Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tablescape Thursday!

Welcome to my first Tablescape Thursday! Susan, thank you for hosting this beautiful weekly event. I've learned so much from the wonderful people who participate.

Valentine's Day is almost here and romance is in the air. I experimented with a sweet cottage look on the kitchen table. I wasn't happy with any of my table clothes and turned to my fabric stash. The tablecloth is a fabric remnant that didn't have a purpose yet, but I think it may become a real tablecloth in the near future. After I had a foundation, I shopped the house for items to audition. The little baking fairy decorating a Valentine Heart shaped cake with I Love You was a winner as well as the cake pedestal, with a little Limoges heart placed at the base of the pedestal. The cupcakes surrounding her little heart cake are actually lip gloss containers. Aren't they too cute! Next came the candle on the Lenox china candle holder with the little hearts hanging around it, as well as the little red glass candle holder that Rachel sent with her Valentine swap gifts. I found the topiary in the living room and the flowers from a bedroom went into a Spode pot.


As you can see outside, it's been a gray, rainy day, but I'm not complaining. We need the water! (Just in case you're wondering why we have a post with nothing on it in the flower bed, there is supposed to be a big birdhouse on it. I can't attach it and the guys just never seem to have the time to do it.)

I used my favorite everyday red and white Spode transferware dishes. I prefer flowers, and they're all botanical patterns. The napkins were in an after Christmas clearance bin at Pier 1. I love the scalloped edges.

The following pictures are a peek at each plate.


I think this one is a luncheon plate and probably shouldn't have been included, but I love the shape of them, I have 4, and use them all the time, so into the mix they went!


My most treasured find this month! I've wanted chargers so badly, and was almost ready to order some from Horchow! While browsing in Home Goods a few weeks ago, I wandered by these dishes. At first I thought they were just plates, then I couldn't believe my eyes, it finally registered, they were chargers! I nearly had a heart attack and ran for a cart. They had 8 and I took them all! I get so tickled every time I look at them.


Well my friends, did I succeed in creating a romantic cottage tablescape?


Please visit Susan's link here to see the other Tablescape Thursday participants.

Enjoy!
Diane

33 comments:

Smilingsal said...

Lovely table. Beautiful centerpiece, and wonderful chargers.

Bo said...

Hi Diane...boy, I'll say you did succeed at making a romantic tablescape...you scored with those chargers too! I love the way you shopped your house & put together a centerpiece..so pretty! ;-) Bo

xinex said...

OMG, what beautiful charger plates! And they look so good against the red and white plates. Pretty tablescape..Christine

prof en retraite said...

Oh Diane...Of course I was drooling over every plate...gorgeous! But the first prize goes to those chargers!!!! Have a great weekend...Debbie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Yes! You did create a romantic tablescape! Everything looks so pretty. That centerpiece is perfection (I can't believe those cup cakes are lip gloss containers!) Your Spode plates are lovely, and those charges are absolutely gorgeous! I have been looking for chargers similar to those (these are much prettier than the ones that were in my mind). Beautiful table! laurie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Yes! You did create a romantic tablescape! Everything looks so pretty. That centerpiece is perfection (I can't believe those cup cakes are lip gloss containers!) Your Spode plates are lovely, and those charges are absolutely gorgeous! I have been looking for chargers similar to those (these are much prettier than the ones that were in my mind). Beautiful table! laurie

Susan said...

Love your every day spode Diane! I must add some pink/white dishes to my blue/white!

Have a great day

Susan

Janie's World said...

Beautiful table, I love your dishes and I'm so jealous of your charger find!!! Home Goods can be addicting! Very sweet table for two.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

OH MY GOSH! I love those chargers! I think I saw those at Marshalls and I thought they were plates too. I'm going back there today and see if they're still there! Love your dishes too!

ann said...

Girl,those chargers are FABTABULOUS.I would be tickled pink too.And I LOVE your dishes.Welcome to your FIRST.You sure don't need any practice.Well done,well done.
And...isn't it odd that OUR men just cannot find the time to do these little jobs for us?Oh well sooner or later,they will,ha..Ann

Mama said...

Gosh you really put together a beautifully romantic table, I have those same charges in yellow I was as excited as you :-). your table is perfect. Kathy.

Jill said...

The table looks beautiful. The plates are sooooooo pretty. Not bad for a first! love it!

Charmingdesigns said...

Love your table scape!!! I love the shamrock idea...my daughters' birthday is March 17...so I DO need to do something..lol...what do you think I should do??? Laurie

Kathleen Ellis said...

Pretty and romantic! I LOVE those chargers! I must hunt for some! I love your Spode dishes, too...LOVE-ly!
Happy Valentine's Day!
;-D

Penny said...

Beautiful first tablescape!
Love the layers of transferware with the white.
lovely view,too!

~♥~ Monica S said...

Beautiful plates... Glad to see someone has those in red too.. I love blue and white.. but blue is not MY color of choice... I love red though!

Monica

Linda said...

Those chargers are absolutely gorgeous (along with the whole table)...love 'em! You know what hubby said when he saw the table...."Is this just for your blog or are we really going to eat here?" I told him I was cooking...shrimp primavera and green salad with strawberries & nuts. I'm not sure he has even noticed the little cherub yet...hee hee hee. Linda

Kim Chalfant said...

Fabu licious table!!! Love, love, loved it. I want those chargers!!! I didn't see them at my Home Good's. Someone else must have bought them all up (was it you?). Now I'm going to be obsessed till I find some. Thanks!

Dish Diva aka Kay said...

Those white chargers are to die for!! please pack them up and send them to me. Love them. I almost bought them weeks ago,but changed my mind.Now I regret.
Lovely setting~@

Gypsy aka Tam said...

Diane,
WOW!!! What a wonderful tablescape. The centerpiece is perfect and your dishes are simply stunning. I'll have to look for some of those plates and I wish I could find those chargers but I have no more room to store chargers. If I add any more hatboxes (my usual charger storage solution) in my house it will look like a darn hat shop LOL.
You did such a beautiful job!!!!
Have a wonderful evening,
Tam

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Oh yes, you definitely succeeded, and would you believe that the chargers were the very first thing I noticed? Beautiful! Horchow, take that!

Justine :o )

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Love the miniature goodies & those chargers are absolutely gorgeous!

And what a lovely setting to dine in...even if it is a bit rainy.

Barbara said...

I love your elegant tables

Happy To Be said...

Oh Diane I just love those chargers girl...they are so lacy looking and your china is beautiful...BRAVO!! job well done this all looks so romantic and beautiful..Thanks for coming by Diane..means the world to me...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Shelia said...

Hi Diane! Oh, I think you made the grade for a beautiful romantic tablescape! I have some of those Spode dishes, but hung 'em on the wall! lol Congratulations on those beautiful chargers!
BE a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Melissa Miller said...

OH MY GOOD-NESSS!!
I adore your white chargers!
Prettiest I've ever seen. They would have come home with me as well.

Happy Valentines Day! :)

once in a blue moon... said...

veyr pretty place setting!

Riet said...

Very very pretty table. I love your plates and tablecloth, they go beautifully together. Thank you for visiting.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Thanks for coming by. My blog is just a week old, but I am enjoying it. I love your table the dishes are amazing.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Diane, I'm sorry I'm so late in getting around.. lots of doctor runs for hubby.. I'm so glad I finally made it.. girl if this is your everyday china..I can only imagine what the "good" stuff looks like.. these are gorgeous..and those chargers.. darling you know you have my address.. and I'm desperately wanting some of them... lol... I may have to ask my daughter to try and find a store around here and pick some up for me.. I love your tablescape.. you did an outstanding job for your first but hopefully not your last tablescape...This is wonderful Diane... Happy Valentine's Day!!
hugs ~lynne~

Susan said...

Have a great Valentine's day...and weekend!

Susan

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

Diane...your chargers are gorgeous...what a fabulous find! I love your china and those wonderful scalloped napkins! This is beautiful! I hope you'll be using it with your sweet DH for Valentines. :-) Susan

62 Cards - Sammye Jo said...

LOVE the pink!!!

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