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Wednesday, May 29, 2013


I just can’t give up on directing subliminal advertising toward my sweetheart through tablescapes.  This ad has about as much chance of working as the Paris tablescape.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

You may recall that one of my cloches I posted last week, I called “Arriving at the Summer Cottage and Finding that the Caretaker hasn’t Mowed”.  Yep, I name my cloches!  Please don’t call the funny farm though.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I used it on my tablescape to send a message to my sweetheart that I’d love to have a summer cottage.  Of course, if I tell him that, he always responds that I only want it, so I’ll have another house to play in with my “stuff”.  (He may be partially right).

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

We started our dinner with shrimp cocktail.

shrmp cock

When I removed our shrimp cocktail stems, he was confronted with another cottage.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

We had chicken casserole in the little cassolettes and baked potatoes in the potato baskets.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie


Bargain Hunting with Laurie

When my sweetheart asked for salt and pepper, I passed him more cottages!

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

And when he wanted butter on his potato, I gave it to him on another cottage plate.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie


Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for him to buy me a cottage, but we did enjoy our cottage dinner.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

If you haven’t registered on my blog for the $180 Amazon gift card drawing, you’ll find the giveaway post here.  The post also has links to 17 other blogs where you can register for the drawing.  I know you want to spend $180 at Amazon, so get your entries in.  I’m so glad you came by to visit me. No, I’m not taking bets on whether or not I’ll get a summer cottage.  laurie

(Cassolettes:  $2 each at Pottery Barn sale a couple of years ago; Potato baskets and coasters belonged to my Mother; Dinner plates:  Certified International, Pamela Gladding, purchased at an outlet several years ago; Plaid place mats: 4 for $1 at an estate sale; Saucer for butter:  Old England, Crown Devon, purchased in an antique store in Canada 25 years ago; Napkins: Pier One sale a couple of years ago; Napkin rings: 25 cents for 4 at an estate sale.  I can’t remember where I got the salt and pepper shakers.)

Linking to Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish Wednesday and Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Laurie, I loved all the cottage dish ware. Do you think he got the hint?
Everything worked so well together.
Great post.

The Tablescaper said...


I love this tablescape. There are so many different aspects to it. I love the square dishes on the round charger, the use of the basket and the cassolute. It all works so well together.

I don't know if your hubby got the hint, but I know it would have gone right over my husband's head. There is no way he would have gotten it.

- Alma, The Tablescaper said...

Oh my goodness, how cute is this! I love all your little cottages! The cloche centerpiece is ADORABLE! If I tried to give my hub a subtle hint like that he would NEVER get it! Keep trying though! So so cute!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

You sure are the best at giving hints, Laurie! Your cottage inspired table is just the cutest! You sure find the best bargains.

Marlis said...

I've been more effective with my hints using a baseball bat, if you get my drift/or swing in this instance!! Good luck, I hope your dream comes true. The cottage pieces are charming. Love them all. Must go register for that giveaway.. xo marlis

Cathy said...

Glad to know that I am not the only one that it would take a bat for hubby to get the hint. I have those dinner plates on my wish list...really do like your cottage dishes.

Cathy"s Cupboard Calamity <;)

Phyllis @Around the House said...

I have been inspired to do a Paris it won't help but I think it is a cool idea, love your dishes and I really think those little casarole dishes are the those dishes with the have the best collection of dishes, mine pales in comparison,,,

Sarah said...

Laurie, hope your sweetheart got the message. '-)
Cute details on this table and the menu sounds delicious. I'd love to have a second home. Just think how many dishes we could have then!

Debbie said...

I am grinning at your cheekiness and the theme of this one. I love cottages so the dishware really spoke to me. (I remember the cloche from that post, too.) The table, even without the subtle hints to hubby, is really pretty to me. I love those salt and pepper shakers. They are adorable!

Did you serve cottage cheese and cottage pudding? Ha!

Laura S Reading said...

I do not think this qualifies as subliminal. Subtle? Maybe not even that!
Even if he is right about your wanting another place to decorate and play, what is wrong with that?!!?

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Laurie,
Every table you do is so amazing!
I love the cottage theme, I want those plates so bad.
I love your humor and tenacity at getting hubby to see your plan!!
Very smart cookie you are...
Hugs friend,

Carol said...

Another great tablescape for 2, Laurie! Love the theme of cottages. Hope you get your dream cottage some day! : )


Alycia Nichols said...

Let's see here now....Funny Farm...Funny Farm. Geez, I used to have them on speed dial. I can just look up the phone number on Google, I suppose. Any way it goes, we've gotta get you a reservation there...STAT!!! :-)

I love the way you are able to turn your hinting campaign into such fun tablescapes! It's the only way to go! I think you deserve a little getaway cottage and a trip to Paris for the effort alone! Even if it doesn't result in that, you sure went all the way to get the ball rolling!

Mimi said...

You are hilarious! My husband would not notice if I served dinner on wooden plates yet alone along a theme.

And yes, I do believe I understand completely how you might want that little cottage for another place to decorate- that is why I constantly peruse the real estate ads!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your dinner sounds yummy, even if he did not get the hint.:)

Jacqueline said...

Who ever heard of potato baskets? What a darling way to remind!! This is such an adorable table Laurie. I love every little touch about it. That long grass in the cloche is killer!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie, I love your cottage tablescape. This is the best kind of hint for your hubby. Do you think it worked? I would love a little cottage to fill with my goodies overflowing here. LOL I won't have to purchase a thing but the cottage!
Love your plates and those shakers are darling.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Unknown said...

I think every woman should own 5 houses so we can decorate them all different. We could live in the house that follows our mood and change houses often. lol I love your cottage theme. I do hope your hubby buys you a cottage. If not you still can have your cottage tables....
Blessings My Friend,

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I love your cottage-themed tablescape, and that cloche is just adorable! I think we just need to admit it-men aren't any good at taking hints! But it's fun trying!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I love it that you name your cloches. It was a pretty long name though. I would never remember it. Your table is beautiful. I love the yellow individual casseroles with the plates. I would like to fill up another place too but not necessarily have to clean another one!

Unknown said...

What a darling idea and tablescape. I am a new follower and enjoy catching up on your past posts. So much creativity! Thanks for sharing, Vicki in KY

Marigene said...

Laurie, what a charming table...I love the subtle hints about wanting a cottage you suppose he got a hint?
I don't know why I don't use more yellow in my tablscapes, it is such a happy color. I love those cassolettes and baked potato baskets.
Have a great week...

Tommie Jo said...

So precious! Lady, you have wayyy more energy than I do, lol! Here's wishing you get your cottage!~TJ

m'lin said...

Hope he gets the hint!

m'lin said...

Hope he gets the hint!

xinex said...

How cute! I love your tableware and dishes...Christine