Wednesday, March 10, 2010

First Spring Tablescape for 2010

I had to work really hard to get to set a table here. Most of you know that I was gone for a month and I just came home last Saturday. I got home and I almost went back to Florida after what I saw, lol. My house was a total mess, much worse that I could ever imagine. You could not even walk through here to go to the bedrooms. You have to go around the sofa to get there. There was a huge threadmill blocking both entries to the family room from the kitchen and from the foyer. And there were plants everywhere on the floor along the walkway to the hall leading to the bedrooms and packages everywhere. Rug runners all rolled up. As I started putting away the plants, I noticed even fake plants were on the floor. I asked dh what they were doing on the floor. LOL! He was watering them too. ROFLOL!!!! I guess I should have known better than to leave him by himself for a whole month. Or was he just trying to make me feel that I am that much needed?

Anyway, I worked really hard, practically all night. First I asked dh to help me move the treadmill from the entry to the window. Do you see it there? Then I moved all the plants outside and moved the fake ones to where they belong. Then, I steam cleaned the floor and unrolled the runner after the floor was dry. I opened all the packages and I am still trying to put stuff away. All these just so I could join Susan at Tablescape Thursday. To see more wonderful tablescapes, make sure you visit our lovely hostess and her other enthusiastic participants.

My inspiration for this tablescape is the quilt throw that I brought back from FL. I knew I wanted to use it as a tablecloth and create something that is spring like and what would be more springy than having bunnies and flowers? BTW, do you see the lovely sunset in the background?
I found the egg topiary in a TJ Maxx store in Florida. And so with the bunny.

I got these lavender S & P from a flea market in Vidalia last summer.

Salad plates are made by Noble Excellence in a Butterfly Quilt pattern. I used my white lace chargers from JC Penney's and some white plates that I have had for a while now but never used. The orchids are flowers that fell off my plant and I just placed them in water in a little vase I bought from Southern Living at Home.

Ruffly green placemats.
Don't you just love the water can that the bunny is carrying?

Peirced yellow napkins in ceramic bunny napkin rings.
Yes, spring is finally here. The camelias behind the pool have not stopped blooming since winter. I started hanging flowering planters on the porch.

I used different colored crystal goblets with pink wine glasses. See the orchids?

Thanks y'all for coming by! Happy Spring!
And thanks Susan, for hosting.


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, I love your spring table. That quilt is so pretty and I love your dishes. Cute egg tree and bunny from my favorite store.

Kendall@ Finesse Your Nest said...

I think our men do this on purpose so we won't leave them unattended for too long! (:

I love your tablescape, especially your colored glass stemware! The egg topiary is TOO CUTE!

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine! Welcome home and it sounds like you received quite a reception! Hubbies! :)
Your table is the most darling thing. I love all your sweet little bunny things and the egg topiary is adorable. Love your dishes and all the little item that make your table sing of spirngness!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Christine, I can't imagine what my house would look like if I was gone for a month. If I am even gone for a day it looks like a cyclone ran thru. lol Your tablescape is gorgeous. That quilt is just beautiful. What a wonderful find. Your bunny and the egg topiary are both so pretty and look perfect. Love your dishes and your different colored stems together. They really bring all the colors of the quilt out. Your orchids are just wonderful. I still can't grow them. The salt and peppers are fabulous. Every detail is just so lovely. Hope you have it all put back together. Hugs, Marty

Debbiedoos said...

You are so ready Christine! What time is dinner? I love the colors super pretty!!~ Spring is the air!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

He was trying to water the faux plants also? :-) Just curious - is that why the runner was rolled up, cause it was wet? :)
What a pretty table setting, and really like the topiary. You did good!

Kat said...

Christine, I can't believe that he was watering the faux plants too! Hey, at least he tried. Your table is so pretty, I love all the spring colors and that little egg topiary is adorable. And the quilt throw is perfect! What a beautiful view from your window, that sunset is amazing. We just got back from our whirlwind trip, I'll be posting pix from the wedding and the farm tomorrow. I forgot how much I love Mississippi, just wish we would have had more time so that we could have met! Hugs, Kat

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Christine,
First, I want that quilt and the beautiful salad plates! Just stunningly gorgeous! This whole table is like a breath of fresh spring time air! So funny about your hubby watering the fake plants! I am going to be giggling about that all night long! Oh, and what's in all those packages? Oh, I am just being nosy!
Hugs, Cindy

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Everything is just lovely. I'm doing double takes of almost every pic! The quilt is stunning, the stemware is amazing...I especially like the pink ones, and the bird with its wings spread is something I sure would like to have! I'd love to dine at this Spring table you've created.

Denise said...

Hi Christine, your table is so pretty, I love the different colored glasses, and the salt and pepper is just too sweet :)

Maryrose said...

Welcome back from your trip (I think) I loved everything about your table...cute quilt, bunnies, dishes and those cute s&p shakers. Makes me want to get my spring fluff out. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

Christie Hines said...

Your Spring table is sweet as can be...I love everything about's precious, every little detail!
Thanks for the tour of the aquarium too, that was a lot of fun to see.
By the way...just wanted to say that I know your hubby is so happy to have you back at home...the story you shared about him watering your faux plants made me laugh out loud...thanks for sharing that. Happy Spring to you too, Christine! :)
Big Hugs,

Kathysue said...

Hi C, Now this is what I call and Eastery, Spring table full of Goodness. Great job, dear friend,Kathysue

Anita Diaz said...

What a beautiful spring table! Love the quilt and the fabulous dishes. But your husband watering the plants is hilarious. Too cute. Lovely table!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, this is beautiful. I love those floral plates with plaid borders, and mixing the stemware is just the perfect compliment to that beautiful throw. (You know I love the ruffly place mats!) Your bunny and Easter egg tree are adroable. Glad you're back home safely. I'm still laughing about John watering the fake plants! laurie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

CHristine! This is so pretty, and I love the quilt and the plates with the coordinating glassware. Fun!

I had to giggle about the state of the house upon your return and John watering the fake plants. LOL! What a scream!

Glad all is well with you. Here's wishing you a Happy Tablescape Thursday...


Sheila :-)

Self Sagacity said...

you really have gorgeous table-scapes. Wow! Where do you store them? I find storage is always a challenge for me.

Phyllis @Around the House said...

The table is just perfectly charming, the more you look at it the more charming it becomes, wow, I have never really had that happen, I was intrigued by it, loved it all from the rabbit to the dishes to the beautiful glassware, delicious...Phyllis

Self Sagacity said...

Hi- thanks for the quick. I did comment on your lower post and saw your beautiful cabinet. I can't believe they all fit in that cabinet. Good job on organizing.

Rattlebridge Farm said...

A bright, happy, elegant tablescape. I love everything about it. It's a tribute to your skill as a tablescaper, especially after spending a month away. And you steamcleaned your carpets. That is next on my list. I felt a kinship reading how you came home to ground zero. My husband is a pure sloth, and he knows it! Today he left trash on the floor and poor Mister ate last night's carrots and mushrooms and now he's burping. Tomorrow, if Mister is well, Dr. Gollum is mine for the day.

Donna said...

What a lovely, colorful, spring tables, Christine.
Can I sit at the setting with the yellow plate? :)

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

All those pretty pastel spring things on your table make me smile. I love the quilt used as a tablecloth. The bunny is adorable, and those goblets make me swoon.

Michelle said...

You did a wonderful job! I love the spring look of the table and using a quilt was an awesome idea for a tablecloth!! Watering the fake plants is something my husband would have done!!! LOL

Carol at Serendipity said...


Beautiful table. Sounds like you had your work cut out for you when you got home.

Good job.


Anonymous said...

Oh, that's so funny that your DH was watering the fake plants. I got a good laugh out of that one. I love the plaid pattern on the edge of the plates. So pretty. Your bunny is just too cute. Yes, I do love it's watering can and apron. The colorful glasses really set it off. Bravo!

PAT said...

Christine, I love this table! So cute. Your centerpiece is perfect. I also enjoyed seeing your beautiful corner cabinet.

Helen said...

Hello there!

Definitely one of the very sweetest tablescapes I've seen.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sorry about the mess when you got home :(
The table looks lovely. Love the quilt. Beautiful decorations. I must get to work and set my table when I feel better. I do love my Easter table.

Bill said...

Hi, Christine. Your colorful, happy table made me smile. Your highly intelligent hubby (he's a doctor, right?) watering fake plants made me laugh out loud! I can see why you were inspired to build a tablescape around that beautiful quilted throw. Everything looks really festive and filled with positive energy. I've never seen ruffled placemats like yours. They look great! I love the idea of using fallen orchids on the table. They were definitely too beautiful to throw away!

Hope you have a great weekend. Get some rest, OK? ;)

Warm regards,

Marigene said...

What a delightful spring table. I love all the soft colored glassware with the pretty plates. The quilt makes a perfect tablecloth for your spring tablescape.

Jeanette said...

Your table is just lovely and so springy! Love the plates, the bird, the bunny, the quilt...just loved it all.

Blondie's Journal said...

Your table really speaks spring. I love the quilt on the table and the pretty topiary and bunny, The dishes and s & P shaker, the goblets and the place mats are all perfect spring colors. I really love this, Christine.

I am sorry you had to come home to a mess. Alan would have been the same, if not worse, but he is crafty, he would have had Emily clean up. I had to laugh at the idea of John watering fake plants. Too funny!!

I received your email and now we are checking Alan's schedule. He has to check his schedule to check his schedule. ;-)


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

OMGosh, what a beautiful Spring Tablescape. It has all the elements ~ color, frivolity, bunnies, beauty!!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Sue said...

Oh my...I'm sorry you came home to a mess. My husband is a neat freak (we both are) so I could leave for a year and things would still be the same. You tell your husband to put that treadmill somewhere else, it is blocking your beautiful view!!

I love the way the table turned out. The quilted topper and the plates go perfectly together. I really like the way you mixed up the stemware and assorted the colors. It is very springy!

Anonymous said...

Your quilt for a Spring tablecloth is perfect with your pastel printed plates. Your crystal in the pastel shades are beautiful. Loved everything about your tablescape. Glad you found some cute items on your trip.

Kathleen said...

I love how you used that quilt! And those salad plates are so pretty..different..I have never seen them!
The egg topiary is wonderful..
Now your house, oh boy! But I can't imagine if I left for a month..He's pretty neat..but I don't know..he doesn't see the dusting needs to be done!
Great table, you miss that little angel!

Kathleen said...

Oh, I forgot the bunny! He is fantastic! Put some jelly beans in the can! :)

The Muse said...

This was a LAST MINUTE tabesetting? are so talented!
Pulling this together after coming home and cleaning and much more, I am sure.
Well Done!

Sue said...

What a fun table, all decked out in Easter eggs and a bunny. Love the springy colors and the quilted topper, too! Some men try, but, alas, they don't always measure up to "our" standards.... LOL hugs, Sue

Cindy J. said...

Oh so beautiful, I love the throw and the pretty dishes and my oh my I love the asparagus salt and pepepr shakers.. You just make me laugh with all of the things you got done.. and still made this fabulous tablescape! John watering the faux just one of the funniest thing ever. So glad you are home safe, but I bet you are missing your precious babies. Love, Cindy

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Chriatine! What a wonderful springy tablescape! Love all of the Eastery touches...such a cute bunny centerpiece!! Happy Friday!...hugs...Debbie

Chubby Chieque said...

Seeing your spring theme for TT makes me drool. Lucky you, your starting the spring feelings. Here in Sweden it seems winter will stay awhile.

Grabe ang haba ng winter ng EU this yr. I enjoyed though the hard life when the temp goes down to 22-25 deg below -0. Fatay!

Have a wonderful day & w/end, Xine.

Hugs to all, spec the new member of the family.


Natasha in Oz said...

You poor thing coming home to such a disaster! Looks like everything is back to normal now! I don't know how you managed to do all of that tidying up and set a divine Spring table, but well done!

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend,

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

So beautiful and full of spring beauty! Thanks for your sweet visit today! I can't imagine what my house would look like after a month away -- I know what happens in just one day! Love the soft colors -- such cute S&P's -- Everything is done to perfection! And I have to say -- I LOVE NY!

sanjeet said...

I think our men do this on purpose so we won't leave them unattended for too long!

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Pinky said...

Christine, this is such a beautiful table!!! I LOVE the quilt that you got for a tablecloth, it is PERFECT! Love the bunny napkin rings too! I have the same pierced napkins! I posted a St. Patty's table if you'd like to come see it! XO, Pinky

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