I've been wanting to do this table for a long time. I love the combo of red/white gingham and ants, but I find a lot of this type of collection rather cheezy. Can you imagine my glee when I found this set of linens at the floral wholesaler in early spring?
I've been dying to bring it out to the cutting garden and set it up on the dining platform.
Look at this closely. It's a polyester dupioni tan and black and white plaid edged with red and white gingham embroidered with ants. Perfect! Unusual, and whimsical but not too trite. I put it over a cream burlap table skirt on our unfinished dining table that I keep in the potting shed. You can see that here.
I bought four embroidered napkins to go with the topper.
The dish combination was easy. Cream dinner plate from Pottery Barn, black salad plate from Target, and a red bowl from Ballard Design.
Then I chose this black handled flatware. I think it came from Target, too.
I easily decided on these vintage red stems.
And I had a bit of fun with the Fiesta-style butter pat. These ants are tablecloth weights from Michael's, but I unscrewed and removed the clips.
I went to several nurseries for red geraniums, but they were all out. It's too late in the season for much planting here. I toyed with the idea of red roses but they seemed way too fancy. Carnations were considered, too, but I really wanted geraniums. So, I bought a faux spray at Michael's and stuck it in this heavy black iron urn.
Here's the overhead of the whole table for four.
This dappled sun wasn't the best for pictures, but it really was charming. I removed the chairs to take better pictures. They were on the pathway past the gardenia bush.
The only bugs welcome here are those darling little embroidered ones. They make me smile.