I have tablescapes languishing deep in the archives~ I thought I’d revisit and share one a month~
This table is from April 2011, the salad plates are still some of my favorite blooming dishes and the quilt is one I’ve used most recently for Easter with a runner.
I hope you enjoy revisiting a celebration of blooms at the table!
I picked a bouquet of flowers from Pottery Barn
to bring the garden to the table~
I can enjoy Magnolia blossoms
now instead of June. . .
My Bridal Wreath Spirea is at the table
woven around the handle of a watering can~
Ready to sprinkle on the delicate
fields of flowers sprouting on my quilt~
Tulips are blooming. . .
Hydrangeas are flowering. . .
And the Harbinger of Spring, Daffodils,
have arrived in the form of a platter & plate,
A few visitors have arrived
from the garden. . .
Moving at a snail’s pace,
in the form of napkin rings~
And buzzing around the flatware~
Floral Salad Plates & Snail Napkin Rings/ Pottery Barn
Green Dinner Plates & Goblets/ HomeGoods
Rattan Chargers/ World Market
Napoleon Bee Flatware/ Horchow
Hoping your garden will soon be
brimming with bulbs & blooms!
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I’m reposting this table, in honor of Mother’s Day and my Grandmother’s May 20th birthday~
I hope you don’t mind seeing it again!
This quilt came by way of my grandmother~
The quilter’s identity is uncertain~ but my mother thinks it was quilted by my grandmother’s neighbor and best friend, Mrs. Crute~ known to us as “Crutie” :-)
The hexagon quilt pattern is known by several names. . . French Bouquet, French Rose Garden, Hexagon Flower Garden, or more commonly, Grandmother’s Flower Garden.
My maternal grandmother, Lottie, was born in 1901. She was one of nine children and raised her three younger brothers after her mother died. She married at the age of 26 (an old maid in 1927!) and attended Elon College (now University) for one year. She passed away in 1993.
I brought my Grandmother’s (x 2 :-) Flower Garden Quilt outdoors to set this table~ in honor of her birthday and to celebrate my reunion with her quilt~
The little hexagons of calico are breathing a deep sigh . . .
. . . enjoying the fresh air and mingling with the other blooms & flower prints on the teacups & china.
My Grandmother’s favorite flowers were roses. I can remember her filling vases after cutting them first thing in the morning.
There are no roses in my garden, but rose-folded napkins are tucked into tea cups along with roses climbing across the china, that once upon a time, belonged to her sister, Eva.
A demitasse spoon, disguised as a silver leaf, is tucked into the rose folds of the napkin~
You can find an easy-to-follow & beautiful tutorial for these rosette folded napkins from Yvonne at StoneGable here.
I piped frosting onto little brownie bites I picked up from Target’s bakery and added some edible (organic!) violas to embellish them for a quick, sweet treat~
My grandmother confessed she never had a tea set and always wanted one, prompting her to buy one for my sister and me to use when we visited.
We have fond memories of her making our breakfast. . . she would serve our juice and scrambled eggs on our little plates and cups.
It’s hard to say who enjoyed it more . . . us eating off of it, or my grandmother playing with it as she prepared our breakfast and served it :-)
And remarkably, after 40 plus years, it is still intact except for one missing saucer and one plate that was painstakingly glued back together many years ago.
Hexagon quilts made in the Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern, contain a center hexagon~ traditionally yellow~ to represent the flower’s center. The flower center is circled by six colorful printed or solid hexagons with another row of 12 hexagons surrounding the six. This quilt pattern blossomed in popularity in the thirties~ it’s easy to see how the calico prints forming cheery garden flowers would brighten one’s day in a depression-era time.
I was thrilled to have found lilacs sold in bundles at Trader Joe’s last year in May when I set this table. . . a surprise as delightful to me as their fragrance . . . and the only way to enjoy them here since our climate is too hot to grow them.
I stacked two plates with an inverted tea cup on a pedestal to serve these little flower bites~
Open Face Cucumber Sandwiches are decorated with more edible violas along with parsley & basil~
“Collecting can start with the jog of a childhood memory—perhaps a swirl of rosebuds recalls some long-ago cup in which an adored grandmother offered you a bit of sweet, milky tea scenting with cinnamon.” ~ The Essential Tea Companion
Flower Garden Table Details:
Dishes~ G. Demartine & Cie
Portmeirion Botanic Garden Flatware~ HomeGoods
Leaf Demitasse Spoons~ Two’s Company~ Tuesday Morning
Assorted Tea Cups & Tea Pots~ HomeGoods
Napkins~ Pier 1
White Plates (as chargers) & Pedestal~ Maxera Cora Blanca~ HomeGoods
Vintage Chintz Pitcher~ Gracie China~ HomeGoods
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I’m Dishing & Dining with:
Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish!~ Mother’s Day challenge
Posted in Decor, Flowers, Food, Tablescape
Tagged edible flower cucumber tea sandwiches, edible viola tea sandwiches, French Rose Garden Quilt, Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, Hexagon Flower Garden Quilt, Lilacs, Mother's Day tea table, Vintage Chintz Gracie China
Michael Lee West has cooked more delicious fun in
A Teeny Bit of Trouble, the second installment and follow-up to Gone With a Handsomer Man!
Lately I’ve been reacquainting myself and
Since I’ve been following Teeny’s troubles~ I’ve been engrossed by Peaches, Red Velvet Cakes, a Bulldog named Sir, and lethal and imaginary recipes.
I’m reposting a table, from last year, inspired by
I hope you don’t mind a second helping :)
A Teeny bit of table inspiration from
Gone with a Handsomer Man by Michael Lee West~
Besides some table inspiration, GWAHM provided me with lots of laughs from the cast of quirky characters, along with some major food cravings~
Teeny Templeton, is an out of work pastry chef who cuts her own hair, does her own nails, and prefers cotton over silk.
She sets the table with some blue & white floral dishes, which had me promptly reaching for a set I received as a gift.
“I set the patio table with blue-and-white floral dishes, added a vase filled with hydrangeas. . .”
There are no hydrangeas at my table, but my peonies have just begun to bloom~
Villeroy & Boch “Switch 3″ Dinnerware, a mix and match collection, allows you to combine patterns to personalize your table~
The Cordoba dinner plate has a bird and flower design, reminiscent of Portuguese tiles~
The Castell salad plates have a checkerboard motif, a pattern perfect for the countryside, or lakeside~
I added hobnail glasses to the table that Teeny’s Aunt Bluette might have served Iced Tea in~
Iced Tea that a girl from a Peach Farm would love~
Summer Peach Tea Punch~
~made with tea, peach nectar, ginger ale, lemonade, simple syrup and club soda.
~recipe courtesy Southern Living here.
I eliminated the simple syrup and used diet ginger ale to cut out some of the sugar~
I know, we tend to drink our tea so sweet in the South it makes your teeth ache :)
Teeny picks up dinner at the grocery store:
“I came out with an apple walnut salad with raspberry vinaigrette, a wedge of brie, and a cheesecake sampler.”
An Apple Walnut Salad~ sliced apples, walnuts, dried cranberries, & blue cheese crumbles on a bed of baby lettuces.
While Teeny’s salad is dressed with raspberry vinaigrette, we enjoyed Light Cranberry Walnut dressing, straight from the bottle ~
We skipped the cheesecake sampler and saved our calories for Brie~
Brie in Puff Pastry, recipes & videos courtesy Pepperidge Farm, here.
“ ‘I love how your mind works, Teeny. Like a bird hopping from twig to twig, never losing sight of the worm.’ ”
Enjoy Gone with a Handsomer Man and A Teeny Bit of Trouble and help yourself to some Southern Flavor, Food & Fun~
”Teeny” table details:
Placemats & Napkins/ Bed, Bath & Beyond/last year
Blue Goblets/ Dollar Tree
Villeroy & Boch “Switch 3″ Dinnerware/HomeGoods
Hobnail Glasses & Pitcher/ World Market last year
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Posted in Decor, Flowers, Food, Tablescape
Tagged A Teeny Bit of Trouble, Apple Walnut Salad, Brie in Puff Pastry, Castell salad plate, Cordoba bird & flower plate, Gone with a Handsomer Man, Michael Lee West, Peonies, Southern Living's Governor's Mansion Peach Tea Punch, Teeny Templeton, Villeroy & Boch Switch 3 Dinnerware
I’m reposting this book review from last year for Food for Thought, which I’m thrilled about returning, with our first book selection Friday, Jan. 20th~ The Night Circus!
The weather outside is frightful . . . while we thankfully have not had as much snow as the Northeast, it’s been colder than normal here in the sunny South. Snowbound, I had the perfect excuse to stay indoors and read a couple of weeks ago. This book provided *interesting reading while I was tucked away, cozy indoors, watching the birds and wondering how nature adapts to the frigid temperatures and winter landscape.
(*interesting reading for those defined as a bit of a Discovery Channel or Animal Planet geek :-)
“From flying hot-blooded squirrels and diminutive kinglets to sleeping black bears and torpid turtles to frozen insects and frogs, the animal kingdom relies on staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Unlike their human counterparts, who alter the environment to accommodate physical limitations, most animals are adapted to an amazing range of conditions. In Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival, biologist, illustrator, and award-winning author Bernd Heinrich explores his local woods, where he delights in the seemingly infinite feats of animal inventiveness he discovers there.”
“Because winter drastically affects the most elemental component of all life — water — radical changes in a creature’s physiology and behavior must take place to match the demands of the environment. Some creatures survive by developing antifreeze; others must remain in constant motion to maintain their high body temperatures. Even if animals can avoid freezing to death, they must still manage to find food in a time of scarcity, or store it from a time of plenty.”
“Beautifully illustrated throughout with the author’s delicate drawings and infused by his inexhaustible enchantment with nature, Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival awakens the wonders and mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter’s harsh, cruel exigencies.”
I set a Winter World-inspired table with pine cones, lichen covered branches, moss & a few nuts for foraging squirrels. . . on a landscape made of a jute runner layered on a snowy white quilt.
“Perhaps none depends on snow more than the snowshoe hare. The size of this hare’s tracks are out of proportion to the animal’s size. As a result of its low foot-loading, the hare can walk, hop and run very near the top of the fluffiest snow. As a consequence, the more that snow accumulates, throughout the winter, the more easily the hare can reach its food, the fresh twigs of small trees and brush.”
Woodland botanicals, snowy white orbs, and branches fill my lanterns on the table. . .
Rock Salt is sprinkled to mimic an icy coating, rather than to melt the snow on the sidewalk :-)
I was surprised to learn that Crossbills often lay their eggs in winter, so they are able to raise their young when the seeds of spruce or pine cones are most plentiful.
Heinrich is a scientist with a talent for relating his love for nature, his appetite for discovery, and his humorous insights in a fashion that is enjoyable for the reader.
My appetite led me to Pine Cone Cheese for Food for Thought, you can find a recipe here.
Winter can be difficult for birds when the days are short and nights are often cold and long. The natural food supply has been consumed or is hidden by snow. Water can be hard to find, and food needed to provide the energy to keep birds warm might be scarce.
Food for Thought also led me to make pine cone bird treats for our feathered friends. . . snowy day fun for kids if you have the materials on hand, with a recipe found here.
Winter World Table details:
Bird Dishes: Gracie China/Home Goods
White Plates: Oneida Westerly Basket
Jute Runner & Napkins: Pottery Barn
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Posted in Bird, Books, Decor, Food, Lake Life, Tablescape
Tagged Alphabe-Thursday, food for thought edible review, Mosaic Monday, Pine Cone Bird Treats, Pine Cone Cheese, Seasonal Sundays, Tablescape Thursday, Tabletop Tuesday, Winter World. Bernd Heinrich
A Return Visit from St. Nicholas from last year~
Wishing you the Merriest of Christmases!
My pattern, St. Nicholas, by Fitz & Floyd,
Retired many years, breaking I hope to avoid~
The plates show St. Nick decorating the tree~
His fondness for musical sounds, you can see.
Drums, horns, as well as bells too,
Are placed on the tree all in plain view~
Beaded garland is swagged & placed just so,
Candles lit on the tree cast a warm glow~
A candy cane here, a star placed there,
A Reindeer helper is doing his share.
The mice are not stirring, they’re sleeping instead~
The shaker set holder, a shoe for their bed~
The crackers are placed along side each plate~
When pulling apart, a snap they create~
Crab apples, cranberries & nuts fill my vases~
Once again on my table, keeping their places.
Several weeks they will last, a bit of nature they add~
A glimpse of last week’s table here can be had.
Coffee is brewed & ready to pour,
Help yourself to a cup, there is plenty more~
A stocking is hung on the sideboard with care,
My hope that St. Nick will look for it there~
The placemats are beaded, they sparkle & shine~
I saw them at Home Goods & said to myself, “Mine!”
They leapt from the aisle, right into my cart~
For the economy, I am doing my part :-)
Reindeer hold candles, which ones I don’t know,
Maybe Dasher? or Dancer? providing a glow~
Prancer? or Vixen? I don’t know their names,
I’m ashamed to admit, they all look the same~
The stump of Nick’s pipe is lit you can see,
By evidence of smoke rising next to the tree~
A sweet Chocolate is placed at each setting too,
Images many & dear, look here to view~
The glass how it twinkles, reflections how merry,
Venetian Goblets, a shade between roses & cherry~
Only for moments I turned from the table,
Hearing prancing & pawing, I came as quickly as able~
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But my own treasured book, complete with reindeer~
Plucked from my shelf, placed directly in view,
Comet? or Cupid? wish me to share pages with you~
by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Christian Birmingham
In 1822, a New York clergyman named Clement Clarke Moore spun together Christmas memories for his children. The poem he wrote featured a red-suited Santa in a reindeer-drawn sleigh, a never-empty sack of toys, and stockings hung expectantly above the fireplace. He called it “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” and it was then published anonymously in a newspaper in Troy, New York. It captured the public’s imagination. The poem’s opening line—“ ‘Twas the night before Christmas” soon replaced the original title.
A joy to read aloud, Moore’s poem has endured. Beginning in hushed suspense, the poem builds to a dramatic crescendo as the rollicking verses usher in the mysterious midnight visitor.
A tale of anticipation and wonder, “The Night Before Christmas” has become a holiday tradition in itself for many families.
Up to my sideboard, the coursers they flew~
St. Nick’s Milk & Cookies, help yourself to some too :-)
If I don’t see you again before Christmas Day,
May your wishes & dreams be delivered by sleigh!
Thank you for your visit & thanks to my hostesses:
Food for Thought, a delicious blog for readers with an appetite for the written word~
Enjoy the reading of this classic holiday tale
by Dick Van Dyke~
Posted in Books, Christmas, Decor, Food, Tablescape
Tagged A Visit from St. Nicholas, Clement C. Moore, Fitz & Floyd, food for thought edible review, House of Dorchester Chocolate, St. Nicholas by Fitz & Floyd, The Night Before Christmas
In a Gardening state-of-mind, I’m on the porch enjoying the Season with a few things that make me happy~
A simple Christmas table~ ideal for our casual living at the Lake.
A promise of a flower in an Amaryllis bulb, a few collected watering cans . . .
. . . and a couple of vintage trowels, showing the visible signs of use & hours of happy work~ one red & one green~ the perfect colors for the season :)
Little watering can ornaments (Smith & Hawken from Target) are filled with bits of Cedar & Leyland Cypress and sprinkled at each place setting~
A favorite decorative birdhouse, made with recycled materials~ a vintage glass door knob, old hardware & barn wood~ has a starring role for the Season with its iron finial church steeple & tin-fashioned cross.
The birds will enjoy a gift of seed decorated houses. Purchased from a garden center, these edible bird treats would make a fun (if messy :) project for kids using a cardboard/milk carton house base, coated with peanut butter & decorated with seeds, raisins, cereal (Cheerios, Chex). . .anything that birds can feast on!
My urn, that has hosted tomatoes & pumpkins at the table, is supporting a grapevine wreath with faux berries and a pine cone laden tree.
A found bird’s nest is back at the table this week, filled with blown quail eggs, a feather, and embellished with a bit of lichen~
A few Paperwhite bulbs are waiting to be planted and their fragrance enjoyed~
Wishing you the simple pleasures of
Nesting & Feasting this Holiday Season!
Gardener’s Christmas Table Details:
Chargers & Flatware/ World Market
Napkins & Quilt/ Kohl’s
Bird Napkin Rings/ Pottery Barn
Dishes/Oneida Westerly Basket
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I have a case of Halloween Fever curable only with table full of treats!
Since Target is one of my favorite Haunts, I’ve been creeping along the aisles for several weeks now, exercising caution & restraint~ until recently. . .
When these Scary Skeletal Hands reached out and grabbed me~ fortunately they prefer to hold a munchkin pumpkin in their clutches instead. . .
My centerpiece inspiration came from Pinterest~ where I tracked down a candy vasedesigned to satisfy any trick-or-treater’s sweet tooth. . . filled with an assortment of candy including Ghost Peeps, licorice, and candy corn~ and limited only by your imagination.
Easy to scare up on a budget if you’re shopping the aisles of Dollar Tree.
Inspired by Candy Skewers also found on Pinterest from here~ I combined orange slices, Halloween Peeps, licorice from Target and Dollar Tree.
Polka-Dotted Pails for party favors (from the dollar bin at Target)~ are filled with Pixie Styx, and sinister looking Skull Cookie Pops from Dollar Tree for some frightful fun & tied with ribbon from Michael’s~
Assorted milk chocolate ghouls, ghosts & goblins from World Market (in a $9.99 bag) offered plenty to fill my vases & pails~
Little skeletal hands from Michael’s are offering up tempting milk chocolate Jack O’ Lanterns~
~~~Beware of skeletal hands presenting treats~~~
My vases are enjoying their first Halloween celebration and seem to put in an appearance only at the holidays~ last used at Christmas here, and previously at an Easter table before that.
Literal “Eye Candy” from Target lend a little blood-shot mix to my candy vases :)
A few tricks in addition to treats~
Butternut Squash Soup is a favorite for us that we enjoy in the fall. You can find a tasty recipe that we enjoy here.
These Soup “Shooters” are served up in tulip shaped glasses (from World Market) with an easy trick~
Witch Fingers spelled from String Cheese~ with lines carved for knuckles and sliced almond finger nails attached with cream cheese :)
Candy Corn Parfaits~
Cubes of Angel Food Cake, layered with Vanilla Pudding tinted Yellow & Orange with Wilton Gel, pieces of candy corn and topped with whipped cream~
Served in Pier 1 Mini Cordial Glasses from their Tasting Party Collection~ portion control enforced :)
True Confession Time~
While Candy Corn is the quintessential candy of fall & “screams” halloween~ the taste & texture is frightful to me. . .
It’s festive & fun, but I am not a fan of the flavor :)
Halloween Treat Table Details
Round Beaded Mats~ Target
Dishes~ Oneida Westerly Basket
Flatware~ World Market
Scary Hand Stands, Treat Pails~ Target
Tablecloth/Quilt & Napkins~ Kohl’s
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Posted in Decor, Food, Halloween, Holidays, Tablescape
Tagged Candy Corn Parfait, Dollar Tree halloween candy, halloween candy skewers, Halloween party favors, Halloween table, Pier 1 Tasting Party Collection, Soup Shooters with Witches' Fingers, String Cheese Witches' Fingers, Target