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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

ALO-HA-HA (WITH THE EMPHASIS ON THE "HA HA"!)


The amazingly popular, Tablescape Thursday event is hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Please go to her blog and link to some absolutely stunning tablescapes (don't judge what you will find at Susan's by what you find on this blog posting!)


I really do KNOW there is a fine line between...


CUTE ....................... AND............................TACKY






And I KNOW that there is a fine line between....

FUN.......................AND.................. FUNNY
......................................... (Yes, that is a coconut shell bra!)



Even though I KNOW about those fine lines, when I attempt something fun and cute, I never realize that I have crossed the lines until I take a picture and post it on my blog! It never ceases to amaze me how different something looks to me through the lens of a camera (especially if I plan to post it on my blog).


So, welcome to my luau! Aloha-ha!











I really enjoy the way other bloggers reveal where all of their tablescaping items were purchased. I wish I could do that, but I've had all of them for so many years, and I'm getting old enough that the memory is not what it used to be, so I usually can't tell you where I got anything that is on my table. I can tell you that the Hawaiian plates came from the Pottery Barn Outlet about 8 years ago. I think I got the Tiki Hut drink dispenser from Wal Mart years ago (marked down, of course). I do recall that the Hawaiian shirt plates were from Big Lots some time ago. I've had the very bright and very big fish napkin rings for about 15 years, and I've had some of the plastic stemware for 20 years. I do KNOW that my faux bamboo flatware came from Target (but if you read my blog, you probably already knew that, since I've used them before).


Thanks so much for coming to see my Aloha-ha tablescape. Don't forget to go to Between Naps on the Porch to find wonderful tablescapes. laurie

50 comments:

Stacey said...

Amazing Laurie! Please tell me you actually had a meal with that fun set up!!

bj said...

What a fun tablescape post. Wow..it must have taken you some time to get this all together.
Really cute.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is really cute, love the name of it! Great that you've had those items so long!

Did you roast a pig?? LOL!

Katherine

Connie said...

It's all so you and that's what makes it good. I love the colors and all the festive accessories.
You always do such a great job.!

xinex said...

Hi Laurie, I can't believe how much we think alike! I also have a Hawaiian inspired tablescape today. Yours is very cute....Christine

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh another great Laurie table...girl where do you put all this stuff you have...PLEASE let me know where you hide things I am so out of room that even my sofa has dishes under it and the bed.....and good grief don't open a cupboard here or it will full out Ha ha!!I really do love all of this girl...very creative I bet you r family loves the way you do things...May you have a great day my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Domestic Designer said...

So cute! I love it!

Mrs. B. Silly said...

How perfectly summery your tablescape is! I'm heading to the islands on Saturday so you've set the mood. Thanks, Bridget

Sue said...

Laurie, You are a hoot! This was so fun and clever. The only thing missing was you wearing the coconut shell bra and the grass skirt and doing the hula in the background!! hugs, Sue

Heidi Pocketbook said...

How fun and cheerful. It's summer personified☺

Darla said...

Looks like a party is about to break out!!

Cindy said...

Laurie,
Can i come? That looks so much fun and something I have always wanted to do. It helps to have a pool though(which I don't) I love the hawaiin shirt plates and the tiki hut, I hope you have a wonderful party! I have the dress to wear! LOL. Come by when you can I have a giveaway! Cindy

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Now Laurie - Is that YOUR coconut bra and grass skirt? Love this - I know everybody thought they were transported to Hawaii! You're just the funnest! That's fun-est NOT funniest - although - come to think of it......

Nancy said...

OH that is adorable!!! Love the t-shirt plates, how cute are those!!!! I just love this whole idea!!! Great one Laurie!!! Nancy

denisemarie said...

great job, anyone would be lucky to be invited to a luau that you throw. Love the Tiki server and glasses conveniently placed on the 2 tier server/table. love the hankie napkins.

Coloradolady said...

This is so cute! I love your mosaics...I wish I knew how to do that. I tried using your tutorial, but could not get the darn free program downloaded. You really have the best mosaic photos I have seen out in blog land.

ginny said...

This was truly a fun one! I cannot even imagine having all this Hawaiin stuff laying around for such a long time! Where in the heck do you store all of your themed items?? I think I like all the colors, too. It makes me want to go to Hawaii!! Do you actually party, or is it just for the tablescape? Just wondering.

Debbie Moore's Slice of Pie Cookbooks said...

I love that set up! I'm planning one for my 2 1/2 year old grand daughter because she loves to dance. We'll Hula dance! Might use some of your ideas!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Laurie, you are amazing!! I love this!

Granddaughter Xanti's room, here at the condo, was a Hawaii themed room for several years. We don't take our decorating too seriously, at our getaway place! I had mosquito netting over the bed, and a bright quilt on the bed. When we were vacationing in northern Michigan, 3 years ago, we found a Hawaiian dancer guy clock. Yep...dressed in grass skirt, the hips moved with the ticking of the clock. We added it to Xanti's Hawaii room. It was a hoot. Last year, I retired the Hawaii decor and turned the room into a calm retreat, almost entirely in white. Your post reminded me of that crazy clock!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Oops, forgot to add, I used a grass skirt,like your table skirt as a window treatment,in the Hawaii room. Found it at the Card Outlet. That's another great place for fun table setting thing, by the way.

LillyB said...

Oh I love it!! You did a great job!! Why am I craving pineapple and pork right now LOL It looks so fun!!
Have a great day!!!
Love Lilly

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Oh Laurie, leave you to you to come up with something very fun and cleaver. Just darling, darling tablescape. You sense of humor always makes me smile.

I loved that you tried very hard to tell us where everything came from. We like that, don't we? ;)

Donna

ellen b said...

Hi Laurie! There is a lot of fun happening here! Love the grass skirt table thingie!! I know what you mean about not knowing where your collections of stuff came from :0)

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Now here's a party I can't wait to attend. When my grand-daughter was visiting for the 4th I gave her a hula skirt to play with or wear at the pool...She had so much fun with it. Your tablescape is fabulous Laurie! xo Lynn

Denise said...

OMGosh, Laurie!! LOL That looks so fun!

My daughter and I had talked about having a Luau themed cookout before the grandkids go back to school and I can't wait to show her yours!

Thanks for the inspiration.

XXDenise

Fifi Flowers said...

Looks like a GREAT Hawaiian party... have me flip flops on... need a grass skirt and coconut shells!

Kathysue said...

Laurie, I am still smiling. You put the F-U-N in everything! love it, hugs Kathysue

Michelle said...

SO cute...SO fun...SO creative!

Great job...love it!

Sonia said...

Oh so fun Laurie,

Love this idea and I'm sure anyone who was there had a great time! Everything is so fun and colorful! And the hawaiian guy ain't half bad either...woo hoo!

Aloha! Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Sharing with Sherri said...

Aloha Laurie!

Wow a Hawaiian Luau tablescape how fun!! The grass skirting around your table is perfect! Love all the colorful glasses too, can't wait to fill one up from the cute little Tiki Hut dispenser!! Or will the hunky looking Hawaiian guys be serving up the drinks at the party? If so I'll be there with shells on!!!

Mahalo,
Sherri:D

Linda said...

Oh Laurie, it is darling!! I am ready to put on my grass skirt and come right over, way to go Hawaiin!
Linda Q

ceekay said...

Aloha! the picture of the hawaiin beautiful body of a man...took me right back to Hawaii!!! You could have stopped right there!!!!!

SmilingSally said...

I'm always overwhelmed by how many pretty and functional things you have! I love those little Hawaiian shirts.

Kathleen said...

Do you stay up all night to do these things?? Amazing!
What a fun post...wish you would have shown the pic in your grass skirt!

Shelia said...

Hi Laurie! I mean ALOHA! This is precious! I love all the fun and color here! Could I just come over to your house and shop? :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

santamaker said...

First off, you always do such a fun job with your tablescapes. Your sense of humor and finesse, shows with all of your settings. All of those little details! Girl..you have more trick up your sleeve than a magician! Love the mosaics. Are you starting to dream in mosaic?...Just teasing!

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

ALOHA-HA-HA-HA!! How fun!! This reminds me of my going away party when I left NC to move to MO!! It was a blast! Looks like you had good times too !!

Cote de Texas said...

now I'm singing Tiny Bubbles by Don Ho. thanks!!!!

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

But it is fun :-) Did your grandkids get to visit again? I'm sure they'll be having a blast again like the same time. With the heat - the outdoors, pool, and hawaiian themed tablescape!

No sun shining here though, still raining hard and the wind just go swoosh! LOL

marty39 said...

Laurie, this is soooooo cute. I love it. Your little shirt plates and the tiki hut dispenser are wonderful. You have some of the cutest things and you always put them together in such a fun and inviting way. Love it. Hugs, Marty

Brenda said...

You are one creative gal, Laurie! You amaze me!
Brenda

Linda said...

Laurie, that looks like such a fun event - so festive and pretty and cheery! You do such a beautiful job with your mosaics, too. Linda

Cathy said...

Oh my...this is just adorable!!! You are so clever!!! I love it!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

marty39 said...

Morning Laurie, just making the rounds trying to let everyone know that the next "Cloche Party" is scheduled for Sept. 11th for the Fall season. Grab the button on my sidebar to remind you and to tell all your friends. See you there, I know you will amaze us all again. Hugs, Marty

Ginger said...

I love your luau...it sure is festive and inviting. You always seem to have something special up your sleeve...should of been a party planner!!

A Collector At Heart said...

Laurie,
I love, love, love it all!
Love the bandanas for napkins! You see, that is why I never throw anything away - you eventually find a use for it! Your whole tablescape is beautiful!
Hugs,
Cindy

mbkatc230 said...

I LOVE this! What fun. You always find the cutest, most creative ways to set a table. I agree with one of the other posters, you missed your calling as a party planner. Hugs, Kathy

xashee's corner said...

How INCREDIBLY FUN!! Thank you so very much for sharing such WONDERFUL tropical settings! :) i am sitting here just grinning cuz i LOVE it! :) Have a SUPER day!!!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Not to sound redundant but what fun, fun, fun!!!!

I am going to a friend's luau next weekend..hope her's set up all cute like your's.

Miss Janice said...

Laurie, this is absolutely darling! I love the whole setup by the pool. Great job!