So we're talking newbie tablescaper here due to that fact I was super new in the color world - and big time out of my comfort zone. But I wanted to do a fun bright and cheerful table for this group of gals - they were/are more comfortable with bright happy tables and much less comfortable with valueable delicate antique china and lace.
So these shots were taken long before anything remotely close to understanding photography was part of my world (and it is yet to be discovered, trust me) so these pics are pretty lame......but this is all this sick gal is able to come up with to be part of this week's great linky parties!
I just look back at these pictures and remember how much fun it was putting it together and creating something bright and colorful and new for me, and for bringing some very dear friends close together. They are wonderful ladies whom I have known for many happy years. And anytime a tablescape can bring friends together is a good thing, right?
As napkin rings I simply made rings out of bright yellow paper and taped it together, then on top of the tape I hot glued a silk daffodil bloom. As placemats I used scrapbook sized card stock.
I only had 6 complete place settings with the bright flowered vintage china, so the end seats were just simply plain white. It is seldom that everyone can make a party - so I was somewhat happily prepared to add two more settings to accommodate!
Placecard settings were simply stamped with a bird and birdhouse motif in black ink, then colored in with the tablescape's colors - the name just printed in a bright blue from the computer.
I made two of these floral arrangements for either end of the table and they were the inspiration for this color madness I was experiencing that day. I do wish I had a better photo of close-up - of the two hand painted vases they were in - they coordinated with the floral china. I found them at a favorite boutique here in my little town's historic district. I snatched them up super fast.
I daresay I bought the entire set of dishes place settings for 6 (salad plates, dessert plates, soup bowls, sugar bowl and gravy server) just for the teapot alone. I realize I have teapot issues, it's true. I am not denying the fact, I am embracing it. Haha.
The gravy server at the bottom of this pic is holding some homemade lemon curd I made for the occassion. It was good, but imported jars of lemon curd are equally tasty and no work whatsoever. That works for me. That was the first last and only time I ever made it, the end.
The spring green napkins are homemade. I have since upgraded to a very wonderful set of antique linens in that same color - much nicer, but this worked for back then, all I had at the time that would work!
The ivy is in an old Ironstone teapot but so full you can't tell in the above pic - so here is another one after it has been clipped. I clip it down ALL the time and it takes off in other pots as gifts or whatever very easily. If you keep it clipped it stays green luscious and full, not thin and lanky.
Heading over (late) for the fun at BNOTP for Tablescape Thursday!