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Entertaining Tips

Embrace a colorful tablesetting

I find that some people don’t like to entertain or have people over for dinner because they don’t have enough matching plates or silverware.

That reminds me of something self help guru Barbara Sher said in her book, Wishcraft. Don’t wait until your apartment is cleaned to go out and follow your dreams.

And I say with a spin on her suggestion, you don’t need to have a set of china or any plateware or matching silverware or glasses or even a tablecloth to invite friends for dinner. You can be eclectic in the table setting as well as what goes on the plate.

You can see from my blurry photo that nothing matches and I prefer it that way. I’m using both Russell Wright plates, Metlox plates, and bright fun gift bowls. The purple bowls belonged to my ex roommate when I lived in Calif. These bowls accidentally got packed when I moved.

I’ve used two different sets of silverware. The glasses belonged to my mother and she never used them; I used them for company. The bigger glass is imprinted with Southwest Gas from a culinaryevent that I attended last year. The person who used that glass doesn’t drink so I made him a pom mocktail and wanted him to have a bigger glass than the smaller wine glasses.

All the cloth napkins match. I got a stack of ten for $1 at a yard sale. The colored glass dishes in the middle match; I got them at a going-out-of- business Mexican glass store — six for $2.

Four of the placemats come from IKEA and cost 29 cents/each plus two other placemats that I got in Santa Monica; cannot remember price.

Oh, yeah, my dining room table costs $25 at a yard sale. Four of the chairs match and came from Blueprint in Los Angeles, one chair is my office chair, and another chair, I bought at a yard sale for $3. I still want to paint it a bright color.

As you can see I am not afraid of color — colorful place settings, bold people, colorful conversation, and bold food.

For this particular meal, I made white chili, a big green salad with roasted beets and goat cheese dressed with an orange balsamic vinaigrette, and potato latkes with sour cream and applesauce. A guest made corn bread and another guest made a cranberry tart.

It was a fabulous feast on a memorable day with good loving friends.

Morale of the story: Follow your intuition. Put interesting food on the plate and don’t worry if the plate is chipped, as like torn tights and jeans, it’s the new frugal chic. Be colorful. Be creative. Be you.

Happy entertaining…

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