Sunday, August 31, 2014

Apple Festival Time Table for One

One of the very few advantages of living in a small, rural community is the fun, family events that frequently take place. Pat is getting ready for the 29th annual Fortuna Apple Harvest Festival ( by setting this week's table with an apple theme. (I'm afraid that hayrides, Barbershop quartet singing, Dutch Oven challenges, Fire bucket contests, and a host of other "home town" events don't really appeal to me, so I will be skipping it - again - this year.....)
Over view of the table

The place setting

This is as close to a bunch of apples as I want to get......

The dark olive green dinner plate is "Spice Route" Clove from Pier 1

Pat's husband spray painted an inexpensive lacquer charger with Paprika Rustoleum spray paint for plastics

Glassware is from Pier 1 also.

One last look
Where it came from:
Charger - Inexpensive lacquer charger from Michael's that was spray painted with plastic adhesive spray paint
Dinner Plate - "Spice Route" Clove from Pier 1
Accent/Salad Plate - "Apple" by David Carter Brown for Sakura from eBay
Flatware - "Montana" by Gourmet Settings from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Glassware - from Pier 1
Napkins - from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Napkin Ring - from the Cancer Society's "Discovery Shop"
Votive Holders - from Tuesday Morning
Apple Bucket and Votive candles - Michael's

We will be joining Christine for "Table It!" at Rustic & Refined this Monday:

We will also be joining Susan for "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch this Thursday:

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Summer Trip to Hawaii Table for One

When Pat's daughter graduated from Medical school several years ago, she took Pat to Hawaii as a "Thank You" - just Mom and daughter to celebrate. (Poor Dad stayed at home.....) So, to Pat, Summer's end always brings back good memories of the wonderful time she had with her daughter.

It seemed natural to Pat that, when Cuisine Kathleen issued a challenge for this week to all tablescapers to do a "Farewell to Summer" table, a little "reminder" table of Hawaii would be perfect.
Over view of the table - we don't usually use plastic dishware, but as Pat said, this is the beach. Fine china just wouldn't be appropriate.

The place setting

Flatware is "Palm Tree" by Towle

We found these glasses at Bed, Bath and Beyond, but we bought them at Ross for a lot less

The salad plate 

The mango driftwood charger is from World Market

Yes, that is real sand....

One last look
Where it came from:
Tablecloth -
Placemat - Pier 1
Charger - Mango Driftwood from World Market
Dishware - from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Glassware - Ross
Flatware - "Palm Tree" by Towle from Tuesday Morning
Blue Napkin - from Tuesday Morning
Metal Palm Tree - from a local Hallmark Gift and Card Store years ago
Little Male Hawaiian Hula Dancer - gift from friends (when asked by my friends who were on their honeymoon to Hawaii what I would like as a souvenir , I jokingly told them to "slip a Hawaiian hunk into their suitcase and bring him on home to me" - so this is what I got....not as tall as I had hoped he would be.....)

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

We will also be joining Christine's "Table It" at Rustic & Refined this Monday:

And we will be joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for "Tablescape Thursday":

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Elios Platter Table for One

Every once in a while, you meet someone who shares your passion for plates - maybe not to the extreme that you do - but Pat is fortunate enough to have met someone who is always on the "lookout" for something interesting for her to use on a table. This week, she lent Pat a pair of very unique Italian platters by Elios Ceramica to play is what Pat decided to do with just one of them.
Over view of the table

Close up of the place setting

The detail on the seafood platter is stunning. Elios Ceramica is famous for beautiful and detailed tile work but also make exclusive, upscale dinnerware.

Flatware is "Everyday" by Reed & Barton - it's simple and sleek

Pat took the "lemongrass" color from the placemat - this is a Fiestaware Bread and Butter plate

Where it came from:
Placemat - from Tuesday Morning
Flatware - "Everyday" by Reed & Barton from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Italian Platter - by Elios Ceramica from Pat's "Relay for Life" friend
Bread/Butter Plate - Lemongrass Fiesta by Homer Laughlin from Replacements
Clear Water Goblet - from the Dollar Store
Blue Wine Goblet - from "Tailwaggers" (a local thrift shop that supports animal rescue)
Napkin - Handmade by Pat
Blue Tea Light Holders - Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Tea Lights, Shells, and Sea Glass - Michael's

We will be joining Christine's "Table It!" this Monday at Rustic & Refined:
We will also be joining Susan for "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch this Thursday:

Friday, August 8, 2014

Maryland China Charger Inspired TFO

This week's table was inspired (might I say, "plagiarized from") Rosie at "The Magic Hutch" who set a table called "Mellow Yellow (" Now, everyone knows that my very favorite color is yellow, so this table instantly became my favorite of the week. And since Pat was on a "color high" (our other blog features a very brightly updated table), she decided to cast away any possible trace of blandness and set the table using orange. Stealing the idea is pretty bad but stealing the color is really poor taste......

So, thank you, Rosie, for the lovely and light hearted tablescape and the inspiration for our Table for One.
Over view of the table - nothing bland here.....

The place setting

Flatware is "Classic Bead" by Reed & Barton. It is a very heavy stainless steel pattern.

Pat first spotted these orange glasses at Marshall's in Santa Rosa/Petaluma. Now they are widely available in our area (four hours north.)

It didn't take long to convince Pat to use this napkin ring - from Pier 1 two or three years ago

Rosie used the Maryland China charger for her table

Rosie used a gorgeous yellow cut flower place mat to hold her charger.....we had to settle for something quite a bit less glamorous

To coordinate with the charger, Pat used these matching coasters under the glasses

The candle holders, fruit bowl and liner all have the same decorative trim

Orange tea lights in Dollar Store holders

One last look
Where it came from:
Orange Placemat - Bed, Bath and Beyond
Flatware - "Classic Bead" by Reed & Barton from Costco
White Charger and Glass Coasters - from the Maryland China Company
Orange Dinner Plate - Orange "Fun Factory" by Waechtersbach from Tuesday Morning
White Salad Plate - "Basic White" by Food Network from Kohl's
Bread/Butter Plate - from Target
Napkin Ring - from Pier 1
Napkins - Handmade by Pat
Tea Light Holders - Dollar Store
Orange Tea Lights - from Ross
Centerpiece - from Pat's collection
Candle Holders - by Westmoreland Glass Company from eBay
Orange Tapers - from Michael's last Halloween

We will be joining Christine's "Table It!" at Rustic & Refined this Monday:

We will also be joining Susan for "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch this Thursday: