Monday, October 13, 2014

Set You Table With Flair For Casual Columbus Day Fare

Hello, friends!  Thank you taking the time to pop in!

I am so glad the weather is finally cooling off....getting excited for the forthcoming holiday season, how about you and yours? 

Today is Christopher Columbus Day, and although considered by many to be quite a controversial character, the role he played in establishing voyages that eventually led to the colonization of America was an important one.

I set a casual table today as a small homage to this significant day in American history.  I hope you enjoy the post. 

The plight of Columbus was to sail the ocean blue (remember that little nursery rhyme?), so I thought my setting should have a decidedly nautical vibe.

I began by creating a sea-inspired centerpiece.  It was inspired by one of my favorite pins on Pinterest, this gorgeous close-up shot of a vessel's rope tied to a dock piling.



You will need: 
A glass hurricane candle holder
Nylon rope
Industrial-strength hot glue gun and glue sticks.


This is really easy.  Start by beading glue onto the end of your rope.


Press onto your hurricane. 


Continue to glue around the parameter of the hurricane until completely covered. Set aside.


I set yellow and white stripes to serve as my canvas (ha-ha).


On top of the cloth, I placed linen placemats in navy blue and white.


Another shot.


To bring in more yellow, on top of the blue and white, I set yellow placemats as well.


Here is a close-up of the detail.  These sort of remind me of rope or rattan themselves.
 

Dark navy chargers came next,


Closer


Which were followed by simple white plates.


Another shot.


On the White plates, I set these adorable red plates imprinted with a ship motif.
 

Shown here.


White linens with navy piping were folded into little sailboats, and were set to sail on the red plates.


Full view.



Here is a close-up of the napkin fold.  See how-to at the end of this post.
  

In the middle of the table, I set the premade nautical vase upon another navy charger, and filled it with red, white, and blue faux blooms.




Lastly, I added navy and clear flutes along with gold flatware set casually to complete my table.


Closer shot.


Here are a few more shots.









 

From my collection:

Navy Chargers, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
White plates, Ralph Lauren Club Collection
Red plates with ship motifs, Cynthia Rowley, from HomeGoods
Gold flatware, Wallace Grand Duchess Collection, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Flutes, all, generic
Yellow cloth, Ikea
Navy and white placemats, Tai Pan Trading
Yellow placemats, generic
Antique white tea towels with navy piping, local Thriftique
Floral stems, Hobby Lobby

Sailboat napkin fold:

Please keep in mind that crisp napkins or napkins that have been starched work best.  
Begin by folding your napkin in half length-wise with opening facing you.


Fold the right side down towards you, forming a triangle, but do not fold all the way down.  Leave approximately one inch unfolded.


Fold the right half of the napkin over to the left, aligning the corners, and press.


Fold the remaining open fabric on the left downward and to the right.  Press.


Fold the bottom layers upward approximately two inches all around the bottom of your napkin.


Voilà!  Smooth sailing, my friends!

I hope everyone enjoyed their day!



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