The first 4 months of 2017 were a time of trial for our family. I found out I was unexpectedly expecting baby number 3 (thoughts about that here) in January, and was plagued by morning (read: all day, especially evening) sickness for more than just the first trimester. I’m still feeling nauseous in the evenings, but I’m usually able to go to bed early enough so as to not be super sick. I had a severe lack of energy, creativity, and desire to do anything. And when my energy and creativity finally started to come back in late February, we all started to get sick. Multiple times, with sicknesses that lingered. We’re still recovering from the last bout: I had strep (thankfully no one else tested positive for it) for the first time in my life, and it was miserable. I even went on antibiotics (if you know me, you know how hard that was and how much I hated it). Thankfully, we seem to all be recovering from this round of sickness, and I’m praying the warm weather helps to keep us healthy!
Enough complaining….all that to say, my strep came right in the midst of a pretty little Mother’s Day event I was planning for a handful of my mama friends last month. I was so excited to host my friends and hopefully bless them as mamas! I had hired babysitters for all the kiddos, and had the yummiest brunch menu planned (fresh salmon with wilted spinach and eggs, leek, red potato and feta galette, spring salad with buttermilk herb dressing, creamy cucumber salad, homemade bread with salted butter, and rhubarb sundaes with shortbread cookies), and was just so looking forward to our time together. I ultimately had to cancel the brunch (so sad) and rather than allow all the flowers go to waste, I decided to recreate a smaller version of the Mother’s Day brunch table I had planned, right in my dining room (the gathering was supposed to be at my favorite local farmhouse: LaMontagne at Bluemont).
I wanted to keep the table rather monochromatic and really let the hanging installation be the star. I used two 100% cotton white king sized sheets, my new favorite “tablecloth”, matte grey plates from Crate and Barrel, and my go-to napkins: crisp white flour sack towels! The illustrated cards on each plate (which feature a thyme plant, which is part of my A Daily Gathering logo!) included a personalized note for each guest. I wanted each mama to know why they’re rocking the mama game!
I’m so happy to be sharing this pared down version of the table, especially the hanging centerpiece installation. The original version was supposed to be a whopping 6′ long, suspended from the rafters in the all-white pool house. But alas, my dining room ceiling doesn’t have rafters, so I had to go with the 3′ version.
The fact that I ended up using my dining room to share this simple table gave me an idea for the blog: see how many different “table” looks I can achieve in my dining room. I just recently shared an Easter table, and I’ll be sharing more throughout the year. Hopefully, it will inspire you to use what you already have to create a simple, welcoming space to host family and friends around the table.
Come back tomorrow for the DIY on how to recreate this hanging installation, which would work for any event any time of year!
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