Dianne's Creative Table

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

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hot Summer Fun

A few weeks ago some friends gathered in our dining room for dinner.  I wanted the table to reflect the hot summer days we have in TN.
I started with this bright colorful runner I found on clearance at Home Goods last year. 
I added wooden candlesticks and some grapevine from our back yard.  

Some colorful chickens for no special reason except that the colors worked well. 
 I topped the candlesticks with some mosaic globes that have a lovely glow.  
 Placemats from Old Time Pottery, chargers from Linens & More, yellow ColorWheel dishes and Cambridge flatware from Ross.

Hand stamped & colored name cards. Hens for the women and Roosters for the men.  
 Glasses from OTP.  I think the pattern looks like fireworks.

Incredible salad with figs, walnuts, parmesan made by one of our guests.  
 Nothing better than good food with great friends.  

Sharing at: Tablescape Thursday

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Bridemaid's Luncheon

Several months ago my MIL and I decide to host the bridesmaid's luncheon for a cousin's wedding.  My MIL is the flower queen and of course, setting tables is my thing, easy right?  Well, the wedding was in Memphis and the home for the luncheon was 30 miles outside of Memphis in Mississippi, in a home that we have been to visit only once. It had the makings of a logistical nightmare.

This is the home as you come down the driveway.  it is owned by one of hubby's cousins.  
The blank canvas.
My MIL brought her beautiful linens.  She also made the fresh boxwood topiaries.  
We planned to use the dishes, glassware, silver, etc, that was already in the house, but we didn't know exactly what we would be working with.  As you can see, we had plenty of choices!  
We used different placemats and glassware for the Bride and her Maid of Honor. 

I don't know the name of the pattern, but isn't it just lovely? 
Putting my past flower shop skills to use, adding the finishing touches to my MIL's arrangement. 

The place setting is Lenox Snow Lilly.  We kept it simple without chargers. Sweet china name cards I purchased on Ebay years ago.   I brought the pink glassware b/c it was a perfect match to tie in the flowers.  
I prepared the plates ahead of time in the kitchen.  The girls abandoned the plan to use the magnolia leaves as name cards at the reception.  
Fruit salad with passed Poppyseed Dressing and my favorite chicken salad. 

Now just a little tour of the house.

Sitting room just off the kitchen. 

 Floor to ceiling aquarium complete with bass.  

The wedding party.  
The lovely family that owns this home.  Sadly the two oldest girls were taken in a train accident about 15 years ago, shortly after this portrait was completed, and the mistress of the home went to be with the Lord last year.  What a joyful reunion that must have been! The youngest girl is one of the bridesmaids.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Beware the Barbed Wire!

While I have some family in town, the rest of my family is slightly spread out.  I have a sister in DC and another in Chattanooga.  We try to get together at least three or four times a year.  When we do, it's an occasion for what we all call "family dinner".  
I have all of my family and we usually have my sweet husband's family too.  One of the traditions of family get together in warm weather is Smoked Pork Shoulder with Alabama White Sauce.  The challenge for me, is to come up with something fresh for a table, but keep the BBQ theme going.
This year, I decided to go with a country table top with checks and chickens.  
I started with a red checkered placemat, topped with a faux wood charger, and then added my Mikasa Antique White china, separated with a bandana style napkin.  Cambidge flatware and the red polka dot glasses from Old Time Pottery to finish.  

I added several chicken from my collection, placed in a fluffy grapevine nests.  The runner is a piece of handwoven blanket cloth from Round Top, Texas. I found the star garland at A Classy Flea in Atlanta and the star coaster (AKA votive holders) are from IKEA.   The table has the right look, BUT.... each time I do a BBQ table, I have wanted to add barbed wire, but not just any wire, I wanted rusted barbed wire!  My husband kept telling me it was dangerous, but I thought I could handle it. Mr Creative wasn't sure he could find what I wanted. 
Ever indulgent, a few days later, he came home with one short roll of rusted barbed wire and a bigger, bright new shiny roll, just in case. He is a keeper for sure! The table was all complete except for placing the wire.  
I carefully started to unwind the roll, only to have it snap open like it was jet powered and begin flying around the table top.  Glasses and candle holders toppled, plates slid off the chargers and chicken ran for their lives!  Who knew barbed wire could be so dangerous. 
After about 20 minutes, I finally tamed the wire by tucking the ends into the iron candlesticks on each end.  I was terrified that someone was going to touch it and it would fly out of control all over the table again.  After I had it placed, there was rust dust everywhere, so I had to use the dust buster on my runner and rewash most of the dishes.  

Cute chalkboard place cards from Pick Your Plum. 
Daisy's on a chippy old radio case from Mr Creative's MaMa's house. 

Our new addition outdoors. There is one on each side of the door to greet our guests. 
In addition to family dinner, we were also able to celebrate my youngest sister's birthday.  A great meal, followed by great dessert with no injuries, or tetanus shots is my idea of a great family dinner!  
I am joining Kathleen's whimsical summer table party, and Tablescape Thursday.