Summer Entertaining Suggestions

As requested, today’s post is an updated version of a summer entertaining suggestion post from a couple of years ago. Good information is always worthy of repeating, and I am happy to share these suggestions new to the Places In The Home summer entertaining repertoire.  Summer officially arrives in two weeks with the summer solstice gift of extra daylight.  Talk about the ultimate summer entertaining hostess gift!  Invite vibrant color, easy entertaining tips, and fun home decor touches to the party and prepare to impress.

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John Jacob Interiors

Summer nights frame the art of entertaining with a canvas of color and hosting ease.  For an evening under the stars, bring down the house lights and light the night with soft accent lighting.  A casual yet dramatic effect can be easily achieved by strategically placing lanterns or glass jar luminaries along a walkway.

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House Beautiful

For extra ambiance wrap, hang, drape or string white twinkle string lights from trees, in shrubs and around columns.  Stunning!

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Bamboo Cloth Lantern

Tiki torches, table lamps on loan for the evening from your interior home decor, garden chandeliers, and decorative paper lanterns also make great options in the quest to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.

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Pier 1 Imports

Considering a summer soirée diy project to light the summer night? Here’s several simple, effective, colorful and refreshing summer entertaining diy ideas.  Click on the link below each image to get the diy how-to scoop.

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Recycled Wine Bottle Torch for Outdoor Use Only

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DIY Ice Buckets

The Ball Jar is a versatile party decor darling.

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Light them up, fill them up, or chill them down.

ball-jar-purpleThis is my idea of a party 6 pack!

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A midsummer night’s entertaining dream becomes a reality with these quaint and stunning  homemade hurricanes.  I discovered this impressive look last week in the new issue of Ladies Home Journal and pinned it to my Pinterest account.

Simply fill clean canning jars with dried beans to hold the votive candles in their upward position. Securely hang the mason jars at various heights from trees with twine.  A simple and affordable look to add to the perfect summer evening.  The vintage look fits right in with the KISS of summer- keep it summer simple.  Glass is slippery when wet and breakable to boot, so summer soirée with caution.

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If you’ve hung out at Places In The Home in person or in readership, you are aware of my entertaining relationship with the clay flower pot.  Give me a reason to turn a flower pot into a serving piece and it is summer soirée party on.  I’ll never forget the look I got the first time I announced we were having pot brownies at our pot party to a co-hostess.  I don’t believe I have ever clarified something so quickly before or since.

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Anywho, clay flower pots are an inexpensive and summer appropriate alternative to traditional serving pieces.  Baked beans, barbecued wings, Creole seasoned french fries, baked Vidalia onions, summer sausage- all great “pot” options.

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Patio in Pink

An average patio table pops a pretty party look when topped with a stylish outdoor tablecloth and paired with chairs, cushions and outdoor pillows decked out in bright summer colors.

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Celebrate Local Life Together Flamingo Tufted Throw Pillow

Decoristas have long had a trusty trick up their sleeve.  Home decor and furnishings that work gorgeously inside our homes will rock an outdoor living space like a Led Zeppelin concert!

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Love your inside dining chairs and know they will be  the key to pulling the entire outdoor tablescape together, but don’t want the chair legs to get dirty?

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Why not wrap the bottom of each chair leg with clear plastic wrap?  It may be a tad time-consuming, but it will save time on the clean up end of the party.  Be as pre-party proactive as possible with certain tasks.  It’s a summer entertaining essential skill for the host and/or hostess to hone.

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Hello, my name is summer.  With the very, very good points of summer outdoor living and summer entertaining comes the very real concern over controlling mosquitoes.  It is suggested that burning sage or rosemary repels mosquitoes.  The mosquito killing power is in the smoke so I’m thinking summer fire pit or campfire natural necessity.

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Pure Wow

I like the point in the party when the food and drink has hit the spot, the music is summer smooth, the outdoor party life is kicking up a notch and the company and the conversation is hitting all the right notes.  Now comes summer relaxation party pail time.  I make up these party pails beforehand and add the chilled and cold items before handing them out.

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I fill plastic beach pails from the dollar store with his or hers flip-flops, individual aluminum spray bottles filled with chilled homemade rose water (the guys love this stuff almost as much as the gals), cold cucumber slices in freezer bags and Burt’s Bees Cucumber & Sage facial cleansing towelettes (love the scent).  These always make a big splash.

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Enjoy the colors and celebrations of the season.  What better excuse for throwing a stylish summer entertaining soirée!

Setting The Tone and The Table: Easter Tablescape Ideas Part 1

An Easter tablescape can rival fashion’s finery for the spotlight in the Easter parade.  Dressed to impress not only applies to the fashions, but to Easter baskets and Easter tablescapes.  To look upon a beautiful Easter tablescape as a work of art is no over exaggeration of the term.   I’m featuring a two part series this week appropriately titled Easter Tablescape Ideas.

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A centerpiece full of fresh flowers from nature’s floral department aka our own yards broadens the field for artistic interpretation.  Begin with a vase, jar, tureen, pitcher, decorative coffee can- any type container that floats your boat or flower frog will do.  Fern and magnolia leaves, camellias, hydrangea, knock out roses, palm fronds, daffodils, dogwood branches, bridal wreath spirea, azaleas and the flower of the season, lilies- all eggscellent (you knew it was coming!) centerpiece options.  Inspiration lives in the great and colorful outdoors.

craft-tipNever underestimate the decorative power of paint.  Hobby Lobby makes a great point!

We see oodles of pictures showing lovely kitchen and dining rooms with dining tables polished and pristine.  You won’t see one of our kitchen tabletop.  It’s a working tabletop- one big catchall for house plans, design boards, material lists and shelter magazines.  Now you know my little secret and why I am in total support of the statement, “the kitchen is the heart of the home.”  Tablescapes usually take place on the dining room tabletop, but not this year. Why?  The dining room chandelier is still sitting in the box waiting to be rewired…for the second time.

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Dave the Builder stripped the new wiring as he was threading it through  the center tube. He didn’t discover this very important development until he was in the process of hanging the chandelier and the wires sparked in Katy Perry style.  You’re probably thinking it so I’ll address it. What’s the point of a tablescape post?  Because I absolutely love sourcing and creating tablescape ideas. Here’s a preview of what I’m working on for Set the Tone and the Table: Easter Tablescape Ideas Part 2.

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Stay tuned!

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Seasons and Settings: A Seasonal Tablescape

Fall and Thanksgiving are seasonal first cousins.  I like to intertwine the two and hit upon the best of the best.  New traditional is a wonderful concept that I definitely embrace.  It incorporates the classic standards together with new trends.

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One of the biggest considerations in the art of tablescaping is reining in the costs. Taking that into consideration, the basics of  seasonal tablescape 101 is to bring good foundation pieces to the table.  Classic accents will pay for themselves over and over again, tablescape to tablescape.

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Fabric, ribbon and mesh in core holiday colors are interchangeable with other holiday themes.  I have tablescaped the heck out of $1.00 burlap bags,  and mastered the art of reinvention by mixing and pairing china and crystal  patterns.  Nature provides endless inspiration for centerpiece ideas.

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I pushed back from the keyboard and took an “eye”dea stroll around the house with the intent to set from within.  Setting the table with items I rediscovered here at home produced a ‘tween fall and Thanksgiving tablescape with a nod to nature and traditional fall colors.

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Last year I style spotted items perfect for a Thanksgiving tablescape, but me paying full price for seasonal items is a rare occurrence.  This girl will wait a good clearance sale out with the patience of Job.  It paid off when I timed a visit to Hobby Lobby just right last year and got my 80% clearance on!  Included in those items was two yards of home decor fabric and one yard of green burlap. The wheels of creativity began to turn.

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A standard table runner doesn’t offer the width needed for our kitchen table.  A tablecloth is too much.  If you can’t find what you want, make it or fake it.  I am no seamstress.  Hem tape is a wonderful invention.  An iron gets hot…real hot. My mouth is no prayer book.  The DIY 40″  X  70″ not really a runner, and far from a tablecloth, but exactly what I wanted came out perfect with straight lines and rocking corners.

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I’ve stared at the vase in the image below for months.  It has been sitting on the counter in the man cave kitchen, basically in my way.  Turns out the vase served as the starting point of inspiration for the centerpiece. Brown and green eucalyptus and grapevine branches are inexpensive ways to add filler volume and color.  Backyard hydrangeas bloomed in time for me to cut and begin the drying process.  Pheasant feathers give good fall and Thanksgiving decorating, but can be rather costly.  The hunt for a good deal on pheasant feathers began a couple of months ago.  Ebay came through with an auction for ten 20-22 inch feathers.  Determination, luck and a winning bid  of $3.91 sealed the deal.

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I filled the vase with Aromatique Creme Caramel potpourri.  The remnant yard of burlap and a decorative tieback found at Goodwill embellished the neck of the vase and camouflaged any signs of stems.

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Can you tell what I used for a charger?  Dave the Builder’s stockpile of  12 X 12 floor tiles came in handy for this unique use.

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Dinner napkins tucked in Kerr jars with vintage flatware and brown velvet ribbon ties creates an all-in-one display.  I tried the look with and without fresh rosemary.  The jury is still out on this one.  Kerr jars keep with the theme and intent of this tablescape idea- use items from around the house with an emphasis on natural fall elements and colors.

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Simple and uncomplicated never fails to set a beautiful table.

It’s Never Too Soon…

To look toward the beauty of a changing season, fall home decor and recipes! We’ve had our first preview of fall thanks to cooler mornings here in the deep South. I posted a tease of this post to my Facebook page and Twitter account for a midweek share, but I couldn’t wait.  I makes no excuses nor apologies for my gush, excitement and early seasonal planning for what I am convinced is the absolute best time of year on all points weather, decorating, entertaining, tailgating, baking and designing.  Wow, that’s a long sentence!  That’s the great thing about favorite things- they compel us to share the excitement.  Why cut corners with descriptive words that enhance the thought and beautifully get the point across?

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Seasonal tablescapes, recipes, home decor and  decorating embraces fall with a hello, old friend welcome.  Rich, warm colors perfectly accentuate indoor and outdoor spaces prime for feathering in seasonal splendor. I’m getting my fall Gotta Have It list in order. Staying close to home and heart with home decor accessories selections in a vintage and antique theme comes naturally to my tastes. Practice does make perfect, and striving for my retail gold medal brings much joy and style. is fun, keeps things decoratively interesting, and doesn’t have to break the bank.  A great serving piece, table linens, throw pillows, lamp, wall accent, rug-  it doesn’t take a complete space overhaul or remodel to introduce texture, color, or pattern of the season to your interior or exterior home decor. Oh, and don’t forget the menu. Talk about one of the most delicious ways to welcome a new season.  Let’s fall!

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From left to right:

Antique White Pumpkin Tureen with Ladle:  Pier 1 Imports $39.95

Ellsworth Industrial Clock: Kirkland’s $69.99

Vintage Staffordshire Ironstone Fruit/Dessert Bowl Dish Bowls: Etsy $12

Feast Platter: Crate & Barrel $49.95

Birch Covered Round Pot w/Liner: Save on Crafts $9

Conscious Table Runner: H & M Home $9.95

The thrill is in the hunt, and hunt I’ve done over the last two weeks for new and vintage items for fall decorating.   H & M Home is now available online with US shipping.  Can I just tell you my keyboard is still in a state of search overload shock!  The Conscious table runner, with a seasonal nod toward a bountiful fall harvest, is under heavy consideration. Great look, great price.  Fall feasts reminds me of a neighbor friend who was known for a strict and steadfast entertaining rule she swore by. She insisted an empty cake plate on the buffet was the epitome of bad manners.  With that rule and fall in mind, I will furnish my recipe for Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup as a culinary accompaniment to the antique white pumpkin soup tureen on my Gotta Have It list.

Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup

 

Ingredients

1  Tablespoon olive oil

2  Tablespoons butter

1  red onion, finely chopped

2  ribs celery, finely chopped

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

¼  cup chopped fresh parsley

2  32 ounce cartons chicken broth

1½  cups cooked white or wild rice

2  skinless chicken breasts, cooked and sliced

½  teaspoon garlic powder

½  teaspoon Kosher salt

½  teaspoon fine ground black pepper

2  Tablespoons white wine

1  cup half and half

 

Directions

Heat olive oil and butter in a oven over medium heat.  Stir in the onion, celery, parsley and carrots; saute until slightly tender.  Pour in chicken broth, stirring to blend.  Add sliced chicken, white wine, garlic powder, Kosher salt and pepper. Turn heat up to medium-high and bring soup to a slight boil. Reduce heat to low. Add the cooked rice and half and half, stirring  to incorporate.  Allow soup to simmer for at least 1 hour.

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Themed Tablescapes: Turn Your Tablescape Into A Table Escape

Tablescape~ A tablescape can easily become a themed table escape.  No frequent flyer miles required, no security checks, and no pain whatsoever at the pump for this escape.  Tablescape tranquility awaits as “travelers”  feast their eyes on the destination display.  Come along on a journey of stylish and affordable ideas to destination: themed tablescapes.

Beyond the Sea~

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Did I hear someone say sea escape? From sea to shining sea, seaside dining is one of my favorite choices for a casual, serene afternoon or evening meal. Allow me to suggest the Thomas Paul Sea Life Collection. Vivid colors and classic deep-sea graphics make this Melamine dinnerware tablescape beautiful and wallet friendly.

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 coastal-themed-appetizer-platesCoral and Shell Appetizer Plates

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Diamond Cut Drinkware

Driftwood-Platter Driftwood Serving Platter

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I could spend an entire afternoon on a dollar store run searching for affordable accessories that add fun to the tablescape.  

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Coastal themed fabric paired with strands of pearls make great napkin and napkin ring options.  

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Other table ideas range from various sized  glass cylinders filled with shells, pillar candles and decorative coral used as a centerpiece or menu holder.

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Coastal Home Shell Shaped Salad Bowl

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An Evening In Paris~

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The beauty of a European themed tablescape is found in the ooh la la factor- chic and simple elegance.

“The service and mood should be informal, and the food, wine, and presentation extraordinary.” 

~Tomas Maier

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Cibali Blue Double-Pull Table Lamp

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Soft lighting, informal china and crystal, and a benign neglect to formality describes the European sentiment.

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When I think of European decor elements crisp whites, rich browns, soft grays and deep wine reds immediately come to mind.  Below are a few items to illustrate the casually elegant, casually European point.

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Thomas Pottery Maison 16pc. Dinnerware Set

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 Vintage Wine Labels Appetizer Plates

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Hampton Forge Sophia 20 piece flatware

french kitchen square board French Kitchen Square Board

antique-french-breadboard-handleAntique French Breadboard with Handle

britta-optic-carafeBritta Optic Carafe

blue-old-fashioned-glassesOld-fashioned Goblets

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wine-glass-platesWine Glass Topper Appetizer Plates

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Far East and Away~

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Do you have a flair for the Far East?  The lines and color palette of Asian influenced dinnerware and decorative accessories create beautifully themed tablescapes.  The retail selections available make it easy to set your table as casual or Far East formal as you wish.

HCH8BLA_mzKim Seybert Pagoda Placemat

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Chinoiserie Dinner Plate

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Bamboo 20 Piece Flatware 

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HCH8BL5_mz (1)Kim Seybert  Pagoda Placemat

red-foo-dog-statuesSet of 2 Asian Foo Dog 9″ High Sculptures 

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10-Pack Red Chopsticks

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Omniware-Culinary-Proware-Lotus-Small-Bowl-1025104Lotus Bowls

Chinese-take-out-box Chinese Take-Out Containers

Taibei Ceramic Buddha Head

There are many possibilities and combinations for destination themed tablescapes.  In what corner of the world will you set your table escape?

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Easter Tablescape Ideas

Easter ushers in spring and welcomes the beauty of renewal to sight and soul.  I kept that in mind for my Easter tablescape ideas.

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Spring’s color wheel and go green concept is well represented. Pastel colors and vintage table linens and accents set my Easter tablescape.  Individual fresh herbs wrapped in cut-to-size burlap sandbags make unique place cards and take home favors. Everyone loves a spring fling favor of flavor!

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My Easter egg hunt centerpiece is compliments of the miracle of nature and $2 worth of wheat grass seeds from the local feed and seed store.

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The crochet doilies, Versailles Bavaria plate, vintage sugar shaker and sterling silver sugar spoon are antique and vintage keepsakes and collectibles that grass the table with memories of both grandmothers, treasure finding trips, and lovely friends bearing gifts.

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A-tisket, a-tasket, this is my blue, pink and yellow Easter basket.

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I was taught not to play with my food, but I couldn’t resist playing with and staging a pound of baby carrots and bunch of fresh parsley. Bunnies, carrots, Easter…

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What sets your Easter tablescape?

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Three for All: Planning A Fall, Harvest and Thanksgiving Tablescape

Planning a fall tablescape is both a labor of love and one of the best parts of the fall home decorating season.  Blending the best of the season can carry the theme through to a harvest and a Thanksgiving tablescape.

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Natural elements provide a canvas easy to work with, color that only nature can produce, and the opportunity to treasure hunt close to home outdoors as well as indoors.

tablescape2012That which nature doesn’t provide, Hobby Lobby, Tractor Supply, eBay, and my brother the avid goose hunter does!

A savvy tablescaper keeps an eye out for future holiday table setting ideas and clearance sales from holidays past. Patience and an additional 40% off clearance sale at Dillard’s secured the six new dinner plates, dinner napkins, and hammered copper napkin rings for my fall tablescape.

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Burlap sandbags from Tractor Supply make casually chic, virtually indestructible and very affordable placemats.

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To know me is to know I love the opportunity to show and display items from my antique plate and creamer collection.  The Prussia Royal Rudolstadt bread and butter plate is a find from our last antiques inventory shopping trip.

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It’s a tad too early for the fall Ginkgo leaves so I improvised by using my Robert Lee Morris Ginkgo leaf pendant.

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It’s odd how decorative accessories that normally would not be paired together do, in fact, create the perfect look.

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When Dave the Builder brought the Wedgwood candlesticks home from the antique shop I was not feeling it.   But wait.  After careful reconsideration it dawned on me that the steel gray goose feathers in the centerpiece cast an elegant shade of Wedgwood blue all their own.

“A September to remember.  An October full of splendor.  

A November to treasure.”   

~La Prevenchere

My thoughts exactly!

Pretty Little Cakes And Cupcakes

I thought we all could use a little beauty beyond walls, furniture, and accessories today.  Images of pretty little cakes and cupcakes bring a beauty all their own to special occasions and Friday afternoons.

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and as you will see from these pretty little cakes and cupcakes it is most definitely in the hands of extremely talented cake decorators. The virtual table is set and dessert is now being served.

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Happy Friday!

A Dash Of Louisiana “Seasoning”: Casual Christmas Tablescape Ideas

A holiday tablescape featuring regional pieces made by local artisans is a natural fit for casual Christmas tablescape ideas.  A touch of Louisiana “Seasoning” enhances the flavor.

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A trio of Louisiana Cypress knee Santas crafted by local artisans make an appearance each holiday season.

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 Louisiana is truly a Sportsman’s Paradise.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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Burlap sandbags from Tractor Supply make perfect placemats for a natural tablescape.  Natural raffia ties adorn white linen dinner napkins.

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My favorite Black Friday purchase has to be the Biltmore For Your Home autumn birds salad plates.  The set includes a turkey, pheasant, quail and mallard.  The turkey is conspicuously absent due to turkey overload.

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Louisiana pecans and fresh cranberries naturally make a beautiful addition to any table.

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 Merry Christmas, Y’all!


Thanksgiving Tablescapes: The Table Is Set

The table is set for our 2011 Thanksgiving gathering.  See what you think.

Christmas came early last week when I relocated the silver candlesticks in the back of one of the sideboard drawers. As I danced around the dining room in a state of decorating glee, my parents wedding china caught my attention. The wheels of the creative train immediately began to turn.

I paired Limoges berry bowls with amber depression glass saucers. The Bareuther Waldsassen dessert platesare a Goodwill find, a very nice Goodwill find indeed!  I needed a decorative dish to house the dessert spoons in.  As soon as I found the carnival glass dish in the curio it was problem solved. The heirloom sterling silver tray perfectly complements the hues in the carnival glass.  A gold and silver color palette never fails to impress at the holidays.

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The gorgeous menu template can be found at Under the Table and Dreaming by Stephanie Lynn.  The vintage image captures a traditional formality. Both the idea and presentation adds something special to the tablescape.

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Our neighbors lovingly presented us with a gift bag overflowing with pecans.  We are thankful for their generosity and thoughtfulness. My wish is for everyone to be blessed with the love and kindness of wonderful friends, neighbors and family.

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Leyland cypress, red roses and magnolia leaves from our yard make a beautiful presentation for the centerpiece.

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Pottery Barn had me at gravy when I saw this hotel silver ladle in their holiday catalog. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the matching gravy boat that is on back order.

Reminders of what I am thankful for.

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Noritake Winton has been in our family longer than I have. It is my parents wedding china and I use it several times a year. Plastic dollar store chargers were introduced to one coat of Rust-Oleum plastic primer, one coat of Rust-Oleum chalkboard paint latte, one coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint old white, and one very light coat of dark wax. The place cards are exactly what I had in mind and printable “gifts” from Martha Stewart, of course.  Martha also furnished the idea of using wishbones in a Thanksgiving tablescape. Silver spray paint made the wishbones table ready.

Once again tradition comes to the Thanksgiving table. The cut glass celery dish was a gift from my maternal grandmother and is perfect for the cranberry sauce.  The salad plate pattern is Buchanan by Lenox. I paired it with a gold teaspoon I picked up in my rounds. I love odd pieces and will find any excuse to incorporate them into a tablescape.

The parts come together and complete the place setting. We set a place for our son, Jackson, even though he will not be home for the holidays this year.  He attends university in Manitoba, Canada and celebrated Thanksgiving last month with his lovely girlfriend, her family, fraternity brothers and a host of friends.

Using fresh fruit of the season introduces instant color and smells wonderful.  The entire dining room is filled with the smell of pineapple, orange, and lemon.  So holiday!

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Copper tipped pine cones reflect their natural beauty in the silver candlesticks. The combination of metal colors blends well with the gold tones of the linens.

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Dessert recipes are coming your way in the next installment of the Places In The Home Home for the Holidays series.

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