Father's Day is just a few days away. I have shared some simple tips to make this day memorable for the men in your life whether it is your dad, son, uncle or another man who has played a significant role. Whenever there are "holidays" to honor certain people or relationships, there will be those around you feeling a sense of loss more acutely than on other days. Be attentive and look for ways to reach out and encourage friends who have never had a dad in their lives, lost a dad, or are not in a good relationship with their father. Your friendship and care will mean a lot to them today.Read More
I grew up near the sea and now after 30 years have returned to South Africa for a season and am once more going to sleep at night to the sound of waves. A nautical theme is one that I plan to use often as I set a table with the beach in the background. I have collected some nautical napkins to be prepared!
Recently I visited my parents at their lake cottage in Connecticut, USA. I quietly unpacked my nautical napkins and scarf from my carry-on luggage and set a surprise tray for them (crazy to carry items like this I know, but it was fun!)
Later I picked some wild flowers from the garden and added an old navigation lamp that my dad had used on one of his sailing boats for a simple lunch table. I treasure every moment that I can spend with my parents and am so thankful that I can visit them on a regular basis even though I live far away from them. I took this photo of us holding hands as my mom said grace before our meal and prayed for the family spread around the world.
P.S. The exquisite wooden sculling canoe was built by my dad. Isn't it so beautiful?
I love using a theme to set a table. It makes it so much quicker and simpler. Read my blog on How to Use a Theme to Set a Table and 10 Tips on Choosing a Theme for Setting a Table for more helpful tips.
One of our Heartistry readers and a dear friend, Diana Candee, sent me a couple of photos. A friend of Diana's was visiting her from out of town and they were planning to have a tea together with local friends. As they shopped for items for the table, they spontaneously decided to match what the guest of honor was wearing and went for a blue and white theme. And they ended up with a pretty nautical table setting! Just in time for me to add them to my blog! Thanks Diana!
I would love to see photos of your table settings, so please share them with me!
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Do you want to learn how to set a beautiful table? Want it to be quick and easy to do?
Using a theme for your table setting can both simplify it and make it look more attractive and coordinated. Check out this video on using a theme to set a table and this blogpost for more information.
You can use these helpful tips to get going:
1. Walk around your home and look for items that match e.g. Do you have a vase with roses painted on it and a small painting of roses? These could be grouped together for a pretty setting. I love cherries and have had fun setting a table using fresh (or artificial cherries) and beautiful cherry napkins/serviettes and more related items.
2. Do you have a hobby or special interest? Use some of these items to decorate your table. My husband Brett Johnson has written a book called Lemon Leadership. Consequently we have lots of lemon items!
3. Is there one color that you love and use a lot in your home? A friend has a home at the beach and decorates a lot with blue and white, so this would be a good place to start.
4. Are you about to celebrate a holiday? Begin by choosing a few items for Thanksgiving, Christmas, July 4th or Valentine's Day.
5. Begin with a seasonable table and add some items for fall or spring. Fall items work well for Thanksgiving too (if you live in the USA).
6. Do you have a special or heirloom tablecloth? Use that as your base and add a few items that would tie in well. The protea is the national flower of South Africa. I painted this cloth to use for the first Heartistry Experience in South Africa.
7. Beautiful napkins and serviettes can serve as inspiration. Build your theme from there. Check out the blog on 10 Uses for Napkins.
8. Is there a theme for your party? Build your table around the theme such as travel items for a Bon Voyage party. We celebrated my mom's 85th birthday with a Garden Party which my twin sister and I hosted in her garden. We used a flower theme and had adorable mini hat cakes as one of the desserts.
9. Is there a "message" you are trying to share? I used globes and napkins with a world map on them when we had a dinner focussed on the impact guests could have on the world through their lives and businesses.
10. If all of the above suggestions seem too much, just start with a few white items. They can be used for any occasion and will be a great base for your table setting adventures!
There are many other articles and videos that will give you further inspiration and instruction, so check out our blog and Youtube channel.
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Decorating a table can be such fun and yet many people feel overwhelmed and don't know where to start. Using a theme is a great way to make setting a beautiful table simpler and more affordable. By having some special items on hand that all match and work well together, it takes away the guesswork and saves time.
I love to use different themes and have quite a few (some would say many!) collections that I use for my table settings. In the video I share how to use a bird theme to set a beautiful tray or table.
How to Begin:
- Start with basic white crockery and a white table cloth.
- Over time add a few items that fit your theme.
- Theses items can be clustered on the middle of the table, displayed on a buffet table or added to a tray to make a very special treat for someone.
- Having a theme takes the guesswork out of setting a table and saves time.
- The items on the table coordinate with each other and make a fun and creative setting.
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What a joy to be hosted by my daughter Fay this morning for a beautiful brunch. Fay had cooked all the food from scratch, and she set an exquisite table. My husband Brett captured my surprise and delight when we arrived at her home! Check out the VIDEO!
Fay worked hard and even tried my 5-Minute Scone recipe for the first time! She served them with jam and freshly whipped cream.
She added photos of her siblings who couldn't attend to the table decor. Her simple flower arrangements were delicate and so very pretty.
I loved the mini quiches, sandwiches and potato and egg bakes that Fay prepared. The food was healthy and beautifully presented. What a treat!
One of the joys of having a grown up daughter is being able to attend an event without having to do anything!
Just before Mother's Day I did a video sharing easy and last minute ideas for Mother's Day. One idea for making a card (if you left it too late to buy one) was to use brown paper. As a joke my husband made his own version of the brown paper card!
This was such a fun Mother's Day for me. I was honored by my "children" from different parts of the world, chattaed with our sons on the phone and was hosted by my daughter. What a special day!
Now for something funny!
My daughter made a TIME-LAPSE video capturing how long it took her to prepare the Mother's Day Brunch. It is such fun to watch this especially with the music playing. This was quite the labor of love! She writes, "My dear mother, Lyn, loves hospitality and sharing easy tips for hosting guests. You should definitely try her 5-Minute Scones from Heartistry- The Art of Welcome, but I thought it might be fun to capture what actually goes into prepping Mother's Day brunch. Here is a time lapse of a few of the 8+ hours I spent pulling brunch together – a small token of appreciation for a mother who loves pretty table settings, chintz cups, and flowers. (h/t to Dune for slicing this all together).
Thanks for sharing in this special day by reading my blog. I would love to hear what you did on Mother's Day. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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