Schumann Wild Rose

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Celebrating National Pig Day Tablescape

Spending my entire life in one of the last bastion of "hippie-dom" [Humboldt County, CA, where everyday is the Summer of Love, every street looks just like Haight and Asbury during the '60's, nearly everyone wears "flowers in their hair," trendy fashions statements always start with something tie-dyed, children are still named "Moonbeam" or "Sequoia," and your neighbor thinks nothing of growing "something illegal" in his window or yard,] I have acquired many - some people might call them - odd of them is that I am a Vegetarian/Wannabe Vegan. ) And as such, I appreciate all animals. Since March 1, 2016 is National Pig Day (Here), I talked Pat into setting the table in recognition of this wonderful, intelligent animal. She rolled her eyes and feebly agreed. Luckily for me, her daughter was visiting for the weekend and came up with a great table for us to use.
The table - I was "in hog heaven" (sorry, but I couldn't help the pun) when Pat finished with the table this week

Pat "hammed it up" a bit with the centerpiece (I can't help myself.....pigs and puns....they go together.)

I "squealed" with glee when Pat's daughter came up with this place setting

OK - no more puns.....flatware is "Pure" by Gourmet Settings. Jennifer selected it because she said it was "fat"....I won't say anything but I feel a pun coming on.......

The dinner plates are "Perwinkle" Fiesta by Homer Laughlin. The bread and butter plates match.

The charger is actually a soft pink called Rose "Color Spectrum" by Mikasa

The glassware was also chosen because is was....dare it say it .....fat looking, too

Naturally, the napkin ring had to be a pig

This is Viola, my prize winning pig that I made in Ceramics class over forty years ago. She took the Blue Ribbon that year (much to my surprise....)

Who can resist this pig planter cutie? Pat made matching flower arrangements at both ends of the table. 

From the other end of the table

Where it came from:
Chargers - "Rose" Color Spectrum by Mikasa from eBay and Replacements
Dinner Plates and Bread/Butter Plates - "Periwinkle" Fiesta by Homer Laughlin from eBay and Replacements
Pig Accent Plates - "Ol'McDonald" by American Atelier from eBay
Flatware - "Pure" by Gourmet Settings from Amazon
Glassware - from Pier 1 two or three years ago
Pink Napkins - Handmade by Pat
Pig Napkin Rings - from "TailWaggers" (a local thrift store that supports the Sequoia Animal Shelter)
Pig Plants - by Continental Creations from eBay
Silk Flowers and Ivy - from Michael's
Frosted Flower Votive Holders - from Tuesday Morning
Pink Votives - from Ross

We will be joining the following Blog parties this week:
"Table It!" at Rustic & Refined this Sunday:
"Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch:

Not exactly tablescaping stuff:
Here's some famous pigs you might know:
The lovely, charming and delightful Miss Piggy, Babe (from the movie,) The Three Pigs, Porky and his girlfriend, Petunia Pig, Piglet (from Winnie the Pooh,) Pumbaa (from the Lion King - remember? "They call me Mister Pig!") Hamm (not exactly a pig but a piggy bank from "Toy Story"), and one of my personal favorites, the handsome television star, Arnold Ziffle (from Green Acres.)


  1. Oh, Pat and Katie, you just made my day! What a wonderfully whimsical pig table! You even used Pantone's 2016 Colors of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity (blue), as your color scheme. Katie, you are one talented ceramicist -- I'm not surprised that Viola won a blue ribbon! Where in the world did you find pig plates, and especially pig napkin rings? I've never had a pig, but I hear they make wonderful pets, as long as you are aware that they will get very large (even pot-bellied pigs, which a lot of people seem to think will stay small -- they do not!). To quote Winston Churchill, "I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." How true!

  2. I can't think of what to say, I am too busy laughing. That piggie is so adorable!!

  3. I think this is one of the cutest table settings I have seen. I especially love Viola. You two are great. Keep up the good work.

  4. I think this is one of the cutest table settings I have seen. I especially love Viola. You two are great. Keep up the good work.

  5. Katie I love your stories about Humboldt my son lives in Arcata and recently graduated from Humboldt State with a bachelors in Environmental Restoration aka a marine biologist for the environment.So I know what that whole community is about including watching a YAK on a leash walk thru downtown Arcata every Saturday. I love the creativity you and Pat come up with.I just want to know Where do you two store all this stuff?Susie

  6. Such a fun table, such cute pigs on the table and the napkin rings are perfect. So special!!