Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tablescaping in a Pinch

This was good for my practice. I will be the first one to say, I am an amateur tablescaper. But I am beginning to enjoy it. And by golly I am cooking again.  I know this will be a really late entry into
Between Naps on the Porch Tablescape Thursday but I was motivated after reading some blogs today. I started this at 4:45 just when I was rushing around to make some kind of dinner. ( Which actually turned out to be really good!)
I didn't even have my camera  and it was evening so please forgive if it is dark . I used my iphone.

  • A vintage tablecloth always is a good way to begin right? That I can do... ( I am a vintage tablecloth addict!!)
I just love the  workmanship in this precious cloth!
  • A centerpiece. I always have trouble deciding on that one.

Or should I use a flower ?

It's raining out side and I just put a pork roast on the grill.... yummy. That will be fun to run in and out checking on!   Hubby sees what I am up to with the table and thinks we are having company.
  • Digging out my vintage plates that I just love and really only use at Christmas time.

They are so pretty aren't they? And I was lucking enough to get a  setting for 12, way back about ten years ago on a thrifting excursion, but I am not whipping that all out now. Heck I don't even have the leaf in the table. They will all see the light at Christmas Dinner.

So this will be simple setting for 4 people.

    A pretty water goblet from the dollar store  ( or is that a wine glass? ) I really am no expert!!  I'm pretty sure it is for water. And a gold napkin to bring a little bit of "Fall "to the table!

    Now it is starting to look like something.

    Can't forget the silverwear!

    I hear some rumbling... When's dinner mom?.. Is that for us? What's the occasion?
    .....10 minutes kids

    Should I let them? Or set the kitchen table?... Maybe I will just add one more plate..

    ummm the buffet.. Yes I still love the cut glass.
    And the cocktail ( whiskey cantor)
    Rejuvenated now..


    Bill said...

    Hi Eileen,

    Glad you joined the party! That vintage tablecloth is very beautiful! The dishes are special too -- lucky you to find those on a thrifting excursion! I liked the "pocket" napkin fold -- I've seen it before and think it's very attractive and practical.

    Hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

    Marlis said...

    Oh this is wonderful. I love your dishes. I too have issues with centerpieces.. Welcome and when you get tired of the the table cloth, you can send it my way! It's gorgeous!!!

    Yellow Rose Arbor said...

    Oooh, this is sooo pretty!!! So romantic! Those dishes and the vintage tablecloth are perfect together! The tablecloth is gorgeous!!


    Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

    It came together beautifully! Pretty good pictures considering they are from your phone! Great job!

    Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

    Very pretty! I love your tablecloth and the dishes are beautiful!

    Atticmag said...

    Hi Eileen, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a lovely comment about my draperies.

    Your vintage cloth is lovely. Vintage textiles are one of my passions -- just nothing like them. You have a beauty there.

    Jane F.

    Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

    Wow, you get big points for starting a tablescape at 4:45 AND cooking dinner! Your china is really pretty, and the gold napkins are perfect with it. Tell us the china pattern if you know it!

    Barbara said...

    Oh, that vintage tablecloth is lovely and sets just the right mood. Your china is so pretty. I think it is wonderful to use it more than just at Christmas time. Very impressive that you were able to do all this AND cook dinner with such a late start! :)

    Mimi said...

    Your beautiful china looks so nice on that gorgeous tablecloth. Thanks for sharing...have a great weekend.

    ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

    What a stunning table cloth. I adore lace too. Your china is so pretty with the gold trim and all the flowers in the center. So pretty.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

    Entertaining Women said...

    You get a great big 'Atta Girl' for tablescaping right in the middle of real life. I like to think that it's a good thing because you're teaching your kids the joys of dining...a life lesson that will serve them well in later years. I love your dishes...beautiful! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

    Eileen said...

    Thanks so much for the encouragement Ladies! My kids certainly take delight in eating. My son made the comment "Wow dinner together 2 days in a row!" The fact is I just don't cook as much as I used to, but that usually turns around in the fall, when I always cook more. And the table needs to be set for 5 when I do, so I may now start to set it pretty and kill 2 birds with one stone! I think it makes it a little more novel than just throwing the daily wear on the table.

    Sweetladyelaine said...

    Sorry I am so late! Loved your post! I feel like my days are flying by and then its's time for Tablescape Thursday again. I really liked your tablecloth, very delicate. Your dishes are beautiful! I love flowers, roses especially, then the gold! AWESOME, GIRL!!!!!! Thank you for sharing!

    Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

    Lovely shots and a beautiful post!!...thanks for sharing :)

    Terrell said...

    Loving you design! It's just gorgeous!! I'm happy to be your newest follower of your sweet blog and I'd love to have you as a friend at FrouFrou Decor! I'd also like to invite you to link your creations up at my link party - Fabulous Friday Finds! Hope to see you there!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrou Decor~

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