Sunday, May 12, 2013

Cinco de Mayo for One Tablescapes

As most people know, Pat takes one or two elements and uses them in a variety of ways to make three different table settings. This week, I went out to my succulent garden and put a small succulent in a black bowl and then challenged Pat to use it for the unifying element.
The unifying element:
These hardy unnamed succulents grow like weeds and need little care
The three place settings:

Details of each place setting
Table No. 1:
Pat started with a Mexican blanket as a tablecloth

Close up of the place setting

Black ceramic handled flatware is by Noritake

First layer of the place setting is Peacock Fiestaware Luncheon plate by Homer Laughlin. This plate was purchased at Kohl's - it has a slightly different rim from the typical Fiestaware. 

Next layer is a bright orange Waeschtersbach dinner plate

The charger is a bold yellow color. The Bread and Butter plate is Cobalt Blue Fiestaware.

Close up of the five piece place setting

Glasses are by Libby from Kohl's

Pat put the bowl of succulents on another bowl to raise them

Candle holder is by the Westmoreland Glass Company

Chili bowl is from Kohl's years ago

The black napkin was wrapped around the charger

Table No. 2:
Over view of the table

The heavy hammered style flatware looks perfect for this setting

This time Pat placed the red chili bowl on top of the salad plate

The second layer is a Lemongrass Fiestaware Salad plate by Homer Laughlin

Next layer is a Turquoise Fiestaware Luncheon plate

A Rose Fiestaware Dinner plate acts as a charger

"Frost" by Libby glassware has the same hammered pattern as the flatware

The centerpiece starts with a 15" round Turquoise Fiestaware platter

The unifying element

Candle holders are by Metlox Pottery

Table No. 3:
Over view of the table

Flatware is the very popular Treble Clef by Gourmet Settings

The bold, bright dinnerware is by Laurie Gates from Macy's several years ago

Pat mixed the patterns of the glassware but they work well with the place setting

Candle holder is black Depressionware

Can you believe that this tortilla holder is from Avon? It goes perfectly with the dinnerware

Salsa holder is also from Avon

We will be joining Cuisine Kathleen's "Let Dish" this Wednesday night:


  1. You do such a great job with these tables for one!

  2. What fun tablescapes! I really love the all of the colors in the first one -- that Mexican blanket/tablecloth is so pretty! Pat really rose to the succulents challenge with great success (the plants are a Sempervivum species, also known as "hens and chicks" because they do multiply like those prolific birds!).

  3. These colors are so festive and beautiful! I enjoyed seeing the different ways the dishes are used. Great candlestick!


  4. Oh just love these tables. I am particularly fond of the one on the serape. It's a beautiful piece. I love seeing this every week. It challenges me to think outside of my little box! xo marlis

  5. This was so much fun to see - such a feast for the eyes! I cannot believe those Metlox and Westmoreland candle holders - they are stunning and I love all of the colors on all of the tables. The Mexican blanket is amazing and I think it is so clever how pieces with chili peppers are used throughout!

  6. Oh, these tables are so much the bright colors. The wraparound candle holders are so cool!
    Have a wonderful week...

  7. Isn't it fun to see how many combos you can come up with using a limited amount of things! You certainly found lots of cute tables with these bright accessories!