Schumann Wild Rose

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

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Labor Day Tribute Tablescape

Labor Day always means "Good-bye to Summer" to me - with back to school for the kids, changes in the weather, and warmer clothes. So, for this week's table, Pat designed a tribute to laborers everywhere. She started with napkins that she made and pulled out her husband's very old work boots (Jim was a Captain for the California Division of Forestry and has been retired for years and even then, the last two or three decades was at a desk at the Command Center - so the boots haven't seen "action" in many, many years.....) and cleaned and polished them. Then she set the table.....

By the way, yes, it does seem that Pat has been on a "yellow streak" lately, but the napkins screamed "yellow" this week. So, apologies to those folks who do not like yellow.
Over view of the table

The place setting

Pat chose one of her favorite "work horse" flatware patterns - "Hammered" stainless by Godinger

I didn't have to twist Pat's arm to use my favorite yellow goblet......"Rio" by Dansk

The stack

The yellow bowl and orange dinner plate are both "Fun Factory" by Waechtersbach

Yeah, once again, Pat pulled out the yellow charger. Since yellow is my favorite color, I am OK with it, but it's a little "jarring" to others.....

The inspiration napkin (Pat layered a black napkin inside the patterned one to give it more "bulk")

The centerpiece consists of orange work cones and yellow hard hats in addition to the "work boots" flower arrangement flanked with candles in assorted colors

Thanks, Jim, for your boots. (Anything for a tablescape, right? He even lets us borrow his clothes for Ralph.)

Ralph's safety vest

Close up of the napkin

Pat got Ralph dressed for the occasion - hard hat, tool belt, Levis......

One last look at the table from the other end
Where it came from:
Tablecloth - (Alicia Nichols from Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One [ ] told us about that fabulous site. It has all kinds and styles of tablecloths and napkins at very reasonable prices.....)
Flatware - "Hammered" Shannon by Godinger from Costco
Charger - Inexpensive lacquered chargers from Michael's spray painted with plastic adhesive spray paint
Orange Plate and Yellow Bowl - "Fun Factory" by Waechtersbach from Tuesday Morning and Replacements
Yellow Coup Plate - Another use for our "Gnome" plates
Black Bread/Butter Plate - Fiestaware (sorry, I know it's doesn't have "ware" on the end of it, but I can't help it) by Homer Laughlin from Replacements
Yellow Goblets - "Rio" by Dansk from Replacements
Wine Glass - from the Dollar Store
Napkins - Handmade by Pat
Napkin Rings - PVC pipe cut into 1" rounds and spray painted with plastic adhesive spray paint
Candles - Michael's
Glass Candle Holders - TJMaxx
Orange Plastic Cones - KMart
Yellow Work Hats - Dollar Store (spray painted to coordinate with the table)

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":


  1. Wow, what a great summer table. I used two frogs in my post, but not as formal as yours. Come take a look.

  2. What a fun table!! Love your inspiration napkins and all of your accents. The bright colors are absolutely joyous!! It's a wonderful set-up to celebrate workers everywhere. Well Done! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  3. Bright and happy with a touch of whimsy....that definitely works for me.

  4. My Oxford Hall flatware would be perfectly at home on this happy table! I am sure you can find lots of yellow on eBay at the moment, if you are interested...I have enough's other colors I am looking for. Have a wonderful week, ladies!

  5. That is one hot table! I love the mixture of colors - it looks like sunshine. :-)

  6. Okay, this table takes the prize for cute and clever! I love the brightness and those cones!! Who would have thought it. I love the nod to Labor Day, too. Just precious. This is a fun layering job.

    Made me smile. How could it not? ;-)



  7. This table definitely has the hot colors of summer. Very clever!