Tablescape: Spring Table for Two

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After a long drab winter, our spirits are brightened by spring’s cheery colors and blooms. It’s time to set a spring table for two!I began with two woven cloth runners in spring green and yellow with a white line down the center. I found these runners at the Christmas Tree Shop several years ago. They are very versatile–you can use them on a bare table or over a tablecloth. You can use them lengthwise down the center of a table or across the width of a table as I have here. When used across the width of a table, the runners can function as placemats.Because this is a table for two, I decided to put a vase of flowers on the far side of each place-setting. But a third and fourth place-setting could have been put on the far side of the table if you were expecting four people for dinner.Because the runners have a white stripe in their centers, white dishes seemed like an appropriate choice for the dinnerware. I used a white china dinner plate and a white lotus bowl for the salad. I saw my first lotus bowl when I was shopping at Williamsburg Pottery in Williamsburg, Virginia, as a college student.  It seemed so delicate with its petal-shaped edges, and I bought a small one to use as a pin dish on my dresser. Over the years, I bought more small lotus bowls and then a set of these larger ones to use for salads, soups or desserts. The flower shape of this bowl made it appropriate for this spring table.I chose a bright yellow cloth napkin for the place-settings to coordinate with the yellow in the table runners. For a casual look, I folded each napkin in half and then pleated each triangle so I could knot the napkins. I like this napkin fold since you can place the knotted napkin at the top of the plate for more color to the place-setting,Spring brings wonderful flowers to enjoy, and I chose to bring in some of the tiny yellow narcissis that grow in my yard. I put them in matching clear glass cylinder vases. To add more color to the tablescape, I lined each clear glass vase with a sheet of green construction paper, and placed a smaller glass inside each vase in which I put water for the flower stems. This is a good trick for changing colors for your plain vases.It’s easy to bring a spring-like cheer to your dinner table–enjoy!

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