Wednesday, June 17, 2009

happy tablescape

A few weeks ago, I posted about treating myself to a set of Cath Kidston plates.

Last week I had a weekday to myself. When does that happen? What to do?

I remembered there being a blog called Between Naps on the Porch, which features weekly tablescapes and thought it would be fun to take my time, set a pretty table and take photos. So I did.

Welcome to my first Tablescape Thursday. Okay, it's Wednesday but because I know I have the time right now, I'm getting my post together early on Tablescape Eve. I will officially link up via Mr. Linky (new to me) tonight.

I played around with coordinating a lively color palette, patterns and textures

Much of this post could be called Target Tablescape because the tablecloth (repurposed curtain panel), S&P shakers, napkin rings and yellow polka-dotted plates are all from good ol' Target.

I am loving Ball canning jars for summer drinks

Cath napkins from "the good" HomeGoods

How about a luncheon of simple favorites like tuna sandwiches, potato salad, watermelon with blueberries, crackers with hummus and tabouleh, lemonade or home-brewed iced tea, and cookies?

Together we'll have a ball!

Thank you so much to Susan for hosting. Check out Susan's beautiful blog for this and many more inspired ideas and weekly parties.



aimee said...

You did a fab job! So inviting:)I would love to sit and have a tuna sandwich with you.

Barbara Jean said...

That is adorably fun!!

Thanks fro taking the time.

barbara jean

Anonymous said...

It is lovely- and looks like fun!

Lisa said...

It's good to see your new dishes in action! Your table looks lovely and your menu sounds delish!

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Gorgeous Elyse!

I love your fresh country table!! How warm and yet colorful! I adore Ball jars too, I use them as vases, cups, you name it! Your Cath kidson look is fabulous! I can just picture a big country salad, homemade bread and deep fried chicken :) It looks ready for us girls :) I'm on my way :)!

Have a great day sweetie!

Hugs, Cyn xox

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

How wonderful everything looks! I love all of the colors and patterns you used together. What a delightful look!

I just finished posting my newest mosaic pieces on my Lavender Hill Studio blog. I thought about you when I was creating it. The colors and patterns of what I made reminded me of Cath Kidson fabric.

debi said...

Now that's a summery looking table! Beautiful! It looks fresh, inviting, and cozy. Love the ball jars. And lunch sounds simply delicious!

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

What a pretty and fresh table. The colors are just beautiful. Happy BLOGmance Wednesday!

Brenda Pruitt said...

Now you're a girl after my own heart with this! I HAVE to have some of those polka dotted plates! My Target is just down the road. If I weren't having to use a cane because of a foot injury, I'd already be in the car. This is truly lovely. Old-fashioned simplicity with elegance tucked inside. Love it!


Your table looks so pretty and summery, love the yellow dishes, they look like sunshine! I have looked for Cath K stuff and the only thing I have come across is coffee cups, I love the napkins and those Ball jars are perfect for a big glass of sweet tea(;

Beki said...

Mmmmmm, can I come to lunch please?
Your table looks gorgeous and I do love tuna sandwiches.
I think we need a Target here in the UK, you all seem to get such lovely things there.
Hope the sun is shining for you, we have rain here today. Hoping it brightens up tomorrow as we're off to the zoo.
Beki xxx

Unknown said...

Elyse! I love your new dishes and your table is delightful! You will be the hit of Table Scape Thursday!
: )


Just a little something from Judy said...

What an inviting, creative and colorful tablescape. Who wouldn't love to be invited to your table. I really enjoy seeing so many different tablescapes and each reflecting the owner's personality and tastes.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! I love your tablescape... I have some of those same pieces from Target. (bird salt/pepper, tablecloth) your menu sounds great!
:) Missy

Lisa said...

Lovely! I'm ready to come and sit down to eat only it would mess up your table!!
Hugs, Lisa

Anonymous said...

Elyse- you are so right! What a happy tablescape! Just want to scoot right up and have lunch! Thank you for sharing all your cheeriness with us!


Claire said...

This is a very sweet table! Target rocks!

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Thanks for your nice comment about sending my photos to a mag. In fact "my stuff" has been in several mags including Romantic Homes and Country Living. Thanks, you are very sweet.

Unknown said...

That is a very nice and cheery tablescape! Love the cake pedestal with the cover! Pretty! :)

bj said...

OOO, did a magnificent job. This is the cutest, springy table and I would LOVE to have a tuna sandwich and a Ball jar of cold, icy SWEET tea.
Welcome too Tablescape sure as heck know how to do it !!
xo bj

Domestic Designer said...

You did a great job! I love those polka dot plates. :-) So cute.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Very pretty, love the ball jars. They make me think of summer and jams made from fresh fruit. Happy TT.


abeachcottage said...

love the polka plates and love cathh kidston

happy tablescaping


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love this! Welcome to Tablescape Thursday!

Melissa Miller said...

~Welcome to TT Elyse! :)

You've created a beautiful tablescape that looks so fresh and welcoming.

~Lovely job!

Thank you for your warm words on mine as well.
Have a blessed evening.
~Melissa :)

Karen said...

Oh you did a WONDERFUL! wonderful job!
Welcome to Tablescape Thursday! I don't have time to do one this week, it's just crazy around here . . . but it seems to be that way a lot lately.
Anyway - GOOD JOB!
HAGD! Karen

Pearl said...

Simply beautiful I love it!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What a great tablescape. It looks so happy and I love the mix of patterns and dishes. I love Target and the GW for finding the best and most unusual dishes. Love the great polka dots. Too cute. Your menu sounded so good. I would love to join you. We are also having a "Cloche Party" on Friday. I hope you will join us. You can find out all the details on my sidebar button. It should be a lot of fun. Hugs, Marty

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

What a great job you did! I love the polka dots!! Happy TT!

Melissa Marie said...

Oh I love everything about this!!! Cath Kidston is my absolute favorite! :) Great job!

Barbara Jean said...

thanks for coming by to see my new blog shop.
I am so excited to be able to do it.

Barbara jean

Lori said...

Can't go wrong when Cath's at the table, beautiful setting indeed! Lori

renaissance said...

Looks so fresh and pretty, one could sya as fresh as a daisy!

Diana LaMarre said...

What a great job! I love gingham, polka dots and flowers together. This one really says "summer" to me.

stefanie said...

so pretty, you almost don't want to eat on them. keep them pretty eat on paper plates outside. he he

Shirley said...

Hey, this was my first Tablescape Thurs too! Your table looks fantastic. Great job. I love the yellow polka dot plates. Pretty table linens. "When I have time" I plan on making a bunch of napkin rings to use at different times. Whenever that it!

Unknown said...

Elyse, I am in LOVE with your tablescape! You and I are so alike, these are just the colors and prints that I love :) Those yellow polka dot plates are just the cutest! I adore the ball jars for drinks too! So cottagey sweet! I adore things like ball jars that have many uses :)

Big Hugs,

Mary said...

Fun, fresh and SO pretty!!! Love your polka dot dishes, and those pretty checked placemats. :)

Barb said...

Hi Elyse, so pretty and fresh!! Such a gorgeous table.


ellen b. said...

Elyse! This is just eye candy for me. I love all the little touches. The napkins with the silverware and ring all together like that. Sweet! Love the colors and the pattern combination. Fabulous job!

Unknown said...

Absolutely adorable! The pink... the Ball jars... a little retro... Love it!
Have a great Thursday!
~Really Rainey

Anonymous said...

Oh - how pretty and cheery! I love your colors and daisys and jars and cupcakes....EVERYTHING Is lovely - I am going to go look at ALL your pages now! I found you over at Cynthia's today - and I sure am glad I did! Anything with red gingham catches my eye, too!

Joyce said...

A fun tablescape and thank you for sharing all of this with me.

Fifi Flowers said...

ADORABLE table!!!

movingonlady said...

cute, cute, cute, so shabby sheik

candy said...

What a pretty blog you have!!!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Thank you, Elyse, for stopping by my blog and leaving a note! How sweet of you ♥

I love your table setting. To me it looked retro (which I LOVE) and to think you got some of it at Target and Home Goods (I LOVE that store!!) I would have thought you had these items handed down to you!!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

Mini hugs ♥ Marsha

debi said...

Elyse, You don't have an e-mail link, so I guess I'll answer your question here.
I did not spray my door before hanging it. I'm lazy that way! I haven't had a problem with it though.
Good luck with your screens.

Carolyn said...

Lovely cheerful tablesetting and the food sounds good too!


Maryrose said...

Hi Elyse,
Welcome to TT. I love your Target Tablescape. Those yellow polka dot dishes are darling. You used such pretty colors. I hope we visit often.

Maryrose said...

Hi Elyse,
I love your Target Tablescape ;) Your polka dot dishes are so cute and I love the colors. Welcome to TT and I hope to see you often. Thanks for stopping by.

Mary @Boogieboard Cottage said...

I love the mixture of patterns, very "Cath" :O)

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Everything is charming! Love all your colors! Lindaacaliess

Jessica - Such Pretty Things said...

Oh, it looks so beautiful! I love how you used all those wonderful Target finds! :-)

Monica said...

Hi Elyse! This is sooo cheerful!!
Thanks for stopping by, and for your lovely comment!

LaurieStar said...

So... when can I come over? :)

I have those same salt and pepper shakers, of course! Love them. Good ole' Target! :)

Kammy said...

Wow what a great start !
Welcome to Tablescapping !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Beki said...

Hi Sweetie
I've tagged you
Have a great weekend
Beki xxx

Cynthia said...

You table is so inviting and pretty. Love the polka dot plates. Have fun coming up with many more tablescapes.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Sreaming Elyse! Your place setting is so adorable and so you (could be me to!) I LOVE the cutie pie plates!

Big Hugs!

Bethany said...

Oh my gosh, you did such an amazing job with your table, everything is so fun and summery and lovely and you. Love the dishes. You are the queen of cottage.

Jerelene said...

So pretty!! I'm wanting to put more pink in my kitchen..I love your curtains!! We use ball canning jars for glasses too! Loved your blog :) Blessings, Jerelene

Cathy said...

Hi Elyse,

I just love this post. I feel like I am right there. I want to eat something really refreshing and yummy on these plates. Maybe, like, watermelon, or strawberries dipped in chocolate. We really need to get together some day and go shopping!

xo Cathy

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Delightful tablescape! Love all of the pretty colors and polka dots. laurie

{oc cottage} said...

This whole table is just precious!
Love all the colors!What would we all do without our Target birds??!!
One day...when I get it together, I would love to take part in TT, but right now my table is my work area...and it ain't pretty!!!! ;)

m ^..^

Unknown said...

How lovely! Save me a spot!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

How sweet and imaginative!!! Having a BALL is right! Your posts are always sooooo cute!


Dontchajustlove Cath Kidston? Makes me want to move to the UK!!!

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Hi there! Just popping in from Kelly's at Rose Cottage.

I absolutely adore your blog banner and background. In fact, I think it's my favorite one I've seen yet!

This table setting is so pretty and festive. It would be hard to get me up from the table!

Nice to *meet* you!

Terri said...

Oh Elyse, I wanna come over for lunch! Your tablescape is precious. You are really getting me more anxious to buy some Cath Kidston stuff!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

I just got the Kath Kidston catalog and am drooling over everything. O.K. I'm going to continue reading your posts I've missed, but won't comment anymore or else you'll know I'm obsessed with your blog!