Monday, April 13, 2015

A Tribute to the Dogwood Festival


Many, many people in Atlanta look forward to the Dogwood Festival each year.  It was held this past weekend, and it was full of music, art, food and celebrated the lovely dogwood trees we are so privileged to have here in this beautiful city.  I put together this table as a tribute to the many volunteers that it takes to hold this event.

We have lots of dogwood here, both as specimens and many wild ones in the woods.  They made beautiful fillers for these old blue Ball jars.  I kept the white linen cloth and the burlap runners that I had on the table for "Bunnies and Burlap" (here).

I posted a very similar table to this before, when the dogwood was blooming.  It was probably my favorite table ever.  You can see it here.

I love the colors of taupe, turquoise and white together.  Can you see the faux bois design on the salad plate?

The light wood on the flatware seemed just right with the burlap, and I used these white linen napkins with turquoise linen flower napkin rings.

I put bread sticks in these glass lined, birch covered votives.

The glassware was plain Tiffany stems with turquoise glass tumblers made by Martha Stewart.

I love this easy, easy centerpiece.

These birch-like candles never even got lit, as it is staying light so much later these days.





I knew we are headed for a full week of rain, so I grabbed my clippers and cut a huge bunch of limbs for this granite bucket by the front door.  Is it too much to mix the dogwood and the forsythia?  Oh, who cares?  I'm so into spring!

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Bunnies and Burlap

It seems that boys are allergic to pink and green and all the traditional colors of Easter, so since I'm expecting my grandsons today for a week, I decided to forgo the pastels and go to neutrals and burlap.  The only thing at danger here is the white tablecloth.  :-)  I did a similar table to this a couple of years ago that you can see here.

The new item this year is this set of William Sonoma napkins that my friend, Ann gave me for Christmas.

You can still see the bunny face when they are gathered, but WHY didn't I turn them the other way?
These napkin rings were from Pottery Barn several years ago.

Here's the way the table is looking.  Burlap and boys......good combination.

These plates and chargers are from Z Gallerie, and the bowl is from Portugal.

This old Imperial glass stem pairs well with these raffia covered stemless wine glasses.

My favorite candlesticks.

This centerpiece will last all week, since it is all artificial. 

Peter sits on a couple of latex cabbage leaves.....

with his friend Mopsy.

These seem to be in use all the time.  Love them.

I'll add a couple more places to this table and soon the fun will begin.

The sideboard display is the same as it is every spring.  You can see a tutorial that I did for it here.

Wishing you all a wonderful Holy season, and the gift of loved ones around your table.



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Monday, March 30, 2015

Salute to Bullseye

I had these same dishes in a round shape last year, but I gave them away.  And regretted it.  Then, when our sweet grandson, Teddy adopted a show bunny named Bullseye who looked just like this, I really regretted it.  THEN when Bullseye went over the rainbow bridge, much to Teddy's heartbreak, I really, really regretted it.  So, when I found these at Homegoods this year in the square shape, I went to the checkout counter with tears in my eyes, buying every piece they had.

I placed a latex cabbage leaf under the plate to give it a bit of definition and used these World Market pieces of flatware.  Sure wish I had bought more of these.  Why did I think 6 placesettings were enough?

I started with this gray and white stripe remnant from a client's project. ( Relax....I paid her for it.)

I decided to make this a soup and salad lunch and I served asparagus soup in these cups.  It was delicious, and the green color looked great on the table, I must say.  (Yes, I'm one of those people who sometimes match my food to the color or theme of the table.)

These $1.00 glasses from Ikea were the perfect color, too.  I was going for a range of green, not a match.  

Thank you, Kroger, for the carnations which worked perfectly in this ribbed tin pot.  My second choice was the shamrocks that I have left from St. Patrick's Day.  Glad I didn't have to resort to them.

I rolled these grass green napkins into a tight roll so they wouldn't take much room on this small table.  I like the way they looked in these pewter napkin rings.

Dessert was served on these plain gray plates from Ikea.  You can see the cabbage leaf better in this pic.

I rarely set a table that is so matchy-matchy, but this accommodated the soup, salad, and roll just fine.  Hope the dish police don't arrest me.

Crowded, but ok, since I plated in the kitchen and we didn't have any serving dishes on the table.

So, here's to you, Bullseye.  I hope you are taking the blue ribbon in every heavenly show.



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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

I took an idea I found on Pintrest and turned it into these placecards for a dinner for friends before the Easter entertaining begins in earnest.  I used my silhouette machine and cut three different sizes of cardstock, white, pink and silver gray.  Then I cut the names out of gray adhesive vinyl.  A bow and a small carnation finished it off.  This idea turned into... 

this placesetting, which turned into....

this table.

These pink linen napkins were especially pretty because my Mom ironed them for me when she was visiting.  She has a knack for ironing and I let her go wild.  These white wooden bunny napkin rings are so old.  Not to call my children old, but I had them when they were small.  My mis-matched silverplate seemed like the right choice for flatware.

This photo doesn't do justice to these beautiful etched glasses.  I found the stems at Erika Reade in Atlanta and I did a post on them.  They are very similar to William Yeoward's Fern pattern.  Then, the other day I wa sback and I found these tumblers in the same pattern.

You can see it a little better here.

M friend Ann, who is also our daughter's MIL gave me this darling salt and pepper set for Christmas.  A bunny and a chick!  I've been waiting all these months to use it.

The flowers had to be something I could do fast, so grocery store carnations were plopped into a mercury glass vase and I was done.

Then, on each side of the flowers, I placed a foil wrapped bunny.  Doesn't he make you smile?  After I took these pics, I went back and added some crystal candlesticks with pink candles to the table.

Aside from the wrinkles in the tablecloth, it's pretty cute, right?


After the dinner, as I was putting things away, I ran across these placecard holders which would have been cute on the table and a lot less work.

But......he was truly the star of the table.  Everyone took their placecards home.  Hope they knew that flower will die! 




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