Friday, August 28, 2015

A Seaside Tablescape after a River Cruise

 
We just came from a 2 week Viking River cruise visiting the countries of Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary. We had a lot of fun in spite of hassles in the airports but I am ready to go again, lol. Anyway, the water prompted me to create a seaside or beachy tablescape, even though we were sailing on a river, the River Danube to be exact. Besides, summer is going fast and I am afraid I won't be able to create a beachy table anymore until next summer.
 
 I could not find my dinnerware with shells anywhere in the garage, probably still in Natchez with the other half of our belongings, so I decided to use these plates. The color works!
After placing a quilted blue table runner, I started my place setting with these placemats, which I love using for anything to do with water. I bought them from an antique/resale shop in Natchez when we still lived there. I miss those shops.

I could not find my shell napkin rings either so I used these 2 beaded ones, alternating them. The colors work, again.
 
The white wooden plate chargers are from Pier One and the plates are either from Zullily or Joss &Main.



 Luckily, I have these aqua goblets already moved to Florida.
 I had these shell canisters displayed around the jacuzzi tub in our master bathroom and I just borrowed them.

I bought these vases (2 of them) with dried grass and shells at 70% off from Jo Ann Fabrics and the teal shells on clearance from Marshall's before we left for the cruise. I really don't need any more table accessories but they must have been trying to get rid of summer items and the low prices were just irresistible.



 Searching through my stuff in the garage, I found this set of shell place card holders. Yay!



 I was already done with the table when I decided to look for a tea set to use and found this fish S & P set in the drawer, so I added it.
 A close up of the napkin rings

 Most of my flatware sets are still in Natchez but I have this pewter set here. I thought the color is like sand so I decided to use them.
 Oh uh! I forgot to add a salad fork on the right place setting. I hope you don't mind cause I did not want to retake the picture since it is already loaded. Probably you did not even notice until I mentioned it.
 I picked this tea set for it's color since  most plants by the beach are dry and brownish. Besides, I have limited sets here cause most of them are still in Natchez too.

Thank you for stopping by. It's been awhile since I blogged as I have been away and before going away, I was busy preparing for the trip and packing. I hope you enjoy this come back.
 
Thanks also to the hostesses for the parties I am linking with.

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Cindy's Amaze me Monday
Creative Mondays Blog Hop
Kathryn's Make it Pretty Monday
Kathy's A Return To Loveliness
Sandi's Teatime Tues
Ruth's Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Martha and Terri's Teacup Tues
Marty's Inspire Me Tuesday
Maria Elena's Tuesdays at Our Home
Paula's What's It Wed
Show and Share Wednesday Link Party
Sarah's Homemaking party
Idea Box Thursday Party
Kathy's Home and Garden Thursday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Bernideen's Tea Time
Share your Style Thursday
Tablescape Thursday
Home Sweet Home
Lorelai's Home Matters
Kate's Flaunt it Friday
Anything Blue Friday
Courtney's Feathered Nest Friday

 
 

 
 
 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Polish Pottery for our Polish Neighbor

 
A few days ago, I invited my daughter and her family and neighbors for dinner. I found out that our German neighbor's hubby is actually from Poland so I decided to use Polish pottery. Luckily I had moved enough  pieces here from MS to set a table. Yep! I still have a lot left there:-)
 The table cloth is from the Waterford linen collection.
 The flowers are still healthy and I will use them until they completely wither. I just moved them to a Polish pottery pitcher/vase.

 I am beginning to miss Cajun food so I served gumbo and jambalaya.
I alternated blue enamel plate chargers with blue round placemats.


I served gumbo in this soup tureen.


I mixed various patterns of PP plates and bowls.



The green stemmed glasses were from the Dollar store. I bought them for my Thanksgiving table last year. I am still unable to locate my blue set of stemware. I must have left them in Natchez.




The napkin rings are also Polish pottery.

And so are the 2 sets of salt and pepper shakers below.

Funny thing happened. If you have held Polish pottery dishes, you must know how heavy they are. I went out to the kitchen to get the banana bread that I baked and I heard a commotion. The dining table collapsed, well not completely, so the guests were able to take the dishes from the table and nothing fell nor broke. The table must not have been screwed or glued properly cause I cannot believe that the weight of the dishes would cause it. Good thing most of them were done except for the dessert. Anyway, my son in law with the help of the other guys fixed it and all is well now. I just thought it was funny cause I have never had a table collapse on me before.
 
Thank you so much for the visits and thanks to all the hostesses.
 
 
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Maria Elena's Tuesdays at Our Home
Paula's What's It Wed
Sarah's Homemaking party
Idea Box Thursday Party
Kathy's Home and Garden Thursday
Share your Style Thursday
Tablescape Thursday
Home Sweet Home
Lorelai's Home Matters
Kate's Flaunt it Friday
Anything Blue Friday
Courtney's Feathered Nest Friday
Beverly's Pink Saturday
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