Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Blue and Yellow Outdoor Table

The inspiration for my table this week was this bouquet of deep yellow ranunculus my husband brought home from HEB, our grocery store.  Aren't they stunning?  I have never seen them at HEB before, but I hope they will keep stocking them.  I read about ranunculus online, and apparently they can be grown in our part of Texas, so I plan to look for bulbs at the nursery this fall.  Have any of you grown them?
I decided to use the flowers on our first outdoor table of the season.  Although we have gone from Lovely Spring weather to Fiery Furnace weather in the last few days, it's still nice and breezy here in central Texas.  I chose a blue and white Williams-Sonoma tablecloth for the patio table.

Blue and yellow are perennial favorites at my house, and this table also gave me a chance to showcase some pretty salad plates I bought on my recent trip to Sur la Table in Austin.  In addition to those cute rooster napkin rings, these plates caught my eye.  They are made of melamine, and I love the design.
 Here's the placesetting, anchored by a yellow dinner plate from Pier 1 and a blue and white napkin from Williams-Sonoma.  The blue glasses almost vanish on that tablecloth!
 Here's a closer look at the salad plate's pattern.
 And here's a "rim shot" that shows how perfectly the blues in the plate and the napkin go together.
 Another tabletop view. . .
 The glasses are Villeroy and Boch's My Garden pattern in blue.
 And a few more views of the lovely ranunculus. . .

Thank you for visiting my outdoor table this week!  I will be linking to Tablescape Thursday at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch so be sure to visit there to see lots of spectacular tables!


  1. Hi Tricia,

    Oh, I do love this table! :) The blues and yellows make me think of Provence. It all looks so stunning outside in the natural light. Your plates have wonderful colors in them; we have a Sur Le Table nearby, and I enjoy visiting there. I think perhaps your tablecloth is my favorite though; it's just lovely. The ranunculus makes a perfect centerpiece and goes beautifully with your plates. I've never tried to grow those; I think I've seen them before but didn't know what they were.

    I'm really drawn to these blues and yellows because we're re-modeling our kitchen, and those are going to be my colors. I'll be so glad when it's finished; I've really missed doing tablescapes. Hope you have a great week!


  2. Ranunculus has been a favorite of mine for some years now. It comes in several colors and just has that tight little head that looks so cool. Love it! The yellow is beautiful, and your husband has a good eye! I'm so glad you are able to get outside now and enjoy the treasures Mother Nature provides. Wind, however, is less a treasure when it's wreaking havoc with tablecloths and centerpieces! :-) That is a beautiful tablecloth, and it really looks great with the yellow played against it. GORGEOUS salad plates!!!!!!! Have a very happy Mother's Day weekend, Tricia!

  3. AAAh.. we've gone from freeze, to blast furnace to really cool.. yeah that was one day.. LOL.. Love your tablecloth and the napkins. Those plates are wonderful - I love the maker of them, they really stand up very well. And look fabulous in your setting. Love the look you've created. The yellow flowers are so nice.. have a happy, blessed Mother's Day weekend.. xo marlis

  4. love the blue and white table cloth and napkins. The yellow flowers just makes everything pop. Happy Mother'sday.

  5. Beautiful! I love the yellow and blue...its so summery! Your flowers are a perfect centerpiece.
    I love the tablecloth and napkins the best.
    Blessings My Friend,

  6. It's so beautiful! Very summery setting. Love those happy yellow and gorgeous blue.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  7. Beautiful table, Tricia. I love the blue and yellow, the plates are lovely. I always liked this flower but only recently learned its name! Happy Mother's Day. xo

  8. How can I not like this when you have ranunculus on the table? I love those flowers in every one of their vivid colors, but for some reason I have no luck growing them. I do keep trying. I'm always looking forward to your tables.

  9. Tricia, your table is so nice and summery! I love ranunculus as well! Such a happy table to eat at. Happy Mothers Day!

  10. Lovely outdoor table, Tricia. I especially like the linens and the way you layered the solid colored and patterned plates.

  11. I love your table. The yellow ranunculus are even more amazing against that beautiful blue tablecloth. I love the contrast. Your napkins and dishes are perfect for that table. Very well done. :-)

  12. Tricia I came over for a visit from Between Naps on the Porch and I am so glad I did. Love, love your outdoor table, blue and yellow have been favorites of mine since we built our first house in the 1950's, you guessed it our kitchen floor was blue/yellow tiles.
    Last fall I purchased yellow dinner plates much like those on your table.
    Truly love your tablecloth and if I saw one the same I would be tempted to purchase it for my outside table. Your flowers are a joy to ones heart and your new plates bring a smile as they are so sweet.
    Thanks for the pictures of your setting in the garden...it brought beauty to my day.
    ~Sylvia Faye
    P.S. I do not have a blog but so enjoy perusing the lovely sites.

  13. Beautiful inspiration flowers and a beautiful table. Your print plates are gorgeous and perfect with all of other colors!