Tablescapes, Home Decor, Thrifting, Cooking

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

When Grown Women play with their Dishes

In earlier posts I have mentioned how fortunate I am to have a sister in law who I have so much in common with.  Connie and I certainly share our love for dishes.  It makes for fun family dinners when we both appreciate putting a table together with love and fun.

We are members of a neighborhood group that gets together every month with a program and dessert.  Traditionally in May our meeting is a Salad Supper with no program.  This week the meeting is in my home.  We are having a program of sorts ~~~ A Tablescape Program! Connie and got together a couple of times to gather our thoughts AND our dishes!  We knew our group would love seeing tablescape ideas.


Here is our starting point



Connie has four little Bistro tables which we hauled over to my house so we could set up little vignettes.

So as not to make this post too long, I will just show you three tables this week.



A Seaside Table


Pooling our dishes and accessories, we had so much fun putting together ideas people could use to set up a full size table. 




On the chair next to the table we continued on.                         Isn’t this white fish something else?  He came from Z Gallerie.  If we had a full size table the fish would be the center of attention.









Next up was a black and white table that truly evolved by pulling a little of this and a little of that together.

We didn’t intend for it to have a bridal flair but that’s how it ended up.

The beginning point was the black, white and silver dish that I found while thrifting.







DSCN3798 At the last minute I remembered my vintage bride and groom which I used for my daughter’s wedding reception last fall. Cute!

The napkins are a clearance item from Pier 1. Dishes are all from thrift stores.  The damask fabric remnant sure added to this formal look.DSCN3801


Next up is our Black and White and Red Casual Table

It’s funny how the tables began.  Connie was over at Easter and saw my cherry salt and pepper shakers.  She mentioned her black and white polka dot dishes. Oh!  Then I mentioned I also had cherry juice glasses.





Pulling from my stash I ran across the little crisp white placemats with cherries (thrifted).  We also thought since this table had a country charm about it we would use my old ice cream glasses.  Filled with cotton balls to represent ice cream, we added a cherry and a tall vintage silver spoon.


Do you remember awhile back I did a post on my black and white kitty with the mysterious hole in the bottom?  She fit right in with this table.






Next week I will show you more of our tables.

It’s fun to actually use all these dishes we accumulate and have such excitement pulling everything together.


I am joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday

Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

Sherry at No Minimalist Here Open House Party


Stay tuned for more of our Tablescape Meeting!



Debbiedoos said...

How fun Donna! I love them all, and so very different. Have a great day!

Cathy said...

I want to come. :) Each table is gorgeous. I especially like the cherry/polka dot table, it's so happy.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

They are all fabulous. Such creativity and such beautiful tablesettings. I love the accessories you've used and also decorating the chairs is so creative. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady. I love all your Beautiful tablescapes. I have all to do one at a time sweet lady. You know just how to put them altogether just lovely. I also miss your lovely comments on my blog.I hope you have a Great Week.

Unknown said...

I love them all, but I REALLY love the seaside theme....beautiful, calming...ahhhhh...just perfect!

Sarah said...

What a great idea! Lucky you to have a SIL who enjoys tablescapes as you do. Fun to work with another!
Each table is lovely, but the last black and white with the cherries i my favorite. Any time you mix polka dots, checks, black and white, cherries ~ I'm in! ~ Sarah

lvroftiques said...

I agree, what a great idea! And you two must've had so much fun doing it! Each table is charming and inspirational! Vanna

Susan said...

I love all three tables, but the seascape is my absolute favorite!! I LOVE IT!! Everything about the table is so relaxing and calming.
I also love your little kitty figure. I adore the expression on her face. The bride and groom are to die for!
Thanks for sharing this with us.
Susan said...

Oh, how fun to play with dishes! I love your tablescapes that you pulled together. Love the aqua color. I couldn't pick one as my favorite though. All 3 are wonderful!

Rettabug said...

Oh yes...we could have tons of fun doing stuff like this!! You are very lucky to have Connie nearby to play with. All the people who know I do this, think I'm nuts! My sister says 'why make yourself more work?' They just don't understand.

I ♥♥♥ the cotton balls in place of ice cream...GREAT IDEA!!!

All my cherry stuff here would have worked beautifully in that grouping.

Have fun showing the ladies how its done!


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Donna, You have created three beautiful tablescapes. I love them all but my favorite is the beach themed table...the colors are stunning

afternoon tea said...

What fun! I love all three, and I really look forward to the next set.

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

What a fun idea for a program! Love, love the seaside tablescape!

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

Wow! I'm speechless! Each and everyone of these tablescapes are simply gorgeous... love all the china you used, especially the square plate and the starfish plate... such creative use of color and pattern. Dropping in from Tablescape Thursday.Beautiful post!~Poppy

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

This is just awesome!!!! AND you have officially allowed me to NOT feel guilty doping a tablescape for ONE!!!!! I ahve a little bistro table too! HMMMM, now I am getting lots of ideas! I LOOOOVE the last table. Well, I love them all! It will be alot of fun for your guests! XO, Pinky

Cathy said...

All the tables are so unique!!!! I am hosting a church group next month and you have given me a great ideal on how I can have fun with the ladies and show off many of my dishes.
I am anxiously waiting for the next set of tables.

Babs said...

Donna, Oh my goodness! That looks like y'all had so much fun. I love all three and each is darling. I think, though I like the seascape one far. I'll bet everyone at the get together loved your tablescapes.
Great post. Have a fun Thursday.

Sharlotte said...

What pretty tables! The beachy table is gorgeous! Your dishes are so pretty...and those black and white tables? Too cute! Love the cherries too! Thanks for sharing!

Aledia said...

Looks like you had a fun time! Ok, I love the seaside table and I am huge black and white fan so I love the second table as well and who can resist those red cherries?? Very nicley done! Hope your evening is Plum Perfect!

Karena said...

Donna all of the tables are just perfectly designed and pulled together, true artistry!

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Mary said...

How fun you have a SIL who shares your love of dishes! What fun tabletops you've pulled together too! Love your seaside stack of plates & accessories!

Miss Char said...

I'm with Cathy, I want to come too! Donna, these table are spectacular and so diverse. I think my favorite is the black and white cherry table. I love the whimsey and the vintage pieces. You do have a great "eye" for putting a darling table together.

Gina said...

I love all three of them! You ladies certainly did a fantastic job. Have a nice day.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, fun tables. What a fun time you and your friend must have had putting them all together!!

I'm following!

Jacqueline said...

I loved everything about this post! Joni (Red Couch Recipes) did something similar with the Young Women from church and had all kinds of plates and things out and let the girls make up a placesetting.

How fun for everyone to get to see these little vignettes. I think my friends would love this. Your beach themes are soooo wonderful. I always love beach ones. I have those wonderful square plates in the beach one (white ones) and they look fantastic here.

I have to say my favorite though is the bed with all of the goodies on it! That is how my house is as I put together a tablescape - it made me chuckle!

Rosie Goins said...

Well, no fave for me here; I love them all. Maybe a slight edge for the black, white and red.


Wish I did this too with you and Connie! Your tables are gorgeous, each one of them. The beach scape is wonderful, such great elements to carry it out! The black and white dots are awesome! You've just inspired me to think of my father's day black and white, maybe? Enjoy your day and thank you for sharing.

Miss Merry said...

How fun to have a playmate! And what fun for your guests. Such a neat idea and great to have someone to share ideas and accessories with. I can't decide which table is my favorite - they are all so special.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

When will lunch be served? I'll be right over. What a good idea for you to put all your pretties together. I like everything, but I think my favorite is the beachy table...I love the little shells in the jar and the beautiful colors.
I must come back to see what you create next.

Renee said...

All your tabletops are gorgeous, but that seaside one is my favorite! What fun!

Beeutiful by Design said...

Love all of them! I'm sure it was a big hit - Jennifer

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Oh the seascape table is my fav! Love the aqua summery!!!

Marlis said...

I would love to come play with you! This sounds delightful. I love each table. I have those blue starfish plates myself. Loving the polka dots and then the red black and white.. how classic! Each one is a winner for sure.

ps. yes the daylight dishes were a win!

thanks for dropping in with your very kind comments.
xo marlis

Sharing with Sherri said...

Donna, These vignettes are all so cute! Especially love the beachy theme, but the cherry theme with the adorable kitty completely stole my heart!!
You and your sister in law must of had soooo much fun putting these together, and such a great idea for your neighborhood friends too! I wish I lived in your neighborhood!

Have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

The ladies are going to love this meeting. What are we eating? :) Love them all and how you used the cotton balls for icecream....clever! :)

we three dogs and me said...

I loved them all my pick would be the polka dots and kitty. ahe has such a sweet face. What a clever thing to do.he ladies must have enjoyed it.

Tricia said...

Oh, my, I wish I could have been there to play, too! You two are so creative, and I know you had a blast! My favorite is the black and white and CHERRY one. Love!

Marigene said...

What fun to have a fellow dish lover's help in creating beautiful vignettes. All three are fabulous. I love aqua, almost as much as green, so that one tugged at my heart a little more. Thank you for sharing all this inspiration, Donna.

Sue said...

This certainly sounds like a good plan to copy- it looks like such fun to get together with someone of a like mind and just have fun playing! *grin* I love how you combined your things and came up with both such pretty and whimsical tables. I really like the one with black/white bridal theme.
:-) Thanks for visiting earlier this week. I've been so caught up with work and this sale that I haven't had time to do much at all when it comes to blogging.
~ Sue

Entertaining Women said...

Such a great idea for a program for your neighborhood how can incorporate that into one of my events. Love the Pier 1 napkins on the black and white table....and my name is Cherry Kay, so I love all your 'cherry' motifs. Thanks for sharing your designs. Cherry Kay

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Being a self professed dish-a-holic I have to tell you how much I love this post! Wow, everything is just stunning! I don't know which one is my favorite.

Have a great day!


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

How fun, Donna! You ladies achieved some very different looks! I can't pick a favorite, but of course, I loved the black and red with the kitty! :-) Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

xinex said...

Love all the tablescapes, Donna. So much creativity there for us to enjoy..Christine