Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Checks and Toile~Dinner Too

It has been a busy week.  As I mentioned, my sister and her husband were here from TX for my oldest sister’s 50th anniversary party.

The first night they arrived I made Colossal Shrimp, (an oxymoron :) ).They were excellent , under 15, plump and juicy!  I made them in a wine sauce over linguine and snow peas…  Fresh 7 grain bread and butter.

Here is the table…

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Simple spooner filled with fresh flowers…

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The “napkins” are Waverly dishtowels…really pretty ones!

Red chargers from PBarn, plates from TJMaxx, flatware by Cambridge, glasses from Dansk.  White cloth I’ve had, indiv butters from WSonoma.

For Foodie Friday, just the everyday dishes…so not a tablescape, a food scape! :)

Mon. night for dinner we had a big salad, bow tie pasta with  roasted chicken and snow peas, and fresh pineapple.

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The plates are Fiance Fruit by Dansk.

I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.

And ML at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday.

And of course my friend, Suzy, at Kitchen Bouquet for Flashback Friday.

Please visit them for some more tables and food!  :)


Coming up…

Laurie at Bargain Hunting with Laurie’s Favorite Things Sat.

The Tablescaper’s Summer Sundays…Sunday of course!

Thanks for visiting!


  1. Your sister was very lucky to be able to dine at such beautiful table settings and great food! The red dishes with those toile "napkins" is just stunning.

  2. Your tables are both very pretty, especially the red and white one. Glad you could spend time with your sister!

  3. Looks like you had a fabulous visit, everything looks great!

  4. Beautiful tablescape! Yummy looking food!


  5. Thanks for doing a "two-fer" this week! I love both tablescapes, but the red and white one won my heart. SO appealing! And the menu sounded divine. I know you and your sisters had a great time together!

  6. Kathleen, beautiful tables and beautiful food. What a treat it must be to be a guest in your home. The shrimp dish sounds yummy.
    I have a set of the red checked dishes. They are some of my favorites. I need to find some of those red chargers.
    Looking forward to more from you on the weekend! ~ Sarah

  7. I know your sister felt like royalty this past weekend. That salad looks delicious!!! I love those Waverly toile dishtowel/napkins!

  8. Wow -- two great tablescapes and yummy looking food as well. Love the red and white - Those dishes and napkins are so pretty. And your blues are so cheerful too.

  9. Two wonderful tables. Just because the second has your everday set, doesn't make it wonderful and the food just adds to it.

    Now you're making me wish I had gotten those tea towels in the Waverly too. Oh well, we can't buy everything, can we?

    So happy you'll be with us again for "Summer Sundays".

    - The Tablescaper

  10. Mmmmm....looks wonderful! Both tables look so nice! Love the red.

  11. Hi Kathleen! Love the checks and toile! And your dinner looks absolutely fabulous! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

  12. Beautiful tables. I just really want to sit down at the "food" table and grab a plate!!

  13. Kathleen, now I have to find those towels! What a sweet table!! Love it all and that pasta salad looks fabulous!
    xoxo Pattie

  14. What a pretty table! Your food looks so yummy!

  15. Oh, Wow! Both the tablescapes and the food! Gorgeous!

  16. I love all the pretty blues on your Friday dinner table! And th chicken and pasta in the pineapple looks delicious!

  17. I love both your tables. The food looks delicious, too. I'm sure your sister enjoyed it.


  18. I love both tables and think the blue one is a Tablescape too! You are always putting on the best meals at your house. I wish I was your neighbor. I would just "happen" to drop by at dinner time all the time hoping for an invite :)


  19. You've been a busy gal Kathleen!
    I want that pasta recipe, it looks so yummy!
    And your checks and toile tables look so charming, I am sure they belong at my house!
    Enjoyed it all!

  20. Both are very nice tables. I like this checked red china. So fresh and neat. And your food looks so yummy.
    Greetings, Johanna

  21. Pretty table, looks like a really nice visit :) Your everyday looks so perfect for the summer weather! Does your sister do tables, too?

  22. You are too much, sweetie! I always love your tables, but that pineapple serving idea has me over the moon! Love this table and your great ideas!

  23. What an excellent setting for a wonderful dinner! I love the use of the dish cloths for napkins - they are gorgeous

  24. Very pretty and everything looks delicious!

  25. I really like both tables and all that good looking food. Those red checked dishes are fabulous!!

  26. I love both tables. Those red dishes are just darling. What wonderfully inviting tables, and what yummy looking food!

  27. Everything looks so pretty and the food sounds and looks wonderful. I am sure they felt pampered.

  28. I love the red tablesettings! Also your pineapple presentation is perfection!

  29. Beautiful tables, Kathleen. Your sister and husband were well fed! That pasta salad with the chicken and pineapple looks soooo good.

  30. ooooh, I love that red, Kathleen! And all the food looks yummers... I bet your company enjoyed every meal with you to the utmost!
    hugs, Sue

  31. those red dishes and the towel napkins, very pretty! I think your menu for the food scape is perfect for a warm day...I hope you had a great visit with family.

  32. Pretty red dishes and such yummy food!


  33. Kathleen, those towels you used for napkins are beautiful! I want some of those. Of course, I've always loved that china with the pretty red border. OMGoodness! Your food presentation is always so amazing! Love the cut out pineapple. You are so creative. laurie

  34. Kathleen, YOur red table is beautiful. I love how you put everything together. Simple but so so lovely. I would love to have the dishes!
    And your blue table is just as fabulous. You presented the food in a delicious way. I love the carved out pineapple filled with the chicken salad. Yummy and pretty!

  35. It's always nice when family visits from out of town. They feel so welcomed when treated to a home cooked meal. I'll bet your sister felt special. The design in the center of your tablecloth is a good companion to the design in your red and white plates. Your presentation makes the food look so delectable - yum.

  36. Love the pineapple and the place settings. Lucky sister. Oh and you can fly here faster then driving here:-) Less then 2 hrs. from LGA

  37. I am so happy your sister could visit. You always set a lovely table and these 2 are certainly no exception.. Its looks wonderful, both times.. You're a great hostess~!!

    Happy Thoughts

  38. Beautiful tables and wonderful food AND a visit from sister too! How GREAT!! I love the Waverly dish towels/napkins. I was just at TJMaxx and saw some gorgoeus Waverly dish cloths and thought they would be wonderful napkins! Have a lovely weekend :)


  39. What a lovely setting. I really like the way you displayed your pineapple.


  40. WOW...Hope your company and family realize how lucky they are. You always set such a wonderful the red and white the best!!!
    I'm always hungry after I visit you
    Have a good weekend!

  41. Love love love the first table..but then you knew that! Glad you joined in for FF. Looks like your sis was well fed. Bet they enjoyed every second of their visit.

  42. As always everything is PERFECT!! I love the the red and white tablescape..and who would have thought..dishtowels!! Wonderful post!!


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