Wednesday, June 17, 2009

An Impromptu Tablescape & Luncheon

Susan is so gracious to host another tablescaping event. Tablescape Thurs. is a weekly meme where we can all play on our tables and dishes. Do visit http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/ if you want to see an awesomely put together table and then check out the list of participants, enjoy and get ideas and tips from them.
A few days ago, my friend and I just decided to hang out at the house, sing karaoke and what not. So I told her to come and I'll throw something on the stove and just eat lunch here. Then we called another friend to join us since I was already cooking anyway. What's one more, right? She did not answer but returned my call while we were already eating. When I mentioned that I called to invite her to eat lunch here, she immediately said she is so hungry and that I am a life saver and she will be right over. LOL! And so she did!
Talk about impromptu! I just pulled out some everyday dishes and glasses, did not even put a tablecloth on the table.I immedately baked a dessert (Cassava bibingka) while I cooked kare-kare and Chicken tinola. You probably wouldn't know any of these foods if you aren't from the Philippines. Neither of my guests are from the Philippines but they loved them. We all ate so much that it made it difficult to sing, but we had a lot of fun.
These are some of my everyday dishes that I bought from Pier 1 in FL. a long time ago. I seldom use them that when I do, my husband always asks "New dishes?". LOL! They kinda have a retro design. I pulled out my leather place chargers since the luncheon was so casual and they were easily accessible.
No meal is complete for me without rice.

I cut some some long stemmed flowers from the garden and lit a few candles.

I hope you liked my impromptu really simple tablescape. I set the table in less than 10 min. since I had to get busy cooking. Thank you so much for coming. And thanks Susan, for another great tablescaping event!







35 comments:

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

The table is very pretty Christine! I love those plates!

Kammy said...

Good job Christine !
10 mintues ?!?!?! Wow !
Love the candlesticks and so funny what your hubby said...mine says that too ! I bet you did make your friends happy cooking a great lunch for them - what a girl !
Hugs ~ Kammy

marty39 said...

Christine, you amaze me, I couldn't pull that together in 10 minutes. You always do such a great job, and I don't know what the menu was, but I am sure I would love it. Your table looked fabulous. Hugs, Marty P.S. If you're leaving tomorrow just let me know and I will link you up to Mr. Linky. He will be up in the afternoon tomorrow.

HiHo said...

had thought you were attending Sares birthday party? fun table scape. Heidi

Janie's World said...

Great retro dishes! I love that you put that table together so quickly. It's lucky your husband understands that you are a tablescapaholic!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

WOW!!! Christine for a spur of the moment this looks wonderful and I bet your meal was also great...thanks for coming by my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Friends, food and fun! It just doesn't get any better than that!

aimee said...

Thank you for the invite. Everything looks so nice. And all of that in just 10 min! WOW! Came over to say hello. Saw the comment you left on my blog (first post and giveaway) Thank you for coming over.
blessings,
aimee

Kathleen Ellis said...

Very nice...and what a great last minute get together...sometimes those are the best kind!
Happy TT!
;-D

Shelia said...

What a gorgeous Christined table! Everything you touch turns magical! How sweet of you to cook for your friends - the food sounds good and I would have loved to hear you all singing!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Michelle said...

Very pretty! I have those same dessert plates from Pier 1! Happy TT!

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Okay, okay - next time you decide to have one of these impropmtu events, call me over and I will give you my best Patsy Cline impersonation. LOL

What fun. Love your Pier 1 dishes. Your garden must be beautiful if those flowers are any indication.

Thanks for sharing this with us, dear friend. Hugs, Barb

bj said...

Having friends over for fun times makes any table even better...and yours, my dear one, is just beautiful. You did a great job and I'm tickled that you had such a grand time.

Barbara said...

I love the candle stands and of corse your table.

Melissa Miller said...

This sure is a gorgeous tablescape for being so quick Christine!

LOVE your candleholders! Where are they from if you don't mind me asking. The food sounds wonderful as well.

~Great TT! ~Melissa :)

Chandy said...

Christine, love the menu! Now, I'm hungry! LOL

That table and those plates are beautiful! Lucky friends you fed and I'm sure they know it, too! ;-)

imjacobsmom said...

Christine, Your plates are very Retro - infact if I recall my Aunt had plates very similar to those back in the day. You are going to have to tell us all about your dishes and give us the recipes some Foodie Friday. ~ Robyn

Bo said...

Hi Christine....Impromptu get-togethers are some of the best times...Your menu sounds very interesting...I hope you'll tell us about it sometime. I'm amazed you remembered to take photos for us bloggers...wonderful tablescape & the flowers made it special.
;-) Bo

Allidink said...

Ooo! I love the centerpiece those candles are just awesome!

All the best,
Allison

Mary said...

Wow, ten minutes?! You're good! What a pretty table!

salmagundi said...

I can't believe that was spur of the moment - that is beautiful! The food looks yummy, too. I'm up to trying something different - when can I come? Sally

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Christine, your table is lovely. I love rice too....could eat it everyday.

Everything is soooo pretty!

Barb

Zoey said...

Tablecloth or not, dinner with good friends is the best! Love the big candles.

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Such pretty dishes! Looks great for just putting it together at the last minute!
~Michelle

Really Rainey said...

I just love your retro plates! They are so cool! Ummm and your dinner looks sooooo good! Pretty tablescape!

Have a great Thursday!
~Really Rainey

Maryrose said...

Hi Christine,
Simply amazing, the 10 minute tablescape. That should be a blog challenge, do a tablescape in 10 minutes. Yours is lovely, and I cant believe you did that and cooked a delicious meal too. Wow
~Maryrose

Susan said...

You always set a beautiful table!! Can you send some food up this way?;D

Fifi Flowers said...

Pretty table... you should turn off the TV... it takes away from your beautiful photos.

ButterYum said...

Hi Christine - Swing by my blog and take a peek.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Sometimes impromptu tablescapes are the best huh? This is wonderful. Thanks for swinging in and leaving such wonderful words of support. hugs ~lynne~

Jill said...

The table looks really pretty and I love the plates..
My daughter was sitting next to me when I was reading your post and immediatly notice Obama on your t.v.. .. lol!

Mary said...

I love your dishes, nice flat screen! :O) Mary @ Boogieboard Cottage

Kim said...

Sometimes impromptu lunches are the best. You did a fabulous job at a spur of the moment/fast tablescape. I love the retro looking plates.

Cynthia said...

The plates are great. Great quick tablescape!

Lady Katherine said...

What fun! Too have friends so near, and join you for lunch. Just lovely! I love the centerpiece. Your dishes are wonderful! Adore the candle sticks. I love rice! I have not had it in a long time. I love it fried! lol Hubby been wanting some rice and gravy.I should make some. Sorry have not been around, I have taken an infection, last few weeks and they are trying to find out what is wrong. I hoping to be better soon. I had a few great weeks, got a lot done! I going to drive soon as I am better to Carthage, on the back roads, since I have not driven in 4 years. I going Just Me! to Walmart, antique shop and a few thrift stores. Freedom! At last! lol

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