Memorial Day Tablescape

Memorial Day is coming!  It is the start of summer as far as many are concerned.  It means a day for picnics too.

BUT….. Most importantly it is a day to remember our great armed forces and the men and women who have given their blood, sweat, tears and their lives for our freedom and our wonderful country.  I am very fortunate to never have lost a loved one to war.  Still and all, I’m so terribly grateful to these wonderful people.

This is my tablescape in their memory.

I wanted to make a Red, White and Blue table, but since I’ve just begun tablescaping, I really didn’t have much in these colors.  I picked up some blue and red dishes at the local Goodwill for a song.  I used a full size white tablecloth on the bottom, with a smaller blue one on top.  I didn’t have a table runner so I folded a red table cloth and used it for one.   I had the white placemats and the red vase so I just needed some colorful flowers and some cute little decorations, flags and whatnot.

Of course no summer BBQ is complete without fresh lemonade. It tastes so good.

 Oh yes, my napkins came from the Goodwill store too.  I picked up my star napkin rings at either Kohl’s or Steinmart, I forget.  I think they go great on this table.

I was even fortunate enough to find this cute apron at the Goodwill (my new home away from home).

 Last night I learned the basketweave at my cake decorating class.  I had missed last week because I my face surgery.  Consequently, I don’t have any flowers made for the top of my cake.  I think I did a pretty good job for my first basketweave.  What do you think?

 

 Tonight I’m going to slice strawberries over the top of the cake.  I think it will be so yummy.

 I hope you all have a wonderful day on Memorial Day.

I will be celebrating with Let’s Dish at Cuisine Kathleen and Between Naps on the Porch

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Mother’s Day Tablescape

I’m very happy to make my Mother’s Day tablescape in honor of my mother.  She has been gone now 25 years, but I can still hear her voice and see her smile.  My mother was extraordinary.  Her life was devoted to her family.  She always tried to make things special for each of her children and grandchildren.  I remember her at the sewing machine for hours on end when I was a little girl, making all my school clothes and clothes for all my dolls.  She also loved the horses, racing that is.  She asked her minister if she could tithe her winnings.  He said yes, absolutely!  My mother was very lucky too, hm… interesting.

I am fortunate to have received her china.  I don’t know how old it is, but I remember it all my life and I’m 62.  It is plain, white with 24 carat gold rim.  Mother like to use color with her white china.  Today I’m using gold.  I picked it because gold is a treasure, just like my mom.

 

I chose a linen while table cloth to cover the table and then a delightful gold smaller table cloth that is so very beautiful.

It is one of my treasure I got from the Goodwill store along with the vase, the napkins,the gold chargers and the stemware.

You can’t really see the label on the dishes, but it says

Royal Continental from Germany.

 Of course I got both sets of my napkins at the Goodwill too.  The napkin rings are from Steinmart.

These gold napkins are simply gorgeous.  I couldn’t wait to use them.

Here is my Mother’s Day cake.  Not perfect by any means, it’s only my third cake since I’ve started cake decorating classes.

I enjoyed making it just the same.

I have been scouring the Goodwills for a beautiful cake plate and haven’t had any luck yet.

In the meantime, I have many beautiful crystal plates that were my mother’s so

of course I used this lovely plate for the cake.

I love fresh flowers on my table, but this time it’s just JoAnn’s fakery!

 They still are very beautiful.

 I’m very proud of my 5th tablescape.  I think I caught the bug!   I’m hooked on tablescapes!  I hope you enjoyed my very simple, but I think elegant table.

I will be celebrating with Let’s Dish at Cuisine Kathleen and

 Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life 

Luncheon/Dessert Tablescape

Come join me for lunch!

I got these cute little luncheon plates at the Goodwill awhile ago.  I loved the purple in them so they were my inspiration.

Many years ago, so many it might have been in a different life, I was a Princess House consultant.  I still have all my Princess House crystal and wanted to use it with my purple dishes.

Goodwill is my new favorite place to shop.  Just on this table alone I got the tablecloth, the purple placemats,  napkins, napkin rings, tea pot, and the stemware piece in the center.

 I think it makes a very lovely sweet table.

For dessert, I served cupcakes which I decorated in cake decorating class.  They are not gorgeous by any means, but they were cute and I’m already getting so much better than this, but I’ll post them anyway.

Remember:  ALWAYS EAT DESSERT FIRST to make sure you have enough room.

 

Thank you for joining me.

Today I am joining Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life 

For this Wednesday, I will be joining Let’s Dish at Cuisine Kathleen