Like Ina mentioned, I enjoy setting an attractive table and having those special touches. Setting a beautiful table is not about putting one’s self on display, rather making guests feel special, welcome, and honored. With that being said, here are a few rules I follow to set a gracious table:
1. Include fresh flowers. Buy one type of flower. I usually choose hydrangeas or roses. When you get home, choose a clear vase and fill it with cold tap water. Trim the flower stems at a 45 degree angle to the size of your vase and remove all leaves below the waterline. Sometimes, instead of using one large vase, I break up the flowers into smaller arrangements using either small vases or drinking glasses. If using hydrangeas, know that they sometimes will get a little limp the following day. If that happens, simply trim the stems about an inch and put them in new, fresh water. The hydrangeas will usually perk right back up in a couple hours. If the flowers still look limp, repeat the process.
Avoid pre-made arrangements. Grocery store arrangements often include flowers that are dyed or dipped in glitter or feature too many garish color combinations. Stick to a single kind of flower and you’ll take the guesswork out of how to arrange them.
2. Include unscented candles. Candles always add a flattering, sparkling light. Small white votives are perfect for daytime or evening get-togethers.
Avoid scented candles. You don’t want to mix food aromas with a strong, overpowering candle scent. Leave the pumpkin scented candle for when you are reading or watching TV.
3. Include a finishing touch. The type of finishing touch will vary by occasion, but include something that will unite your table aesthetic. For our girls brunch, I tucked bougainvillea stems into the napkins to bring the colors of the table together. For your own table, you can use any greenery, herbs, or even a pretty ribbon.
Avoid clutter. The point is to keep things simple yet elegant. Take anything off the table that doesn’t add to it and use only what you need.
There you have it. A beautiful table setting and tips you can use to host any upcoming party! Now lets get back to this baked omelette recipe, shall we?
I like to make mine in a cast iron, but a non stick pan will do as well. I also like to use ground sausage, but you can definitely change it up to add chicken, bacon or add hash browns. You really can’t go wrong with this savoury omelette.