Since the plates, placemats, and glasses didn’t cost very much I was determined not to spend anything on the rest of the table items. So I went to work going through what I had on hand and had fun experimenting until I got the “look” I wanted. My parents were Depression Era babies and I was raised with the Depression Era attitude of “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”; for some reason, I felt this attitude was appropriate for the inexpensive DT lemons. .
The woven placemats are plastic, believe it or not. I had bought them recently at the At Home store and they were a perfect backing for the flimsy DT placemats. The yellow cloth in the middle is actually a large napkin that I use as a liner in a bread basket; it is probably the only yellow thing I own! The glass bowl and plate under it were thrift store finds that come into use from time to time and here they dressed up the table a little bit.
Now to admit, I did have to go back to DT and buy a lemon bowl and flowers to go in it. I tried a candle and greenery and several other arrangements, but the table needed flowers, yellow flowers. The cost was minimal, so they were the only thing I had to buy for the table arrangement.
The coasters gave a touch of blue to the table and my parents’ Chantilly sterling silver dressed it up a bit. When my Mother chose that pattern she chose well as it is so versatile. I use the Chantilly often as it has a nice weight and balance in the pieces, unlike stainless steel.
I’m not a big fan of lemonade, but before the summer is over I need to either make a pitcher full or just buy some and enjoy a cool, yellow drink in my DT lemon glasses.