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Hello my friends!!!

Welcome to the 68th run of "Sunday Favorites"!!!

I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend! Wow...it's hard to believe that we are at the end of August! In just a couple of days, we'll be ushering in the month of September...with the autumn season soon to follow! I really am looking forward to cooler temperatures and autumn is my favorite season of the year!

Today for Sunday Favorites...I thought I would revisit a post from September 2, 2009 called "A Summer's Ode". Since we are in the last days of this summer's journey...it just seemed befitting. I hope that you enjoy!

Wishing you all a super Sunday!!!


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My favorite post from: September 2, 2009

Hello my friends...it's time for Tablescape Thursday!

This fun filled Tablescape Thursday is hosted by our very own Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch!

Thank you, Susan...you're such a sweet and gracious hostess...I sure do appreciate all of the effort that you put into this fabulous tablescaping event!!! Please make sure that you go over to Susan's today and see what sweet pleasures she has for all of us and while you're there you can also check out all of the other participating tablescapers!!!
A Summer's Ode...
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Today I am dedicating my tablescape to Summer!

Yes...as the days of summer seem to wane and Autumn quickly approaches...I fondly bid a warm farewell to summer with "A Summer's Ode" tablescape!!!

I have been so excited about Autumn this year...well, I'm always excited about the Autumn season. I just love everything about it...but I especially love the warm, rich colors! However, before I begin my Autumn decorating, I wanted to do an all white tablescape! Hmmm...just wondering if the rule of "no white after Labor Day" applies to dishes? I figured I better get a "move on" and get my white tablescape done now!!! Hehe!
A Fond Farewell To Summer....



A Summer's Ode

And so, a summer's aged with sweet remorse,

with days a'dwindling down 'til chill's return.

Yet, September still must sing its last refrain,

'ere summer days of memory swiftly burn.

A summer's fallen from the sky, it seems,

with heat a'wavering as its days grow old.

Though bittersweet the parting soon will be,

goodbye echoes with a promise ~ made of gold.

written by Hazelmarie Elliot



I have actually been wanting to do an "all white" tablescape all summer and now I have a very special reason to do one! Do you see those beautiful lacy charger plates in the photo mosaic above? My dearest friend Gloria from Happy To Be gave them to me for my birthday!!! Girls, you should have seen me do the "happy dance" when I opened my gift!!! I had been wanting these pretty lacy chargers for months! Thank you, Gloria...you are the sweetest and dearest friend...and Girlfriend, you know me sooooo well! Hehe!




Soooo....in honor of you, my dear friend Gloria...I have set a special table!!! We'll have a little dinner...maybe a glass of bubbly to celebrate friendship...in honor of all the sweet friendships that we all have made here in Blogland!!! We'll finish with a nice warm cup of tea...it's already getting a bit chilly here in Colorful Colorado! A cup of tea and lots of fun conversation!!!
I have set "A Summer's Ode" tablescape in my french country dining room. I wanted it to be a bit elegant but not too stuffy...after all, we are here to have fun!!!


Elegance demands ambiance!!!

So with a dimly lit chandelier, a couple of lamps on the buffet all aglow...and the flickering of candlelight on the table...we are set to go!!!


"A Summer's Ode" Centerpiece...


The Centerpiece...
I decided to use my white birdcage for the focal point of the centerpiece...filled full of beautiful white hydrangeas...ahhhh, so summery!!! I used an off-white lacy doily under the birdcage...and placed an off-white tassel on top...its crowning glory! The off-white picks up the colors from the damask pattern in the long table covering.


The Elegant Ladies of Summer
I just love these elegant ladies!!! The two porcelain figurines are made by Paris Royal and stand about 9in. tall. I think they are considered creamware...not sure. I found these little beauties at TJ Maxx a couple of weeks ago for just $3.00 ea. I just knew these pretty ladies would be perfect for a tablescape!

Family Treasures

I am also using four candleholders that belonged to my mother-in-law. I believe the type of glassware is called "candlewick" glass! I just adore them!!!





*Just an "artsy" photo...Do you think this beauty is looking forward to cooler weather? Hehe!


The Place Setting
The set of white dishes that I'm using today are quite old! This was my very first set of dishes...I was about 12 years old when I purchased these with green stamps. Do you ladies remember green stamps? Hehe! If I remember correctly, they are ironstone "Providence"...there isn't a manufacturer's mark. Soooo...you can see that my dish fetish started at a very young age! I love the shape of these dishes...subtle elegance at its best! I used a dinner plate and salad/dessert plate.
I added a small cut glass fruit bowl. These little treasures also belonged to my mother-in-law!



I just love the look of white on white...with a little crystal thrown into the mix!!!







The Glassware
The crystal goblet and small glass are both etched glass. Honestly, I don't know much about them...the name of the pattern, etc...but I love how the crystal and etchings reflect the light!




The Flatware
Another family treasure...my mother-in-law's stainless flatware! Not sure of the pattern but I love that they look "frenchy"! Hehe!

PS...just a little addendum...a fellow blogger let me know that this flatware is made by Oneida! Sure appreciated the information!!! Thank you, Liz!

*Addendum 2 (hehe!)...after doing a little digging, I found out that this flatware is indeed maunufactured by Oneida in 1980 and the pattern is called Brahms!




Table Linens
Okay...I must confess...the long table covering is really a new king sized flat sheet. As soon as I seen the colors and the beautiful damask pattern...my thought was to make it into a tablecloth. Bed linens are perfect for making table cloths because of their extra wide widths...especially if you want a tablecloth with some length to the sides! No seams!!!
I really do love the white damask pattern against the creamy off-white background! It just has an elegant look and I love the white glassware with it!!!

Dinner Napkins

The dinner napkins are a recent find from Target...from their Shabby Chic collection! Love the bright white and pretty lace edging! I'm using my silver teapot napkin rings...a sale purchase from Hobby Lobby! Each napkin ring has a different shaped teapot...so cute!



Would you care for a spot of tea?
Using one of my new lacy chargers as tray for tea...so pretty and so versatile! The ironstone tea/coffee pot is manufactured by J.G. Meakins and is called Classic White. The sugar and creamer...just plain ol' cut glass! Hmmm...I don't know what happened to the sugar and creamer that went with my white Providence dishes. I'm looking to purchase them or something similar...if anyone knows where I could find them...I sure would appreciate it!




Below is a photo that I created using one of Photobucket's photo effects called "sketch". It's the same photo that was pictured at the beginning of the post. Thought it turned out pretty!



There you have it..."A Summer's Ode"! I bid thee summer...a fond farewell!!! Well my friends...are you ready for Autumn?

Thank you so much for coming by today...I just love when you come by for a visit!!! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I would love to visit with you!!!


Lindy said...

Absolutely beautiful table setting. You pictures are to die for. Thanks for hosting...

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Hey sweet Sis...Love this beautiful white table...and I see you use those chrgers alot just like I do ha ha!! Did you get to Hobby Lobby today and what did you get girl..I know its tea pots or cups right...Love ya Sis and I linked up today with you...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Unknown said...

I love the little teapot napkin rings and the beautiful white chargers. Thanks for hosting the linky party!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Everything is "Gorgeous"... Oh I "LOVE" those chargers, and the WHOLE setting is PERFECT...LOVE your ROOM, and those "WALLS" WOW!!! Do I EVER remember green stamps, "My tongue NEVER recovered", it seemed that it was MY JOB to put them in the books no matter where I went, hehe... Mom, Auntie, Grammas(BOTH of them) would always say, OH Donna LOVES to do that! and there I would SIT for hours licking away! Yah, I did get wise to the sponge, hehe

Sonia said...

Oh Miss Chari,

This is so elegant and beautiful ..all the white elements and dishes layered on that lacey charger! Just gorgeous!! Looks like a fairy princess or cinderalla at the ball tablescape! You have really outdone yourself! Those napkins and napkin rings just make me smile! I have long admired those napkin rings!! Such a joy to look at! Have a wonderful Sunday...I've linked up my lime green table.


Miss Bloomers

Sarah said...

Beautiful! I always love a white themed table. This one is lovely. Thanks for hosting today. ~ Sarah

Unknown said...

I seem to be having trouble with my link. I've linked up twice and when I refresh your site my link disappears. So sad! Should I keep trying? Here's a link to my re-post. http://beauty4ashes-ellie.blogspot.com/2010/08/our-old-barn.html

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I love this tablescape, everything is just stunning, and of course you know I love your ladies. Seems like I have a couple just like them. I just can't do a table this well. Love it. Hugs, Marty

Scone Queen said...

What a gorgeous spread! I am absolutely smitten with the white on white tea pot at the very beginning of your Sunday post. So gorgeous! Thanks too for visiting my blog. Your sweet comments were so appreciated!

Keetha Broyles said...

Here we go again! It's really hard for me to believe we've been doing this more than 60 times!

Alicia said...

Oh my gosh! I'm glad you repeated this one cause I'm pretty sure I missed it the first time cause I never would have forgotten those gorgeous lacy chargers. Lucky you to have such a good friend!

I also adore the ladies. I need to start visiting TJ Maxx during my lunch hour, it's so close. Have a Blessed Sunday my friend and thanks for hosting Sunday Favorites!

Wanda Lee said...

Hello there lovely lady,

My oh my,Chari!

One of my all time favorites; so very beautiful!..,

(I'm off to serve my guests breakfast and keep the guests happy, so 'short and sweet' comments are the order of the day for me theses days)!.., Who knew?.., I can do it!..,Hehe

Have a blessed Sunday and a marvelous week ahead dear friend!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

P.S.~ I noticed after I had posted my link that I had forgotten in my haste to add the capitol letters to; 'The Plumed Pen', portion of my link's title.., oh well!

susan said...

Chari-There is so much to take in! First, the gorgeous chargers from sweet Gloria. I love the figurines and I am sure I will have to "borrow" the centerpiece idea with the bird cage! I don't know how I missed this post the first time around, but I am glad it came back as a rerun!!! I can't believe you were collecting dishes at 12---and yes, I certainly remember S&H green stamps. Thanks for letting me join in the fun!

Sonny G said...

Your table is stunning and the addition of your ladies , to me, is the best as they are such an Unexpected Element.. You surely have some beautiful pieces...

I linked to your party as part of my post is from 2 weeks ago when I was showing Part 1 of my family room.
Thanks so much for hosting this party. I hope I can participate again next week and revisit my kitchen..

Happy Sunday and thank you for bring your sweet smiling face to my blog for visits.. I always love seeing you there..


MBC Scrapbooking said...

The table settings are gorgeous- WOW. I love it. Thank you for hosting and have a beautiful Sunday!

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{oc cottage} said...

Those chargers are gorgeous!!!! And I adore your white ladies!! Just a dreamy table you have created!


Theresa said...

I love those figurines! What a wonderful addition to your table! You know I love those lacey chargers and thanks to you telling me where to buy them... I have some too!

Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

Salmagundi said...

Hi Chari-- Has it cooled off yet in your part of the state? We had a couple of nice days, but the heat has returned. I'm ready for fall, how about you? Not much new here - still working on this huge estate sale. A lot of work, but so much fun, too!! As always love your tablescapes and pictures. Beautiful! Sally

The Old Parsonage said...

Hi Chari

What a great tablescape. Love the elegant ladies and how you draped the tablecloth.

Enjoy your weekend!

Be Colorful Coastal said...

That table setting IS GORGEOUS. I might never take it down.
Food just looks so good on a white plate too. Really, this is just so pretty with all the attention to details.
I wanted to thank you for hosting the Sunday Favorites post. It was fun to participate and to see such a collection and variety of posts. A great idea.
I also wanted to say thank you for stopping by and leaving such a glowing comment on my post about my favorite room. I'm glad you liked some of the pieces in the room but because I was this lady's first customer I want to be sure credit goes where credit is due. I do not have any Mary Engelbreit work. The ceramic pieces you are probably referring to are bu Joyce Shelton and she has a website now. Some of the painted furniture is by Sticks and the rest I did.
I like that fun happy look and I'm glad you felt that too.
I really enjoy your blog and will be passing the word about Sunday Favorites. A great idea.
Have s fab week.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Good Morning Chari,
I think this is one of my all time favorite tablescape!
The layering of whites is just magnificent! And those teapot napkin rings are just perfect here.
And that Gloria is so sweet sending you those gorgeous lacy chargers!
I hope your day is a good one friend.
We went to the fair, and I ate too much and I walked until I could hardly stand it anymore. But it was fun!

Gypsy Heart said...

Just gorgeous! Gloria did a great job with the chargers ~ they are so lacy and feminine. The all white with the crystal is so elegant. I agree using sheets as tablecloths ~ I've done that too!

I'm so anxious for fall I just can't stand it! :-) I'm getting ready to decorate and enjoy the scents of spices, apple, cinnamon, pumpkin...you name it.

I will be in CO in October! Where are you? Hope you have a blessed week my friend.


podso said...

Such a beautiful post and all that loveliness. Makes me think of a wedding. I always enjoying seeing "our" cutlery. :-) Sorry I had no time to look up an oldie this weekend.

Matoszeqj said...

Hi Chari What a great tablescape. Love the elegant ladies and how you draped the tablecloth. Enjoy your weekend! Leann

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