Dianne's Creative Table

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

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

BBQ Style

Well, that certainly was the "week that was"!  My 92 year old Mother was rushed to the ER last Monday with "critical labs".  Hubby out of town fishing, out of town company, family dinner, and a visit from a new puppy.  Whew!  I am glad it's over.  Mom is good for now.  Me, I'm not so sure.  Luckily, I had my table mostly together the weekend before.  
I had already decided on the menu including a smoked shoulder, so a "ranch" style table was in order. 

I started with a quilted placemat, topped with Pier 1 bronze chargers from a CO thrift store.  I added a Pfaltzgraff plate, a salad plate from Dillards, then a bandana style napkin, and Cambridge flatware.  

Polka dot glasses from OTP.  Chickens from HG and Ross.  Cowhide napkin rings from World Market. 
I really wanted some rusted barbed wire, but this was not the week to be wandering around in the fields so I settled for grapevine. 

On Friday, I found these darling checked dishes on clearance and tried them out.  The brand is "At Home with Marieke", 65% off at Dillards too.  Everyone liked the checked the best, so they won! 

Watermelon salad with lime marinated onions, black olives and feta cheese; a summertime favorite at our house. 

Yes, that is a bottle of wine and a well deserved Gin Gimlet at my place!  Hope you had a more relaxing holiday! 
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  1. Beautiful table for a great party! I love those check plates in pink and with the salad...awesome! Your centerpiece is adorable with your cute chicks and roos, I love it all.
    Big hugs,

  2. Diane, wow you did have a week! I found myself a few days last week saying I just need this day to be over.. LOL You surely did a great job with the table. and I like the red check plates a lot too....glad your Mom is ok...hope you will be too...
    Love, Mona

  3. I love those red check plates - I just might have to swing by Dillard's on my way home from work tomorrow!! Your table is cute, perfect BBQ setting.

  4. Diane, glad to know your mom is OK now. Wow, what a week! It pays off to set a table a week ahead. Ha! You did a fantastic job on the table. Love the details, and the new checked plates are my favorite. Rusty barbed wire would be cute, but dangerous trying to scavenge it. Think rattlesnakes! I like the idea of the grapevine just fine!
    Hope you have a calm week and get some leisure time for yourself. Hugs ~ Sarah

  5. Love the table and your menu. Sorry to hear about your mom, glad she is doing better. Yes, you deserve that cocktail! xo

  6. So adorable!! Love everything about this table - the place settings and, especially, your chickens!! The food looks delicious and the color scheme is perfect for barbeque! So glad your mother is better!!

  7. LOVE your table setting!! The colors are great - red is one of my favorites - and the chickens are a wonderful addition! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I really like your ranch table with the checks and chickens...can't beat that combo! Love those beverage containers, too.
    Have a wonderful week, Dianne...

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    1. Love those chickens!! Great table.

      Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

  10. So gorgeous...love those checked plates and the bandana napkins.

  11. Sounds like a very busy time, with a lovely dinner and table. Good thing you work ahead! Sorry it had to be so stressful. Whose new puppy???? Checked plates are darling. Does Chris need to build more shelves?

  12. How cute is this! The plaids, the bandanas, the chickens all work together to make your table a wonderful setting for a comfortable gathering.

  13. Such a fun and happy tablescape! Your watermelon salad looks so cool, refreshing and delish. Glad to hear that your mom is okay for now. I have an elderly mom as well and know how frightening these health emergencies can be. Thinking of you.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  14. Dianne, you are so creative -- I love this table!! You really incorporated some great ideas into this tablescape. I love the way you styled those bandana napkins, and the cowhide napkin rings are so cool. The glasses pair really well with the cheerful checked plates, and your centerpiece looks great, too. I love the idea of the rusty barbed wire; just make sure everyone has had their tetanus shots. :)

    I'm so sorry your mom had to go the the ER! I hope she'll continue to improve and I hope you can have a quiet and restful week now. Thanks so much for your visit and sweet comments on our kitchen. I really appreciate them.


    Denise at Forest Manor

  15. Diane, this table is absolutely wonderful. The colors give a nod to our national holiday as well as the casual atmosphere. First of all your dining table is so beautiful and I love the chairs. I, too, like the checkers plates best and your combination of pattern, textures and colors are perfection. I am a new follower

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