Wednesday, March 30, 2011

FIRST EVER TABLESCAPE...ON THE CHEAP

Okay I must come CLEAN...this is my first ever tablescape...oh sure, I have set a nice table for holidays and plenty of parties...some using of my good dishes and others using PAPER and PLASTIC dinnerware...besides my Royal Duchess china I got from an auction years ago and my everyday good ol' CORRELL from Wal-Mart, I just don't own very many dishes....oh I know what you are thinking....for SHAME...however I have been picking up a few things here and there at thrift stores because I saw some of y'alls tablescapes and I have been dying to play along...



...I was wanting my first published tablescape to be a setting for two on the porch on a warm sunny spring day using my "Royal Duchess" china; however, Mr. Spring has disappeared and ol' Mr. Winter is back in town...and I just had the need to PLAY...



...so I put together this little Blue and White tablescape...INDOORS...using some things I've been picking up here and there at various little thrift shops...Although I only have four place settings and there are a few mismatched pieces, I think she turned out pretty good.....you know for an AMATEUR and a tablescape on the CHEAP...



...much to my SURPRISE, I discovered that most of the shots of this table were taken during the 'BLUE HOUR'...now isn't that fitting for a BLUE and white table...(did you know that there are actually two blue hours everyday, yes that's right...one at dawn and the other at dusk)...

...I will do a breakdown later of just what is on this table and how much this little tablescape set me back but for now I'll just be quiet and show you some pictures...
























...everything on this table cost me a whopping $11.25...now that's cheap!...

---Pottery Barn "Emma" (I used the dinner plates as chargers)...got almost a whole 4 piece place setting (minus the cereals bowls and two mugs) for $3.50 (these retail for $159.00)....SCORE
---Baum Bros. "Bernadotte" dinner plates...got all four for $1.00
---No name salad plates...got all four for .40
---flatware, my everyday, nothing special flatware...$0
---blue rose tablecloth (fabric remnant) $2.00 thrift store find
---4 white linen napkins $1.00 for all
---4 vintage silver napkin rings $1.00 for all
---centerpiece arrangement $1.00 (LED candles from the dollar store on clearance .30 each)
---cakeplate .50
---tart tins (whole ziploc bag full) .25

...as I wasn't finished playing yet, I decided to change up this little tablescape by adding a few bits of yellow to it...I tucked a little sunflower into each of the napkins rings and changed out the centerpiece with some forsythia...and added a couple bird candleholders...











....so anywayyyyyy, there you have it...my FIRST EVER tablescape...yes I know not like all you girls' out there in blogland....but I like it and I had FUN....that's what's important!!!!

I'm linking up to these parties....

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps On The Porch 
Open House Thursday @ No Minimalist Here
Twice Owned Tuesday @ House Of Grace
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm

Time to Shine Tuesday @ A Diamond in the Stuff 
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Whassup Wednesday @ Elements Interiors
Thrifty Things Friday @ The Thrifty Groove
Show And Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
 



27 comments:

  1. Hi Sheila...

    Bravo, my friend!!! Your first published tablescape is simply gorgeous!!! OMG...can't believe that you created these pretty tables for a mere $11.25...you ROCK, my friend! First of all, that cobalt blue floral tablecloth is FABULOUS!!! All of your beautiful white is just stunning against it! Love, love, LOVE your placesettings! Your dishes are sooo beautiful! Love how you used the lt. blue plate with the whites...really ties in that lighter blue shade in the tablecloth! I think both tables are just stunning! I really can't choose a favorite...each are beautiful in their own right! I do like how you used that gorgeous gold framed mirror for your centerpiece on the yellow table! And...how beautiful your photos turned out...the blue hour is just perfect for your beautiful blue tables!!! Thank you sooo much for sharing all of your pretties with us today...this was such a treat and you did GOOD, my friend!

    Warmest spring wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  2. They are both fabulous. You did an outstanding job. Love your linens and your dishes are beautiful. The picket fence planter is wonderful and the mirror tray vignette is stunning also. Very creative and thrifty. Love them both. Hugs, Marty

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  3. I love that blue fabric that you used for the tablecloth! That was just fabulous that you captured the blue hour, too. I was unaware of the blue hour until I read about it on Between Naps on the Porch. I liked both tablescapes, but the one with the yellow is my favorite. I've never done a tablescape for blogland, either. You did a great job. I'd love to eat at your table anytime.

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  4. You could not have captured the blue hour better and it is precisely the same shade as your blue tablecloth. How lovely and your photos are great too. Congratulations, now you have done it and you will be addicted. I love how cheaply you did it. It is so pretty and I love the flowers. It makes me feel like Spring even if Winter is still lurking its ugly and unwanted head!!!
    Come visit!
    Jacqueline

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  5. You did great, Sheila! That fabric makes for a lovely tablecloth. How cool that you caught the blue hour outside. It does match your table wonderfully! I will check out the blog you mentioned in your comment to me. Thanks so much for visiting me!

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  6. I LOVE both! Great Job!

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  7. Your a pro girl! You did an awesome job on your first published tablescape....now we are going to expect more! lol Hope you do start the hobby, it is addictive...in a good and healthy way! Diane

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  8. The "no-name" salad plates you have are Pfaltzgraff, pattern Filigree. You did a wonderful job at your first attempt and I hope we will see more of your talents on Tablescape Thursday's, in the future.

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  9. What a lovely debut tablescape! You can't go wrong with blue and white, and I also love your addition of the yellow in the later photos. Your blue hour shots are wonderful! I'm assuming they were taken at dusk and not dawn? LOL! Of course, I'm an early riser, so I should try to catch the early blue hour, too!

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  10. Welcome & my hat is off to you! Your table is beautiful...a job well done! I have been tablescaping for one year this June. I too wanted to play and I haven't stopped. Have fun with it! Your doing a great job!
    Blessings My Friend,

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  11. Well, I think you did a fantastic job for your first tablescape on the cheap!! It came out beautifully and the pics taken during the blue hour looks like you planned it that way to match your tablecloth which is darling!
    And I loved the redo with the yellow accents!! Very french country!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  12. Your table is great. I love the blue and then the addition of the yellow just makes it all pop. And you took the pictures at the perfect time. Wow. Thanks for sharing. Glad I dropped in.

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  13. Okay, you totally rocked this table on thrifty price tag! Love it! Blue and white are such great colors to do a table. So fresh and clean. I really like both tablescapes!
    Thank you so much for joining my first TTF party~! Have a wonderful day!

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  14. Very pretty! Down to the last detail...love the candles and flowers! ♥

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  15. What a pretty table and your tablecloth is so dramatic-love it! How fun to capture the blue hour:@)

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  16. great job! love your tablecloth. I'm your newest follower. Come by and visit me. Janet

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  17. This is just beautiful! I love your tablecloth, and the blue hour photos. I liked the first setting but when you added bits of yellow, I liked it even more! Nicely done.
    blessings, Beth

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  18. Great tables for your first posted ones, especially the shots with the blue hour, you really captured it beautifully...love the piece of fabric you are using for a tablecloth...it is so nice and vibrant. I love the forsythia as a centerpiece. Can't wait to see what you do for next week...you will join us, won't you?

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  19. Hi lovely lady. You did a lovely tablescape for your first one. I love how you have put at all together for a lovely dinner with your family Great Job. I also hope you post more sweet lady.
    Im your newest follower on your Blog.I hope you have a Great Evening ~~~
    Diane

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  20. TWO great debut tablescapes ... and the Blue Hour, too! It doesn't get much better than that. You obviously had fun -- and yes, that's what it's all about! Here's to playing in the dishes!

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  21. Nice! And I love that you captured the "blue hour" -- I still haven't figured that one out.

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  22. Hi Sheila, I am such a fan of blue and white so of course I would love your tablescape. The dishes are so pretty and I especially adore the pale blue ones.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  23. THis is gorgeous! Love the blue hour photos. Perfect with your pretty table -- those dishes are so pretty and what a bouns to get such a fantastic bargain! Love the pops of yellow too --- very nicely done -- Now that you've jumped in -- hope you'll be back often.

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  24. Congratulations on a job well done! Thank you for sharing!
    Andrea
    -http://tablescapex3.blogspot.com

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  25. I would never have known it was your first without you telling us. It looks great! And I think fun is the most important part.
    AT

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  26. Done like a PRO!!! Wonderful tables and I LOVE that tablecloth!

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