But when you have good friends, you always know that they will still be there when you do have a chance to catch up and visit.
I set up an Easter themed table scape as a centerpiece for the meal, all gathered together on a vintage blue mirror.
I raided my shelf of things I have listed for sale on Etsy and used some of them on the mirrored tray along with vintage goodies.
My table scapes are usually pretty busy (and gaudy), but guests seem to enjoy looking through them, the displays are full of little surprises.
I always start with something underneath, to pull it all together. Either a tray, a doily, or a mirror, something to focus the mismatched pieces that I bring in.
Two things that I ALWAYS include are fresh flowers and candles.
The tallest thing, usually the candelabra, goes onto the table first. Next, the flowers. After that, I find something else to use for height, to build layers. Usually a cake stand, basket, or compote to fill with pretties.
I fill in around the taller items with some bigger pieces like this tussie mussie that I placed a nesting bird into.
I like an eclectic mix in my center pieces, hand made things, vintage, elegant, cute, unexpected and traditional all together (did I mention busy and gaudy?)
2. the taller items
3. flowers and candles
4. larger items
5. I then tuck small items here and there and fill holes, making sure that there is something of interest as a focus for each seat at the table.
One friend wasn't feeling well, so she couldn't make it today. I packed up some Cinnamon rolls, blueberry muffins, egg casserole and yogurt to take over to her.
Of course, I had to include a pretty!
I wrapped some carnations in a wet paper towel, then slipped them into a plastic bag and tied them up with tissue and a ribbon. The bouquet fit right into this tussie mussie along with a fluffy chick.
And you know how one redo begets another? I am working on slipcover ideas for the sofa now. I have been buying vintage fabrics and will soak them in a tea color dye to make them all tie together better.
So far, I can't make up my mind which fabric I want where, but do know that I want to get some ticking stripe to use so that I break up the florals a bit.
And I think I decided to go for a trailing skirt on the couch, like in the sketch on the bottom of the pile of ideas.
And of course, I am still not done with the dining room. The corner cabinet still seemed too country-cottage, with its bead board sides. I looked through my vintage wallpaper and found one that matched well in the room and taped pieces to the back of the cabinet.
I didn't glue the paper down, some day I might want to have the bead boards show again. I do tend to change my mind a bit......
The corner cabinet seems better now that I have added the trim and the wallpaper. The glass knob will help too.
The room seemed off balance, so I moved this narrow cabinet into the other corner.
I'm starting to feel more satisfied with the space and it certainly was a comfy brunch, with everyone around the new table! The chairs are very welcoming.
What a pleasantly frivolous day. Brunch, visiting a friend, sketching, doodling around with centerpieces and fine tuning the dining room. I also went to a movie, then rented a nice gory vampire movie to watch with my son. Yep, a fine day of making things pretty and hanging out with people I care about.