Tablescapes, Home Decor, Thrifting, Cooking

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Come to a Meeting Entitled “Tablescapes”

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It’s always a pleasure to have a tablescape to present with Susan and many of you bloggers when I have one to share.  If you haven’t visited Between Naps on the Porch, you are in for many hours of computer time!

 

Tablescape Thursday

 

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Fifteen years ago my husband and I with our three daughters moved to the little community we still live in.  After traveling around with the AF for 20 yrs, it was fun to establish roots.  We moved into the same neighborhood as my husband’s brother and his family complete with five sons!  Connie and I have always shared many similar interest and I was thrilled to live close to her.  Our children loved it too.

Once we became settled she invited me to join her for a neighborhood craft group. These same ladies (with a few moving away and a few new joining) had met monthly for eight or so years before I came.  The hostess cleans her house while the co hostess comes up with a program and refreshments.  Through the years “crafts” became less of something we wanted to do and we would then come up with any sort of program one of us would think up.

 

This month Connie was hostess and I was her co.  Way back in July I suggested a Tablescape theme.  Loving dishes as much as me, her face lit up with the idea!!  We got together a couple of times and it was as if we were playing house with our dishes.  Connie is very creative, so  this was a great amount of fun for the two of us.  She wanted to have the meeting outside on her newly remodeled patio and landscaping.  It was a bit chilly, but we lit a fire in a little chimenea and with the glowing candles, it was the perfect atmosphere.  We even provided afghans, and of course cider and cinnamon/orange coffee.

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The Safari look…

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Soothing white…

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Colorful and happy with her old cookie jar and a teapot her son had done in ceramics in jr. high.

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A look that started off Christmas but we changed it to look more like everyday/winter…

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With the month being September, we had to do a fall theme.

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Close up of basket contents ~~

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Here is our serving area with my favorite bronzed tray.  You can see the Tablescape book I purchased and displayed for people to browse through.

 

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We read some points we thought would be helpful about beginning your tablescape.  The first point was “layer, layer, layer”.  I’ll share the rest with you some time soon.

 

Thanks Susan for this fun opportunity to share our love for dishes and allowing any of us to admire a pretty table.

23 comments:

Martha said...

What a great idea for a meeting. Love the tablescapes. I bet you all had a grand time!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a fun get together. All of the tablescapes are just gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

How fun all of this was my friend...I think I ♥ the white one the best...girl you do come up with some the the neatest things...Now I know you did all the centerpieces right!! you could tell the ladies were having a great time...Thanks for sharing...Have missed seeing you...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

niartist said...

Ooooo! This is a great idea! And all the scapes are great! Thanks for sharing! Come by and check out my giveaway - I think you'll like them! :)

Mildred said...

Such beautiful ideas! Thank you for sharing these festive pictures.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I'll bet everybody just LOVED this! I know I would -- fun!

Denise said...

What a great gathering of lovely friends, and a great theme. I've never thought to look for a 'tablescape' book. I've only been joining in for a few weeks but I'm hooked!

"Blossom" said...

Wonderful idea.

Sarah said...

Great idea! I can just envision you two playing in the dishes getting this all set for your friends. I'm co-chair for the Quimper Club International 10th Anniversary Meeting next month. It's a four day event and two days will be visit to private collections. Each home will also feature tablescapes using Quimper faience. I can't wait to see what our hostesses come up with. Thanks for sharing your lovely tables. ~ Sarah

Mary said...

What a wonderful way to entertain guest. I really loved the sample scapes you assembled for us. The centerpiece you actually used was lovely and well thought out. I'm sure every one had a grand time. I hope you are having a great day.

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVELY Fall decor!!! Looks like you know how to entertain!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello,

What a fun idea for a get together. All of the tablescapes are lovely. I especially love the white one and I also love your bronzed tray with the bird.

Thank you for sharing!

~ Tracy

stitching under oaks said...

that sounds like such a fun time...and a good excuse to do some table scaping...do share what you've learned. The photos of all the tables are just gorgeous!

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Hi Donna! It's me! Yes, I've been absent for awhile, I'm sorry! Hoping to get out my fall stuff and get creative to have something to blog about! I love your tables! What a fun idea! I'd love to start something like that! You take care and God Bless! Lauralu :)

Bella said...

I know I have told you before but it all looks lovely and what a super idea to share time with friends.

Dining Delight said...

Wonderful tablescapes! I have that Tablescape book too and really enjoy it!

DD

Blondie's Journal said...

You have some wonderful tablescapes and a lot of inspiration there!! I'd love to be a part of your terrific group!! ;-)

All of the decorations are fabulous and I love the big centerpiece; I love to decorate with fruit and flowers...

Have a wonderful weekend!!

xoxo
Jane

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Donna...this looked like soooo much fun! I LOVE all the creative tablescapes you guys created...everyone must have been ooohing and ahhhhing. I think my favorities were the all white and the super colorful one...two extremes and I love them both! What an awesome idea for a gathering! I think it's wonderful that you guys have been meeting for so long, too! Thanks so much for sharing all these great tablescapes! Susan

Jane said...

How much fun!!! I can tell your friends loved the Tablescape theme...just look at their faces. You guys created some beautiful tables!!! I love the little teapot your son made...and the table it graced. (LOVE red and yellow).It's wonderful that you have been meeting together for so many years. Having friends like this is truly special...
Thanks for sharing.
Jane (Artfully Graced)

Nancy said...

Oh how fun!!! What a great idea! All of the setting look so beautiful! Thanks for sharing this fun event with us! nancy

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

WOW!!! What an awesome idea for a group, and what an awesome idea for a tablescapes meeting. I am so bad at tables...I don't have many dishes or centerpiece things. I love what you came up with. :)

Thanks for the visit, chickie!

Jeannette said...

Morning Donna! First I love your new look and your room in your header is gorgeous!!! What a fun idea and how lucky you are to belong to a fun group of ladies! This tablescape idea is like having an updated tea party!! I really need to get more dishes after playing in blogland!!! I don't have anything to work with!lol Hope you found where your water main is!lol lol Have a great weekend - Sincerely, Jeannette

Libby Murphy said...

I bet that was a fun party! What a wonderful idea and everything looking smashing.
Happy Twirls