It’s All About Me!

You’re not seeing double, folks. My darling “helpful” husband mistakenly sent this unfinished post out last year as I was recovering from shoulder surgery, but then quickly deleted it when the error was discovered. Sigh! It’s all done now and ready to roll out!

As we prepare to whisper farewell to the last vestiges of Spring and start the Summer fun, this “All About Me!” pink, brown & white tablescape is one that would be fun for Mother’s Day, a birthday party, a bridal shower, a bridesmaids luncheon,  a singles Valentine get-together, or to celebrate the strength of a breast cancer survivor.
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INSPIRATION: Fun note pads found in the clearance bin at Michael’s Arts & Crafts Store

In recent times I’ve had only a little money to spend here and there on fun new things. I spend a lot of time sifting through clearance bins, and sometimes I’m really surprised at the neat stuff I’m able to find! These note pads, with their pink polka dot on brown frames and slinky striped tops, gave me instant inspiration.

It's All About Me - Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One: Full dining room

It’s All About Me! – Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One: Dining tableThis table for 6 started off with a full-length brown linen. I used two pink satin runners from LinenTablecloth.com on each side of the table to add color and give it a striped effect.

It’s All About Me! – Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One: Double place setting in pink, brown & white

It’s All About Me! – Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One: Single place setting in pink, brown & whiteI used a deep pink Bormioli Rocco “Inca” glass charger from Burlington to perk up the setting and complement the paler pink runner beneath it. Plain white Corelle dinner plates get a facelift with chocolaty brown napkins laid across and tucked beneath, keeping with the striped effect.

It’s All About Me! – Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One: Flatware, Rim Shot, Favor BagI used a contemporary flatware pattern, J.A. Henckels “Bellaserra”, with a mirrored finish. The paper favor bag on the plate complements the notepad.

It’s All About Me! – Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One: Stemware, rim shot close up collageA smoky brown stemmed glass from Dollar Tree and stemless martini glasses from Pier 1 complement each place setting. TIP: Stemless martini glasses also make great punch cups!

It’s All About Me! – Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One: Full centerpiece in pink, brown & white

It’s All About Me! – Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One: Table floral collage with pink hyacinthThe centerpiece of the table starts with this wonderful pink, brown and white polka-dotted cloth box from Michael’s brimming with pink hyacinth. For demonstration purposes here the flowers are faux, but when setting the table for guests I splurge for the real deal!

It’s All About Me! – Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One: Table "lamp" made with candlestick and lamp shade

It’s All About Me! – Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One: Lamp collageI created the “lamps” flanking the floral arrangement with white turned wood candlesticks from Z Gallerie and a brown bell lamp shade from JC Penney. An LED candle of your desired size/intensity is all that’s needed to lend flickering ambient light. (To see other candle lamps on this site see “Raining Orchids“, “Should Have Put a Ring On It“, “All A’Bloom for Spring“, and “Just Us Girls“.)

It’s All About Me! – Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One: Pink & white M&MsBowls of hot pink, pale pink and white M&Ms in white poppy bowls from Pier 1.

It’s All About Me! – Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One: Brown & white striped pillowsA fun little accent in the chairs: pillows striped in shades of brown and white to complement the stripes on the table.

It’s All About Me! – Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One: Buffet

It’s All About Me! – Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One: Cake, plates, server, marshmallows collage

Candles, cupcakes collageAs always, the buffet behind the dining table gets a little special treatment. Cupcakes are served up on a creamy white American Atelier “Empress” ironstone tray. A brown-tinted glass urn from Burlington holds miniature marshmallows, and lacy white porcelain “doily” plates from Pier 1 stand ready to serve cake. The white pitchers are from Home Goods. Candlesticks like the ones on the dining table hold chunky pink candles from Tuesday Morning.

It’s All About Me! – Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One: White hyacinth in pink vases on tea cartInspiration is everywhere! Don’t forget to check those clearance aisles…you never know what you might find there! 🙂

Other pink & brown posts on this site:
“Chocolate Traditional”
“Breast Cancer Awareness Month”
“Au Revoir”

I am joining Christine this evening at Rustic & Refined for her brand spankin’ new link party, “Table It!”. Tomorrow I’ll be at Susan’s at Between Naps on the Porch for “Tablescape Thursday” (anytime after 9:00 a.m. CDT). Come on and join me! You’ll meet some of the most talented tablescapers the world has to offer!

Happy Mother’s Day, ladies!!!

All A’Bloom in Pink for Spring

INSPIRATION: Crunchy, ugly, brown grass that just teases us with sprigs of green. :-(

INSPIRATION: Crunchy, ugly, brown grass that just teases us with sprigs of green. 😦

It’s April 1 and still dipping below freezing each night. Would somebody PLEASE text Mother Nature and let her know she’s tardy for the party??!??!!!
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Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com - All A'Bloom in Pink for Spring: Full dining room

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com - All A'Bloom in Pink for Spring: Full table

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com - All A'Bloom in Pink for Spring: Full table lengthwiseIf Mother Nature wants to play it that way and hold Spring back a while longer, I figured I’d just have to bring my own version of the season alive in the dining room!

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com - All A'Bloom in Pink for Spring: Double place setting

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com - All A'Bloom in Pink for Spring: Single place settingEach place setting starts with a pink, green, buttery yellow and white Pier 1 cotton placemat upon the bare wood table. The placemats are turned vertically to create a slight drop off the side of the table. A deep pink Bormioli Rocca “Inca” glass charger is topped with Mikasa “Daylight” china, chosen for its graceful, leafy branches.

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com - All A'Bloom in Pink for Spring: Cloche bell jar on Mikasa Daylight china

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com - All A'Bloom in Pink for Spring: Carnation in white egg cup, flatware, stemware collageA brilliant pink carnation peeks over the rim of a white egg cup from Crate & Barrel. It is covered by a clear glass cloche bell jar from Hobby Lobby. (A brightly colored egg would make a nice substitute to create an Easter brunch setting.) A soft pink napkin from LinenTablecloth.com is simply folded and laid alongside the dishes with Hampton Forge stainless steel “Bamboo Mirror” flatware. The simple glassware is from Old Time Pottery. (Other posts on this site using cloche bell jars include “Pleasant Under Glass”, “Spring Has Sprung”, and “Apple Green Luncheon”.)

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com - All A'Bloom in Pink for Spring: Full centerpiece

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com - All A'Bloom in Pink for Spring: cherry blossom branches and meringue candies collage

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com - All A'Bloom in Pink for Spring: deep pink carnations in white ceramic teapotsThe centerpiece runs the length of the table so that each guest has a little eye candy in front of them. It is a melange of deep pink carnations in white ceramic teapots, white ceramic cylinders filled with small manzanita cherry blossom branches with carnations tucked around the lower perimeter, and white ceramic baskets of pale pink, yellow and white meringues. Notice how the colors of the centerpiece items reflect those in the placemats.

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com - All A'Bloom in Pink for Spring: Full buffet arrangement

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com - All A'Bloom in Pink for Spring: Buffet florals collage

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com - All A'Bloom in Pink for Spring: Tray with teapots

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com - All A'Bloom in Pink for Spring: Mikasa Daylight teacups & saucers collageThe buffet behind the dining table is partially covered with a the same placemats as used at each place setting to sweep the color and pattern across the room. On top of the placemats is an American Atelier white ironstone tray topped with various white ceramic teapots. Mikasa “Daylight” teacups and saucers stand at the ready nearby along with a few sweet treats. The floral vessels are taller, broader versions of those used on the dining table and also contain manzanita branches. Among the branches are stems of pink magnolias and more cherry blossoms. Notice how the cloche theme from the dining table is reiterated here.

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com - All A'Bloom in Pink for Spring: Full tea cart

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com - All A'Bloom in Pink for Spring: tea cart collage

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com - All A'Bloom in Pink for Spring: candlestick lampThe vintage tea cart in the corner holds a few more sweets beneath cloches, a pot of bright pink cosmos, and a stack of Pier 1 doily dessert plates. A fun chalkboard sign wishing guests a “Happy Spring” leans casually against the base of a yellow candlestick lamp. (For more candle lamps on this site, see “Raining Orchids“, “All A’Bloom In Pink for Spring“, “Should Have Put a Ring On It“, “It’s All About Me!“, and “Just Us Girls“.)

This easy-to-create table setting would work nicely for any Springtime celebration including a ladies’ luncheon or tea, birthday, baby shower, bridal shower, retirement, or to help rejoice in the good news of a breast cancer survivor.

 

Other posts on this site featuring Spring tablescapes:
“Spring Has Sprung”
“The Bluebird Special”
“Daffodilyicious”
“Purple for Spring”

“Zen Garden”
“Mum’s the Word”
“Rolling Fields of Green”
“Taste of Wine Buffet”
“Goin’ Green for Spring”
“Springtime in Paris Mother’s Day Buffet”
“Peony Power”
“Moss & Manzanitas”
“Daisy Crazy”
“French Poodle”
and the “Spring” tab above for a couple of fun Springtime tablescapes

 

Thank you for stopping by! I’m headed over to Susan’s at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and to How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday. I hope you’ll come with! And don’t forget to join me next week for Cuisine Kathleen‘s Spring Tablescape Challenge featuring entries from tablescapers all over the world!!!

 

Celebrate Mardi Gras!

INSPIRATION: Colorful miniature masks found on clearance after Christmas at Pier 1

INSPIRATION: Colorful miniature masks found on clearance after Christmas at Pier 1

If you’re looking for some last-minute Mardi Gras inspiration, you’ve landed at the right spot!
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Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Celebrate Mardi Gras! - Full dining room

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Celebrate Mardi Gras! - Place settings

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Celebrate Mardi Gras! - LinenTablecloth.com gold crinkle tablecloth detailingI’m all for fun where Mardi Gras is concerned, but we tend to go a little more upscale in the decor for certain friends & family…and you know who you are! 😉 This gold crinkle taffeta tablecloth from YourChairCovers.com serves as a beautiful foundation. The crinkles remind me of ruching on some bridal gowns. Very elegant AND no iron! Gotta love it! If you want to go for a posh Harlequin look, I suggest the eggplant (purple) pintuck from LinenTablecloth.com. You can’t go wrong either way!

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Celebrate Mardi Gras! - Place settingThe royal purple Bormioli Rocco “Inca” glass charger anchors the place setting and is topped with an American Atelier “Florentine Scroll” dinner and salad plate. I chose this pattern because of the frenzied flourish of scroll work around the rim and in the center…for what is Mardi Gras if not frenzied and full of flourish? 🙂

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Celebrate Mardi Gras! - MenuThere will be food. LOTS of it!!! I always overdo. I can’t help myself. At least there are great leftovers which = time off from the kitchen for at least a day. I created these menus on my desktop. The fun multi-colored background layer are actually postcard invitations I’ve had for years just waiting for the right moment to make their debut. Notice how here, too, there is frenzied scrolling. I added various colored faux gemstones for a more 3-D look and…let’s be honest…because the blingier the better!!!

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Celebrate Mardi Gras! - Flatware, napkin collageThese things really excite me! I have literally had them for 20 years and NEVER used them. NEVER!!! I don’t know why. I have about 20 of them, purchased at a wholesale place in a “grab bag.” I suppose they’re actually feathered tassels of some sort, but I never let “intended use”get in my way. 😉 They’re quite full, very luxurious to the touch. They really add a lot of texture, color and sheer drama to the place setting!

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Celebrate Mardi Gras! - Pier 1 stemware/TJ Maxx glassware

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Celebrate Mardi Gras! - Glassware from TJ MaxxI use this Pier 1 gold-rimmed purple and green stemware just about every year for Mardi Gras. It’s perfect for the occasion and never gets old to me. It also comes in handy at Christmastime or when I want to go for an exotic look. I bought the intricately-designed glassware in several colors at TJ Maxx a couple of years ago (used HERE in a celebration of Diwali) after deciding the World Market price was just way too crazy for me. It has a wonderful vintage look, and notice…scroll work!

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Celebrate Mardi Gras! - Sequinned Mardi Gras maskThese miniature mask ornaments were the inspiration for this Mardi Gras table for 6. I found them while sifting through the 75% off area at Pier 1 this past January. While purple, green & gold are the traditional Mardi Gras colors, I’ve added a few more just to kick it up a notch!

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Celebrate Mardi Gras! - Purple glass cabaret lampsThese purple glass cabaret lamps are yet another Pier 1 clearance purchase from about 15 years ago that I have never used until now. I got them in purple, red and clear. What was I waiting for??!??!!! Placed at each individual place setting, they add kind of a nightclub feel to the table.

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Celebrate Mardi Gras! - Centerpiece collageThe centerpiece consists of two very dramatic aubergine “Moran” glass vases from Z Gallerie. The 31″ vases are filled with the beads that make Mardi Gras the decadent good time it’s known for and then topped off with glittered palm leaves.

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Celebrate Mardi Gras! - Buffet mask surrounded in feathered tassels

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Celebrate Mardi Gras! - Buffet mask collageFeathers are a big part of the Mardi Gras celebration from the clothing, to the often elaborate/whacky headdress, to the decor. So I spread them around the room from the table to the buffet top! Here they fan out at the base of this aloof ceramic Jester mask rescued from the clearance section at Home Goods a couple of years ago. I added a handful of beads for color, texture and fun. In retrospect, I probably should have blinged him out a bit more. Well…there’s always next year, God willing!

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Celebrate Mardi Gras! - Sconce with Mardi Gras fairy

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Celebrate Mardi Gras! - Sconce fairy collageThese fanciful Mardi Gras fairies were included in the same grab bag as the feathered tassels from years ago. I forgot they even existed. They somehow slipped past my trusty computerized catalog system and were still neatly tucked into the original packaging!!!

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Celebrate Mardi Gras! - Gumbo

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Celebrate Mardi Gras! - Alycia with homemade gumbo & catfishNo, Ramon didn’t pick up some bag lady and bring her home. This is me after a long day of cooking and cleaning, and I apparently have no shame! Isn’t that head a mess? At least I’m wearing Mardi Gras purple! I did a trial run of the food for Fat Tuesday next week. I ended up adding crab and shrimp to this pot, but next week’s guest list includes someone who claims she’s allergic to shellfish…and you know who you are! 😉

I hope you’re all ready for Fat Tuesday with menu and drinks and games already decided! It’s going to be a blast…and then Lent. What are you giving up this year?

Other Mardi Gras tables or tables suitable for Mardi Gras on this site:
Mardi Gras Madness
Mardi Gras Lite
Mardi Gras Mojo
The Peacock Effect

I’m joining Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch again this week for “Tablescape Thursday”, and I hope you’ll come with! You’re bound to find loads of ideas from lots of other talented tablescapers (especially those Southern galsand you know who you are!) for a great Mardi Gras celebration.

Valentine Tablescape – Queen of Hearts Card Party

INSPIRATION: Dessert plates found in the clearance section at Tuesday Morning. Just $1.99 for each set of 4!!!

My Mom and I were out scouting after-Christmas bargains and ended up spending nearly an hour in the clearance section at one of our local Tuesday Morning stores. I saw these fun, modern “Queen of Hearts” dessert plates had been marked down 60%, so I scooped 2 sets right up. Imagine my surprise and sheer delight when I checked out and they were actually 90% off!!! I knew I had to do a fun and really different Valentine’s Day luncheon tablescape for my card shark pals. Yes…you people know who you are! (If you’re looking to buy some, I’ve seen them on Amazon.com for $13.99.)
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Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Queen of Hearts Card Party: Full tableThe rim of the otherwise pink, red & white dessert plates is chocolate brown. Valentine’s Day definitely = chocolate, so chocolate brown 85-in. tablecloth over a 108-in. round one it was!

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Queen of Hearts Card Party: Place setting

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Queen of Hearts Card Party: Flatware, stemware, napkin & rim shot collageThe place setting begins with hot pink Bormioli Rocco Inca glass chargers purchased in a frenzied shopping spree a couple of years ago. Plain white Corelle plates for the entrée come next, topped off with the dessert plates in 3 of the 4 designs. A starched white cotton napkin drapes off the side of the table from beneath the stack. Simple stainless flatware and curvy Dollar Tree glassware completes the place setting.

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Queen of Hearts Card Party: Full centerpiece

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Queen of Hearts Card Party: Centerpiece from overhead

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Queen of Hearts Card Party: Queen crown, chest amulet & Modern Queen collageLong story short: I found this standard card deck queen figurine on 80% off clearance at a nearby Hobby Lobby. Put her and a King in my basket, and then decided against them at the last minute. Slept on it, realized my huge mistake, got up at the crack of dawn and waited in the parking lot until the doors opened only to find out someone apparently much smarter than me already took them. Horrors!!! Drove to THREE other Hobby Lobby stores that day. Third time was a charm! Not only did I find the King & Queen, but also a Jack! Bent down, kissed the floor (not really…more like a Hollywood air kiss!), thanked the Lord, and hustled on home with my treasures. Interestingly, she was a Queen of Clubs, so I just used Hallmark heart stickers to give her crown and amulet a quickie makeover. Notice how staid she looks compared to the modern, curvy, sexy Queen on the plates. Still, both quite regal! (Seriously…these must have been created by some man with a Sophia Vergara fascination. Just look at “the girls” on that modern Queen!!! 😉 )

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Queen of Hearts Card Party: Card handAfter lunch, the dishes and centerpiece will be cleared and IT IS ON like Donkey Kong as we used to say back in the day!!! (Back in what day?!?! I’m going to be chewed up and spit out. I have no idea how to play Hearts or any other card game!)

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Queen of Hearts Card Party: Dessert buffet on vitrine

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Queen of Hearts Card Party: Gummie, marshmallow, M&M, cookie collage

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Queen of Hearts Card Party: Pretzels & popcornThe vitrine holds plenty of sweet and salty snacks to munch on during the card playing portion of the afternoon.

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Queen of Hearts Card Party: Tarts on Ralph Lauren pedestalThe dessert plates do quote the 1782 poem that begins, “The Queen of Hearts, She made some tarts, All on a summer’s day…“, so what would this luncheon/card party be without a few tarts? (OK, those of you with randy little minds! Don’t go there!!! 😉 ) Faux tarts are used here for demonstration purposes, but I’ll be making some using mini phyllo dough shells for the luncheon.

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Queen of Hearts Card Party: Side table with score card

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Queen of Hearts Card Party: Score card & cloisonne heart collageI have created score cards for the occasion using my PC. From the looks of it, scoring is very complicated! A pretty red and pink cloisonné heart jewelry box serves as decoration for the side table.

So if you have no plans for Valentine’s Day or just want to do something fun with friends, a Queen of Hearts card party might be right up your alley!

More Valentine’s Day tablescapes on this site:
Should Have Put a Ring On It
Platinum & Pink Valentine
Diamonds Are a Material Girl’s Best Friend

Be Still My Heart
Peonies and Pearls
Chocolate Traditional
Days of Wine & Roses
Love’s Arrow

I’m linking up with The Tablescaper for “Seasonal Sunday” this week and Laurie for her annual Valentine Blog Party. This Thursday I’ll be joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for “Tablescape Thursday” once again. Check it out to see what I’m sure will be a bevy of wonderful tablescapes from talented bloggers all around the world who join these weekly blog parties!

♠ ♣ ♥ ♦ Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!!! ♠ ♣ ♥ ♦

Flamingos in Paradise

If the thermometer on my car is right, it is currently 96 degrees outside. I’d say summer is h-e-r-e!!!

While living in the great Midwest doesn’t afford much of a true beach experience, we can always dream! This poppin’ pink tropical tablescape for 10 is great for a gathering of friends celebrating any casual summer occasion. I know my good friend/cake stylist, Patrick “the-Flamingo-Lover” Snuffer, would never leave!
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I used two 6-ft. oblong tables pushed together horizontally to create an “almost square.” This shape provides more decorating space in the center with room left over if necessary for bread baskets, wine carafes, condiments and such.

A canvas of crisp white linen allows all the brilliant tropical colors to shine. Hot pink Bormioli Rocca “Inca” glass chargers recently purchased for a song at Gordman’s anchor the place settings. I blogged about it (here), and the pricing on these chargers was so hot that my friend Cherry Kay from Entertaining Women could barely finish her dinner before scooting out the door to snatch some up. I imagined us in that “Run, Forrest! Run!!!!” scene with me cheering her on! 🙂

The melamine dinner plate is a fun and inexpensive 2012 purchase from Old Time Pottery costing just $2.49 apiece. The napkins are actually bandanas purchased at Hobby Lobby. At just $.99 each, you don’t freak out so much about teriyaki sauce stains!

I used faux bamboo flatware from JC Penny Outlet to keep the tropical theme going.

This gorgeous and substantially-weighted turquoise blue stemware from Pier 1 is a perfect match to the cool blues in the dinner plate.

Clear glass cylinders are the workhorse of my centerpiece inventory. You can find them at places like Old Time Pottery, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and Home Goods. Here a mix of high, medium and low cylinders displays some of the hundreds of seashells gathered or received as gifts over the years. Chalky white starfish from Z Gallerie sit atop the cylinders to add a little more height and form.

The cylinders are flanked by jaunty pink flamingos from Hobby Lobby wading in a sea of still more shells that run the length of the table. I used to confuse flamingos and storks…and then baby made three, and it became crystal clear which was which! 🙂

Snippets of hot pink and cream-colored plumeria are tucked here and there among the shells along with clear cylindrical votives. Even more color and texture is introduced by way of deep green hostas and tropical-looking ferns pillaged from our yard.

These brightly colored paper parasols from Hobby Lobby get a real workout at our house! I like to casually plunk them down around the perimeter of the deck to add color and a little bit of a “Wow!” factor. They’re cheaper and less back-breaking than bringing in a bunch of potted palms. Here they’re kind of like umbrellas in the sand at the beach!

A small oblong drink and hors d’oeuvres table is set up at one end of the deck, flanked by still more of the pretty paper parasols. Another, resting atop another glass cylinder, shades the food & drink from the unforgiving glare of the early evening sun. Tiny parasols garnish each glass.

These oh-so-fun-and-fabulous ceramic flamingo appetizer/salad/dessert plates are making their debut here serving up delicious crab cakes, but look for them again soon taking center stage in another tropical-themed post. My dear blog friend, Mona, sent them to me last summer when I was feeling very blue. Their arrival on my doorstep gave me a surge of energy to the nth power!!! Thank you, sweet Mona!!!♥♥♥

And this, dear friends, is what goes into the creation of a fun, colorful, casual beach/tropical-themed tablescape!

Other posts with a tropical theme on this site:
“Hot Tropical”
“Tropicana”
“Oranges & Blossoms”
“Old Navy Seafood Cruise”

Other posts using paper parasols on this site:
“Daisy Crazy”
 “Oopsy Daisy!”

I will join Cuisine Kathleen for her 14th “Let’s Dish!” this week. Be sure to tune in anytime after 6:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesday. This week is her “At the Beach” tablescape challenge, so it will be lots of fun! C’mon and go surfin’ safari with us! Looking for great centerpiece ideas? Join me at the Style Sisters’ blog for “Centerpiece Wednesday“. I’ll also join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for “Tablescape Thursday“, available anytime after 9:00 a.m. CDT on Thursday. Come on over! And check me out on BeBetsy.com!

Chargers Priced Right!!!

I want to share this with anyone looking for nice glass chargers at a bargain basement price this late Spring/early Summer!!! I found these Bormioli Rocco Inca chargers at Gordman’s in the Greater Kansas City area this past weekend. I looked at their location map, and the stores seem to be concentrated in the upper & lower Midwest. There are stores going as far South as Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi. They also run to the west as far as Colorado, Utah, and Idaho. If there’s a Gordman’s in your area, get your hips over there as fast as you can move to scoop these up! Here’s why:

Apparently some unknown entity sells them for $12 (I’ve seen them online for as little as $9.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond, $11 on Amazon.com, and at Bloomingdale’s for $11.99), but Gordman’s regular price is $7.99. Still too much as far as I’m concerned.

Some had been marked down to just $4 which is more within my budget.

Still others had been marked all the way down to $2. Even more palatable. But wait!!!

They are ALL marked an additional 33% off the lowest marked price!!! That means those marked $2 are now just $1.34 each! Those marked $4 are just $2.68, which is still one heck of a bargain for a Bormioli Rocco glass charger!

I only bought four, but they come in six vibrant colors: purple ($2), hot pink ($4), turquoise ($4), orange ($2), red ($4), and yellow-green ($2). (Sorry…the yellow-green ones DON’T work well with the green Dollar Tree goblets we all know and love. I took one with me to look for a possible color match, and no go! 😦 )

So what are you doing still looking at this post??!??!?!!! Hustle your little legs on down to the nearest Gordman’s now!!!!!!!
(For those of you in the Greater Kansas City area, there are 4 locations on the Missouri side and 1 on the Kansas side at 95th & Quivira which seemed to have the best selection.)

I’m linking up this week with Cuisine Kathleen’s “Let’s Dish!” I’m pretty sure this qualifies as it is one heck of a bargain on something from the dish family!!! 🙂