Schumann Wild Rose

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

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Easter "Spectacles"

Pat recently purchased several sets of Easter accent plates from Pier 1 to use for a Christmas dinner for the local Lions Club that she and her husband host every year (yes, a little weird but when you see the dishes, you'll understand the significance.) Anyway, she wanted to use them now - as a "trial run" to see how they would look.
The Easter "Spectacle" table - as you know, the Lions Club supports projects that prevent blindness, improve eyesight, and provide eye care for millions of people throughout the world. Pat is right - these will be great plates for the local Lions Club annual Christmas party.

The place setting

Flatware is elegant and sleek "Image" by Spode

You gotta love this bunny....

The dinner plate is also from Pier 1 - "Ginger" Spice Route stoneware. My very favorite person in the world from Pier 1,
Raelene, showed me how versatile this plate was and what could be done with it. We have used over and over again. Every time we use it, I think of her (and how much I miss her.)

An inexpensive lacquer charger (on sale after the season from Michael's) was spray painted "Paprika"

We have had this glassware for years - from Pier 1

Pat "shoved" a napkin into a wooden napkin ring and then placed a small rustic bunny ornament in front

Although Pier 1 sold a bunny with glasses, all of our glasses were handmade by Pat's husband. This bunny is from TJMaxx.

Assorted glasses were placed around the table

From the other end of the table

Where it came from:
Placemat - Pier 1
Charger - Inexpensive lacquer charger on sale after the season from Michael's and spray painted with Fusion Spray Paint in the color Paprika
Dinnerware and Glassware - from Pier 1
Flatware - "Image" by Spode from Tuesday Morning
Napkins - from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Wooden Napkin Rings - from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Bunnies - from TJMaxx, Tuesday Morning, and Pier 1
Grass - from Michael's
Assorted "Spectacles" - lovingly borrowed from the Lions Club

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

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Rustic Easter Table

Since this is our second Easter table this season, Pat wanted to try something different from the last one. She thought a rustic table would be fun. She chose the very popular "Bunny" plates from Pier 1 and put a different slant on them.
The table (shown here with clear glassware. At the end are pictures with colored glassware to change it a bit.)

The place setting uses a rustic twig placemat and a very heavy charger. 

Flatware is "Montana" by Gourmet settings - Pat chose it because of the "twig-like" handles

Such a cute plate on its own, but turns out it is very versatile, too

The dinner plate is "Spice Route" Paprika - also from Pier 1

Pat and I got a deal on these chargers -  fifty cents each at the Cancer Society's "Discovery Shop" thrift store on sale. 

Couldn't resist these placemats from Bed, Bath, and Beyond

To dress up the table a bit, Pat used  inexpensive stemmed glasses (from the Dollar Store)

The whitewashed bunny is from Pier 1 this year and is part of a set

One of Pat's favorite tricks - a napkin ring turned into a tea light candle holder

From the other end of the table

Here's the same table but with colored glasses:
The clear glasses were replaced with a dark red tumbler and an olive green wine glass. I love the color but it does tend to "darken" the table a bit.

Where it came from:
Placemats - Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Green Charger - "Espana" by Tabletops Unlimited from the Cancer Society's Discovery Shop
Dinner Plate - "Spice Route" Paprika from Pier 1
Accent Plate - from Pier 1
Flatware - "Montana" by Gourmet Settings from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Clear Glasses - from the Dollar Store
Olive Green Goblet - "Diamond Point" by Indiana Glass Company from Cuddly Bear (a local "gently used" boutique)
Red Tumbler - from Pier 1 two years ago
Napkin Rings (both the black twig-like and faux wood rounds) - from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Hemstitch Napkins - from our collection
Wooden Candle Holders, Candles, and Tea Lights - from Michael's
Metal Copper-like Centerpiece and dried flowers - from Michael's
White Washed Bunnies - from Pier 1 this year

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

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

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Orange Dots Easter Tablescape

Ever have one of those "senior moments" when the name of something is on the tip of your tongue but you can't remember it no matter what??? Well, it happened to Pat the other day. She was describing a tablescape that she had in mind but couldn't remember the name of the dish pattern - so she said to me, "You know, the one with the orange dots...." Uh, what? What orange dots, Pat? Well, here is the table - along with the dishes with the orange dots (turns out she meant the gorgeous Lenox Rutledge dinnerware with the beautiful fluted rim and yes, it does have some orange dots - albeit very small ones....only my sister would reference the orange dots when thinking of this pattern. Gotta love her......)

Oh, Pat, I think it's time for you to rewatch my favorite Youtube video again: Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder ( ) Enjoy, and have a laugh on me.
The "Orange Dot" Easter table - not your typical Easter color choice

Flatware is "Windsong" silverplate by Nobility

The salad plate

Yes, we used this charger last week, but it's the perfect color for this week, too.

Pat found the glassware in Santa Rosa on her way back from San Francisco a couple years ago

I won't mention the "orange dots"......

Pat made the centerpiece using a bunny cake plate from Pier 1

She added small arrangements in these bunny "bowls"

Although not technically for votives, these egg holders work perfect

I love these salt and pepper shakers (from Pier 1 last year but still available)

From the other end of the table

Where it came from:
Melon Colored Chargers - "Color Moods" by J.D. Durand from Replacements
Dinnerware - "Rutledge" by Lenox from our collection (but many pieces replaced after an earthquake or two from Replacements and eBay)
Flatware - "Wind Song" silverplate by Nobility from eBay
Glassware - "Moonlight" by Circleware from Marshall's and TJMaxx
Orange Napkins - Handmade by Pat to match the charger
White Chiffon Overlay Napkin - gift from Pat years ago
Napkin Rings - from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Bunny Cake Stand and Flower Pots - from Pier 1 this year
Bunny Votive Holders - from Tuesday Morning
Bunny/Carrot Salt and Pepper Holders - from Pier 1 last year (but available this year, too) 

We will be joining Christine's "Let's Dish" blog party at Rustic & Refined Sunday:

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