Two Beautiful Table Settings & A Brilliant Storage Idea for Napkin Rings

Welcome to the 417th Tablescape Thursday!A while back I shared some bins I had purchased as a possible solution for storing my napkin rings. I ended up returning the bins, they were just too large and took up way too much space for napkin ring storage.Candace who reads BNOTP sent me a photo sharing how she stores her napkin rings and I think it is such a clever idea! She uses a slacks or pants … [Read more...]




A Snowy Winter Table Setting

Welcome to the 382nd Tablescape Thursday!We're celebrating winter with a snowy winter tablescape for Tablescape Thursday. It was a cold but sunshine-filled day yesterday when I created this table setting in my breakfast room. For the centerpiece, I used the little tree I had previously used for our Hot Cocoa Bar on the porch. (See more of the Hot Cocoa Bar in this post: … [Read more...]




DIY Hot Cocoa Sign for a Hot Chocolate Bar: A Tutorial

A couple of days ago I shared a Hot Cocoa bar I created out on my screened porch. The bar area included a sign I made that was inspired by a sign I had seen floating around blogland a few years back. After not having any success locating a similar sign, I decided it was time to head downstairs to my basement workshop and make my own. (Inspiration sign and detail views of the Hot Cocoa Bar can be seen in … [Read more...]




Create a Hot Cocoa Bar for Winter Entertaining

Happy Holidays to you, dear Friends! We're out on the porch today and I know it's a little chilly. Don't worry though, I have just the thing to warm us up. Step right over here and belly up to the bar--the Hot Cocoa Bar, that is. :)I've been envisioning a Hot Cocoa Bar for years out here on the porch, but I could never quite gather together all the bits and pieces I needed to create it, most especially … [Read more...]




In The Library With The Candlestick

Welcome to the 337th Tablescape Thursday!I began putting this table together a couple of weeks ago but couldn't quite get it ready in time for last week's Tablescape Thursday. It was freezing at the time and I was craving warm and cozy.What a difference a week makes! Yesterday as I worked to finish the table, the birds were chirping so loudly outside you would have thought spring had arrived. I … [Read more...]




A Hearty Breakfast Out On The Farm

Welcome to the 335th Tablescape Thursday!It's been a long time since Jean-Claude made an appearance in a table setting. The last time he appeared, he was a waiter in a little French cafe. ;) The cold, cold weather we've been having has me dreaming of big hearty breakfasts with fresh eggs, homemade biscuits, grits, pancakes and bacon. Shhh, don't say the "bacon" word too … [Read more...]




A New Year’s Winter Table Setting

Welcome to the 331st Tablescape Thursday!Recently, my friend Bonnie created a beautiful winter tablescape for a New Year's Eve dinner. This table setting included a Santa centerpiece dressed all in white, so this table would also work great as a Christmas tablescape, too. Take away the Santa and this table setting would work great any time during the winter … [Read more...]




A Winter Tablescape With Snowman Spice Cake Centerpiece

Welcome to the 330th Tablescape Thursday!My tablescape today is a winter themed table setting with a very special centerpiece. It's so special that it's practically invisible.What? You don't see it? It's right there--on the pedestal in the center of the table. ;)I knew by the time the centerpiece I planned to use was ready, it would already be getting dark out. Since table settings look so much … [Read more...]




Warming Up The New Year With A Woodland Table Setting

Welcome to the 329th Tablescape Thursday!Have you ever gotten a surprise call from a friend who was in town and suddenly realized you were going to have company for dinner? When that happened to Laura, instead of panicking like I may have :) she seized the opportunity to put together a warm and inviting Woodland themed table setting. Laura is definitely quick on her feet because the table she created is … [Read more...]




A Winter Table Setting & A $250 Giveaway From Noritake

Welcome to the 323rd Tablescape Thursday!It's too cold for tablescaping out on the porch this week so we're in the dining room for this week's Tablescape Thursday. Since I have an abundance of red tartan tablecloths right now :) (see Tuesday's post for an explanation) I decided to put one to use. This table is all about winter with a snowflake centerpiece, frosty white Cher Blanc … [Read more...]




Tartan Dishware: Mix & Match Patterns To Create 17 Unique Tartan Place Settings

Welcome to the 321st Tablescape Thursday!It's 5 AM as I write this. My server had a glitch tonight and I couldn't load any photos. Thankfully my host company figured out what was wrong and fixed it but it really delayed things and I never got to go to sleep. So this post will be short on words as I head off to bed soon for a few hours sleep.With all things tartan on the brain this week, I though it … [Read more...]




They Only Look Like Ornaments…

Welcome to the 301st Metamorphosis Monday!Pssst...come over here a second, I want to show you something.We're in the Christmas section of Wal-mart...what do you see? Looks like ornaments, right? I'm seeing something else. Those antlers, the ones in a circle shape there on the top row... To me, those look like great napkin rings... ...for a Christmas … [Read more...]




A Formal Dinner Party in New Orleans, Kemper & Leila Williams Style

Welcome to the 301st Tablescape Thursday!When I was in New Orleans the early part of May, one of the homes I toured with my friend, Linda, was the home of Kemper and Leila Williams. Their home, located in the French Quarter at 712 Toulouse Street is actually behind another home, the Merieult House at 533 Royal Street. The Merieult House (shown below) serves as the entrance to several buildings, … [Read more...]




A Winter Table Setting, Tablecloth by Mother Nature

Welcome to the 281st Tablescape Thursday!So, you know how I opened Tuesday's blog post with these words: "It’s snowing a teensy bit in Georgia today, nothing too serious although I do see the cars crawling very slowly on the road back behind my home." I'd like to retract that statement, please!If you've been following the news, you know the weather got crazy really fast around here. I rarely watch … [Read more...]




New Year’s Dinner Party Tablescape with a Winter Theme

Welcome to the 278th Tablescape Thursday!On New Year's day this year, I had a little dinner party here in my home. Originally it appeared as if 8 would be attending but that number happily grew to 10. Since my dining room table will only seat 8, and that's always a bit of a tight fit, I decided to set two tables, 6 in the dining room and 4 in the breakfast room.Last week I shared a few pics of the … [Read more...]




New Year’s Day Table Setting with Lenox Winter Greetings

Welcome to the 277th Tablescape Thursday!So how was your first day of 2014? I hope it was awesome!Yesterday I had 10 friends over for a New Year's Day dinner. I barely remembered to snap a few pics of the tables before everyone arrived. Since there were 10 of us, I ended up setting the dining room table for 6 and the breakfast table for 4.The centerpieces for each table were similar, but … [Read more...]




Christmas Table Setting: Sparkle with a Touch of Whimsy

Welcome to the 273rd Tablescape Thursday! Today we're tablescaping in the dining room. This room can be a bit of a challenge for taking pictures since it's on the north side of the house where there's very little natural light and it has deep, red walls painted Benjamin Moore, Raspberry Truffle. Someone mentioned once in a comment that all the paint colors I've used in my home have food … [Read more...]




Dining Fireside

Welcome to the 269th Tablescape Thursday!After reading all your wonderful suggestions yesterday for surviving winter in style, I found myself dreaming of reading good books under warm throws with a hot fire burning nearby. So, for this week's Tablescape Thursday, we're traveling back in time to visit three settings previously shared fireside. (Click on titles for additional pics.)Wishing you lots of … [Read more...]




Dinner In A Cabin On The Russian River

Welcome to the 225th Tablescape Thursday!This week you are in for a special treat.  Julio who blogs at Beaux Mondes Designs created a beautiful tables setting in his wonderful cabin in Russian River, California.  I'm absolutely mad about plaid so when I saw this setting, I couldn't wait to share it for Tablescape Thursday.Julio's dining room is amazing, even without a wonderful table setting.  What … [Read more...]




A Christmas Dinner Party

Welcome to the 224th Tablescape Thursday!Three or four weeks ago I posted this tablescape below for a Tablescape Thursday.  Sunday I had a little dinner party and at first I set the table with my Lenox, Winter Greetings pattern.  At the last minute, I decided the table was feeling a bit more formal than I wanted for this gathering.  I wanted our party to feel more cozy and casual.  So I decided to … [Read more...]




Winter Table with Swarovski Snowflake & Star Centerpiece

Welcome to the 74th Tablescape Thursday!  I was in the mood to celebrate this season of winter with a winter table setting and one of my favorite Robert Frost poems.Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening By Robert Frost Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though;He will not see me stopping hereTo watch his woods fill up with … [Read more...]




Snowman Follies

Welcome to the 73rd Tablescape Thursday!It's been unusually cold here in Georgia this winter...we even had a bit of snow. Snow in Georgia calls for a tablescape with a wintery feel. Spied these snowman plates at HomeGoods a few months back and couldn't resist.When I had family here for Christmas, we used them for dessert; today they are salad plates in our … [Read more...]




Cozy Fireside Tea

Welcome to the 72nd Tablescape Thursday!Hey, come on in here out of the cold. I'm so excited that you've stopped by! I have a special evening planned for us. Let's sit over here by the fire. I've made us a nice pot of hot tea.And some yummy snowball cookies. Would you like a chocolate-dipped peppermint stick? I sampled a couple before you got here...you know, just to make sure they … [Read more...]




Fireside Dining in the Library with Spode Woodland

Welcome to the 27th Tablescape Thursday!A while back I did a tongue-in-cheek post where I showed you this unbelievable dining room, pictured below. (To read that post, click HERE.)When I came across this room in a magazine, the thing that really caught my eye, stopping me dead in my tracks, was the gorgeous tablecloth. It was just so over-the-top and impractical...which of course, was exactly why I … [Read more...]




Celebrating the Winter Blues

A little birdie told me you had the winter blues...So I was thinking...since Old Man Winter is here to stay for while, instead of fighting those winter blues, why don't we just embrace them.Come on over here; I have the perfect spot for you...a comfy blue chair...And a nice, hot cup of tea, served from a Blue Willow teapot...How about a fluffy, soft pillow...With a … [Read more...]




Winter Table Setting with Swarovski Crystal Ornament Centerpiece

Welcome to the 12th Tablescape Tuesday!Let's celebrate the approach of the holiday season with a tablescape that has the feel of a snowy evening. I've dimmed the lights and lit the candles...so glad you've stopped by this chilly winter night.The centerpiece for our winter-scape is a silver "tree" covered in 17 Swarovski crystal ornaments. I've been collecting them since 1991, when Swarovski … [Read more...]