We’re having weekend guests soon, the kind of friends whom we’ve known all the way back to the days when I might have worn an itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, yellow polka dot bikini! I have long graduated to a one piece with lacy coverup, running to the water and back out again to the safety of my towel. But I still LOVE polka dots, (think about Minnie Mouse and her cute outfits!) so when I found out I was the winner of this adorable flatware and its metal bucket from Cuisine Kathleen I did a little happy dance!
One of our guests, Mrs. E, is one of my BFFs and the best real life cook I know. (It hardly seems fair that she is also a brilliant chemist and hilarious too.) But she is used to my cooking and knows to expect anything. And everything tastes great with good friends to share the laughter. So our menus this weekend will be simple and she will bring dessert. I’m planning to have one meal with the menu from this picnic I did for Picnic Week with the Novel Bakers:
and definitely this tart, also a Picnic Week discovery!
But I want to make sure everything is perfect and not worry about details while my guests are here, so I decided to set some test tables. A happy polka dot table on the deck with my new flatware will be a great way to start the weekend. Let’s start with some polka dot flowers.
Bunny is quite dapper in his polka dot necktie, yes? He is very fashionable, as apparently polka dot ties are popular with young professional guys now to pair with their business suits.
The ribbon also comes in handy for wrapping the napkins and flatware. I can do this ahead and be free to enjoy the weekend!
And speaking of enjoying the weekend, I’ll definitely be serving Cape Codders (vodka and cranberry juice with a lime wedge) in honor of the very memorable vacations we have had with these friends. The perfect straw:
But before we get a little dottie from all the polka dots I’ll add another pattern ~~ florals! These floral dishes go with every color! I know you’ve seen them before from a picnic in Maine where I used them with red accents, but I do love them and I think polka dots and flowers are so complementary.
I really don’t know what I would do without these white chargers.
Another benefit of doing a test table is finding out what won’t work! I wanted to use these adorable tin buckets from Terrain as little tiny vases circling the umbrella on the large table I will use when my guests are here (there will be six of us so my favorite little table will hold appetizers during game time), but the buckets leak! Little glass bowls to the rescue:
And speaking of mess, I won’t use these beautiful queen anne’s lace on the plates either as they drop all their dainty little petals on the plate. They will go back to bunny’s bouquet.
Pull up a seat and let’s try out the table.
Now I’m noticing that my Grandmother’s vintage metal chairs go well with the theme!
I know some of you were horrified when I sent these vintage chairs to be rebuilt and powder coated, but they were covered in chipping lead paint (most of the layers I added myself during my childhood summers!) and one was almost in pieces. And my grandmother would have been devastated to see their condition. I’m very sure that she would approve, and I love their color, somewhere between raspberry, strawberry and coral.
As I was putting the finishing touches on my table I was being scolded by the birds in the tree above. This is their lovely view.
Kathleen, I’m so glad I won the flatware! I love it.
So are you a fan of polka dots? And are you still rockin’ your bikini?
join me for more fun at these parties