Dianne's Creative Table

I am inspired by light, all things natural, reusing previously loved items, and bargains!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ducks Unlimited

Ahh, March in Tennessee.  Mr Creative's birthday is in March and this year was a big one worthy of celebration.  I invited friends and family over for a surprise party, but the weather looked like it had another plan.  Over the years I recall celebrating outside in the beautiful sun and inside due to rain or cold, but I don't ever remember moving inside because of snow.  This year we had the latest snowfall in TN history on top of about an inch of ice, just a few days before the planned party.  I thought we would have to cancel, but it the sun came out and melted most of the snow away.  




I took my inspiration for the table from these wonderful American Limoge plates found in an antique store in Ft Walton, FL.  I love the colors and vintage look of the pattern.  I paired the dishes with many items I have had for years.  
The centerpiece starts with a wavy mirror from Ikea and a copper pitcher and candlesticks both from Home Goods.  I added some dried hydrangea and twisted vines from our back yard.  
The Copeland mallards are from a local antique mall and had just the right colors to use the hemstitch napkins from World Market. 

I love using glass globes on pedestal candlesticks.  It softens the light, but also catches any wax drips.  These were found at Home Goods several years ago. 
Blogging allowed me to set the table and have everything ready without a hint of the surprise.  
Before the guests arrived, I was able to catch some photos with the blue light. 


Menu: 
Mexican Short Ribs
Slaw
Cornbread
Chocolate Cake with Nutella and Fudge Icing

We actually celebrated three birthdays.  Our friend Kevin, my MIL and my hubby.  My daughter's birthday was the same day, but she was celebrating with her beau at Disney.
Even though we have had nothing compared to some parts of the country, I really want to believe that the the snow and ice is over and done with for this year! 
Linking to Tablescape Thursday

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Simple and Clean

The house always looks so bare when all the holiday decorations are gone.  I wanted to do something to perk up the dining room, but after all the glitz and glitter, it had to be simple and clean.  
The hand crocheted white runner seemed perfect for the vintage look that emerged. 

The funky chickens had to come out and play.
 White swirl charger - Pier 1
Queen's Calico - Home Goods
Johnson Bros square salad - Ebay
White flatware - Walmart
Stripped glassware - Old Time Pottery
Blue placemat - Don't remember where :)

  I love these white candelabras and use them often.  The seemed perfect for this vintage looking table.   
Blue stripe napkins echo the glassware.  




We have had some frigid days in TN this past week, but I know it's been much worse in other parts of the country.  I hope your week is warm and cozy.  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Golden Glow

We never forget our wedding anniversary because we married on New Year's Eve.  This year we celebrated our 16th with our fun group of friends and family.
I started the table with an almost floor length tablecloth.  It was the largest I could buy from LinenTablecloth.com.  I consulted with Alycia Nichols from Table Twentyone and she assured me it would be OK.  

Placemats - Home Goods
Chargers - Queen of Hearts, Atlanta
Flatware - Rogers
Plates - Homer Laughlin
Name Cards - stolen from the Scott's Christmas party! You can see it HERE
I originally planned to put a clock on each plate, but when I decided to do the bow tie napkins in the center, it was too busy so I put all the clocks together in the center.  I sprayed magnolia cuttings from the tree in our front yard. 
Vintage brass candlesticks with a golden globe from Ross. 


Forgive the kitchen mats in the dining room; the housekeeper was mopping in the kitchen and I didn't look down to see them before I snapped this shot.  

Arugala salad with Fig Dressing made by my friend Janie.  I made some Rosemary Parmesan crackers to go with the salad. 
Every year in the past, after drinks and appetizers, we are always too full for the meal, so this year we decided to just have appetizers, salad, and dessert.  I think a new tradition has been born.  It was the most stress free celebration ever.  
Menu
Candied Bacon
Blue Cheese Olives
JalapeƱo Poppers
Decadent Mexican Dip with Chips
Smoked Salmon Spread
Artichoke Dip
Blue Cheese Rosemary Shortbread Cookies
Fig and Gorgonzola Salad
Cheese Cake with Apple Caramel Sauce
Even with the abbreviated menu, we were all stuffed.  

My Father-in-law with his new toy.  
                                                                 
I thought I would include a photo of one of my china cabinets that I forgot to include on the Christmas post.  Wishing everyone the best for the upcoming new year.  Happy New Year!  
Joining the following: Tablescape Thursday

Saturday, December 27, 2014

You Can't Catch the Gingerbread Man!

Even though I don't have grandchildren, at the holidays, my house becomes Grandma's house and everyone comes here.  This year due to knee pain, I had to scale back some, but still managed to create a table for everyone to enjoy.  

 
Placemats & napkins - Home Goods
Chargers - Michaels
Plaid plates - Pottery Barn
Gingerbread plates - Williams Sonoma
Flatware - Onieda Sheraton
Poinsettia glassware - Old Time Pottery
Star coasters - Ikea
 The runner is another purchase from Anna's in Round Top.  It is cut from a bolt of hand woven linen material for feed sacks.




 Daisy's first Christmas was uneventful.  She wasn't the least bit interested in the tree, but she loved the toys we hid for her. 








 Miss Daisy King's (not the dog :)), Five Flavored Pound Cake. I highly recommend it even if it did stick to the pan.
 A few hours before our dinner meal, we found out 2 additional friends were attending so we added a small table at the end to accommodate. When my children walked in the door, they had brought another unexpected friend, so we actually ended up with twelve for dinner!  I had to scurry to set another place at the table. 


 I had a busy, but wonderful Christmas.  I am looking forward to clearing the table and getting ready for our annual New Year's Eve/Anniversary party over the weekend. Stayed tuned for more pictures.   I hope everyone had a joyous Christmas.  
Joining:You Can't Catch the Gingerbread Man!Tablescape Thursday
Centerpiece Wednesday