Happy August everyone - I hope the summer is treating you well. Things here are great and today we're fortunate to have a break from the extreme heat with some big puffy clouds running interference for the sun.
Today's table was inspired by Miss Janice who unknowingly introduced me to all things pink & green and the joy of Lilly Pulitzer's bright colors & creative designs.
This table setting features Lilly plates, napkins & pitcher, and some fun miniatures my Mom got me last Christmas. I'm slowly putting together a faerie garden and someday (looking wistfully into the future) ... it may end up on my blog.
Okay, so the stack may be a bit excessive with a charger and a plate basket, but I really liked the way it all worked together (and I just bought those baskets so I really wanted to use them). The placemat helped break up the busyness of the plate from the busyness of the tablecloth. The green of the placemat and the green of the basket are actually must closer in color than they look here.
A bit of a landscape shot showing the adorable picnic table and the tiny wicker settee.
I just love the little bucket with ice & soda, I didn't even realize I had it until I started pulling things out. The 'palm tree' was a DIY project that started with a sand covered base but ended up with the burlap you see. Turns out, spray adhesive would have been the way to go with the sand. Live & learn... or ask someone who's done it before. Not sure you can tell from any of these photos but there's a golf club leaning up against the 'tree' and a wee golf ball next to it.
I'm so happy I finally found the faux bamboo flatware (at a reasonable price) it really is perfect for summer tablescapes. Looking at this photo I realize that you're not seeing much of the fun napkins, also Lilly, that actually started out life as bandanas. They're very large and I really struggled trying to figure out what to do with them. This draped napkin is one of my favorite looks and it solved the issue of using something over-sized as a napkin.
The all important aerial shot so we're sure not to miss anything important, ha-ha-ha....
Here's the exact same table setting but with the white eyelet tablecloth instead of the yellow & green barkcloth tablecloth. It certainly makes all the colors and details pop much more than the other cloth.
Yes, that white really makes those pretty plates stand out so much more. Again, another learning experience for this beginner tablescaper!
Learning as I go is really part of the fun of putting together tables. Even when I'm using a set up I may have done before I find ways to update it a bit and make somewhat new.
Unfortunately, the header is still missing from my page. The gal who set everything up for me has experienced a string of very bad luck and I just don't think she's going to able to fix it. If you know anyone who can help me out and is VERY reasonably priced, let me know.
I'll be linking up with Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and Cuisine Kathleen, too, if she's having a link party this week, How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday and Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style.
Now go forth and decorate your table... or just sit still and sip some iced tea!
yellow & green tablecloth - GW last year
green woven placemats - Marshall's, last year
pink chargers - Hobby Lobby (online)
green plate baskets - Kitchen Kaboodle
pink Lilly plates & pitcher - Marshall's, last year
Lilly napkins/bandanas - Etsy
faux bamboo flatware - Home Goods
pink pineapple 'bowl' - Home Goods, Cynthia Rowley
"Palm tree" - supplies mostly from Michael's Crafts
palm goblets - Tuesday Morning, last year