My sweet group of bridge buddies came for lunch yesterday. I've been in Ohio with my grandsons, but as soon as I got home, the entertaining began. We have several back to back to back events here, but these women are so wonderful to have over, that I love the planning and the cooking for them. I decided to feature this sweet fawn salad plate and lots and lots of plaid.
Their first taste of plaid was at the front door. It's just about the same way I decorated last year with these vintage sporting goods.
This wonderful old sled was made of one piece of wood, but over time it has split a bit. I actually used this at on a buffet table at a women's event. I'll do a quick post about it in a few days.
The wreath has vintage ice skates.
And these very old skis usually hang out in our terrace level family room, but they are fun here for the season.
Inside is festive and seasonal. I love to mix plaids and I went to town on this table.
This deer salad plate from Walmart sits on a plaid dinner plate from Target and a wicker charger from World Market. Who says you can only set a Christmas table with your "good stuff". You can see the red handled flatware. It's so old I can't remember where it came from.
The bread and butter plate was a plain textured red glass. I can't remember where I got them, either.
The glassware was a mix of formal cut red glass, and an etched tumbler with a regal stag. The red ones are from Homegoods, and the tumblers are from World Market.
This plaid napkin was held with a napkin ring that is really an ornament from Walmart. I saw this idea on "Between Naps on the Porch" a few weeks ago. I can hear you asking, "What is that black thing????? Well, my friends....that's the ditzy photographer's slipper! Just keeping it real!
I love, love, love this chachepot that is presently holding a small cedar tree, pointsettias, and pepperomias. I change it out often but this worked just as it was, so I plopped it on the table and was done.
Here's another ornament from Walmart.
And here's how I used it! Isn't it cute?
These candlesticks were a no-brainer, too. They sit in our entryway most of the year, but I love them on this table.
I love to make interesting invitations and paper details when I entertain. I didn't have time for invitations this time, but I did make a menu. It makes me feel so flattered when my guests take them home to remember the event.
Here's a close-up of the quote that I chose for this menu.
I love to send my guests home with a small gift.
Here's the plaid ornament I chose in hopes that they would remember this plaid luncheon when they hang it on their trees.
Also in the dining room, I have a small chest that has a little deer vignette,
and a woodland Santa on the sideboard.
His colors are perfect for this room.
We played bridge in the breakfast room, and I used this ultrasuede cloth trimmed with brown velvet trees and stags.
We really did play several games!
It was a beautiful day outside, so I moved this pot of amaryllis and paperwhites out to the pool area.
I think this needs some red berries in it, don't you?
And what was I wearing as I pulled this table together? Well, what else? My red plaid sneakers!
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