Table Setting 411

Entertaining is Erica’s forte no doubt.  So much so, she probably has the correct way to set a table in the back of her mind.  But for those of you like me – that are constantly trying to remember fork on the left?  Spoon where?  Knife in or out?  And who am I kidding, with the small kiddos their small forks and plates don’t necessarily fit into the “formal” place setting.

BUT with Thanksgiving right around the corner – EEK – two weeks from today, I thought I would share a quick reminder on how to set your table for those of you hosting the Thanksgiving feast.

And while you are at it – don’t forget the place settings.  Two of my favorite that are simple DIY projects…

For step by step instructions on these DIY projects – Visit Almost Makes Perfect  for the DIY gold dipped pear place cards and visit Spoon Fork Bacon for the rosemary spring place cards.

Summer Bruschetta

One of my FAVORITE Summer foods is bruschetta. It’s just so fresh and light – perfect for a snack or any entertaining you’re doing. Last weekend, I had some goodies from the Farmers’ Market, so I decided to make some bruschetta for our 4th of July celebrations.

Bruschetta Ingredients

Bruschetta Ingredients


Summer Bruschetta - Middle Redefined

Summer Bruschetta – Middle Redefined

Here’s my recipe:

5 Regular Tomatoes (or 8 Roma Tomatoes) Chopped

2 Cloves of Garlic (add more or less depending on how garlic-y you like it) diced

1 5-oz Container of Feta (I like Feta in mine, but you can also do mozzerella)

8-9 Basil Leaves Chopped

1/2 Lemon Squeezed into the Bowl

1 Tblspn Balsamic Vinegar

2 Tblspns Olive Oil

Dash of salt and pepper


Mix all your ingredients together in a bowl and serve over warm bread. I just buy baguettes at the grocery store, cut them into slices, drizzle them with olive oil, and warm them for no more than 3 minutes in a 350 degree oven. If you do any more than that, they’ll get too hard – and no one wants that!




Mother’s Day Lunch

My husband, Trent, and I are very lucky to live in the same city as both of our moms as well as Trent’s lovely grandma. Our moms are so incredibly generous and help us out a great deal with our son because we both travel a lot for work. So we decided to treat the entire family to a Mother’s Day lunch as a small token of gratitude for all they do for us.

Here are some fun photos of the setup, and I’ll share recipes later this week.

On one table, I used floral placemats with my antique red and white dishes. I didn’t add glasses to the tables because I like to set all glasses and drinks up together so people can just pick and choose what they want.

Table Setup

Table Setup


We had 14 people total, so that required two full tables for everyone to sit comfortably. On the other table, I used gold and silver chargers along with white plates. In the center of the table, I grouped similar-colored flowers together in old teal mason jars.

Mother's Day Lunch -

Mother’s Day Lunch –

Each person got his or her very own saucer filled with olive oil and parmesan to dip bread in.

[caption id="attachment_588" align="alignleft" width="768"]Antique Dishes Antique Dishes

We did buffet-style food along our kitchen island. I have to say, the chicken piccata was a hit!

Food Setup

Food Setup

Hope all the mothers reading this had as fabulous of a Mother’s Day as we did. Ours was full of food, family, and sunshine. For me, that was one of the best gifts I received – along with the homemade necklace my son made me.