Monday, July 9, 2012

Impromptu Dinner Party

We went to the beach house for the weekend and had such a lovely time. My mum came with us and DNo1 came for a quick sleepover on Friday night as her husband and two little boys were all away for the night. Saturday saw Mum and I hitting the shops then we got busy… My niece was having a birthday and we were going out for dinner when I decided it was too cold and we could have a much nicer time at home. (Also I could have a champagne or two if I wasn’t driving!!). Suddenly I had to prepare a table (I would much rather do this than cook the meal!)
I had one black  dinner set with a setting for four but we had six guests (actually we had 7 but I didn’t know this when I took the photos) so I just added some white plates and mixed them up a little. I had bought this tablecloth a while ago for about $15 so I started with that. The black flat ware I have used before which you can see here. The cream napkins and clear glassware are always used at the beach house!! I just added a bit of black ribbon for contrast. I quickly drove to KMart and found these cute black lanterns for $5 each. Perfect! Dinner cooked and table set with a little time to sit and relax before the guests arrived!! Easy.
On Sunday after heading out for breakfast we drove to our capital city where Mr FH went to watch the football with our son-in-law. Mum, DNo 1, two grandsons and I had afternoon tea (or Hot Tea as one grandie calls it!) at a nearby rose farm. My daughter is a lovely cook so we enjoyed a wonderful meal then stayed the night and headed home to the farm this morning. Just such a lovely weekend….


I’m joining :


RaNae @EweCreekCottage said...

what a beautiful setting I came fro Make it pretty Monday I hope u have a great week.
RaNae from Fort Worth Texas

chateau chic said...

Love the black and white! Always a classic combination.
Mary Alice

Jocelyn said...

Your table looks so elegant. What an amazing tablecloth!

Jocelyn @

Mary said...

Lovely table...beautiful.

renae said...

hey, that's my sister Mary above. hahaha - she invited me to your darling blog and I joined it. didn't think we would be right next to each other in the comment section. oh well, funny. She has a great blog! I've taught everything I know.

allisamazing said...

What a wonderfully elegant looking table!

Nellie's Cozy Place said...

Morning Suzy,
Nice to meet you hear in blogland this is my first visit. Really like your beautiful black and white table.
Very well daughter loves black, white and red, so think she would really enjoy this table for sure..........and she and my daughter-in-love both like black and white, only she uses blue with hers. these 2 have rubbed off on me so much, I am really into black and white now, and have added some black touches to my home as well.
So really enjoyed your pretty table.
Blessings, Nellie

The Style Sisters said...

I love mix and match!! I do that all the time when I don't have enough of one color for all my guests...this looks awesome! Thanks for linking up to Centerpiece Wednesday!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love black and white and this is a very pretty table!

Marlis said...

Mixing and matching is the best way to go.. I love your tablecloth!! what a great find. Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all. xo marlis

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

What a stunning table! Glad you could make it all happen in a short amount of time!

Sarah said...

Suzy, your impromptu table is delightful, and it sounds like you had a lovely weekend. My tablescape this week was also impromptu as well. I think they may be the best kind ~ no fuss!

Sherry said...

Your table is simply elegant. It makes such a difference when we take the time to make a meal special. I am reminded by your post that I have not done much of that lately. Thanks for sharing.

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Beautiful black and white table and such an elegant look.

Elaine said...

Love the drama of the black and white! Gorgeous tablecloth, and the dishes look great! Thanks for sharing!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

I love that tablecloth! It's perfect. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


WOW!! Great tablecloth for such fabulous black an white table! Gorgeous! Hugs,

Marigene said... can't go wrong with black and white

Kathy said...

Wow, Suzy, this is quite an elegant tablescape! Love the pattern on the tablecloth and the KMart lanterns are gorgeous - perfect touch! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful tablescape on Simple & Sweet Fridays.