Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Farmhouse Spring Entertaining

Today is February 22nd and it's going to reach nearly 80°..... in the Midwest. While I know there is still plenty of time for it to turn cold again - I am loving all the signs of Spring around here. And as a good farmer's wife - I am already praying for rain.... here we go again. ;)

Back to pretty Spring table settings. When we were building our house I desperately wanted a "formal dining room." Our plan didn't have one and one just didn't fit anywhere in our house - so I settled without. For the time being my farmer and I eat all of our meals at our island - so our little table area is my formal dining room. Although its not always completely set with dishes and glasses - it does most always have fresh flowers in the middle (or a pumpkin in the fall) - it does give me a little creative outlet for doing new table settings.

When I think of Spring flowers I instantly think of tulips. Every tree in my yard is surrounded with tulips outside and I love to bring them indoors as well. Yellow is a quintessential springtime color to me - so that's what I picked up at Trader Joe's last week.

I started the hyacinths as bulbs late last fall - they are doing so good I just had to add them to the table as well.


These white dishes are our everyday dishes.... I have a beautiful blue and white Ralph Lauren set that is our wedding china pattern, but the simple white suited me best for this post and this setting... Very informal - looks like it's ready for the perfect Easter brunch.


I purchased my two end chairs separately - but this dining room furniture I purchased probably 9 years ago from my brother and sister in law - and they purchased it from their brother and sister in law.... So it's been in the "family" for a while now. I did stain the top to be a little darker and we painted the chairs and the legs. It's serving us well for now - but I eventually would like something a little larger.

While I really hope my husband is not reading this post (and if he is - babe, I'll make you something special for dinner) but I love these tables and chairs from the Arhaus Dining Collection.

This one in particular - The Tuscany Table in Noceto - would look perfect in my kitchen.



I couldn't get enough of the lighting we had that day.

 


 
I add different pillows per season to these chairs at the head of the table. I just removed big beautiful red ones for Christmas and Valentines Day - these neutral ones will get me through until summertime.




I love all of my white dishes in the hutch behind my table....


 
I am hosting a birthday party for my mother in law next weekend - so from now until then I will have my "entertaining" hat on trying to think of the best touches to make the party really feel special.

I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful weather - things are about get busy on the farm.... It's a new time of the year - a fresh start. As farmers it's always a great feeling. I promise there is nothing quite like Spring on the farm.

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