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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tablescape Thursday: Country Harvest Dinner

It's time for Tablescape Thursday! I put together a sweet little tablescape for two for this week that I decided to call 'Country Harvest' because of the plates. Be sure to check out all the other great tablescapes this week hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch!

I set up my tablescape on our little kitchen table, rather than in the dining room. It's so much cozier at this little table.
View from the top

For my centerpiece I used a bunch of (faux) cheerful daisies, bought on clearance at Michael's. I put them in my vintage glass lemonade pitcher. I would have loved to put them in a gorgeous white ironstone pitcher, but my attempts to buy one in various antique stores and on eBay have been thwarted for months! I am resolved that I will own a white ironstone pitcher one of these days! My milk glass nesting hen provides a little of that country charm. Sometimes I put butter in the hen, but today one of my little butter domes is doing that job and my hen can just relax and look pretty.

My silver-plate pheasant salt and pepper shakers have joined the hen on the table. The yellow floral table runner is Ralph Lauren, purchased at TJMaxx for $9.

I am in love with this vintage linen bread basket liner. I bought this last year at an antique store. It was in pristine condition and was even nicely pressed and super-starched, so it's very crisp and lovely!

Let's take a look at the cover. I've been desperately seeking place mats and linens to go with these dishes, but haven't found just the right thing yet. In the meantime, my vintage linen place mats will once again be of service and my favorite yellow plaid napkins.

I have folded the napkins in a fold called the "Lily". In lieu of napkin rings, black and white checked ribbon tied in a bow works nicely. I used a narrower ribbon for these; the centerpiece has a bow in the same black and white check, but it's a wider ribbon. I bought both of these rolls of ribbon on clearance after Halloween last year for about $1. I always buy ribbon on clearance and stash it in my craft closet for later use!

To continue on with the 'country harvest' theme; I've used these Cameo apples as place card holders. I made the little name flag using scrap card stock and then attached it to a toothpick. If you have a stemmed fruit, like apples or pears, you can put a name flag right on the stem and they make really cute (and edible) "place cards". (I used a toothpick for these because they were going back into the crisper after the photos!)

Not that with only two people dining tonight we'd need place cards....but whatever! It's fun!

These are the black and white plates. Over the top of the dinner plate I have a clear glass salad plate so that the pretty scene isn't hidden. I bought these plates for $3.99 at TJMaxx not long ago. You can see these plates have a harvest motif; the outside edge shows fruits, wheat stalks and flowers. I have four of these plates.This one has a center scene of a woman and boy near some cottages, carrying what looks to be sheafs of wheat or hay.

The other plate has a center scene of a horse drawn wagon and two men bringing in the hay harvest, with a pretty mill on the left. I bought two plates of each scene.

I again used these crystal wine glasses that I've had forever for this table. They are a little "fancier" than my balloon wine glasses, yet are shorter than my Mikasa fine crystal, which are very tall, so it works nicely on a small table for two. I couldn't remember the name of these wine glasses, but Anita at Far Above Rubies who saw them on my Spring Breakfast Table was kind enough to post the name.She suggested they were Cristal D'Arques "Longchamp" by Durand, which sounds really, really familiar, so I think she is right!

I got these faux daisies for $3 for this big bunch!

Dollar Tree black metal votive holder. $1 (of course!)

Don't these candle holders just make the coolest light pattern on the table??

Thanks for stopping by!

Black and white Harvest plates: TJ Maxx  $3.99 each, recent purchase
Wavy glass salad/dessert plates: Crate & Barrel, 2007
Wine glasses:  probably Cristal D'Arques "Longchamp", received as a gift, probably somewhere around 1990-1991
Floral Table Runner: Ralph Lauren, TJ Maxx, $9
Black metal votive holders: Dollar Tree
Casual flatware (stainless): J.A.Henckels "Vintage". Bed, Bath & Beyond, 2008.
Faux daisies: Michael's, $3
Vintage glass lemonade/iced tea pitcher: rummage sale (free!)


One Cheap B*tch said...

Your table looks lovely! I really like the name place cards in the apples. Cute idea! I think I got those same votives at my dollar store! Tried to paint one white and let's just say it landed in the circular file - lol!

Joanne Kennedy said...

I love this set up. The black, white and yellow is perfect together and I love the black and white ribbon you used.


Southern Touch Catering said...

Wow, what a crisp and refreshing table this is! Anyone would love to enjoy a breakfast there. LOVE, love, love it!

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

This is gorgeous! I love the yellow with the black and white. LOVE how you did the napkins, and they are perfect with those plates. Love the harvest feel with these colors too. This is just fresh and oh so pretty:-) I have been trying to get some of the Franciscan Ivy china from "I Love Lucy" fame on ebay and have also been thwarted several times now, so I can relate!

Bella said...

Your table looks so lovely! I love the yellow runner, with the transferware. The Hot Rolls linen a major great score, Love It! It is always nice that you show the table in candlelight, the shadowplay on this table is magical:-) Bella

Julie said...

Love your Table...So Pretty...I have that same white chicken dish...

Style Sisters said...

Love the black and white with the daisies!! I love it all...this is just so beautiful!! Great job.


Mimi said...

Katie, love your 'harvest' table...those are some of my favorite plates, they are perfect for the beautiful linens you have chosen. Of course, I am in love with the covered dish, it is a nesting hen!

Fifi Flowers said...

J'adore your table... sooo refreshing!!!

Mrs. P. said...

So very pretty!! I love your milk glass nesting hen. She looks lovely in your tablescape. I've been very tempted by those black transferware dishes at TJMaxx...I may just have to breakdown and get them :)


Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

This is so pretty! I love the black and white dinner plates with the yellow! It is just beautiful!

Sherry said...

I go those dishes too. I love them with your table runner. I love your daises also!
Win Rachael Ray bake ware at my blog.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Wonderfully sweet and pretty table.
Loved the daisies and the black and white with the floral runner. So neat. A friend of mine just bought some of the pheasant salt and pepper shakers, to sell, so I told her to come over and see yours, she was very excited to see them.
Have a great day hon,
Blessings, Nellie

Anonymous said...

This is lovely...I bought those dishes as well and your tablescape really does them justice. I love them!!

Bill said...

Hi Katie,
So many things to enjoy about this table! I thought the daisies were "un-faux" ... they look great with your b/w plates! Your candlelit shots are beautiful! I especially liked the light and shadows cast by the votive holder.
Nicely done!

xinex said...

Your table is lovely, Katie. I especially love the salt and pepper shakers...Christine

Martha said...

I love the pop of red from the "apple place cards". I will look more closely next time I am at Dollar Tree.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is such a cheerful tablescape -- love the yellow with black and white and the apples too! Very creative and sweet. Thank you for your very sweet visit.

Sharlotte said...

I LOVE this color combination! The yellow and black are so fresh and cozy...and your things...are just so friendly! The daisies, the plates {love that pattern}, and your crystal. It's all so inviting!Thanks so much for sharing!

Randee said...


I love the way your table looks--so inviting. Very pretty use of black, white, and yellow accents.