Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Beneath the Live Oak Trees

This week, we had the notion to set up a table
beneath the Spanish moss
on our state tree,
the Live Oak.

Since all I have to offer at my place is a piney stick forest, we headed out to the farm. And since we couldn’t rightly theme an entire tablescape around Spanish moss, we decided to go with an oak theme instead.


It had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that
 The Sister had these nifty acorn plates.
Really…


Or this leafy tablecloth.
 Just pretend those are all oak leaves, OK?

For our centerpiece, we used a combination of leftovers from bouquets that I bought for the girls and weeds from the side of the road. Autumn is starting to be kind of pretty here.

We stuck them in what the Sister and I call
The Old Oaken Bucket.


We dubbed it decades ago after singing the song of the same name in elementary school. It’s one of my favorite treasures from the Duchess’s collection.  She used to let us play with it. We lugged The Old Oaken Bucket all over the prairie in our Poke Bonnet Days.

Now, according to The Duchess,
it’s actually a sugar bucket
and not made of oak at all.

But tablescaping is a democracy
and not a monarchy…

So The Old Oaken Bucket it is.
with Spanish moss spilling over the sides.


Our invisible guests this week are a couple of blognuts who were crazy enough to create their own Words on Wheels nicknames.  You know who you are.

Be careful what you ask for friends…



The next thing you know,
you're hanging out on a table
with the rest of the nuts
in Debbie Land.

Just sayin'...

We made the place cards from wooden fake-orns from Hobby Lobby. They’re attached to equally fake oak leaves.  We have to go with the fake stuff here. You see, Georgia oak leaves look nothing like that at all...

And our acorns are about the size of an English pea.

We used this Cambria Brown stemware that the Sister bought at Tuesday Morning. I would mention that they remind me of the color of sap... but I don't want to detour down Maple Drive.

 
Old Oaken Flatware…


Napkins and rings
 with acorns and oak leaves


leaf candle set on an old brown insulator
and a few squirrels on the table
 to help with nut control…


And our Live Oak Table is just about complete.


And there you have it...


Spanish moss,
Live Oaks, and
and an ever expanding
 bunch of nuts.

*****
Sharing this with The Porch People
for Tablescape Thursday.






64 comments:

Vanessa said...

Debbie! Ok...so I totally want to have a place-card at your table! I could be "nutty in the NW"! :-) Truly though, this is one of my favorite tablescapes you have done so far. There is just something about the light casting this warm glow around all of it! Where did your sister get those acorn plates? They are the prettiest ones I have seen around. It all looks like it belongs in a magazine!
Great job my friend!
Vanessa

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Hello Debbie and tablescape gang,

You have created my kind of look. It's absolutely beautiful in every way, charming and warm. I would feel like I was at the grandest celebration of all under the mossy oak tree. Love the acorn plates and squirrel. Thanks for the party!

Sailing Simply said...

Where's my placecard? I love this setting and would enjoying sitting under that tree very much! What is the pattern of the white plates? I really like your centerpiece bucket and the acorn napkin rings. My most favorite thing of all is the goblets though. OMG! The color!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like a beautiful day Debbie! Lovin' the table cloth and amber glasses! So cool that you all get together for the 'scapes:@)

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Such a gorgeous table Debbie...I am loving those acorn plates and oh, the amber glassware...all so beautiful and working together in perfect harmony :)

Carol said...

Debbie...I can't figure out how to email answers either! I'm so glad I'm not alone.
The Tale of the Old Oaken Bucket is a treasure in itself!
The stemware is beautiful, as are the place settings and the linens!
Nice job!

Amy Kinser said...

Ok, this Tennessee Friend was just totally blessed. (my smile is huge right now)

By the way, what a wonderful meal that was under that beautiful oak tree. The conversation was wonderful and the company was great. I will be back next time for sure.

My day was just made a little better, my friend. Thanks.

FrouFrouBritches said...

Oh I loooove it! I want a place card too! I sound a bit like my four year old. I think this one ranks right up there with the farm one, but it's still my favorite. That arrangement, weeds and all, is gorgeous! I love it! Those acorn plates are precious!

Jane said...

I think I saw my name beside of one plate... hmmmm.... Love the acorn bowls!

Jane

southerninspiration said...

please address my place card as Squirrly Girly! You are so fun, and that old oaken bucket makes my heart go twitter!!! I love it, and the whole darned tablescape!! So pretty. What are you serving, peanut butter? nutter butter cookies? peanut soup?
I'll "leave" it at that.
Suzanne

Jacqueline said...

What a beautiful setting. I just love oak trees. My neighbors growing up had a few in their front yard and I always wanted one. The acorn plates, the bucket, the flatware and glasses, everything is so rich and lush and makes me want to be there.

Pat said...

Beautiful table. I love having a meal outdoors on a pretty table!

kayellen said...

Ahhh so pretty..love outside tablesettings..my fav place to be:))

Happy Tablescape Thursday!

Blessings,
Kay Ellen

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How pretty! I especially love those acorn plates.

food for thought said...

wonderful setting~

Marlis said...

ooh wow, I love the old oak. I'm with you the faux stuff is the best.. our trees have 3 steps, leaves, yellow and down all in 3 days. Beautiful table. I love every element of it. Can I be a nut too?

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Debbie, this is completely and utterly adorable! Why don't you and sister pack your car and come down to Florida, and let's play tablescape??? I love everything, and since I love squirrels, I am in love with him, too!

And those acorn plates! Cute as can be. And I have those glasses... so see, you really should bring your two down to play. LOL!

This table could win a price for cuteness. On the richter scale, it is a definite TEN! :-)

And what do I do??? Why I posted a pink table of course. I'm consoling myself by telling myself it's in honor of breast cancer awareness when in actuality, it's my MIL's birthday from a year ago, and I missed posting it on this birthday because of Mr. Magpie's stoney issues. ;)

Happy Tablescape Thursday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is wonderful!!! I just love it -- everything from the grand live oak tree, to the napkin rings, etc! "Fake-orns" - cute! LOL!

It's all very beautiful!

Great job!

Shirley said...

This is beautiful and you had me feeling a lovely crisp Autumn day outside until I read Spanish Moss and "Georgia"! It's probably not really crispy cool down there yet. Anyway, the setting is wonderful.

Sherry said...

That is beautiful. I love those oak trees and always enjoy going south to see them. You have set a wonderful table. I love the goblets with the sun shining through them.
Sherry

BECKY said...

Wow Debbie! How wonderful and creative! I just love it all! I have missed visiting you so much! You know I love your sense of humor and story telling! Because of the shop, I haven't even done my fall decorating! I'm hoping to this weekend. Wanna come help?? I'm only about 1 1/2 hours from Mrs. Magpie! Oh how fun that could be! She is awesome! I met her earlier in the year and have been trying to get together again, but it hasn't happened yet!

You out-did yourself on this one!
Have a happy Thursday!
Love and hugs,
Becky

Dayle said...

This is simply spectacular! Love the setting, and every single thing on that table, and the way the sun is touching everything ... divine.

Sandy said...

Everything looks beautiful. Love the oak tree, the napkins and napkin rings. Thanks for sharing.
Sandy

Anita said...

Just another fabulous table so what's new????, lol!! I am so in love with this table. Everything is just perfect, as I know it will be here! I love those goblets especially. Such a beautiful setting too!!

Sharon Kirby said...

I know who I am. Thank you - you have NO IDEA how honored I feel - TRULY!! (I guess I'll have to work on my table manners now :)

OK, enough of sounding sappy. On to my a-corny comments.

I really LOVE your tablescapes - every single one - but the colors on this one were really nice. And the sunlight was just perfect - made everything look so vibrant!

The squirrels on "nut control" patrol are adorable - however, they did let those blognuts get past the gate - I guess squirrels don't make good bouncers!

"The Hub" and I have a cowboy/western/cabin thing going in our house. It includes lots of acorns and squirrels, and many wooden antiques and things. Don't let me get close to the old oaken bucket - I want it - and I would arm-wrestle The Duchess for it. Scratch that, I have a feeling she just might take me. Just sayin'...

What I want to know is where do you store all these plates and glasses and silverware?

Forget Disneyland - Debbie Land is my favorite place to be!!

xoxo

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

What a beautiful table and lovely setting! The acorn plates are adorable and I love all the Fall colors. I believe this is a sugar bucket and it is called a Firkin! Strange name I know.
Hugs, Sherry

Chatty Crone said...

I feel like I am repeating what others say - but it is a gorgeous table scape. Just beautiful.

And I love the acorn plates too.

You went to a lot of work to do that. I'm impressed, but knowing you, not surprised. lol

sandie

Christie said...

I have been here twice now to see this lovely set up! Amidst trying to get children to bed! This is so beautiful and I love your clever antics! Thank you for your kind comments at Three Pixie Lane, but I think I have you fooled! I am an older mom with young kids! I appreciate you stopping by and for your kind encouragement! Christie

Jan @ BellaCasa said...

Absolutely beautiful! Please come by for visit and say "hi".

Jan @ BellaCasa

A Perfect Setting said...

Just gorgeous!

Alycia Nichols said...

Gorgeous! The acorn bowls are just fab!!! The tree is so lovely, and there is just something kind of romantic about Spanish moss. Wonderful!

xinex said...

This is so lovely, Debbie. The setting is so wonderful. Love that big oak tree! We must have a similar taste. I have those amber goblets and the ruffly placemats but mine are green. If you have a chance, please come back and go down one post. I would really love for you to see my ancestral home. Thanks...Christine

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Maybe those squirrels would like to "store"those acorn dishes at my house! They could also bring along those gorgeous placemats! I've been looking at them in a local store but just couldn't--but now I must! Beautiful table! Linda

D said...

Oh my gosh, your tablescape is Gorgeous! I love it so much. I wish a had a pretty oak tree to sit under :)
Love your blog. Just signed up to follow you.
D
I enjoyed your post on Lorenzo Dow. Very interesting

blesid said...

WEEDS! My very favorite fresh flower to use! Beautiful set-up, can't wait to join you, Jules

bj said...

This is just OUT OF THIS WORLD beautiful.
Loved it all...

Pinky said...

I just LOVE the acorn plates and the napkin rings and the glasses are to DIE for! GORGEOUS setting. I have the same tablecloth too! Beautiful table! XO, Pinky

xinex said...

Thanks for coming back to see my ancestral home and your lovely comment, Debbie...Christine

Atelier de Charo said...

A gorgeous outdoor table!

Lynn Richards said...

OOOOHH! Love, love the stemware. I would feel like a "Queen of the Oaks" drinking out of those.
And, AND...I have a bucket like yours!! No lid, but I think it looks like yours. I'll have to go check it out. Which tells you how often I look at it, since it's on top of an armoire!
xoxo
lynn
p.s.
tell your sister hi for me, since I can't EVER respond to her comments!

Style Sisters said...

Love your tablescape...perfect in colors amazing dishes..every detail is amazing. Lvoe the setting. Come link up to Centerpiece Wed on my blog.

Karin

Paige @ The Wandering Cottage said...

I love the table and the setting!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

First of all, I love "Porch people"! Great name for us BNOTP devotees! And I'm still giggling about the squirrels to help with "nut control." Your table is gorgeous, and includes so many fun oak and acorn elements! Great job!

we three dogs and me said...

Love the acorn dishes. Wish I was there love acorns and oak leaves. I have some that last for a long time. You can iron leaves between wax paper and they will keep their color longer

Tardevil said...

Such a pretty fall tablescape! Love the flower arrangement in the 'oak bucket'. The plates, tablecloth & candles are gorgeous too. BTW, you can nev-ah have too many nuts!

Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan said...

What a welcoming table you have set.The fall theme is perfect. You have excellent taste. Well done.

Jo said...

I love it when blog-buddies takes it outside!
What a lovely setting,wouldn't mind sitting uder the live oak and takn' on a meal.
-Jo
-LazyonLoblolly

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Debbie, you are just so witty! I love reading your posts. Dining under the old oak tree with the old oak bucket centerpiece looks so inviting. Love the acorn plates and the amber stemware. What a wonderful tablecloth for this setting. You ladies sure know how to set a table! laurei

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

HI Deb!

Now your making drool to fly over in the Big Apple, huh?

This is the most prettiest setting I ever seen this week. No kidding... can't compare to whoever who have the most expensive crystals on their table.

This is it! LOVE...LOVE...

Hapy TS, Lady & enjoy the week-end ahead.
/chie

Life with L said...

Great tablescape by the oak. The leaves are a wonderful idea. I especially the centerpiece.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Wonderful. Love the old oak tree and all your oak-y treasures!

Christi @ A Southern Life

Entertaining Women said...

Picture perfect...you made me think of several things that I have around the house which I need to put to use in some of my tablescapes. Thanks for the inspiration. Cherry Kay

Lau's said...

Hi! I'm your follower #120!! Found you through SUsan @ "Tablescape Thursday". Hope you don't mind me posting a link to your beautiful blog in mine. Will post it by tomorrow http://launoe.blogspot.com/

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Thanks for the lovely blog love and for sharing this amazing post with all of us. So beautiful. Fall colors are my favorite and the alfresco setting like something from a movie! :)

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your Tablescape for the fall is just Beautiful and it is out doors just love it. ~~~Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my Tablescape have you looked at my others on my blog.? I have three more for you. lol Diane

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Debbie...

This is my very first time to visit! What a creative and talented lady you are, my friend...I'm sooo glad that I came by! Ohhh...your "Oaken" table is simply fabulous! It's just everything that all beautiful autumn dreams are made of! Hmmm...dining al fresco under the old oak tree...PERFECT! It reminded me of my home in south Texas...we had very stately oak trees down there. I am now in Colorado...minus the oak! Anyway, I just love, love, LOVE that fabulous oak bucket and your gorgeous floral arrangement! It certainly makes for a very pretty centerpiece! I also enjoyed the pretty acorn plates and your pretty autumn tablecloth as well! My friend...such a beautiful autumn table...this has been a real treat! Thank you so much for sharing your old oak tree and your beautiful table with us!!!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

PS...I am adding your delightful blog to my list of blog follows! It's soo very nice to meet you, Debbie!

Entertaining Women said...

You humble me with your nomination for the queen crown...I think that I'd better hold out for the princess spot...less responsibility. :) Cherry Kay

Entertaining Women said...

Yep, "Hooties," one and all. Sharp eye! Cherry Kay

emptynester3 said...

What gorgeous pictures!! Beautiful setting! Thanks for visiting! Love, ~Nana~

Dreamgoddess said...

How pretty! I love the little acorn plates. They're perfect with your lovely tablecloth.

Gayle said...

Sorry I'm visiting late, but it was worth the stop. Y'all are getting way too professional at this!!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Love it all! I'd be happy to take a detour down Maple Drive if that's where I could find some of those beautiful "sap" goblets... Nicely done.

Bettsi said...

Very nice! Love the Old Oaken Bucket- made me laugh. I also really like your ruffly straw place mats. A beautiful tablescape.

Luncheons at the Junction said...

Even though it is all so beautiful I think the little acorn plates are my favorite.

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