Friday, March 21, 2014

Set Your Table With Flair--Spring Garden in My Garden


Hello, friends!!  Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

It is officially Spring!!  Spring to me is all about life anew, the flowers blooming, birds a-twitter, and butterflies a-flitter.  What about Spring inspires you?

I have been a fan of the Irish singer Enya ever since high school.  One of my favorite pieces by this wonderful artist is Tempus Vernum, which is Latin for Springtime.  The piece is very dramatic, with beautiful brooding cellos, so when I heard it initially, it made me instead think of Winter.  As I flit about the house and yard today with this tune playing, I think if I were to attribute it to Spring, in my mind's eye, I would likely imagine flowers bursting open, bees in flight, and beautiful clouds rolling in a crystal-clear blue sky. This song, as well as Vivaldi's Spring are inspirations to me. My goal is to reflect this inspiration in my post today.  I hope you enjoy. 



I began by setting this pink tablecloth.



Next, I placed these lovely floral placemats.


In the middle of the table, I set this adorable birdhouse, and nestled inside it a tall grass arrangement with butterflies springing (pun intended) from it.



Upon the placemats, I set these cream plates. 




To play up the theme of a lovely blue sky, I placed these fleur-de-lis plates in a muted azure next.



A garden should be full of nature's beautiful creatures, so I placed these butterfly plates,


followed by a small feathered friend at each setting.


 
A corresponding coffee cup and a slender flute came next,


followed by a beige napkin and peony napkin holder.


At each setting, because I am a huge fan of topiary gardens, I placed two handmade topiary trees and finally, gold flatware in a casual manner. 



The larger tree was placed as a decorative touch only, and the other serves as a place-card holder.  I simply adorned a small hole-punched paper to the tree trunk with a bit of ribbon. 

If you would like to view the tutorial to make these trees, please visit the post in my blog The Crafting Table by clicking here.


All set!!




Here are a few closeups of the setting.






From my collection:

Cream plates, Ralph Lauren Whipstich Collection, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Blue plates, generic, from Tai Pan Trading
Butterfly saucers and coffee cups, from Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Flatware, Wallace Grand Duchess Collection; Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Flutes, generic
Napkins, generic, from HomeGoods
Placemats, Ralph Lauren, from HomeGoods
Peony Napkin rings, from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Little birdies, The Dollar Tree
Butterfly Grass, The Dollar Tree
Birdhouse, Michael's Crafts
Cloth, origin unknown, gifted to me years ago

As I mentioned earlier, I love topiary gardens. You might want to peruse some of my favorites in the post on my blog Great Gardens by clicking here

Please join me and others April 9th for Cruisine Kathleen's Tablescape Challenge here.  



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43 comments:

  1. Wow, all that gorgeous sunshine on your beautiful table! and I love the birdcage and the stemware!

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  2. love it while it is not so green here yet glad that you shared your list
    come see me angie and what I shared at annies home ( http://shopannies.blogspot.com )

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  3. I know what I like about your particular style: You're not afraid to layer on the decorative elements that make a table interesting and keep the eye moving. When I go about setting a table, I employ that same maneuver. When guests sit at your table, I really think they want to know that you went that extra mile....that you thought things out...that you decided they were worth the extra little touches. And that's what you've done with this table. You've included extra touches that give it flair and that say you care! (I don't know why I just HAD to make that rhyme just now!!!)

    I just love those fleur de lis plates. I've never shopped the Tai Ping Trading Company, but I think I visited their web site once. SO much stuff there!!!

    You have a beautiful back yard from what I can tell in the photos! LOVE those steps with all the plantings on the sides!!! This winter was particularly harsh on our back yard, so I'm hoping the little Mr. will let me call in a landscaper to add some new lovelies back there.

    Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for sharing! Take care!

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    1. Thank you for those kind and encouraging words, Alycia! I did all the work (including the steps) pre-blog, I took before and afters, but the photos were deleted. :(
      So nice of you to stop by!!

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  4. Lovely spring table! Those butterfly plates are wonderful and I love those placemats.

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  5. What a visual feast. Love the extra touches and how everything comes together with the theme.

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  6. It's all fabulous, from the peony napkin rings, to the plate stack and the birds, and of course the garden setting itself! You've thought of everything!
    Jenna

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  7. What a beautiful table to celebrate spring! Love the butterfly plates.
    Have a wonderful week!

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  8. Oh how adorable! What a grand idea for your home garden party - such cute decor. Thanks for a delightful visit for Anything Blue Friday.

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    1. Thank you, Kaye! Fairly new to Linky, but am really enjoying it!! Thank you for visiting!

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  9. So pretty. Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

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  10. SO FESTIVE!!! I love every little detail and personal touch I would love to sit at this table.I also love your garden in the background!

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    1. Thank you!! So glad you like it!❤❤

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    2. Hi,
      THis is my first to visit you.

      Wow! Sunshine make me drool as well as your flatwares. Just loving them.

      Have a nice weekend.

      Greetings from Stockholm,
      /CC girl

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  11. Wonderful, to make a Spring table outdoors :-)

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    1. So glad it's finally warmer! Thank you for your visit!

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  12. Wow, nothing could be more Spring-like than this table. You did a wonderful job with Kathleen's challenge. Love all of your elements and the beautiful colors - those sky blue plates are wonderful and so are the topiaries. I also was warmed by the fact that you mentioned Vivaldi! Baroque music is my favorite and I adore Vivaldi's "Four Seasons". I need to pull out my CD and play "Spring" right now!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the post, Diane! I adore baroque, but must say Tchaikovsky is my favorite! Thank you for visiting!!!

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  13. So pretty! Love all the elements you included. What a pretty setting too! I can almost hear the birds chirping. Love the colors you used too, and your little topiaries are wonderful!

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  14. What could be more perfect for spring that a beautiful table such as yours in a garden setting. Wow! Add in Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" and your have a perfect setting. Vivaldi is one of my favorites!

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    1. Me too! So glad you stopped by, Sarah! Thank you. :)

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  15. Lovely! Can't decide what element I like best...butterfly plates, centerpiece, pink cloth...it's all wonderful!

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  16. The photos says you enjoy your sunshine.Beautiful table with beautiful setting.Love it...Sujatha..:):)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Sujatha! Thank you for your visit!

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous! I would love to be a guest at that beautiful table and setting.

    We were both thinking birds and butterflies for our tables. I hope you will visit mine, too.

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    1. Thank you, Beverly!! I visited your post quite a few times, but the site shuts down and I couldn't leave a comment. I hope you see this; thank you for your visit!

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  18. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. ♥

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  19. Beautiful tablescape - I love the birds and butterflies especially! Thanks for linking up on Cook it! Craft it! Share it! :)
    Ang

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  20. Just perfect for spring, love all the butterflies. Thank you for sharing this at the History & Home link party this week. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

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  21. Back to take in the beauty again. Your garden table is so lovely!

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    1. So grateful for your visit, Sarah! Yes, I think I first linked at Tablescape Thursday, this time to Wow us Wednesday. So sweet of you to drop back in! ❤❤

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