Monday, April 29, 2013

Hawaiian Tablescapes

This week's theme started with a little male Hula dancer.....many, many years ago, when friends went to Hawaii on vacation, they asked me if I wanted anything from there. Naturally, I flippantly said "Can you bring me back a little Hawaiian?" and they did just that. So, for years, tucked away in my curio was this cute guy. Not quite what I had in mind - but he fits into today's Hawaiian tablescape theme just fine.

To start the tables, Pat used the same placemat for each setting and my Hawaiian "guy." Then she used inexpensive plates, flatware, glasses and napkins to give each table a different look and feel.

The unifying elements:
This flowery placemat was purchased at Bed, Bath and Beyond recently

Kane (male or man) Hula Dancer - my "guy"
Over view of the tables:

Now, the details of each table:

Flamingo and Lemongrass:
Close up of the place setting

A simple fold for this great napkin ring and brown napkin 

This is a Flamingo pink Fiestaware luncheon plate

The Lemongrass Fiestaware dinner plate acts as a charger

Pat used colorful lime green flatware by Cambridge to add more color

The five piece place setting

A Dollar Store lime green soup bowl sits on a Lemongrass Fiestaware Bread and Butter plate

Pat used palm trees for a different centerpiece

Pier 1 had this napkin ring in three different colors this season

Of course, the very popular Dollar Store green stemware works well

One last look

Persimmon and Sunflower Yellow:
Over view of the table

Pat just tied this beige napkin from Bed, Bath, and Beyond instead of using a napkin ring

We both love the Persmimmon Fiestaware salad plate

Next is a Lemongrass Luncheon plate from Kohl's (I have no idea why the rim is different on Fiesta luncheon plates from Kohl's. And none of the clerks knew either.)

A Sunflower yellow dinner plate follows

To add another matching color from the placemat, Pat used this Fiestaware Paprika Bread and Butter plate

Bamboo styled flatware is by Cambridge

The five piece place setting

More Dollar Store stemware - this time very simple clear glasses

One last look
Rose and Avacado :
Close up of the place setting

Inexpensive avacado green napkin from Bed, Bath, and Beyond is held by a knot napkin ring

Matte stainless steel flatware is "Vault" by Gourmet Settings

The five piece place setting

One again, stemware is from the Dollar Store

This is a Rose Fiestaware salad plate

A Fiestaware Lemongrass Luncheon plate is next

Sorry, the color is awful but this is an avocado green dinner plate from the Dollar Store

One last look
Where it came from:
Placemat - Tuesday Morning
Lime Green Flatware - by Cambridge from Ross
All Stemware, Avocado Green Dinner plate, and lime green soup bowl - Dollar Store
All Fiestaware - Macy's, Kohl's, and
Palm Tree - from a nativity scene purchased at Costco years ago
Brown Napkin - handmade by Pat
Lime Green Napkin ring - Pier 1 this season
Bamboo Flatware - by Cambridge from Ross
Black Salt Shaker and Pepper Grinder - Target years ago
Matte Finish Flatware - "Vault" by Gourmet Settings from Costco
Beige and Avocado Napkins - Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Kane (male) Hula Dancer - special gift from Steve and Casey

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

Friday, April 19, 2013

Sunny Branch Accent Plate Place Settings

After a visit to Pier 1 this week, Pat and I left with a new salad/accent plate (not to mention the other stuff.....) It is called "Sunny Branch." We thought it would be fun to use it this week on the table for one.

As you can see, it is easy to change the style and feel of a place setting even if you use the same salad plate. Pat took just minutes and came up with three very different, very clever looks.
The unifying element - "Sunny Branch" accent/salad plate from Pier 1

Over view of the three tables:

Now, the details of each setting-

Yellow and Blue Theme:
Over view of the table

The place setting

Blue glass dinner plate is from Bormioli

The charger is by Mikasa

Simple but elegant silverplate is called "Reverie" by Oneida

The five piece place setting with the cocktail fork

Blue glassware is from Artland Glass

This Depressionware butter dish was a gift to Pat

Blue votive holder with yellow votive candle

Pearl napkin ring is from Pier 1

Blue vase is from Pat's personal collection

One last look
Yellow and White Theme:

Yellow is my favorite color.....I love this table

Pat started with this fold. Notice that all the place settings use yellow napkins.

This cheery yellow dinner plate is "Total Color Yellow" from Fitz and Floyd

White charger is from the Maryland China Company

Pat started with this inexpensive yellow placemat

Flatware is "Laila" by Cambridge

The five piece place setting

Can you believe this yellow goblet? Perfect for this place setting. The white wine glass is by Portieux.

Simple, white salt and pepper shakers

Pat left this yellow vase with me since I love yellow

One last look
Black and Yellow Theme:
Sleek, Oriental looking....

Pat started with this bamboo placemat

Black plate is Fun Factory by Wasechtersbach

The Pier 1 salad plate is next

Pat topped it all with a rolled napkin fold (both black and yellow napkins were used)

Flatware is called Pendulum Platinum from Cambridge Silversmiths

The five piece place setting

Glassware is Jet Black by Reizart from

Pat found this tiny square bowl at World Market a few weeks ago

These black salt and pepper shakers were found at an antique store

Black Depressionware glass

You can see the roll from the top of the napkin

Pat used a black Fiestaware Bread and Butter plate

One last look
Where is came from:
Yellow Charger - Mikasa Color Spectrum from
Blue Glass Dinner Plate - Rondo Sapphire by Bormioli from Ross
Blue Glassware - by Artland from
Silverplate Flatware - Reverie by Oneida from eBay
Yellow Bread and Butter Plate - Sunshine Fiestaware by Homer Laughlin
All Napkins - Handmade by Pat
Pearl Napkin Ring - from Pier 1
Blue Votive Holder - Bed, Bath and Beyond
Yellow Candles - Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Round Yellow Placemat - Target
White Charger - Maryland China Company
Yellow Dinner Plate - Total Color Yellow by Fitz and Floyd from
Flatware - Laila by Cambridge from Costco
Yellow Water Goblet - our Mother's
White Wine Goblet - by Portieux
Black/brown Bamboo Placemat - Ross
Black Dinner Plate - Fun Factory by Waechtersbach from Tuesday Morning
Black Bread and Butter Plate - Fiestaware by Homer Laughlin
Black Water and Wine Goblets - Jet Black by Reizart from
Flatware - Pendulum Platinum by Cambridge Silversmiths from Bed, Bath and Beyond
Tiny Square bowl - from World Market

We will be joining Cuisine Kathleen's Let's Dish tablescape party this Wednesday night.
With heartfelt thanks, we appreciate the chance to show off some of our tables for one.