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Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Cinderella dressed in “yella”  (note: I did grow up in the South)
Went upstairs to kiss her fella…
Did y’all sing that little rhyme when you were a child, while jumping rope with friends?  I can’t remember the rest of it, but because of this rhyme, I always pictured Cinderella in a yellow dress.
When I was a junior bridesmaid in a wedding, I received a figurine as a gift from the bride.  She immediately became Cinderella, because she was wearing a yellow dress.
cndrellaOf course, the figurine is a bridesmaid.  I now think that this bridesmaid looks pregnant!  I was so naive when I received her that it would not have occurred to me that Cinderella (or a bridesmaid) might be pregnant.  (To tell ya the truth, it just occurred to me when I posted this photo, and we won’t talk about how old I am now!)
One of my granddaughters turned four this week.  She loves anything having to do with princesses, including the story of Cinderella, so I decided to have a “Cinderella at the Ball” theme on her table.  She previously had a birthday party with her friends, so this was just a family dinner on her birthday.
 I used those inexpensive aluminum cookie trays for chargers. FULL TBL
 Place card holders were paper dolls, dressed in their finery for the ball.  PLACE CRDS
 Oh No! Here is the carriage to pick up Cinderella.  We better run, before the coach becomes a pumpkin.  (Maybe my Cinderella figurine swallowed her coach after it became a pumpkin!)
Since my tablescapes usually look like they are for a child anyway, I always love having an excuse to really do a child’s tablescape – especially if it is for one of my precious grandchildren.
I am linking this post to Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters
centerpiece wed
and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.
Thank you for coming to the birthday party.  Please show us some of your Favorite Things Saturday.  I will have the linky here Friday evening.  laurie


xinex said...

Very sweet and so adorable, Laurie! Happy birthday to your granddaughter!...Christine

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Laurie-

How adorable this table is. I love the placecards and the inexpensive chargers the best. I never would have thought about using them -
great idea.
My berst- Diane

Lynn said...

Cute, fun table Laurie, I know your granddaughter was thrilled:@)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh how fun! And I DID skip rope to that little ditty too!

Doni said...

Oh I LOVE Cinderella! Had to have her on each of my birthday cakes growing up!
How fun, you did a marvelous job on that table, and the tiny chandy in the adorable! Happy Birthday to your grand daughter!
By the way, the ditty we sang was
Cinderella dressed in yella
Went upstairs to kiss a fella
Made a mistake and kissed a snake
How many doctor's did it take?

(we used it to count fists to see who would be "it" for street games!)

Unknown said...

Here in the North we also sang the tune. When I was little I did so much singing that even now a song will just pop out without warning.
My husband can't believe I know so many children songs. I can't believe he knows none! :)
Your Granddaughter must have had the best day!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Happy Birthday to your Granddaughter! What little girl would not love to sit at that table - great job.
Enjoy your evening.

Brenda Pruitt said...

How adorably cute this is!

gail said...

Hi Laurie...thanks so much for visiting me....and I love your Cinderella theme. Everything looks enchanting...even pregnant Cinderella!

Sarah said...

Adorable, Laurie! Your grands must have so much fun with you as their grandmother. ~ Sarah

I think the jump rope rhyme goes:

dressed in yella
Went upstairs
to kiss a fella
Made a mistake
kissed a snake
How many doctor's did it take?

Then we would count how many jumps one could jump before missing. ;-)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Really cute! I love this and would surely enjoy this for a childs party!

Mellodee said...

Boy I wish I had a Grandma like you! Who else could actually make a real ballroom? Adorable! The coach and horses are the piece de resistance!

(I kind of remember jumping rope to this, but I could never get beyond two or three jumps, so I don't think I ever heard the whole thing!! LOL!!)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laurie, what a darling party! I love everything from the little paper dolls to the cute place mats and everything in between. Just darling, and I know your granddaughter enjoyed all the special attention! So sweet!

Hope you are having a great week...


Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laurie, what a darling party! I love everything from the little paper dolls to the cute place mats and everything in between. Just darling, and I know your granddaughter enjoyed all the special attention! So sweet!

Hope you are having a great week...


Sheila :-)

Marigene said...

It must be wonderful having you for a grandmother, Laurie. That is the cutest the placemats. and the flower plates. A very happy birthday to your little princess.

Prior said...

What a fantasy land~ I love it! Lezlee

The Tablescaper said...

How adorable! Love the crystal palace. The horse and buggy are amazing. what a lucky little girl.

- The Tablescaper

Marlis said...

I am sure your granddaughter loved the table. I would even at my age. It's adorable. All the pieces are definitely "princess"

Debbie said...

Now, I have the little rhyme in my head! I'm saying it just like you, too.


I just love this table,and what a blessed little girl she is!! I thought the paper doll placecards were the best part of all, but I really just loved the whole look. I'll bet they felt all grown up and frou frou.

a quiet life said...

so cute, coveting your little green house!

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Laurie! What an incredibly cute idea!!! I had completely forgotten about paper dolls! I played with those a LOT growing up. SO funny about the possibly preggers bridesmaid! :-) Great job!

Sharing with Sherri said...

What an adorable tablesetting for your lucky granddaughter... What little girl hasn't dreamed of being Cinderella!
Of course leave it to you to put a funny spin on the story to make me giggle and smile!
You are a one of a kind, and such a special lady!
Thanks so much for dropping by also and leaving me those messages that made me laugh and smile just when I really needed it.

Love ya!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I want to be 4 and live at your house Laurie!
What a creative and fun table for a little girl!
Just dreamy!
I feel happy just looking at it!
Hugs friend,

Tricia said...

Laurie, what a darling table! I know your granddaughter was thrilled. LOVE the vintage paperdolls as placecards! I still love paperdolls -- remember Betsy McCall in McCall magazine?

A Kitchen Witch said...

What a sweet idea; your grandkids are lucky to have such a creative grandmama. Did the belle of the ball enjoy her tablescape?

The Style Sisters said...

What a cute grandma you are!! I can't wait until my granddaughter is old enough to do something like this for her!! Such a fun idea and so creative. I even have a similar looking glass terrarium! I am looking forward to doing fun tablescapes with and for her. Thanks for linking up to Centerpiece Wed and sharing your creative ideas with us.


Anonymous said...

Delightful table for a wonderful party.
Back in the day of those great hooped skirts no one could tell if one added a few pound, but pregnant? No way. The cheeks will always tell.
Maybe Cinderella was taking home a few treats from the party tucked under that skirt!

Anonymous said...

Very cute and clever. I must confess, my favorite part is the paper dolls. What a great idea.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

What a cute table setting. I love the little carriage with the horses.

Olive said...

So terribly cute and you are the best Grandmother ever!

Kathleen said...

It must be another Southern Thang! :)
We did
I won't go to Macy's any more more more
There's a big fat policeman at the door door door
He'l grab you by the collar
Make you pay a dollar
So I won't go to Macy's any more more more!!
Thanks to Sarah for giving me the rest of the poem. I will recite it while I eat my Chicken Fried Steak in cream gravy!
You table is the cutest, and your gkids are the luckiest to have you!

Pregnant, LOL! Nah, wait till the baby is old enough to be a ring bearer or bridesmaid, then get married, LOL Sure is a different world than when we grew up!

Jewel Sauls said...

Such a cute table and I love the paper dolls. If I could only remember the rest of that rhyme!!!

Unknown said...

I love that carriage and horses, and your Atrium filled with dancing ladies, how charming is this! You are always coming up with new ways to make your guests excited to sit down.


The Muse said...

anyone would be a a treasured guest at your party!
a delightful cheery and romantic...
yes, cinderella would be proud!

Unknown said...

Cinderella was my favorite too and in PA growing up we sang or said that rhyme, I have not heard or thought of it in many years now and cannot remember the rest either. Nice table, set up for a princess indeed!

Entertaining Women said...

Perfect fancy setting for children...and still child safe. The paperdoll placecards are total perfection...and I love the atrium holding Cinderella as the centerpiece. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Susan Freeman said...

What a charming table ~ fit for a princess!!

Susan and Bentley

Chubby Chieque said...

Amazingly beautiful settings.

Love your centerpiece.


Sue said...

I was in the third grade when I learned that little jump rope ditty! What a precious party you planned for the grand. You are such a sweet grammy! hugs, Sue

Heidi Pocketbook said...

What a cute tablescape--what a lucky little girl your granddaughter is!

The Cinderella figurine--well, I'm thinkin' that she is standing over a heating vent and it is making the dress billow out. I used to do that as a kid, wearing a long flannel nightgown and getting warm over the vent on a cold winter's morning.

p.s. Love the little Bargain Hunter card on your sidebar. After witnessing similar behavior at the local stores the day after Christmas, I now stay home.