Wednesday, July 21, 2010

SAILING THROUGH 100 TABLESCAPES


Remember when we had never even heard of the word “tablescape”? Well, at least I had not ever heard of it, and my spell check STILL has never heard of it. (Some of you may think, from looking at my tables, that I still don’t know the meaning of the word!) Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, has educated Blogville with her weekly tablescape parties. She seems to effortlessly sail through hosting and posting tablescapes, so that was the inspiration for my tablescape today.


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Do you see the sailboat on the table in the sunroom behind this setting?  I had planned to set the table outside by the pool, so I made a sailboat on one of the grandchildren’s kick boards to put in the pool.  Of course, I had to work late today, and it was too dark and the mosquitoes were too bad for me to set up my table outside.  You’ll have to imagine that the sailboat on the other table is floating in a pool behind this table!!

lanterns

 I used fish shaped snack trays for the salad plates.
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The table after everyone puts their sailboat on their lap:

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candle boat

A vintage cocktail shaker and juice goblets became candle holders, and a shell dessert dish (yes, it’s a dish, although I’ve never served a dessert that small. I would be concerned about the cleanliness of serving from a real shell) became salt cellars.

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As usual, almost everything on the table came from estate or garage sales, and I don’t know who made them or the pattern names.  This is the back of the dinner plates (which I purchased at a garage sale) and the dessert plates (which were purchased at Tuesday Morning several years ago).
PLATE BACKS SIDE

 

Susan hall of fame


Susan has turned tablescaping into THE event in Blogville. Thank you, Susan, for educating me, inspiring me, and hosting SO many bloggers for Tablescape Tuesday (yes, it used to be on Tuesday) and Tablescape Thursday. (It really confused my husband when it started looking like we were having a party on Wednesday night instead of Monday night. Just when he became accustomed to seeing the table decorated on Monday night, Susan switched the Tablescape parties to Thursdays!) Be sure you go to Between Naps on the Porch to get links to all of the tablescapes in Blogville, because everyone is celebrating Susan’s 100th tablescaping party! Congratulations Susan!


Thank you for coming to visit me today. I hope you’ll link up for A Few of my Favorite Things Saturday. The linky will be on my blog Friday night. laurie

37 comments:

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Laurie I love this sail boat tablescape! Beautiful!!

Kathleen said...

You are just sooo clever! I love that sail napkin. I would steal it but it would mean I have to starch my napkins!
Love your little tribute to Susan too!

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Sherry said...

What a cute table!! Love all the sailing details. And, your napkins are so neat the way they look like sailboats. Loved it when you honored Susan and my spell check hasn't heard of a tablescape either! LOL
Sherry

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Beautiful Laurie... My daughter would walk away with each of your beautiful sail boat.. hugs ~lynne~

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Your blog is always so interesting and entertaining, thanks for the great sailboat table, love the dishes..

Doni said...

That was an awesome post! LOVED the sailboat theme and couldn't belive you had so many different items to add to the tablescape! Lovely job, and so much fun!
blessing, Doni

aimee said...

wonderful! you have some beautiful dishes. its dress up, but instead of dressing up dolls your dressing up the table :) fun!
blessings,
aimee

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laurie, those sailboats are SOOOOO cute! Adorable idea, and I love how you did them with napkins. Oh, so cute! You just socked it out of the ballpark with this and also with your homage to Susan whom we all love. Just perfect!

Happy Tablescape Thursday...

Sheila :-)

Jacqueline said...

What a fun take on the water summer theme. Everything is adorable, but I have to say that the inside of your book with the Tablescapes button and the closing picture of Susan in the gallery are just about the most clever thing I have seen and what a way to honor the 100th birthday. Very very clever girl!

Nancy said...

Laurie,

First let me say what a gorgeous, gorgeous table. I love the way you've folded and placed the napkins. I also like the Lochs of Scotland transferware. It's kind of hard to find. So pretty.
Secondly, what a sweet tribute to Susan. That last photo of her in the 'hall of fame' was so cute! Made me smile.

I love your French Riviera vacation post to. You look great in a swimsuit lady!

Nancy

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks great Laurie! Love the blue and white, and the napkins look like sails, too fun!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Laurie,
You have this tablescaping thingy down to an art! My goodness girl, you are so darn clever! I love the sailboat thing! And the plates, perfect! You are a bundle of energy! When I work I never come home and feel like tablescaping. You go girl, you inspire me!
Hugs,
Cindy

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Laurie, this is so clever. I love your book and the photo of Susan, way too cute. Your tablescape is just wonderful. Love your dishes and the napkins look just like sailboats. You always come up with the best ideas ever. Hugs, Marty

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Laurie --

Are you kidding? I for one think you're positively brilliant at tablescaping! I always look forward to your party tables -- love the sailboat napkins today and your wonderful dishes!

Martha

Anonymous said...

Laurie Eve-what a great idea to use the napkin as the SAIL..I must try that It all looks so charming..thanks for the inspiration..Susie

vignette design said...

Very clever Laurie! I love seeing all the nautical elements you put together. Cute idea for the napkins.
I am loving those plates! Now I'll have to check ebay for them! (I did get the melamine plates and love them) I'll see you on Saturday for your linky party!
xo Delores

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Pretty!! You may not have heard the word, but you do know how to set a tablescape. My spell check has not heard of it also. :D

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Laurie, you are such a clever blogger! Love the personalized touches you've added to your post for Susan's big celebration. You have carried out the sailing theme beautifully! What fabulous napkins -- they really look great on your blue and white table. Darling dessert plates!

shannon i olson said...

you are quite a whiz at photo editing!! and dish collecting ;-)

Barbara said...

Loved your tribute to Susan! The sailboat theme is so cool - especially the napkins. The dessert plates are so distinctive. I really like them.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Laurie, what an adorable idea for a tablescape. Love the sailboat napkins and all your dishes and glasses, well all of it. Such a very creative post.

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Beautiful and amusing Laurie! :)

craftyles said...

What a great tablescape. I love your vintage touches and the way you used the napkins. Best of all you got bargains on everything. My kind of table!

once in a blue moon... said...

darling table~

Entertaining Women said...

Wow, you achieved miles of impact with the clever fold of a napkin. Very well done! Your collection of dishware for this table is impressive. Great hunting! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Sarah said...

Laurie, you can come up with the most clever ideas. This is a darling tribute to Susan. She has sailed through 100 weeks. Susan is one talented, energetic lady!
Your table is fun with all your nautical touches. I'm impressed that your napkins are starched to perfection making perfect little sails. ~ Sarah

Connie said...

Laurie... I love how you used the napkins for the sails. It look so real. I can't imagine the time it took for you to set this creation up. You did fantastic job-- I love it.

I'll sign off with my url and see if it gets you over here-- miss you.

Connie said...

I did it with Melissa's and it worked. If not, click my name.

Now you can go wash your dishes, lol.
I would leave it up a week or so it just is so nice.

Mary Ann said...

Just lovely.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Laurie, the table is wonderful....and I love the idea of the sailboat in the water to match. You did some clever things with your opening page and then Susan's pic at the end. Too clever! What a fun dinner! Linda

Diann @ The thrifty Groove said...

Hi Laurie!

What a fantastic tablescape! You are a true master at setting a beautiful yet fun table!! I just love everything about this. Absolutely perfect!

susan said...

I don't which I admire the most--your imagination or your skill!!! I love those sailboat napkins and dessert plates! Your table is beautiful. I understand about the mosquitoes. We have had an awful summer with them. As for the dessert/votive dishes--you KNOW I would never serve dessert this small! I am easily Poplar accessible and there is still some gazpacho in the fridge :) Thanks for sharing your immense talent!

Sharlotte said...

What fun! I love all the blue, sails, and sailboats! Your table is so pretty and inviting. I love all your extras too, the book and musuem! Too cute! Thanks for sharing.
Sharlotte

Mimi said...

You are so creative, Laurie...what a wonderful sailing tablescape! The blue and white china is beautiful. Can't wait to see what you come up with next week.

Rettabug said...

Laurie, this is positively BRILLIANT!! I know Susan was thrilled when she saw how you celebrated her milestone 100th tablescape party. Terrific planning & I just love every inch of it!!! BRAVO!

I'm sorry to have not yet joined your favorites meme. I'm back to sewing some cute things for my DGD & I'm having trouble keeping up with the computer & everything these days. *sigh*

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Laurie, Oh my goodness...this is a first! LOL You are sooo clever, girlfriend! Thanks so much for giving our 100th TT such a great celebration! I love those sailboat napkins! Everything is delightful...including those adorable dessert plates! Now, I have to leave to go sign autographs...it's not everyday you make it into the Hall of Fame! ;)