Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Exotic and Feathery

Being out of the country, I missed TT last week but I will more than make up for it today. Tablescape Thursday is hosted by Susan of If you want to see amazing creativeness on tables, make it a point to visit Susan's blog.

This is not my main tablescape but I created this mini one just to wish you all a Happy Independence Day! I bought this bicentennial eagle plate in a yard sale for about a dollar a long time ago so this is my contribution for Thrifty Thursday, hosted by Leigh at Make sure you visit her also to check out a lot of
thrifty goodies.The plates, napkins and tablecloth, or should I say tablepaper, are all, of course! (That's thrifty too!) I bought them from Big Lots. I hand carried this pair of candleticks holder from my home in FL. They're old but I like them. They were distributed by Princess House and have been discontinued. Of course if you want to see more details, you can click on the pictures to enlarge them.
And for the main event, I am sharing this exotic tablescape. Our recent Caribbean trip inspired me to create this.

Just want to share these lamp bulbs. They flicker just like candlesticks. Vanna of (Vanna, where are you?) was the one who introduced me to them and I love them. Regular bulbs are very glary and it is so hard to take a picture of them but these are just perfect to emit just the right glow.
The tablecloth has an earthy pasley print and I bought it from TJ Maxx.
Artesian plates made by Tracy Porter, bought them from Horchow. Bamboo flatware from Ross for $9.99. I also bought the darker ones for the same price but I think this matches better with this dinnerware set. Please note the bamboo edge trim on the plate.
Salad plate from the same Artesian collection. How do you like my napkin fold? I copied it from the ship.

The tray server is also from the Artesian collection. I really like the peacocks on them.
The peacock salt and pepper are from Neiman Marcus. Gloria of told me about them when they went on sale. Thanks, Gloria!
The small bamboo tray is part of my sushi set. I think it blends well with my bamboo theme.
I just bought this bell from St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands last week.
The colored crystal goblets (set of 4 different colors) and the smaller clear wine crystals are from Ross.

Do you see those oval server set (set of 3, the other one is in the other side) in a wicker and iron stand? They were waiting from me when we arrived from our trip last Sunday. I cannot believe I won them on Ebay for $5.50 for the whole set....another contribution for Thrifty Thurs. I love the colors, pattern and they are oven proof too!
And many of you might have seen this peacock centerpiece on RMS and on Laurie of 's post before Christmas'2008. That was before my blogging days. Isn't he majestic? He is huge! I bought the whole set of feather balls for $5 at a garage sale.
The cardinal s&p came from a shop in Celebration, FL. We passed through there after we disembarked from the ship last Saturday. The community was developed by Disney and is really nice. I will post pics on next week's Outdoor Wed.
This s&p set is from Southern Living.
Remember this table topper? I told you I will use it on this tablescape. I really like it and I think I will get a lot of use out of it.

You can see more details on the servers here.
Whew! That was a long post. I hope you don't mind. I was making up for lost time, lol! Thank you all for your patience and taking the time to visit my blog!
Thanks, Susan and Leigh, for hosting such fun events!


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful tables, Christine!!

Allidink said...

Very pretty tablescapes! I love both of them! Yay Biglots!

All the best,

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Everything looks beautiful.

Shelia said...

Oh, Christine! Your table is outstanding! I believe this is my favorite of all time! You have so many beautiful things I don't know where to start! Everything! Everything is so lovely! You really know how to make a beautiful tablescape my sweet friend!
Glad you had so much fun on your trip!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

susan said...

Christine--I had to enlarge and make sure I did not miss any details! The colors are so vibrant! I loe the peacock and salt and pepper shakers! Beautiful! Have a happy 4th!

Chandy said...

So so beautiful of tables, Christine! I love all the details in each one!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love your tablescapes -- both of them! happy 4th.

Lynn said...

I so enjoyed your post. The ship inspired table is out of this world, but the paper one is more my speed!

ellen b said...

Love your tables Christine! Those teapot napkin rings are too cute!! Your dining room is so elegant!! Another beautiful setting. Happy 4th to you and yours!

Blondie's Journal said...


Both tablescapes are wonderful. I love the candleholders in the 1st. I can see why you brought them back with you. The 2nd tablescape is both exotic and elegant. It would be such a feast for the eyes to be seated at this table for dinner. I kept looking and enlarging to see that table topper. I thought necklaces were strewn on it! LOL!! Soooo pretty!! The peacock is magnificant. I would never have a place to store him! And your ebay win is fantastic (again, someday I will learn how to do this ebay thing. But then I might not have time for blogging!!) I know I have missed many more things I love on this table, but overall, it is just the fanciest and finest I have seen so far.

I wish you a wonderful and safe holiday. We will leave for the lake tomorrow and will have company all weekend long. I will take some pics and you can meet the Irish side of the family!


Printersdevil said...

Love these tables. They were worth the wait. Thanks for the comment on my blog. You are entered in the giveaway. I am making a list of all the entries this week and will post the winner in the morning.

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

I love the rich colors in your tablescape, very elegant. I like your tribute to the 4th too! Have a great 4th of July!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine, I loved seeing both tables, but I think you knocked it out of the ballpark with your Caribbean inspired one. LOVE the china, and that's a great price on that flatware. I thought I had done well at Beall's. I got a number of five-piece place settings for a good price, but I think you might have gotten that other for a better price! :-) I will have to go check at Ross and see if they have the darker. I have the lighter, but I would love to have dark, too. Thanks for the tip. And I adore that china!


Sheila :-)

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

BRAVO!! Girl this is one of your finest my friend...really you have so many pretty things to work those plates and the clothe to die for...WOW!! you did great girl..hows the coming coming...get the cement in yet..May you have a great weekend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Jewel Sauls said...

So much to see! Your 4th mini table is so pretty and festive, but your exotic main table is amazing! I enlarged all the pictures and can't believe all the wonderful details! Great job!!! :D Jewel

KBeau said...

Love the candlesticks that you brought from Florida, and the peacock S&P's are just beautiful. Happy 4th of July to you.

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Wow Christine! You've really outdone yourself! But you always do! You are one talented, busy and traveling lady! I love Tracy Porter dinnerware! I don't have her plates but I have alot of her salt and peppers and butter dish and a tray. I saw you went to the Virgin Islands! I've been to St. Croix twice on business with my husband's company. I love it! It's so gorgeous! You have a blessed day! Lauralu :)

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, that table topper is absolutely stunning, and those all of your table accessories go so well with it! What a gorgeous tablescape! (Your new peacock s/p shakers are perfect!) And that set of feather balls for $5 was an amazing deal, and those are so great in your peacock centerpiece. Your 4th of July table is so festive, and those antique candlesticks are so pretty! Have a wonderful holiday weekend. laurie

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

Hi Christine!
I LOVE all your tablescapes and also those bulbs. Where did you find them? MY favorite is the peacocks! In LOVE!
Thanks for being a part of Thrifty Thursday, my friend!
Well done!
Tales from Bloggeritaville

Unknown said...

So many beautiful things on this exotic tablescape. It is amazing. I love the dishes, I love the tableclothes, I love the big peacock centerpiece... You've done a fabulous job putting all the pieces together.

Christina said...

Love your red, white and blue table, but your feathery goodness table really blew me away. Love the peacock. He is fabulous. Of course the Tracy porter dishes are wonderful. Love how you pulled it all together.

Lisa (aka) French said...

Oh this was so much fun to look at and you know which one is my favorite with that majestic peacock!! What a deal on that!! Great job!! French;0)

Tootsie said...

what wonderful tables christine!!!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my word Christine, you really did outdo yourself. So many gorgeous things to look at. I don't know where to begin. I love all the accessories, couldn't ever pick a favorite, and your dishes are just stunning too. I think this is my favorite table so far. I hope you have a safe, fun and blessed 4th. Hugs, Marty

Tara said...

Both tablescapes look beautiful, as usual. I especially like the Caribbean inspired table. The peacocks are lots of fun, the salt and pepper shakers gave me a smile. I hope you've rested up from your trip and have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Barb said...

Hi Christine, both tables are gorgeous......just adore them.

Happy July 4th to you.


Brenda Pruitt said...

Love the Tracy Porter plates! So beautiful with the bamboo edging. I got the same (but darker) flatware from Ross last week. But darned they didn't have the lighter color! So pretty, all of it!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Everything looks wonderful Christine.. looks like you've been traveling again... Happy Fourth
hugs ~lynne~

SmilingSally said...

Oh, I've missed you. I've enjoyed seeing all of these lovely things, but especially the red, white, and blue. I do hope that you have a happy 4th.

Kristin - The Goat said...

Sounds like you had a real nice time on your cruise - that's one of my favorite ways to vacation!

I love all of the peacocks on your table! and you are right, they work real well with the bamboo.

Just lovely.

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

What a stunning table!!! I love all the layers and color combination! Kudos to your for an extraordinary TT!!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Wow! It's all very beautiful!! I enjoyed seeing everything!

Have a happy holiday!


Mary said...

Great table, happy 4th!:O)

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Your Caribbean table is divine. Love the rich colors. Happy 4th!


Printersdevil said...

I came back by to mention that I am hosting a Christmas in July Tablescape Party at my Playing Dishes blog. There will be one held each Saturday this month. Please come and participate or at least visit. A holiday tablecloth will be given away on the last Saturday, July 25. Info on signups is available by clicking my sidebar memes available on both my blogs.

I am also having a weekly Christmas giveaway at my Christmas Memories in My Heart blog. Weekly entries are closed out a midnight on Wednesday for this.

Hopefully some of you tablescape regulars will pull together a tablescape for CIJ or pull out some photos from last year to post.

Happy CIJ!

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Hi Christine...Wow, two tablescapes and both are fantastic! I love the NM Salt and Pepper...adorable. I have to stay away from that store 'cause I like everything they have! LOL Love the eagle plate...what a steal! Thanks for two awesome tablescapes, Christine!

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