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Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I have to admit that blogging has made me put more effort into tablescaping for family meals.  This past weekend, my husband cooked burgers on the grill, and our children, their spouses, and our grandchildren came for dinner.  I’ve always used cloth napkins and plates for this kind of meal, but I probably would not have added chargers or candlelight to the table “BB” (before blogging).  (I really don’t think my family cares what’s on the table, unless it’s food, but I do enjoy creating something a little more special for our meals.)
If you saw my previous post, you know that French Santons have moved in on my mantel.  They talked me into doing a country French tablescape.  (Yes, they need to take me away in a straight jacket, because a lot of "THINGS” talk to me!)

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The game table in our family room became the “dress your burger, fries, and baked beans” table. dress brgr tbl mos
As always, our high/low coffee table became the grandchildren’s table.  They usually want to eat here even if there is room for them at the big table.  The cousins love eating with each other without parents telling them how to chew their food, etc.  I usually try to make their table coordinate with the big table, so they will feel that they are being treated just like the “big” people.  I do use all plastic on their table though.
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Adult table:  White chargers-Lace by Kennex (J.C. Penney); Blue glass chargers-a kitchen outlet store years ago; Dinner plates-Royal Warwick, Lochs of Scotland (estate sale); Flatware-I cannot remember!; Wine stems-$ Store; Water stems-Estate sale.  Reversible napkins (one side used for place mat topper; the other side for napkins)-Steinmart long ago.  Table runner-my mother’s.  Napkin rings-a gift from my friend Paula.
Burger dressing table:  Large bowl for fries & Parmesan shaker-Spode, Italian (going-out-of business sale at gift store a couple of years ago)
Children’s table- “Chargers” – Plastic plates purchased at Tuesday Morning years ago; clear blue plastic plates-purchased at an estate sale; Napkin rings-I can’t remember).
I’m linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch,
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and Home Sweet Home Friday at The Charm of Home.

I’m so glad you came to visit.  I hope you’ll be back Friday evening to link up for Favorite Things Saturday.   laurie


Mellodee said...

Lovely tables....straight from the Provence Region of France (or is it Tuscan from the hills of Italy? or maybe Flemish??) There's a lot about tablesetting I don't know! What I do know is that both tables are charming and done just right! Love them!


lvroftiques said...

Oh tres belle Laurie!! Everything is beautiful as always! But I have a particular fodness/aka insanity for this french flavor! *winks* I think a demijohn would make a perfect addition *winks8 Vanna

Jewel Sauls said...

Gorgeous French setting for "les hamburgers". I love the yellow and blue theme and the coordinating kids table. Those villagers have good taste!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Cute table! I do love the blue and yellow french country look.

Marie Arden said...

Everything looks so inviting and the lighting is warm and cozy.
What a fun table!
Marie Arden Pink Living

Splenderosa said...

After surrering the bad behavior of 2 little grandchildren for a couple of hours, this is so welcome! What a great job you've done. xx's

Jocelyn said...

Wow what a gorgeous table. I just love the blue and white. Everything looks so elegant and inviting.


Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I noticed bit of blue among the tablescapes tonite! I was also thinking of yellow! Love, love your French table!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

So Pretty!! I bet you family love going to your house to eat.You put me to shame ! :D If I serve burgers, they are served on disposable and the fixins are lined up on the bar between the kitchen and dining area.
Nasty weather suppose to come thru tomorrow evening.

Anonymous said...

Blue and yellow is fabulous Laurie. Your table is beautiful!

xinex said...

Everything is so well coordinated and so pretty, Laurie. I love ther table covers especially the runners on the children's table with the pom pom tassels. The blue and yellow makes it so classically French....Christine

Kathleen said...

When I saw your title in my sidebar I thought it said you were moving to The Villages! :)
Love that blue and yellow, so pretty. I know it was a happy family day, lots of good memories!

Marlis said...

I so love the blue and yellow and your combination is a crowning accomplishment. the tables all look beautiful.

bj said...

Oooo Lala...this is just beautiful. What pretty dishes...everything is so pretty.
Seems we both were thinking FRENCH today. :))
Thanks so much for stopping by. I'll see your for Sat. Favorites.

Meredith said...

I LOVE this! Your colors are absolutely beautiful!! The napkins and place mats with the dishes, goblets and serving pieces is such a stunning combination. As a mommy of little ones, I appreciate your children's table looking so lovely. Those melamine plates are super cute!

Marigene said...

Laurie, Laurie, Laurie...beautiful the cheery blue and yellow.. Your water stems look like Noritake Sweet Swirl in midnight blue. Cute reticulated dish with the bee.

Marigene said...

I forgot to say that I love the napkins and placemats...I am always looking for placemats like those when out thrifting, so far...none have appeared!

The Tablescaper said...

Love the color and depth of this table. And I LOVE the flatware. I'm carefully reading through your post and see that you don't remember where you got it. Boo hoo. I know it happens to the best of us, but it's so exceptional. Think hard!

- The Tablescaper

Jessa said...

Oh how cute is the kids table. Love that they coordinate, love that the kiddos love it too! And the 'big kids' table is so dreamy with the yellow and blues. Love the richness and texture of everything.

Anonymous said...

Laurie another pretty table completed!! I have to say I am LOVIN that sweet little bee dish!

Oh your mantel is looking lovely too- know you will have it different next week for St Patty's day I am sure!

bee blessed

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Your best one yet girlfriend..I just love blue/yellow together it's so Frenchy lookin ha ha!! You have to be the best grandma in the world my friend..My grands will tell you that getting a solo cup with their name on it was fancy at grannys house ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Gloria

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Your family is so lucky Laurie!
I absolutely adore this table!
My favorite color combo and all the cute frenchy stuff too.
You always make me smile when I come to visit your blog!
Hugs friend,

Tricia said...

Blue and yellow are always favorites of mine! And if you've shown us that fabulous blue and white flatware before, I missed it. It's gorgeous, and so unusual! I know your grands adore coming to your house!

Decor To Adore said...

What a gorgeous table setting! I love the tablecloth and all the blue and yellow.

I hope you will stop by and visit the linky party I am hosting. There are prizes!

Sarah said...

Well, good for the villagers! This is a wonderful table full of Frenchy goodness. Love all the blue and yellow details! Fabulous! ~ Sarah

Debbie said...

I have consulted with my multiple tablescape personalities, and we have decided that THIS is our favorite tablescape of yours ever.

I love the colors and the patterns. Everything is just
*bee yoo tee ful* to me. As if it were not pretty enough, the fact that you went to the effort to make a children's table to match using plastic is just wonderful.

I'm putting that immediately in the mental file I keep for when I'm a grandma.

This one is perfect 10.

Olive said...

Classic blue and yellow so well done Laurie. It makes me happy!

Janiece Todd Parsons said...

Laurie... Your tablescape is georgous and the "children's table" reminds me of dinners at Grandmama's! Ahhhh those were the days! She made each of us grandchildren our OWN favorite pie! Great memories. Thank you for the great comments today on my blog. I look forward to your future blogs and sharing mine with you!
Janiece in Memphis

Sue said...

It would seem as if not only chocolate is calling out to you! LOL
I love the yellow/blue combination, Laurie. My favorite piece is the little bowl with the bee... it is adorable. Everything looks lovely. Those g'kids of yours are a lucky group of youngsters. How fancy!

we three dogs and me said...

Love all the blues the yellow makes it pop. It is a very happy and inviting table.

The Charm of Home said...

This is beautiful! I love the blue & yellow combo with the French Country fabrics. It is just perfect for a family meal! So nice. Thanks for linking up. See you tomorrow!

Tess said...

Love the blue and yellow color scheme...gorgeous table!

Entertaining Women said...

Every moment of your tablescape looks good enough to eat....and I'm sure that the food was good, too! Blue, yellow, and white is my favorite color combination. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay

Theresa said...

Wow, beautiful tablescape, so French!
I would never think that the plates on the childrens table were plastic and I love the little bowls with the bees!

Savannah Granny said...

I am so in LOVE with this table. These are my very favorite colors. I am drooling just now. If that flat turns out missing you can be sure it is having a great time in Savannah. Did I understand that the placemats were one side of the napkin?. So beautiful.
I have some blue and yellow dishes that I want to work into a tablescape but haven't found the right napkins.
I know I will have to find something to go with my newly pilfered flatware. LOL. Great Job. Love it, Ginger

scribbler said...

I am late getting around to all the tablescapes this week, but it seems safe to say that a lot of us did blue and yellow! Can it be that we are all ready for Spring?

Very pretty!