Entertaining

Setting the Table with Schumacher for Williams Sonoma

A classic print gets a whole new look
Filed Under > Entertaining
Dragon Ice Bucket, Double Old Fashion Glasses, Decanter
Ikat Serving Bowl, Dragon Platter, Cheese Knives
Schumacher Table Cloth & Ikat Ginger Jar
Schumacher for Williams Sonoma Ikat Charger, Ikat Dinner Plate, Dragon Salad Plate, Napkin
Schumacher for Williams Sonoma Ikat Ginger Jar

It’s amazing how a quick change in tabletop can make a room look completely different. Case in point setting the table with the new, jaw-dropping Schumacher for Williams Sonoma Collection.

Have you seen this collection yet? For those of you not familiar at all with Schumacher let me give you a quick run down. Schumacher was founded in 1889 by Frederic Schumacher, and quickly became the industry leader in textiles, wall coverings and trimmings. This legendary American design house is renowned for its unwavering commitment to beauty, artistry and quality and is a go-to for designers all over the world. So when they joined forces with Williams Sonoma, I knew the collaboration would be iconic.

This exclusive collection is the first time ever Schumacher has allowed their iconic patterns to be available in dinnerware and entertaining pieces and by how beautiful the collection turned out they’ve all got to be asking, why didn’t we do this sooner?!?!

I cannot tell you how much fun I had setting this table. This collection, at its heart, is a pattern and color lovers dream which is was waited with bated breath for it to launch.

Not only was I anxious to see which iconic Schumacher patterns were going to make the collection, I loved knowing that I would be able mix and match all of the different Schumacher patterns such as ikat, dragon, and chinois fret and the end result will feel cohesive and effortless. This is what I’m always talking about when mixing patterns…be bold, don’t be afraid friends!

Plus, from an entertaining standpoint this collection is so full and colorful there was no need to crowd the table with additional decor such as candles and loads of florals. I kept it simple by combining an orchid I already had potted at home and a few white hydrangeas from my garden combined in the Schumacher Ikat Ginger Jar.

While the entire collection is stunning, my personal favorites have to be the dragon ice bucket that is literally so large it can hold 3 bottles of wine! The amazingly intricate dragon decanter and matching double old fashioned glasses. And lastly all of the fabrics, specifically the napkin collection. They’re so beautiful and at such a great price!

At the end of the day every Schumacher for Williams Sonoma piece can completely stand on it’s own, but my suggestion…have fun with this one because the collection is truly meant to be mixed, matched, and swooned over. Truly, MKR

P.S. Come back this weekend when I’ll be sharing my recipe for the easiest ever Korean Ground Beef recipe as pictured above.

Photography Rustic White Interiors | This post is sponsored by Williams Sonoma, a brand I love and adore. All opinions and images are 100% my own

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A Citrus Themed Table Setting Perfect For A Summer Brunch, Lunch or Baby Shower
Filed Under > Entertaining

In all my years of parties thrown and dinner parties hosted I’ve never been one to go all in on a match-matchy theme. Typically, I to like working from a specific color palette, or menu and let things organically flow from there. But if there was any theme I could completely get behind, especially in summer, it would be citrus.

Citrus is a great theme for numerous reasons. First, it’s completely relevant to the summer season. Second, citrus is an extremely easy idea to incorporate into your recipes. From drinks, like a refreshing Aperol Spritz (recipe HERE), to dishes such as a simple fruit salad (similar recipe HERE) the possibilities are endless.

Lastly, citrus is an easier and more inexpensive way to decorate than flowers. Bowls and vases full of oranges, lemons, and limes have never been labeled ” high maintenance” nor will they cost near the price of a few dozen peonies.

Now that we’ve got the food and decor taken care of lets talk about the table itself. For this particular tabletop I kept things light, bright and easy by using paper table runners, placemats and place-cards. I’ve used and carried these paper accents at Waiting On Martha Home since the beginning and I never tire of the way they always add a whimsical and fun touch to any table and because of their price you won’t feel guilty by constantly switching things up.

Being summer and wanting to keep things on the lighter side of fussy I mixed my VIETRI melamine plates, acrylic tumblers and serving dishes with my more formal ceramic melon and orange plates. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I love investing in a core white place setting, like VIETRI Lastra, and mixing in fun salad, appetizer, and serving pieces when the mood strikes.

Finally, I topped the look off with the white bamboo flatware I cannot stop using and VIETRI paper cocktail napkins and neon Le Jacquard dinner napkins sure to pack a citrus punch.

I can honestly say this was the easiest, and most fun table I’ve ever put together and it was definitely a team favorite. It simply made everyone happy! So next time you’re thinking about implementing a theme for a dinner party, brunch, bridal shower, or really any time you just want something more on the sunny side of the street I suggest thinking citrus! Truly, MKR

Photography Rustic White Interiors

Goin’ Coastal

An easy coastal themed tabletop perfect for relaxed summer entertaining
Filed Under > "Hostess with the Mostest"

With the first day of summer officially come and gone I’m focused on soaking up every bit that summer has to offer. Which for me means easy, relaxed dinners alfresco.

Typically in summer with the heat being what it is I like to keep the meals light, which usually means seafood. Grilled fish, shrimp skewers, and in today’s case white wine and garlic clams. And with seafood typically on the menu my summer table decor tend to lean in the coastal direction. Think blues, whites, and natural fabrics mixed in with no fuss accents. Which is exactly what I’m sharing today.

If you asked me to pick a favorite from this setting, I couldn’t. I honestly want every single piece. The updated take on spongeware by Mark D. Sikes mixes perfectly with my favorite blue and white stripes and coastal inspired melamine accents like these $5 dipping dishes and the bread board. And the rattan accents in the form of placemats, glassware and place card holders add that relaxed feeling that is summer.

And continuing on the theme of relaxed, our no-iron linen napkins are an absolute must for entertainers of all levels. They’re not too fussy and YES no-iron means no-iron. So you can wash them time and time again and they’ll be ready to go from the dryer straight to the table.

Lastly, I rounded everything out with ivory acrylic flatware in the shape of bamboo, melamine wine coasters, cobalt blue hibiscus VIETRI bud vases filled with tulips, and sea-salt citronella candles to keep the bugs away. And I pulled out my bamboo folding chairs. I ordered two sets of these years ago and I’m so glad I did. I love having them at the ready for extra guests or any extra seating needs. I really do use them all the time!

Jumping back to the flatware real quick; these stopped me in my tracks when I first spied them. I had wanted the traditional brown bamboo flatware for ages, but had never pulled the trigger and I’m so glad I didn’t because the ivory is STUNNING! Plus it goes with absolutely everything. I did say I couldn’t play favorites, but if I was pushed it would be these!

So that’s it friends. A relaxed summer tabletop ready for all those long summer nights ahead. Enjoy! Truly, MKR

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Photography: Rustic White Interiors

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