Monday, September 23, 2013

How Do You Like Them Apples?

The theme for this week's Let's Dish at Cuisine Kathleen is apples!  Alas, I don't have any apple-themed dishes -- yet -- so I'd have to bring apples in another way.  I decided to use my Castleton Gloria dishes that my mama surprised me with last year.  So, Saturday morning I pulled out a plate and went to the closet where I keep table linens and tried it with several different colors.  I finally settled on layering my twig placemats over some green ones. 
With the green background, Granny Smith apples were called for.  I piled a bag of small ones into my trifle bowl, added water, then stuck in carefully arranged some mums.  So easy, but I really like the look!
 I wanted to add some more color, so I used the handy tool my son gave me and cut out the tops of some larger Granny Smiths, then used it again to cut some soaked floral foam to fit the opening.  The tool makes holes the right size for tealights, but I wanted to use flowers this time.
I inserted some mums and they turned out pretty cute!
Here's another view.
The placesetting:
And a few photos of the table. . .

Thanks for stopping by!

31 comments:

  1. What a clever way to feature apples and use your Castleton Gloria china. It works together wonderfully. I especially like the trifle dish with apples and mums and am fascinated by the tool from Patrick. Why did I not know about this before now? Another triumph of a table for Tricia, no surprise there!

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  2. This is such an awesome table! I love your creativity. I think it's great that you DON'T have apple plates or you wouldn't have been so creative: double place mats (the twigs are so cool); great combo of apples and flowers for the centerpiece AND love the twist on the apple candle gadget (I've got that thing too but have yet to use it!). Great post!

    - The Tablescaper

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  3. Oh Tricia! I love what you did with all of the apples. Your flower arrangements are so creative and your photos are wonderful. The twig placemats are perfect for this post and love that new china!

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  4. This is so pretty! I don't have apple dishes right now either and was wondering about doing this challenge! Cool ideas and your centerpiece is gorgeous!

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  5. Tricia, this table really met the challenge. You are so creative! Love the plates, the twig place mats, and the centerpiece of green apples. Wow! Happy First Day of Autumn!

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  6. Hi Tricia, your apples are adorable. You made do with what you had and it's lovely. Gotta love those twig place mats. The apple centerpiece is striking. Happy Fall.

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  7. Tricia,
    Your table is beautiful. I love the dishes and the centerpiece is awesome...I will just have to get one of those little tools for cutting the space for a candle..I am pinning your beautiful centerpiece...This is one of my favorite tables you have done...those little arrangements at each place..wonderful...great job on this one..
    Love, Mona

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  8. Gorgeous table, Tricia. I love the apple vases, am tucking that one away for next months luncheon! The china looks great on the twig placemats.
    Have a wonderful week...

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  9. Tricia~ I LOVE your apple vases and centerpiece! Your twig mats and green are beautiful together with your dishes!

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  10. So beautiful, Tricia. The cored apple vases is such a clever idea. The whole table is beautifully done...Christine

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  11. Love the apple/flower arrangements! What a clever way to make your table scream apples without an apple plate in sight! The twig mats are perfect also, great job!
    Jenna

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  12. Hi Tricia, Your little apple vases are wonderful!! So simple and yet perfect! And your centerpiece is beautiful too! The bark-like mats and green linens were inspired, too! Linda

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  13. Oh Tricia, those plates from your Mama are just too pretty for words! I love how you've showcased them. Your trifle bowl looks beautiful and I just love your individual apple arrangements. I'm going to remember that because I have one of those tools, too. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  14. Beautiful! And I love your flowers in the apples -- perfect!

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  15. Tricia, you met the apple challenge beautifully! What a handy little tool you have! Love the apple vases, and the plates are so pretty!

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  16. Neat tool! Get imagination on adding the apples to table. Love the fresh flowers in the apples!

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  17. I love this! The centerpiece is great- love that idea and those little apple flower vases are too cute! I like how you layered the twig placemat over the green and your plates look perfect on them.

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  18. Those apples look great! No need for apple dishes, you did fine without them! Love the twig mats too, very pretty table, T, thanks for taking the challenge!

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  19. I love the Castleton pearl edged patterns. Yay, Mom...great gift! The twig placemats really work well with the color in the rose design on the plate. I hadn't thought to use the candle carver to make a vase. Great idea! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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  20. Your setting is beautiful with all the different textures. I love the twigs with the dull brass candlesticks, and the green pops right out. I never thought about coring the apples for a tea light OR for a vase, but they are perfect accents to the trifle bowl. So many beautiful things in this world; that's why I love to visit people's tablescapes, and yours is no exception.

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  21. Your setting is beautiful with all the different textures. I love the twigs with the dull brass candlesticks, and the green pops right out. I never thought about coring the apples for a tea light OR for a vase, but they are perfect accents to the trifle bowl. So many beautiful things in this world; that's why I love to visit people's tablescapes, and yours is no exception.

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  22. The cored out Granny apples with the flowers are so adorable as is the centerpiece! A wonderful apple table!

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  23. How clever, Tricia!! Both the centerpiece (why have I never thought to use MY trifle bowl) as well as the little cored out apples. I NEED THAT TOOL!!! So many ways to use it...baby pumpkins, lemons, oranges & your darling apples, of course. Brilliant idea & beautifully executed. LOVE your crystal stems!!!

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  24. Okay, I obviously need one of those apple coring tools. Mine just makes a little hole, and I made a mess of the apples, trying to make a spot big enough for a candle. Yours look so pretty with the flowers. I also need some of those twig placemats to go with my twig napkin rings. Love the pops of green with that pretty china. Beautiful table. laurie

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  25. That is such a pretty tablescape, Linda. I have to say that I really love the apples filled with the flowers. What a super idea!

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  26. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment on my post today. And how sweet those apples are on the table -- they really brighten it!

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  27. Very creative how you brought apples into your pretty tablescape. I love the real apple "vases" you made with the fresh flowers. I will be on the lookout for one of those little gadgets, it will be handy to have around!

    Katherine

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  28. I need that tool! I had a hard time carving the hole for my tealights. I didnt know they made a handy dandy tool! Thanks for the information. Your table is very pretty! Your china is very prettty and looks perfect on your twig placemats.
    I am a little late in getting around...traveling and looking for a house has given me little time to use the computer. Thanks for visitng me.
    Blerssings My Friend,

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  29. What a GREAT table! Your creativity should be applauded. I NEVER thought of using my trifle dish to make a floral centerpiece, but I will keep the idea for future reference! I love, love, love your "apple vases". I've never seen a tool like that: what is it called? You have really excelled at this challenge! Rosie

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  30. What a pretty table! I really like the way you brought in the lime green with those Granny Smith apples! The cored ones with the flowers are perfect as is your centerpiece! I love the mix of fruit and flowers! Then your place setting...wow! Those dishes are gorgeous! I love them and haven't seen them before! Thanks so much for sharing and dropping by to say hi! I'm glad we've met!
    Sharlotte over at Sharlotte's Reflections!

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  31. Hi Tricia, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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