A Special Delivery

This is turning into a busy week. My main desktop computer was rebuilt and got a brand new hard drive. I picked it up yesterday and it's wicked fast! So happy to have that done and to have my computer back! I'll be getting a quote this week on having part of my backyard fence rebuilt and the hall/basement staircase door is being replaced again on Friday. The deck cleaning, staining, and rail painting is … [Read more...]




Forty Shades of Green

Welcome to the 465th Tablescape Thursday! I took the new tablescaping storage for a spin yesterday, and I have to say, it definitely made putting a table together for Tablescape Thursday a lot easier with everything so accessible. If you missed that previous storage post, you'll find it here: Tablescaping Storage.   With an upcoming trip to Ireland just a few days away, I couldn't resist … [Read more...]




17 Charger Plate Ideas for Your Next Dinner Party

Welcome to the 454th Tablescape Thursday! Whenever I set a table for friends or family, I often use a charger plate underneath the dinner plate. I love the way they enhance a setting, adding another pretty layer and providing a base for each place setting. They are also practical as they help catch drips that would otherwise fall on the table or tablecloth. Back in early 2008, before I ever began … [Read more...]




A Festive St. Patrick’s Day Table Setting

Welcome to the 443rd Tablescape Thursday! Gina put together the most wonderful tablescape for friends and family for St. Patrick's Day! Oh, how I would love to be dining here!   Gina found the cute shamrock plates at Lillian Vernon several years ago. I've seen similar plates in HomeGoods and Marshalls around this time of year, so that's another good place to look for … [Read more...]




Where Did You Get That Flatware?

Welcome to the 409th Tablescape Thursday! I've been out of town visiting with family for the last five days and just got back late yesterday evening. Since I wasn't home to create a tablescape, I thought it might be fun to put together a post all about flatware. Flatware is to a table setting what jewelry or shoes are to an outfit. The right flatware can be the perfect finishing touch to a beautiful … [Read more...]




St. Patrick’s Day Table with 4-Leaf Clover & Shamrock Dishes

Welcome to the 389th Tablescape Thursday! I was so hoping to put a table out on the porch this week since we've been having warmer weather, but it turned cold again the day I set this table, so we're back in the breakfast room for this week. I pulled out my favorite centerpiece for this St. Patrick's Day table.   This friendly little leprechaun only comes out to play during the month of … [Read more...]




8 Festive Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Welcome to the 388th Tablescape Thursday! St. Patrick's Day is just a few weeks away so today I'm sharing a few St. Paddy's Day tablescapes along with some other fun ideas and inspiration for your St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Click any of the titles below to see a table, hutch, recipe or napkin fold in more detail. St. Patrick's Day Spring Table   St. Patrick's Day Table With … [Read more...]




Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

Welcome to the 338th Tablescape Thursday! Hard to believe St. Patrick's Day is next Tuesday; this month is zooming by. It really feels like spring here now with the daffodils and redbud trees all blooming. Since the temps were in the upper 60's here yesterday, I spent some time on the porch putting together a little St. Patrick's Day table setting with dishes I've collected over the … [Read more...]




5 Ways To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Welcome to the 336th Tablescape Thursday! With St. Patrick's Day a couple of weeks away, here are a few fun ideas for celebrating, including a shamrock cookie recipe and a 4-Leaf Clover Napkin Fold. Happy Tablescape Thursday!   Click on the title to access that post.   St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with Shamrock Centerpiece   4-Leaf Clover Napkin … [Read more...]




St. Patrick’s Day Spring Table Setting

Welcome to the 287th Tablescape Thursday! We've been having some early spring weather here in Georgia. It was 77 degrees outside the day I created this table setting. It started out as a St. Patrick's Day tablescape but somewhere along the way it morphed into a spring table setting, too.   When my son was in elementary school, he enjoyed reading a series of books that were super popular at … [Read more...]




St. Patrick’s Day Table Setting With Leprechaun Centerpiece

Welcome to the 286th Tablescape Thursday! I'm sharing a St. Patrick's Day table today. It was dark and gloomy out when I took the pictures for this post. Looking forward to some sunshine days and setting table out on the porch again, soon.   You probably recognized Mr. Leprechaun in the centerpiece. He asks to be included in at least one table each year. ;) The bowls are a new addition, I … [Read more...]




Emergency Substitutions for Common Ingredients

There's nothing more stressful when preparing a big holiday dinner than running out of a key ingredient, especially when there's no time to run back to the store. Here's a list I compiled of popular substitutions for some of the more common ingredients we sometimes run low on. Hope this helps your cooking go a bit smoother this holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving! Image from … [Read more...]




A St. Patrick’s Day Table Setting with Help from the Easter Bunny

Welcome to the 235th Tablescape Thursday! This week while I was creating a tablescape for St. Patrick's Day, the funniest thing happened. The Easter Bunny came by for a visit.  I told him he was a little early but he explained he was stopping by early because he had something I needed for this week's table. He hopped right into the center of my St. Patrick's Day table and presented me with … [Read more...]




4-Leaf Clover Napkin Fold for St. Patrick’s Day Table Setting

Last week for Tablescape Thursday, I shared a fun St. Patrick's Day table setting with a Shamrock Cookie Tree centerpiece.  If you missed that tablescape you'll find it here:  St. Patrick's Day Table Setting and you'll find the recipes for Shamrock cookies and icing here: Shamrock Sugar Cookies and Icing Recipes   The tablescape also included a napkin fold in the shape of a 4-leaf clover. … [Read more...]




Shamrock Sugar Cookies for St. Patrick’s Day

For this week's Tablescape Thurday, I created a St. Patrick's Day themed table setting with a sugar cookie shamrock centerpiece.  (St. Patrick's Day Tablescape can be viewed in detail in this post:  St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with Shamrock Cookie Tree Centerpiece) Sugar Cookies and Icing Recipes Today I'm sharing the recipe for both the sugar cookies and the icing.  The icing really works great … [Read more...]




St. Patrick’s Day Table Setting with Shamrock Cookie Tree Centerpiece

Welcome to the 234th Tablescape Thursday! Wow, the days seem to just fly by, hard to believe it's Thursday already.  But Thursday it is and I have a fun table setting inspired by the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday.   I know it's a bit early but I thought I'd share it with you now to get those ideas flowing for your St. Paddy's Day celebrations.   This table setting includes … [Read more...]




A St. Patrick’s Day Table Setting on the Porch

Welcome to the 185th Tablescape Thursday! Spring officially arrives on March 20th, but it's already here in Georgia.  The temps have been in the upper 70's; they even went above 80° today. It was so beautiful out the day I captured these pics.  I'm looking forward to seeing green leaves filling out the trees real soon.  I don't think it will be long now.   The sheers were dancing in the … [Read more...]




St. Patrick’s Day Table Setting with Shamrock Plates

While we continue enjoying all the beautiful tablescapes posted for this week's Tablescape Thursday, I have one more fun table to share before this holiday slips away for another year. My friend, Bonnie sent these wonderful pics of a table she created for dinner with some good friends. Don't you love her beautiful breakfast room?! Love those dragonfly chairs! Let's get a closer look at the … [Read more...]




St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape

Welcome to the 78th Tablescape Thursday! If I show you a St. Patrick's Day tablescape now, will it make spring come faster? I wish.  I couldn't make up my mind which napkin rings to use, so I used four different kinds. The frilly ribbon one is actually a hair tie from Big Lots. They only had two hair ties, so I used one as a napkin ring and took the other one apart and used the ribbons and various parts … [Read more...]




St. Patrick’s Day Tea Party

Welcome to the 29th Tablescape Thursday! St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner...let's celebrate with some tea out on the porch! And of course, we must have green tea, since we are celebrating St. Paddy's Day. (The green tole tray was a wedding gift 30 years ago.) I picked fresh flowers from the garden... Ahhh...their sweet, sweet fragrance is wonderful! Little bees must have been tucked … [Read more...]