When you’re traveling or vacationing at the beach, in the mountains or in a major city many people book into an Air B&B so they can combine eating out and eating in. I love to see all the different offerings for tableware and flatware that are represented by vacation hosts. There’s no reason you can’t set a nice table even when on vacation. A pretty table makes even the most simple meal taste a little better.

For our simple dinner in Orvieto I used a pale yellow tablecloth and some bright deep aqua placemats shot with white. Ceramics in Italy are very colorful with large overall patterns. The ones I used for this setting are in shades of blue, off-white and brown. These are really classic colors and I enjoyed seeing this combination on the table.

I started the table setting with a soft yellow tablecloth. I found some pretty blue placemats show with white that matched the colors in the china. The placemat makes against the soft yellow makes the setting stand out. A solid blue bowl sits on a salad/dessert plate in an overall pattern of blue and brown with a white background. The dinner plate sports similar colors with an overall blue background that matches the bowl. A simple white napkin is placed beside the china. On the other side is flatware with a soft grey handle.

I had to search a bit for a centerpiece but finally came up with a woven placemat which serves as a base for a sweet rustic owl. The owl seems to be commenting on dinner. I think he approves…don’t you?

The bowl didn’t have a maker’s mark so I can’t tell you who makes it. The plates are made here in Italy. I think the combination made for a very nice table setting for two that reflects the tastes of another culture that we can enjoy.

We enjoyed a simple dinner of soup with some really great vegetables and a sprinkling of cheese on top along with some bread and, of course, a wonderful San Giovese wine from the local shop. Some cheese and fruit (not shown) completed the meal. It was fun seeing what I could find to set a pretty table on vacation.

Here’s a picture of the Duomo in Orvieto at night. Quite spectacular. Ciao!


3 thoughts on “Setting a Table in Orvieto

    1. Thanks Mary Lou. Wish you cold be here to share all this but I know you will really enjoy your trip to England. Say hello to your family from us and see you when we are all back in the states.

  1. Thank you so much for linking up with @esmesalon #SeniorSalonPitStop 258. Tweeting this for now but please revert back to see if you make the top 15 or mentioned by co-hosts

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