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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

For the birds Tablescape

Welcome to the patio and another casual dining experience.

Grapevine trays on a layering of burlap, along with the everyday flatware provide the bones.

Wraps will be served on teak plates, remembrances of a trip to Hawaii.

Topped with the wonderful porcelain salad plates by Mikasa.  I love the vines trailing across this set of dishes!

White cotton napkins wrapped through the handles of the trays are kept neatly in place.

Crystal goblets for our beverages. Crystal likes the fresh air where the sunbeams can dance on their many facets.

The completed setting inviting you to take a seat and be part of the adventure.

Green votive candle holders pick up the color of the vines and strike up a conversation with the green on the plates.

The stout wooden candleholder dominates the center, with a candle burned down just enough to allow it to be used without a hurricane shade to protect it from gentle West Texas breeze.


 An old zinc watering filled with asparagus fern holds court at one end of the table.



 Even the birds want to come visit!


 The decanter from Santa Fe found it's way to the table too. As did a bird house that is keeping court on this end of the table. For more information on the birdhouse, click HERE.





 





Cast:
Burlap - Hancock's
Napkins - white cotton 
Grapevine trays - Pier One World Market
Teak Plates - Hawaii
Salad plates - Mikasa Daylight
Crystal - Mikasa Parklane
Decanter - Cielo, Santa Fe, NM
Flatware - Gorham
Wooden Candleholder - Pier One World Market
Green votive holders - Garden Ridge, Arlington, TX
Watering Can - Antique
Birdhouse - made by moi


Thank you for dropping in, I hope you've enjoyed your visit. I love knowing you were here and will only know if you comment! ;-)

I'll be linking up to Tablescape Thursday at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch blog and to the Tablescaper's Seasonal Sunday party on her blog. Be sure to drop in on the parties at those two links, you won't be disappointed.



37 comments:

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is a lovely outdoor setting. The colors are perfect and that pattern on your dishes--I just love. I love the woodsey look of this---like a picnic in the forest.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Such a relaxed, inviting setting Marlis! Love the rustic colors and your new plates look right at home:@)

Carolyn @ Adrift on the Lake said...

Beautiful setting! Absolutely everything is perfect on the table. The dishes are so great for outside -- I really enjoyed this table!

Atelier de Charo said...

So inviting, great spring touch all over the beautiful setting!
Love the lovely birdhouse!

Red Couch Recipes said...

What a perfect table to set in the elements. Yes, I want to join in the adventure. The grapevine chargers are just so fun and I know that I would use them so often. I love all the green and brown together. Joni

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Marlis! Love the teak plates! Very fashionable!!! Of course, can't help but to love the china!!! Beautiful setting! Have a great week!!!

Sydnee said...

Love the teak wood plates...Would you please come and do my tablescapes. Love it all..

A Hint of Home said...

What a fun, whimsical, adorable tablescape!
Love the chargers, plates and all your cute accessories.

Kuby said...

What a beautiful table! The birdhouse is exquisite!

xinex said...

Your table is very beautiful, Marlis. I love all the different textures. Love the plates, you finally used them! Your bird house is very pretty....Christine

A Toile Tale said...

Marlis --
Beautiful post! I love love love this color green, especially with the natural items you chose to go with it. Love the way you chose to loop the napkins through the handle on the chargers.
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Marigene said...

Love the white/green/brown theme...those beautiful salad plates add so much to the table, Marlis.

Jacqueline said...

I have seen those plates a lot at the stores lately, they pair so well with the brown and being outside. It looks lovely and serene and your weather looks wonderful, hope it really was! Anyone would love to be entertained in that lovely setting!

Aledia said...

Fabulous!!! I love the green and brown together.

Aledia @ Plum Perfect

dlmsliceofpie said...

Love those plates, Marlis ... beautiful tablescape. Thanks for sharing.

mississippi artist said...

This is so beautiful, I could sit here all evening enjoying this. Love the wicker trays and burlap.

Pat said...

This is beautiful Marlis. I am thinking I should have some salad plates in this pattern, at least! I love it.

Sarah said...

There are those pretty dishes again. Love the ivy floating across the plate. Dining outdoors is my favorite. Your table looks like a great spot to sit and relax around an alfresco dinner. ~ Sarah

Shirley said...

I just love those Mikasa plates!! I've never seen them before. And the watering can with the long sprigs of greenery is wonderful. Perfect post!

Pattie T. said...

Lovely table and a wonderful, informative post. I love being taken step-by-step through the creative process.

Entertaining Women said...

We were both thinking along the same color lines again. "Gentle West Texas breeze"...so you had that one day for this one...LOL. Thanks for sharing another wonderful design. Cherry Kay

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Marlis...

What a gorgeous table...and such pretty scenery too! I love the Mikasa china...the trailing green leaves across the plate seem so perfect for dining alfresco! Thank you for sharing your beautiful table with us today, my friend!

I really enjoyed your visit and sweet note...thanks for stopping by!

Warmest spring wishes,
Chari

All The Pretty Dishes said...

Lovely tablescape.....and those dishes, if I didn't already have 14sets of dinnerware I'd definitely go for that set!

Miss Char said...

Marlis, I love the cast in this tablescape. The organics of the teak and the woven placements and then the beautiful crystal and pretty Mikasa ivy plates. Your old watering can with the asparagus fern is the perfect touch. Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

Another lovely al fresco setting from you to enjoy! I love all your natural elements and your dappled sunlight on your table...perfect for conversation & dining!

Tanya@takesix said...

A beautiful table Marlis. I love the naturalness of it all. Those wicker trays are gorgeous, and I love your antique watering can. A most enjoyable dining experience!!

The Tablescaper said...

Marlis:

I love the texture and feel of this entire table. I'm drawn to the grapevine chargers and teak plates - such great dynamics!

- The Tablescaper

Bonnie Bee said...

just perfect... on each and every level!!!! I love the subtle elegance of this natural scape...one of my favorites, although ALL of your tables are gorgeous!!!

Sweetladyelaine said...

A very comfortable outdoor setting! I love your plates..so perfect for your outdoor meal. Thank you for sharing.
Blessings My Friend,

FABBY'S LIVING said...

This is a beautiful and a perfect table, Marlis! I love those plates with the vines and the beautiful elements you have, to stage such a gorgeous al fresco table! Beautiful crystal too!
Hugs
FABBY

Designs on 47th Street said...

Hi Marlis, I ALWAYS love stopping by to see what you have come up with regarding dishes! It never fails...you come up with one gorgeous Tscape after another. I love the texture and color combinations you have used. Didn't you win those plates or am I dreaming? ;)

How fun you can be eating outdoors. We were going to do that for a salad supper tonight but it's cool, windy and a chance of rain.

Donna

Miss Merry said...

What a wonderful refuge to enjoy your lovely tablescape. Such pretty plates blend so well with the surroundings. The green glass candle holder really accents your garden setting.

lulumusing said...

Hey Marlis, I am happy to find you in the #1 spot which is always the way your tables are for me. I love, love, love the simplicity of the dishes which you have surrounded with beauty.

KAT said...

I love the bird house... beautiful table! so calming

KAT

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVELY place... LOVE those plates with the leaves... your last photo would be a FAB painting!!! I adore "stealing" tables to paint!

tammylovesdishes said...

This is such a stylish setting. I love your color combinations and that you have kept patterns down to a minimum. It really allows your design to shine! The china looks brilliant on the wooden trays on top of the woven trays! Love it!
Tammy

Debbie said...

This is a wonderful one, and I love the setting outside. Those plates with the vine just running across them are so different. Love them!

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