Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Parisian Chic

Today is my favorite table play day because Susan of http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/ is hosting Tablescape Thursday. Won't you come and join me take a peek at Susan's creative tablescape and then let's take a peek at her participants' tables too!
I created this on Monday and scheduled the publishing in advance even if my company do not arrive until Wednesday. I just know I will be busy and I won't have time to take pictures if I wait. Besides, I still have to prepare a table in the kitchen for the kids.
My sister, her daughter with 3 children, their friend with 1 kid, AJ's dad who is riding with them are all driving from Chicago, leaving on Tuesday evening. And oh, my classmate from HS who is visiting US and is also in Chicago is also tagging along. I have not seen her in 43 years. I am really excited but I know that my next few days will be very busy.

I decided on a Parisian theme. Since I am usually an earth tone kind of gal, this is my first black and white table setting. But when I think of Paris, I think "elegance" and black and white in my opinion, is elegant. I used a black and white wire basket for my centerpiece. I found it on a clearance table for $10 at TJ Maxx. I especially like the black and white tiles bordering the basket. Then, I placed my faux magnolia flower in a white vase inside the basket..
I used my round beaded silvery placemats, white tin cut out chargers that Marty of http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/ shared with us in one of her posts. I believe Laurie of http://bargainhuntingwithlaurie.blogspot.com/ has the same set but bought them a lot cheaper, after all, she hunts for bargains. I bought the black dinner plates from Big Lots for $1 each. Then, I added my square Eiffel Tower salad and dessert plates.

Here is the salad plate.
Not sure which building this dessert or appetizer plate is.

I used my crystal and Bernard Limoges candle holders.
Isn't this cool? It's just plain white and the design is not visible when it is not lit.

I finally got to use the Eiffel Tower figures I bought when we were touring Paris.
and a Fleur de lis server a friend gave me.
I used a book stand as part of my centerpiece. I think it is Frenchy or at least European.
a closer view
And finally, a napkin and holder I bought from Pier 1.
Thanks, Susan for hosting another playful event and thanks everyone for playing along with me.

36 comments:

marty39 said...

Christine, as usual, your tablescapes are always stunning. I love everything on your pretty table. I am most fascinated with the pretty votive candle holder that shows a scenen when lit, it is just beautiful. Love it all. Hugs, Marty PS Have fun with all your company.

Queenie said...

Hey Christine,
This Paris themed tablescape is gorgeous...I think it's my favorite that you've done so far!
Every detail is just perfect....love the wire basket with the maganolia for the centerpiece. It sounds like you have a busy and fun time planned. I hope you have lots of fun!
Big Hugs,
Queenie

Cindy said...

Christine,
Can I come for dinner? Honestly girl this is fabulous! Your guests are going to be bowed over by this awesome table. The Paris them you created perfectly, just love those plates! Hugs, Cindy

Melissa Marie said...

This is Parisian perfection. Seriously. Everything is just so elegant and gorgeous! Those plates are darling...but I'd have to say the napkins are my favorite. Just beautiful!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Tres beau! Wonderful table. You have some fabulous dishes!

Christi

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Christine, this is so elegant!! Love it!

Sarah said...

The square ET plates are my favorite. They are wonderful!

Kammy said...

Hi Christine !
I love your frenchy table setting...I bet you had fun in Paris, and so nice to have the memories ! Love those napkins !
Kammy

food with style said...

gorgeous table!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, this is so elegant and beautiful. Those napkins are gorgeous, and the placemats set such an elegant mood. Love your Paris plates, and you know I love your metal chargers! (Thanks for the mention). The black flatware looks so great with this scape. it all looks gorgeous. I know you are going to have a wonderful time with your friend. laurie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, this is so elegant and beautiful. Those napkins are gorgeous, and the placemats set such an elegant mood. Love your Paris plates, and you know I love your metal chargers! (Thanks for the mention). The black flatware looks so great with this scape. it all looks gorgeous. I know you are going to have a wonderful time with your friend. laurie

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Oooohhh Im in love love love.

Im sharing a blog i once did -- we have matching eifelle towers :) come see.

http://www.dipityroad.com/tablescapes/guest-to-getaway

Thanks so much for taking me back!

Beautiful.

I wasnt able to to participate today but stop by any time would love to have you.

Julio said...

Bonjour Christine!

Every time I see you on the list of tablescapes, I make a point to visit you and am never disappointed. You always take an artistic approach to your tables which I love. I am coveting the salad and dessert plates. Terrific job.

xoxo
Julio

Sares said...

This is gorgeous Christine! I think it's my favorite so far. That candle holder is beautiful, I've never seen anything like it.I love the dishes too. Have fun with your company, I'm sure you'll all get lots of pool time in!

SmilingSally said...

Just gorgeous. I have a little domed candle much like yours.

The Bloom Girls said...

Hello! I just LOVE your table this week! Last Sept we Bloomgirls took a trip to France and I wish I were back there now! Your table gave me a quick trip down memory lane :) I just adore the tiny candle holder with the scene that is only visible when lit up, it is precious! Have a great week!

Karyn

susan said...

Christine-Your house sounds as busy as mine! You have set a beautiful and elegant table to make your guests feel special. I do love those metal chargers and will have to check them out! Have a great visit with your guests!

Joyce said...

You are always entertaining or on the go go go! I love your table and the dessert plates are so cute. Have fun with your family and friends.
Joyce

Morning T said...

Your table is gorgeous- great job!

Kathleen said...

Pretty table! I love the pitcher..and the plates are delightful.
Have fun with your friend! What fun to see her after all these years!
Don't forget the White event on the 25th!

salmagundi said...

Sounds like a houseful!! Your table is so beautiful, I'm sure your guests will be delighted. Of course, my eye went right to that little transferware pitcher right behind the Eiffel Tower. Lovely. Sally

INSPIRED COMBLOGULATIONS said...

I love the layers of lovely things... black and white so classic... lovely table. Thank you for letting me stop by and leave a comment... I am new to blogging and found your site to be unique.

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

Bonjour Christine!

Oh, THIS one speaks to me ~ it's so utterly elegant, and French!

Absolutely lovely ~ I would be happy sitting at that table, I wouldn't need anything to eat, to admire your table up close would be enough. Excellent job!

Debbie Pearson said...

oooh la la, love this table scape. I've never seen dishes like that before. Love this setting, just perfect!

Justine said...

Soooooooooooo beautiful, Christine! LOVE those plates and the napkins too! Well, I love all of it, but those things especially.

Justine :o )

Brenda said...

Absolute elegance we're talking here! How perfect is this? Perfect! I love those dishes and the Parisian theme. And you have so many pretties! A black-tie event for sure. You're company is going to be sooo impressed!
Brenda

Chari said...

Hello Girlfriend...

Ohhhh Christine...this French tablescape is simply exquisite!!! The place settings are gorgeous, my friend! I love the pretty silver beaded placemats...so pretty with the lace chargers and black dinner plates! Now...I just adore your black and white Paris scene salad plates...love, love, LOVE them!!!

The centerpiece is magnificent...I always like how you add so many details...your centerpieces are works of art all in themselves!!! Ohhh...and I love the crystal candleholders...don't know if I've ever seen them before? Your beautiful Parisan tablescape is sure to be a hit with all of your guests! Thank you for sharing it with all of us!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

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

Beautiful tablescape, Christine! Your guests are going to be in awe and will feel totally spoiled! You'll have to share their reactions...I know they will love it! It's so elegant and perfectly oo-la-la! :-) Love the darling light with the scene showing through...stunning in every way! Susan

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a wonderful tablescape! Love it -- and I feel like I've just visited Paris! This is just cute cute cute! Hope you had as much fun setting it as we've had seeing it! Thanks for sharing.

Sharlotte said...

I love the black and white. I also love your dishes, they are perfect for this table!

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

You have every little detail to perfection! So much to comment on! But if I do say one thing...it's this..ooh la la!! Very Paris!!

Eileen said...

I love everything about this tablescape! Every detail is perfection, from the beautiful wire basket (score!), to the bookend, Eiffel Tower (dishes and table top decoration), to the white chargers that look like bits of lace peeking out! And then the flatware, and silver, and candle holders! And the linens and the napkin holders!
This is really a work of art!

Your company is in for such a treat!
Enjoy them!
I've enjoyed visiting here!
All the best,
Eileen

Lynnette Kraft said...

Today is my first time to your blog. I think it's just beautiful. Your tablescape is simply stunning. So elegant.

I have a candle just like yours - only mine has an old fashioned wedding scene. Aren't those candles neat? I love mine.

It was so nice to meet you today.
Lynnette
Dancing Barefoot on Weathered Ground

The Tablescaper said...

Great table. Love all of the details! Hope you had a great dinner.
- The Tablescaper

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is absolutely beautiful!

Great job!

Katherine

jacks said...

Great template! Thanx for sharing it with us
I like it! Simple and pretty More templates easy to download

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