Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Five Minute Tablescape...Think Spring!

     I don't know about you, but I am very tired of Christmas colors and clutter this week. So, when I thought about setting my table yesterday...I wanted to do something quick, clean and simple. I also wanted the table to perk me up during these cold, post-holiday days. This could easily be a tutorial for those of you that are new to tablescaping. You can set a pretty table in a matter of minutes, without having a lot of "fancy" things on the table. This table came together in about 5 minutes and it really was a perfect way to boost the winter "blahs"! (I do see the spoon shifted in the picture...blooper)

     I started with simple cream placemats and napkins. My white American Atelier Bianca Leaf dinner plate serves as a charger for new dinner plates found at Ross a few months ago. They were on sale for $7 for all 4. They are only labeled Fine China. I loved the colors and I wish I could find additional pieces. I bought the flatware at Ross the same day...also a bargain. 

     Thrift shop pink stemware worked perfectly with this china. I draped a sparkly scarf across the table to add a bit of color. The large aqua mercury glass votives were a recent purchase at Z Gallerie. I love the color and I will be able to use them in my home all year long.

     A simple centerpiece of pink blossoms in a silver bowl with a pair of crystal candlesticks finishes the look.

At night, the aqua mercury glass is beautiful.

     I love to theme my tables for the season, but sometimes it is really nice to do the unexpected. Adding a touch of springtime florals to your home can really be uplifting during the dark days of winter!

     I am joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
for Tablescape Thursday. Please stop
in to say hello to our wonderful hostess!


Unknown said...

Such a beautiful table. It would almost be a shame to add food to the plates.

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Hello, what a nice fresh display. Well done.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am in love with those floral dishes, Sue. They really are pretty, and I love the flatware you found to go with them. Don't you love Ross? I keep hoping to find some more of my dark bamboo flatware there, but so far, no luck. They just have the best deals.

I'm not tired of Christmas because I never had it! lol! I keep threatening to decorate for it.


Sheila :-)

Barb said...

Hi Sue, just lovely. The colors are so fresh and inviting. It really inspires me.

The cookies are soooooo delicious. Thank you again!!!!

Hugs, Barb

Blondie's Journal said...

The dishes are like a breath of fresh pretty and I love the flatware. I've never seen mercury glass in aqua but I love it! Beautiful table, Sue!


Donnie said...

What a beautiful table you set. I love the pink flowers everywhere.

Amy A said...

Love those plates!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Beautiful. Love the rose plates and the matching flatware. Beautiful table. Hugs, Marty

we three dogs and me said...

really pretty. Love the flowered plates. Sometimes everything just turns out just right.

Barbara said...

So pretty! Simple always works for me. Love the peek into spring. Happy New Year!

Alycia Nichols said...

I LOVE those dishes!!! Yikes...they are gorgeous!!!

xinex said...

I love simple, Sue and your tablescape is very pretty. The plates are beautiful! Hope 2011 has been good to you so far....Christine

Patrice said...

I love those chargers! Please don't get me started collecting something else...LOL!

Beautiful tablescape, as usual, Sue!

Kathleen said...

It's beautiful. Sue. I too am tired of Cmas tables! This gives us hope for Spring...eventually!

Maria said...

Hi Sue!
My tulip dishes were peeking out at me early this morning when I put away dishes from the dishwasher... I thought the same thing!

The color of the flowers really pop under candlelight.

A beautiful table, Sue!
lovely ~
Have a sunny weekend! {We're getting snow- maybe the tulips will come out early at my house too!}

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Sue, What a pretty table. I just love the flatware. I could use a little spring preview, we are to get snow tonight and tomorrow!
You table looks lovely in the candle light!

Jen @ said...

Wow - you have the most beautiful plates and serving pieces!! I only have plain white plates, I am so boring!!

I need to invest in some cute dinnerware. I love the Spring theme!!


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Sue Sweetie...
Oh what a beautiful share today. I love, love these plates. They are SO gorgeous. Let me tell you when I go to my Two Ross stores, I will be looking for additional of these for you. If I find them you can bet you will hear about it. They are truly elegant. If you put this table together in 5 minutes, I can't imagine what you could do with an hour. My gosh it is SO beautiful, just breath taking. I love it, and thank you for sharing.

I love, Love, LOVE the castle. I am SO thrilled you stopped, because then I got to see too. What a beautiful share this evening.
I could hear the bag pipes as soon as I opened your blog. I would have grabbed my camera and ran as well.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend sweetie. Many hugs and SO much love, Sherry

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sue, how pretty. Love your new bargain dishes and that gorgeous pink flatware. I need to go to Ross some time.

Tess said...

Your dishes are just gorgeous!! I am a lover of pink and flowers so I love this table. It's a nice change from Christmas.

Thank you!

bj said...

O, this is a lovely table, Suz...I love everything about it and especially the white/cream ones. It is all beautiful.
xo bj

Nellie's Cozy Place said...

Oh My, Looks like spring has sprung! I am in love with those plates, they are so gorgeous!!
and the flatware is so pretty too, and matches so amazingly. Love the whole table.
I'll be right over!! lol
Blessings for a Delightful New Year,

Marigene said...

I am with you on having seen enough Christmas colors for awhile! Beautiful dishes and the flatware is perfect with them.
Happy New Year, Sue.

Gypsy Heart said...

LOVE this! The chargers, the dishes and especially the candle holders. The colors are delightful and I can't imagine doing this in 5 minutes. I need lessons! :-)


Lyneen said...

LOVE ALL THE PINKS! Another beautiful table!

Monica H said...

You just had me wishing for snow, now I'm wishing for spring!