Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tablescape Thursday and Thrifty Thursday

Today is another Thursday and that means Tablescape Thursday and Thrifty Thursday, my two favorite blog parties in blogland!  Please remember to click on the photos to enlarge.  I don't think the pictures look as good unless they are enlarged.  I'm still learning this whole picture posting process. :)

We will start tonight off by having a thrifty, nifty little tequila bottle turned vase.  Yep, that's right.  I use Patron Tequila to make margaritas and save the bottles when empty.  I just love the shape of these bottles.  The possibilities for these little gems are endless...a trio on a mantle or in a window sill.  Yesterday I spotted a bottle for sale at a local thrift store.  Sadly, I didn't need to purchase it, as I have several!!  My neighbors really do help with the consumption.  :)  It just occurred to me, wonder what the bars do with the bottles when they are empty? Maybe one could ask for the empty bottles.  Anyway, I added epsom salt and some red gems to the inside,stuck a couple of carnations in and taped some ribbon around the neck.  That's all...
Now to add the table setting to the cheaply made centerpiece. Again I need to emphasize our home is now in "move mode."  That means that curtains are coming down, boxes are everywhere, just a general disarray of this lovely old house that we have been fortunate to call home for the past three years.  So keeping all this in mind I present to you another simple table setting.  Anyone in the mood for Italian?  This table setting reminds me of something you might see in a cute little Italian restaurant.
I made the rooster tassel last week.  To give him so height on the table I just turned a cereal bowl upside down.


The tablecloth and napkins were purchased at Odd Lots/Big Lots 10 years ago.
The chargers were .99 each, last spring at Hobby Lobby
The dinner plates are Scarlett Fiesta ware.
The little monogram salad plate I purchased recently at Tuesday Morning.  Sorry I can't remember the price.
The beauty on the table is the flatware.(Sorry, I tried and tried to get a picture of it alone but the glare made for a bad picture) My girlfriend, Lucille, collects this pattern First Love by Rogers in memory of her parents, as this was the pattern that they started their marriage with so many years ago.  She had more than she needed and last spring gifted 4 place settings to me.  :)  I really do love my girlfriend!

Please head on over to Susan and Leigh's blogs to see some wonderful thrifty finds and lots and lots of great table settings.

19 comments:

Julie said...

Love your Table...So Pretty
HAPPY ST.PATRICK'S DAY
xoxo
Julie

Cynthia@ITLLDO said...

Oh, I do love your table,especially that gingham checked tablecloth! I have also been toying with the idea of purchasing something black to add pizzaz. Your monogrammed plates are perfect!

Nancy said...

Your centerpieces with the carnations, Epsom salt and red jeweled pieces are so cute and creative. That is what I first noticed and I kept staring trying to figure out what you'd done...then of course I read the post! I like the S dishes to. I just saw some very similar today and there was an array of other serving pieces that went along with them.

Thank you for your sweet words about my blog and for dropping by. I tried to reply directly but it would not go through. The dishes you saw sound so pretty...if you do get them post some pics...I'd love to see them! And...if they're still calling your name, I say go for it! That's still under $4 a plate. It seems that each time I let something go like that I keep debating and debating and wish I'd gone ahead and spent the money. Plus, I want to see them! :-) lol

Have a nice evening and again, thank you for dropping by and your sweet comments!

p/s if you get them I'll be happy to try to find out what I can about them for you, if you want.

Bella said...

Hi Ann, Your rooster tassle is super cute! It does look like a great table for Italian Food - yum yum. Everyone has a Hobby Lobby and finds great things there, I want a Hobby Lobby :-( Bella

LADYHIGHTOWER said...

Beautiful I love carnations! Blessings!

Martha said...

A very pretty table. Love black and white and red -- it's such a beautiful combination. And those are wonderful monogramed dishes!

~ Pink Flamingo ~ said...

Patron bottles really do make good vases... and they look terrific your way with the salt and gems! xoxo

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

I love this table!! It's so creative and I love the colors too! Thanks for visiting:-)

Mimi said...

I love your gingham checked table...the rooster tassel is adorable...oh, to be so talented!

Mrs. P. said...

I love your table. Red is my favorite and I have a cloth just like yours and use it often. Your centerpiece is so clever. I love old bottles. You pull it all together so wonderfully :)

Blessings!
Gail

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

I love smart ideas and I love your centerpiece.

Awesome...

Sherry said...

I love your tequila bottles with the Epsom salts and gems it looks like sand and sea glass, too neat!! It all looks very Italian and very inviting! Love it.
Win Rachael Ray bake ware at my blog.
Thanks!
Sherry

Patti said...

I love the read/black/white combo...but what really caught my eye is the b&w harlequin ribbon - where did you find it?

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Ann, this is wonderful....just so charming!!

Barb ♥

Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

Ugghh. . . here is a confession. I know NOTHING about setting a table. I envy all you table-scapers and maybe one day I will get up enough courage to do it well. I will be studying these tablescapes until I figure out what works for me! It's beautiful btw - and how creative to use the tequilla bottles!

Pearl Maple said...

Nicely designed, love the fun use of bottles and use of colours.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Ann...

Ohhh...I love your beautiful table! And you're right...it's like you're in a quaint little Italian restaurant! I love the red checked tablecloth! Your place settings are so pretty...I love the red, white, and black paired together! Ohhh...and I love, love, LOVE your initial plates...so very pretty! Your centerpiece is just gorgeous! I love that you used your rooster tassel...it's gorgeous!!! What a great idea...you have my wheels turning now! Hehe! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful table with us, my friend...and especially since you are in the middle of a move!

I also wanted to thank you for coming by and taking a peek at my Spring Green tablescape and for leaving me such a sweet note! Thank you!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Kim said...

I just love that tassel, is there a "how to" somewhere?

Sharlotte said...

Hi Ann,
I'm new to your blog and I LOVE this table. The colors you've used are so crisp...the bottles, dishes, and tassel are perfect! You are going to have to post a tutorial on your tassel...he's too cute! Thanks so much for sharing.
Sharlotte