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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

April in Lubbock

Dining outside should be easy, relaxed and fun. Although I've set a very formal table outside too, usually though, dining alfresco is more laid back at our home. 

I started with a great tablecloth. April Cornell. Although, I'm not quite sure why the bands were put on square and then whacked off to create the round, the colors of the tablecloth are perfect. Blue. White. Yellow. Green

Added some daisy mums and a bit of blue to the yellow tulips provided a great pop of color. Although dramatic floral arrangements look great in photos, I tend to remove them when these are this tall and replace them a smaller version or simply a bowl of floating candles and petals. (Table: 4/23/11)

Amber and green French hand-blown goblets are set at the ready for our refreshments.

 I stacked the nito chargers, white dinner plates and green pressed glass salad plates to play off the colors of the tablecloth.

Argent flatware with pearlized blue handles serve as the flatware and the only blue on the table save for a bit in the flowers.

Nito napkin rings corral the napkins in place. Although the table is not small, placing the napkin on the rim of the plate keeps the table from taking on a crowded appearance. It also keeps matching napkins from fading into the tablecloth.

The twig vase was a recent find and I'm thoroughly delighted by it.The glass insert is not removable, so cleaning might be a challenge, bur I love it none the less!

Another recent find, this multi-salt salt cellar came home with me from Cielo in Santa Fe. There is a gray sea salt, an Hawaiian red salt and then white sea salt in the dish. Doesn't this make a lovely presentation?

Tiny salt spoons in pewter have a graceful leaf design.

Thank you very much for stopping in. I loved having you and hope that you enjoyed your stay as well. Leave a comment if you care, I do enjoy knowing you were here. 


Nito chargers and napkin rings - World Market and Pier One
White dinner plates - Wedgewood Windsor
Green salad plates - had them so long I don't remember maybe Arcorac, France?
Water Goblets - French, Santa Fe, NM
Wine goblets - Stein Mart last year
Argent flatware - Horchow's
Twig vase - TJMaxx
Tablecloth and napkins - April Cornell

Please drop in on the weekly party at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch for her lovely Tablescape Thursday party. Hope to see you there!


Miss Char said...

Marlis, this table is so fresh looking. I'm in love with that tablecloth and your centerpiece is just singing SPRING! Thanks so much for sharing.

Priscilla said...

I love your triple salt cellar! With all the varieties of salt being so popular right now, this would be such fun to present on the table..

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

What a beautiful setting for your table! I love meals outside. The dramatic centerpiece is so nice. And your colors are wonderful! What a lovely tablecloth!

Denise said...

Oh Marlis, this table is wonderful!! I just love these colors. April Cornell linens are wonderful, aren't they? I just bought one of her aprons at Home Goods. So cheerful. Everything on this table is great -- the chargers and napkin rings, the linens, the flatware, and of course, the flowers. But I am in love with that twig vase - what a find!! Hope you enjoy your alfesco meal.


Denise at Forest Manor

Kuby said...

I absolutely love the tablecloth and napkins. The flower arrangement is just delightful and makes me smile just to look at it! This is just a gorgeous setting.

Scribbler said...

Beautifully put together! Your twig vase is a real find and works wonderfully well with the other natural elements on the table.

xinex said...

Just came in from working outside for a break and what a nice thing to see. Your table is beautiful, it will keep me in the mood to keep working ourside, lol. It's hot! But I want to finish a project cause John is inviting some people on Sat.I love your triple salt server but I love the diff. flavored sea salts even more. Pretty color combo! Polish pottery will look really good on that tablecloth!:-).....Christine

Dianne said...

Such an appealing table Marlis. I would love to sit under that tree and drink a glass of iced tea at that taable. I am totally obsessed with salts and I think I love the gray salt the best. Dianne

Rettabug said...

Marlis, this outdoor table setting is absolutely lovely! Isn't it amazing how easy it is to spot April Cornell's stuff? I knew right away that tablecloth was hers & I, too, question the strange bordering. ???

Anyway, all your pieces are just beautiful on it....love the chargers & rustic looking centerpiece together. Smart move to put the napkins up on the rim, too.

Very, very pretty!

Anonymous said...

I love this blue and yellow table. It's beautiful, Marlis. The outdoor setting is wonderful!

Diane @ Magpies and Magnolias said...

Love it, Marlis! Blue, yellow and green is one of my favorite combinations and that April Cornell tablecloth is beautiful. Just waiting for my invitation to come join you!

That twig vase is just fabulous. I wouldn't think it would be a problem for it to get wet when you clean it. After all, twigs do get wet in nature and they come through intact.

Thanks so much for following me!

we three dogs and me said...

Loved your post so pretty with the great tablecloth and napkins. would love to eat lunch with you.

Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, yes....I LOVE that floral vessel!!! That is SO cool!!! I have never seen anything like it! It is perfect for an outdoor setting!!! The salt cellar is great, too! I don't know that I have ever seen the grey or Hawaiian red. Do they taste like sea salt or have a different flavor? As usual, you did a fabulous job of picking up all the colors and making them all the star of the table!

Sarah said...

Marlis, blue and yellow always makes me smile, and so does dining alfresco. Thanks for setting this beautiful table to share with all of us. ~ sarah

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Marlis, this is so Springtime fresh and so delightful. The tablecloth has such a wonderful mix of colors, and you have picked up on them beautifully. I LOVE that blue pearlized flatware and the twig vase. Your flowers look gorgeous. laurie

Marigene said...

Great colors, they make one feel like smiling...love the twig vase.

The Tablescaper said...


I so love April Cornell designs and I love your table. Neat twig vase. Worth the hassel of the cleaning challenge.

- The Tablescpaer

Janet said...

a perfect spring table. I love the tablecloth and flatware. There is something so special about dining outside.

Mica said...

this screams SPRING! I love the flowers with the dishes and color choices are excellent...I really adore that you set your table outside...just breathtakingingly beautiful. Thanks for sharing.Mica @ The Child's Paper

Mrs. Serendipity said...


Your alfreco table looks divine in your beautiful yard. Love your tablecloth, dishes and the flower arrangement! Happy Belated Mothers Day! Mrs. S

Purnima@a creative project said...

love your table cloth and the lovely centerpiece!!! perfect for the weather!!

Mary said...

I love your April Cornell table cloth~ what a pefect foundation for your flowers and dining alresco! Love your accents of blue from your flatware!

Sweetladyelaine said...

I love your tablecloth and flowers! I don't have any flowers in my garden and love them. Your table is very pretty and inviting. Thank you for sharing and stopping by..
Blessings My Friend,

Kathleen said...

It is lovely! So crisp and Springlike. Love the cloth and the twig vase with those beautiful flowers is gorgeous!


Stunning table! I love it all, the tablecloth is my fav, as I don't have anything like this, so happy and flowery, love it! The chargers are so nice, and so are the dishes. Everything is so inviting, it's calling me to have a glass of lemonade! Beautiful Marlis.

All The Pretty Dishes said...

Absolutely Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous table! Nice tip about putting the napkins on the plate edge. Thanks for sharing that!

Your flower arrangement is wonderful and I really like the twig vase!


Entertaining Women said...

This one makes me incredibly happy. I agree...the square border on the cloth makes you stop and ponder. Love the use of all the variety of colored glass pieces....great reflective value and perfect tones for the table. The florals are gorgeous. Thanks for stopping by...just returned from a trip to Italy....it was amazing. Cherry Kay

Anonymous said...

Hey Marlis! Had a little trouble getting here thanks to Blogger troubles. You table is perfect for me....simple, colorful, inviting. It doesn't get better. We finally had a little rain. Hope you got a few drops out west!xox

Jacqueline said...

What a lovely table Marlis. That table cloth is fabulous and you recreated the perfect setting
on top of it. I agree, my pink and green one from April Cornel that I just featured did the same thing.

I love the new twig vase, it will be worth the effort. Yellow and blue are justs the happiest colors ever. I love your outdoor setting too.

Have a great weekend.

Barbara F. said...

Marlis, this table is gorgeous and the twig vase is a great find! Love blue and yellow together, with the addition of green and white - a hit! xo,

The Tablescaper said...

Hi Marlis:

Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays. I really thought I had commented on this table before. Perhaps the comments got lost in the Blogger debacle. At any rate, I love this table. April Cornell has such beautiful textiles, so vibrant and full of life. Your flowers are the perfect extension. Awesome flatware!

Can't wait to see what you come up with for the "Where do you keep it all?" post.

- The Tablescaper

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Oh, Marlis, I love your table, specially that tablecloth is gorgeous! I know I came to see this beautiful table and specially cause I know it's yours! Something happened when the blog got hanged! Anyway...awesome flatware and the center flowers are so pretty it screams SPRING! The triple salt server is lovely, everything is perfect! Have a great week!


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