4/14/2010

Springtime Dining

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Hello friends...I hope that you're having a fabulous week!
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Ahhh...springtime!!! The rebirth of all that has laid dormant during the cold wintery season! There is nothing else quite like it...life in the springtime!!! I do believe that spring has finally come to Colorful Colorado...oh yes, it is still just April and we will probably have a few more cold days but the temps are growing warmer and the cold weather is fewer and farther between!!!
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I just feel refreshed...isn't spring glorious? Today I have set a spring table for two...simply called "Springtime"! I hope that you enjoy!!!
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"Springtime" Dining

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A springtime table set in my French Country dining room.
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I just adore all the soft pastel colors of springtime!
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Today my table is dressed in soft sagey greens and blues. The inspiration...my new salad/dessert plates that I won in a recent giveaway from Diann over at The Thrifty Groove! Thank you...thank you...THANK YOU, Diann!!! I just love my new spring plates!!!
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If you haven't ever met Diann...you're missing out on a real treat! Diann is just one of the sweetest ladies in Blogland and she has the most delightful blog...The Thrifty Groove! Diann never seizes to amaze me with all of her "thrifty" ideas and tips!!!
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A Springtime Centerpiece...
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Well...as I have mentioned before...it's a bit challenging to bring "Spring" and its soft colors into my red dining room! This year I decided to use that beautiful shade of spring green...you know...that pretty yellow-green color. You may catch a few glimpses of it on my buffet in the background of a few of these photos. You can see the "Spring" decor on my buffet HERE.
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For this "Springtime" tablescape, I opted to use a lot of white in the centerpiece! White always lightens things up! Then I added a few pieces to bring in that pretty soft sagey green and blue color! The greenery brings in just the right touch for a springtime tablescape!
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A sweet white bird inside of a white decorative iron birdcage filled with spring greenery is the focal point for this table centerpiece. I used two white masonary candleholders with off-white pillar candles to each side of the birdcage. On the left side of the birdcage you can see one of my newest treasure finds...a masonary orb on a pedestal! I love the pretty patterned design on the orb! This beauty was on sale for just $2.60 at Hobby Lobby. I also added an old vintage pitcher into the mix...it brings in the soft sagey green color of this tablescape nicely!
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On the right hand side of the centerpiece, I added a wooden block that has a picture of a bird on it. I love the soft shade of blue in the background! A white cast iron bird sits ever so sweetly atop the wooden block.
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Ohhh look...here is one of my new salad/dessert plates now! Hehe! I decided to showcase one of these pretty plates in the table centerpiece by putting it on a stand. It was the finishing touch to my "Springtime" table centerpiece!!! Love the dragonfly!
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The Place Setting...
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I always like to "layer" my place settings! I used a white charger plate called "Lace" from JC Penneys, a sage green dinner plate, and my new salad/dessert plate! As you can see, the new salad/dessert plates are a nice size. I thought the sage green dinner plate framed the salad/dessert plate nicely!
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The Dinner Napkin...
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I found these pretty striped napkins at Pottery Barn last year. The soft blue, sage green, and brown stripes are perfect for this "Springtime" tablescape! A brown wooden napkin ring with carved leaves holds the napkin.
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This set of four salad/dessert plates are called Nature's Garden by Certified International. Each plate has a different "postcard like" design. I just adore them!!!
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Love, love, LOVE the sweet bird on this plate!!!
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The second place setting.
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Another sweet bird! I just love the soft pastel blues and greens on these gorgeous plates!!!
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I set an extra plate in the center of the table for a fruit salad. This pretty plate has a butterfly on it!
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Ahhh...birds, butterflies, dragonflies...just perfect for a "Springtime" table...don't you think?
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The Beverages...

Tall glass goblets from the Dollar Tree will be perfect for iced tea! A sage green cup and saucer, that matches the dinner plate in the place setting, will be for a cup of "after dinner" coffee.
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Ahhh...another sweet little bird!
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And...there you have it...a "Springtime" table for two!
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I am joining in these two lovely parties today...

Tablescape Thursday...hosted by Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch.
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Show and Tell Friday...hosted by Cindy over at My Romantic Home.
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Thank you, Susan and Cindy...for graciously hosting these fabulous parties!!! Please go by and see what Susan and Cindy has for us today...you won't want to miss it!!! You will find a list of party participants while you are there!
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Well my friends...thank you sooo much for coming by today and taking a peek at my "Springtime" tablescape! I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know that you were here so that I can return the visit!!!
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Have a fabulous day!!!

60 comments:

podso said...

Love those sweet white birds on the plate, and the soft green. It's all so lovely, thanks Chari!

Allie and Pattie said...

I absolutely LOVE the sage and white- just perfect and showcases those gorgeous plates so well. Congrats on the lucky win!
xoxo Pattie

Cori said...

Oh Chari!

The table is SPECTACULAR! Perfect colors and accents. Te new dessert/salad plates are just DELICIOUS!

wonderful..so happy I stopped in.

Cori
Starview Sonet

Blondie's Journal said...

As always, you have done an elegant table, Chari. I love the bird theme and the plates from Diann are gorgeous. She has wonderful taste as well. The sage green and blue are perfect for spring!! And I love that centerpiece!

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

xoxo
Jane

Ms. Bake-it said...

I love it! Those postcard plates are adorable! Love your little birds. Great tablescape!

~ Tracy

Michelle said...

Great job on bringing the spring look to the table, even with the red walls. I have the same problem in my dining room. Love the plates and the birdie things!

Diva Kreszl said...

your table always looks so heavenly, I just want to pull up a chair! I especially love that beautiful shade of pale green :)

susan said...

Chari-I just adore those postcard plates!!! Your colors are subtle and pick up the colors in both the dining room and kitchen. This is just perfect without being too over the top!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Everything looks so pretty. I want to come over and steal those square Paris plates with the birds...love,love,love them!

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour dear Chari,
Your Springtime table is beautiful. You don't see alot of that soft green color but after seeing this I'll have to do something about that! Those postcard bird plates are so unique.
Thanks for stopping by the other day, always a treat to hear from you. So glad you had a such a fabulous time in Vegas - loved all the Rockabilly photos and those great vintage dresses.
So wonderful that Seth is doing well - will keep him in our prayers along with our newest member of the US armed forces. I know you are so proud.
Have a good one my friend,
Mimi

kim said...

Everything is just so so pretty. I love those bird plates and your bird themed center piece.

Sonia said...

Hi Chari,

How beautiful is your springtime table vignette. I love those birdy plates...such great colors and I love the square shape! The robin's egg blue in them is gorgeous and your accessories look so wonderful with them!! Just a perfect place to have a spring meal!

Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Oh Chari, you now I am gonna love this table! those soft green and white showcases those plates. I am so happy to see the size of them. they look wonderful! I have been serious thinking of ordering some for myself! LOL

all the other little birds look wonderful in this settng. And I really adore the wooden block!! It is perfect for ths table!

I am so happy you are enjoying your plates my friend! Have a wonderful day!

Hugs,
Diann :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the sweet birds throughout your decor! Even the plates and birdcages are perfect. I have a couple of birdcages but have never known what to put inside of them. I always get the best ideas here! I'm off to visit Diann! Thanks for the link! ♥

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very pretty, soothing colors!

once in a blue moon... said...

everything is so pretty together, i was just looking at those dishes this morn, must be fate that i NEED them!

Mimi said...

Nice calming colors...very pretty.

Maryrose said...

Hi, I think your birdies need to come visit my birdies for a party. Your colors are so pretty and soothing and I love those square bird dishes. Congrats on the win...very lucky indeed.
Happy Tablescape Day...
Maryrose

GrannySue said...

It is all so beautiful, and I agree about the salad plates, they are truly precious.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Chari, You really know how to set a lovely table... and this one is no exception! The beautiful plates you won at Diann's giveaway are fabulous. You must be thrilled. And one thing I noticed is that you added element that are in your plates to the centerpiece vignette. I love the little block that has the bird picture on it. And the bird picture/postcard!
Your napkins are a perfect fit with your new plates. They are great together. Love the sweet birds and your white iron birdcage. It makes a big and romantic statement.
Chari, you are one-of-a-kind!
Yvonne

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Spring is wonderful and your soft greens are beautiful. Love those pretty bird plates as well. Lovely.

Theresa said...

Oh Chari! I love the sweet spring colors in your gorgeous dining room! The little bird on the pretty bird block caught my eye right away! I also love those square plates with the bird images on it. So pretty! You really have it all set up to make me drool:) Enjoy your evening my friend! Hugs from Georgia!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

The green with your red walls is beautiful. Love the plates as well. I have been struggling for a way to bring spring into my family room. The dark green walls and copper ceiling make it quite a challenge!

Jadehollow said...

Chari.. love love love those darling salad plates. Beautiful color combos you used.
~Debbie

Creations By Cindy said...

Love the sage and white. The square plates with the bird on them is my fav. Love it! Be blessed. Cindy

niartist said...

Oh Chari, So happy to see this. It's like Spring!! I love the freshness of the greens and whites. And you've done SUCH A GREAT JOB! I can't even decide which is my favorite! The centerpiece far beats anything I could ever come up with for sure! Gorgeous. Just gorgeous! :) Great job~! Changes to the garden are posted, hope you can stop by and take a peak when you get the chance! :) Take care! A

Ridgely (Grandma J @ Dear Angelene) said...

The red and sage green could not be more beautiful together! Your dining room is beautiful, and I love the black-and-white tile peeking from another room -- it's classic.

Kristy Carberry said...

Very pretty! I LOVE the salad plates too! Thanks for sharing!

Lia at Petite Little Bee said...

I just love your bird plates. Your table is beautiful. I am a new follower to your blog. Cheers, Lia

Lana said...

This is absolutely wonderful! How awesome that you won those new friends--you are a sweetheart, totally, and you deserve it! I love how you displayed one standing up against your centerpiece!!!
Hugs/blessings,
Lana

Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen said...

Hello there sweet lady,

This is just the prettiest Spring Tablescape Chari!..,LOVE the soft greens especially, as well as the new plates! I adore birds and anything with blue and green.., Pretty! Congrats!..,

(I know you're recovering from the joys of travel, as I can attest at my B. and B., all travellers talk about and feel!

Thanks for sharing these 'Tablescape Thursday' delights with us desite your busyness and inevitable, 'travel recovery' fatigue Chari!

Tonight the blogger equivalency of the - 'unthinkable'- happened!.., As you had warned in your 'Sunday Favorites' meme 'directives' Chari; exercise extreme caution when re-posting, (or as in my case trying to copy and paste my post's URL) ~

I LOST THE ENTIRE POST..,'POOF!!..,

I CAN RE-POST MY PICTURES, AS I HAVE; YET APPARENTLY ALL OF MY 26TH 'TUESDAY TEA FOR TWO' LINKS ARE NOW GONE FOREVER!..,

Oh well!~ Live and learn!

I can tell you, I'm far from happy, yet I must re-focus on my many, many blessings however!

Do feel most welcome to come by for the quickest peek to see my 'blue and white kitties at tea', when you get a moment, if you'd like Chari!..,

HUGS FROM A SOMEWHAT 'DEFLATED' AND TIRED, YET THANKFUL..,

~ WANDA LEE @ The Plumed Pen

Johanna said...

Hi Chari,
because the time difference I come little bit late to visit you.
I just love your tablescape. I like this sagegreen color, the chinese call it seladon. And your salad plates have quite an oriental touch. All together looks very exquisite.
Greetings, Johanna

Rettabug said...

Your new minty sage green birdy dishes look totally awesome with your nearby kitchen walls, Chari!
We are both enjoying the Spring time so much. I feel renewed & refreshed more so this year than any other.

You did a GREAT job of pulling these colors together. So pretty!

Tricia said...

Chari, this is a gorgeous table! I also have a red dining room, and this color combination is just stunning in yours! I love the way you've combined different elements for a pretty and interesting centerpiece. Those napkins are perfect to set off your blue and sage green! Great salad plates!

g.suzie said...

Beautiful table setting, it's all put together so nicely. . .Your red wall sets it off perfectly!

Atticmag said...

Really like the soft colors and natural images on your table. Looks like you've moving in a new direction. Lovely. -- Jane F.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Good Morning Chari,
Thank-you my friend for all your sweet notes and e-mails. I finally feel a little better today. That surgery/illness really took the wind out of my sails! I just adore your spring time table for two! The lovely shades of green, those wonderful salad plates, and all the wonderful birds!! And I love your centerpiece, it's just perfect!! I would love to sit in your gorgeous dining room, what a treat that would be!! Thanks again for all your support!
Big Hugs,
Cindy

Shelia said...

Hi Chari! Oh, your table is outstanding, as always! You do set the most gorgeous tables.
Congratulations on your win of those precious dishes! I love the bird theme and your centerpiece. You have the gift.
Thank you for popping in to see me and I always treasure your visits.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Atelier de Charo said...

Gorgeous table!!! So nice soft color and a great centerpiece. Also love your plates.

Charo

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Chari, this is stunning. I love your bird dishes and the birdcage in the center. Your orb is fantastic too. The soft greens with the pretty white is so spring. Beautiful as usual. Hugs, Marty

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

I love it....alllll of it! The colors, the birds...those square plates.......YUMMY!

Huggies,
Spencer

vignette design said...

Hi Chari,
I love your table with those darling square plates and soft colors. Your centerpiece is perfect!

Cass @ That Old House said...

So pretty! Love the soft sages and blues -- and I am a complete sucker for birds ... love them!
Sweet and charming table, Chari! Thanks.
Cass

Sarah said...

Chari, your springtime table hits the mark! Beautifully done with the soft colors and the little bird accents. The salad plates are fabulous! Congratulations on winning these. I like the postcard motif, the soft colors, the twig border, . . . Can you tell I like these?
Thanks for sharing this pretty table.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Chari, I love those square plates. Congratulations! You have made beautiful use of them. Love the sage greens you've used, and your centerpiece is a delight with all of the bird-related accessories. I love that block with the bird painted on it. laurie

xinex said...

You did it again, my friend. You created another beautiful tablescape. I love the salad plates you won. How generous Diann is! I also love the block your bird is sitting on the the birdcage. Everything is so springy and pretty. How is Seth doing? I have been praying for him...Christine

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love the crisp white with the soft aqua and pastels. The birds are perfect with this tablescape! Wonderful job!

Katherine

Tardevil said...

What a pretty table. Love the square plates, centerpiece and everything w/ a bird on it.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

beautiful table setting even just for two!..

Barbara said...

Chari, Just wonderful. I love the birds, the white table and chairs against the beautiful red walls, everything is beautiful, but then what you do always is.

Barbara

Sherri@lavenderfields said...

So beautiful and fresh looking fro Spring! I just love the chair cushion colours and the square plates with the birds and butterflies! You have such a flair for decorating! Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend! Sherri : )

Creations By Cindy said...

Love the greens and whites. So beautiful! My you have such beautiful taste! Your tablescape is really pretty. Your pictures are beautiful girl. I wish I could get my pics to be this big! Thanks for sharing and thanks so much for stopping by my blog. It meant so much to me. I am your newest follower new friend. Be blessed. Cindy

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Good Morning Chari,
Thank-you for thinkin of me today! I am doing quite a bit better, not 100% but not bad either. I will have to go check up on that poor Gloria. Hope your week-end is good, we will probably just lay low, at least I am not in a hospital. Our weather has been very nice, upper 70's yesterday but only low 60's today. I'll take it though, no more snow! I want to plant, but at least my perennials are coming up nicely. Take Care my friend,
Talk to you soon,
Cindy

Lori said...

Hey Cheri! It's been a while since I came by to visit. I wanted to see what you've been up to... How was your Vegas trip and how is your grandson?
You tablescape is beautiful as usual... Have a great weekend my dear friend.

Olga said...

What a lovely tablescape. I love those plates!

niartist said...

Thank you for stopping by and looking in on the garden projects, and for your always kind words! :) Hey! Come by and enter my giveaway for $100 to CSNlighting. You can use it for any lighting products on their website! Hope you'll stop by for a chance to win! :)

Kathleen said...

Very pretty, Chari. The soft colors and the napkin..perfect!
Your new plates are something to tweet about!

Sue said...

Chari,

OMG!!!!!!!!!!I love it, love it, love it, just beautiful

sue

Beth said...

Chari, Hello! Love the sage green plates and cups and saucers - what a pretty color. The salad plates you won are just gorgeous and the way you've set everything up looks fabulous! The napkins are really pretty and adding the little birds - a nice touch, my friend! Great tablescape, Chari.
Blessings to you, Beth

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