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Wednesday, February 17, 2010


tablescape I’m so excited about the Cloche Party Friday at A Stroll Thru Life, I started my party a little early. Tomorrow, I will add a few more cloches to my blog for the Cloche Party. (No, I’m not going to add more cloches to this already over-crowded table!)

Glenda at Dab of This and That plays with her atrium all of the time, and it looks like so much fun. (Actually, I’ve been a little envious of her atrium). Recently, when I found one at Hobby Lobby, I had to buy it (Glenda, I wanna be just like you when I grow up!) Of course, some of the plastic panes were broken, so I got a real deal on it. FLL TBL MOS

See the young lady playing the bagpipes for the Winter Ball? Don’t forget to take your dance card from that young man. I know your card will fill up quickly. You may need to take two cards.


I’m not sure why I have two of the same figurines of a dancing couple, but I was glad that I did, since it allowed me to have a similar view into the atrium from both sides of the table. Most of the figurines were my mother's. Others are from estate and garage sales.

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I used a mirror as a place mat for each setting. (Another purchase at the recent Hobby Lobby sale. These were in the candle department, where everything was 40% off that day). A glass plate is on top of my wedding china (Moonspun by Lenox). I'm using the Moonspun dinner plates sort of like a charger, so that I can leave it on the table when I remove the glass plate to serve dessert. The stemware is also Lenox Moonspun. I used nut cups (purchased at a gift store's "going-out-of-business" sale) for salt cellars, and I used my mother’s flatware.


I’m serving dessert in silver champagne goblets. Yes, I said SILVER! After seeing all of the beautiful silver on other blogs, I finally decided I would go unwrap some of mine and see how it looked. (I previously told you that all of my silver has been wrapped up for years, because I hate to would prefer to not polish silver. I took the aluminum foil off of these goblets and put them on the table. I did not polish them. Of course, you will notice that I dimmed the lights for dessert. (I really dimmed the lights in case the goblets needed polishing.) The champagne goblets were wedding gifts.

I thought that bunching up tulle for a table runner would give the idea of snow drifts. I'm afraid it gives the idea of a mess, but after I got all of that stuff on top of it, I was too lazy to take it all off and start over!

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Don’t forget the cloche party tomorrow at A Stroll Thru Life, and please come back to visit me for the party, because I will be adding some more cloches for the big party day! Of course, you will find wonderful tablescapes at Between Naps on the Porch today. Thank you so much for coming to see my table FULL of a Winter Ball. laurie


Mellodee said...

I admit it, when it comes to gracious living, I'm just a wannabee. I'd love to be able to have the variety and number of options you have, but only if I could make my table as lovely as yours. I enjoy your flair for putting all these disparate things together and making it all look so wonderful. Sadly, I have neither the talent nor the variety. Soooo, I'll just drool over yours!!

Just out of curiosity, do you actually use these tables to serve actual meals or are they "display only"?

Chubby Chieque said...

Magical...preciously, stunning.

Love all your collections.

Greetings from a snowy Stockholm.

Sonny G said...

STUNNING~!!! loved viewing your table.

Pat@BPM said...

Absolutely beautiful table, Laurie. I love the cloches and the terrarium. Just gorgeous, all!

Christine said...

very pretty. I love the mirror idea!

Tardevil said...

Oh, Laurie! I love that atrium! It is beautiful. I am so planning a trip to Hobby Lobby (there isn't one really close to my house), but I'm going to one soon. I can't wait. You found some great stuff. I had never heard of keeping silver in tin foil. Is that a secret (like a helpful hint)? If it helps it NOT to tarnish, please let me know! :)

Kim said...

I have atrium envy! True, I am in love with them. Susan uses them all the time in her tablescapes and they are just gorgeous! And I too wanna be just like Glenda when I grow up - she is such a doll. And so are you Laurie!!!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Laurie, as usual the tablescape is unreal and all of your cloches are just decorated fabulously. I love the atrium too, just gorgeous. Thanks for promoting the party, you are the best and I can't wait to drool over the rest of your cloches. Love ya. Hugs, Marty

susan said...

Oh my goodness!! I cannot believe you have just had those gorgeous goblets wrapped up and weren't using them!!! They are gorgeous. I love that atrium. Another great one!

xinex said...

I love the atrium, Laurie, complete with a chandelier, too cute! Your table is so elegant and it is just like a winter wonderland. Your silvers are pretty. I love all your figures inside the cloches. There is so much eye candy here, love browsing through it over and over again...Christine

The Muse said...

if i were a fairy...delicate and light....i would wander about your table...throughout the evening's night...waltzing in a forest of glass...sauntering with my elf king...with his sword and sash!

lovely...just lovely.

Decor To Adore said...

Oh your centerpiece is just grand. What a lovely china couple. It is truly a feast for the eyes.

Dining Delight said...

Now I want an atrium too!! LOVE IT! What a fabulous winter ball 'scape! Love the runner and it does look like snowdrifts (not messy!) and the edging on the doilies on the cake plates particularly makes a snow effect. The mirror placemats are perfect (want some of those too!) and the layering of your plates looks great. I like the cloches too and will be sure to be back to check out what else you do for Marty's party.


Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a pretty table! You really did a great job. I love your atrium! Did you put the light in it, or did it come with a light? Now I want a light in my birdcage!! :-D You are funny - You would not want to be like me right now. My house is a mess and have not done anything decorative in a while.

The Charm of Home said...

Okay, this is gorgeous! I want to come dig through that closet of yours!!! I love, love the atrium. The cloches look great. I think the tulle did just fine, I like how it turned out. It does look like a snowy ball by invitation only, of course. Lovely!

vignette design said...

You never cease to amaze me Laurie! This table is exquisite! It's like a ethereal wonderland!
I had such plans for my cloche entry, but granddaughter #2 was born and there went those plans! If there was a cloche contest and I was the judge: you win!

Marigene said...

Stunning! ♥♥♥ the centerpiece with the little birds sitting atop the roof. The silver wine stems are fabulous, polished or not. Thank you for sharing your magical table.

Unknown said...

ooooooooooooooooh that atrium has an Alice in Wonderland floor. It's Thursday and I just had to stop by to see what table you set today. I love that atrium!!! I just bought an Antique book filled with topiary graphic heaven. I love all garden embellishments.


Sarah said...

Laurie, wonderful winter theme table. Clever to host a ball in a glass castle! Love the idea of using mirrors as a placemat. I'm going to remember that idea!!!
Each of your details are perfect, even the tulle, and I'm of course happy to see that silver out of the closet and on the table. Yea! Are we going to see some more?

Joy Tilton said...

Just found you at Dining with Debbie! What a beautiful blog with lots of great ideas, can't wait to look over your posts! We are up at Rogers on Beaver Lake. Come visit GrannyMountain when you have the time...

Chandy said...

Wow, Laurie, I think this is another favorite of mine! I love what you did and I, too, want a mini atrium! Lovely centerpiece! Great job!

Life Laugh Latte said...

Love your tablescape. So beautiful. Come by and watch our vlog version. Have a great day. Holly:)

Blondie's Journal said...


This is such a fabulous tablescape, I don't know what to say first! The atrium is gorgeous and everything around it just shines and sparkles. I love how you used the mirrors and glass at each place setting. How clever and original.

Such a pretty and inspirational table. I just love it, Laurie!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie! Oh, everything is so wonderful. Your table is beautiful and look at your cloches! Now that new atrium is wonderful. That's a great big old cloche (a very pretty one for sure)!
I have loved your post today. Happy everything!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I found an atrium this week too! At a thrift/antique store -- not one bit of glass in it, but that didn't stop me -- I guess it's just an atrium skeleton! Love your ball pictures -- makes me feel like I'm wearing glass slippers.. Your table is so beautiful!

Sonia said...


Oh I just love this tablescape..your details and dishes are so pretty! The atrium centerpiece is so pretty! I have one I need to paint..after seeing yours I am going to paint mine and do a table with it! Great job and I love the toile as a runner!

Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love this tablescape. And I love, love, love the terrarium.

Linda in AZ * said...

* Dearest Laurie~ WHAT AN UPPER!!!

This is all so... well... soooooooo WONDERFUL!!! It's PRETTY n' bright n' happy n' joyful~~~ What a beauuutiful way to take one's mind off of those parts of "not-too-terriffic" days! WUNDERBAR!

And especially, I thank you so very much for the sincere wishes & prayers for me~~~ I think they're starting to work!!! That was so thoughtful of you!!!

In love n' friendship,

Maryrose said...

Oh so pretty, thanks for sharing and I must go and see this cloche party. Enjoy!

Carrie said...

I enjoyed seeing your fabulous winter tablescape!

Jewel Sauls said...

This table is breath-taking! I love the atrium. Great find on the mirrors for placemats and your goblets look great! My husband LOVES to polish silver - not the only reason I married him, but it is a perk!

aimee said...

you are soooo creative!

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Laurie...this is the most beautiful tablescape! I love your atrium! I would just be in awe dining enchanting!

Terry said...

Howdy Laurie
Oh my what fabulous eye candy ,OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!
I had to keep looking at each photo over and over .
Pardner me If I dripped a little drool oops,
It is so hard to keep your mouth shut when your are surprised by beauty non stop.
Thank you so much for sharing the gracious gift you have for decorating.
I feel so excited after seeing all the many arrangements.
You are so truly creative.
God Bless you sweet blogging friend .
Big Texas Hugs
Love ya
Happy Trails

Lady Katherine said...

Just beautiful Laurie, I haven't called lots going on. Planning a Tea Party for my 4 year old granddaughter Birthday. I just love the conservatory!

Rhondi said...

I am having fun getting caught up with lots of posts I've missed. I love the greenhouse in the center of your table. I sound like a broken record?