French Poodle

INSPIRATION: This prim, proper, and oh-so-Parisian French poodle I bought at Home Goods with the gift certificate I won from Cuisine Kathleen!

INSPIRATION: This prim, proper, and oh-so-Parisian French poodle I bought at Home Goods with a gift certificate I won from Cuisine Kathleen!

With Mothers Day on the horizon and this time of year buzzing with bridesmaid luncheons, bridal showers and birthdays, this Paris-themed tablescape using pink, black, cream and white is a fun idea to add a little ooh-la-la to the celebration!
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DSCN3318WMThis very girly tablescape begins with a full-length black cloth from Black linens are a staple just like the proverbial “little black dress” we all have in our closets because they can be dressed up or dressed down.

French Poodle tablescape place settings - Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One

French Poodle table setting in pink, black & white - Tablescapes at Table Twenty-OneEach place setting is outfitted with a rhinestone-studded white charger that has been topped with another silver beaded-edge charger. The dinner plates are a simple cream color, and the salad plates in black to finish the look. TIP: Remember…it’s not always necessary to use “matching” dinnerware, but rather pieces that are complementary to one another and the surrounding decor.

Flatware, stemware, napkin, rim shot collage for French Poodle tablescape - Tablescapes at Table Twenty-OneA soft pink napkin from Bed, Bath & Beyond peeks out from beneath the dinner plate and is highlighted by the black background of the linen. The flatware, passed on to me from my Mother, is International Silver’s “Royal Danish” and the crystal diamond-cut stemware is from the Longchamps collection.

Canister on plate collageWhatever the special occasion, you want to have something fun for your guests to remember the event. These fun little tin boxes (Michaels Ashland Home Decor collection), embellished with either a fleur-de-lis or Eiffel Tower, are topped with a pretty “diamond” knob. They make a great favor in and of themselves (I’m using mine for storing cotton balls, Q-tips and makeup sponges in my dressing room!), but if you want to take it a step further, add a little gift or edible treat to be enjoyed later. TIP: These tins are on sale this week (thru 4-20-13) at Michaels at 50% off!

Eiffel Tower place card holder on French Poodle tablescape - Tablescapes at Table Twenty-OneI L-O-V-E these darling silver Eiffel Tower place card holders from Thanks to the folks there at Beau-coup who were so kind as to send these for me to use in a tablescape. Even the place cards are embellished with tiny fleur-de-lis symbols!

French Poodle hat box centerpiece - Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One

Pink boa & hat box centerpiece collage - Tablescapes at Table Twenty-OneI always go on about shopping your home for centerpiece items, and these fun hat boxes from Gordman’s and poufy pink feather boas from Hobby Lobby came straight from my dressing room. I lengthened the centerpiece by adding curvy black lidded ceramic vases from Tuesday Morning and a couple of the larger pink & black tins from Michaels. Silver mercury glass votives dot the area for shimmer and ambient light.

Sophisticated ladies pillow - Tablescapes at Table Twenty-OneThis pink & black fashion pillow from Stein Mart is another item found in my dressing room that adds another fun touch to the overall ambience in the room.

French Poodle on buffet - Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One

Poodle collageI like to extend the look on the table to the buffet. This time I used a black ginger jar from Home Goods to display a generous profusion of faux floral branches from Hobby Lobby to add to the feeling of springtime in Paris. Shading herself beneath the floral arrangement with her perfect little nose in the air is Fifi the pink French poodle. Thank you again, Kathleen! I’ll get a lot of use out of Miss Fifi in the years to come!

Tea cart with damask coasters from - Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One

Flute, box, coaster design collage

Coaster collage

Clockwise from upper left corner: Dianne from “Dianne’s Creative Table“, Teresa from “I Got the Sun In the Morning“, Lynne from “Lynne’s Gifts From the Heart“, Sandra from “The Sweet Sensations“, Liz from “Infuse With Liz“, Ellen from “Scribbler Unfocused“, Debbie from “Mountain Breaths“, and Babs from “Upstairs Downstairs“. came through again with a real winner. These glass coasters are great for entertaining! Just slide a photo of each guest into the back pocket, and voila! (I used the photos of some very special blog buddies.) These coasters could work well as a place holder at the table or to simply identify whose drink is whose at a cocktail party! (Imagine your bridesmaids’ delight if you had this at their place setting and then a whole pack of them as a little thank you gift after the shower or luncheon!) The classic damask design around the edges lends to the upscale feel of the room’s design elements. One of the best features: the coasters have little rubber “feet” on the four corner to help stabilize them on any surface!

French Poodle tablescape - Tablescapes at Table Twenty-OneSexy, oui?

Other pink & black or Paris-themed tablescapes on this site:
Princess Pink Birthday Dinner
Springtime in Paris Mother’s Day Buffet
Mother’s Day Luncheon in Pink

Join me this week to see what talented tablescapers all around the globe are up to:
Cuisine Kathleen’s “Let’s Dish!
Susan’s “Tablescape Thursday
The Home Girl’s “Festive Friday Fiesta
Beverly’s “Pink Saturday

72 thoughts on “French Poodle

  1. I love the elegant French poodle you won, and the fabulous tablescape to go with it in black with pink! Very chic tablescape, with the touches of the pretty French theme boxes as details. Loving the Eiffel Tower card holders. Your tablescape reminds me of my post on grand Cayetana’s French theme birthday party, last Novemver. Thanks for popping in to see me, I love it when you come! Have a great week darling!


  2. Ooh-la-la!! Simply exquisite. I’m loving the favors from and Fifi, the french poodle. It’s amazing how you used so much pink without going over the top. On top of that, just combining all these colors to make a beautiful and complementary tablescape is awe-inspiring. Thoroughly impressive, as always! Thanks for sharing!


  3. Too cute mon amie!! So darling. I love Miss Fifi. What a great jumping off point. The pink and black is always so cool. Makes me think of bobbie socks and 45’s! Beautiful dishes. And glasses. And I do so love those Tour d’Eiffel name holders!!! Those are too cute for words. C’est si bon! xo marlis


  4. Alycia, This is perfection! I loved and wore a lot of pink and black when I was in hight school in the 50’s. I think Fifi was on my poodle skirt. I love all the “Gay Paree” touches. Again you have beautiful tall pieces. black apothecary jars.
    Love to you, Ginger


  5. I love Miss Fifi and she presides over a very chic Parisian table, oui? I think it should be popular once again for ladies to dye their white poodles pink. I remember that from my childhood! Easter colored poodles!


  6. What a great tablescape, Alycia! I have always loved this color scheme. This was my most popular setting, when I was doing children’s event planning. All of the little girls wanted the “Parisian” party. You did a great job!


  7. C’est tres bon! Fifi is quite something! Does Geoffrey feed her? I bet he doesn’t like that! Love your comment about a black table cloth being like the proverbial little black dress…I must get one! The Eiffel tower place card holders are too cute! The rhinestone chargers and bling on the trinket box are too fabulous! A sexy table indeed!


  8. I love pink and black together! I just got a great black tablecloth from Goodwill that is huge. I’m gifting it to one of the MGCC girls who has a huge antique table. Fabulous place card holders! Another great table Alycia!


  9. oh la la. There’s no escape now – you’re the Queen of Tablescapes!!!! I was going to say Marie Antoinette but then I remembered 😉 and I like your pretty happy face too much ahahah

    I couldn’t understand why I ran from black tablecloth for so long.

    How elegant it is?!

    Though in your creation there isn’t a item that it isn’t PERFECT and ELEGANT.

    You also have a knack to bring a chuckle from us with some witty details thrown in. You chould have one of those televised interventions _ TeresarisestheHIREALYCIAbanner _ 😉 to call attention to those tiny details that seem to be filling the gaps when in fact they’re telling a story of their own. Your own.

    So A-mazing!!! Thank you for sharing,


    P.S. Should have gone for Angelina Jolie picture in my profile 😉 ahahahahah Thank you! You know how I treausure you and your sharings. Love U, in fact. I Love your dining room – outstanding iron work and elegant details that have “power” in their own but that so easily coordinate with your creations :applause:


  10. OOOOH LA LAAAA! This is so fun and fabulous!! I just love it, Alycia! Congrats on the gift card….your sweet pink poodle is just perfect for this fashionista table!!! Love, love, LOVE!!! Hope you’re having a great week! Hugs!


  11. Oui Oui, I love this table, Alycia! Thank you for such beautiful inspiration. I’m planning right now for a shower I’m hosting in May and had already decided on black and white damask with accents of pink. You have definitely given me some great ideas! Thanks for sharing your table with us. I’m on my way to check out those coasters right now.


  12. Oh my dear!! What a fun table – wish I were in Paris right now! Love your adorable “Fifi” and all of the pink and black. Those coasters are fabulous and I know you will be doing some great tables with those in the future! I love the way you elevated the candles – you to, girl!!


  13. Oh! How so very girly girl!!! I love it, better yet, my daughter would love it- she is the ultimate girly girl!! Your attention to the details is always so apparent, it is what makes each of your tables fabulous!


  14. Très chic…I love your table, Alycia. Cool black vases and Eiffel Tower place card holders…but it’s that haughty French poodle that immediately caught my attention…we had a mini one for almost 20 years…RIP Mitzi!


  15. Oui, oui….very gay Paree. When I was a little girl, my Aunt Corrine had a powder bath that made her very proud…the walls were done with this same poodle, but it was powdering its bum with a large white powder puff…over and over…all over the walls. I’ve never forgotten it, and it was years before I would consider using wallpaper…LOL. Your use of the poodle is a whole lot cuter! Love the little black favor boxes. May have to go check those out. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay


  16. Ooh la la is right and darling Fifi is the belle of the Parisian table. I’ve always loved pink, black and white, Alycia, and this is so fun. You picked out a great gift from HG. I love those glass coasters, too. What a cute party idea. Your creativity crown is glowing.


  17. Oh Alicia ~ you always tickle me! You have a way of running with an idea that always becomes a show stopper. You have more talent in your little finger than most do in their whole body!

    Lots of Love,
    Susan and Bentley


  18. Ooh, weren’t we on the same page today? Everything is perfect. Those Eiffel tower place card holders are fabulous and I just adore the little tins. They would be cute little bridesmaid items.
    No- no Paris for the honeymoon- they wanted a cruise and I did try to convince them. I think they were a little nervous about trying that one on their own. She has been and would get along just fine, but he was nervous. Now they are saying that we will just have to take them later!


  19. Stunning Alycia! I love pink & black and I agree, you must always have a black tablecloth in your possession! Just like the little black dress, you never know when you’ll need it 🙂


  20. Oh là là! Très chic! Those Eiffel Tower place card holders are magnifique! Mademoiselle Fifi est très jolie! This table is so charming! I particularly like the look of cream plates against pink napkins. Very nice!

    Also, I wanted to thank you and Marlis for your explanation of how you mix greens. I had some trouble with that while working on my St. Pat’s table. I always learn something fabulous from your blog!


  21. Oh, Alycia! How much fun…so chic and girly. Love the “snooty” poodle and the cute French tins and the special coasters.. Thanks soooo much for inviting us! You’re the bestest hostess.


  22. Alycia, I want to come to this party. Those boxes are wonderful. What a great idea for party favors. Love using 2 chargers. I think all of my chargers are the same size. I’m going to have to look for some that are smaller. The chargers you used are both gorgeous. I love your poodle too, and what cute coasters, and the Eiffel Tower place card holders are perfect on this table. laurie


  23. What is so much fun about this table is the way you have combined elegance and a sense of fun. I mean a table with poodles, how could that not be a happy place to be. Your idea for the coasters is a great way to personalize. Always I love what you come up with and how it so reflects your energy.


  24. Hi Alycia …How are you?A smart table…love the poodle.The Parisian theme table always fun to make.Nice trolly with those cut glasses and the tin boxes are very cute….have a great week end…Love sujatha…:):)


  25. Alycia, Those black lidded vases made my heart go pitter-patter! So elegant and sleek. I love the poodle and all the pink and black, which is one of my favorite color combinations. Even more beautiful and elegant by candlelight. What a surprise to find my photo on one of your coaster!!! You my dear, are so sweet! That photo was taken at the Philadelphia Flower Show a fews years back and theme was Paris! How appropriate for your “oui so Française” table. Dianne


  26. I realize I’m late to this, but I am commenting anyway. This one is just plain wonderful. With Fifi, you managed to create a table that is whimsical yet beautiful at the same time. I love those place cards, and I love the glass coasters too. My favorite shot is that last one with the candlelight and the pink napkins cascading down the side of the table from the setting. I would love to copycat the pink and black French theme for one of my luncheons. I love it.


  27. You brought the ooh, the la, and tons of style to this table. One super cool thing that you do is to go beyond just the table. You style the room. Gold star for you!!!!


  28. Classic! Can see how that poodle would inspire you. You inspire me – am cooking up a tupperware and beat up silver stuff tea party setting for the little girls in my life (don’t want anything that can break) and will be checking here for inspiration myself.


  29. That poodle is a hoot! You won’t believe it, but I bought a poodle of my own last week at Tuesday Morning. It’s made out of burlap that has text printed on it, and looks like it’s wearing a powdered wig. It’s a riot. Love your Parisian post!


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