A Taste of Carolina Dinner Party Tablescape

We are a part of a Dinner Group consisting of wonderful friends…

…..who I must say are fantastic cooks and gracious hosts.

So, this week was my turn…

…..with my hectic schedule lately, I decided to do something different.

TAKE OUT!!! 🙂 🙂

From many of my favorite restaurants and deli’s…


Simple Centerpiece of 3 “North Carolina” Beverage Glasses of Flowers…


At the end of the evening, they will be given to my guests.


My chef announcing the theme of the dinner….



Place card holders with the names of the “food origins”…




Flowers from Trader Joe’s….North Carolina Beverage Glasses from A Southern Season.





Have you noticed “peaks and valleys” of fabric on the plates?




So what’s a Lifesaver doing on a napkin?


Ta Da!!…The “Water Lily” napkin fold needed something in the middle of the flower…

…..so the Lifesaver mint doubles as decoration for the napkin and an after dinner mint!

I will be posting the napkin tutorial soon.


The original place setting was going to be this one….Dinner Plate, Lenox Butler’s Pantry.

Salad plate and bowl is Noritake Summer Estate.

The actual table setting was meant to be simple…along with the meal…

…..so I thought a “pretty folded napkin” would add some character to the table.


Tablecloth and napkins by Ralph Lauren (HomeGoods).



It was a wonderful evening of food, drink and great conversation with wonderful friends.

I am joining:

Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays

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  1. Your table is fabulous Shirley and I love the take out idea! Very clever using the placecard holders. What did you serve?

    Your chef is wonderful, wish I had one like him. I love it when HomeGoods has Ralph Lauren linens.
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  2. It’s lovely Shirley. Love the linens! Come link it up at Let’s Dish!
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  3. I am certainly familiar with all of those places. Your table and concept are great.

  4. Oh how pretty, Shirley! It doesn’t matter if the food was takeout – there’s something about a lovely table that makes everything taste like a gourmet meal. I think you made the right call on adding the napkins – something a little different and more special. Looking forward to the napkin folding tute!
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  5. Your table is so pretty and I can’t wait for the tutorial on the napkin fold. What fun this sounds like to have this kind of get together with special friends. Great idea to do takeout.

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  6. So pretty! I adore that clever napkin fold. So cute! And the mint was the perfect center.

  7. It’s all gorgeous. Love the flower centerpieces and those napkins are perfect. You are the hostess with the mostess. I have never hosted a dinner party. I do host Thanksgiving and Christmas for family from time to time, but not a real dinner party.

  8. Wow, Shirley, what a beautiful dinner table! I can’t imagine how difficult is was to fold those napkins into little art pieces, and the mint was genius. I also loved the chef announcing the food origins. Very clever and a very sophisticated takeout! Only you could be this creative! Nice touch that everyone could take home a North Carolina glass vase. So special. I’m so impressed. Love, Pam

  9. Such a beautiful table. I love the cloth and napkins – makes me think I might have that same pattern tucked away. I love that you did take out! People just don’t entertain as often as they used to as I think it’s because we’re all so darn busy and just don’t have time. I love to entertain with take out. It makes it happen, which is really what it’s about.

    – The Tablescaper

  10. What a great idea I love your stemware and your linens.

  11. Shirley, I see why you have been busy! Your tablescape is stunning! I love the theme! You set a great table! I know it was fun dinner party! I love the colors and the napkins are so darn cute!!!
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  12. Your table looks wonderful, Shirley, and you’re serving my favorite- takeout! 🙂 Love that napkin fold, can’t wait to see how you do it. Though I probably won’t need it with my Chick Fil-A takeout, huh? 😀
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  13. Absolutely beautiful Shirley!! LOVE the pretty table lines and flowers. Your photos are AMAZING!!
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  14. Hurray for HomeGoods, Ralph Lauren and Take Out! I haven’t been to Southern Season in far too long! Love your pretty lily napkin fold and blooming tablecloth! Hope you’re staying cool 🙂
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  15. What a great theme for a dinner party! LOVE the frosted NC glasses and all the details of your dinner party, especially the chef and little boxwood place card holders. Looking forward to your tutorial for the napkin fold.
    xo Babs
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  16. Your table setting is beautiful Shirley! I love the linens and the take out idea is fabulous!
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  17. Great ideas, Shirley! I love your North Carolina glasses as centerpieces!
    xo Heidi
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  18. Hi Shirley, Your table is gorgeous. Love how the flowers and table linens complement one another. That napkin fold is so pretty. I want to learn that one.
    Have a blessed weekend, Ginger
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  19. What a beautiful table and I can’t wait to see how you folded those napkins!! Very nice, Shirley!!~~Angela
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  20. Aren’t the gourmet groups such fun? We have one in Houston and in Maine and I so look forward to those evenings of food and friends. You hit it on the napkin fold. It just doesn’t take much to make a table special.
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  21. Pretty! I LOVE A Southern Season!
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  22. Oh, I love it all, Shirley! What a wonderful, fun idea. And that’s my kind of ‘cooking’! 🙂

  23. Shirley,
    Your table scape is so pretty. Thanks for finding me now I have found you. So happy to meet you.

  24. Your table is so beautiful! Love that tablecloth!!!
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  25. Beautiful table…love the linens. Trader Joe’s has the nicest flowers for the best prices, too!
    Have a wonderful week, Shirley…

  26. Merry Pierson says

    Shirley I love the tablescape. I think it is one of your prettiest!

  27. Beautiful!!! What was on the menu? Love love love A Southern Season!

  28. What a gorgeous table Shirley! Love the tablecloth and, well, everything else too! Your dining room looks lovely. Can’t wait to meet you in person on Thursday at Haven!
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  29. I love your beautiful table setting! The folded napkins are the icing on the cake. Love the idea of using a lifesaver in the center too. I bet your guests loved everything. I can tell a lot of thought went into it.
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  30. I love your North Carolina glasses and your table linens. Everything looks just right for your party.

    I can’t wait to see you again at Haven. I can’t believe it’s almost time to go!!
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  31. What a pretty and inviting table! I bought those same cloth napkins from Home Goods this spring…love them! I also like the way you folded them — just gorgeous!

    We also do a regular dinner with neighbors. I think I might suggest take-out next time …easy for everyone! 🙂
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  32. Lovely table setting. Gorgeous napkins and tablecloth. The water Lilly folded napkin with mint center is adorable too!

  33. Oh what a lovely dinner and table you had Shirley. I love the way you did the napkins and the glasses are just darling.
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