Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Divas on the Deck

Just as I had been collecting dishes for last week’s table for years, our tablescape this week has been years in the making as well. This one is the pet project of the Sister.



Rather than a bedroom setting, this table belongs in her sunroom.

Now, the Sister is a partial empty nester, which means that her daughters have moved out, but their belongings have that annoying little habit of home invasion. Such is the case right now as her sunroom has become the temporary home of recent summer rental furniture.

So we set it up on her deck instead.

Personally, I think it’s even lovelier surrounded by creation.
Most things are.


The table was set this week to celebrate the
50th birthday
of her favorite nonDebbie friend.
This is the friend with whom she shared
 that trip to a spa
The friend who hosted the recent garden party.
I yakked all about it HERE.

Because the birthday girl is a dish nut and table lover, we set it in full invisible people fashion.


 In truth, the two old friends merely enjoyed some dessert and lemonade.


Just go along with it, folks…

She started with Willow House plates as chargers and stacked some cobalt and white until she got to the dessert plate, which was purchased a few years ago at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.


The cobalt glass and stemware was purchased separately, and actually, both are from Walmart.
The flatware is Satinique by Oneida.


All linens were made to coordinate with her sunroom curtains. The napkins are folded fan style and cinched with a floral napkin ring. She couldn’t find the exact color flower that she wanted so she just bought white ones and painted each petal to match.


To say that she’s detail oriented
 is a bit of an understatement.
She wrapped her gift to coordinate with the napkins.


How pretty is that? 

The table was scattered with a variety of decorations in her color palette.


For the first time, we set a table without a single vintage accessory. Being lovers of all things vintage, we scoured around for an antique touch for the table. We tried this cobalt sugar bowl from the Duchess’s collection.


It just didn't seem to fit so we left it off.

Not to worry... I reminded my big sister that once she and her guest settled down for their birthday celebration, the table would have the vintage look.


After all, she is they are 50...
And I am not.

Happy 50th birthday to my dear  friend!

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I'll be sharing this with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch 




46 comments:

Vanessa said...

Seriously I laughed out loud when you said she set it in "invisible people" fashion! That is hilarious! But really, the table setting is beautiful and looks like it would be fun even with real people! :-)
Vanessa
http://southerninmyheart.blogspot.com

Anita said...

I'm laughing, and appreciating that gorgeous table all at the same time! Love those linens, and the gift wrap is the perfect touch! That's the kind of thing I might think of after it's too late. I love the "vintage" part! I'm starting to feel a bit vintage myself, lol!

Ann said...

I SO love the blue and yellow table-scape. I do have blue and white dishes ... gotten from the Pottery Barn eons ago .... but that is it. I actually really like the blue and white checks too .... I used to think the checked look was strictly "country" but I see that that isn't necessarily true. Perhaps I may put my sewing machine to work making blue and white checked napkins ..... LOVE IT ALL!
I think if I bring more dishes into this house my hubby will vacate .... LOL!

Debbie said...

Ah, dear Ann... then don't bring them in. Bring them OUT by the pool. Wink Wink Wink...

FrouFrouBritches said...

I am lovin' the birdcage thingee with the lemons. Soooo cute! Fabulous idea! Love the present wrapped up to match too. Blue and yellow is one of my favorite combos!

I hope I can be cool like you and have lots of pretty stuff when I get these kids half grown. The only nice stuff I have is my china which hasn't seen the light of day since my wedding. So sad. And stemware? Yeah right. I only have room for sippy cups right now. Oh, but to dream of the pretty stuff that might someday fill my cabinets. Hmmmmm.

Sandi (Meme) said...

My favorite color combination - blue and yellow! Looks like a fun party plan, and pretty too. Hope you have a wonderful week. Sandi

Karen said...

I've so enjoyed visiting for a few minutes. I loved the blue and yellow table setting. So glad it was for good use! I'll be turning the big 50 next year. I will be stopping back by to me-ander around. Too good of reading & laughter.
IN HIM,
Karen@www.placesofmyheart.blogspot.com

Dayle said...

That blue is just magnificent!

Sue said...

Love that colour combo; so beautiful and soooo French!

S
xo

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I'm lovin' the table topper! The color combo is fun, and one day I'll have to try the fancy napkins:@)

Sue said...

You and your sister are having so much fun with this whole tablescape thing aren't you? I am jealous as my sister lives 1000 miles away and we can only "critique" the tables long distance.
Your sister's setting is just beautiful ~ much better outside, I agree.

Keep the tables coming! They are always so much fun {although I think that it is the writer that is fun!!}

Gayle said...

Between you and me and your sister's cows, you're the only tablescaper who draws me in. Your stories are just as exciting as your tables.

Lynn Richards said...

Oooooh! My favorite two colors of all time-blue and yellow. Can I have a pretty table like that when I turn 50?????
xo
lynn

Miss Merry said...

What a wonderful table and such a wonderful setting. I love your writing style and will visit often. So pretty!

Marlis said...

Thank you so much for the laugh. I loved the commentary.. Invisible people... package to match the napkins, and the you aren't 50!!! Delightful and the table, oh that is simply refreshing, beautiful and the scenery is ideal.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is so lovely -- the color combination and such attention to details make this all delightful~

Sarah said...

I'm still giggling over your delightful sense of humor. :-)

Love the blue and yellow of the details on this table and also that it is set alfresco ~ my favorite place to dine.

Happy Birthday, to your friend. ~ sarah

Through My Red Door said...

You have the funnest stories and your tables are beautiful too!! I'm going to try your napkin design~

Sheila

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Beautiful outdoor setting with the white wicker! I really love yellow and blues together! I'm sure your friend was very pleased with such a special tablescape for her birthday!

Katherine

Mimi said...

Blue and yellow paired together make such a cheery table, it makes me smile. Love the layering. 50 is young!

The Inspired Nest said...

I love the vibrant cheery tablescape. Everything is just gorgeous. The gift is wrapped so lovely. What a great way to spend with friends.

The Tablescaper said...

This is gorgeous!! It's so beautiful! I'd love to be there with there celebrating.

- The Tablecaper

A very blessed lady! said...

Boy Howdy you all just get better and better at this! Love the color scheme and Happy 50th to your friend! Love the table. Great ideas!

Jacqueline said...

What a lovely table. I loved the shot looking down on the table. The way you did the napkins made them look like gifts too. Such a pretty color combination.

xinex said...

Your table is gorgeous and in such a pretty surrounding. I enjoyed your humorous descriptions. Love the colors and all the details...Christine

Sharon Kirby said...

Another beautiful table that I don't get to sit at...
And I even qualify - I'm 50 (+)!

Well...want to join me at the spa instead??

HAPPY 50th to your friend...Debbie, we're waiting for you to catch up!

P.S. Popped over to read your post about the garden party. You don't look ANYTHING like Bella Abzug - of course, I have never seen a picture of you. Hmmmm...naw, nobody could look like that, not even Bella :)
P.P.S. And yes, I AM old enough to remember her...alas!

Mabel said...

What a beautiful table! I adore the way you folded your napkins! The combination of the colours is excellent and the view just stunning!
Greetings from Europe!

SALTBOX TREASURES said...

Hi. A lovely table.
I'm glad you found my organization blog helpful.
Thanks for stopping by.
Love your yakking :)
~ Julie

CAL said...

Count me in with the others, love love love blue and yellow (also my kitchen colors).

Here in Chicago we'd have to staple everything down so that it didn't blow away!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

What a gorgeous setting for such a pretty table! LOVE the linens, and you're right about your sister being one for the details! Too fun that she painted the napkin rings to get just the right color! Blue + white + yellow is an all-time favorite color combination, and this one hits a homerun!

Anonymous said...

The table is so cute and wrapping the gift to match was brilliant! Hope the friend had a great time!

niartist said...

Your tablescape is stunning!! Just gorgeous, and full of fun and life and texture, and color, and I could go on and on and on!!! You always have the best tables - such inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Your table setting is beautiful. Love your combination of colors - very classic and pretty!

Christi @ A Southern Life

Jo said...

So,sew,sweet,love it!..and really enjoyed reading and laughing.

blesid said...

Oh you are SO SMART and FUNNY! I am still laughing after reading your post. And I am still so happy after reading your comment to ME! XOXO Jules from bles-id

Sherry said...

Love your colors and the dishes too. Very beautiful outside in that setting too! Thanks for stopping by.
Sherry

Pinky said...

Beautiful, fun table but even better is your sense of humor!!!!!!!!!! Loved the gift wraped to match too!

All The Pretty Dishes said...

What a great tablescape and what a perfect setting!

Entertaining Women said...

This one could have had a coveted spot in Carolyne Roehm's PRESENTATIONS. Very well conceived and executed. Blue, yellow, & white is my all time favorite color combination. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Belly Feathers said...

I love how fresh and pretty this table looks!

anka said...

Wow, the deck looks fantastic. Love the color combinations, the light, the arrangement. Great pictures, I wish I had been there to see it all with my eyes.

Kate Dickerson said...

What a fun post! My favorite part is where you say the 50 year olds will bring a touch of vintage to the table! LOL.

Jonell said...

how many ways can one say I Loved, I loved it, I loved it? Frankly it's even more delightful with your writing style. I am trying to get up the courage to try this-oh yes I do it all the time but to share in this way seems like a real challenge. Frankly I haven't yet figured out all the linking details-don't know if I can manage the tech part :^)
http://mygrammashouse.blogspot.com

Chatty Crone said...

That table setting was absolutely fantastic. I loved it. Awesome.

sandie w/♥

Jo's This and That said...

Beautiful! I love the colors and I am a dish nut too.

Beth Hill said...

I am howling right now! I read this blog just after the new July 4th post of today which got the laughter started...this one finished me off. Your writing style is hysterical and your tablescapes are fantastic!

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