A feast for one's eyes this tablescape is. This is what I love to do the very most, set beautiful tablescapes. People get excited about all sorts of things, but this is it for me.
Because I have been collecting vintage and various tableware for over 30 years, I have a collection that is just waiting to be used at all times. I don't say that to be braggadocios. It is just a passion of mine. You may ask, "Your passion is tableware?" I say, it is so much more than that! It is wonderfully memorable times around a table with friends or family. It always includes traditional or inventive food selections. The unmatched atmosphere includes lots of laughter, story telling, and always, party favors. It is simply delightful. My walls echo with good times shared with great people.
I invite you to come see and learn more by taking this little tour with me.
Blue is such a soothing color. A few weeks before this event, I placed daisies in the various vases so I could gaze upon the table and anticipate what I would need to make this event special for my guests. They looked great, very cheerful as daisies do. But when the time to actually dine approached, I kicked it up a notch and purchased white, blue and green hydrangeas, chrysanthemums, and Lisianthus, and a variety of greenery.
My big challenge was keeping the blue ones alive. I must not have prepared them well. :-( I had to buy a second set of the blue because they conked out on me. The lesson I learned: Don't buy flowers from a market on Friday morning. Wait until the late afternoon after their new shipment arrives!
Upon the table, I placed a denim tablecloth. You can find them for a reasonable price online. My sister, Jane, and I both have sets of the Spode Delamere Blue floral dishes. Believe it or not, I couldn't find mine! Have you ever done that? I also had a set of the blue, Ralph Lauren looking dishes, that I used once and gave to her. I had to borrow all of these from her. She's a good sister. She loaned them to me without any fuss. Come to think of it, this combination of dishes was her grand idea!
One thing I did have was the Fenton Silver Crested Milk Glass sherbets and saucers. I LOVE this pattern and have many items of it. I'm hoping some day my son will find "Miss Right" and I will be able to use them in some sort of glorious wedding/shower celebration. Let me tell you, this young lady is going to be CELEBRATED! ;-)
Tah-dah! The dish patterns were set. I sprinkled little faux diamonds all around the table which enhanced my theme and brought a measure of whimsy to the mostly formal table. I was aiming for formal with casual because of the nature of the event.
Large yam cans and small tuna cans were dressed in denim and diamonds. Diamond patterned candle holders embraced denim colored candles. Rhinestone studded candle holders were the foundation to hold the cobalt blue sherbet glasses to present the ice cream that would later be served. They were actually removed for the dinner so the Delamere dishes could host a scrumptious watermelon salad. Guess what! I bought the blue flutes (seen in the post: How to Make an Unforgettable Bacon Bouquet) and water glasses at the Dollar Tree and dressed them up with sequins and rhinestones. They paired well with the Lenox Charleston Crystal wine glasses. Note: The self-adhesive sequins will come right off if you get them anywhere near water. The rhinestone buttons must be attached with a hot glue gun. This can all be removed after your event.
Each guests name was printed in a Diamond font in blue and inserted in a sequined frame.
Added to everything was silver-toned flatware and napkin rings that chimed in. And to polish off the look, blue bandanas took on the roll of napkins. They come in so many colors and can be used with so many designs. I love using them.
A white lace table square was placed atop the denim table cloth to break up all the blue and host an vintage blue-dotted coffee percolator full of flowers. One of the horse shoe party favors we made leaned up against the coffee pot to show off.
Here's a view of the coffee pot, horse shoe and cactus when I had the daisies in the container. I removed the diamond design cake stand when I used the hydrangea arrangement so guests could see each other. It is important for your guests to be able to see each other. ;-)
I loved, loved, loved the way this tablescape turned out. I couldn't wait to delight my friends who attended my class on "How to Host a Delightful Denim and Diamonds Dinner". I'm working on constructing the book by that title. Hopefully, it will be completed by the end of summer. Check back. In the meantime, you can view my other books on the right side bar.
If you want to see what we had for dinner, and what you, too, could serve your guests come visit me next time. I will be showcasing the menu items. I love having you stop by. If you would kindly leave a comment in the comment section below, it would be like you leaving me a little gift. :-D That way, I don't feel like I'm just talking to myself! :-) Many of you dear hearts read my blog and have commented to me verbally and via email or Facebook. I so appreciate that!! Thank you!
What is your most favorite tablescape you have laid? I'd love to hear about it.
Until next time, have a delightful day!