Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Fresh Citrus

January brings the desire for a fresh, clean look after all the sparkle and color of the holidays, and I've enjoyed seeing other bloggers' tables reflecting this approach.  The inspiration for this table was a set of salad plates I found on clearance at Williams-Sonoma.  Those of you who visit Marty's Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life saw these plates featured on my baker's rack this week.  Here is one, set atop a gold dinner plate from Pier 1.  The design is hand-painted, and each one is a bit different.
For the placesetting I chose green placemats and napkins, and our everyday stainless flatware and glasses.
Here's a closer look at one of the napkin rings I often use, as I just love them -- a gift from my daughter.  There is a small slot to hold fresh flowers -- yellow daisy mums today.
For a centerpiece, I first thought of a bowl of lemons, but then remembered another idea I'd had for using lemons. My son gave me this device -- a candle carver, according to the package -- a couple of years ago.  I decided to try it on some lemons.

Once I'd carved out space for a tealight for each lemon, I set them on this black iron holder my mother gave me one year for Christmas.  I've really enjoyed using it to hold candles, fruit, and flowers in the past!
Here's a closeup of some of the lemons. I removed the metal cups of the tealights -- a few minutes in the freezer make it easy to pop the candles out. 
Here's a look at the table, set for four.  Sorry about that glare on the left!
Here's another angle:
And here's the spot I've saved for you!
Thank you for your visit!  I will be linking to Susan's Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch this week.  You won't want to miss all the fabulous tables posted there each Thursday!


  1. Your table looks beautiful, light and sunny!
    I love the use of the lemons and they look so nice on the candle holder.
    That is one nifty gadget you used.
    I always love to see those napkin holders.

  2. Love the tablescape with the lemons. I bet it smells wonderful, too. (love lemons)
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  3. Such a clean, fresh look...very inviting! Perfect for after the holidays. Love that shade of green with the lemon yellow.

  4. Beautiful! I love the centerpiece with the lemons. I must look for one of those nifty gadgets :)

    Have a blessed Wednesday!

  5. These dishes are gorgeous...very retro! Love the colors! ♥

  6. I love your dishes! I have one of those fruit carvers, too! Someone gave it to me this year. I need to give it a try as you did with the lemons. They look gorgeous on the candle holder...thanks for the inspiration!!

  7. The lemons for tealights is a brilliant idea! Beautiful table!

  8. This is fabulous. Your centerpiece is stunning. I love seeing it with the carved out lemons.. I need me one of those candle carvers! Love your new dishes. The table turned out lovely.. xo marlis

  9. Tricia...this is beautiful and much as I love Christmas colors, these colors are refreshing. I love the centerpiece! did you like Downton Abbey???

  10. I adore this table! I think that it is one my favorites of all of your designs. You made me remember that I have one of those devices, and I always forget about it. I'll have to give it a try...ooh, just imagine the possibilities. Thank you for inviting us to the table. Cherry Kay

  11. Beautiful dishes! and what a fun candelabra!

  12. Very prety dishes! Your lemon candle holders are such a cute idea! I bet it smelled good when you were opening up the hole for the candles! I love lemon! Lemon Meringue pie sounds great right now!

  13. How cool is that trick with the lemons?! I've never heard of a "candle carver". GREAT could do apples or oranges or...the possibilities are endless!

    Your pretty new dishes remind me of quilting patterns, Tricia. I WISH I could do free motion feathers like those...beautiful!


  14. How fresh and pretty! Just what we need in January! It's windy and snowy here this morning which makes it that much more inviting... XO Cindy

  15. It is very refreshing! Love the dishes! A perfect January table.
    I almost ordered one of those gadgets on Amazon, but I didn't know if they worked! Seeing your pretty centerpiece has convinced me! It is lovely!

  16. What a clever idea for lemons! I bet it smells fabulous too!! Your table just made me smile. Isn't yellow one of the happiest colors. I just love the different ways you use your centerpiece. This is just great.

  17. Thank you for saving a spot for me!!! ;0) Love the unique centerpiece with the lemons. Great idea!

  18. Hi, Tricia! I was having problems working with Internet Explorer the last 24 hours or so, so I was not able to leave you a comment. I wasn't even able to get onto your page at all!!! Every time I would try, your whole blog would just disappear! It was that way on several blogs. I finally switched over to use Google Chrome this afternoon, and all appears well. Anyhooooooo....LOVE the freshness of the table! I have got to find one of those candle maker doo-dads! That's really slick how that works! I'm guessing somewhere like Williams-Sonoma may have it. Your son must really have a finger on the pulse of what you need for entertaining! :-) Have a great weekend, and sorry again that I wasn't able to visit sooner. These doggone computers...!!!

  19. Tricia, your table setting looks wonderful, and I love your new plates. I like the fresh flower with your napkins.

    And, your idea for your centerpiece is inspirational. Thank you for sharing.

  20. Hi Tricia,

    Thanks for your visit and your sweet comments. Glad you got the reference on the Food Network personality. ;-)

    Well this table is so fresh and cheery! I love your hand-painted plates and your pretty napkin rings, but I think my favorite thing is those amazing lemon "candles". The candle maker is so neat; I've got to get me one of those. :-D

    Do you know who makes them or where your son got it? I've never seen one, and that has sooo many possibilities for making unique candles. Thanks for sharing Tricia, and have a great weekend!


  21. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Tablescape look beautiful with the centerpiece!! This was a great Idea using the Candles in the Lemons as holders !!! I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my new Tablescape.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend.
    XXOO Diane

  22. Love, love, love!! So cheery and just perfect for this time of year. So clever to use the candles in the lemons. I want one of those! I love those plates too. Thanks for visiting me. Dianne

  23. I'm crazy about this!! I did a yellow table for my girls' last night home because yellow is my theme color for the year. I used lemons for the centerpiece, but THIS would have been so much better. I can only imagine the fragrance. When I do copy this (because I love it... and I'm pinning it...) I'll remember to credit you for such a great inspiration. That'a such a wonderful idea!

    Love the whole table.
    It's good to be back in the land of blogspiration.

  24. Oh so fun, particularly for January. A nice burst of color!

    - The Tablescaper

  25. Late arriving for this one, but glad I didn't miss it. This is full of citrus joy! ~ Sarah