Monday, July 6, 2015

Red, White and Black Tablescape and our Lazy Susan's new do!

Company for dinner can, sometimes, be really casual and then there are those times when I just can't resist the opportunity to set a pretty table!

We invited company over for a good, old fashioned, Italian, Sunday dinner a few weeks ago.
I decided to go with a red, white and black, Italian theme.
It gave me a chance to use our newly, transformed lazy susan...

 and some country roosters for the centerpiece.

 Waiting for our company.

I wanted to paint it white since I recently painted the base of our table pure white. I'm glad that I did...we love it!

  My, woven, market basket made a pretty photo shot.

The lazy susan is perfect for our round table. I painted it with a freehand design, a few years ago, in a neutral color scheme, but just got tired of the look.

 So, I thought that it would be fun to paint it white and add some fun words to the sides in Italian and English.

  I wasn't about to dare to attempt painting all of the words by hand. It would have been far too time consuming to make my own transfer words. Luckily, I had a few packages of these vinyl letters on hand and used some Mod Podge to decoupage them on permanently.

 The hardest part was the spacing in between. Luckily, I managed (with a few repositions) to make it work!
It's perfect for our kitchen, but now if I tire of it or want to hide the words all I have to do is make a cover up. I made one for our 4th of July tablescape and have a few more in burlap and one in a black and white check.
The trim possibilities for it are endless!
 I went with the black, white and red, Italian, theme because of this woven, tea towel that I framed just for our kitchen...

and our black and white checkered stool that I shared with you a while back.
  I used it as an extra place to hold a basket of bread..faux bread... pre-dinner photo shoot! 
Who serves a full loaf with tongs? LOL!!!
 Along with our red stool they made the perfect side servers.
Black and white checkered place mats were a $2, thrift store, score and were perfect for the base of the red and white dishes and flatware layered on top.
Red place mats were the base for the alternating black and white dishes.
 A red, rose napkin sits inside appetizer bowls at each setting.
 It was, absolutely, the easiest fold to do!
(grab a napkin...try it, now!) 

 1- fold napkin in half to form a tri-angle
2- roll (starting at the widest side to the point)
3-roll again (from one end to meet the other) 
4-simply tuck the loose end into any spot underneath to secure it
5- lift the center, gently, to "fluff"

 Personalized, cardstock, chalkboard tags, tied to each wine glass, always makes it a "no brainer" where everyone is to sit!
White paint marker looks just like chalk.
 My honey made his, famous, jumbo, shrimp scampi as an appetizer...not a picture perfect shot, but it sure was a "knockout." I can still almost taste it!
For dinner we served chicken parm, with meatballs and sausage, rigatoni and salad with a, gourmet, balsamic vinaigrette and of course some, fresh, Italian bread. Our
 guests were also sweet to bring some fabulous appetizers and dessert to share.
I wish that I had pics of all our food, they looked and tasted amazing...I just have a hard time playing hostess and photographer, too!
 This is another pre-dinner shot with that "fake" bread. ;)

And, as always, "Gucci" is always lurking somewhere near! 

  It was a wonderful gathering that we will need to repeat, again...I've got a new chicken recipe that I recently made and I'm dying to let them try it !!!

 Love, Hugs and Kisses,

and Gucci, too!
Can you see him? He's playing "peek-a-boo!"
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Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Hi Janet, what a great lazy susan. It's so pretty and practical. Your table setting is lovely. Thank you for your sweet visit andf comforting words. xo

Cat said...

Love the white on the lazy susan and how it ties in to the table legs.

Cindy Lou said...

Looks great!

Crafts a la Mode said...

JP- I love your table settings and I just made a rose out of a paper napkin with roses on it. SO COOL. PINNED. Your friend, Linda

She Yarns Crochet said...

The table setting is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday:-)