Daffodillyicious Tablescape

Last night brought a close to my first class series, “The Art of Tablescaping – Buffet Styling” through Longview Community College. It was a night I simultaneously dreaded and happily anticipated. All told, I think it went pretty well for my first time at bat, and I’m looking forward to starting the second class series,
The Art of Tablescaping – Sizzlin’ Summer Soirées” on June 12, 2012.

Photo by Sheri L. Grant

To cap this first class series off, everyone grabbed a little snack to munch on while enjoying a slide show of the wonderful buffet tablescapes created by each student. (Cobalt blue martini glasses from Pier 1.) They really did a good job, and their work really showed they had been paying attention! The evening ended with a sit-down awards dinner at a colorful Springtime table specially prepared for these fine ladies. Sure, a buffet meal would have been apropos, but I wanted them to relax after all the hard work and effort they put into their individual tables.

It may have been raining cats and dogs outside, but inside was all about sunshine and blue sky! The Tuscan-style table was decked out in bright cobalt blue and yellow. This would also be a wonderful tablescape for a Spring wedding rehearsal dinner or birthday, and would work just as well outdoors as inside!

Full-length white linens provided a blank slate for the brilliant colors on top. A lemon yellow cotton placemat from Bed Bath & Beyond, turned to drop vertically off the side of the table, hosted a white ceramic charger (Old Time Pottery) and beautiful “Mirandela” dinner plates from Pier 1, topped off with a white-rimmed yellow salad plate from Old Time Pottery. (Click HERE and scroll down to “Sun & Sky” to see these “Mirandela” dinner plates used in a luncheon table setting.)

Bright yellow cotton napkins from Bed Bath & Beyond are cinched at the waist with bold cobalt blue napkin rings (Tuesday Morning) that look very much like jewelry. The flatware is Hampton Silversmith’s “Patriot” in the mirrored finish.

The cobalt blue stemware is from Pier 1.

Scoops of whipped butter in miniature silver Revere bowls and tiny salt and pepper shakers fill in gaps down the table center.

Heavy cobalt blue votive holders bring both color and light to the table’s surface.

Aside from daisies, I just can’t think of a happier flower than the daffodil! Three chunky cobalt blue vases filled with the sunshiny yellow flowers are flanked by silver Revere candlesticks.

Congratulations to the first Art of Tablescaping “graduating class”!!! Desta, Denise, Linda S. 1, Linda S. 2, Marie, Natalie, and Ty…you ladies did a fantastic job! Thank you for making it fun for me, and I hope you have acquired some techniques, skills and knowledge that you can carry with you for a lifetime of buffet-style tablescaping!

To see more posts on this site using cobalt blue:
Peony Power
Brilliant Italian
Blue & White 30th Birthday
Summer Blues & Greens
Surf & Turf Dinner

For more information or to enroll in “The Art of Tablescaping – Sizzlin’ Summer Soirées”, contact the Community Education Department at Longview Community College, 816-604-2030.

Please be sure to join me for Tablescape Thursday again this week. I’m also joining a new blog party this week over at Cuisine Kathleen’s called “Let’s Dish“. Check it out!
Happy Spring, everyone!!! 🙂

55 thoughts on “Daffodillyicious Tablescape

  1. First of all,congrats on the completion of your first class! I bet your students gave you an A plus and enjoyed every minute of it!
    This table is stunning! I love cobalt and yellow together, and you do it beautifully! The centerpieces just pop!
    I bet they all sign up for the next class, I would!
    See you tonight at 7 for Let’s Dish!


  2. The students really did a great job on the tablescape. I am truly impressed, Allycia. You are an excellent teacher….Christine


  3. I love, love, love this table as it features some of my favorite colors and textures. Anything with a hint of Tuscany sends my heart reeling. As for your class, I am so proud of you for having put together something that most ladies, and maybe even some men, would so enjoy. Your first session may have ended but my money is on those who return and bring a friend. You can bet I’d be in line to sign up.


  4. Those colors really pop and I love how you styled the table with the placemat off the side. So unexpected and cool. Which I lived closer, I would sign up in heart beat to learn from the master. Dianne


  5. Alycia…I know you wowed them with your tablescaping expertise..the table is beautiful with some of my very favorite colors. Hey, do you offer “e-classes”??…just another thing to “add to your plate”…ha!…

    You are the master my dear!!! Gorgeous table and congrats to your students!


  6. Alycia..Ah, what an inspiring welcome to spring!! I luv the color combo. Congrats to all for a job well done and best wishes for the next sessions.


  7. Those plates are beautiful!!! I’ve seen those glasses for years at Pier One. They look so pretty on your table!! Houston should have some places to look! If you were coming to San Antonio, I’d take you to El Mercado myself!!


  8. Alycia.. ooh those blue glasses are to die for! Love the yellow with it. and it’s so wonderful. I am sure your students learned soo much. You are the hostess with the mostest and the one with all the dancers. You get some rest and feel better. It’s quite lovely.. I want to come play with you! xo marlis


  9. Hi dear Lady Aly…

    What a lovely setting again. I so drool the cobolt blue stemwares and the yellow and the …. never ending beauty.

    Hope you all have/had a great week and a blessed w/end to come.

    Hugs from a sunny Stockholm,


  10. Alycia~ Congratulations on teaching your first class series! Sizzling Summer Soirees~ what a hot, fun theme for your next segment too 🙂 There is nothing cheerier than daffies and the blue & yellow theme is so eye-catching and versatile! Happy Spring to you!


  11. Wish I could be there for your fun classes! How fun that you had a slide show of their work – you are the best. I agree – daffodils are the prettiest and they just mean spring and sunshine and wonder. I just love the creativity God put into flowers. The yellow and cobalt together are so striking! Have a fabulous weekend!


  12. I just love the bright yellow and cobalt blue together…it does put you in a happy mood. I am so glad that you have enjoyed teaching your classes. I am sure they learned so much from you (cause I learn a lot just from looking at pictures on your blog). You have a wonderful gift and I think it’s wonderful that you are sharing it with others. Enjoy your break and we look forward to peeking at your summer classes. Have a great weekend! Hopefully you guys will dry out and have some nice weather for a few days!


  13. Oooohh how pretty is the yellow on this gloomy day, looks gorgeous and congradulations on your 1st class. I need to plant some daffodills. There you go Ms Alycia expanding my dreams.


  14. You had me at the first picture (I LOVE Veggie Straws tee hee). Beautiful country french inspired tablescape. I have a fondness for colbalt blues and these are paired with a lovely yellow and white which just brings a crisp freshness to any decor! Thank you for sharing!

    Miss Mindy


  15. Wow, what a great combo! Love the dishes! The yellow and blue look so beautiful! What a great color choice for this time of year! Love the placemats arranged that way and the blue napkin rings! Love all the cobalt blue accents and those tall cylinders are awesome! Yay for daffodils! I love them!


  16. Alycia, I have been trying to leave you comments on your last few tablescapes, and kept getting some strange error message! I will try to use my facebook account, and hopefully that will work!

    What a beautifully dramatic table this is! I have always admired those plates from Pier 1! I love all shades of blue, but that cobalt paired with yellow is amazing! LOVE the draped linens at each place setting, too! Overall, spectacular!!!


  17. I love those happy springtime colours! Look at those beautiful daffodils. A gorgeous, cheerful table indeed. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog:) Yes, all well at my end, just a little busy at the ‘real world’ :))


  18. This is so very pretty. The daffodils against the cobalt blues are just so pleasing to the eye.

    Even if it was raining outside you’d never know it

    Thanks so much for your lovely comments I appreciate them very much

    Have a great weekend


  19. Oh, a tablescaping class sounds like such fun! That blue and yellow combination is just stunning. I love how you have the placemats turned on their sides. I need to try that because I have a narrow table.


  20. Oh my gosh! I am so happy you visited my blog at B.N.O.T.P. I am honored! Now that I have found your blog, I see how an expert does it. Your tablescapes are so vibrant and inviting, beautiful. I’ll be back 🙂


  21. Love it!! I love blue and yellow together, but the repetition of the centerpice across the table makes such an impact. To have 3 or more of everything is tough to do, but you’ve got them and use them to full advantage. Now, are you going to tell us you cooked too??!! I want in on that secret! 🙂 Beautiful, bright table, Alycia. I’d love to sit at this one! ~Zuni


  22. If I lived a little closer I would have taken this class…the table is announcing spring…sky and sun meet…something we haven’t seen much of until today! Thanks for sharing, Alycia.


  23. Hello, my friend, I finally found (took) some time to visit, I looked at this post earlier, but didn’t have time to comment. But I wanted to come back and take a closer look–this setting, no other way to say it than it takes my breath away. The lemon and the cobalt blue, with the daffodils, oooh, aaaah, just beautiful. The variations in height with the candles, it is so elegant. And the beautiful china just ties it all together. I bet your students were thrilled!! Hope you are feeling good and enjoying spring!! Have a great week, hope to visit and see more very soon!! 🙂


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  30. Hi Alycia, I always get a chuckle from your comments to me! So cute! I have a hard time figuring out how to reply – can’t seem to get which is the latest one. My eye caught this gorgeous yellow daffodil thumbnail and it’s from 2012. Wow! Love it all! I haven’t seen those mini silver Revere bowls for balls of butter, really neat!



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