Setting a Sweet, Simple Spring Table

One of our new makers is June & December.  Katie and Nick are a lovely couple from Michigan — but aren’t all people from Michigan, lovely?! — who create a sweet line of products that includes everything from greeting cards and pencils to napkins and dishtowels.  When we stumbled upon this picture on their website we knew it was the perfect setting for a casual spring dinner.  So, we decided to share with you how to recreate this inviting scene with some of our favorite Red Barn Mercantile products.

First, start with June & December’s napkins, naturally.  Made of soft and durable flour sack cotton with simple garden-inspired designs, they are just right for setting a casual spring table.  The designs set the perfect tone for your dinner.

Then sprinkle in a few bud vases with flowers bought from the grocery store and a few little votives to create a bit of ambience.  We think these votives pair perfectly with grandma’s bud vase.

Then let’s consider that beautiful charcuterie board.  What a great starter to your dinner or even the perfect dinner itself when accompanied by a giant green salad and scrumptious bottle of wine.  I pick up all my charcuterie from Cheesetique in Del Ray.  Delicious Humboldt Fog and Manchego cheeses paired with sopressata and salami, dried and fresh fruits, and a touch of quince paste makes a wonderful meal.  Put it all on our marble cheese board to inject a little chic to your table.

If you need help deciding on what to put on your board, then we highly recommend Anni Daulter’s new book “Bites on a Board.”  So yummy!

That’s all it takes, folks.  Keep spring entertaining easy by following these steps.  Add fine wine and good friends, and you have one lovely evening.

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Owner Amy Rutherford started Red Barn because she wanted to deliver a service — to provide both old and new in one place. No longer will busy shoppers be limited to reproductions or forced to shop multiple flea markets for the look or gifts they want. The trick in blending old and new, vintage and modern, classic and quirky, is balance. And Amy’s knack for mixing rustic antiques with urban chic has created a look that is both fresh and familiar.

Red Barn Mercantile opened its doors in September 2007 with a single vision in mind: providing old and new to offer our customers signature whole-room designs at great prices.

We’re more than a furniture boutique and provide more personalized service than a big box retailer. We work hard to bring you the highest quality furniture and gifts, the most unique conversation starters, wall hangings and accent pieces, whether they come from off-the-beaten-track flea markets, or the latest designers.

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