Thursday, April 2, 2009

TABLESCAPE THURSDAY-THREE BIRTHDAYS IN ONE!

Last week, two of our family members had birthdays, and next week another of our family members has a birthday, so this weekend, I am having three birthday celebrations with one dinner. The one interest that all of these family members share is a love of dogs, so I am using a dog centerpiece for all three birthday tables.

On the birthday table for my son-in-law, I attempted a masculine look. I only have four of these plates (Autumn Waves by Casafino), and I needed to seat six people at this table.

So, on each end of the table, I used plates from another set of four that I have (Oralia by Pier 1). Hopefully, they all coordinate well enough.

Happy Birthday Scott!
We will also be celebrating my daughter-in-law's birthday.
Happy Birthday Mindy!

For her table, I wanted a more feminine look. The table runners on all of the tables match each other. I thought that might tie the three parties together.

When I went to get my Bunnies on Sticks at Pier One last week, I found these table runners marked down to $5.00. They only had three of them, so I bought all of them and tried to make all three tables work with the colors in the runner. (Royal Doulton dinner plates)


The table for my daughter-in-law seemed to need a little bling, so I added these napkin rings that I also got at Pier One (in the marked down bin)! I hope we don't have any more Blogville parties that involve me going to Pier One--I ran in there to get a Bunny on a Stick and came out with a huge bag full of table decor!


Linda, Mom of a German Shorthair, used this flatware in a tablescape on RMS, and said that it came from Target. Since everything Linda does turns out so beautifully, I had to rush to Target and get some of this flatware for myself (I always think that mine will look better if I have the same thing that is on the table of someone whose decor I admire)!


My grandson, who just turned five, loves anything with wheels, so I decided to add trains and fire trucks to his dog tablescape. I used a chalkboard dog in the center of the children's table. I got this dog in the markdown aisle at Hobby Lobby several years ago. I meant to light the candles in the birthday trains before I took these picture.


Plastic plates that resemble real china make the grandchildren feel like big people. (I got these at Tuesday Morning several years ago. They are made by Precidio). I frequently use them outside, but they also work great for grandchildren.


Small chalk boards, which my sister-in-law bought when her school was cleaning out old supplies, became place mats on the children's table. When they finish their dinner, they can write on the place mat while they wait for birthday cakes to be served.


Now I'm off to get the links to all of the beautiful tablescapes in Blogland at Susan's blog, Between Naps on the Porch.


You'll go there too if you want to see incredible creativity. Thank you so much for joining my little birthday party. laurie

54 comments:

Domestic Designer said...

All of your tables look great! I like the way you coordinated them all, yet they all have their own theme. I love the chalk boards on the children's table.

KBeau said...

My goodness, Laurie. I don't know how you do all you do and still work. My brain is dead from traveling. I should probably do something special for Larry's birthday today, but it will be leftover pasta and the same old plates and placemats.

artis1111 said...

The tables are perfect. I have a fork and spoon,ready for cake and ice cream!!! The flowers just finish it off. They always add so much to a table. Great job. Kathy

Stacey said...

Laurie, you've outdone yourself! My fave by far is the kids table. Love the dog and the chalkboards!

Mary from Boogieboard Cottage said...

Beautiful tables, love the chalkboard dog!

Rhondi said...

Hi Laurie
The tables are great. I love the kid's table.
Hugs, Rhondi

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Laurie, Your tablescapes look great. I love the silverware.
Hugs, Terrie

Happy To Be said...

Girl I don't know how you do all you do...sleeping with the BOSS, doing party's for grand babies, Easter decor you wear this old lady out girl...these all look just wonderful love all the dog thingys you have going on...are you serving "Hot Dogs" or Dog on a _stick ha ha!! may you have a great day dear friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Smilingsal said...

I wish I could buy plates like those plastic ones. I like that color and pattern.

Melissa Miller said...

How clever to have three parties in one!

I know they will enjoy this. It all looks great and I do love the dog theme.

Pretty dishes too! ;)

Ginger said...

Hi LaurieL:
I am going to have a hard time deciding what table to sit at when I come to your birthday party. lol. You make everything so fun.
Love your tablescapes.
Ginger

ann said...

Honey,how in the world do you do so much?I swear,the sick ones you were just seeing to and now 3 birthdays in one nite.Plus cooking the meal.Please slow down or someone is going to have to take care of you.Please!!!!!!!!!!i love ya....ok...ann
By the way,you did awesome on this as always.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Three brilliant tables! I laughed out loud when I saw the flowers coming out of the top of the Staffordshire spaniel's head. Oh please...where did you get that vase? I need one! Those are my dogs!

Laurie, just brilliant today!
Cass

marty39 said...

My goodness, I was going crazy trying to do one tablescape and you did 3!!! You amaze me. I love all three tables, each one is so different. I like that you mixed the dishes, I think that gives the table such interest, and all the colors are just gorgeous. The masculine table is so warm and manly without going over the top and the feminine table is just so flowery and cheery, and again not over the top. The kids table is just adorable. I love the idea of using plastic china, it really does look real. They're all gorgeous Laurie, great job. Hugs, Marty

ginny said...

I have those Target silverware pieces. I love them! I used it for Christmas, now Easter, or any special occasion. I had to buy a service for 12. I am sure your family appreciates all your hard work. My goodness, three birthdays and all the tables were so perfect! Nice work.
ginny

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

I love your grandson's table the best. The chalkboards as place mats is so clever. Good way to keep them occupied. I like how you tied all the tables together with the runners & the dog theme, yet each table is so different. Great job!

And I know what you mean about going into a store to get just one item & coming out with a whole bag full of goodies. Happens to me all the time. When I went to Pier One to get my bunny, I told myself to only look at the bunnies, nothing else. I didn't want to get tempted. But of course, I looked at everything. Luckily for me I wasn't in a spending mood so I only got the bunnies. Whew! That was a close call, but I survived.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

The tables all look beautiful, Laurie!!

I have the Target flatware too. I bought the white, then went back and got the brown.

Linda said...

Wow - so many great ideas! We have a SIL and DIL birthday coming up Sunday, as well as an egg hunt thrown in. You have given me some good ideas! Linda

Joyce said...

Love the recycle use of the chalk boards as placemats. I want to sit at at the kids table because it is darling:) The napkins on the first table are so cute. Looks like you were having so much fun with all the tables. Good job!
Joyce

Christi at A Southern Life said...

I love the dog idea. We love dogs around here too. I especially liked the dishes on the table for your daughter-in-law. Very nice.

redsoxmom said...

Laurie - you are one busy lady! You did a great job tying everything together. I think my favorite has to be the chalkboard placemats--too clever! I have those napkin rings from Pier1 by the way! Not sure I've used them in a tablescape or not. I can't keep track anymore! Love the dog theme. :) Hope it's a wonderful triple party!

Bo said...

Yippee Laurie...Now I know the secret to wonderful tablescapes! I just have to run to the store & buy what you've bought...I sure hope that works for me...BTW, may I use your credit card??? LOL
I can just imagine how special your family members must feel when they dine at your home...love is oozing everywhere! ;-) Bo

Kathleen said...

Wow, a triple..
They are all lovely..
Having a 5 yo gson I can relate to the wheels and moving things. That table is just so cute! I love the chalkboards, great idea!
Thanks for the triple treat, Laurie, great job!

salmagundi said...

Looks like a fun weekend coming up! I love how each table is special for the birthday person. Enjoy your family!!! Sally

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Wow! you have got the parties going on at your house! Love all the dogs and how each table is suited for each Birthday boy or girl! How special is that?

~CC Catherine said...

Laurie! You've been workin girl! Three tablescapes in one day....whoaaaaaa... ;) They all look beautiful too! I'm sure Gavin is going to be crazy about his. I love the chalkboard too! I need to visit Pier I~ ;) I love the Dog theme for the center of the tables. Even on your daughter-in-law's table., you had one with posies in it., and it was so adorable! You get an A in my book! ;) ~CC Catherine

mbkatc230 said...

These are all great Laurie! And of course you know I love the doggie centerpieces! All the colors look wonderful, and I like that you coordinated the two different patterns of china. And your grandson's table is adorable! I love the chalkboard placemats, what a great idea. I understand what you are going through - we have 6 family members with March birthday! Darn those June weddings lol. Kathy

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Everything looks so fun and festive and pretty! Happy Birthday to everyone! Your pool looks so pretty too! God Bless! Lauralu :)

Chandy said...

Laurie, you are a very fun mom and grandma! I love all three tables! I love the masculine table, it is so cool!

Nancy Jane said...

Laurie- This was so well thought out. How beautifully personalized for each person...Nancy
PS: My birthday is in September :)

ellen b. said...

Wow Laurie! Three for the price of one! Love all the variety of colors. The kid table is fun!

The Stylish House said...

LauHi,
This turned out fantastic, you did a great job. The first table is so warm and inviting. Love the napkin rings on the 2nd, and the doggy on the 3rd! Sounds like it was a fun party. ~Cathy~

Cynthia said...

Laurie,
Every week you amaze me! I can't believe all the creativity you have! I love each table, the napkins at your son's are really neat looking and the doggie vase with flowers coming out her head is so whimsical. And, oh yes the kids table is just darling with the chalkboard placemats. I want to be your grandchild (lol)! Really cool with the 3 tablerunners all tying it together. Laurie, your also really good at your photos. I need lessons from you. Thanks for sharing my friend, you always give me inspiration. Cindy

Shelia said...

Hi Laurie! Oh, I just love your dishing and you do such a great job! Love how you can put different patterns together! My birthday's in November...hint hint! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

santamaker said...

Good grief, girl... you are the energizer bunny of the tablescaping challenge. All of those great birthday settings! I loved them all and especially the doggies. How in the world do you do it all?!?...Oh, wait... there it is...your Wonder Woman cape.. I can see it in the corner of the picture.
Thanks so much for your sweet comments and for dropping by!

SILVIA said...

hi laurie,glad you stopped by,thank you for the nice comment.
now i must tell you i love them all,althoug the first one is my fave,the color are amazing, very well put together..you are great at this my friend...
have a great evening and please stop by again...thanks.
silvia.

Kathleen Ellis said...

You are so clever! Each table is so fun and unique to the person who's celebrating! Great job! Everything looks fabulous...now, my birthday is in October...and it's a BIG one...what kind of table will you set for me????!
;-D

Mrs. B. Silly said...

It's almost like a grand slam of birthdays! I love that each birthday boy and girl gets their own themed table!

xashee's corner said...

i really LOVE your tablescapes and thank you so much for being such WONDERFUL inspiration! :) Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

Cindy J. said...

Well dear friend, I hardly know what to say.. My goodness each table so original, stylish and just plain ole beautiful!!! Love all the dishes especiallly the wavy ones and oh did you say where you got the bamboo flatwear? I am so in awe of all that you do, you are truly my inspiration.. It always makes me so happy to think of you. Love, Cindy

K-Sue said...

These are all beautiful! What a blessed family who are treated with such love and creativity.

Mary said...

Wow, all three table are wonderful! I especially love the children's table -- so cute! :)

Cathy said...

Laurie,
Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting me today. I' m having so much fun getting to know everyone. I love your sweet doggie vase and your tablescaping is beautiful. What an ambitious undertaking...3 parties in one. I hope everything goes perfectly for you. Have a fantastic weekend!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Your flowers are lovely!!!

Debbie said...

I'm so glad you stopped by my blog, come again anytime. I love all three tablescapes, but the first one was excellent. I love the colors and it is a festive table for a party. Well done. Debbie

xinex said...

Hi Laurie! You've been busy creating all those lovely tablescapes! My favorite is the one with orange plates only because orange is my very favorite color but I like them all...Christine

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Chalk boards as place mats?? You clever clever girl. That's ingenious... Everything is just perfect and I love the dog theme. Hope you have fabulous weekend. ~ Lynn

Helen said...

Laurie!!! You have outdone yourself this time .... three lovely tablescapes/celebrations in one post. When you start to copy anything my little brain can cook up, I will know I've arrived on the blog red carpet!!!

puddin07 said...

Laurie! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity, and you have more beautiful china than a china store! The three tables are just amazing and beautiful! I think my fave is your son's table, with all the beautiful color! You know me, and my love of color! Your family members are so blessed to have you, and we are blessed to have your blog! Love ya! Connie

tardevil said...

You are so right - going to Pier 1 can get me in a world of trouble, so glad I'm not alone! Love those dishes on your son-in-law's table! All of the tables were nice. Enjoy your party!

Deb said...

Hi Laurie! Goodness lady, you sure are busy! All of your table were great! I know your family cherishes you! Deb

Tammy518 said...

I love all of the tables you've done! As always, you're so creative!

carolinajewel said...

I like how you have different tables with different china, but have tied them together with the runners. :D Jewel

Connie said...

Hi Laurie,
My mind is made up...... I am coming down to see just where you house all your dishes. The party ones were so nice, and, really, all the rest, but I favor the first one under the birthdays.
How do you do it all ? A few maids hiding in the kitchen ?? Me thinks that's you.
I have a fan that is circulating over at my place and I would like to pass this award on to you. When you get a minute, ha, ha, drop over and take one home with you ~ you might need it one of these days.

I have a dish question for you -- I have seen these dishes that I would walk down South to get, but I cannot find them anywhere. Ma Maison, and I'm sure they are very popular ? Wow, I would get moving and entertain with those. I checked Tablescape, with no luck and Replacements. If you ever see an add, ring me on the telly, ok,... well internet.
Have a good Easter week.

Hugs,
Connie

ann said...

yep.they're candleholders.aren't they lovely?aren't they lovely?...ann