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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tablescape Thursday/Parisian tablescape in black and white

Welcome to this week's Tablescape Thursday! I haven't posted a Thursday tablescape in some time, but I put a lot of thought and preparation into this one. To see a list of other Tablescape Thursday participants, please visit Susan's blog Between Naps on the Porch.

This week, I am doing a tablescape with a Paris theme. I actually got to visit Paris almost 10 years ago, and the charm and beauty of the city lives with me to this day. I yearn to return someday. In the meantime, I remain enchanted by anything Parisian!

Here is an overview of the table. It is done in black and white with touches of burgundy and gold.

The concept started when I walked into Goodwill one day and spotted 4 of the most darling black and white plates with French writing. They were only 55 cents a piece, so I snatched them up immediately! I wasn't about to let anyone else walk away with them. They each had a different design, all related to women's favorite fashion accessories. The first, and my favorite, was this darling shoe. It is a setting with my new (to me) vintage placemats and napkins that I found on my recent trip to an antique shop in Elmore, Ohio.

Since I really didn't want to go out and buy black plates just for this tablescape, I found some plastic plates for just a couple bucks. The plates fit inside perfectly! I also went cheap on the tablecloth. It's plastic and from WalMart for only a buck and a half.

The burgundy napkin rings were from Dollar Tree at a dollar for a package of eight. You sure can't beat that!

Here is one more plate, but I chose to display it on one of my cheesboard stands instead of putting it in a place setting.

Can't remember how much I paid for this vintage looking wallpocket, but I found it at a shop in Saint Joe, Michigan. Had it for years.

For the center of the table, I wanted something low so as not to block the view of the rear of the table. I used my new platter from my box of Clarmont dishes (from Big Lots), and topped it with my pink depression glass platter in the Mayfair pattern. I placed old jewelry on the platter.

I used to love to wear these earrings, but haven't had any reason to wear something this fancy in a long time.

Of course, no tablescape would be complete without the Target bird salt & pepper shakers!

Here is a pretty vignette that I've had for many years. Bought it from a woman I worked with at the time. Her sister made these by covering a hardback book with fabric, and then adding a small candlestick lamp and other items. This one appealed to me right away! I love the vintage burgunday purse, white gloves, and jewelry. I added the vintage burgundy box. It was from Avon years ago.

On either side of the vignette, I placed little Eiffel tower figures that I actually purchased from a shop on the first level of the Eiffel tower.

I've had this Parisian style clock for years. It doesn't work any more, but I have thought it was too pretty to toss.

I have had this vintage style lamp for years. I bought it either WalMart or KMart for around $20.

I've always loved the way the base looks with its little roses.

And no Paris themed tablescape would be complete without a bottle of Nouveau Beaujolais!

Finally, let me make a toast to all of our Tablescape Thursday participants with this wine goblet (fifty cents a piece at a garage sale). Bon appetit!

And did you think that was really wine? Ha! It's raspberry drink mix.

Have a great rest-of-the-week and weekend!


Melissa Marie said...

oooo la la! I love those plates! Actually, I love everything about your table! It is just adorable!

Heather said...

so very pretty! i love love love those plates. and those napkins!!!

Kammy said...

Hi Kady !
Boy, I haven't visited in a have really got this dish stuff down ! I love your French setting and you got such great buys ! I hope life is treating you good !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Tres chic! Love it!


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Very frenchy and chic! Loved your "wine" too. Thanks for inviting us to your table this week.

ceekay said...

Tres chic! Love those dishes! Wonderful idea of the jewelry... Happy TT!

Justine said...

Ooh Katie, I love this setting! Man, you were so crafty about it too. Those plates are to die for! I love them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Awesome idea to use the depression plate with the jewelry. Brilliant!

Justine :o )

susan said...

Love your French theme. Wear those earrings!! Around here we have a jeweler who advertises "grocery store diamonds"--I like his style! Life is too short to save amything for later--so get to the produce aisle in pearls!! :)

bj said...

O, Kady girl...I LOVE this table. You outdid yourself, sister friend. And, let me just say...there is NOTHING wrong in using plastic when we need to. I do it...and so do a lot of others.
I love those little French plates..just precious.
xo bj

Joyce said...

Great plates for .55. You sure had fun with setting up this tablescape and I had fun peaking in today.

Sarah said...

What a charming tablescape! Paris is my all time favorite city! I've been in Paris several times during Fashion Week! Your setting brought back some lovely memories. Thanks!

Jill said...

Now this is what I call a sexy table. I LOVE the plates!!!!!!!!

food with style said...

that was great fun!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

BRAVO!! Kady you out did yourself with this charming table my friend...Love it and the way you put everything together is great...May you have a great day girl...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

santamaker said...

Waiter....there's a shoe on my plate!
What a fun and elegant tablescape. I hope that the croissants and filet mignon are coming soon!

The Tablescaper said...

Love those plates! Fun and elegant! - The Tablescaper

Mrs. B. Silly said...

Ooooh la la! What a find! Those plates for 55 cents is the tablescape find of the century! You have a real knack with tablescapes and finding bargains. Kudos!

SmilingSally said...

You are so creative to think of jewelry as a centerpiece; I love it! Your new plates are so pretty with your linens. Ooo La La!

Morning T said...

What a fun and stylish table- great job! I'm thinking I need to get those Target bird salt/pepper shakers to keep up with all of you. Thanks for sharing.

marty39 said...

What a gorgeous tablesetting. YOu put such thought into every detail. I love all the wonderful accessories you used. Your new plates are such fun. I really love your new placemats and napkins too. They are just stunning. Hugs, Marty

Maryrose said...

Hi Kady,
Love the French inspiration. Those dishes are just darling and you accented them with accessories perfectly. The detail is devine ... thanks for sharing.

Eileen said...

Sweet! Unique! Fun! Elegant!
All the best,

LillyB said...

This was such a fun table!! I have finally been to Paris via your tablescape!!! It is beautiful!!

Brenda said...

This is all so girly and pretty! Love those plates. Now THAT was one good deal. I never seem to find good stuff at Goodwill, but I'm still trying. I adore those pretty vintage napkins. I too am trying to use plates in decor. Can't stuff them all in the hutch; getting too many for that! Loved it all, and you have a gorgeous table and chairs as well.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Kady...I would have grabbed those plates in a heart beat did good! :-) Love this Frenchy tablescape and all the special wonderful! Thanks for a lovely TT! Susan

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Great TT! Love those plates and the theme!


Julie said...

great table,love the plates!!!

Bill said...

You carried out your French theme beautifully. I enjoyed hearing the history of the items and how/why you included them. Nicely done!

Pam said...

Bonjour! Comment etse-vous?Qu'une jolie table! Love the theme and what a great find! It is so great to bring back your memories for us to see.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Those plates are sooo great, and what a deal you got on them. How clever to use the black plastic plates - they look perfect. That is such an interesting idea with the fabric-covered book. I may have to think about trying to recreate something like that. Your tablescape and vignettes are all Frenchy wonderful. laurie

Shelia said...

Hi Kady! Oh, I just love this! All girly froo froo! Those plates are just the cutest things! Hope you're doing well.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Shelia said...

Hi Kady! Oh, I just love this! All girly froo froo! Those plates are just the cutest things! Hope you're doing well.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Rue said...

Hi Kady :)

Beautiful tablescape! I did think it was wine! LOL

Loved visiting your hometown with you. It's really pretty there :)


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