Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tablescape Thursday: Blue & White Garden

Mother nature thwarted my plans to set this up outside and take pictures in the actual garden, which by the way is coming together quite nicely - thanks to lots and lots of hardwork, and even more money. But enough about that - today we celebrate tablescapes thanks to the oh so gracious hostess, Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Make sure to visit Susan's blog for her tablescape and those of all the other bloggers who deserve the recognition!

This week I've worked so hard in the garden, battled sickness, started a collection, and got lost trying to find several different home and garden centers. It was a busy week, needless to say. With all of that going on, I had little time to visit with you all - and so, I thought what better way to show gratitude to and for my faithful readers, than to have a party in the garden where I've been sequestered these past few days. Unfortunately, mother nature planned otherwise. So please, indulge me, and follow along ...

Burlap covers the table (which would have been in the grassy area between gardens in my small backyard) and sheet moss is tucked between, under, and near the blue and white Chinese pottery, and the terracotta pot saucers used as chargers for our Pfaltzgraff stoneware. Folding teak dining chairs slip covered in a blue and white plaid fabric, tied simple at the back with small coordinating ties ...

Sage green linen napkins held with carved fruitwood napkin rings sit atop Chinese blue and white rice bowls. Bright yellow mums and astromeria fill the largest of the pottery, spilling over the edges - the true look of fresh cut flowers from the garden. The fragrance of the new additions of the garden perfumes the air, as we all sit back in our slipped chairs, laughing, relaxing, commiserating - with a fine glass of Chardonnay, no doubt.

And finally, a simple but delicious summer salad and cucumber mint wrap, we would all enjoy with the faux bamboo stemmed flatware I've yet to actually use. I was lucky enough to find this on super sale last year after summer, and have service for 20 ready and waiting for this years back-yard dinner party. If you missed looking at last years, check it out here.
Ah, yes - it would have been picturesque, beautiful, and all worth the pain. How about a rain-check? LITERALLY!

40 comments:

  1. I really like the moss... what a great touch!

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  2. I love your clever idea of using sheet moss on the table. It looks very good. You have a natural talent.

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  3. O, my, what a beautiful setting, Artie...I love the idea of burlap and the terra cotta saucers for chargers.. Fabulous ideas here.
    Sorry you were sick and hope you are all well now.
    xo bj

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  4. Colin Cowie watch out, there's a new man in town!

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  5. Hi Artie,
    Nice job, you really brought the outdoors in with this one. Love the asian feel of the dinnerware etc.
    Hugs from Washington!
    Linda Q

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  6. Artie, love the moss, the burlap, the flatware, the dishes, and the choice of blue and white with yellow flowers... it has such a nice textured look! Good job!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  7. A great tablescape for a garden party -- love the moss and love the saucers (may have to borrow that) -- and of course, I LOVE the blue and white!

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  8. Hi Artieness! Oh, what a nice garden table you've set! I love the burlap you're using on your table. I'm seeing more and more of it! And the moss, just perfect! Now is this your new collection the blue and white to go with your Blue Willow? It's lovely! How creative to use the pot saucers as chargers! You're the best!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  9. Artie, You've outdone yourself! Absolutely perfect. Magazine worthy -actually! Have you ever heard back from HGTV? ~ Robyn

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  10. It's fabulous, Artie. I love the beautiful blue and white. The burlap and moss is wonderful. Gorgeous table!!

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  11. Fabulous! You really know how to set the perfect table!

    Love the moss and burlap with the more elegant dinnerware!

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  12. Love the way you have used texture and vibrant color in your magic (inside) garden tablescape. Fresh and original - like you!

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  13. What a fabulous tablescape. I love all the garden items. It is so pretty and fun. Hugs, Marty

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  14. What a wonderful creative garden table you have put together! The burlap is a great touch for sure! I'm very impressed with it all. Looks magazine worthy :0)

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  15. Moss on the table is very cool! Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

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  16. Oh, how I would love to sit at that gorgeous table sipping a fine glass of Chardonnay. I will take a rain check. Thank you very much.

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  17. Oh wow, this tablescape is amazing and so unique. Who but you would think to use pot saucers as chargers?????

    Justine :o )

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  18. What a great table!! You'll have to re-post it when the weather clears! I love the terra cotta "chargers" and burlap is so fitting! Great job!
    Michelle

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  19. Who would have thought... burlap? It looks awesome along with the moss and terra cotta. Head on over to my blog and if you aren't following yet, please take a look around and if you like what you see, click on the "Follow" button. This way we can inspire each other often!

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  20. So pretty and unique and would be so lovely in a graden setting...Christine

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  21. Fantastic tablescape! The burlap and sheet moss are perfect, I like the rustic mixed with the elegant Chinese blue and white. Great job!

    Katherine

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  22. Artie....this is wonderful! I LOVE the moss! I've been wanting to do a table with moss. I love your terra-cota chargers! The blue and white pottery against the terra cota color and moss is PERFECT! I can't wait to see your gardens and the special dining area you have planned out there...so I a so taking that rain check you offered! Will there be a pergola involved? :-) Sweet torture...when can we see? Huh, huh? When can we see?????? :-)

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  23. I enjoyed looking at this very pleasing table setting and observing the various details you've incorporated in it. I have been looking for a yellow tablecloth or yellow napkins, but still haven't found any.

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  24. Fabulous idea using the moss and I just love the flatware!

    Wonderful theme and so clever!

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  25. Fabulous Artie! Glad you're feeling better. Some weeks are just like that but you managed to pull in altogether on this Tablescape. Love the burlap and moss!

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  26. Blue and white is my all time favorite. I love this.

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  27. Artie--Have been missing you! Can't wait to see the garden, but the table is gorgeous with the moss and burlap. And, of course, I love the blue and white--really like the lids propped in there as well. Love your creation!

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  28. love this. i did blue and white too = great minds think alike!! feel better I see.

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  29. Oh, I've always wanted to do a table with sheet moss down the center, dotted with little terra cotta pots of muscari... Love your blue and white -- really beautiful! :)

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  30. Artie this is spectacular! I thought I was seeing moss.
    I admire your creativity.
    ~Lovely tablescape. :)

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  31. i just know you've sent
    your audition tape
    to HGTV, oui?

    dude, you've got it goin' on:
    . the talent
    . the presence
    . the name, even!

    there's fission happening, here!

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  32. Just lovely..weather has its own mind for sure...And I do remember yur dinner party..:)

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  33. Natural, yet elegant and what time is the party again?
    Hugs -Brenda-
    (Sounds like we are also having similar weather.)

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  34. Hi Artie, glad you are feeling better! I love this table, with all theblue and white. I agree with some of the others, you have a future here. Carol

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  35. Instead of location. location. location: Your new title is Talent. Talent. Talent.

    Love the burlap--and the moss. Beautifully done.

    So Artieliscious.

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  36. GREAT table! ADORE those bamboo utensils!

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  37. This is gorgeous, Artie. You know how much I love that moss on a table! The blue and white looks gorgeous!! I already see visions of your dinner parties under the pergola... Heaven!
    xoxoxo twin from another mother
    Isa

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  38. The moss is the perfect touch!
    I hope you are once again well. Sending happy thoughts your way.

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