Wednesday, July 8, 2009

TABLESCAPE THURSDAY ~ THERE'S ALWAYS A PLAN B

Welcome everyone! I'm so thrilled you stopped by!

Thank you to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting this fun weekly event!

Time is flying by! My son is leaving the nest to start his life. He's off to college come fall. I am so excited, hopeful, and very happy for him. Why do they grow so fast? I miss my little one so much, yet so anxious to see the man he will become. (I'm tearing....again!).

Anyway, we don't always have too many opportunities to dine with just each other.

Yesterday, opportunity knocked and I prepared an impromptu summer meal just for the two of us. Tablescape Thursday had nothing to do with it....that's my story and I'm sticking to it! ;)

I originally planned an alfresco meal, but the wind was not cooperating. Without further ado...my plan B.

Lets see, that's forks on the left, spoons and knives on the right....yes?

Yikes! Is it me or does it look like everything in going out the window? Or is that coming in through the window? I need a plan C lol!

Awww much better...

The stainless steel tableware is Cambridge Silversmiths LTD., Cleopatra Clear. I got a 20 piece for $9.99. I've only found the one set though and have been hunting for at least 1 more set. Love how you can see the table cloth thru them. The pink plates and pink bowls are Bordallo Pinherio.

Next is one of my favorite pitchers. It's Pinherio Bordallo too. Ross, $4.99. Love the daises, too cute. Aqua and pink complement each other so beautifully. My beautiful daughter gave me the beautiful pink roses "cuz I wuv you mama...."

The pink crystal stemware is a recent thrift store find; $7.00 for 4. The crystal goblets were another deal, $2.00 each, there were 6.

While I'm on the subject of fabulous finds....the metal jardiniere was $2.99. I gave it a shabby aqua makeover. The two porcelain kitty cats were $1.00 each. They were hidious! But I saw potential. Used my can-o-spray paint and *presto* my two staffordshire cats! lol! I still have to paint their noses and the inside of their ears pale pink. If it looks stupid, I'll just get my can-o-spray paint and *presto* blanc de blanc.

Doesn't the cat on right look as though it is sniffing the hydrangeas? lol

The candle holders all came from Smith & Hawkens, 75% off.

I've had them for a couple of years now so I don't know exactly what I paid. I just remember the 75% off! lol

Now, for this evenings summer meal we have a lovely tossed leafy salad......

And a summery fruit salad.....

We are being good....yes? Ummm noooo......

A lovely Strawberry cream filled shortcake. Guaranteed to add 2 pounds per bite! Doesn't that look so scrumptious tough?!

My apothecary jar filled with fresh strawberries!

They are real! Seeeee......

lol! It goes well with the tablecloth....

My view.....

his view.......

followed by my "Not quite a birdeye's view" The dang chandy kept clunking me on the head and almost knocked the camera outta my hands! I was lucky to come away with this shot! lol

I'm trying to decide if I want the fruit or the vegies first.....

I know what my son will be eyeballing.....

One upside to living on a hill is that I feel like I'm living in a tree house....or in my case, birdhouse lol......

Ok, last look then ya gots ta go....my son is coming down to join me and I've got to hide the camera!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed your visit!

Be sure to see the many fabulous tablescapes created by very talented and clever bloggers!

Back you go to Susan's Tablescape Thursday !

Enjoy!


59 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Tina, this is just delightful! I love all of the pinks from the cloth to the plates to the food to the flowers, and that wonderful color blue on the containers! Oh, gorgeous! Coupled with these amazing photographs, and you have quite the tablescape! Loved seeing this. Perfect in every way!

Happy Tablescape Tuesday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is wonderful! I'm loving that tablecloth -- and the dishes, and the flowers, and the flatware - and..... well, just everything.

Sue said...

Hi Tina.....great table and a lucky son, the strawberry shortcake looks fabulous....I lve the tablecloth, it looks vintage and the clear handled silverware is really cool....but your hutch in the background with all your white tureens is stunning.....Sue.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

What a beautiful table!! I love the pink Bordallo!

ellen b said...

Oh my oh my! I'm in love with this color combination and your whole setting!! Love the vintage cloth and the pink and aqua accessories you used with it. The strawberries in the ginger jar are fabulous! You created a beauty!

ceekay said...

Oh the pink is so pretty. The tablecloth is fantastic and I absolutely love that clear flatware! Wonderful!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Tina, I love the colors you used - pink and turquoise are so complimentary in your tablescape!

Very refreshing!

Janie's World said...

Wow, I loved the pink and aqua!!! That tablecloth is so cute, I love it! The flowers are so pretty, you did a fabulous job.

Jadehollow said...

Tina !!!! Be still my heart.. Pink Bordallo Pinherio!!! Oh My! I'm in love! I must have.. oh man I've not seen them together as a set... only a piece here or there on a blog. Love the Auqa and Pink combo.. such a perfect color combination. Beautiful.. absolutely Beautiful!
Hugs,
Debbie

Dana and Daisy said...

I love the turquoise pitcher. Such a surprise on the pink table! Very pretty!

xinex said...

Your table is not just beautiful, Tina, it's delicious too! Good luck to your son who is getting off to College. I bet he enjoyed this too...Christine

Annie said...

I could not help but immediately visit when I saw the words "Plan B" pop up in the post title. Lord knows, I'm all about Plan B. LOL

Your table is lovely. I attended a luncheon once and each table was hosted by one individual who created a beautiful setting. Seeing how your table grow and developed here was a lovely and entertaining experience.

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Tina this is beautiful and you are really funny too! I have never seen the cabbage plates in pink and that vintage TC is wonderful! Love the strawberries! I hope you and your son had a wonderful luncheon!

Carol @ The Roseberry Cottage said...

Beautiful tablescape!
Carol

stefanie said...

your table looks so wonderful, and the meal, so summer. you made me sad about your son, mine is going to be a junior in high school, and i am already sad that he will be leaving, but like you happy too, they never told us about this in birthing class.

Mary said...

Tina, what a beautiful tablescape, not to mention the food! I don't know which appeals to me more, but I know I'd like to sit down and dine at this lovely table! I so enjoy your sense of humor as well - you're absolutely charming!

Deanna said...

Lovely Table~
This would be a treat to feast at.
~D~

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Tina this is just beautiful my friend...WOW I love the colors and the strawbeeries and the flatware...the food looks YUMMY!! oh those pink roses and pink plates its all just lovely girl..I can see all the work you put into this wonderful...May you have a great day...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

NicNacManiac said...

Tina,
Delightful as always. Love love the pink dishes and the cutlery is lovely. The sense of whimsy with the strawberries is so much fun!!
Thanks for sharing, wish you could share some of that scrumptious strawberry pie!!
Hugs, Nerina :)

Lori E said...

While both your views are great I was eyeballing the hutch and all it's goodies. Of course they were not as interesting as that cake.

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Tina, you set such a beautiful table! What a special memory you are creating for you and your son. I love your dishes and flatware. Happy TT to you!

FOREVER JANN and 13THORNYROSES said...

hi Tina,
this is absolute perfection in my humble opinion :)
all I kept saying as I gladly viewed each image was WOW ....
everything was beautiful. I love how you paid such great effort to every detail. And I admire you for your honesty about the reasonable prices & clever chic make-overs...teaching me/us that great taste and fashionable decorating doesn't have too be horribly expensive. YOU are my newest favorite blog. I hope your Son appreciated this beautiful luncheon ! Keep inspiring me/us with making life more beautiful!!
ps
my very favorite item was the silver ware, I would love to have some just like these :)

Martha said...

Love your table -- and love your food! Everything is just perfect and goes together oh, so well.

Carolyn said...

I love your tablescape. You certainly got some great thrift finds.Love your colors too.And yes our children do grow up too fast!
Carolyn

Heather said...

Tina,

Thank you for stopping by! You are right my apple peeler does make life a whole lot easier. I can't wait to see how it helps out this fall when apple season gets going!

Your table is beautiful. With our little one we do not often have such elegant meals. We'd be fighting a constant battle to keep his fingers away from all the pretty glasses. :) Someday we'll be able to have a nice table again!

Heather

KBeau said...

I'm sure you had a wonderful dinner with your son, and everything is just beautiful. All of the strawberries look good enough to eat, even the ones that are not real on the tablecloth.

"Blossom" said...

This table sitting is so beautiful......... I love everything! All the details, you didn't miss a thing!

Joyce said...

You win this week hands down the prettiest tablescape this week. I love the tablecloth and the clear flatware. Strawberries in the jar look so appealing and I think I will copy that idea from you if you do not mind:) I also like the little aqua pitcher. Enjoy your son and I wish him the best in college.
Joyce

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Tina, it is all so lovely....so soft. I have some of the pink cabbage dishes also, and just adore them. Everything is gorgeous!

Barb

Linda Merrill said...

So beautiful! The Cleopatra Clear table setting is fantastic!!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is all so lovely, love the pinks and aqua, and the strawberries!

Great job! I'm sure your son enjoyed it very much!

Katherine

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Tina,
What a gorgeous and scrumptious table!! All my favourite colours too! Have a delightful day.

Kristi said...

How delightful...the table setting and the food. Blessings to you!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Tina, my friend.. I am in "love" with these dishes. I feel a mission coming on to find them. They are out of this world. I have some green ones..but feel a need for pink. Love the fresh strawberries in the Apothacary jar..by the way I think the Target birds are still available if you get a chance you might check out the dish isle.. hugs ~lynne~

Amy said...

Hi Tina,
What a gorgeous tablescape for you and your son. So special. My fav color is pink, so you know that I especially love everything in your tablescape. The tablecloth really is my favorite. The plates and accessories are lovely. Amy :)

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE all the PINK and a touch of aqua... FAB!!!!

someplace in thyme said...

Good morning Tina, altho I am not a member of tablescape, I wanted to come in and chat about your son leaving home. Your table is gorgeous by the way and I love the dessert!! My oh my...Yum-O. We have two children and our son is the oldest. When he left for college, I really felt like my life was over. It was very hard for me, a very hard time. They grow up so fast and when they return, they are not the same. They leave as little boys and return as men with independence. We all want that for our children, it is the way it should be, but nothing in life prepares a mom for the emotional side of this. Stay strong, he will come back, he will be in your life and hopefully a long life friendship between adults will emerge from his being away. It does get better, one day at a time. One of the hardest things for me was the one less placemat at the table. He and his family live 5 minutes away and we enjoy a fantastic relationship now. I am still and will always be his mother, and so will you. Enjoy him, love him and always be there for him, because believe me when I say this, he will always need you, Char

Vanessa said...

Pretty tablescape! I love your aqua planter! That was a great find! Oh...and could I have a strawberry, please? They look so tasty!! : )

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

What a lovely table to share with your son. I love the cats. They are so cute. Craving strawberries now!

Christ

The Tablescaper said...

Wow! The pink and aqua are awesome. Enjoy! - The Tablescaper

Brenda said...

L-O-V-E-L-Y! I love the vintage look to this. The strawberries and plates and tablecloth. Oh, and my very favorite I've just got to look for: the clear-handled flatware! Oh my goodness I was salivating over that almost more than the meal! (Almost...)
Brenda

Jane said...

Tina -
Love the pink plates!!! and I am usually not a "pink lady". The flatware is gorgeous. Hope you find more.
Enjoy your summer with your son. You are right...our babies do grow too fast!

Rebecca at How I Burb said...

I haven't seen the pink plates yet--just the green ones. I love the pink! And together with that lovely tablecloth....and the matching dessert makes it even better! :)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Thank you for your sweet visit! It's so nice to meet you!

Everything is just beautiful...I have begun collecting the pink Bordallo. Now that tablecloth completely stole my heart. It is lovely! My goodness..what a treat for your sweet son! He will remember this I bet!
Hugs,
Mona

rosechicfriends said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Love your plates and how all the colors and just so yummy as well as your goodies too!

Blessings..Lorena

Shelia said...

Hi Tina! What a gorgeous table! Oh, I know it's bittersweet when I babies decide to grow up on us and leave the nest! He'll do well because you're his mother and you've been training him all his life! :)
I love everything about your pretty table! Your tablecloth is darling, the dishes, glassware, stemware and the view! Oh, my goodness! Just so pretty!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

That is one beautiful (and yummy looking) tablescape. Kudos!

Judy

Morning T said...

Your table is absolutely beautiful- those colors, dishes, silverware, flowers, vase, I love it all!

printersdevil said...

I love all the pinks! The cats are adorable, too. I just finished eating, but have room for some of that fruit.

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

Wow, Tina...this is gorgeous! I love your pink china and beautiful tablecloth! Those strawberries look beautiful inside the apothecary! All the colors are soooo fresh and lovely...your pics are awesome! Your son must have love this setting and felt very special...although guys don't always admit to that stuff. :-)
Your kittys look great...I really need to start seeing things with a different eye...paint can do so much. Love the aqua color of the garden container you painted, too...beautiful!
susan

Cass @ That Old House said...

Beautiful! I love all the pinks. So so pretty. The flatware is darling -- love the see thru handles.. oooh lah lah!
Cass
PS I know all about saying goodbye to college kids... but what you don't realize is that after graduating... they come BACK~!

Charli and me said...

What a beautiful tablescape! It's just perfect for summer. Everything is just lovely. I especially like your tablecloth. It's very pretty. I also like what you did with the strawberries. Grat idea. Everything looks great ♥

Renae said...

I adore all of your PINK, and your silverware is gorgeous...love that too! Great table....well done!
I have two sons, 21 and 24, both away. The oldest graduated college 2 years ago and lives only half hour from us. I meet him for lunch regularly and he truly is a fine young man. The younger is still in college, only 2 1/2 hours away and he is maturing into the man he will become. It its HARD and I cried LOTS when they left, but he will still need you more than you think right now. Enjoy your summer with him!
Blessings...

Kether said...

Divine! Just divine!

Loved it!

Thanks for inviting me in =)

bj said...

This is such a delightful table..I just love every bit of it. I would dearly love to find some flatware like this..just beautiful.

Shirl said...

Hello thank you so much for stopping by. I'm still making my Blue Monday and Pink Saturday visits. Both of your posts are adorable but I really love your tablescape thursday post. Your table setting is just beautiful. I also love your flatware. I've been looking for a set and can't find a color to use with my jadeite.
Have a great weekend.
Bless you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

grannyann said...

What a beautiful table setting. I love the pinkish colored dishes. Do you actually eat like that every meal? Maybe I shouldn't ask.

santamaker said...

What a sweet table and just love the strawberrie tabecloth and jar filled with them.
Oh, I know exactly how you're feeling. It's one of the hardest things about motherhood... letting them fly. You'll be fine :O)

Alicia said...

I love absolutely EVERYTHING about your tablescape. It is lovely. And you take great photos! Thanks for sharing.
Alicia

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