Wednesday, July 21, 2010

My Tablescape Inspiration: Quimper Wine/Cider Barrel

Hi everyone! I would like to congratulate Susan for reaching a milestone, hosting the 100th Tablescape Thursday. Congrats, Susan, for this very successful meme that brings lots of joy to dishaholics all over the world.
My inspiration for this tablescape is my centerpiece, a Quimper barrel. I saw it on Ebay while vacationing in Destin and I had to get it. Fortunately, it had a "Buy it Option" so I bought it right away. It really looks so good just sitting on the wet bar counter but see, it can double up as a centerpiece too.

Congratulate and visit our gracious hostess, Susan at and see more creative tablescapes.

I was going to post this Quimper wine or cider barrel for a favorite on Saturday but after I tried using it as a centerpiece, I like it, so why wait til Saturday to show it? I have something else to show on Saturday anyway.

I like the look of Quimper but I don't think I will start collecting them because I am really running out of ideas on where to store more dishes. So I think this is as far as what I will own. But that could easily change, knowing me, lol!

My tablescape today is on our breakfast nook in the kitchen. I wanted to do one in the gazebo but that will take more time which I don't have right now since I am flying to California today for my classmate's 28 year old son's funeral scheduled for Saturday. Please continue to pray for him and the whole family. I really do appreciate all the prayers.

I received this German stein S & P shakers as a gift about 20 years ago.

I am using various Spode blue and white dinner and salad plates with my yellow rooster plate chargers. I have had the Spode dishes ever since I lived in FL but this is the first time I used them on the table. The sauce server at the bottom left is a Polish pottery.

Aren't the little cups cute? I really like the picture of the lady in the front.

And I love this finial on top which is actually the cork. I suppose this is where you fill it with wine, brandy, cider or whatever you prefer to serve. It has a spigot for convenient serving.

I just got the flatware from Neiman Marcus when they put them on sale. I have black ones that I bought from Marshall's and TJ Maxx about 3 years ago and I really like them because they are heavy. I have been wanting to have blue handled flatware so I watched for these to go on sale and took the opportunity to buy them when they did.

I used 2 types of goblets, plain blue ones and ones with yellow pineapple. I thought they were lemons but I changed my mind after noticing the spiky leaves on top. The wine glasses have blue dots.

See the loquats outside the window?

I did not use napkin rings because I like the way the blue flatware shows above the yellow napkins. I just added some blue flowers that I bought from the Villeroy & Boch outlet store in Destin and placed them above the napkins.

Thanks again for the visit. I hope you enjoyed seeing this tablescape as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
Congrats and thanks to Susan again!


Debbie said...

Oh that is fantastic Christine...I never heard of a Quimper...but it is awesome, and I love the colors! Sure made for a perfect centerpiece on your table. Debbie

Sailing Simply said...

Very pretty Christine! I love blue and yellow together and how wonderful your pieces are. Such an eclectic mix! It's very cool. I really like your new centerpiece too! I absolutely love all the glassware you have shown here, especially the polka dot glasses. So sorry to hear of your friends son, I will pray for this family too!

Dolores said...

As usual... you out did yourself.... everything is so beautiful. Blue and yellow are my favorite colors and also my favorite combination of colors.....

It looks so relaxing and beautiful to look out your windows....!!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

A beautiful, colorful setting! I think the pineapple glasses are just too cute!

Sarah said...

Christine, glad you got the Quimper piece. It does work well as an interesting centerpiece. with your blue and yellow theme. Fun table! ~ Sarah

marlis said...

your quimper is stunning. I love the barrel form and the little cups. Wow! You set another stunning table. I love coming by to visit.

PAT said...

This is so beautiful Christine. The table is gorgeous and I love how it sits by the window.

Sharlotte said...

Always a joy to visit! Love the blue dishes! Your stein salt and pepper shakers are so unique! I've never seen them before.

I'm so sorry to hear of your friends son, I'll say a prayer of comfort for them.

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous table.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Love this table, Christine, and I love your pretty new flatware and the cider barrel. That is a fabulous piece, and the blue handled flatware relfects that Quimper blue perfectly!

Happy Tablescape Thursday...


Sheila :-)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, I love the blue and white and my favorite is the yellow rooster chargers. Have you had them long. Oh how I would love something like those.

Entertaining Women said...

Quimper is one of my favorite French Faience patterns. Maybe just a set of Quimper luncheon plates to float on top of your Spode dinner plates. I can already see it! This is a wonderful design. Thank you for sharing your tablescape. Cherry Kay

D said...

Hi, Christine,
Love the blue and yellow table.
My fav is that pretty blue flatware. I'm heading over to their website to check them out. ;)

Dining Delight said...

Happy 100th week of TT to you! Of course, you had to get that Quimper cider barrel - it goes so well with the other items you already own! A great idea to use it as a centerpiece! Your 'scape is lovely and set against the pool backdrop, it all looks perfect!


LUCKY 7 DESIGN said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my placesetting for one. lol I had to click on over and discovered that it was you, by that I mean Ive visited your blog many times and love your fabulous tables. Ive never seen or heard of a quimper...thats what so wonderful about these parties is that we all get to share things and bring ideas and inspiration to each other. Thank you so much for a beautiful blog. -Melanie

Bella said...

Hello Xinex... I love your happy blue tablescape... but it keeps drawing my attention to your beautiful blue pool:-)
I am so sorry for the sad trip you have planned, I will keep you and your classmate in my thoughts.

Jacqueline said...

What a beautiful blue tablescape and normally I am not that into blue. Your flatware is just stunning, all the richness that it echoes from the table. I am not a wine drinker, but that piece is just outstanding, you don't even need to like wine to love that piece. So glad you chose it for your centerpiece.

Johanna said...

Hello Christine,
I love your table with the blue and yellow hues. This pale yellow is a pretty contrast to the blue. And the Quimper barrel is so pretty with that. You show again so many nice details, I love them all. Thank you for sharing this nice table.
Greetings, Johanna

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Christine, that Quimper barrel is such a conversation piece! I've never seen anything like it. You have set a gorgeous table to highlight its wonderful colors. I especially love your flatware and those pineapple glasses! Thank you for visiting me this week!

Barbara said...

You always set the prettiest tables! I love the Quimper piece - something new to me. It looks so pretty with your lovely Spode. You have such a beautiful collection of dishes. Do you have a closet just for them? I would love to have a place to keep everything all together. I have my things stored all over the house.

once in a blue moon... said...

very eccletic table, fun to mix and match so much, but i always adore blue and yellow. wild over your roster chargers too~

vignette design said...

Oh Christine, this is just fantastic. I love the blue and yellow together. Love the blue dishes. Great chargers!

Melissa Miller said...

Christine you display the most interesting and very unique tablescapes. It's all so gorgeous!

Have a blessed day.
~Melissa :)

Just Breathe said...

The table is beautiful. Love the blue dishes and silverware. That barrel is something else!

Fatima Santos Silva said...

Wonderful tablescape! I love it.Everything very,very pretty.And the blue is fantastic! Hugs ,Fatima-Scrapart.

Kathleen said...

That is lovely! I love blue and yellow together and you have such beautiful pieces. I heard Laurie is coming by with her big suitcase! :)
I am praying for your friend's family Christine.

Sherry said...

How beautiful Christine. Such a nice find with the wine barrel/server. Love the Spode plates. And, blue and yellow is one of my favorite color combos. It all looks great. Thanks for stopping by.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I'm certainly getting my Quimper education this week. The barrel is so unique, you were very lucky to find it! I love all the blues and yellows and as always, your view is delightful!

My prayers continue for your friend and her family. Safe travels.

Atelier de Charo said...

Hi Christine!What addorable table. Your barrel is fantastic, beautiful, beautiful!


Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Christine, your quimper barrel is wonderful! You were smart to click "buy now" on ebay. It is the perfect centerpiece for your table and interesting for your guests. Your entire table is beautiful I love blue and yellow and the flatware is beautiful. Linda

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh My Gosh Christine! You know I LOVE this tablescape. That Quimper wine barrell and little cups are amazing! I've never seen anything like that, and I'm a little envious! Love your blue and white transferware on the yellow chargers. This table is wonderful! laurie

Requi@Tablescaping Escapades said...

Oh my, I love that cider barrel; it's so unique. I had never heard or seen such a wonderful thing until I became acquainted with it through your beautiful tablescape. I recently acquired a few spigot/beverage jars and I love them. I would not be surprised if you buy more cider barrels, LOL.

I have the same flatware (I got it a few years ago on Horchow; the price increased since then.) and I use it with my blue and white china from Bombay Co. Your blue and white is so pretty. So much eye candy on your table.

All the Best,


Sonia said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous Christine!!! I love blue and white china and your table is dream! Love all your beautiful pieces and your entire dining room is stunningly beautiful!!

Miss Bloomers

Mimi said...

Christine, I have the same charger plates! Your blue/white plates look great on them. Love your blue flatware.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How pretty! Love your barrel -- reminds me of "Roll out the barrel...and we'll have a barrel of fun!" Pretty dishes too -- so sorry for your friends loss of her son -- too young to leave us. I'm sure the presence of friends like you will give her much comfort and such a time of sadness.

Deb said...

love all the table..

jean luc said...

incredible tablescape , so beautiful , it's really Aet with a big A !
I hope the dinner was great like the pretty d├ęcoration ? ;)
thanks for sharing

Deanna said...

Beautiful tablescape you have created! Like the colors you've used.

Very nice job that you have done to celebrate the 100th Tablescape Thursday.

Am sorry to hear about your classmate's son's very young. May God comfort this entire family.

God bless you,
d from homehaven

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Just beautiful! You always have the most unique things to share with us!
Love the Quimper as the centerpiece!

Safe trip! Blessings to the family in mourning.


Anita said...

Beautiful table!! I just love all your blue and white, and I love how you have mixed the other colors in. Gorgeous!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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

Hi Christine!
Oh, how I love your tablescape! The colors are sooo pretty and your Quimper Cider barrel is such a great find! Great job snagging the flatware on sale! It's perfect for your beautiful tablescape! Thanks so much for celebrating our 100th TT! You've been there for so many of them and each tablescape has been pure delight to view!

P.S. I'm am sooo sorry for your friend and I will say a prayer right now for her and the whole family. So sad.

The Tablescaper said...

Love thw Quimper barrel. I can so understand why you had to have it!
Great table, so filled with BLUE!

Sorry to hear of your need to fly off - very sad.

If you have time, it would be great to have you join in Summer Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

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