Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Mother's Day Tablescape

I want to thank Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting Tablescape Thursday each week. I'm having way too much fun doing tablescapes. And I know I am not alone. There are already more than 60 participants signed up for this week. So I'm sure you have already visited all the other participants by the time you reached my blog, but if not, be sure to visit Susan to see all the fabulous tablescapes.

Mother's Day is coming up this Sunday. I will be celebrating with my Mom on Saturday at her house with my extended family. We usually get together on Mother's Day but we have a special family event on Saturday so we figured we would celebrate Mother's Day then. So this will be the first Mother's Day in a long time that I will get to celebrate with just my own little family at my house. I am looking forward to it.

Since I live in a family of all men, I figured the only way I am getting a nice table is to set it myself. And if I post it on Tablescape Thursday, they will have a blueprint to go by to recreate it for Sunday. Do you think they can do it? We'll see.

We will eat dinner out in our backyard. Hopefully it won't be too hot on Sunday. Today it was 100 degrees here. Let's hope it cools down by Sunday. I'm hoping hubby will BBQ steaks, potatoes and corn on the cob (he will if I go and buy it). That is my all time favorite meal. Some salad would be great too. And strawberry shortcake for dessert. Do you hear that boys? You've got to give men lots of clues as to what you want.
Even though I live in a family of boys, the table will be very girly. Cause I am a girl!!! And it is my day!!! So they will just have to live with it. I'm sure they will insist that no photos be taken of them sitting at such a girly table. But we'll see.
I purchased the tablecloth & napkins from a website called Crossroads Cottage. Shana has lots of fabulous things on her website & even has some tablescapes. So go check her website out. She used this tablecloth & napkins in her Mother's Day tablescape last year & I fell in love with it & knew that I wanted to use it for mine. For napkin rings I used pewter curtain rings & clips. I then clipped on a silk rose.

Here is a photo of a place setting without the napkin on the plate.
The white dinner plates came from The Dollar Tree for $1.00 each. A dollar!!! I love how the edge has a basket weave. And they are white!!! Did I tell you they were a dollar?
For salad plates I used my Bordallo cabbage plates. Since it is still technically spring (even though it feels more like summer here), I thought they fit in just right. And I love that they are green. I got mine on clearance at Ross for $2.49 a plate.
My silverware really means a lot to me. My Grandma gave me this set when I graduated from High School. I used them in this setting as they have roses on them. My Grandma had a similar set and I got her set as well when she passed away. I had to search high and low to find these in all my stuff. And anyone who knows me knows that was no easy task. I have a lot of stuff. I unfortunately don't know who they are made by. I'm not good at remembering stuff like that. I'm lucky I can remember to feed myself each day. And take one look at me & you can tell that is one thing I don't forget. lol. I used my favorite thrift store goblets again. I only have a couple of sets of goblets, so you will see them all the time in my tablescapes. I'm more of a dishaholic, not a gobletaholic.

Here is my centerpiece. I used my Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic pitcher that came from Mervyn's years ago when Shabby Chic first became big. I had never heard of Rachel Ashwell when I bought the pitcher. I bought it because I collect pitchers & I love roses.

The silk roses it holds are the $1.00 flowers from Walmart. But I think back when I bought them they were actually only 88 cents for a bunch.
The wire charger underneath everything came from Target. It was in their Easter decorations. Then of course my Target birdies Harold & Maude couldn't wait to be back in a tablescape. Did you ever notice that they have roses on them? I never noticed until just now.
The candlestick holders came from a community thrift store in the city where I work. I had seen them one day & they were not marked. I asked the woman working how much & she said $4.00 for the pair. I thought that was too much so I didn't buy them. Then a few days later I went back to the thrift store & they were still there & were calling to me. I took them up to the register to ask how much (there was a different woman working). She said $2.00 for the pair. I said SOLD!!!! I was so happy that I waited on buying them. I love these as they have roses on them too.
Doesn't the pool look refreshing? It has just warmed up enough to go swimming. So we may just have to take a dip in the pool after dinner. Want to join? If so, it's bring your own towel.
Here's one final look at my table.
Well thanks for visiting my Mother's Day tablescape this week. Let's hope that my Mother's Day turns out the way I expect. But you know how that can go.
What will you be doing for Mother's Day?


abeachcottage said...


oh my, this is such a lovely Mother's Day table and I love the curtain ring idea, great inspiration

happy tablescaping


Kathleen Ellis said...

Hi Kim!
What an outrageously beautiful setting! I LOVE your tablecloth and napkins...and everything else! It is so pretty! I will be stopping by for a bite and a dip in the pool! I love steak, too! I have a fabulous recipe for my Signature Steak Salad that I'll share on my blog soon!

Happy Mother's Day!

Chandy said...

What a great looking table! The colors you chose and the extra touches are lovely. Awesome job!

Perfect for Mother's Day!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

This is exactly how I would like my table to look for Mother's day...if someone would do it for me! Beautiful...enjoy!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

a beautiful mother's day table! Happy Tablescape Thursday and Happy Mother's Day~ Susan

Scribbler said...

Great job -- it's beautiful.

That napkin ring thing? Why didn't I think of that? That's what makes blogging fun, isn't it? Sharing ideas...


Unknown said...

Your table looks absolutely beautiful! I advise you to print out your blog showing the table from different angles and put it with the dishes so the men have a pattern to follow!!!

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Hi Kim!
Oh how I love your Mother's Day table - the blue and pink are perfect poolside! I love the way you have pulled everything together - from your layered dishes to the beautiful flowers :-)
I hope you have a fabulous Mother's Day!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hey Girlfriend...

Girl, I'm in love with your fabulous Mother's Day tablescape!!! It's sooooo pretty...soooo feminine...soooo perfect for Mother's Day!!! Oh, I do love that pretty tablecloth...such pretty, sweet colors and the roses on it are beautiful! But I really love those sweet pink & whte napkins...they're gorgeous with the tablecloth...ohhh wished you could hear me here...I'm gushing! hehe!!! Those beautiful roses you added to the napkins are lovely! What a beautiful centerpiece too...that pitcher is beautiful Kim...and all of the pretty soft colored roses is perfect!!! Well my friend, you really outdid yourself this time...and you have such a pretty setting...out on your patio!!!

Sending you my very best wishes for a wonderful Mother's Day!!!
Love ya,

Myrna said...

OH SO BEAUTIFUL! My favorite colors! It's all so lovely out by the pool! Wonderful ideas!

jerseygirl211 said...

Hi Kim,

Thanks for your visit and nice words on my blog. Your table looks great and so refreshing. I'm jealous, it's been raining for days here. It has cleared up a little the past hour, so we took advantage and ate out of the porch before more rain comes.

Hope you have a great Mother's Day.


ellen b. said...

Hello Kim! Oh what a beautiful table you have set. I love that tablecloth and the pitcher with flowers at the center is perfect. Love the striped napkins too! Everything looks fabulous together. Enjoy your Mother's Day!!

Blondie's Journal said...


I love everything you have going for Mother's Day! Great tablescape, delishious menu, a cool dip after! Oh my!

Love the tablecloth and the wonderful idea for napkin rings~they are overpriced you know. I love your persaverance in getting those candle holders! I don't know if I could have held out if I really loved them! I'm a sucker, yeah~yeah!!

I want to hear about all the fun next week!!


Mary @Boogieboard Cottage said...

I love, love your Mother's Day table! The pink and white with the roses are just lovely. Don't you just love eating outside when the weather warms up? Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comments. Mary :O)

Kammy said...

Hello !
Sorry I am getting to your table late for dinner, lol....I stopped
at your blog this morning before
I headed off to work and I just couldn't do one of those "quick drive bys"..ya know the ones who
say "nice table" and sign their ! I think your table is so girly girl and it is my favorite so far..Who can get enough roses ? The dollar ones from walmart....are they real or fake ? They look real....the silk rose clip ons for the napkins really makes me want to start a collection of fake flowers just for this reason, I am in love with your tablecloth (don't tell my hubby...) I love the texture on the white plates and I love your cabbage luncheon plates ( I have cabbage leafs too ! ) I am so jealous that you have a pool - can I come for a swim ??? Love it
all , you did a Fab job !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Melissa Marie said...

Thank you for your sweet comment! I think I am in love with your tablecloth! You can never have too many roses... just beautiful. I saw on your profile that you are from Menifee... I am from Lake Elsinore but just recently moved to Texas. I was a manager at the Albertsons off of Newport in Menifee for several years...such a small world. Nice to meet you and I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day! :)


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is the prettiest Mother's Day tablescape - this is just what I would love to see on my table! You nailed it!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Oh, I love this pretty Mother's Day tablescape with the soft colors! Great job! I hope your guys do all you desire!

Happy Mother's Day!


Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

So beautiful, Kim. And thanks for stopping by and leaving a generous comment.

Amber said...

What a pretty table, very feminine.
I do a table setting for a charity luncheon every October. If I could I would not work, just build a pool and swim and throw parties with fun themes. I see you have a pool, how lucky you are, I hope you have a pool boy too.
Yes I have started my bar stools but I am using spray paint which is best done outside and it rained and now the wind is here so nature is not really helping. I don't think mine will be anything as creative as some people will do but they will be perfect for me. Luckily I don't stress about preparation or technique. I just get it done. The pros would have a fit. See you in 7.
Happy Mothers day on Sunday.

Linda in AZ * said...

* Kim~ WELLLL, I've said it BEFORE and I'll say it AGAIN~~~ you are just SUCH a DELIGHT & TREAT to visit... your warmth & personaltity just comes shining right thru the text you so admirably write, as well as your obvious love of setting simply beautiful & utterly "DELISH" tables!!! Quite frankly, my deah', I LOVE IT ALL!!! Many thanks, Linda *

Robin said...

Your tablescape is so very lovely......I want that tablecloth. :-)

Have a beautiful Mother's Day

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

This tablescape is stunning! I love all of the pretty florals, and that napkin ring idea is brilliant! Happy Mother's Day, and I hope you get a girly tablescape. laurie

teachermomof2 said...

Your tablescape is beautiful! I love everything about it! The dishes from the dollar store are a fabulous find!


Anonymous said...

I do love that tablecloth!!!

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi Kim,
Your Mother's Day setting is so sweet and girly! I'm crazy just for floral prints! Love the crystal and the centerpiece too! What a fun day you'll have in that nice backyard setting! ENJOY!!

Happy Mother's Day!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Your table is lovely...just lovely!

Carrie said...

The tablecloth provides the perfect setting for the other elements in your lovely setting. The napkins are a great compliment.