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April 14th, 2008 No Comments

Even though it’s just us girls, I think it’s important to make my guests feel special.  Heft and I don’t have room for a formal dining table that seats more than two, so I’ve made up our coffee table for dinner.

In all seriousness, you can pick up place mats and cloth napkins from Neiman’s or Marshall’s, and as long as you put it together nicely, your guest will appreciate it.  As you continue to accrue items along the way, you will be able to mix and match the decor for different themes.  Obviously my theme here is spring, but if I changed the flowers and bows to a deep red, it could be a lovely fall table.

Total time to put this together: 10 MINUTES.  Ten little minutes.

Other notable items that make a good impression:

  • Consistent plates and silverware
  • Interesting stemware
  • Fresh flowers
  • Candles

If you’re on a budget, the best place to start is with plain white plates and good stemwareCrate and Barrel has the best selection.

For extra points:

  • China
  • Chargers
  • Crystal candle holders
  • Fresh flowers in the bathroom