Monday, April 22, 2013

The Birds Landed on The Gazebo Table

I love birds and when Kathleen announced her bird tablescape party, I got excited. The weather has been so nice outside so I decided to set the gazebo table.

The blooming orange trumpets added to the color of the area, especially against the green background. Before I left for FL, the trees had no leaves, 3 weeks later, I came back and it was all green outside with so many flowers blooming. What a great welcome!

 I just cut out some flowers, placed them in a vase with water and I had my centerpiece. But of course, the table attracted the birds so they joined in.

 I started with a lace tablecloth that I bought from a resale shop, in another booth where I used to have my store. I think I paid $3 for it.
 I added my wood chargers, green linen placemats and then my square 222 Fifth "Adelaide" green and white plates. I bought these from TJ Maxx in Baton Rouge maybe a year or 2 ago and I like them very much but I do not know why I never used them until now. See the birds on them?

I debated whether or not, I should use my square ceramic white plate chargers since the plates are square, but you can see which one won.

Dragon fly tealight holders also made it on the table.

 I should have lit my candelier but I was lazy to climb up on the chair, lol.
So, I will just show it to you.

 More birds on pedestals. I had a third one here but I dropped it and it broke, but I was able to fix it later. See the iron dragon fly tealight holder and a butterfly votive holder too?

A pierced tealight candle holder and white birds napkin rings, dark bamboo handled flatware and green goblets.
 The bird is looking down into the secret garden, admiring the yellow irises blooms.
Plus this!
 Lastly, I want to show this to you to get your opinions. See the bridge? I would love to add a pond underneath but I am afraid to attract water moccasins and mosquitoes. Will I if there is a pond? I welcome any ideas or opinions on this.
 And while I was setting the table, our Northern mockingbird was laying eggs.

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Debbie said...

I love this, Christine! I love the plates in the place setting in particular. The way you put it among the flowers out in the gazebo like that is beautiful, and the lace linen under it all is unexpected and really lovely.

And yes! A pond under the bridge would be just wonderful. I would love to have that in my back yard.

Blondie's Journal said...

Christine...this is absolutely gorgeous! This could be at an outdoor restaurant on a tropical island! The flowers on your gazebo are just lovely and everything in your yard looks so fresh! You set a beautiful table and I know it wasn't easy to bring all that down from your house! I love it all. I hope you and John were able to share a meal here!

I think a pond would be wonderful!



Christine, your gazebo is beautiful and now with all the blooms around your garden is totally a lovely and even romantic! The dishes are gorgeous all in green. I love it all!

Christine Graves said...

Love love love your tablescape and the gazebo is wonderful. What a great place to sit outside and enjoy all the hard work of gardening.

About the pond...I say do it. If it makes you happy, then do it! There are probably some good websites that can give you the low down on maintenance tips etc....

Barbara F. said...

Beautiful post. Love the gazebo! I would love one in my yard, if my yard were a little bigger! xo

KathyB. said...

Wow, your over the top table-scape that continues on into your lovely gardens is beautiful. Of course the birds would feel right at home there.

I think you should put a pond under the bridge. How sweet it would be to see the water, and what an attraction it would be for the birds and wildlife in your area.

Poppy said...

Hi Christine,

Your gazebo is gorgeous! My goodness, it's an absolute oasis, with all the beautiful birds, dishware and canopy of glorious flowers!! I appreciate you taking us step by step and love the collage of crockery!

Your newest follower,

Poppy :)

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Christine, the blooming orange trumpets are perfect for your setting! A pond under the bridge would be lovely, unless it would attract mosquitos ;-(

Diane said...

Christine - your table is so lovely that I am hesitant to even post mine now - lol!! Every detail is fabulous - that birdcage by the table is the perfect addition. Great plates, beautiful flowers and gorgeous outdoor setting - a home run!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word Christine, this is such an amazing setting and your tablescape is gorgeous. Like a fairytale place to be. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Vel Criste said...

ONe word to describe your gazebo set-up - ENCHANTING!

As for the bridge, a pond would be very nice with koi in it, we have a neglected small pond in our home but despite being neglected, the kois thrive even during winter! good luck!

kitty said...

Oh so pretty, Christine! I love your gazebo settings dnits perfect for you theme. Everything is wonderful, from your dishes to the chandelier and your accessories. I love water features, so I think a pond would be lovely.

Gina said...

Oh Christine, this is gorgeous! Stunning, really. I love it! The colors are so beautiful. I don't think I'd ever want to leave the table!

Lady Linda said...

This is one of my favorite posts that you have shared with us! Just amazing and I love the gazebo frame.

Indrani said...

Wow! Very classy, very gorgeous.
I liked the green square plates.

Jim said...


Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

I love the plates! The setting is so lovely as is your garden!!

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Afternoon Christine, May I say, your garden is so beautiful and the gazebo is just fabulous. I adore the chandilier, just gorgeous.
The design on the plates is so unusual, and I love them.....I have a "thing" for plates and dishes!
I have enjoyed my visit and I have become a new follower. You are welcome to visit me at Ivy, Phyllis and Me! when you have the time, you will always be welcome.
Best Wishes from England.

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

The gazebo looks just beautiful with the blooms all over it. I love those dishes...I even have them or some very similar in blue. It looks like the perfect day for outdoor dining.

Everything bloomed while we were in Florida last least some things did and the grass got very green and thick. Then yesterday we got a ton of rain and now it is freezing (37 degrees today). So, it STILL isn't spring!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Everything looks so pretty Christine. I love your gazebo.

Jocelyn @

Marigene said...

Those dishes are to die for! What a gorgeous setting for a tablescape...I am so jealous of that some of you ladies are having a real spring...we had a little snow last night! I don't remember such a cold spring as this year.
Have a great week...

Marlis said...

Christine, I'd check with a pond/landscape guy in town and find out about the snakes. Mosquitoes aren't in running water so they might not be a problem. Now to the gorgeous table.. OOh love the chargers! And the dishes and the birds and the flowers and that pretty lace tablecloth. Your yard looks so lovely. so many intriguing spots to hang out. have a blessed week. xo marlis

Alycia Nichols said...

So cool that you got a photo of the mockingbird eggs! That's really neat, Christine! I had no idea what they look like!

May I say that this is one of the most beautiful and serene outdoor tablescapes ever? The trumpet flowers draping over the graceful! That in itself makes the whole look just come alive! When you get down to the fabulous plates and all the other fine decorative accoutrements, it becomes very clear that you put a lot of joy and creativity into this table! Now I want a gazebo more than ever!!! Please have a good talk with my husband and let him know how important it is that I get one! ;-)

Susan said...

Truly unique and beautiful. Those plates? Fabulous. I don't know about water under the bridge. It could attract mosquitoes, I guess. However, there are many chemicals you could probably use to deter them. I'd say go for it. Susan

Entertaining Women said...

Breathtakingly beautiful! I would never leave the table..I'm pretty sure that I could live in the gazebo. Exquisite design! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I'm in love with the Gazebo, the dishes, the linens and well, Everything!! Beautiful!

hugs, Linda

Vickie H said...

I love those dishes! Your garden is looking fabulous. I have a pond and I keep mosquito dunks in it and my birdbaths-no mosquitoes! They are small donut shape disks, not harmful to birds or animals-you can buy them at any garden center or even Wal Mart. So far haven't seen any snakes!.

Monica @ Texas Fiesta Ware Fan said...

Beautiful! !!! I like your green goblets. Your yard is gorgeous.
If you put a pond, make sure you have a pump to prevent the mosquito

All The Pretty Dishes said...

This must be the most gorgeous tablescape ever!! WOW!!

By the way, I used the same plates this week but mine are blue.

Lulu said...

My dear girl, you have absolutely outdone yourself and what a charming setting for a perfect table. 222 Fifth are among my favorite dish designs. I was tempted by some I saw at Marshall's (a first) the other day but couldn't think where to put them!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Christine I can just hear the buzz of the bees who must be eyeing your orange flowers on the vine and the birds who have got to be waiting to get to those houses. LOL! I love this outdoor setting. It's very pretty and I especially love your new dishes. I'm not sure about the water moccasins but the mosquitoes could be controlled. Regardless, of what your decide you have such a beautiful yard. Have a great day!

Ann, Heather and Sheila said...

Love the plates -- bought the same last month at Home Goods! Your gazebo is so beautiful and I love the tablescape you created. Gorgeous!
Heather from Friendship, Life and Style

Laurie Ritchey said...

Oh how pretty. I'd love to dine under your gazebo. Those square plates are gorgeous! Your yard looks so pretty. laurie

Tea in Texas said...

The outdoor garden setting is the perfect place for a spring tablescape. The green and white plates with the birds are a pretty accent to the orange trumpet vine blooming on the Gazebo. I know you love the peaceful place with all the flowers blooming this time of year. The bird and butterfly votives are a great addition to the table.
Your pond under the bridge would be lovely but if the water was more of a circulating system it would be less likely to have mosquito!


Bonnie said...

Elegant and grand setting. Your table is beautiful and so lovely in your stunning garden.

bj said...

So beautiful, this table....and looks just perfect in your pretty setting.
A little water can bring lots of bugs (and snakes) so I will vote no on water under the bridge. :))

Kadee Willow said...

I would eat lunch every day in that lovely gazebo... takes my breath away! So peaceful. So serene! You did such an amazing job enhancing the gazebo with all your lovely touches. Great color combination of green and orange... love it! And I'm sorry, but I don't have an answer to your question. Hopefully, someone will!

NellJean said...

What a fun post!

Wouldn't a pond be fun? With some concrete blocks on their sides in the bottom for the koi to hide from herons? I don't know about moccasins -- is your area prone to them? The fish eat the mosquitos.

Tootsie said...

I am so happy that I had some time to pop over here today and see what you shared! It is great to finally be able to flaunt some of my own spring blessings and get inspired by some of the best gardens online!
Thank you so much for joining in on my little party this week! I hope to see you again soon! Have a great weekend!

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Katherines Corner said...

this is all so beautiful! Hugs and thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

How gorgeous, Christine! Love the color of new leaves 0- looks gorgeous as a backdrop to your flowers - the pergola is a wonderful place for a tablescape - those dishes are amazing - I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,

Debra @ Homespun said...

this is like a fairy tale setting, so lovely! :)
It's truly amazing!

Debra @ Homespun said...

this is like a fairy tale setting, so lovely! :)
It's truly amazing!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Christine, this is truly a dream setting! I don't think I would ever want to be inside! I think a pond would be lovely. Your tablesetting is the perfect compliment to your lovely landscape!

Liza said...

Christine, it's so beautiful. Love the gazebo.

Liz (yacb)

Mrs. Sarah Coller said...

What a beautiful and relaxing setting, Christine!

Kathleen said...

Oh my my! This is gorgeous! I love the plates, the colors are fabulous! The gazebo looks so pretty, perfect for the theme!
Thanks for linking to the challenge at Let's Dish!

Mrs. Sarah Coller said...

Thanks so much for linking up. You're featured tonight at my Homemaking Party! There's a featured button on my sidebar if you're interested.

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