Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Check it Out

Sometimes all that a tablescape needs is one fresh new item, a little imagination and a good memory.  Let me explain.  I recently spotted this colorful red, yellow and green plaid tablecloth at Home Goods.

It was very reasonably priced, under ten dollars, and really rather pretty.  Couldn't resist.  I immediately thought of these cute (funny shaped) polka dot napkins that I found at West Elm a few seasons ago.

Things were falling to place.  My plain white plates, with their subtle white-on-white checks would be lovely...

...especially perched atop these shiny red chargers.

I decided to add a runner...well actually a yellow polka dot scarf repurposed as a runner...just for fun.  Wait a minute!  I think I have THE perfect salad plates tucked way in the back of a kitchen cabinet.  These are vintage 70's or 80's...something my dear Aunt Tess discovered at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Like me, she really did love dishes, and all of the special things from her collection hold very fond memories for me.  This table was meant for these plates!  A tried green wine glasses and yellow champagne flutes but settled upon these deep ruby red goblets.

Silly me...I usually use these only at the holidays.   Years ago, I bought this pale green ceramic Arranage It vase from Southern Living at Home, and loved it so much, I bought four more to give as Christmas gifts.  It is fitted with a "frog" so all you have to do is pop in 19 flowers and you have a gorgeous arrangement every time.

Alstroemeria work particularly well, with the added bonus of looking great for at least a week!   The last detail was to light a few votives...

...and my table was complete.

Finding those old plates was such a treat, and it all started with a new tablecloth.


  1. So pretty and bright! Thanks for sharing, Blessings, Tammy

  2. Gorgeous table! I really love the bright and cheerful color scheme, and I enjoyed reading your chronicle of how you "built" the table. I have a yellow version of your SL vase -- it IS great, especially for alstroemeria!

  3. So pretty! Love the linens and those plates that belonged to your Aunt Tess.
    Very cute table! Thank You for sharing and have a great day!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  4. What a joyful table! I love the colors. The runner looks so great on that tablecloth. I never think of using both together like that. It looks great.

  5. So pretty and bright!

  6. Waht a happy story to tell.... love it from start to finish!! Perfect!

  7. What a lively table. Spring/Summer spirit is on the corner.

    Very beautiful.

    Happy TS,

  8. Very springy table. The colors are charming and makes me happy. Thanks for sharing.

  9. How cheerful this table is! There just couldn't be a sad face sitting at this delightful setting.

  10. How fun is this!! I love all the colors and how you folded the napkins under the salad plates! Brilliant idea!! Those plates are to die for..just so fun and makes me happy when I look at the tablescape!

    Thanks for linking up to Centepiece Wednesday!

  11. The salad plates are delightful! Very festive table to celebrate Spring and the colors that Mother Nature shares with us this time of year.

    Visiting from The Charm of Home.


  12. What a fun table and it holds such wonderful memories!! Isn't it great to repurpose and find that the old things take on a fresh, new look?

  13. What a bright and happy post your new tablecloth inspired! Wonderful memories for you with the use of the salad plates from your Aunt. They really did make your spring table perfect!

  14. I love tablecloths. They are like clothing in a way. Ha! Ha! Your table is colorful & I love it.

  15. So cheerful, and I think it must make you extra happy to have your aunt's plates. They are the perfect finishing touch. Linda

  16. Don't just love it when it all comes together like this? This is so charming. Your Aunt's salad plates are just precious and i know you cherish them. Perfect table in every way! Dianne

  17. I always think it's so neat how a table comes together.

    Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays. Be sure to check out my recent post and GIVEAWAY announcement.

    - The Tablescaper

  18. Very pretty! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  19. This table works for spring with all the bright colors and for fall with the harvest theme! Those plates are wonderful and using the scarf was inspired! Linda

  20. Love your fruity table! Thanks for linking to Let's Dish. Please link back to the party so others can visit the entrants.
    Those red glasses really pop!