Welcome to the 160th Tablescape Thursday!
If you’ve been reading BNOTP for very long, you know I love summertime. I’m always a bit sad to see it go.
Since the first day of fall is still a little over a week away, I wanted to share one last summertime table setting here on the porch.
I had fun creating the centerpiece. It’s carved from a small watermelon.
The inspiration for the centerpiece came from watermelon napkin rings I found while antiquing over a year ago.
Cabbage leaf salad plates work well with this summer themed table setting.
For chargers, I’m using platters in a watermelon motif. These were a find at 50% off at Old Time Pottery two years ago. This is the first time I’ve used them in a table setting for Tablescape Thursday.
Can you tell what shape I carved the watermelon centerpiece in this overhead shot?
Here’s a view prior to it being filled with fruit. He’s a sassy little whale and his tail is flipped up over his back. I saw this years ago in one of my recipe books and I’ve been itching to give it a try. It was much easier to carve than I expected it to be…much easier than carving a pumpkin.
This centerpiece is perfect for a summer party. It would be great as one of the appetizers for a cookout or as a centerpiece on a buffet table for a large gathering. If you’re expecting a lot of guests, you’ll probably want to purchase a larger watermelon than the one I used here.
I know we’re at the end of summer, but if you’re interested I’ll post a tutorial showing how to carve this centerpiece. You’ll be all ready when next summer rolls around. Update: Here’s the tutorial for carving this Watermelon Centerpiece.
I placed the centerpiece atop a pedestal for a little extra height. Magnolia worked well to camouflage the base of the pedestal.
I filled Mr. Whale with some of my favorite fruits: Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, grapes and of course watermelon. I just realized I forgot to put in the fresh pineapple I cut up. Okay, just imagine pieces of bright yellow pineapple tucked in among the berries and grapes.
Update: Added the pineapple…here’s how it looks with pineapple. I think the yellow really adds a lot to the centerpiece.
The stem of the watermelon became the whale’s nose. If you like, you can poke a little hole in the top of Mr. Whale’s head and add a sprig of dried flowers for his water spout.
I love the color of the seed pods on the magnolia this time of year…such a pretty red. Do you see it there on the lower left of this picture?
A view down the length of the table…
I’ll post a tutorial for carving this “whale of a centerpiece.” It’s much easier than you think!
Holding onto summer for just a little while…
Watermelon Carving Tutorial can be found Carved Watermelon Centerpiece Tutorial.
Chargers: Watermelon Platters, Old Time Pottery
Dinner Plate: Lenox, Butler’s Pantry, Gourmet
Salad Plate: Bordallo Pinheiro, HomeGoods and Ross
Napkin Rings: Found antiquing a year ago
Flatware: Gourmet Settings, Trebel Clef, HomeGoods 2-3 years ago
Stemware: Mikasa, 1 year ago
Candlesticks: Hobby Lobby, 3 years ago
Candles: Colonial Candle
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