Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Black & White Spring Tablescape

Welcome to another Tablescape Tuesday hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Be sure to stop by her blog to see who is all participating this week. Be sure to visit everyone & leave a comment if you see something you like. You know how us bloggers all love our comments. So spread the love!!!

This week I did a simple tablescape for spring. Now this is not your typical spring tablescape as I have used black & white dishes (well it's really cream, but black & white sounds better than black & cream). But with a touch of green & some birdies, it says "Spring" to me.
I love participating in this meme as it gives me a reason to decorate my table differently each week. My family just rolls their eyes though when I change it up. Since they are all "men", they just don't understand. They are happy to just eat off of paper plates. But I know you woman understand the need to tablescape. Aren't I right?
The black & white damask plates came from Marshall's a couple of months ago. I only bought the salad plates (I'm on a tight budget and that was all I could justify). The cream dinner plates came from Ross on clearance for $1.99 each. They only had the dinner plates. The placemats also came from Ross. I thought they would match my new salad plates just right.
For my centerpiece I used my iron candelabra. I bought this at a trade show in Vegas about 5 years ago. A friend of mine has a store & invited me to go with her to a trade show. I purchased a bunch of iron pieces from a woman on the last day. She didn't want to ship them back home, so I got the iron pieces for near next to nothing. I love getting deals. I put it on top of one of my latest thrift store finds, a vintage book about gardens. Perfect book for spring. A small berry wreath winds it way around the bottom of the candelabra. The finishing touch are my 2 cement birdies.
Here is a close up of one of the birdies. I purchased 4 of these birds last year from a catalog called ABC Distributing. I think they were $4.95 a pair. I've used them inside & out. I love them. I think I like them more than my Target birdies Harold & Maude (but don't tell them).
Here's a closeup of the book. It is called America's Garden Book. I paid $3.00 for this. More than I wanted to pay, but I loved the title & the color of the book, so I splurged.

I've again used my Libby goblets from Walmart. I only have a couple of sets of goblets, so you will see them quite often in my tablescapes. Since we don't drink wine, I only use goblets for water, or maybe Pepsi (the favorite drink of my household). For holidays we are known to have Martinelli's sparkling cider. But that is only when we want to get wild. lol.
Here is a closeup of the plates. The damask salad plates are made by Royal Stafford in England. I've seen quite a few of your tablescapes using these plates. So it is your fault I had to go out & buy them. At least that is the excuse I'm giving my hubby. I saw them each time I went to Marshall's & always talked myself out of them. Then one day I could not stand leaving them there anymore, they were calling my name, I had to buy them. I have no will power. That is why I am a dishaholic.
I tucked a green napkin in between the salad plate & the dinner plate. The napkins I got on clearance from Walmart a few months back. I love the green with the black & white .
Here are my Ross dinner plates. They are made by Coventry in China. I love the design around the edge. I wish I could have found other pieces to this. I was only able to pick up 4 dinner plates. The silverware is my unknown make clearance set from Marshall's. I really love this set. It is quite heavy.
The berry candle ring came from Michael's last year. I think they had them again this year though. I'm sure I got it on clearance or for at least 40% off. I try not to buy anything from Michael's unless I am getting it on sale.

And there you have my simple spring tablescape. I hope you liked it.


Elizabeth said...

Hi Kim! Thanks for visiting my blog. I haven't been posting very regularly lately. I'm a wedding planning and this is the wedding season!! I love your damask tablescape. I have a wedding this Saturday and they are using black and white damask table toppers with aqua table runners and accents. Just wanted to stop by and say hello. Please visit me again.

Linda in AZ * said...

* Good morning, Kim~ Visitiing you is like taking in a breath of fresh air~~~ what a delight YOU are, AS WELL AS this wonderful, happy and oh-so-pretty setting!!! Many sincere thanks, Linda *

The Raggedy Girl said...

Happy Table Scape Thursday!

I am stopping by to visit From Between Naps on The Porch and your classy black and cream table scape is lovely. Thank you for sharing.

from Roberta Anne = The Raggedy Girl

Michelle said...

Using a book in the centerpiece is a great idea and I love the color too!

I was thinking of doing black and white too but opted to use my every day china this time. Black and white will be another day.

ellen b said...

Hi Kim,
I really enjoyed seeing your table. Love the patterns and color. The book centerpiece is very cool. Happy TT to you!

Joyce said...

What a good idea to use your garden book too. It all looks so inviting. Men and those paper plates! Have a fun day.

xinex said...

What a beautiful tablescape! Love the matching salad plate with the placemats...Christine

Unknown said...

Your tablescape is so pretty. I love your little birdies,they are so cute. I too have those great salad plates. You can do so much with them!

Cass @ That Old House said...

I love all the components of this table. I can't believe the placemats and the salad plates -- talk about a lucky pairing! They are perfect together.

gorgeous !!! I am going to have to start going to Marshall's....


Lynn said...

You shop just like I do! Love me some bargains! Love the table. Using the book within the scape is genius!

Unknown said...

Love your pretty table! I so love hearing someone else who is a sale lover! thanks for sharing! Sue

Chandy said...

Beautiful job! I love how you broke up the black and white with green!

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Oh Kim, this table is one of my favorites this week! I have been on a black, white and green kick for the past several days! I love the way you have pulled this table together! Love, love, love that hard-bound green book. Perfect accessories! Love it all. You win! :-)

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Love the black and cream. I have a great love of books and I think it is great how you have incorporated a book into your tablescape.

Kathleen Ellis said...

I love the understated elegance of your tablescape this week, Kim! Lovely! Black and white is so versatile!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Your tablescape looks great! I love those Ross dishes! I'm always surprised when I go to that store by the great things they have. Black and green is one of my favorite color combinations!


Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

OHH-LA-LA-love the black and white...I seem to be on that kick too!

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Kammy said...

Hi Kim,

I hope you don't mind that I added
my name to be a "follower" !
I loved your setting - really liked
the book in the middle as part of
the centerpiece. Very, very nice !
Black and white was great !
Thanks for sharing
Hugs ~

Robin said...

A lovely tablescape....lovely dishes and wonderful centerpiece

I hope your day today has been beautiful