The winding down of summer proves to be a harried time. With back to school and the cravings of a regimented routine, free time seems to go by the wayside and a good home cooked meal gets replaced by takeout. Par for the course around here, but instead of feeling a little guilty for not cooking, I embrace the help and I dress up the takeout dinners.
Although times are busy, I’ll stop everything just to design a table setting. I got this passion from my sweet Mama, and more recently from Eddie Ross. As I’ve written a few times before, I have a huge design crush on the guy and his book Modern Mix is a beautiful book I reference often, and I follow his Instagram feed religiously. A man after my own heart, he too loves to design table settings, all of which are absolutely stunning, and even for his takeout meals he sets the table with a mix of antique china and modern flair. And why not. Every meal should be special, not just the ones you cook yourself. I devour his photos and take inspiration from each and every one of them.
Recently I needed a slow down and I channeled my inner Eddie Ross and for our Japanese takeout, I set the table. Since the weather was nice, our picnic table was the way to go. Anything goes is my rule of thumb for a tablecloth, and a scrap piece of fabric did the trick here, and I built from there. Bring out the nice plates! A slight hoarder of dishes, I had two place settings of the Asian inspired takeout container. Set the mood with candles and in my opinion every meal should have the candles lit. Goodwill treasured malachite candlesticks worked with the greens of the fabric and a simple boxwood topiary earned a spot for the centerpiece. Shop the house to create a beautiful table setting. Houseplants make for lovely appearances, too.
Although things around us are rushed, take the time for a slowdown and treat your takeout like a slow cooked meal. It’s amazing what a nice table setting does for the psyche. Sounds corny, but it’s true. I say, embrace the help of takeout, and always dress up the table.