Monday, August 23, 2010

It's All Greek to Me!

I am going to be busy this week. The painter supposedly painted my shop yesterday so tomorrow, I am going to start stocking it. I am anxious to see how it looks like. I decided on a yellow wall color called Bee's Wax.


I will just post my tablescape and hopefully nobody will complain for me linking it with Tuesday's memes as well as for Tablescape Thursday. I don't think I will have any time to post any more blog entries for this week but we'll see.

I would like to thank our gracious hosts for all these fun memes.


Marty for Tabletop Tuesday at http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/

Lady Katherine for Teatime Tuesday at http://ladykatherineteaparlor.blogspot.com/

Martha and Terri for Teacup Tuesday at http://www.marthasfavorites.com/

WandaLee for Tuesday Tea for 2 at http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/

Wanda Lee and Pam for Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday at http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com/


Susan for Tablescape Thursday at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/

Try to make it a point to visit each and everyone of them. I know you will enjoy their amazing blogs.



My tablescape for today is really all Greek to me! Most of the table accessories came from Greece when we toured Rhodes, Athens and Katakolon.






See the Greek key design on the coffee/tea set?


How about on the tureen?




I scattered Greek gods and goddesses for centerpieces.



I used my Bavarian platinum and gold china because they have a Greek key design. I don't use these very often because they are too simple. I bought them after we moved here so that I can have a formal china that can be used with either gold or silver accessories. I think I used them once when we invited a few employees from the hospital for a Christmas dinner party 3 years ago.





Corinthian columns are very common in Greece, You will see them everywhere even in old ruins.


Here is a close up of the dinnerware. I used Italian glass plate chargers which I bought from Neiman Marcus about 2 years ago. Sorry I do not have any chargers in Greek but I think they blend anyway, don't you?






I like the simple shape of the coffee pot or is it a teapot? Maybe you tea experts can blog about the difference between tea, coffee and chocolate pots. I would love to know the difference!



Here is the tea cup. Everything is matchy-matchy today, lol. This is a big set, a complete service for 12.










The wine stemware has a Greek key design also. And to add more color, I used my amber goblets along with it.



I try to buy a jar, urn or vase with the country name inscription whenever we travel. I don't know why I do not have one from Athens. But I am sure I will go back there cause dh has not been there and I want him to see the Acropolis. I will make sure I buy one then.


Even the tablecloth is Grecian. I bought it from Rhodes, Greece. I love the light crinkle material and the embroideries. However, the rug is not, close though, it's Turkish. I bought it from Istambul. Turkey. John can never forget when I bought it because I woke him up at 4 AM with a phone call and told him to log on the internet and help me pick out of 2 rugs that I liked. I emailed him pictures. The seller had a computer and he let me use his phone to make an overseas call. I am sure he made enough money off of me, lol. The rug was shipped and it reached home before I did.



Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my Grecian tablescape. I certainly enjoyed having you by!

56 comments:

Debbie said...

Nothing wrong with matchy matchy with all those beautiful colors surrounding. I love the amber glasses, I am looking for some like that.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Wow, what fun items! Lovin' that tablecloth, cool dishes and the little S&P caught my eye right away-enjoy!
PS-best of luck with the shop:@)

Sherry said...

Love your china! I love the Greek statues too. All the golds and ambers are so pretty!
Sherry

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That tablecloth is so elegant Christine! The colors are so rich and your china is beyond gorgeous! Fabulous job my friend! I want to hear more about your store, that should be a blast!
Hugs,
Cindy

Cass @ That Old House said...

Wow! Christine, this is gorgeous! I LOVE the colors, love the Greek key china (a favorite design of mine), and the tablecloth is wonderful -- very different. Love the amber goblets, too.

I love how you put bits and pieces of your travels into this table -- it would inspire endless dinner conversation!

Cass

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

As always very pretty C/X...the greeks would be proud of you girl..what shop are you painting girl...do tell...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Such a stunning and elegant tablescape Christine! So many beautiful pieces on this table. Have fun stocking the store. Wish I could come shopping! laurie

Kathysue said...

Hi C, that table cloth is stunning to say the least, it is a show stopper, Now what is this about a shop????? Oh how perfect for you!! You will have a wonderful shop. I guess I missed the announcement about it. Good luck!! Kathysue

Sonia said...

Christine,

What a regal table..the gold tablecloth and the china are so beautiful..I can see this used for thanksgiving with those rich jewel tone colors! Your details are impressive...the greek busts are so unusual on a table but so fabulous! Great table!

Miss Bloomers

Shelia said...

Oh, my Lord! Christine! Your table is more than gorgeous! I've said it so many times, but I'm just amazed at all of your pretty things! Words fail me trying to express how beautiful this is! You're so blessed, Dear One.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Debby said...

As always a beautiful table. Now I know you have a big house but girl where do you put all of it?
Your collections are fantastic.

paperbutterfly said...

A lovely way to remember your trip. Thank you for giving us a short tour of Greece via your tablescape.
Blessings, Pam

Sandy said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful treasures and as usual you have set a perfect table. That tureen is just beautiful.
Sandy

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Christine! It is all so gorgeous! And I love that you personally purchased these treasures when you went to all these places on your travels! (Traveling to any of those places would be a dream come true :o)

I am excited to see your shop all set up!

Blessings & Aloha!
And you are just so sweet! Thank you for stopping by!

Kat said...

This table is gorgeous Christine! I love the china, I love the simplicity, it's lovely. And the tablecloth is stunning! I'm going to have to back up and read the posts I've missed, you're opening a shop? I had no idea! Best of luck to you in this new venture! Hugs, Kat

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, such a beautiful table again. You always make it look so glamorous. Good luck getting that booth ready.

Sares said...

As beautiful as ever. I love all the rich colors, the golds and bronzes. The statues are all quite beautiful too. Have fun decorating your shop!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Beautiful! Great theme, I really like the busts and figurines!

Katherine

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: What an amazing home you have! I love it all. The rich colors, the statues, the tea cups and tea pots. Just amazing! I would love to tour your home. Thank you so much for sharing. Blessings, Martha

Lady Katherine said...

I opened up your post and it took my breathe away! So beautiful! I love seeing it in your dining room! I kept thinking as I look at each lovely piece, is this the same dining room we had the Tea Luncheon in? lol I know it is. How stunning, amazing, Just the best! Love every little detail you have put into this Tablescape! I love the shape of the Teapot, from looking at the spout it a Teapot. I love, love the painting in the background! Is it new? Now I have been in your home, and I am still thinking where does she keep all of this! lol I love the story about the rug and waking up John overseas! That was great! I had you for Tea Today!

Jacqueline said...

What a lovely collection of objects you centered in the table to create the theme. I felt like I was there and I definitely need to go back. The table was just elegant and so lovingly done. Felt like a trip to Greece.

lusks said...

I love your china so much, thanks for sharing your wonderful table.

KathyB. said...

'Sumptuous' is the word that comes to mind when I saw your table-scape and settings! Very sumptuous!

Christine,you really have traveled a lot~

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Oh my, I didn't realize that you are opening a shop!!! Best of luck!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Christine, your table is so pretty and all of your accessories are just wonderful. You tablecloth is fabulous too, what a wonderful find. I really like the china, it is so elegant and so versatile. Stunning tablescape. I am so excited for you about your new shop, it will be great to see all the pictures when you get it all set up. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Cabin and Cottage said...

What a grand table you have laid! Plenty of drama here--like the Greek theater! I sure enjoyed my visit. Good luck with your shop--Jacqueline

Snap said...

Everything Greek is right! How delightful, beautiful. And memories of your trip. Happy Tea Day!

Shel said...

This is all so beautiful...and good luck with your shop. I wish I lived nearby to stop by.
Thanks for visiting me.
Shel

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Christine, your table is stunning. I love the colors! So, so pretty!!!

Hugs, Barb ♥

Marie said...

That's awesome Christine...a Greek inspired tablescape! I especially luv the cherub. Stopping by from Tea Cup Tuesday.
-marie

Terri said...

Beautiful tablescape! I can't even imagine dreaming that up. Your tea cup is lovely. I always like a gold design on a cup.
From what I can tell, a coffee pot is taller and slimmer, while a tea pot is often more squat and round. At least it is usually shorter. Tea pots come in all shapes. Chocolate pots are quite slim and a bit shorter than a coffee pot. Sometimes it helps to see the cups that may come with the pot to determine its use. If it comes in a set with a sugar and creamer, you know it is not a chocolate pot.
In the end, you can use whatever you like to serve what you choose.
Hugs,
Terri

Beth said...

This is the epitome of elegance, Christine! Wow! Love the Greek theme. The sculptures are fabulous. Love the chargers and the china too. You have a lovely dining room - that wallpaper is so elegant, Christine! Good luck with your shop!
Blessings, Beth

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Oh, these dishes are beautiful. I also love the tablecloth...it goes perfectly with the other items. This is really pretty.

So I can't wait to hear all about your shop! I miss having one.

Dolores said...

Not sure how I missed this post, but glad I found it now. I love Greece!!! We bought a gorgeous tablecloth and napkins in Rhodes, and I just love it! I have such great memories in Greece...
I love your tablescape!

parTea lady said...

Your Greek tablescape is wonderful. I love your china and all the Greek god figures. That tablecloth is perfect too.

Sarah said...

What a lovely table you've assembled. The china is beautiful and I think the chargers are lovely with it. You've pulled together many wonderfu details.

Marlis said...

Oh Christine, the table is divine. I love the statues and the tablecloth and the German china. It's all so great together. Good luck on the store!

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks said...

Eclectic! I love the look. The composed centerpiece is magnificent.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh this is so wonderful! We loved our time in Greece this past July! Love that beautiful china.

Manang Kim said...

Very elegant pieces!! And I love your table cloth! Happy Wednesday!
Red Oldsmobile

Allison Shops said...

What nice pieces. Love your Greek theme. Thanks for stopping by Atticmag earlier and leaving a comment.

Some news: We're staring a Giveaway Friday! link-up party this Fri. 8/27 plus we are giving away custom backsplash! Hope you'll join us.

Allison
Atticmag

Mimi said...

What a treat your beautiful table is, Christine!

Kathleen said...

Wow, Christine, you could fill the new shop with just that table.
I love the chargers, of course they go.
That John must be some patient man! I think my dh would have wrapped me up in the carpet and got rid of me!!
You have so many treasures!

Entertaining Women said...

The tablecloth is so very beautiful! I could also see it during the holidays with tons of crystal, silver, and snowflakes. Your china is gorgeous. The dinner plate with the border might make a lovely service plate under 9" luncheon plates. It must be such fun to share memories of your trips when sitting at the table filled with your wonderful treasures. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Kathy said...

Wow!....Is the china Heinrich by any chance?
I have my hubby's china from his first marriage, purchased in Germany when he was stationed there and it is very similar. I need some of those goblets too....

Bella Michelle said...

Very pretty! Love your warm colors so much.

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Christine! Everything looks so deep and rich and lovely!
Best,
Gloria

Texas Tea Party said...

Beautiful tablescape! The tablecloth is very elegant and the NM chargers gives the table a special vib. Love the greek theme and the greek key china.

Traci said...

I'm swooning over that tablecloth!! I LOVE LOVE LVOE IT!!! I was going to ask where I could get one. Sadly, I don't have a trip to Greece planned anytime soon.

Barbara said...

Christine, when I think of your tables, I always think "rich and elegant". You have such a way of putting things together that have such a deep, rich feeling to them - the textures and colors. This one is gorgeous. I love looking at each and every detail.

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Christine, your table is so elegant and dramatic this week! I've never seen that china pattern, and I love how versatile it is, with both gold and silver. Perfect for layering with other patterns!

Linda Q said...

Wow gorgeous table, all the warm colors get me in the mood for Fall.
Nice job!
Linda

Mabel said...

I love the greek touch of this table. The colours are so harmonious. The roses are a real treat!
Mabel

Atelier de Charo said...

Oh! So elegant love the theme about Greek!

Anita said...

Christine, what a gorgeous table!! So elegant and welcoming. The tablecloth is incredible! You have so many little details that are just perfect. Beautiful!! Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower!

Requi@Tablescaping Escapades said...

Uber gorgeous! The pillars, the statues, and of course that china ~ wow with silver and gold, a very versatile pattern. Beautiful candlesticks set the ambiant mood. Every piece on your tablescape adds to detail. I'm loving it!

All the Best,

Requi

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