Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A 100th Post Party!

It’s my 100th post, and I'd like to celebrate
by going to a party...
or two!

I decided to combine this celebration with two special blog parties, one which is hosting its first party this week, and the other which is celebrating its 100th party anniversary.

Sounds like kismet to me.

Dayle at A Collection of This and That  is hosting her very first Simple Pleasures party tomorrow, and I wanted to join. For me, there are few simple pleasures as delightful as time spent conspiring with my sister. We love to plan things, and the joy of the planning is every bit as fun to us as the final product.

I love nothing more than to answer the phone and hear those four special words..
 I have an idea…

So when I saw that Susan at Between Naps on the Porch was having her 100th Tablescape Thursday celebration, and that she was asking folks to create tablescapes with an outdoor theme to celebrate, I called the sister and said…
I have an idea.

It took me about 30 seconds to convince her to go on the Great Tablescape Adventure with me. We chose her backyard as the setting for our Simple Pleasures tablescape.

(Because pleasures are even simpler when you make the mess at someone else’s house. Just a little tip…)

We decided on a cow theme. Well, of course.


We plotted and planned...

And created and conspired.

And pilfered props.


And painted prints.

And arranged flowers.


And we partied ‘til the cows came home.



How she convinced her cowboy to call his cows at that perfect time is her own secret.
He sat in his pickup and grinned for the duration of our tomfoolery.

I think watching his wife laugh
is his simple pleasure.


The cows gave us the eye as well, but I'm pretty sure they weren't grinning. Not exactly what cows want to see on a dinner table.  

Call it a hunch.
A table for two.


Here’s my place setting…

And here’s hers.


We salvaged flowers from arrangements and gardens and grocery store bins.


And arranged them among vintage milk bottles pilfered from the Duchess.


These creamers belong to the Duchess too.
Part of a larger collection.

Picnic service and mason jar mugs and crafted napkin rings...


Dragged out to the lawn like we were ten years old and playing house.
All in all, a delightful afternoon.


Cow print bandanas from Hobby Lobby: $2.00
Daisies from the grocery store: about $6.00
Playing with my sister: Priceless

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Thanks so much for sharing my 100th post adventure with me.

Please join me at Simple Pleasures and Tablescape Thursday for more simple pleasures and outdoor adventures.

61 comments:

Gayle said...

I LOVE your's and your sister's cow-themed tablescape! Totally delightful, and the story was rip-roaring hilarious!! I'm not much of a tablescaper, but I'll meet you at my sister's blog party tomorrow! Don't forget to add your link once she gets Mr. Linky up and running. Could be as early as midnight CST.

Rettabug said...

Just magnificent & beautifully planned, from beginning to the cows at the end! Too cute!!!!!

I know that both hostesses are honored that you went so such lengths for their celebrations.

fondly
Rett

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This is just too much fun~! Couldn't believe the "real" cows!!! And thanks for the heads-up about the new meme!

Sarah said...

Oh, this is making me smile from ear to ear! Each little detail is charming, but the real cows looking on is the cherry on the top!
Even more special that you and your sister teamed up to play in the dishes. Love it! And thanks for the heads up about the Simple Pleasures meme. ~ Sarah
PS,
I'm a new follower. :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, this is just as cute as can be! I LOVE the real cows in the background, too. What fun! And those tiny little milk cans are cute, cute, cute! Fun table. Love it all.

Happy Tablescape Thursday!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Amy Kinser said...

I love your table! What a fun time I know you had with your sister. And, I love that you said her husband's pleasure in life was to see her smile. So sweet...

Happy 100th, my friend.

Kathleen said...

That was just wonderful! :)

Mimi said...

Now, this is a HAPPY table...I love it. Hope the real bovines stay on the other side of the fence! Your flowers are gorgeous.

Jenny at Henrietta's House said...

I love that real cows are part of your tablescape! How original. This is great!

Sharlotte said...

This is precious!!! I love your cows ~ pottery and real! The black, white and red are perfect for your theme...I have a sister too and we love to play with decorating too! Isn't it fun!
Thanks for sharing and loads of inspiration!
Sharlotte

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a great setting and such a cute post. Love it.

Kelli said...

You couldn't have planned it any better! I bet you and your sister had loads of FUN!! Happy 100th post. I look forward to many, many more!

southerninspiration said...

Adorable!! You are so talented!

Suzanne
Perfect timing with the cows!! :D

A very blessed lady! said...

Congrats on your 100th post!!! And i love love the tablescape absolutely ADORABLE! You are incrediblly talented and to do it on sucha frugal budget as well. And I love playing with my sister too ;)

Entertaining Women said...

Aren't sisters the best! Bessie and Bossie...my sister and I would find the humor in that, too. Your tablescape is so much fun, and the real things lingering in the background take it to a whole new level. Thank you for sharing your delightful design. Cherry Kay

Red Couch Recipes said...

What a fun tablescape you have come up with! It is just pure fancy and the cows must have liked it too! Joni

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a great 100th post! That was so cute! Fun with your sis, and hubby grinning, cows a mooing, and bandannas on the table...It was all priceless! Thank you for visiting

Carol

D said...

What a darling, happy table. I was very "mooved" :)
D

Dining Delight said...

Now that is getting ALL the accessories right! So funny to see the real cows as a backdrop to your cow themed 'scape! Love the striking colour combo you and your sis used especially against the green of the grass!

Happy 100th week of TT and 100th post to you!

DD

Johanna said...

Oh Debbie,
what a fun. Can you hear me laughing. Great tip to make the mess in anothers house. I have to look out who will be the lucky one, I do that next time. The cow theme is quite nice but you both did a fabulous table with it. Amazing how cute the creamer cows are looking and what a gorgeous contrast make this red to the black-white. And then the real cows! Did you serve steak? They really don't look as if the enjoy your table. But I did in every details and with the whole story. Thank you so much and give my greetings also to your sister
from the still smiling Johanna

Denise said...

Happy 100th post! You made me laugh and cry all in the same post. Well of course. It truly was a delightful afternoon. I hope we'll have more of these simple pleasures VERY soon. And my time with you was priceless as well.

Ann said...

Debbie, you did it again! What talent you and your sister have! Have you considered doing that as a career? You and Denise could work together and come up with all sorts of gorgeous ideas!

I absolutely LOVE the cow theme, and then, to have the real thing show up on the other side of the fence ... yea, "priceless!"

Cheers!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Debbie! I love this entire post! Which of you was Bossy? My sis and I would have had to fight that out! And how did you arrange for those cows to appear in the background? I am your newest follower and I'm also inspired by your 101 in 101!! Linda

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Debbie, how blessed you are to have a sister nearby to play dishes with! The fun you two had setting this darling table just shines throughout your post. SO cute, and the REAL cows in the background add the perfect setting!

craftyles said...

I love how you've used the yellow and red with the cows. The setting is wonderful. Cute , Cute!

Barbara said...

What fun! I am sure it is so much fun to do this fun with your sister. The table is just so adorable, especially with the real cows in the background. This one is going to make me smile all day!

Dayle said...

Debbie, this made me smile the whole way through. If that's not the cutest table ever!! The cows were a delightful addition to the party, thanks to the cowboy. Bessie and Bossy. Now that's just cute. I have to agree, scheming with sisters is a wonderful simple pleasure and one I never take for granted. Thanks for linking up today!

laura :) said...

As usual, something you two did looked absolutely wonderful! Who helped you pick out those flowers? They did such an amazing job :)
Didn't I tell you it was going to work out well? You two amaze me every day...

Love,

Best daughter ever

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Now this is so clever and fun. I love your "cows". All of your dishes and linens are just perfectt. Love seeing the cows in the field too. Great tablescape. Thanks so much for your gracious comments on my TT. Hugs, Marty

once in a blue moon... said...

cute country setting~

Ms.Daisy said...

Loved the cow theme goin'on there gals and when the real cows showed up it was just a hoot! Bessie and Bossy are too, too funny (and perfect!).
Can't wait to see what you will have for us next time!

~Jean

dawn said...

Okay, this totally made me smile. And the thought that you did all of this "just because" is awesome. It shows your zest for life and playful spirit. Wonderful!

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Moooove on over cause this is especially delightful! The cows are my favorite part, being invited to join in on your party. I for one am especially glad for your 100 posts. Your blog is one of my very favorites I follow Debbie. There is always something her that is uplifting and extra-special. Congratulations!

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

There is always something HERE that is...time to go back to bed...sorry! Have a good one.

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Happy 100! What a creative way to commemorate!! Love that the cows came to see all the fun!!

marlis said...

I love this. thanks for the laugh and i'd love to know how he got those cows to play along :-)... delightful and successful!

Sewn With Grace said...

What a beautiful table and so fun! I love all the touches, especially the cows in the background! How nice of them to cooperate with the picture taking. It really is lovely!

FrouFrouBritches said...

100 posts - YEA!!!! Congratulations!

I looove the cow theme! I have a thing for Holsteins. You and your sister are quite the team! What a cute idea! Love the Bessie and Bossy place cards - so funny!

The picture with the cows in the background is PRICELESS! LOVE IT!

Jennie said...

You guys are awesome. That's pretty much all.

Oh - and I do love the yellow contrast with the red, white, and black. Excellent job. (Because my opinion matters! Ha!)

And really, 100 posts already!? Didn't you just get into this gig? You're doing GREAT!

Fatima Santos Silva said...

HI,your table settings is wonderful! My kitchen is decorated in cow theme. I love your pictures. Fatima-Scrapart.

Entertaining Women said...

Thank you for your kind comments on my post. You're welcome to join the Garden Friends anytime. You're only a guest the first time. Wednesday mornings, 10:30; my house....Oklahoma City...just a short drive. We'll start up again in September after a summer break. We're study a book on James. Cherry Kay

Entertaining Women said...

studying.....spelling -1....old English teacher. Cherry Kay

ridge said...

OH MY!! Someone special is turning 16 next spring and guess what her favorite animal is?? May I copy your theme??? That is so cow-erful and so obvious there is no bull about it!!

Sandy said...

What else would one do but celebrate with 'cows'.... how fun!
Thank you for your visit today and your kind words...
Sandy
thewondersofdoing@blogspot.com

Joan said...

How cute! There are a lot of creative people linking up with Dayle today. Me, I'm just plain Joan. :)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

This is so much fun and to create it with your sister must have been wonderful. I couldn't believe it when I saw the real cows as the "view"! Perfect!

Sue said...

Congratulations on 100 posts! I'm working my way there myself.
Your table {and your sister's} is so cute! Red and black is the way I decorated my whole cabin - and it's in Wisconsin, where we have lots of black and white cows. {I may copy your ideas!}
Your cows are very nice too - and arrived at just the right moment for a picture perfect tablescape.

Jacqueline said...

Simply wonderful. Originating from the dairy state, this looks so fun. I don't personally have any cows but I love them.

I am celebrating 100 this week too, I got my 100th follower. I can't believe it. I am so proud of you and will spend some time browsing around.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Who could possibly view this and not smile! Just delightful!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"Love this" and may I add that you have VERY well behaved cows... Your table is SO inviting and I feel a great NEED for a HUGE glass of milk...AND I think Hubby&I will venture down to our local dairy farm for their wonderful homemade ice cream(MMMMmmmm)... This brings me back to when my 3boys(Now men), where young and we lived next to a dairy farm... Those gals LOVED to hang out in our yard, you know the old saying the grass is always greener on the other side, WELL, they TRULY believed it...My boys were little and would be posted in the windows watching and reporting to me the girls every MOOOOve... I LOVE that memory, thank you... and LOVE that cute little setting,
Donna

Jacqueline said...

Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Pig Trough. This was our youth group from church too. We had a three day Youth Conference and this was the final dessert.

Do it for them, they will talk about it forever.

Yes, this is my real kitchen. We remodeled it 5 years ago. Several have asked and I will do a post on the whole kitchen. We also have a pizza oven in the kitchen!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.

mary dee said...

haha loved the table! I'm just curious about how you managed to pilfer so much stuff from the old woman without getting her involved??

Debbie said...

Oh, she was involved. She was the biggest cheerleader of all!

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Now that belongs in a magazine...just delightful and full of fun (hmmm like you!).
congrats on 100 too.

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Debbie said...

Mooooove over...I'm joining you for lunch at this delightful setting. Everything is just too cute!
Debbie@houseatthelake

Anonymous said...

Mooooove over is right! How fun is this? Made me happy just seeing all the girls in the background. The table is precious!

Kay - No Central Texas
txkottage@aol.com

Megan Lee said...

Oh my gosh! I love this- too cute! And I just love cows ;)

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Ok, there is no way I can compete with this! You even brought real cows to the event! HA! This is fabulous and I LOVE your sense of humor. Those napkin rings are adorable! So did he really call the cows to get them to show up? I love this...everyone got involved. This is the stuff memories are made of! Happy 100th TT. This post was positively mooooving! ;)
Susan
P.S. Cutest napkin rings ever!

The Tablescaper said...

Oh how cute and adorable and fun!!! Love seeing the cows in the background!

I host a weekly meme called "Summer Sundays". It's all about what summer means to YOU! It's neat to see everyone's different take on summer. Hope you'll come and join the fun!

- The Tablescaper

CAL said...

I know I'm late to the party Debbie, just had to tell you how gorgeous the tablesetting looked. And I really got a kick out of the real cows looking in at your party - oh my gosh!!! I'm sure the menu was chicken - right?

Tardevil said...

This tablescape is too cute! One of my favorites. ;)

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