After a brief consultation we agreed with our friends that it had been way too long since we had gathered for dinner. Saturday was a perfect Northwest summer day and so we made the most of it. There were three possibilities for the table, but the availability of flowers (or lack thereof) made me settle on my gray runner over a putty colored base cloth. I usually use pink lilies with that runner because I am always drawn to their sculptural flower buds, but there was only one small bunch at the store. Luckily there were alstroemeria in a similar pink so I padded with those and threw in some wild honeysuckle from the woods. I love my pink glassware so I was glad to combine them with gray plates and contemporary flatware. I have used all of these elements before, but the table still seems fresh to me, just like every meeting of these old friends is a new experience.