Simple and quick tablescape: blue, black and white

Simple and quick tablescape Blue, black and white -- A Pinch of Joy Making a dinner special when life is busy, busy

Simple and quick tablescape Blue, black and white -- A Pinch of Joy  Making a dinner special when life is busy, busy

Life has been so busy lately!  And who doesn’t have a life full of projects, things to do and places to go?   When life is busiest is when it is the most important to take time to celebrate the special events, like birthdays and anniversaries.  Just a little extra effort is all it takes to make a dinner (that you are going to eat anyway!) a grand event.

Sleepy bunny centerpiece A Pinch of Joy A color scheme pulls everything together with no effort at all.   Mine was black and white (you’ll see why in a moment) and turquoise — because I have lots of turquoise, teal and blue accessories.  A centerpiece says “big deal” even when it’s very simple.  These bunnies were Easter decorations, but I like the shape so they  hang around on tables or a mantel longer than their Easter buddies.  They were convenient, in other words.  I had a gift for the honoree so convenience (again) found the rest of the centerpiece.  A couple of blue curly gift ribbons for volume and color then a black silk ribbon (in the box with the gift ribbons) was casually tossed around to define the centerpiece.  Quick and festive.  A tablecloth makes a “statement” and does not have to be fancy.  This is a plain white one that goes in the washer, through the dryer and folds up beautifully for the next event.  No fuss.  But you can also set the centerpiece on a tray, a placemat or  the table.

Bowtie Napkin Fold -o- A Pinch of Joy You can see where the black and white came from.  Our everyday dinner plates.   Cloth napkins make an event special with little effort.  Since the honoree was a guy, a bowtie napkin fold seemed appropriate.  Fold the open napkin in fourths then tuck one end under just past the center.  Repeat with the other side.  Add a napkin ring or tie a ribbon around the center to form a bowtie.  Cloth napkins are environmentally friendly and they are also less trouble than one would think.  These go through the laundry and fold — no ironing needed.  Even with the bowtie fold and laundry, it took less than three minutes total of my time to use them.  Napkins can be purchased at a reasonable price on sale — or for next to nothing at garage and tag sales, usually around $2 for a dozen.  Napkin rings can be acquired the same way.  One friend assigns each member of her family a unique napkin ring and they use their napkins several days in a row by putting them in the identifying ring after each meal. She’s committed to environmental concerns, and it works for them.  If  paper napkins work better for you, then make your event special with with a quick fold and a sharpie inscribed name.

Place setting for Birthday tablescape -o- A Pinch of Joy I keep a short stack of chargers in the cupboard with the dishes.  They make great food catchers for little kid’s plates, meaning less mess and easier clean up.  Tonight they are adulting and adding color and shine to the tablescape.   An adult drink called for adult glasses.  Getting those out called attention to the votive candles near by on the shelf — so voila — candlelight!  All with almost no added effort but a huge impact.

Black, blue and white tablescape -o- A Pinch of Joy Happy birthday, Bytes!

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What’s happening at our house – – –

Monarch butterflies migrating -- blue asters attract them

Monarch butterflies migrating -- blue asters attract them
This summer’s big news from our house is – we changed houses. Just in case you missed it. :-)   From a two story gray house trimmed in white on the very Eastern end of the Great Plains to a single story house with red stacked rock near the Western end of the Great Plains. From the lush green trees between two rivers in Ohio to the wide open prairies on the other side of the Mississippi River and not far from the mile wide great Platte river. From goldfinches, cardinals, bluebirds and squirrels to sparrows, turtle doves, and Monarch butterflies in the back yard. And that’s just a few of the changes!

We are still creating more changes. Our new home is 8 years old – just old enough for refreshing and renewing. We are painting. Again. Between the “old” house and the “new” house we have painted miles and miles of surfaces and learned a ton of techniques, which tools are helpful (and which are not!) and little tips to make things easier. I’ve been taking lots of pictures of everything! Which, of course, will be shared with you all! Plus sewing projects , decorating tips and organization ideas that I hope will inspire you to make the most of your home. Even if you are not preparing to move. There will be the surprising things we learned about moving across country. Of course, we still have to eat so there are recipes to share. And some blog changes are being worked on in the background to make things better for tablets and phones. There’s meeting new neighbors, having fun with family and challenges like last week’s hail storm and finding a new hair stylist.

Thank you for your understanding while we make this transition! We are able to find (some) things on a regular basis in the “place where they belong”. Which means things are beginning to settle down! Three major rooms painted, clothes hanging in the closets and the kitchen (sort of) organized means we are making progress! Check in when I tackle the six burner professional range waiting for attention. When he saw it Bytes, said you have four burners now and only use one, what will you do with six burners? I’ll keep you posted!

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Why blog posts have been a little scarce here. . .

We're moving

We're moving
This sign is now in the front yard!   You know I will have lots to share . . . like how we earned the gorgeous designation, the time I got left behind at the interstate rest stop when we were looking for a new place to call home, the meals made on the fly, the curtain manufacturing and so much more!  Hang on!  We’re on the move! 

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