Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Christine's Diner, Now Open For Lunch and Dinner

Isn't Susan and Leigh so nice to hosts these 2 events week after week after week? Make sure you visit them at and

This tablescape is really thrifty, most of the items I used are free.

Please come eat at Christine's Diner!

See the signs on the window? My daughter, the one who had a baby in Florida last February, and her family outgrew their house so they bought another one. A new house comes with a new decor and she was going to get rid of her vintage signs. I told her I will take them so I packed everything I could in my suitcase, lol. You probably remember seeing them on their wall when I did a tablescape at their house.

I got 4 placemats, the 2 tin signs on the window, the hotdog on a galvanized steel in the centerpiece, a tray that is holding my centerpiece right now and the 4 rectangular pieces that are holding the flatware. I could have gotten more but my 2 suitcases were already 50 lbs each plus my hand carry luggage was packed too. No way was I going to pay for overyweight luggage.

You can have vanilla shake or parfait in those orange glasses, actually plastic.

I bought the coca cola glasses from the $1 store. Yep, you got that right......for a $1 each!

I also got that "Eat Here" sign from my daughter, free of course, which I used as a vase. I used one of our everyday dishes, plates and bowls, which I bought at the dollar store when I still lived in Florida. I really like these dishes, they are heavy and sturdy and I love the colors.

I also used our ugly everyday flatware. Actually, I don't even use this set because I think they are really ugly, lol. But they fit the theme.

These are the placemats, except for the last one which is a tray. I took a picture without the plates to show you. They used to hang on my daughter's kitchen dining wall (not the tray) I forgot to take a pic of the 4th placemat.

Below is the centerpiece that I put together

I used hurricane candles, which I think look old fashioned.

Roses blooming outside the window by the little wall fountain.

I told you, my diner is open at night too.
I bought the tablecloth from the flea market in St. Maarten's French side. You don't see them but it has fish applique scattered all over.

Hope you enjoyed my thrifty vintage tablescape. Thank you so much for coming by.

Thanks to Susan and Leigh for hosting these 2 fun memes!


Nancy's Notes said...

Your vintage tablescape is stunning and oh so delightful! Love the old signs on your windows, and your colors are so vivid and fabulous! You are one creative and clever lady!

I am happy I found your blog!


Angela said...

I am so loving the look. I liked how you showed it in the different lighting also.Those signs are just gorgeous. Makes me want to start collecting them,lol. I also like the wooden ones, the hot dog and mustard.

I'm thinking of painting my highchair now. With that vignette you made on it, it really pops. That tea set is just amazing.

Great finds for awesome deals too.

Debbie said...

FUN FUN FUN!~ I will be over in a jiffy! You just have so much fun don't you Christine? I love it!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

How cute! On my way - what time will the burgers and hot dogs be ready!??:D I would love a good grilled hot dog or hamburger about now. Almost bought some of those coca cola glasses, but have run out of room.

Beth said...

Really colorful and creative! I love it, Christine. I especially like the photos at night where the pool is glowing blue through the windows!

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

What a great table, so fun! I really like those vintage signs, they are the perfect touch.

vignette design said...

Your table is absolutely adorable and fun too.

Dolores said...

I love the colors and the neat signs, but my very favorite is looking through the window and seeing the beautiful pool....
As usual.....BEAUTIFUL!!!

Mimi said...

Christine, what a fun, fun table! A diner with all the vintage signs, how cute is that.

Sarah said...

Christine, I can tell you always have fun thinking up something creative to share. Great job!

Johanna said...

Hi Christine, you are so creative. Your tablescapes are always colorful and full with love to the live.
Greetings, Johanna

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kim said...

Christine, what a fun table. Love the vintage signs and placemats. Perfect with coke and shake glasses. I will take a hot dog and a hamburger, please.

Tricia said...

What a cute and clever tablescape! You are one dedicated tablescaper, to lug all those things back in your suitcase! But your table was worth it -- love those pops of orange, especially. Your family will enjoy this fun table!

Kelly McDermott-Bay said...

I love the vintage flare in the signs.
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Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Wow, Christine, that was fun! How funny that you got all your daughter's stuff. She'll be amazed at what you did with them. Maybe you shouldn't show her or she might want them all back!;)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Well, how cute is this! Love the centerpiece, and the tablecloth is really neat too! Looks like you had a lot of fun putting all this together! Great job!


Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Hi Christine!
Whats NOT to love? From the title (so clever) to the tablescape (retro fantastic) it is all so wonderful!!!!
Thank you so much for joining in the Tales from Bloggeritaville Thrifty Thursday! I appreciate you joining in the party!

Tales from Bloggeritaville

Just Breathe said...

Lucky you. I love vintage signs, I still buy them when I can. They are not always old ones but I love them all the same. Cute table setting, love the glasses!

Shelia said...

Hi Christine! Oh, I love your table. Those little signs are so cute and fit your setting perfectly! Love the yellow blooms too.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

This must have been so much fun for you to do! The signs are great...can't believe you brought them home in your suitcase. I love your house when the pool is showing through the window. I'd love to be sitting out there with you sipping iced tea and talking about our dishes, kids and stuff!


Kathysue said...

Hi C, What a fun idea, love your vintage signs and what a great theme for a fun table. I am so sorry I missed your birthday on Thursday, Happy Happy, sweet Christine. You are such a gorgeous beautiful lady that looks like you should be your daughters sister not Mom and definitley not a Grammy. I hope your day was as beautiful as you are, Hugs Kathysue

Its So Very Cheri said...

Hey Christine

I came over to see what adventures you are up to lately. What a cute tablescape. That is darling-my kids would love it.
Have you heard all about the DIY clube inc event?

Miss Merry said...

Your photography is wonderful. The different lighting and angles of the room - you really made me feel part of your design.

And your design and decorating are terrific, too. You pulled things from so many sources and brought them together to make such a fun table.

Carol at Serendipity said...

What a wonderful post. Just love it. The signs are wonderful and you just made it work.


Nancy said...

Christine, I adore this tablescape you've created. It's colors make you smile, the hot dog and hamburger themed items are so cute. What a great setting! What a fun place to eat!

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