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Wednesday, February 20, 2013


As some of you know, I have a lot going on in my life right now.  Our grandson, who was born on November 30th is still in the hospital three hours from our home.  He's getting better every day, but he will be hospitalized awhile longer.  When his parents are at the hospital with him, their daugthers (a 6 year old and a 9 year old) stay with us.  They are a joy, but they don't leave me with any time on my hands. That is my excuse for re-posting an old tablescape today. My apologies to those who might have seen it before. I am linking to Let's Dish Wednesday at Cuisine Kathleen and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch. 

My table this week is a REAL mixture! I have used gold chargers, paper plates, plastic food containers, popcorn, peanuts, and boxes of candy. I've mixed red and white with burgundy and gold. I've used very formal with very informal. Can you get any more mixed up than that? Probably not, but then you've probably already guessed that I am one mixed up lady! After that description, I'm sure you just can't wait to scroll down and see this tablescape.

Since the Academy Awards are coming up soon, I have partially recreated an Academy Award party we hosted one time. (I'm not going to tell you how long ago it was, because your jaw would hit your keyboard if you knew how long I had kept all of this stuff!)

This tablecloth is actually an old curtain panel that reminded me of the curtains hanging on each side of the screen in old movie theaters.

The "movie reels" formerly held rope lights that I bought for Christmas one year.

The plastic popcorn boxes contain a few sprigs of flowers that survived from my tablescape last week (I put a plastic bag around the flowers for filler and covered it with some popcorn)

As the guests arrived, they were each assigned a star's name, and their place card reflected the name of that star. Each of the female guests received a feather boa and each male guest received a bow tie to wear during dinner. Very large sunglasses were available for anyone who wanted to try to avoid the paparazzi.

Are you getting tired of seeing my old stand-by...the paper plate under a glass plate? (I really do have stacks of dishes, but none of them are movie-related) I couldn't find any movie themed paper plates , so I put a few movie stickers on white paper plates.

A plastic server (they served food in these at drive-in movie theaters) (yeah, I know, I'm telling my age again- I do NOT want any of you young people to leave a comment asking what a drive-in movie was).

Plastic hot dog servers hold the napkins, which have star napkin rings around them.

If you missed seeing all of the Valentine inspiration at my par-tay, be sure to check out the slide show here.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  laurie

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xinex said...

Lovely and so elegant, Laurie! I hope Cooper gets to go home soon and I am so happy that he is getting better everyday...Christine

Tricia said...

Oh, this is a good one, Laurie! Love all the movie touches, especially the popcorn boxes! I have yet to try the glass-plate-over-a-paper-plate trick, but I love it!

The Tablescaper said...

what a fun table. I'm glad you reposted it. But more important is that you are there to help with your grandchildren at this difficult time. So happy to hear that he is coming along.

- The Tablescaper

Sarah said...

Laurie, glad to hear the positive news about that precious baby! Nothing to apologize about sharing a fabulous table scape time and again. It's a shame not to share these tables more than once.
I've not done an Academy Award Party, but it sure would be a fun theme. Love all your movie details! ~ Sarah

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Very fun tablescape with "Oscar" and the movie concession theme.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

First I am so happy to hear about your grandson - he is included in my daily prayers. I'm sure your granddaughter love being with their grandma.

Your table scape is great and clever, I love how you put it together. Looks great! I've always wanted to do a OSCAR PARTY maybe now I will.


Unknown said...

Hi Laurie - I just read about your grandson-
I am sorry this happened, but it sounds like he
is on the mend.

Hope so for his parents, and your family.

I think we just carry on - I will remember
all of you and your grandson in my prayers.


Glenda/MidSouth said...

I enjoyed seeing the rerun. :)
Glad to hear your Grand is is still improving every day.

Jewel Sauls said...

No reason to apologize Laurie! This was one of my favorites ever!!! LOVE it!

Debbie said...

Cute!! My favorite part of all was the hot dog holder for the napkin, but I just loved the creativity of the whole thing. The centerpiece with flowers in the popcorn boxes is just perfect.

I'm also so glad that your grandson is getting better. I can only imagine the trial this has been for the whole family. There isn't much worse in my mind than the thought of a little one in the hospital. I pray that he will be home soon.

Diane said...

I think your post is great! Every time I see those popcorn holders, I have to smile. My oldest granddaughter loves popcorn and we always watch movies together and eat popcorn out of those. I hope your favorite movie wins this year!

Marlis said...

Praying for your grandson. It's wonderful that you can be there for the girls, making memories is so important. Prayers for all, you included!

What a darling party idea... omg, the reels, the hot dog holders, the popcorn vase.. just fabulous.. xo marlis

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Yes, you certainly are busy with your little grands. I pray for your dear grandson that he will be home soon.
We both have The Oscars on our minds this week! I love your fun table.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Best wishes for your grandson's recovery! I love your Oscar table. Love the plate idea. Can't wait for the show!

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Oh I didn't mind at all seeing this one again, love the movie theme, so well done, wish I could come and be a part of this cool party, I'll take the boa please....

Helen said...

Thoroughly enjoyed your encore! I was unaware of the situation with your precious grandson ... sending tons of love, energy ~ everything good your way.

PS I always think about Linda Mom when the golf tournament comes to her 'backyard.'

Gina said...

Oh what fun! My daughter is so enchanted by this table right now, I fear she may show up at your door on Sunday! lol I love idea of using the hot dog holders for the napkins.

Anonymous said...

Continuing prayers coming your way -- and I may have to steal the idea for using the popcorn box. P.S. They are available at Target in the dollar section when you walk in the door, if any of your readers want one of their own. :) Great post!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I remember this Laurie, and how in awe I was and am!
You are the most cleverest and creative!
Thanks so much for your sweet comments, it meant the world to me.
I am so hoping Cooper gets to come home soon. I know you will all be on cloud 9!
Hugs friend,

Dewena said...

I love that old curtain material. I can't bear to throw away old material either and usually find a use for it. I have to admit that I have an Oscar party for one nowadays as I don't like people to talk around me when the Oscars are on as I like to catch all the shots around the audience to see all the dresses and hairdos. Your party looks beautiful though and I know would be fun.

My love and prayers to Cooper.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie,
My prayers for your little grandson.
Love your tablescape for the Oscars. Every detail is perfect.

Blessings and have fun.
hugs, Celestina Marie

Desperately Seeking Gina said...

Clever! I've always wanted to host an Oscar party.

Anonymous said...

So cute! I love your "movie reels"!

Unknown said...

Being there for your family is way more important than creating a new post. Besides, I really enjoyed reading this one:)

Terra said...

Brilliant table scape ideas for an Oscars party, and I am glad your grandson is getting better. That is tough for the family while he is in the hospital, and nice you watch the two girls.

Unknown said...

I so love the movie reels! So cute! ;)

Palomasea said...

You awesome creativity never ceases to amaze me, dear Laurie...LOVE THIS!
Did you have a chance to catch some of the show last night?

Good news indeed that Cooper is getting stronger each day, but you do have your hands full taking care of the precious girls...

Sending prayers and much love, sweet friend...
- Irina