Lots to talk about tonight! A few easy, frugal centerpieces to show you, and the table with the bargain German China , a recent purchase. (two different centerpieces)
I started with white 15 in. place mats ( cloth doilies) from the .99 and under store. Those .99 and up stores are mostly up, so I like this one!
The charger and salad plate are the Hutschenreuther, (they were on sale, and then buy one, get one free , so 2.50 for the charger, 1.00 for the salad) and the kiwi dinner plate is the one Alma picked up for me for .98 in Reading.
The green twist flatware is by Cambridge, via Cmas Tree Shop. Napkins from WSonoma Outlet, .99! I got them a few years ago, but haven't used them yet. 8.00? no way!
I tied them with the 100 % pure silk broomstick napkins I got on my last shopping marathon with Alma. They were marked down to .49.
The pale lime cabbage leaf plate is from WSonoma Outlet, on sale.
On to the centerpieces.
We all have these wine glasses from the dollar store. You can pick them up for a lot less at yard sales.
Cut a piece of wet floral foam, oasis, to fit the top of the glass. Use the glass as the cutter. Wrap the bottom in Saran wrap, so it doesn't drip into the glass. I got these large balloon years ago from Fortunoff's, for .25. They have a top, so with the cover on it looks like a large egg on a stem.
Fill the bottom with whatever you want. For St. Patrick's Day I used green glass shamrocks, today I used mini eggs and shredded paper grass.
Next to the glass, I had these purple votive holders, .99 including 2 candles. :)
A bunch of flowers from the supermarket, or your yard if you are lucky enough to have them, will fill the tops of several glasses. Perfect if you want to run them down the middle of the table.
All these were done with one bunch of flowers from the market!
Here's another glass done with jelly beans.
I know some, like Shelia from Note Songs, love their faux blooms. Perfect for that. Get some faux greens, a few blooms...and there you go!
One last one with free containers. I save the glass after the candles inside burn out.
Here I used a square, with a small votive glass nestled inside some candy eggs. I didn't use them last year, so they were stale, but for this they are fine! :)
Here are all 3 done with the glass.
BJ, I hope this wasn't too sameo, sameo for you! :) I tried!
As this is the last week for meatless Fridays for me, I share this pecan encrusted filet of sole, and rice done with spinach,salt and lots of pepper, feta, scallions and a splash of half and half for creaminess.
Cook your rice, chop some fresh spinach, scallions, and stir in. Add the feta , pepper, and enough half and half to make it creamy. Heat through, I put mine in the oven on bake till the fish was done.
Prepare your fish the way you usually do, but add lots of crushed pecans to the bread crumbs or Panko. Still tasted like fish to me, but the others enjoyed it!
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