Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Celebrating Texas Bluebonnets

I have been AWOL from the last few Tablescape Thursdays at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch, but I'm back this week with a table celebrating Texas bluebonnets.  I saw my first bluebonnets of the season earlier this week and look forward to driving past fields of them in the next week or two.

When I saw bluebonnet dishes at HEB, I knew I had to set a bluebonnet table.  The plates and tumblers are acrylic, so were only $2 each. They'll be perfect on the patio this summer, too.


On my way home from HEB, I drove past a field with bluebonnets growing near the road, so I stopped and picked just a few.  Just in case some of you have heard it's illegal to pick Texas' state flower, I double-checked, and it is not! 

I hurried home to put them in water before they wilted, using a chipped enamel pitcher as a vase.

Here's a closer look.
I also put bluebonnets in the wonderful napkin rings my daughter gave me for Christmas. Aren't those napkins the perfect shade of blue?
The napkins are new, from the Bloomingdale Home store in Las Vegas last week.  I checked their Clearance area and found these linen-cotton napkins marked down to 99 cents!  Sold!

Here's the placesetting.  I first tried blue placemats, but I decided the green was a better backdrop for the bluebonnets.  The bluebonnet salad plate is layered with a plain white dinner plate, and I've added a wineglass with the bluebonnet tumbler.  Silver seemed a bit much with acrylic dishes, so I went with our everyday stainless, Towle Beaded Antique.

Here's the whole table, set in the breakfast area.  Notice anything different?
How about now?
Since the last time I posted a tablescape, we have removed the wallpaper and painted this area.  I still liked the wallpaper (which was here when we bought the house), but it just didn't go with the granite we installed recently.

Here are a few more photos.  Bluebonnet season is all-too-brief, but it's delightful time to for a trip through the hill country!

Thank you for visiting my table this week!  I hope you will leave a comment before you leave to visit all the wonderful tablescapes at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch!

49 comments:

  1. Tricia, the bluebonnets are beautiful little flowers. I was fortunate to be in the San Antonio area several years ago when they were blooming, it was like a sea of blue.
    You know I love this spring-y table, it is blue and green, my favorite color combo! Cute napkin rings.
    Your dining room looks so nice with the soft buttery yellow walls.

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  2. Wow, I didn't know blue bonnets were the Texas flower! It is a beautiful flower, I always loved it for arrangements even though it's very fragil, they wilt quickly. I love your tablescape, love the plates, glasses and the pretty napkin rings, I guess everything goes with your new and fresh wall too. Really nice Tricia.
    Have a nice day.
    FABBY

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  3. I so miss Texas in the spring! The flowers are incredible and the hill country - breath taking. What a great table. I agree about the placemats, the green is perfect and what wonderful napkin rings with a place for the flower! Illegal to pick bluebonnet?!?!?!? Never heard such a thing!! Those and indian blankets -- so beautiful.

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  4. What a pretty, cheerful table. I love it. And, I agree with GrannySue, Texas hill country in the spring is beautiful.

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  5. Thanks Tricia dear for coming by and for the nice comments...and even my hubby got a compliment, Wow! Yes, he's always been handsome, but he's so much more cuter in the inside, he's wonderful and loving and I'm very blessed by the Lord with my family.
    LOVE
    FABBY

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  6. I love it!! I'm glad one of the Texans did a bluebonnet table. I have fallen in love with the pictures of them in blogland.

    I agree very much with your choice of green to make the blue flowers pop.

    I had noticed your absence and missed your tables. I'm glad you're back. I always enjoy what you do and look for the thumbnail.

    I hope to do one tomorrow, but I don't know if it will fly. I haven't done one in weeks either.

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  7. Oh my gosh, Tricia...can you see me jumping up & down in my chair? This is outstandingly beautiful!!! I've never seen a bluebonnet in person but I bet they are lovely. I adore the pictures of them we see all the time. Lots of TX seamstress' take their models out into the fields for posing & photos.

    Nice bargain on those beautiful plates & I was thrilled to see you & I have the same little water vase napkin rings!!! I only have 4 & would love to find more. They really add a nice touch...just have to be careful removing the napkin but how nice to still have a bouquet at one's place.

    BRAVO on this one for sure!!!!

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  8. Tricia, this table is really, really cute, and I adore those bluebonnets. I have a photo of a friend of mine sitting in a field of them, but do you know, I have never seen them in person??? And I have tons of family and friends in Texas. One day! :-)

    I love all of your bargains, too, and the design of the bluebonnets on the dishes is so cute. You just did a great job with this.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  9. Your bluebonnets are just beautiful! Love the color, I like the green and blue too! They look great in those beautiful napkin rings-enjoy:@)

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  10. Tricia, this is just lovely! The bluebonnets are so pretty. Very fresh Spring table.

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  11. This table was like a trip home for me! I'm from Texas and I never stop missing it even though I have been away for more than 20 years.

    This table is charming and delightful. What a find on the plates and glasses. I'm jealous

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  12. Wow de Dow!!! This is great. This is just not the expected flower to feature. How very lovely. I know what you mean by a short season for those wild flowers. I featured violets this week. Love the breakfast room walls, too. They will make any tablescape look great.
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

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  13. Tricia...This is soooooooo pretty. I love the bluebell glasses! I think you are absolutely correct that the green placemats work best. It is such a spring-y table (it's still about 30 degrees here and they are predicting snow!)

    Love the color of your breakfast room!

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  14. As a native Texan, I LOVE this table. I might have to check these plates out at my HEB! The bluebonnets are blooming around here right now and they just make everything seem so much happier. Love your new wall. Those sconces look so pretty next to your blue dish display.

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  15. What a beautiful flower. I'm not sure I've actually seen them before and I sure didn't know they were the official flower of Texas. Great table. Love the pitcher in the center of the table filled with the bluebonnets.

    - The Tablescaper

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  16. I would say i'm envious that you get to see the beautiful bluebonnet, but it's more polite to say how happy I am for you that you get to see them. I love seeing them, but it's at least 6 hours from here to see them! Your dishes are perfect. I am wondering which town has the closes Heb?? Your table turned out so wonderfully inviting. Love the new paint color too. Thanks for droppin in with your kind words!

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  17. What pretty dishes and flowers. Love the candle rings and what a great deal on the napkins!
    Your new wall color is gorgeous!

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  18. Tricia, thanks for taking me "home" tonight! HEB and Texas bluebonnets ... just doesn't get much better than that! Your tablescape is delightful and fresh -- and I'm glad you'll be able to enjoy your bluebonnet dishes all summer. You're so right ... bluebonnet season is far too brief!

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  19. This is so pretty! The balance of color...the greens against the bluebonnet blue is beautifully conceived and executed. I like each and every element that you have employed. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

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  20. Tricia!

    Your table is stunning. I love that it is simple, fresh and crisp. The color scheme screams Spring. Beautiful flower and love those dishes and the matching water glasses. Thanks for sharing your lovely table! Mrs. S

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  21. How pretty! We don't have bluebonnets here and I have never seen then in person! Thanks for a close-up look! I love your plates and glasses...so pretty and springy! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  22. Love the bluebonnet flowers. It has a simple look to the table, but at the same time it shouts quality. The blues and greens go so well with the wood table. Well done

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  23. I so love your pitcher filled with bluebonnets! I've never seen them in person, but they're beautiful on your table & decorating your dishes & tumblers!

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  24. Love your pretty colors and those bluebonnets. I've got to *sigh* strip the wallpaper and paint our kitchen too -- How wonderful that yours is completed! Our state flower is the Dogwood -- it also only makes a brief appearance.

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  25. This is so funny that you bought those at HEB..I missed the last buy there (Texas plates) and I will probably miss this one too! I was in the Willowbrook Mall yesterday and went in the Texas Store. I want to set a Texas table when I have out of town company! They had so many things with the Bluebonnets on them. A little expensive for me!
    I love your table and it does say Spring! Thank you so much for sharing...
    I love the new color too! Happy Spring!
    Blessings My Friend,

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  26. Tricia, I love the Bluebonnets. I don't know what HEB is but I don't think we have one. Those plates and glasses are so perfect for the table you have put together. What a deal on those blue napkins. I can just see you snapping those up quickly. You always think, "Why didn't someone else see these, were they crazy?". I have seen lots of pics of the Bluebonnet fields but never in person. They must be awesome. Thanks for sharing your lovely table. You are ever inspiring. Hugs, Ginger

    PS. I love the wall color. Works great with the blue.

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  27. I love those bluebonnet plates! I will have to check out my HEB.
    ~sami

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  28. Tricia, what a gorgeous bluebonnet table. The plates are just wonderful and I love the real flowers too. Everything looks so pretty behind the table. Just gorgeous!

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  29. Beautiful tablescape and fabulous celebration of the famed Texas bluebonnets!!! LOVE the napkin rings! Your daughter gets extra high fives for those!!!

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  30. Hey Tricia! This is Andrea from Tablescapex3. I love youe blue table, too! I just wanted to let you know there are similar sherberts here: http://www.replacements.com/webquote/NC_RAIB.htm?s1=gbase&59726&
    Thanks for visiting!

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  31. You are so welcome! I love to research goodies! And if it makes you feel any better, one of the 6 I bought was chipped, but I did know it when I bought them! :)

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  32. Hello,
    I adore your bluebonnet table this week. What a gorgeous flower! And the napkins you bought on clearance - WOW! Looking forward to your new kitchen. ~ Susie

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  33. I've never seen bluebonnets growing. It must be beautiful. I love your choice of blue and green together, and my favorite is the cute napkin holders.

    Pat

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  34. "The eyes of Texas are upon you".....and so are the Bluebonnets! Today as I drove home after being in Dallas, I saw a lot of Bluebonnets starting to bloom along the sides of the highway and thought how darling our State Flower is! Needless to say, this Texas gal adores your tablescape and I award you a "standing ovation"!

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  35. The bluebonnets are beautiful! I've only seen them at a distance before,and they're so pretty up close. Adorable tablescape and I like the lime green placemats with the blue. Have a great weekend.

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  36. Tricia, what a great find those plates and glasses were, and your tablescape with them looks so pretty. What a deal on those pretty blue napkins, and what great napkin holders. I also love your new wall color. laurie

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  37. Your table is gorgeous. I still miss the bluebonnets every spring. I actually planted them in my yard in Arlington, and people told me I was crazy, that they'd take over. I don't know if they did or not because we had to come to Alabama. I planted some seeds here, but nothing ever happened. I guess that means they belong in Texas.

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  38. A lovely tablescape. Your photos of the entire table look pretty enough to be in a magazine!

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  39. Beautiful tablescaoe, Tricia. I love the colors. And those plates and tumblers are really perfect to use by the pool. Your wall color is beautiful...Christine

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  40. Tricia, I love your dishes with the sweet bluebonnets on them. So cute! In Nova Scotia we enjoy wild lupins that are much like your bluebonnets. Ours grow in three different colors: purple, pink, and white.

    Tanya
    www.lisatakesix.com

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  41. Tricia, darn your hide. Your tablescapes make me so homesick, I can't stand it! I am a displaced Texan and my favorite time of year at home was always "Bluebonnet time" I LOVE this table and your Texas Independence day table as well. I even tried to get the dishes online only to find that HEB doesn't ship. So I guess I'll just have to dream of home and be envious of your beautiful tables. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. Well this just makes me want to hop up out of my chair and take a drive to Texas! I would love to see the Bluebonnets, and I just adore your tablescape. Tell your daughter that the napkin rings are wonderful!

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  43. Wonderful. I love the bluebonnet theme! And thank you for your kind comments.

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  44. I love your blue bonnet table, so very pretty,
    and the color combo is great! that color of green with that pretty blue, so gorgeous.
    My aunt used to live in Texas and sent me pics of the blue bonnets and Indian paintbrush, breathtakingly beautiful I might add.
    what a great inspiration those patio dishes are,
    it looks really great, and you can look forward to enjoying them outside as well.
    Look forward to seeing a summer bluebonnet table or maybe even another spring bluebonnet table.
    Blessings hon,
    Nellie

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  45. Tricia, Thanks for visiting my cupboards. I wish I had room to display more. I guess if I had the energy I could rotate. Oh well.
    I always enjoy your visits. Hugs, Ginger

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  46. Beautiful, beautiful!! I can't say that enough. Love the colors and those DISHES!! Wow! Such a pretty table. Do you know where your daughter found those napkin rings?

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  47. Tricia, I'm late as usual. Love seeing your pretty table celebrating Texas Bluebonnets. Most of mine have now all gone to seed. Your bluebonnet plates are lovely. And the hutch filled with the blue and white looks great. ~ Sarah

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  48. Love the dish,s My daughter wants to do her kitchen in bluebonnets.Could you tell me the brand name of the nes you got at HEB. I might be able to find them on line. Your table is beautiful. Alice Waller,Texas

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