Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Tablescape That Almost Wasn't

It's Tablescape Thursday again, thanks to Susan of Between Naps on the Porch.  My many adoring fans -- all right, my mother and my sisters -- have asked if I were going to do a tablescape again this week.  I didn't think I could pull it off, due to a busy week at work and preparations for an out-of-town trip.  But, as I drove home from work today, I decided to give it a try.  For the record, it was 99 degrees at 5:15 when I began setting the outdoor table.  I had the placemats and napkins, the plates, and the glassware on the table and was heading back inside for the silverware when I heard... the lawn crew.  Yes, I had forgotten that they usually show up about that time on Wednesday evenings.  I scurried around, gathering up the dishes and other items, making several trips back into the house with them.  I waited until they had finished, then started over.  Here's a photo approaching the table from the backdoor.  I love the gnarled live oaks!


We usually enjoy some Pool Time after work this time of year, so I thought an outdoor setting would be appropriate.  Here's a closer look.  On the extreme left, you can see some of our Topsy-Turvy tomato plants.  My husband and the neighborhood squirrels are in a war over possession of the ripening tomatoes.  The score is currently Charlie 2:  Squirrels 2. 


And here's the table itself.


Still closer....  Astute viewers will note that I'm using the same lantern that was in last week's tablescape, and you're likely to see it again for the Fourth of July.


 The placemats and glasses are vintage -- from my in-laws' collection that has been passed down to me.  The glasses are Hocking for Fire King's Burple in forest green.  Love the name Burple!  Here's a closer view of one glass.


Here's a placesetting.  The white dinner plates and red salad plates are from Pier 1, and the chili pepper napkins are really bandanas.  I've had them for years, but have only used them a few times.  The new-to-me vintage glasses and placemats prompted me to pull them out again.


Here's a closer look at the lantern and one of my beloved red geraniums.  Is there anything more cheerful than a red geranium?


Thanks for visiting!  I love to get your comments, and please also stop by Susan's Between Naps on the Porch to see some beautiful tablescapes.







36 comments:

  1. What a pretty table! The chili pepper napkins are adorable. It's really hot here too!

    Donna
    (Timeless Settings)

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  2. love your napkins, perfect setting for fiery hot, poolside!

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  3. I bet the lawn crew and especially the squirrels would have liked to sit and have a meal at your pretty table. I think the napkins are so cute.
    Joyce

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  4. Such fun! Your chili napkins (bandannas) are so clever!

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  5. How cute -- I love your lantern and would want to use it all the time. Those glasses are beautiful too. This is quite a cheerful table.

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  6. How appropriate for a rather warm day...hot chiles! I love those vintage glasses...they look so nice with the napkins and red/white plates.

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  7. What a cute summer table. Your glasses are just gorgeous. I love the chili peppers! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. The red and white looks wonderful together. I admire your persistence in getting this one set in that heat!

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  9. nice, what a lovely yard too! Looks like a great place to have morning coffee.

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  10. A fun and cheery table! I love it. And I love that you used the green glassware to bring out the green in the napkins!

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  11. Love this table. Red and green are so pretty.
    You have a beautiful yard, too.

    D

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  12. I can see why you would want to use that lantern in many tablescapes, it is wonderful! Love the red and green of this 'scape, especially the placemats, napkins and glasses! I'm sure your family enjoyed a meal at this table after there dip in the pool!

    Dd

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  13. I want to be dull with you at your pool!! I will even serve the lemonade in the gorgeous green glasses. Where did you get those. Cute, cute napkins.

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  14. Tricia, what a RED, what a GREEN. So energetic. It is the very same red in all those things, the Geranie as much as in the placemats and napkins. And the glasses are to die for. So pretty. Your little war-story with the neighbors squirrels about the tomatoes made me smile. Squirres are so cute, I love them. Never knew that the like tomatoes. Thank you for your lovely comment, I enjoy always to get those.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  15. Ah, but is Charlie battling a black squirrel, like one who is raiding Tim's bird feeders? We presume he's evil, like the Black Knight, so watch out. Love the whole setting and especially the green glasses. Chilis are an appropriately hot theme for this time of year, that's for sure.

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  16. This setting is wonderful! Such a "summer is here" statement. Your yard sure is very nice!
    Debbie@houseatthelake

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  17. I can't believe you've lived in Texas this long and haven't used those great napkins very much! So very Texas! (In a good way . . . don't go getting some Big Hair, now!) And yes, I totally agree, red geraniums are wonderful - I even like the smell. Can't think of why I don't have one right now!
    Love you, sis!

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  18. Tricia, I love the striking colors of red and green on your table and would love to be in your back yard dining...what time is dinner? I like your bandana napkins...just perfect. Now can I go for a swim? Joni

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  19. Tricia-darling table, especially the bandanas. Who knew? I used to wonder why all of you Texans came to Colorado for the summer, then I went to Dallas in June. NOW I know!! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  20. What a fun and festive table. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

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  21. I love your tablescape. It looks perfect for summer. I think it was worth doing even though you had to put it together twice!

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  22. I always love red. The chili napkins just bring the table together. What a fun table. It made me think that maybe I need to go get take out at one of my favorite restaurants "Chilis" lol Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Hi Tricia, thank you for your visit and comment. I am new to tablescape. I have done a couple a long while ago. I had fun with it and I intend to do more. One of my problems is a nine foot pine harvest table. A tablescape on that table is lots more work. a small placesetting of four is lost and eight is ok but 10 is perfect. I have just one set of 10 matching glasses. I often fill that table with company because I have a large family.

    Your table setting is so charming. I would hate to have carried it all back and forth though. Your colors are festive and I love red too. The neck scarf napkins are perfect for your decor. A great idea. I'll be looking at neck scarfs in a different way now. HA! The pool side setting is very pretty. Eat and jump in for a cool off.

    Have a wonderful day, Hugs, Jeanne

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  24. It all came together so pretty, in spite of the lawn people and the heat.
    We are scorching down here as well.
    Enjoy your yard and pool!

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  25. pretty Tricia~~what a fun outdoor setting!
    I will be right over:))

    Hugs,
    Kay Ellen

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  26. Very bright and fresh looking. I love the idea of the chili napkins. Great for bbq especially. Please stop by and see us. Jane F.

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  27. I am glad you did not m iss the week's TT, Tricia, cause we got to see your lovely pool area. I like how the table is set there. Lovely tablescape, it looks bright and happy..Christine

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  28. Be still my heart! A red setting plus geraniums....my very favorite! Very, very pretty and fun too. Lucky you with a pool to enjoy.

    Thanks very much for your comments awhile back about my mother. She is slowly making progress. I finally got a new post out today!
    Donna

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  29. Tricia, this is such a lively Summer table and a lovely outdoor setting. Sorry you had to go to so much trouble to get it set! Those bandanas with the peppers are so cute, and I love geraniums. Loving that red lantern too. (I fight the squirrels for my tomatoes every year - does your husband have any hints for keeping them away?) laurie

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  30. Love the red and green ...geraniums are so pretty and just have such a great look on a table! Very nice and your yard is lovely!

    Miss Bloomers

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  31. You are amazing really! You always come up with something elegant, and different! Love the green glasses especially, and I must try the bandana idea!!

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  32. Hi Tricia,
    Ah, the tribulations of a tablescaper! Yet, somehow you've managed to make it look crisp, fresh, almost effortless! Love the red and love the wonderful old live oaks.

    Hope you have a safe trip and a very enjoyable weekend!

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  33. Such a cute table. I was waiting to see your red lantern again. I really like your Fire King's Burble glasses; the footed detail is very pretty.

    Requi

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  34. That looks great! I have chili plates that match your bandanas! Glad you decided to do a table...gets in your blood doesn't it? :)

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  35. It looked like a nice evening for dinner outside. I just love red! Eating next to the pool must be so relaxing! Keep your flag-a-wavin'...Joan

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