Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ice on a Piney Stick Table

It's been a freezing week here in the piney stick forest as we thaw from the Great Ice Storm Adventure of 2011.

School has yet to resume since so many folks are still out of power.
And yes, I eventually lost mine as well.
It was no fun whatsoever. 

What it was, however,
was the inspiration
for our first tablescape of the year.

Now, this is not a snowstorm tablescape. If you recall, we never saw any snow down here in south Georgia. All I ever got was ice crackling all over the piney stick forest.

So we removed those smirking cloche skaters and set an ice storm  table.

We started with a shimmery silver overlay left over from the niece's Great Wedding Adventure of 2009. Then, we  layered it with silver and tons of cut glass. 

You know,  to look all icy.

 The place setting started with a silver charger which belongs to the sister. The rest belongs to the Duchess. The icy inspiration piece was the  salad plate from The Duchess's collection of Fostoria.

She's been collecting it since her Great Wedding Adventure of 1957.

The Fostoria is topped with yet more silver...

And finally with these crystal berry bowls. 
They came from my grandmother. 

I have no clue how long they've been around.

Next, we added the piney stick forest. 

We started with sprigs of  iced pines in every bowl. 
This is faux pine, of course. 
We just dusted it with a little white paint
and silver glitter. 

It's supposed to look like the porcupines 
from Monday's post.

We had planned to use these for place cards, 
but we couldn't think of an invisible person
goofy enough to come to 
a frozen table in a piney stick forest.

We iced more pines for the centerpiece 
and put them in more Fostoria.

We scattered more pines around the table.
Those are fallen pines.
You know, like the ones all over my lawn right now.

This cut crystal stemware is a recent purchase. 
It came from Belk this past season.
We can't remember the name of it, though.

We used an icy crystal coaster 
and scattered faux ice everywhere.

Icy cut glass salt and pepper shakers...

A cream and sugar set from that Fostoria collection.

And the tiniest pop of silvery blue in the napkins
because,  well, 
it was the closet thing we could find to silver linen around here.

Those are not snowflakes in the napkin rings.
They are ice crystals.
Just go along folks.

So there you have it...

Ice on  the Piney Stick Forest 
If we were successful, you should
shiver just looking at it...

So we lit a few candles.

Which doesn't help, does it?
Now, it just looks like
  ice on a piney stick forest...

without electricity.

Sharing this with the Porch People
I hope they all remembered to wear their jackets.


The Decorative Dreamer said...

Very pretty Debbie! I love your white, silver and crystal Ice table! I also really love the icy pines! So sorry you didn't get some snow, but it surely did inspire a beautiful table!

The Charm of Home said...

Beautiful! I am shivering. Brrrr... It is really pretty! All of the glass is perfect.

Linda W said...

Sorry it's been a week of ice and shivering, but your table is absolutely gorgeous! I love the shimmery glassware and the GA pine. Sorry you didn't have a week of snowballs, but who knows what Mother Nature has planned with the remaining 2 months of winter.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

LOL! This is the best tablescape I've ever seen. Oh, how I laughed at your descriptions, Debbie, and this one just laid me out flat:

"We had planned to use these for place cards,
but we couldn't think of an invisible person
goofy enough to come to a frozen table in a piney stick forest."

That's because you didn't invite MOI! I would have gladly eaten in the frozen, icy piney stick forest. Heck, I'll go anywhere for a free meal! LOL!

Oh, how I laughed, but you really did set a pretty table. Loved all your goodies. I would do "ice" with you any day of the week, girlfriend... but let's do it in GA 'cause the citrus down here hates it like a toothache!

Loved this!

Happy Tablescape Thursday...


Sheila (who is stuck in a time warp and did a fall table in January!) ;-)

Vanessa said...

Shhh Shhh Shhivering over here! :-) I love it Debbie and think it is perfectly wintery and elegant. I would treck through the ice to sit at that table for long as I could sit on a hot water bottle!

Sue said...

So icy and elegant Debbie. Your collective creative juices just keep getting better and better. I can't wait to see what you come up with next.
Sorry to hear that you lost power. That is just miserable ~ I know! We are just shivering here, but no ice and we have power so I won't complain.
Have a great day.

Lynn said...

What a great table Debbie! Yep, it does look like icy pines! Sorry you lost the electricity, but gotta love inspiration when it hits:@)

Amy Kinser said...


It looks wonderful. Sorry about your power. How long was it out?

We still have a lot of snow and haven't been out since Sunday. Donnie went to work, but the kids and I have just nestled in for a long winters nap.

Jewel Sauls said...

Just beautiful and very icy! Love your "ice crystal" napkin rings and the lack of place cards for invisible people! That cracked me up!!!! Stay warm!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Debbie, What an icy and beautiful table. You have a perfect table to show the exquisite side of ice... sparkling, crystal and elegant!
I just love your grandmother's crystal berry bowls. And the piney evergreens you used make your table look like a winter walk in the woods. I especially love the candlelight. It makes your table look magical!
Thank you for sharing this most fabulous table!

Mary said...

I know I am shivering~ I had to add a blanket & a dog to my lap just to view your lovely table! Love your commentary as always, as much as your icy & piney details :-)

Unknown said...

Debbie, this is the warmest most elegant inviting table setting/scape ever! I love the sparkling shimmers & soft beauty.

Have a lovely winters eve ~ Brrrrrrr!
Hugs, Marydon

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

This tablescape is so pretty in its iciness and frosty look! The crystal and glass add to the feel. The very best part to me is how you created the faux icy pine and made the centerpiece as well as the "fallen" pines. The colour of it and the outdoors feel it creates, is fabulous. I also like how the colour of the napkins works with the whole effect. Terrific job of designing a 'scape about ice NOT snow!


Anonymous said...

This beautiful tablescape does make one shiver. It is wonderfully done!
I hope you are back to normal soon, as far as indoor electricity and outdoor ice!

we three dogs and me said...

Beautiful but gave me the chills. You see I live in northern N.Y. and it is snowy and cold outside. I am sitting with my snuggie on lol

Jennie said...

I rarely comment on your tablescapes. Mostly because I'm not worthy. But I always look at them. It bears noting (in my humble opinion) that this is my favorite thus far! Simply gorgeous!

Alycia Nichols said...

Beautiful way to make lemons out of lemonade!!! I've been watching what's going on there in Georgia on the news, and it is just terrible! My husband and I had considered moving to Augusta some years ago because it was so beautiful. When I arrived there in December for a visit, however, I was shocked to discover that it could get really cold!!! Love the Mark Twain excerpt, and glad to know you've got your power back on. We're praying for your part of the country.

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

Such a beautiful table! I LOVE the combination of all your dishes! Gorgeous!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Beautiful -- and it did make me shiver! Love the icy pines on your table.

Red Couch Recipes said...

I have my jacket on and I'd love to come and sit at this icy table. It is just so ice and shivery --- Brrrr! Just absolutely lovely. I want snow, but I have been in ice storm before and it WAS NOT fun as you said. The continual cracking of tree branches, because the weight of the ice, and the loss of power was no fun -- missing school for about a week WAS fun. Joni

Kelli said...

My favorite so far!! I would love to be a guest!! Praying the power comes back soon! Stay warm!

xinex said...

I love your piney and icey tablescape, Debbie! It sparkles! So appropriate for this cold month!...Christine

Unknown said...

I am wearing a coat while looking at this. Good thing, too! I could just about die for those berry bowls. They are too gorgeous.
I told my daughter about your ice adventure and when I got to the part about you being alone in the house listening to the trees crack and pop...she thought that was AWFUL!!!!
Glad to hear you have found something to do.

southerninspiration said...

what lemonade you made out of lemons! or icicles you made out of ice!! beautiful!


Unknown said...

What a beautiful table. Love the crystal, it sparkles. The addition of the pine is perfect. I know you removed it for this table but I love the cloche with the skaters.

Ms.Daisy said...

Oh, yes, that tablescape makes me shiver...with delight! It is beautiful and your creativity just goes on and on. Love it!


Entertaining Women said...

Well, I'm shivering all right...with absolute delight. This is gorgeous! Love the crystal accent plates that belong to the Duchess. We've had a huge arctic spell here, too. It's supposed to warm up it should be headed your way soon! Thank you for sharing your charming design and for stopping by my post with your kind comments. Cherry Kay

Domestic Diva said...

Love the tables cape and the narrative was wonderful! I so enjoyed the visit! Thank you so much for sharing!

Custom Comforts said...

Beautiful elegant tablescape!!! Just gorgeous!
You can have some of our snow ~ I'll gladly share :)

Miss Char said...

I'm glad you were spared the snow but I think the ice is probably worse. Your table is silver ice stunning, thanks so much for sharing.

illini89 said...

Very pretty! said...

So sorry about the power...I hope you did fine. I have a friend telling me about the conditions there.
The table is just beautiful...what a creative way to bring beauty from the snow storm. That is inspiring and I need to learn to do more tablescaping...just beautiful...and what a gift you Duchess.

Donnie said...

That is really pretty and it does look icy. Such lovely things. Glad you have your power back.

Anonymous said...

OMGoodness this makes me co-co-cold!..No we didn't get snow here in the southest but we've had some co-co-cold weather.

As I bundled up yesterday to take pecans to the squirrels I noticed ice on the pines too.


Tricia said...

Great idea to do an ice storm table! We tend to get those more than snowstorms here, too. NOT fun, especially when the power goes out! I love all the sparkle from the crystal on your table -- what a lovely collection your family has amassed!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

What a truly lovely and elegant table.
Everything looks so inviting, and surely reminds you of the Winter Season!! So very pretty.
I just love crystal anything! So Luminous!
Blessings, Nellie

Ann said...

I know your intent was to make us shiver ... but I swear Debbie, this table is drop dead GORGEOUS! Have you all considered going into the wedding biz? Big bucks in table settings. I know, we've been looking at them!


Anonymous said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! Love it!

Marlis said...

I LOVE this table.. It's perfect in every aspect. The glittery pines, the fostoria, the ice everywhere. Omg, The colors and the pieces you chose are so perfect. Those icicle napkin rings are the best!

Luncheons at the Junction said...

This is so perfect for this time of the year. Here in the northeast - we are snowed in and your tablescape fits in well with the landscape. Love the combination of dishes and crystal. Thanks for sharing!

Kitty Deschanel said...

This is gorgeous! I'm so happy that I found your blog :)

If you get a chance, I'd love for you to stop by this weekend to link it to my Not "Baaad" blog hop!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Very creative! The white, silver and crystal ice table is fitting for this time of year.

Unknown said...

jack frost could have come.. I love the look of it... great job.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Simply gorgeous and stunning! Looks like something from a magical winter wonderland. I love it!

Lana said...

SOooo gorgeous with the crystal catching the light and the greenery!
Hugs, lana

CAL said...

Simply gorgeous Debbie!

Diann said...

Oh, this is just such a beautiful tablescape! I love all the sparkle to it!!

Kathleen said...

How beautiful! It just sparkles! Love the chargers, they reflect the light so prettily!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Debby, so much gorgeous crystal on this table! The whole table just sparkles. The stemware is so pretty, and that vase is gorgeous. I love the ruffled edge on those chargers. laurie

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Debbie...

Well my friend, I have been doing a little catching up over here at your place! I just had to leave you a note on this GORGEOUS tablescape that you created! Ohhh truly is one of the prettiest that I've seen! Of course, silver and crystal is always breathtaking when paired together! Beautiful...beautiful table, my friend! Thank you for sharing it with us! I am sorry to hear that you lost your electricity though!

Warmest winter wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

FrouFrouBritches said...

How in the world did I miss this? It's just beautiful!!! The Fostoria is gorgeous!!!

Sami said...

I had to comment even though it is late...I am saving these images as inspiration for the 10th anniversary of my own Great Wedding Adventure of 2001. ;)


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