Here Come the Bunnies ~ An Easter Tablescape and a Surprising Switcheroo

Welcome friends to Here Come the Bunnies ~ An Easter Tablescape and a Surprising Switcheroo.

The extra fun part of this tablescape is the surprising switcheroo.

The rustic Spring centerpiece I created set the tone for the entire Easter tablescape.

Water hyacinth placemats create a charming natural base for the plates I’m using in this tablescape.  The first plate is a large green Bordallo Pinheiro plate which is one of the five I found here.

Topping the Bordallo Pinheiro plate is a brown transferware plate from Alfred Meakin.  The back of the plate reads  “Fairwinds, Historical Scenes of Chinese Export to America, The Friendship of Salem,  Alfred Meakin, Made in England.

The last plate is one of a set of four adorable bunny salad plates.  Isn’t it just the sweetest?

Each of the salad plates features a different bunny pose.  They have a crackle finish giving them a vintage look.  Which, of course, I love.

The thrifted brown toile napkins complement this selection of plates, beautifully.  I folded the napkins flat and tied them with a piece of jute twine.  Then I slipped a garden marker with the guest’s name under the twine.

Now to finish the tablescape I’m adding some Rogers Silverplate flatware that belonged to my Mom and my Mikasa Park Lane goblets

BUT WAIT.  If you aren’t as enamored with the bunnies as I am, you might like the J Willfred plates I found here.  So a quick switcheroo makes the tablescape look very different.

Which is your favorite look?

Sources for my Easter Tablescape

  • Water Hyacinth Placemats – My Stash – Ross I think
  • Green Bordallo Pinheiro Large Plates – Thrifting – Florida
  • Fairwinds Brown Transferware Dinner Plates – Thrifting Atlanta
  • Bunny Salad Plates – Pottery Barn
  • J Willfred Leaf Salad Plates – Thrifting – Atlanta
  • Rogers Silverplate Flatware – Inherited from my Mother
  • Crystal – Mikasa Park Lane Goblets – Macy’s
  • Brown Toile Napkins – Thrifting – Atlanta
  • Mexican Centerpiece Sugar Mold – Antiquing – Atlanta
  • Succulents, small clay pots and the other supplies for the centerpiece – Dollar Tree

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A Valentine Celebration with Vintage Inspired Valentines

I’m planning a little Valentine’s Day celebration with vintage inspired Valentines for my grand-kids.  They will get plenty of sugar at their school celebrations but Gigi wants to have a little fun too.

So come see what I’m planning.

The red and white buffalo check table-cloth isn’t vintage but I just couldn’t pass it up.  Like my Christmas table-cloth this one is too small for my kitchen table so I turned it on it on the diagonal too.

A simple centerpiece with a red tray corralling cherry enamel salad plates, Mini Mason Jar Waterless Heart Snow Globesa painted cherry tea towel, and a vintage stamp stand with red and white Christmas bulbs.

The tablescape is simple since I plan to serve a few favorite finger foods.  A lacy salad plate, topped with a painted cherry napkin sets the stage for a red paper doily heart and vintage heart-shaped jello mold with a paper heart-shaped fan.

Anchor Hocking – Fire King ruby-red bubble tumblers along with the white handled flatware finish the table setting.   Now for the vintage inspired Valentines.

Each table setting has a vintage inspired Valentine chosen by each grandchild to mark their spot at the table.

I had not planned on making a Valentine banner but with the supplies on hand I put one together to surprise the grand-kids.  It is a simple banner with lacy paper doilies clipped to red and white bakers twine.

Sources

  • Red and white buffalo check tablecloth – thrifted
  • Painted Cherry tea towel and napkins – Pottery Barn
  • Enamel Cherry salad plates – Pottery Barn
  • Vintage stamp stand – thrift
  • Red and white Christmas bulbs – thrifted
  • Simply Shabby Chic salad plates – Target
  • Vintage heart-shaped jello molds – thrifted
  • Heart shaped fans inside jello molds – Target
  • Anchor Hocking/Fire King ruby-red bubble tumblers – thrifted
  • White handle flatware – Pottery Barn Outlet
  • Vintage inspired Valentines – Amazon
  • Valentine paper doilies – Target
  • Baker’s twine, ribbon and fabric scraps – on hand

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A Pink Santa, Christmas Tree, and Tablescape

A Pink Santa, Christmas Tree, and Tablescape is a tale of how much I love pink.

So come along for an adventure in tablescaping with vintage and thrifted finds.

The anchor of centerpiece on the dining room table is my charming pink Santa.  I found him recently in a new (to me) thrift store.  He is actually a music box from The San Francisco Music Box Company.  He plays a lovely rendition of “Have Yourself a  Merry Little Christmas”.  Santa stands on a Jadeite cake plate surrounded by a lighted bottle brush wreath.  Along the center of the table several bottle bush trees fan out from Santa.

The gold chargers were a totally unexpected but lucky find a couple of weeks ago at Goodwill.  It was discount day so they were only $1.40 each.  They are gorgeous and I couldn’t buy gold plastic chargers for that price.

Each plate is different and all found at thrift stores.  I can never resist a pretty plate featuring a pink motif.  None of these beautiful plates cost more than a couple of dollars and at least one or two less than a dollar.  The pink goblets are also a thrift store find from a few years back.  I don’t remember the exact price but I wouldn’t have paid more than a couple of dollars each for them.

The four chairs around the table have an ivory velvet socking tied to the chair back with pink ribbon.  A bit of faux lamb’s ear tucked into each stocking.

Ella Mae’s corner of the dining room is where the extra chairs moved when the bench for my bedroom did not work out and moved to the dining room.   Decked out in a few ornaments Ella Mae is as pretty as the pink bird on her shoulder, and the a gold heart-shaped ornament is where her heart would be.

Not to be outdone Lacy is wearing a skirt of lighted garland with a pink tulle belt and flower.

On the hunt board a Putz house sits on Jadeite cake plate

accompanied by several bottle brush trees, a few deer, and a car.

A pink faux sheep skin is casually thrown across the bench.  My youngest daughter is already trying to make a play for my  Santa and sheep skin.  The Santa is definitely not moving to Florida.

Of course, the pink Christmas tree is back again this year but it has a different look.  Tulle surrounds the tree on the bottom making the tree look like it is floating on a pink cloud.

I found an adorable round pink tablecloth with huge pom-pom edging for the table where the tree sits.  The ETSY seller stated that the tablecloth is from the 1950’s.  It is in wonderful vintage condition.

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Vintage Santa Inspired Table Setting

Welcome friends to a vintage Santa inspired table setting.  The inspiration for this holiday tablescape is the vintage Santas I found last week.  Also, we have a spectacular yet uncommon snowfall for Atlanta.  You can see it in the background of some of my photos.  It is beautiful but I am ready for it to melt.  I am not ready for life in a snowy land.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably have already seen these two guys.  I’ve had this cross stitch Christmas table-cloth for a while.  You can read about it here.  I had it in my booth last Christmas but it didn’t sell.  It is a bit small and barely covered my kitchen table, so I threw it on the table diagonally.

These adorable vintage Santas are the inspiration for my tablescape.

In place of a centerpiece I placed three paperwhite bulbs in water down the center of the table along with the two vintage Santas.

I found these paperwhites in the fresh produce section at Wal-Mart.

They started blooming along with the snowfall this past weekend.

The white square chargers (Wal-Mart) support funky out of round red plates (Home Goods).  I love these crazy red plates and topped them with luncheon plates (Simply Shabby Chic – Target) with a lacy edge.  A Fire King Jadeite Jane Ray salad plate holding a chocolate covered marshmallow Santa tops the stack of plates at each place setting.

The flatware is Spode Christmas Tree.  The napkins tucked in between the white charger and funky out of round red plate are traditional red plaid.   The milk glass goblets are from a set of milk glass dinnerware I found here.

The four little vintage Santa mugs are from my collection.  My collection includes eight vintage mugs that I’ve collected over the last few years.  Unfortunately you cannot drink out of these but I have a new set from Pottery Barn that we use on Christmas Eve.

Target has such cute banners in Bulleye’s Playground that I have gotten lazy about making my own.  This one with red and white checks and Christmas trees on each end is adorable.  I couldn’t even buy the supplies to make it for the $3 it cost me.  I couldn’t get a good photo due to lighting.

You can’t have a  Santa Christmas Table Setting without a vintage Santa blow mold.  He is my favorite Christmas decoration.  I want him to have a reindeer friend, so I’m always on the lookout for one.

Over on the side table I am displaying a few of my red/plaid thermoses and tins.

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A Rustic Thanksgiving Table

Welcome friends to my Rustic Thanksgiving Table.

Today, I am joining in Katherine’s Corner Give Thanks Blog Tour.

  So come on along for some great inspiration.

The base of this centerpiece is a fresh bay leaf wreath from McFadden Farm in Potter Valley, California.  A cake plate holds the faux white pumpkin and mini pine cones.

A few baby boo pumpkins scattered along the middle of the table along with two terrariums holding little faux green plants complete the look.

What is more rustic than a wood slice charger?   A Royal Stafford Turkey Brown, Multi-Color plate and salad plate with a rope and fruit border sits atop each charger.  I bought the first four plates of this pattern about five years ago but this pattern is now discontinued.   So when I realized I wanted more plates my only choice was Ebay.

The flatware has been with me for quite a while.  It was a wedding gift and I still treasure it.  The Mikasa crystal is from the 80’s.   I purchased it myself at Macy’s which was probably still  Davison’s at that time.   Davison’s opened its doors in 1891.   R.H. Macy & Co owned Davison’s for sixty years before the name change in 1986.  Macy’s actually purchased Davison’s in 1925 and in 1927 built a beautiful store on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta.  The downtown store closed in 2003 ending the era of department-store shopping in downtown Atlanta.  I have a particular fondness for the downtown Davison’s/Macy’s site because I worked two blocks north of there on Peachtree Street and for ten years shopped there often during my lunch hour.  Even after my office moved a few blocks off Peachtree Street I continued to shop there until they closed.

The napkins are a medium khaki color and work perfectly with the Brown Turkey plates.  They are a plain weave fabric with a hem stitch and mitered corners.  The napkins work well placed between the plates and wood chargers.

Sources: A Rustic Thanksgiving Table

 

  • Wood Slice Chargers – Target
  • Royal Stafford Brown Turkey China Home Goods & Ebay
  • Flatware – Oneida American Colonial Heirloom Satin Stainless – Gift
  • Crystal – Mikasa Park Lane Goblets – Macy’s
  • Napkins – Target
  • Fresh Bay Leaf Wreath – Etsy – McFadden Farm
  • White Faux Pumpkin – Joanne’s
  • Mini Pine Cones – Hobby Lobby
  • Baby Boos – Burt’s Farm
  • Terrarium – Smith and Hawken
  • Small Faux Plants – Marshall’s

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Late Fall Leafy Tablescape

Are you ready for a late fall leafy tablescape? The holidays are quickly approaching and the more I try to accomplish it seems like the more I get behind.  Hope you all are in better shape than I am.  I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is next week. Oh my!

Never the less I quickly put together this late fall tablescape while gearing up for Thanksgiving.

The centerpiece base is a flat basket I found thrifting a while ago.  To the basket I added a salad plate in the same pattern as the dinner plates.  Under the cloche I added one of my sweater pumpkins.  If you want to see how I made it check out this post. Then I added some cotton bolls and acorns.

A special touch I added is the crackled glass salt and pepper shakers I found while visiting my daughter in Florida earlier this year here.

Next, I added round water hyacinth place mats to the table, then placed a Pamela Gladding leaf plate on each place mat.  I tried several different vintage glasses but nothing worked.   My daughter and I went to the Dollar Store and they had these glasses the perfect shade of green.

The flatware is Kengingson by Pfaltzgraff and the napkins were a lucky find at Target last weekend.  The napkin rings are from my thrifting stash.

This beautiful fall leaf pillow is from the Pottery Barn Outlet near me.  It was the inspiration for this tablescape.

Sources: Late Fall Leafy Tablescape

 

  • Water Hyacinth Round Placemats – Ross
  • Pamela Gladding Leaf Plates – Home Goods
  • Kensington Pfaltzgraff Flatware – Ross
  • Green glasses – Dollar Tree
  • Napkins – Target
  • Flat Basket Tray – Goodwill
  • Cloche- Target
  • Cotton Bolls – Hobby Lobby
  • Acorns- Dollar Tree
  • Sweater Pumpkin – Sweater Pumpkins (see how to make them)
  • Salt and Pepper Shakers – Found Here

 

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Simple Owl Halloween Tablescape

A tablescape is so much fun to put together but I don’t share them with you as often as I should.

Today, I’m sharing a simple tablescape I recently put together in my breakfast area.

The inspiration for this tablescape came from the vignette on my breakfast area table.  I anchored the vignette in an oblong galvanized tray.

Then, I added a sweet little ivory colored owl, a faux sage plant in a rustic planter, a cute fox salt and pepper shaker, antique gold acorn, a few baby boo pumpkins, and some antique gold prayer beads.  The mix of antique golds and galvanized metal appeals to me.

   This tablescape begins with galvanized chargers topped with some adorable owl plates.  You know I love Pottery Barn and they had these owl plates several years ago.  When they went on clearance I snapped up a set of four.

I’ve been looking for some flatware with white handles and I found some a couple of weeks ago.  So the next addition to the tablescape was the white handled flatware.

Then I searched my cabinets for glassware but nothing seemed right.  On a trip to Ross I ran across these Mason jar glasses numbered from one to four and they seemed perfect for my tablescape and the price was right.  They came with red and white striped plastic straws but I replaced them with some silver straws in keeping with the Mason jar top and the galvanized metal already in the tablescape.

Each place setting has a baby boo pumpkin and mini chalkboard place card.

Sources: Simple Owl Halloween Tablescape

 

  • Galvanized Chargers – Pottery Barn
  • Owl Plates – Pottery Barn
  • White Handled Flatware – Pottery Barn Outlet
  • Numbered Mason Jar glasses – Ross
  • Mini Chalkboard Place Cards – Target (few years ago)
  • Galvanized Tray – Walmart
  • Ivory Owl – TJ Maxx
  • Faux Sage – Ikea
  • Rustic Planter – Target
  • Fox on a Rock Salt and Pepper – Pottery Barn Outlet
  • Faux Antique Gold Acorn – Target
  • Antique Gold Prayer Beads – Pottery Barn Outlet
  • Baby Boo Pumpkins – Burt’s Farm (here)
  • Glass Pumpkin with Lights – Thrift Store (here)

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Vintage Fascination No. 122

Welcome back to another edition of Vintage Fascination.  This find is from a couple of months ago but I am just now getting it unpacked and ready for use.

As my daughter and I walked into our local Goodwill I spotted a huge lot of milk glass in the display case.  I hustled over to check it out.  It is a luncheon service for eight with lots of extras to go with it in Imperial Glass’s  Vintage Grape pattern. The price was good and it was senior day with 25% off so how could I not take all this milk glass goodness home with me.

 Imperial Glass Corporation founded in 1901 was located in Bellaire, Ohio.  It became a subsidiary of Lenox, Inc., in 1973 and sold to Arthur R. Lorch in 1981 eventually going bankrupt in 1984.  Imperial Glass produced this pattern from 1950 until 1980.

First up are the luncheon plates with an all over grape pattern.  The plates are 8 inches wide.  The bread and butter plates are identical to the luncheon plates but only 6 3/4 inches wide.  With an all over pattern, they are simply stunning.

The saucers have an embossed grape leaf in the center

and the footed cups are so sweet.

The set includes eight Champagne/Tall Sherbet glasses.  Won’t they be perfect to serve something pretty and pink?

The set also includes eight 5 3/8 inch water goblets.

The extras include:

 Quarter Pound Covered Butter Dish

16-ounce Pitcher

Footed Creamer and  Open Sugar

 Salt and Pepper Shakers

Pickle Dish

Fruit Bowl

I wonder if originally the set included dinner plates or maybe it was always just a luncheon set.  I can’t wait to do a tablescape with these dishes so be looking for it soon.

By purchasing the set, each piece cost me less than fifty cents.   Of course, my daughters just roll their eyes at me and remind me that I already have too many dishes and it’s true.

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Do You Like A Fun Halloween Tablescape?

Do you like a fun Halloween Tablescape?  A fun Halloween tablescape is just what I wanted in the breakfast area.

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Here is what I pulled together.

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This orange and black square scarf on the table is a thrift store find from last week.  Next, I took four old plastic chargers and spray painted them with black chalkboard paint.

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Four small luncheon plates top the chargers with an orange bowl holding a small white pumpkin. Then I added some silverware, napkins, and embellished milk bottles with Halloween straws to the mix.

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The place cards are card stock pumpkins I found at Target.  They were ready for adornment.

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Now for a candy centerpiece.  Using my rusty crusty canning jar rack I added seven jars of colorful Halloween candy.

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The chandelier got a little Halloween makeover.  I replaced the regular light bulbs with vintage-inspired light bulbs

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and added a small jack-o-lantern candle holder to each arm of the chandelier.

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Sources

 

  • Orange and Black Square table topper (scarf) – Thrift Store
  • Chargers painted with black chalkboard paint – My stash
  • Johnson Brothers Vintage White Regency Luncheon Plates – Collected over time
  • Orange bowls – Dollar Tree
  • Anchor Hocking Milk Bottles – Wal-Mart
  • White Pumpkins – Kroger
  • Orange Gourds – Wal-Mart
  • Canning Rack – Vintage Fascination No. 100
  • Mason Jars – My stash and Thrift Store
  • Silverware – On hand
  • Black Napkins – On hand
  • Jack-o-lanterns on Chandelier – Dollar Tree
  • Vintage Inspired Light Bulbs for Chandelier – Wal-Mart
  • Straws, Embellishments, Banner and Place Card Supplies – Target

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Fall Tablescape Inspiration Galore

In thinking about fall tablescapes a round-up of ideas seems like the best way to gather

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some inspiration for both myself and you.

First up is a lovely tablescape from Rhoda at Ramblings of a Southern Girl.

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Jenn at Loveland Lodge created a charming fall tablescape.

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Rita at Panoply created the prettiest cornucopia centerpiece for her fall tablescape.

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Kim at Camp and Cottage Living shares her bright colorful casual fall tablescape.

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Maryjo from master PIECES of  my Life created a divine tablescape inspired by green apples.

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Catherine from Smashing Plates Tablescapes created a colorful fall tablescape including oranges and blues.

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Penny at Penny’s Vintage Home transitions her fall tablescape into an adorable one for Halloween.

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Here is an informal tablescape I did for our abbreviated family Thanksgiving luncheon a couple of years ago.

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Hope you find some Fall tablescape inspiration here today.

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