To officially welcome spring I thought it was time to spruce up the Sunday dinner table. I had dinner in the slow cooker, complete with cranberry roast beef, baby carrots and mini red potatoes.
Sounds like a dinner that deserved a special spring table setting to me!
We started the day with a little blast of snow flurries that thankfully melted as it hit the ground. By 10 AM the sun was shining bright, so despite the -2 temperature, it felt like a spring day.
We enjoyed a new sparkling wine with dinner. Patio 9 is a 2012 Rose Spritz Vidal Gamay Cabernet from Rockway Vineyards, which happens to be located right at the golf course that Tim plays often. Very convenient! At only 9% alcohol, it is a bit lighter than most wine.
The paper gingham napkins are from the local dollar store. I picked up the plates as a set at Target. They are Wellsbridge pattern from Target‘s Threshold line and even though mine are a couple of years old you can still get them, which has come in handy since I have broken a bowl and a plate.
Leslie came for dinner too. We spent a bit of time in the afternoon cutting these pussy willow branches from a HUGE tree in her yard. I think pussy willows are the first sure sign that it is spring!
There is nothing on the table that I didn’t already have. All of the glasses were inexpensive purchases at Ikea. They are always are in stock, so I don’t have to worry about replacing one if it breaks.
Even the tulips I had bought earlier in the week. I love how they grow toward the light and kind of arrange themselves after a few days. Less than a $10 investment and they are still going strong.
Don’t you just love this teapot. Leslie picked it up for me several years ago from an auction, I believe. It has a matching cream and sugar dish, but I opted for this Royal Dalton Bunnykins cup that was gifted to Marlie on her Baptism. She will take it with her when he moves on, but it is a shame to pack it away. A $2 creamer I picked up at Target on clearance holds the milk for tea.
A simple single layer lemon cake with whipped cream icing and lemon curd is the perfect spring dessert. This one was purchased at the grocery store and there were only a few slices left, but had I had more time I would have made my favorite luscious lemon mouse!
The cake stand is one of several that I have. I think I may be addicted. Actually I have two of this particular stand, this one with an aqua ribbon and another with a light green ribbon. I love this classic white one* from Sur La Table. There is just something about a crisp white stand that makes a luscious dessert stand out.
These extra tall martini glasses are the perfect shade of blue/green and work as candle holders for tea light candles when not being used for a martini! I picked up a set of four of these at Crate and Barrel in NYC several years ago. They were on clearance for only $2 each. I can’t believe we haven’t broken one yet!
Since dinner took me all of 10 minutes to prepare, I set the table in the morning. It made my happy all day.
I think I have even inspired myself to keep up the effort beyond Sunday and think about adding a bit of spring to the table everyday.
Until next time….
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