Entertaining with IKEA and More

Recently, we had a small group of friends over for dinner,
I bought these white enamel pitchers at IKEA and filled them with flowers from Trader Joe's.
They have three sizes and can also be used for beverages ($9.99-$19.99).

The linen napkins, actually dishtowels, are also from IKEA.
  Although they are not on-line, there were plenty of them at the store ($5.99 for two).
We used antique silver and bone fish knives and forks.  
These were a gift from my friend, Netta.
(elevating my casual setting!)

 My husband made Fish En Papillote
...sole with julienned vegetables cooked in parchment paper.  
He placed them on our plates, like little presents to open,
 with roasted Brussel sprouts.

I bought gourmet bakery cookies for dessert,
but if I had had time, how great would these be
by Marilyn of Pink Martinis and Pearls?
The day after the party...nice and clean 
and I love having the fresh flowers!

We celebrated Laura's and Cindy's birthdays with lunch
at Splashes in Laguna Beach.
 Attached to one of the gifts was a sprig of 
Meyer lemon blossoms from our tree
(with some plant shine spray on the leaves)
Very fragrant and easy! 
We had a table by the water.  Great service and food.

You're thinking that all I do is eat and party, 
aren't you?

I've been busy, too.  In fact, I will show you a sage green
master suite makeover soon and a new beach home 
with touches of sand and lilac.  Speaking of which...

Check out my Houzz Ideabook 
Fresh Ways to Use Lavender

Have a spectacular Labor Day weekend!


  1. Very very pretty, love the pitchers, white with fresh flowers is always pretty!
    Have a wonderful long weekend,

  2. I have seen those pitchers at Ikea and often thought how cute they are! Isn't that all you do:) have lunch and set tables?

  3. I love the white pitchers filled with flowers and the tea towels used as serviettes - I will have to look for them when I go to IKEA next. Your orange blossoms on the present are the best. I haven't heard of plant shine spray, but it certainly does what it claims to.

  4. I bought the same Ikea pitcher too, it is great and inexpensive as well! Love the way you wrap your present using leaves, flowers and striped ribbons, so simple and pretty! Lovely table setting as usual.

    Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, Mary Ann!


  5. I'm going to have to go to IKEA...looks fabulous!

  6. Mary Ann, your table settings are always so beautiful, fresh and inviting. They are so inspiring. My cookies would be lucky to be placed on your table. :)

  7. Hi Mary Ann. Love the white pitchers and linen napkins. Isn't that what life is about...eating and partying? ;) Can't wait to see what you've been working on.

    Have a great weekend!

  8. Well of course I am thinking that is all you do, and I am so jealous of that thought. Your husband cooks? I was just looking at those Ikea pitchers. Happy Labor Day.

  9. Hi Mary Ann,

    I love your green glasses. Where did you get them from?

    Emily @ Town And Country Shuffle

  10. The guests that you entertain sure are in for a wonderful experience! Beautiful table setting, great food and fabulous a host and hostess!!! You are the queen of finding the best stuff at bargain prices! Love your new Ikea purchases, but that gorgeous fish flatware set adds that extra little something to your table. I can't wait to try the fish recipe....looks so delish! And you know my love for the "art of wrapping" packages! Just love the lemon blossoms and shiny green leaves with the striped ribbon! And who says you can't eat and party all the time? But see how hard you work on all your projects, so you deserve it!!!

    Can't wait to see your upcoming projects.
    Happy Labor Day! XO Gail

  11. Mary Ann you party animal. You mean you don't just have lunch and plan pretty table settings all day? how disappointing :)

    But...you definitely are the queen of pretty table settings...you should do a book! #iwouldbuyit

  12. Mary Ann,
    You set a very pretty table, always. I love Ikea, I haven't been for awhile, I need to visit, they always have a fun item or two.
    Enjoy your Labor Day weekend.

  13. Mary Ann-
    Beautiful tablescape and I love that it came from IKEA. so pretty! So jelly you had lunch in Laguna Beach... miss visiting there!! HAve a great Labor Day!

  14. I love your green flowers in the pitchers, simple but great idea. What's wrong with eating? Looks like you eat healthy and get to have fun at the same time. Those meyer's sprigs on the present are stunning! Enjoy the rest of your day off!


  15. Your tables are always BEAUTIFUL!! And I love how you can incorporate items from IKEA and they work perfectly! Happy Labor Day!

  16. Love your table setting! You have such great taste in entertaining!

  17. I want the bone flatware, please! Everything is gorgeous, and I also love cooking in parchment paper. SO delicious.
    Happy Tuesday, Mary Ann.

  18. Beautiful table. Love the pitchers with flowers. Very good taste. Love visit your blog. Evelyne.

  19. you are making me really want to throw a nice intimate dinner party now-thx for the inspiration!!!

  20. A lovely table Mary Anne. Mixing special items found at Ikea with the Antique Fish Knives and Forks.
    Then the chef outdid himself!

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  21. I love how you mix up your table with high and low pieces. I would never have thought to use dishtowels for napkins, they are perfect! And don't even get me started on that view you enjoyed in Laguna…….gorgeous!

  22. All looks amazing.. I love ikea designing picture and you have set up tables in a professional way. I love the white pitchers filled with flowers and those beautiful dishtowels.


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