For you can reuse or
"cook once/serve twice"
Last week we had a birthday dinner for a dear friend
The beautiful bouquet of yellow carnations in a silver bowl was the centerpiece.
Not florists bought but grocery store flowers that I arranged myself
It looked lovely on the dining room table
with the silver candlesticks
on the table covered with a lace tablecloth
Spode Blue Room plates
White damask napkins in silver rings
And Jim's grandmother's cutlery
That was on Tuesday night . . .
The same tablecloth, the same flowers and candles
But instead of dinner for 8 it was luncheon for four
Damask napkins in the silver rings and Jim's grandmother's cutlery
The Aynsley Pembroke and antique wine glasses
(for it was a celebratory lunch and called for wine!)
The flowers once again graced the table
sans silver candlesticks
And since the table was back to it's "normal" size a difference lace tablecloth
Again silver rings held the damask napkins
And Spode Blue Room once again is dinnerware of choice!
(a week from the birthday dinner party)
We had another dinner party
The candlesticks are back
More damask napkins in silver rings
Jim's grandmother's cutlery and Spode Blue Room
And today . . . Wednesday
Luncheon again for four
Damask napkins in silver rings
Jim's grandmother's cutlery
Spode Blue Room
The flowers still look as they did over a week ago
When we first arranged them for the birthday dinner
$10 is all I spent on the flowers
And I certainly got my money's worth out of them!
The menus were all different
From pork roast to pork chops and salmon and chicken and fried green tomatoes
We enjoy having company over
Sharing our table with dear friends
And although I don't have nearly as many different dishes
as some do, the blue Spode to me is timeless
And always sets a pretty table.
And since I (and sometimes Jim) were the only "repeats" at the table,
it didn't matter if that same centerpiece served for five separate meals!
It's Friday and I'm sharing my parties with Michael at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.