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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Garden Party Tablescape

 I went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends

A chance to share old memories and play our songs again
When I got to the garden party, they all knew my name
 No one recognized me, I didn't look the same

But it's all right now, I learned my lesson well.
You see, ya can't please everyone, so ya got to please yourself
Ricky Nelson - 1972
 How about a garden party in the middle of summer? 
An empty place card just for you.

 Some pretty flowers to adorn the table

 Some busy bees on honeycomb napkin rings

 White Orchid silver by Oneida

 Butter pats under the iced tea spoon will save your precious linens every time

 A vintage look candle holder helps set the mood

 Another candle under an etched cloche sitting in a sterling dish
(cloche to be removed before lighting)

 Really love my Mikasa French Countryside goblets

Oh I really cheated on the table covering..
I couldn't find a suitable tablecloth. So I purged the resource center (aka the stash).
I found this lovely piece of Moda fabric that is just perfect as a table covering for outside
since this table is less wide than our dining table. A few serged ends and a quick turn under
and I will have a lovely tablecloth for years to come!

 Love Love Love this little plate used as a salad plate.  Pattern is Marilyn by Queen Anne. I won this at 
the fun auction over at My Place to Yours. I think I'll be collecting this pattern for quite some time. I think it's the blue band with the snowdrops that sucks me in.. oh and my sister's name is Marilyn.

 See the pretty orchids on the flatware? I succumbed to a really great deal on this last week.
My father in law had the an orchid green house and supplied many people all around the nation. He's passed on, so I guess sentimentality got the better of me.

Table covering - Moda fabrics
Napkins - too old to remember where from (the napkins, the napkins!) 
Napkin rings - OKL (One King's Lane)
Dinner plates - Bordallo Pinheiro
Salad plates - various Sammeltassen* from Germany and one Queen Anne's Marilyn pattern
Butter pats - German; Johann Seltmann Vohenstrauss
Flatware - Oneida White Orchid Community Plate
Glassware - Mikasa French Countryside
Grapevine vase - TJMaxx
Candles and holders - antiques or very old
Placecards - Tuesday Morning

Thank you so much for dropping in and spending some time with me. I am blessed by your company. Hope you enjoyed yourself!

*Sammeltassen translates to "Collector's cups". But they usually encompass a dessert plate, cup and saucer. Usually they were given to young ladies for special occasions (confirmation, birthdays, Christmas). Some of the plates used were my grandmother's and some my  mother's. I'm so blessed to be the steward of these pieces.


Faith said...

Gorgeous table!!!! Can I come to your next Garden Party?

Johanna said...

Hallo Marlis,
ich habe jetzt wieder gesehen, wie toll du deutsch schreibst. Da kommentiere ich auch auf deutsch. Dein Tisch ist großartig. Der Marilyn-Teller ist wunderschön. Ich liebe das satte Blau auch. Allerdings gefällt mir der Rosenteller auch richtig gut. Du hast das fabelhaft gemacht mit den großen Platztellern und dem gemischten Porzellan. Liebe Marlis, wir sehen alle nicht mehr so aus wie früher. Ich bin sicher, auch deine Freundinnen haben sich optisch verändert. Ich habe gerade mal ein paar Posts durchgeblättert, auch die Stickereien sind himmlisch. Da juckt es mir in den Fingern.
Schöne Grüße, Johanna

Anonymous said...

You do the most amazing outdoor tablescapes, Marlis! This is gorgeous.

We are having 60's today. If this holds, I think I will do an outdoor table soon.

Jo's This and That said...

Beautiful and unique.Wish I was there.

Babs said...

Hi Ricky.. I mean Marlis. :) I remember that Ricky Nelson song, too. Love, Love your brick patio with the wall enclosure and the Oak ? tree.
Your tablescape is so gorgeous and I love your mix of patterns. When I saw your candle and cloche on the sterling bowl, I knew I had one almost identical to it and I'm going to see if my cloche will fit. Oh. I hope so, because yours is so pretty.
The Mikasa French Countryside glassware is so pretty and every time I see it I just love it. Don't know why I don't buy some. Duh. Anyway, your garden party is perfection. Thanks for inviting us.
Great Oneida silver pattern too. Must be vintage. Beautiful.

Barbara F. said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Susan's auction was fun! xo,

vignette design said...

Simply gorgeous Marlis! Perfect for a garden party. I remember that song! ~Delores

Rettabug said...

I was singing right along with you, Marlis! Such a beautiful table...LOVE the little name card holders & that vintage candle holder is awesome.
I think your "stash" tablecloth is perfect. I recently used some fabric as a backdrop for a peach pie photo & then promptly decided it would make a pretty nightgown for Ms. C. It is half finished. (the pie is all gone...LOL)


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Your garden table is so pretty. I love your flowers and what beautiful china patterns. This outdoor table is so elegant --- gorgeous!

carolinajewel said...

Gorgeous garden party! Loved the song lyrics - I definitely knew the song! Those place cards are a great idea! I may copy you!

Entertaining Women said...

I'm due a trip to Lubbock town, and I hope that I get to sit at your garden table when I come. I read in Rett's comments that you lost your Blue Willow in a house fire. We lost a lake home to a fire. I still find myself opening closets or drawers to look for things, only to realize that they were gone forever. That said, I have an order blank to buy Churchill "Blue Willow", and if you want to email me your address, I'll send it to you. I don't know if that's a maker that you would want, or not. They currently have the Churchill, "Pink Willow" at Tuesday Morning, if you wanted to check out the way that it's made and designed. I love the new tablecloth; I do that kind of thing all the time...even for the dining table. I just use another undercloth with it to give it the desired length. Thanks for sharing another gorgeous design. Cherry Kay

Anonymous said...

Another lovely tablescape! Your Sammeltassen are so beautiful. I like how you anchored them (as well as your new Marily plate) with the Bordallo plates. Your napkin rings are too cute as are the sweet little butter pats (great idea to use for spoon res)! And those goblets are stunning. I would love to attend your garden party!

Mary said...

Hi Marlis~ I adore your garden variety of floral plates~ especially Marilyn. Your profusion of blooms on the table, flatware & sweet place card holders make me long for garden party, even in this heat!


Fabulous!! You've made a gorgeous garden party, using dishes and mervelous elements to decorate it, I love it, it has been a feast to my eyes! The flowers are stunning, which makes the whole setting sooo happy and awesome! I really would love to be there with you too, Marlis! Have a great time. FABBY

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Gorgeous table and beautiful flowers!
Love the outdoor setting. Great shots too. Thanks for sharing:)
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

What a pretty garden party! It would be so lovely to sit under the tree and have a nice lunch. I have the same goblets and I love them, too. Really, really like those napkin rings, too. So many wonderful details in your tablescape!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Marlis, your new Marilyn plate looks right at home! I can't imagine who wouldn't feel welcome at this inviting table. Your porch setting is fantastic! Great idea to use butter pats w/ iced tea spoons.

Bonnie Bee said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous..... You ALWAYS give us such wonderful tabletop treats... Love the collected feel of this fabulous vignette

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a beautiful post! Enjoyed it all! Those goblets are gorgeous! Love the table cover too!


xinex said...

Hi marlis! First I love that song cause I love Ricky nelson. Then, I love your salad plates and I love the candle holder and I love, well I love everything!...Christine

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
How did I miss this post!! I was over at your other Blog. This is Beautiful!!! I love your Tablescape your China is gorgeous. I love having dinner on the patio like you do!!! But it is so HOT..
You did a Beautiful job putting it all together.. We will be right over with the boat and for dinner OK.
I hope you have a Great weekend coming up.
XXOO Diane

The Tablescaper said...

This is beautiful. I love all of the delicate touches.

- The Tablescaper

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

I love how you take outside to dine with your beautiful china in the garden. Gorgeous!
hugs ~lynne~

Lana K. W. Austin said...

What a divine garden party!!! I love all the fresh colors/especially the green touches--a much needed cool respite from summer heat! Every detail as always is absolutely wonderful!!!!


Anonymous said...

Marlis,this is such a lovely,charming setting,love the mix of salad plates,soooo pretty.
I love "OUTSIDE SETTINGS",this is defiantly fantastic fun.

Bonnie said...

This is a dream tablescape that looks like a page out of a magazine! It would have been a thrill for me to have been seated at your beautiful table. All the elements speak first class.

Beeutiful by Design said...

Lovely! I need those napkin rings - I may be addicted to One Kings Lane. Enjoyable - jennifer

Denise said...

Hi Marlis,

This is a beautiful table. Your tablecloth fabric is lovely, and your outdoor area is so nice! I love your various salad plates, and your recent win is so pretty. Snowdrops are such sweet little flowers. Your flower arrangement is gorgeous, and using the butter pat for a spoon rest is a great idea.

This is a very inviting table for summer. I mentioned you in my tablescape post this week, so you'll have to stop by and see :) Have a great weekend.

Denise at Forest Manor

Alycia Nichols said...

I can just smell the flowers now! What a gorgeous table, Marlis! I am so in love with the whole look! I am just crazy about that grapevine vase and those BEEyootiful napkin rings!!! Each person having a unique place setting is a wonderful conversation piece and looks so great the way you pulled it together!

Maureen said...

What beautiful china you have used for this tablescape. Just love it all! No detail left out. YOu are very fotunate to have been given these treasures.

jo said...

Marlis, what can I say, that the other girls haven't said already? It's truly beautiful. I simply adore the napkin rings!

Who said you can't use a piece of cloth as a tablecloth? After all is that not what a tablecloth is?

I have been so jealous of all you girls in the states moaning about the heat. It has rained for ages here in NZ. I am over it! I am looking forward to our summer, but it is a way off yet.

Anyhoo, a lovely setting and a joy to behold, thank you!


Karin Şen Cankan said...

Dear Marlis,

No one does a btter garden party then you looks so pretty and just perfect.

I wish I could come to your garden parties.

Thank you for sharing.

Karin Şen Cankan

JudyBug said...

What a gorgeous table! Every pic I'm saying...Oh I love that....Oh I love that too....ohhhhh. I am really loving the Mikasa stemware!

once in a blue moon said...

very fresh and pretty, LOVE your honeybee ring~

Designs By Pinky said...

BEAUTIFUL table!!!! I LOVE the fabric you used for the tablecloth! Your flowers are so pretty too. I WISH I had a pretty patio to set up a table like this. Under that beautiful tree is the perfect al fresco spot! Just gorgeous, everything! XO, Pinky

Kuby said...

Oh how beautiful everything is. 1953 was really an excellent year. Many geniuses were born that year! Love the flowers, the tablecloth and the settings. Marlis, you are truly amazing!

Snap said...


Beautiful tablescape! I don't know what I like the best, it is all so lovely. Perhaps being able to have this outside!!!!!!!!!! The tablecloth is perfect for the setting. EVERYTHING is gorgeous.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Beautiful garden setting Marlis! Lovin' those adorable napkin rings:@)

The Tablescaper said...

Thanks for briging your garden party to Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Anonymous said...

My goodness, marls, you've raised a garden party to new heights! Even if no one knew who you were, shed like to be invited here.


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