting my romantic, pink table. What would you like to bring???