Schumann Wild Rose

Schumann Wild Rose
Dishes, dishes, dishes........

Monday, February 25, 2013

Rubber Ducky Spa Tablescape

With apologies to Ernie (the Muppet,) we set the table this week with his little buddy who makes bath time "lots of fun" - the rubber duck. Pat spotted them at Target last week and decided that very moment what the theme was for her turn at the monthly Ladies Luncheon table. (I told you she has a very "unconventional" sense of humor.)
Over view of the table

Pat paid homage to Sandra Lee - the floating duck in the Martini is just what she would do.......

The place setting

For the first layer, Pat used a bamboo placemat from Pier 1 as the basis for the place setting

A white Maryland China Company charger 

On top sits an orange Waechtersbach dinner plate

This is followed by a yellow Waechtersbach salad plate

White and yellow napkins are pulled through a wooden duck napkin ring

Close up of the flatware - modern style, satin finish with a polished circle on the handle

The five piece place setting

A wash cloth acts as a place card holder and spa gift for each guest
This great glassware is from Pier 1
This simple PVC pipe spray painted orange is the actual napkin ring
Frosted votive holders hold yellow votives
A huge bowl filled with the spa gifts and ducks for the guests acts as the centerpiece
Pat set the bowl on a large Sun Yellow Color Spectrum charger by Mikasa to show it off
Sweet white candle holders hold yellow candles
No spa table would be complete without floating rubber duckies in the bath
The stack
One of the "guests of honor".....

One last look from the other end of the table

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

Tablecloth:  Gift from Pat
Bamboo Placemats:  from Pier 1 several years ago
Flatware:  Pendulum from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Glassware:  from Pier 1 last year
White Charger:  from Maryland China Company
Dinner and Salad Plates:  Fun Factory by Waechtersbach from eBay and Replacements
Bread and Butter Plates:  Tangerine Fiestaware by Homer Laughlin from Replacements
White "Bath tub" bowls:  Costco this year
Large White Centerpiece Bowl:  from Target several years ago
Frosted Votive Holders and Candle Holders:  from Pat's personal collection
Yellow Candles and Yellow Votives:  Bed, Bath, and Beyond
White Linens and Bath Supplies:  Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Rubber Ducks:  Target
Wooden Ducks:  Michael's

Ready for the spa............

Monday, February 18, 2013

Winter Pinecone Tablescape

Texture is the theme this week - solid stoneware plates, thick plaid placemats and knotty textured napkins. The table is set with cold weather in mind (for us, it is cold - a chilly 50-55 degrees - remember, this is California.) Pat put together a winter tablescape with hot, hearty soup as the main attraction on the menu.

We went out gathering pine cones a few weeks ago (we have mostly Redwood trees in our area, but there are other trees here and there that have pine cones. If I had more time I could tell you about the "adventure." Just heed my advice - don't go pine cone hunting with my sister. Gratefully, I did manage to make it out alive and relatively unscathed....) Anyway, Pat pulled together a few other items and in just minutes had the centerpiece done. Then she got on to the place setting - I think she aced it.

Over view of the table

Close up of the place setting

Pat paired a brown Lenox Clarion water glass with a simple clear Libby wine glass
We found this fantastic flatware at Tuesday Morning last December

The five piece place setting - Woodland by Cambridge
Pat started with an ample soup bowl

Salad plate is next - sage green stoneware

The unadorned dinner plate matches the salad plate and soup bowl. They sit on a brown charger.

The placemat started it all - a recent purchase from Bed, Bath, and Beyond

Abeige napkin is surrounded by a sage green textured napkin

Black wine-like napkin rings are just perfect for this texture-theme tablescape

The infamous pine cones............

One last look from the other end of the table....

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

Placemats:  Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Flatware:  Woodland by Cambridge from Tuesday Morning
Sage Colored Stoneware:  from our local Supermarket
Brown Tumbler:  Clarion by Lenox (mostly from Replacements after the 2009 earthquake)
Wine Glass:  by Libby widely available
Chargers and Candle Holders:  from Michael's (refinished by Pat's very talented and helpful husband)
Candles:  Tuesday Morning
Napkin rings:  Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Pine cones:  from the depths of the forest.....

Monday, February 11, 2013

Mardi Gras Tablescape

Mardi Gras (also known as "Fat Tuesday" because many believe that it is the last day you can eat rich and fattening foods before Lent) is tomorrow. Time to start the celebration. What better way than to set the table in anticipation of a very hearty - and dare I say, very fattening meal.

Pat chose the typical colors of Mardi Gras (gold, green, and purple), but added teal to make the table more colorful. Since each place setting is so bold, she decided to make the centerpiece more subdued. She only used candles, votives, garland, and a few masks. It made a very elegant and delightful table.
Over view of the table

Close up of the place setting
Close up of the colorful mask used as part of the napkin ring (from Pier 1 last Christmas)
Flatware is one of our favorites - Gold Iconic by Wallace Silver

The five piece place setting

Three glasses (purple, teal, and gold) aligned with the charger
First layer of the place setting is a purple napkin wrapped in a gold overlay

The next layer is a Heather Fiestaware salad plate. (They are only 7" wide)

Pat used a teal glass plate from Pier 1 for the next layer

The dinner plate is a rich gold colored glass one we use a lot. 

Pat turned the square teal foil charger for a different look

The napkin ring starts with a simple purple ring (our favorite - PVC pipe cut and spray painted)

Pat used these neat teal Depressionware candle holders

Pat placed these teal votives along with gold ones around the table

One last look of the table from the other end

We will be joining Cuisine Kathleen's "Let's Dish" Wednesday:
Beaded Heart shaped Placemats: from Target years ago
America Sweetheart Monax Dinnerware: by MacBeth-Evans (circa 1930-1936)
Red Dinner Plate: Royal Ruby by Anchor Hocking from Replacements and eBay
Flatware: Plantation by Oneida (from our Mother's collection - at least 60 years old)
White Glassware: by Portieux
Red Glassware: Unknown maker purchased in Ferndale, CA several years ago
Napkin Rings, Candle Holders, Vase, Salt/Pepper shakers: from Art and Old Things, Fortuna, CA
Red Hearts, Centerpiece Garland, White Beads, Silk Roses: Michael's