Wednesday, March 4, 2009

French Countryside luncheon

Thursday, my favorite day of the week is here again and I get to play with my dinnerware toys and table. Yipee! Thanks to Susan at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/ for hosting this fun event. Come join the fun and go to Susan's blog and check out everybody else's amazing tablescapes.


For this week, I decided to create a French countryside luncheon for my mama and me (John is working so I can afford to buy more dinnerware sets:-), too bad cause he will miss the fun) so out comes my Frenchy dinnerware, at least they look Frenchy to me. I love the color, I think it is called robin blue. I found the sheep at Ross in Florida and they were so cheap, a sheep family of 4 for I think $5.99. How could I resist? What's more, they were packed in boxes in a box, so I knew I could easily throw them in my luggage without the risk of breaking them during my flight. I hope Debbie at http://confessionsofaplateaddict.blogspot.com/, who is an expert in French table setting, does not laugh at me cause this might not look French countryish at all. I have been to France at least 3 x but have never dined in the countryside, but I see a lot of sheep on the mountains, thus came the inspiration of this tablescape.

I took the ivy growing in a fleur de lis mini trellis and placed it on the table. Now that's definitely French, isn't it?
Isn't my sheep family cute? The lamb is even eating grass. Nooooo!.... that's my table runner!
Just to add color, I went outside to cut camelias from our bush and placed them in a white tin vase. That sounds French country to me!

Look! The grass outside is getting greener. I am sure the sheep would rather be out there.

Did you notice how I replaced the blue candles with these yellowish flowered ones? They smell so good but which one do you think looks better?




There's my mama's napkin. The napkin holder is a combo ring and place card holder. I bought it when they had it on clearance on a Southern Living at Home show.

Oh no! I have a rooster salt and pepper shakers too and I forgot to put them on the table. They would have been French countryish, right? Oh well!...I am having a senior moment here so forgive me. LOL!
Well, I hope you enjoyed my French countryside luncheon setting. Debbie, I tried! LOL!

Thanks again for coming and thanks Susan, for this lovely and fun event!.

57 comments:

once in a blue moon... said...

just ADORABLE! i love the lambs, very sweet~

Blondie's Journal said...

Christine,
This is a very French Country place setting because YOU have made it that way! :-) You have really brought the countryside in with your ivy and fresh flowers, the candles and your sheep. I love your dishes~what a bargain! I would love a set like that for everyday dishes! And the view you have in your dining room with all those windows! Now that is what all the French folks would love to be gazing at while they enjoyed a nice roasted chicken!! By the way, I love your chandelier! And I think the blue candles really pop a lot more than the yellow, although the yellow ones are very pretty.

You are starting to give me confidence in doing a tablescape. I have so many dishes, I just don't know if I am creative enough to pull it off. Well, we will see.

Love, love, love your Tablescape Thursday!!

xoxo
Janie
PS Thanks for all your kind comments & for thinking of me and this stupid back problem. I am so tired of sitting and lying down. I want to go out & shop!!

Susan said...

Love the table..and the little lambs!

Shelia said...

Oh, Christine! Your table is wonderful and I think it looks very Frenchie Country or is the other way around? Those little lambiepies are adorable! I love your greenery and those dishes are so pretty! Love the covered dish too! Oh, I just love it all. Will you set another place for me! ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Katy said...

Would have loved to see a closeup of the dishes, would you please share the make/pattern with me, I adore the color! Great job... love all the details and French flaire you added, perfection! Hope you and your Mama had a lovely time! Thanks for sharing! ~Katy

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Christine...I LOVE your blue china...I am totally coveting it! I think I need some. LOL I'll be hiding it behind the drapes like someone else out there in Blogland...if I buy another set!
:-) Your little sheep family is plum adorable...I would bought them, too...so cute! Thanks for a great TT! Susan

Dixie said...

Christine... you've done a simply beautiful tablescape! that little sheep family will be on the endanged species list though if you don't watch out! LOL
blessings. Dixie

Susan said...

Your not old enough to have a senior moment! Your table is beautiful! I love the sheep and the dishes!

santamaker said...

girl, we were on the same wavelength this week with ivy!
Beautifully done!

Sue said...

French COuntry for sure.....I love how you used the sheep instead of the roosters that are always used...the blue plates are beautiful...

Connie said...

Christine, Your table with the lambs is so cute. You did a great job !
Is that your patio on the header ? Wow, I love it. Mine is covered with snow. I tried to get mine to fit, but no luck. I might have them do it here as I haven't a clue how to do it.
Thanks for stopping by.......

Leigh said...

Christine,

I am IN LOVE with your plates...and your sheep! Where did you find the plates? I love the color. I also like the blue candles better with that tablescape. So pretty, well done!

Leigh, Tales from Bloggeritaville

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Christine, I love.. your tablescape. I would love to buy a set of dishes like those. I have been searching for some just like that. Can you share with me where you found them? I already bought the perfect placemats & napkins to go with them. The sheep are adorable. Hugs, Terrie

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Christine, I love.. your tablescape. I would love to buy a set of dishes like those. I have been searching for some just like that. Can you share with me where you found them? I already bought the perfect placemats & napkins to go with them. The sheep are adorable. Hugs, Terrie

marty39 said...

Christine, you're so funny, and I think it looks really frenchy to me. I love the color blue of the dishes and the sheep are such a great find. Love them. Great tablescape. Hugs, Marty

ceekay said...

The sheep are precious and definately worth throwing in the suitcase. The robin egg blue is so pretty and definately country french. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello.

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Christine,

Awww! Your table is so precious with the adorable sheep.
The detailed flower candles and dishes are beyond gorgeous.

I'm seeing alot of Spring looks for tables tonight.
How fun and fresh!

~Wonderful table!
~Melissa :)

Leigh said...

Christine,

Thanky you for emailing me in response to my question. So kind of you to take the time. I appreciate that. BTW, I read you profile, you CANNOT have grown children and grandchildren!!!
Whats the secret? You are beautiful...and youthful.
Lucky You!
Thanks again sweet one.

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I love the dishes. They have a blue tint to them and they are very soft and pretty. I love all your little lambs. Very sweet.

Martha said...

Love the blue dishes -- and the sheep are just adorable.

prof en retraite said...

Oh Christine!!! YES..it's very French country! I am certainly not the expert!! lol I LOVE those sheep!! And your plates are gorgeous!! Your placemats are very frenchy, too! You have fabulous taste, my friend! You don't need any nods from me...it's gorgeous!!! Hugs...Debbie

prof en retraite said...

Oh Christine!!! YES..it's very French country! I am certainly not the expert!! lol I LOVE those sheep!! And your plates are gorgeous!! Your placemats are very frenchy, too! You have fabulous taste, my friend! You don't need any nods from me...it's gorgeous!!! Hugs...Debbie

prof en retraite said...

Oh Christine!!! YES..it's very French country! I am certainly not the expert!! lol I LOVE those sheep!! And your plates are gorgeous!! Your placemats are very frenchy, too! You have fabulous taste, my friend! You don't need any nods from me...it's gorgeous!!! Hugs...Debbie

B said...

When I saw the first picture, I immediately thought "O, how pretty that is!" As I scrolled down and saw all the rest of the pics, I loved each and every part. Very French country, indeed!
Thanks for stopping by BzPlace. Have a great weekend.
:) Brenda

Cynthia said...

Christine,
I love it! the sheep are so cute and your plates are the most gorgeous shade of blue. Looks Fab! Cindy

Dream Mom said...

Oh, how I love this table! Your dishes are just beautiful! Oh, look over there...(secretly snatching the pretty blue plates). LOL! The sheep really make the table setting and I vote for the blue candles!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Beautiful tablescape Christine & I'm in love with you sheep! ♥ Diane

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I love your sheep! Even if they are eating your tablescape. They're just happy you're not serving lamb chops!
Everything is beautiful.
See ya!

Mary said...

Oh, those little sheep are adorable, and I LOVE the robin's egg blue dishes! Your tablescape is tres belle!
xoxo,
Mary

mbkatc230 said...

Christine, this is lovely. I adore those dishes (and the covered server) and the colors are beautiful. Love the lambs, and the trellis is perfect. Kathy

Bo said...

Hi Christine...I'll just bet your mom is getting a kick out of you making a beautiful table setting for her...It looks perfectly French country-ish to me...Love the lambs "eating" ivy...do you remember the song..."littlelambs-e-divey"...LOL ;-) Bo

Teacup Mosaics said...

Wonderful! I love the dishes, what a pretty color. The lambs are my favorite. I enjoyed your table and post.
Take care,
Kelley

jerseygirl211 said...

Christine,

Great job!!!!! Who wouldn't enjoy sitting down for lunch at your table. The colors are vey calming. Thanks for the visit to my blog, I see what you mean about the ivy.

'D'

KBeau said...

I just love those dishes, and the flatware with the polka dot handles is so cute.

Deb said...

So pretty, I love the little sheep and the candles are such a pretty color, I bet your Mama loved it.

Candy said...

I DID enjoy looking through all the French country accents. Love the soft color dishes, you did a great job, one of my favorites today. I also want to thank you for your faithful visits to my blog. It takes me a long time (in person) to learn peoples names, but through your regular visits, it so helps me.
Blessings to you and mama, hope you had/have a great lunch.
Blessings, Candy

nikkicrumpet said...

I think you did a marvelous job! I love the color of those dishes...the whole thing made me wish I was invited!

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Tres Francais! I love your table! Those dishes are beautiful and the lambs are adorable! I'm so jealous of your camelias! Imagine just going outside and cutting some!They're gorgeous! God Bless you today! Lauralu :)

tardevil said...

Love the runner & candles - pretty colors!

Barbara said...

its beautimus! I love it!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Christine, this is gorgeous! I love those dishes!!

Janie's World said...

I love your personal take on the french countryside! The dishes are so beautiful, I love the little sheep. You have done a fantastic job putting this together.

ann said...

Looks french to me.We all are begging Spring to come.i cannot wait.I have held back pink and roses about as long as I can stand it,haha.Well done,as always....Ann

Zoey said...

It looks French countryside to me. I do love the color scheme and those dishes are beautiful. The cute sheep is perfect for that table!

Cindy J. said...

Christine this table is sooooo gorgeous! You know what? I wanted those dishes in the biggest way... boy I eyed those and almost got them, but you know my money tree isn't quite producing as it once did so I am so happy to get to enjoy them through you. Love it all.. Cindy

Chandy said...

Sorry for the late visit, we had no internet since 12:30 this morning. Beautiful choice for today. I love your dishes! Actually, I've been looking for those dishes! I want them bad, but those that I've seen in Marshall's, TJM or Home Goods, have no identities. Who makes them?

Have a great Thursday!

Linda/ "Mom..." said...

SWEET CHRISTINE~~~ This is TOOOOO delightful for w-o-r-d-s!!! The sheep are SOOO CUTE & a LOVELY APPROACH, and your blue dishes are to-die-for perrrrrty!!! (ANNND, it all goes sooo nicely with your most charming home!) I LOVE it~~~ Kudos, kiddo! XO, Linda

Pinky said...

What a FUN and BEAUTIFUL tablescape! I just LOOOVE the sheep! The color of your dishes is YUMMY! Best, Pinky

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, your table looks so pretty! I may have missed reading it, but WHERE did you get that flatware that looks so pretty with your dishes? Love your topiary, and those napkin rings are so neat. You find such great bargains - those sheep are wonderful. Yep! I think it's a Country French tablescape. laurie

ellen b. said...

Christine, This table is fabulous!! I like every part of it. That is such a pretty shade of blue...

Helen said...

Hi Christine! I think you delight in taking all of us all over and around the world with your wonderful posts .... we appreciate you!

Cass said...

This is just terrific! Lovely French atmosphere, and camellias? You have camellias? I am GREEN with envy and pent-up need for flowers in the garden!

And that larger sheep looks as if he definitely thinks HE is in charge.

Really lovely!
Cass

LdyDy said...

Your blue plates are beautiful! Do you remember where you got them? Or what they are called? I just love that shade of blue. I thought the blue candles were my favorite look for the table. Beautiful tablescape!

leigh ann said...

This is so beautiful!! I love the dishes you used!! I also loved that blue covered dish in your food post...very pretty!!

Nicole ~ said...

I love those dishes!! They are such a pretty color and they have such pretty detailing around the edges. And, the sheep are super cute.

Have a great weekend, Nicole

Tomarie said...

C~ I MUST know about your dishes!! I LOVE 'EM!!!!! Very few things just call out to me...but those did! Who makes them? Hurry and tell me!! Lol! I think I just figured out what I must buy for myself! :-) L~

Lady Katherine said...

How great your table looks! I love the sheep! They are so cute. Your dishes are beautiful! Love the ivy and the napkin rings! Just love it all. Great tablescape Christine.

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