In The BNOTP Library: Tabletops

Tabletops by Barbara Milo Ohrbach

While we continue enjoying the beautiful table settings linked for today's Tablescape Thursday, I wanted to share an absolutely wonderful book that's all about creating beautiful tables. It's also by one of my favorite authors, Barbara Milo Ohrbach, an author of a previous book I've shared from my library. If you love creating beautiful tablescapes and table centerpieces for everyday or for special … [Read more...]




A Beautiful Dinner to Celebrate a Special Life

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Welcome to the 255th Tablescape Thursday! Recently, Sandi who reads BNOTP e-mailed me and shared a special table setting she had put together for her family as they gathered to celebrate the life of their 94 year old grandmother who had just passed away. A theme emerged as preparations were being made and Sandi and her daughter, Heather, called this memorial gathering, "The Legacy of the Little … [Read more...]




3 Party Table Settings with Coca-Cola Dishware and Coke Memorabilia

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Welcome to 226th Tablescape Thursday! Greetings!  How is your week going?  I've been dragging my feet taking down my Christmas decorations.  I decided this year to not rush things and just enjoy them a little longer. The last few weeks we've been touring the wonderful home of Governor and Marie Barnes decorated for the Christmas season. Today we're going down these stairs for a tour of the … [Read more...]




Christmas Dinner in a Russian River Dacha

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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...]




Beautiful Table Setting with Villeroy & Boch, Manoir and Paseo Gien

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Welcome to the  214th Tablescape Thursday! Good Morning on this gorgeous fall day!  I have a beautiful table setting to share with you!  But first, I just had to say I was sooo touched by all the wonderful dreams you expressed in your comments yesterday.  There's nothing I can say except, Wow!  I hope every single one comes true. Every single one!  ♥ Tablescape Thursday: For this Tablescape Thursday, … [Read more...]




Light & Airy for Summer Dining

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Welcome to the 202nd Tablescape Thursday! Greetings!  Hope your week is going great!  Recently, Noritake, a wonderful Sponsor of Between Naps on the Porch, sent some lovely china my way.   (Type Ctrl + a few time to enlarge photos in this post)   It was a gorgeous day, we got a little break in the storms this week.  Wish you were here to enjoy it with me.   This table setting … [Read more...]




Easy 4th of July Centerpiece Table Decoration

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Yesterday was flag day and that started me thinking about another patriotic holiday just a couple weeks away.  Last year I created this table setting for the 4th of July.   The centerpiece was so much fun to make.  I never got around to sharing just how I made it last year.   If you're looking for a festive, easy-to-make centerpiece or table decoration for an upcoming … [Read more...]




Dining on the Daylight Train

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Welcome to the 194th Tablescape Thursday! Greetings my tablescape loving friends!  For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I'm sharing some of the wonderful settings linked for last's weeks party.  Each time I do this, it is always so hard choosing which ones to feature because they are all so wonderful!  This week was no different.   Here's a small sampling of just some of the beautiful tablescapes I … [Read more...]




A Mother’s Day Table Setting

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Welcome to the 193rd Tablescape Thursday! This Sunday is Mother's Day.  In honor of this special occasion, I've put together a table setting using  very special table "linens."  My Mom crocheted this luncheon set back in 1956 while she awaited my arrival.   Here's a photo of my Mom (and me) around the time she would have completed this set. Unfortunately, I never really got to know my Mom very … [Read more...]




Easter Table Setting with Floral Centerpiece

Easter Table Setting with Floral Centerpiece

Welcome to the 191st Tablescape Thursday! Thanks so  much for all the wonderful comments left on yesterday's post.   I so appreciate each and every one.  Your encouragement is giving me the perseverance I need to finish the project. I know Easter has long since past but I'm still not quite done with bunnies. This time the bunnies are in a springtime breakfast table setting. Lately, I've been … [Read more...]




A Country Rooster Table Setting

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Welcome to the 137th Tablescape Thursday! It was gorgeous here today. It was so pretty I was tempted to put this tablescape out on the porch, but the pollen is insane right now. If you look closely, you can see it out there on the porch floor. That isn't dust...that's pollen! Yikes! We'll tablescape out there soon, but for now let's stay inside where it's a little less messy. So come on in and … [Read more...]




Silver-Tiered Centerpiece for Christmas

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Welcome to the 63rd Tablescape Thursday! A few months ago, I was shopping in one of my favorite antique/thrift stores, and I came across a pretty multi-tiered, silver server. It was a bit more than I really wanted to spend at $50 and it seemed a bit on the high side for the Flea...but it grabbed hold of me and refused to let me leave without it. I'd been planning on putting together a formal tablescape … [Read more...]




Three Tablescapes

Welcome to the 16th Tablescape Tuesday! I will be posting a Christmas tablescape next Tuesday...don't have it ready just yet. So for this Tablescape Tuesday, I thought I'd post 3 pics of each of the tablescapes I've created over these past weeks for Tablescape Tuesday. The title of each tablescape is also a link to the actual posting, in case you want more information or wish to see more of that … [Read more...]




A Magnolia & Lemon Centerpiece

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Welcome to the 11th Tablescape Tuesday! On one of my trips to A Classy Flea this past summer, I came across this happy daisy china.  It was love at first sight! I used place mats and matching napkins I already had. The faux bamboo flatware is from Big Lots...very inexpensive but I love it. This is an American made dishware and it dates back to the 1960s. It was made by Metlox Potteries out … [Read more...]




A Springtime Table Setting with Ma Maison

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Welcome to the 9th Tablescape Tuesday! My screened-in porch was finished in early spring. Just before the work was complete, I went on a serious shopping spree for "stuff" I would need for this new space. One of those items on my shopping list was china...something special for those summer dinners on the porch. One day while shopping in Home Goods, I found the china of my dreams. Let's just … [Read more...]




Vintage Copeland Spode

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Welcome to the 8th Tablescape Tuesday! The following tablescape is one I posted on Rate My Space many months back. I didn't want to use a typical floral centerpiece, so I scouted around the house for something I already had that might work well with a red and white tablescape. This vintage china is made by Copeland Spode and the pattern is 'Tower'. The centerpiece is a bunny that was hand-made … [Read more...]




Crocheted with Love

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Welcome to the 6th Tablescape Tuesday! A few months back, I put together a tablescape using a crocheted luncheon set created by my Mom in 1956. Gollum did a wonderful posting about it on her blog, Designs by Gollum. I thought I would post it here on my blog in celebration of this week's Tablescape Tuesday. My Mom crocheted this luncheon set during the period she was awaiting my arrival. Despite many … [Read more...]




Pretty in Pink Table Setting

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One day, while shopping for china on eBay, I found a set of Homer Laughlin china with a pretty floral pattern. I bought six, 5-pc place settings and a serving bowl for around $36, including shipping...gotta love that eBay! Several months later, while out antiquing, I came across another set of china made by International. I loved the pattern, Glenwood, which has a wide pink band with a beautiful … [Read more...]




Breakfast Table Setting with Blue Willow

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Welcome to the 2nd Tablescape Tuesday! Recently, I asked Lynne (you may know her as Decorator101 at RMS) if she had any tablescape photos she would allow me to post for a Tablescape Tuesday. She sent me these amazing pics...they just took my breath away! I asked Lynne how she came to collect all the pieces in this wonderful table setting? Lynne said, "A few years ago, after I got through the green … [Read more...]




Sand and Sea: Beach Themed Tablescape

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Welcome to the very 1st Tablescape Tuesday! (Pssst:  Tablescape Tuesday eventually became Tablescape Thursday when the tablescape party moved to Thursday.) I know summer is almost over, but I'm just not quite ready to let it go. I found some adorable shell candlesticks recently and put together this "beach" themed tablescape. Found the sea-blue flatware at Pier 1 recently and it was half … [Read more...]