Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Cock-a-doodle-doo! Tablescape Thursday and A Rooster Party!


     When I read that Barb @ Bella Vista was going to be having a Rooster Party, my first thought was that I didn't have any roosters. On second thought, I did have a set of salad plates that my husband had picked up in a thrift shop in Florida and a couple of vintage pieces from my grandmother...that's enough, count me in!


     I have to let you in on a little secret. I don't really like roosters much. I love seeing them all over Blogland. They look so cute in your homes, but I never really wanted them in mine. Maybe it was growing up in that kitchen my mother had back in the 60's...chickens and roosters everywhere, she even had a bright red stove! Imagine my surprise as I pulled this tablescape together and then, fell in love with it. I get it now, rooster colors are happy colors. My dining room table is making me smile today.


     I started with a red tablecloth and added black round (Kohl's) placemats for the look of chargers. Red dinner plates (Crate and Barrel) topped with my thrifted Williams-Somona rooster salad plates complete the look. I have to admit, these are pretty handsome roosters. The red napkins are tied with a bit of rafia for the chicken coop look!


     To go along with the black in the placemats, I added garage sale wine glasses with a black stem. My husband found these too, while I was in Florida. He paid $2 for 6 and I love them! The flatware you have seen before, a HomeGoods purchase in a charcoal color.


     For the center of the table, I used a tin rooster bucket that I found this week at a local thrift shop for $2. I filled it with corn tassels, Black-Eyed Susans and small veriegated red Carnations. The copper rooster watering can is from Cracker Barrel and I added a colorful wine stopper that a good friend gave me for added color.



     Another garage sale find of my husband's are the crystal candlesticks. They were new and still in the box. I thought that maybe the crystal was too formal for this table, but because I was using my grandmother's vintage crystal roosters...I liked the look. I'm not really sure what her roosters were originally for, maybe just to sit and look pretty. Today, they are votive candle holders. 


     To add just a bit more color to my table, I decorated cupcakes in "rooster colors"! The white stand I found new for $5 at a garage sale a few months ago.


     As you can tell, this is very much a thrifted table. It also has many different elements that one might not always use together, but as I've told you before...you really need to think outside the box and add some whimsey to your table settings. There really are no rules unless you are hosting something very formal (like the President or the Queen). You should look around your house and have fun with it!




I'm also linking with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. My guess is you will see lots of roosters this week!



48 comments:

ChaiLatte said...

Bright, bold and beautiful, Sue! Good job! I've never wanted Roosters in my kitchen either, I think because we had the real things running around outside when I was growing up!! I've not been around here much and I know this is wayyyy late, but I'm so sorry for the loss of your mom- I was praying for her. Now I pray for your strength and peace. Hugs.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You did a great job! I don't have any roosters in my house - yet! :D

Sherry said...

Love your roosters and your centerpiece. Very nice. Love the colors too. The flowers in the first shot are just gorgeous.
Sherry

Jacqueline said...

The vintage roosters are just beautiful and shot at night with the candle they really sparkle. I really like the rusted rooster with beads. He is funky and cute. Fun rooster table, something to crow about.

Entertaining Women said...

The blue rim of your rooster plate is amazingly wonderful against the red charger and the black placemat. Thank youfor sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

A nice colorful table! Your hubby sure finds some fun things-enjoy!

Shellbelle said...

Well, it looks like you've joined the Rooster Lover's Club with a bang. Your table looks fabulous and I do love all the bright colors.

I've been reading back to see what I missed while I was on the Gulf and you have been one busy chick! I would have reacted the same way you did over those ornaments, but I'm glad to see you were able to find the two replacements. The computer nightmare that preceded would have sent me over the edge. We have come to depend on them so much, but look at all the wonderful times we've had and the friends we've made.

My time at the beach was wonderful and rejuvenating. Meeting another blogger was the BEST! You do know that we will be meeting somewhere in Florida in the future and I can't wait!

dee dee said...

What a cute table! I agree with you about shopping the house for tablescape decor, it makes for a much more unique, fun and thrifty table! Great job Sue!
Dee Dee

xinex said...

Your rooster plates are so pretty and so is everything on the table, Sue. Neat idea about the raffia ties. I could have one of those cupcakes right now...Christine

FrugalMom said...

That's a really cool tablescape Sue.

Traci said...

I was like you & didn't care for roosters or chickens but I've seen so many tables today that are soooo cute!!!

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

Your table turned out great!

Donna

Jeanette said...

What a great tablescape. Isn't it funny how things come back? Roosters, polka dots, hip huggers. LOL Love the bright cheery table.

Debbie said...

The roosters just seem to "go" with black eyed susans, don't they? I like that centerpiece and the rest of your rooster themed tablescape. I like your thrify finds!

Barbara said...

For a girl who didn't think she liked roosters, you sure did well! :) This table looks terrific. I especially like the copper rooster watering can.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Sue, just gorgeous. I love all the red and the stunning color. The crystal rooster is to die for. Wow, you have so much more than you thought you did. Lovely!!

Thank you so much for joining this year. Have a great time!

Hugs, Barb ♥

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

I didn't think I liked roosters as decor either but, now that I see your tablescape I have changed my mind. They are so colorful and charming! Love how you've put it all together! I especially love the handpainted pail. Beautiful!

Shelia said...

Hi and what a wonderful colorful Rooster table!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a wonderful collection of roos your have -- no wonder they make you smile. Funny how you fell in love with them as you invited them to your table this week. Thanks for your very kind visit.

Jenglamgirl said...

So precious SUE~ i love that rustic rooster. The entire tablescape and the cupcakes are so sweet.

P.S. that outfit is totally miss priss, you nailed it. HOPE YOU HAVE A SUPER WEEKEND. HUGS, jenn

The Fajdich Times said...

Great tablescape! Thanks for stopping by. I see you made the Peach Dumplings also.....weren't they wonderful!!!!!! Have a great weekend?)

Roberta said...

Boy all of you ladies sure are having fun with all these fancy roosters ;) I think I'll be looking at them in a different way now. Sure enjoying all the colors and pieces Sista ;) Have a wonderful weekend, fondly, Roberta
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dogsmom said...

Your roosters come from a wide variety of places and reasons. You pull together a ver inviting table.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I really like how you set the table Sue! The centerpiece is gorgeous! Great flower arranging, you created a charming look!
Hugs,
Cindy

Maria said...

Hi Sue!
We've had company this week...and I'm just catching up with your posts!
This rooster tablescape is awesome!
I picked up chicken napkin rings at my fav. consignment shop last month and I've used them so much... something naturally cheery about our feathered friends! {and our blog friends too :D

Love what you did here and I really love that your husband gets into it too! lucky you!

I love finding treasures ...

and you are one of them!!!
...

It's finally cool and breezy... while my guests were here, it was so hot and humid, no one could go outside except for once around the patio.

*Enjoy the weekend*
Maria

bj said...

Well, little lady...for someone that didn't really like roosters, you sure came up with an awesome looking table. I love every single bit of it...and you are right...Rooster colors are happy colors. Great job!!

Melissa Miller said...

Sue what a gorgeous rooster tablescape. It's elegant and fun all in one. Lovely! :)

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

You may not have thought you liked roosters, but obviously, based on his garage and thrift sale purchases, your hubby did!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Now look how much fun you had with the roosters! Maybe you do like them! Linda

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

Great tablescape useing roosters. Trish

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sue, you have some nice roos and we will convert you to a true rooster lover.

Mimi said...

For someone who didn't like roosters you did a bang up job on your table...love those rooster plates.

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

Great Rooster Party!

Irma :)

DUTA said...

Kudos to your husband for his successful bargains and to you, Sue, for your lively rooster-theme tablescape!

Relyn said...

That first image is stunning. GORGEOUS composition!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

beautiful table setting and wonderful Roo's.. Those cupcakes look yummy too..

hugs
Sonny

Susan said...

Oh my gosh, Sue, fabulous roosters, but the crystal one, that takes the cake. He's beautiful. I loved the photo of him lit. Gorgeous.

Lovely collection you have.

Smiles and happiness,
Susan
http://simplepleasuressimpletreasures.blogspot.com/2010/08/cocka-doodle-doo-rooster-party-is.html

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

What a fun visit - your country kitchen roosters are so cute! And I share some of your same baby boomer and family memories of roosters of yore. I do love the warmth they bring to the home decor as well. :) Thanks for a fun time.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I'm still trying to make it around to all the rooster parties!! Love your rooster collection! Especially the glass candle one!

someplace in thyme said...

I have to laugh!! One day you don't like roosters and the next, it just happens. The little critters make their way into your life, feathers and all. I think you have a very nice collection going on there and have enjoyed seeing it. Char

Lyneen said...

Beautiful tablescape... love your rooster plates! You have created a stunning presentation of your now beloved roosters!

Rettabug said...

Do you have ANY idea how long I have been looking for a pretty 3-tired serving tray???? LUCKY DOG!!

I was just like you...no roosters until Barb started having these crazy parties. LOL They have found their way in, somehow. ;-)

Nellie's Cozy place said...

HI AGAIN SUE,
CUTE ROOSTER TABLESCAPE. GOTTA RUN, BUT CHECK YOUR POST WITH THE SHELLS TABLESCAPE TUES, OR THURS. FORGOT WHICH ONE BUT LEFT A LONGER COMMENT THERE.
ALSO YOUR PICS OF THE SCENERY AND MENNONITE LADIES WERE JUST BEAUTIFUL
HAVE A LOVELY DAY HON,
NELLIE

Parsley said...

Just stopping in to say hello to a Sorority sister! Have a wonderful week!

koralee said...

Lovely....I am so enjoying the RED! Hugs for a great MONDAY!

Angie said...

That is very cute! I always love red and black together.

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Sorry for my late arrival to the party...I've been on vacation! I LOVE your rooster collection and what a gorgeous tablescape :)

Blessings!
Gail

JKW said...

Those plates are so extraordinary. I love grandma's crystal rooster. Great table decor. Blessings, Janet