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Monday, June 14, 2010


The birds in my backyard were tablescaping for a porch party today.

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But it was so hot, they all ended up on the table inside the house!

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I just put a piece of unfinished burlap on the table, and the birds gathered.

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I served cake and ice cream to my family.

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The birds preferred their bird seed.

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I identified the chocolate and strawberry toppings with cute Hummingbird place cards (ordered from Timeless Paper on-line; Thanks to Karen Harvey Cox at A Scrapbook of Inspiration, who told me about this neat place to shop).

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I pre-freeze different flavors of ice cream balls, and serve them from my trifle bowl.

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I’m having a “bird ice cream party for two” giveaway (I had a giveaway when I reached 100 posts [to be honest, I was late on that one too], but forgot to have one when I reached 200 posts, so I’m having it on my 236th post. When you get to be my age, that’s close enough!) The winner will receive the prizes shown below.

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For a chance to win a “bird ice cream party for two”, just leave me a comment on any post from now through June 20th. You will have one entry for each comment you leave on any post this week. If you don’t have a blog, please leave your email addy in your comment, so that I can contact you if the random generator picks your number. On June 21st, I will announce the winner.

I am joining Marty’s Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life. Be sure to go to Marty’s to get links to amazing tabletop vignettes.

Table_Top_Tuesday[3][1] Thank you for coming to visit my blog. If it weren’t for you, this blog would NEVAH have had over 200 posts on it. If it were not for your comments, I’m sure I would have given up this blogging after 10 posts (that’s when I started running out of things to post about, but felt obligated to keep posting, because somebody was reading what I posted, and some were even leaving me very kind comments). The encouragement, fun, and friendship I have gained in Blogville are what keep me blogging. (Believe me, there are MANY times when I feel discouraged and think I’ll give up blogging, but I’m just having way too much fun with all of you Blogvillians.) I also receive comments from a few people who are not bloggers, and those comments are so meaningful to me also. You know, as much as I love comments from bloggers, I always worry that they might be commenting so that I’ll visit their blogs, or they are visiting my blog because I visited their blog. (Are my self-confidence issues showing again?) When a non-blogger leaves a comment, I feel that they may have actually liked something on my blog, and what a great feeling that is! I sincerely thank each and every one of you -- bloggers and non-bloggers. I am one fortunate blogger to have each of you in my blogging life. laurie


shannon i olson said...

what a cute post and great giveaway!! Thanks for the opportunity, be sure and stop by northdakotakitchen.blogspot for a watkins giveaway

Sharon Haynie said...

Oh how cute! I love the birdies-especially the ones on the plates. I always enjoy your posts! thanks for sharing with us today!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Hi Laurie, what an awesome giveaway. You know I love me some birds. I love the table you did with the natural burlap for a tablecloth. You have some very nice bird table items.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful giveaway, Laurie and a very cute table.

We are at the lake...the repairs were done and we have I can check in this week.

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Soooo pretty Laurie! I adore the birdies...the always make such a wonderful accent in a room!

Your giveaway is wonderful...of's you;)!

Happy Monday...sweet girl!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Laurie,
Your family is so darn lucky! I hope they know that too. What an awesome table, just sooo full of birdie love!
I want to find some napkin rings like that! They are way cool!
And my dear, I come to your blog because I love to read your posts and be inspired. Even if I didn't have a blog, I would be coming by!
Enter me please, your giveaway is really good!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Laurie here I am laughing at the cute birds coming inside out of the heat and then I'm drooling over those adorable plates and bowls and then I it is!! You are giving away a set for two of this adorable ice cream party! Whoo Hoo I am so entering this giveaway! Thank you!!

Cindy said...

How fun! I loved your post and then you have a give away too! How cool, please count me in. :)

Sarah said...

Laurie, I took a look at that first photo and immediately started giggling. Love the table setting on the bird's veranda!
Your ice cream party looks like the perfect indulgence for a summer treat. I'm going to copy your idea of freezing the ice cream balls to serve. Why haven't I thought of that? LOL
I was coveting those brown and white bird plates and then see that they are part of your fabulous give away. So I've got my fingers and toes crossed that I might win this one. :-)
Thanks for this delightful post, dear friend! ~ Sarah

Foley said...

Your catchy titles to your posts always suck me right in!! LOL Such a cute post, thinking ahead what it could be all about before I read it. You have such lovely pieces..liked the idea of the ice cream balls of different flavors in the trifle bowl.
Congrats on your 236th post!!!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

This is sooo cute. Love the little display on the bird house,want the cupcake covers. And your table is precious!!

vignette design said...

Hi Laurie,
You can definitely enter me for your ice cream for two giveaway! I'm loving that cloche! And those plates are too cute. What a great giveaway. Congratulations on your 236th post! Keep posting! It is so much fun isn't it?!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh I just love everything - those birds are too cute - and having their own birdseed - that is just darling.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Ooooh Laurie pick me!! ha ha!! now girl you know you love me more than your luggage and we go way back also...Love your tweet table you set here but could't find the Ice cream balls ha ha!! Hope you have a GREAT week with the Boss my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie! Oh, smart birds to come inside for the tablescape! :) Love your pretty table and all your pretty little birds!!
Oh, what a wonderful giveaway! Now I'm feeling lucky! :) Be sure to enter my tiny name in your giveaway.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Mellodee said...

Each time you post one of your tablescapes, I am impressed all over again! It amazes me that you can put together so many different looks. I am in awe. For me, the hallmark of a "special" dinner was whether or not I used the "good" napkins!! :)

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

My goodness at all the birds! I especially love those brown plates...just stunning. Thanks for sharing!

Diann @ the Thrifty Groove said...

Oh Laurie, I come here because I love your sense of humor and all your gorgeous things. And you inspire me girl!

okay, enough of the gushy mushy stuff....lets talk birds!

LOVED the outdoor bird house tablescape! Man, I can't even get my birds to pick up after themselves, let alone have a little pride in their surrounds! Obviously you have spent much more time training your birds.

And the indoor birds are all so cute! Loved all the different birdishness going on here!

And thank you for the chance to win this totally birdalicious giveaway!!

Have a wonderful day!

Sonny G said...

wow, talk about a magnificent giveaway.. that'll be one lucky Bird for sure:)...
you always do such great scapes and since birds are one of my favorites, this was a joy to view..

I might just come back after my grocery trip and look again, just for fun..

hugs and happy thoughts

Atticmag said...

The plates are a lovely giveaway and you also did a fun scape with a lot of popular elements. Hope you'll stop by and see the China Room. Jane F

kate said...

dont you just love all the birdie things they have out now!! great table

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my Laurie, you do have some of the cutest birds ever. The birdhouse with the darling little chairs and teaset is just about the cutest thing ever. Your tablescape for the cake and ice cream party is fabulous. So many beautiful dishes and accessories. I am always so inspired by your talents. Wow, your giveaway is fabulous. Now you know that I would love it all. Also, I always check in because you're so talented and such a special and precious friend. Love you. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Decor To Adore said...

My dear Laurie, as usual your post has brought a smile to my face.

You are so creative. I am so thankful to "know" you. :)

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Hi Laurie!! I love your table! Birds are a fav of mine! You always have the best stuff! I hope I win your giveaway!! You are so sweet to think of me! No I haven't been blogging lately. I haven't had time to do anything to blog about! My mother isn't doing very well right now. She's grown so weak and couldn't get up on her own anymore. I don't know if you remember me saying she had a stroke when she was only 58! Good Lord I'm 50! But she has no use of her left arm or hand. After my father died in 2005 she pretty much stopped walking. She lives in an independent living facility and they aren't allowed to help her physically. She's in Healthsouth rehab hospital right now in midtown Memphis. I'm praying she can build her strength up again and be able to return to her apartment. She loves it there and has a lot of friends there too! Thanks for checking on me! I miss you too! Every once in awhile I'll check blogville to see what people are up to! I bought a cloche at Marshall's a couple of months ago that I need to break out and do something to blog about! Love Ya! Lauralu :)

reginam194 said...

My 13 year old daughter was walking by my laptop as I was viewing your blog and said, "That's a rich person's house, obviously." I said, "No, she just really knows how to put things together." Anyway, your table is so pretty, I (and my daughter) are in awe.

xinex said...

Your table and all the bird accessories are so cute, Laurie but I love the birdhouse tablescape, so cute and original, lol. I would love to win your beautiful and generous giveaway. Enter me please and make me win...LOL!...Christine

Kathleen said...

Happy 236th post! It is a good number for sure!
I love you birdy set up. Love your cupcake wrappers. I am too "cheep" to buy them. I tried making them!
Please enter me a bazillion times in your giveaway! I need more stuff! :)
Don't let Christine win, she has way toooo much already! :)

Joyce said...

Clever post with the birds wanting to come in due to the heat. Heat index here is so high the past two days that I wish I could fly away to a cooler area just like a bird!

aimee said...

happy posting! what a wonderful table. great idea with the burlap. awesome giveaway! im in!

Unknown said...

Hi Laurie,
I love everything as always your tables are amazing. You know I didn't do well in Home Ec class either. In fact, I down right flunked bobbins. So, I decided to tackle my fear and be able to use my sewing machine (which up until my first class, I couldn't even thread)! It's never too late, I say. How hard can it be, after all we raised kids!

I wanted to join tablescape tuesday but I didn't get my post up in time. Maybe next week. Thanks for always mentioning me, you are so kind.

Have a great night. karen

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Laurie, your collection is so sweet! Love all the variety! I don't think I saw the Target birdies there????I like your birdhouse at the beginning, too. We used to have a bird feeder on our deck, but those critters were so messy that we took it away. Linda

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Laurie --

Love your birdie table (and the little birdhouse tablescape too) -- how sweet this all is. You're always doing such fun things with your family and you KNOW we LOVE being invited to your parties!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Laurie, what a beautiful table. You know how I love anything with birds (as long as they really don't fly lol ). I adore your small cloche domes for your cupcakes, darling.. then your whole table is darling, love the burlap table cloth.. going to have to pick some up.. you know I'm never a winner in anything, but I hope it isn't too late for you to add my name to the pot. I would be honored to win anything you generously give away.. I'm glad you liked the picture.. I certainly love it, brings back good memories each time I look at it.. hugs ~lynne~

Trouvais said...

Love that wire cloche. What is it about wire?! Was looking at all the adorable birds this morning, seemingly blissfully unaware that our cat was out and about! Luckily Whiskers is a bit lazy. I hear you about blog anxiety..we all get it...congratulations on hanging in there past 200 posts. Trish

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi sweet lady...

Happy 236th post, Laurie! Congratulations, my friend! Who would have thought when we started this blogging thing...all the sweet friends and comraderie it would bring! I have enjoyed your sweet blog and precious have inspired and blessed me beyond measure, sweet friend!!! Thank you!!!

Well my dear, you know how I love all sweet little birds...your "ice cream bird" party is right up my alley! I just adore your pretty was such a treat to just look around at all of your pretties! Ohhh...and I love the little hummingbird labels! My only do you get them to stick to the glasses like that? Hehe! Inquiring minds want to know! Love the idea that you freeze up the ice cream in scooped balls...that's a great idea! Bet they look pretty like that! Ohhhh...I just love all of the sweet bird dishes! Girlfriend, what a fabulous gift to giveaway! Of course, you know that I would just adore having them! wink!

I also was admiring your little individual cloches over those pretty cupcakes...I love them!!! I have never seen those before! They sure do make a pretty presentation! Darlin', you are such a creative and talented tablescaper...thank you sooo much for sharing your pretty tables with us! It is always such a pleasure!!!

Love ya,

Pat said...

Oh, I just found your blog and LOVE that you love 'bird stuff.' Me too!
I'll visit again! (I love that you put bird seed in those tiny little cups!!!) pat

Kristi said...

I just LOVE your birdies on your table!!! And your wire cloche is to die for!! Ok I have a favor to ask, LOL. Next time please take a pic of the ice cream balls in the trifle bowl! Sounds wonderful!

I know what you mean about the comments. Sometimes blogging can feel like a popularity contest. But in the end you have to do it for YOU! And you are a sweetheart!
I know the moment I saw your kitchen (that I LOVE) I would be back for more :)

Mary Ann said...

How bout me winnin yore giveaway!

Ginny said...

I would love to win the giveaway! You always post such cute things!
Gotta love them birdies!

prashant said...

Oh how cute! I love the birdies-especially the ones on the plates
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Anonymous said...

Laurie Eve..I love the Bird posting..Sarah Frost and I are Bird Nuts..I gave her a plate with a bird nest on it for her 60th birthday on Monday and she wanted 3 more but they had already sold out at our famous Ace Hardware gift store!
Where did you find the small wire cloche? I have the large one(Ace hardware) it still a cloche if it isn't glass???Hmmm..Susie

Love Of Quilts said...

I was just enchanted by all the birds and the plates are adorable....then I read on and you are giving then away....well I hope I win them. Trish

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Laurie! That is a great giveaway. You are so sweet. And I always like to see what goodies you find!


Sheila :-)