Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Let's Dish. . .Summer Fun!

"Mr. Ed" and I have had a full and enjoyable Summer
this first year of my retirement On Crooked Creektt!

I've enjoyed participating in many activities 
that otherwise would have not been possible 
given my previous employment schedule.

Cuisine Kathleen has created another challenge @ Let's Dish! 
This one is titled Let's Dish. . .Summer Fun!

While vacationing with "Mr. Ed" in Weston, Missouri this Summer,
I found this adorable cauliflower tea pot! 

Of course, it was 'love at first sight'
because I knew it would co~ordinate beautifully 
with all my existing Majolica collection!
(To see more of my Majolica collection see Autumnal Hues. . .here.)

While staying @ Glick Mansion in Atchison, Kansas,
I made the purchase of the two lidded white urns @ Nell Hills.
These three pieces combined together make the centerpiece for 
my Garden Tour Tea here On Crooked Creektt!

Using vivid hues,
 in the flowers collected from three of On Crooked Creektt's Gardens,
I filled two white scalloped bud vases to extend the centerpiece.

I began with a single creamy ivory hued
petite Tea Rose from The Children's Garden,
Gingersnap Rose bud from The Front Rose Garden,
and accented these two prominent hues with 
purple Salvia from The Fairy Garden.

Scrunching and tucking a square ecru embroidered table topper
beneath the centerpiece helped to ground this Garden themed arrangement.

Each place setting was anchored with an orange floral scalloped place mat.
Using my everyday white porcelain china 
creates a cohesiveness throughout the tablescape.
Everyday beaded stainless flatware 
and our everyday clear bubble glass water goblets
combined with etched rose crystal stemware 
reflect the light coming from the Gardens.

Using a Triple Pocket Fold (here) that I borrowed from
Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch, 
I slid our menu for the Garden Tea within the pocket,
which also served as a place card.

By extending our circular dining room table,
I was able to seat six comfortably in the dining room
where we could enjoy the view of the Gardens beyond the patio doors.

Thank you, Kathleen, 
for another tablescape challenge @ Let's Dish!

Until next time. . .

On Crooked Creektt will be joining

And. . .

Be sure to visit both of these parties
for inspirational ideas for your family's dining!


Diane said...

Love those napkin folds - so creative! The cauliflower teapot is wonderful and I love the touches of orange. Wonderful table!

Heaven's Walk said...

Such a sweet and welcoming table, Pat! I'm actually loving the touch of autumn feel to it. :) Retirement is a wonderful thing, isn't it? Not that I'm retired yet, just not working outside the home....but are you amazed at how you got anything accomplished while working outside the home and keeping up the daily chores at home?? lol I LUV my time at home! :)

xoxo laurie

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Pat! I love your cauliflower tea pot and the two plates and the sugar and creamer too! Lucky you to be able to go to Nell Hill's. Someday I will go there too, I hope! I'm going to visit your Autumn table too. Enjoy your summer! Linda

Julie Pritchett said...

That was a fun day, Pat!

Anonymous said...

I love the placemats and napkins! Beautiful colors. A trip to Nell Hill's is always wonderful! The urns are fabulous.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I just love the pop of orange on this table, pat. Of course I love your bubble glasses, I wish I had them in every color:) The napkin fold holding the menu was so smart! Thanks for sharing this. Wish I could come get some sunflowers:):) XO, pinky

Sarah said...

Your creative napkin fold is perfect to showoff these gorgeous textiles. Enjoyed seeing your finds. Thanks for sharing this pretty table.

Miss Char said...

Pat, I love the pieces from NH. I've been there twice and loved every minute of it but its a long way for me to go. Your table looks beautiful and fresh,thanks for sharing with us.

Anonymous said... the napkins and the creative fold.

Susan Herin said...

Pat, this is just beautiful! I love that adorable teapot and I'm so jealous you got to visit Nell Hill's! I have all Mary Carol Garrity's books but have yet to see the store. One day I'll get there. :) You did such a great job on that napkin fold. I can tell you pressed yours and it looks so much better than mine! Thanks for sharing this wonderful table setting. Love your photography with the light coming across the pretty!

Marigene said...

I ♥♥♥ the orange and white, Pat! Cute teapot.
Have a wonderful week...

Beeutiful by Design said...

So pretty I love the pitcher! Your napkin fold is lovely

Shannon Fox said...

Thank you so much for stopping by our kitchen, I have to say, I loved that wee cream and sugar bowl set. The pattern is just darling! The tiny bee just makes it over the top cute!! Happy weekend to you :)

Kathleen said...

I LOVE those placemats and napkins, so pretty! I am glad you had some summer fun and took the challenge at Let's Dish!