Anyway, last Friday, I decided to peek in there again. And on the door, was the sign "Buy 1 CLEARANCE ITEM, get 2nd CLEARANCE ITEM for 50% off!" My heart was racing when I came in with my children. I knew that this set would already be gone. I wasn't hopeful for anything good to find since they started the sale the day after my last peek. I round the corner and I see that all the pieces I was admiring were still there. Now the sale said, qualifying items have yellow tags. I was afraid to lift one up because I didn't want to be disappointed. I thought, if they are still here, that means they weren't put on sale. I'd have to wait again...
But, I had to try, so I did. I grabbed a salad plate; and slowly, carefully turned it over. It has a yellow tag! Plus it was already discounted to another 50% off the last sale price! I quickly got the 8 salad plates, 1 platter and 1 bowl that I've been wanting- all yellow tagged. My average savings was 87.5%!!! FOR. EACH. ITEM! Yes, patience seems to pay off for me over dishes that are meant to be mine. I'll feature the pattern on next week's Thursday memes. Today, I just want to enjoy them...
TABLESCAPING IDEA: ("Brain" knows that dishes are meant to be used, so here's an idea for just that) While you family's out of the house during the day, look at your dinnerware collection. Choose a theme, pattern or coordinating look to set your table with. Choose a simple centerpiece of flowers in a graceful vase. Create a menu that everyone loves and a surprise dessert- one you haven't made in a while but a family fave. On the background, have music that the whole family enjoys. Do a different napkin fold for each placesetting to celebrate the individuality of your children, husband or any relatives in the house with you. As a place card, choose one word that describes their best quality and on the opposite side, their name. As they come in, have them wash up and occupy the table where their names are. After saying grace, tell them how you missed them and decided to celebrate them thru a nice dinner menu and table. Then tell them about the word that inspired you about them as you get ready to serve the dessert. Unless it is super dirty, ask them to blindfold themselves with their napkins because you want dessert to be a surprise. When dessert is on the table, undo the blindfold and see all the wonderful expressions of thanks.
I'm joining Susan of A Southern Daydreamer in her reading blog, so here are my books:
Diary of A Wimpy Kid- Jeff Kinney (all four we have)
Great Irish Tales of Horror- Peter Haining
Life of Pi- Yann Martel