Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Garden Club Holiday Tablescapes

As my contribution for Susan's, at Between Naps on the Porch, weekly Tablescape event, I would like to share seven Holiday Tablescapes that were presented at the local Garden Club a couple of weeks ago. As I shared in a previous post, I was invited as a guest to bring a "Thanksgiving Creation" of my own. (Click HERE, for the original post of my contribution.)

Tablescape 1

This was my favorite setting, the china was exquisite and elegant! I was so tempted to pick it up and see who manufactured it! ...but I was on my best behavior and kept my hands to myself! :)





The arrangement of fresh greens, was copied from one similar in the Southern Living Magazine. The original arrangement was assembled in a basket.

Tablescape 2
Beautiful Thanksgiving setting....
This flower arrangement was also assembled by the member presenting it. ...crafty and talented group of ladies. The vase filler was lemons and tiny "crystal~like "pumpkins from Big Lots.


Tablescape 3
Blue Turkey and Pewter Combination
Very striking....

Fresh greenery tucked into the napkin ring.


Tablescape 4
Recognize this Setting?
My contribution....

The napkin above was stamped with my friend's, Mrs. Jolene's first initial, (in permanent ink), with the intent that it could be used as a place card alternative.
I offered another sample napkin, (below), stamped with the traditional last name initial.
Martha Stewart stamps were used on both, and the one below is stamped with paint, which I preferred.
I realized half-way through the meeting, that I had forgotten my little accent swigs of fresh green cedar. :(

Tablescape 5
The colors of the camera do not do this setting justice.
The charger was a deep ruby red, perfect backdrop.
The centerpiece was filled with red cellophane (holiday colored saran wrap), and floating candles. The cellophane was weighted with clear glass pebbles, and was intended to remain lower. The contributor suggested using more pebbles for the desired effect. Fresh greenery surrounds...


Tablescape 6
Take notice of the "napkin ring". It is a piece of ribbon, with velcro attached at the overlap. The lady presenting this setting uses this year after year, storing the ribbon flat. Simple, yet fabulous idea!

The centerpiece retrieved from her attic, and tweaked with a new candle and live greenery.

Beautiful ruby red stems...

Tablescape 7
Christmas in red, white, and blue.
(Again, my camera did not do this setting justice, striking and much prettier in person.)
The lady who presented this setting made the three flower arrangements, which are intended to extend down the center of her dining table.
Her first attempt at flower arranging, I was impressed! :)
The blue fabric trim on the placemat was a beautiful, warm velvet.




I hope you enjoyed these Holiday Contributions!
Be sure to visit Susan, for more Tablescape Inspiration! :)
~Rhonda

46 comments:

tardevil said...

They're all so pretty, I can't even pick a favorite!!!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Beautiful tables....all of them! There's a lot of great ideas & inspiration in this post...thanks for sharing!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Gorgeous!!! What a fun event! Yours is definitely my favorite, although they are all unique and lovely... Lori

JudyBug said...

The tablescapes are all beautiful and you were much more well-behaved than I would have been. I would have sneaked a look at that mark somehow!

A Hint of Home said...

They all are just stunning. Yours was very pretty and creative. I wish you lived closer. (smile)

Amelia said...

I am glad I do not have to pick a favorite...all were outstanding. Makes me want to go buy some more dishes and glasses.

laurie said...

What pretty table settings! Wow! When we come to visit you, we don't just get one, we get a lot! Great ideas. Love the velcro idea! I think I'll be using that one. Thanks for sharing. laurie

ann said...

I'LL JUST CALL YOU MARTHA.THIS ALL IS AWERSOME.YOU,LADY ARE FABULOUS...ANN

ellen b said...

Hi Rhonda,
What great tablescape ideas you've shown us. Yikes my favorite is that blue turkey with the pewter!! Just fabulous. Hope you have fun with all your Christmas preparations...

tardevil said...

It was a yucky day on Sat. & Sun., but for me, any day at the beach is still good. I haven't been to Broadway at the Beach (except the aquarium)all year & spent almost the entire summer there...hard to believe. I've never heard of Create a Ride...will have to check it out!

Simply Dandy said...

Beautiful....just beautiful. I don't have special dishes but I do have white so I like to mix and match. Thanks for the inspirational photos.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Penless Thoughts said...

These were all beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Susan

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Oh my goodness Rhonda,
They are all just beautiful!
Robin~♥

Kitty Scraps said...

How pretty! I loved seeing all the beautiful place settings. Your monogram napkin is my favorite *smiles*

Michelle said...

WOW...love them all...your mantle is beautiful too☺

Glenda said...

The variety of shades of red used in #6 really appealed to me. The ornaments and candle in the centerpiece match so well with the placemat, stemware, and napkin. The S/P finish off the setting just right.

Happy To Be said...

Rhonda they are all just beautiful girl..thanks so much for sharing this today..hugs and smiles Gloria

ivoryspring said...

Awwww -- Thonda, those are simply eye candies!! Every one looked lovely! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

ceekay said...

Each one is so pretty. I love when our church does that. Such a taste of many women's talents!

Ruthie said...

The tablescapes are gorgeous!! I was actually coming to see your blue monday post - which is also nice. You are way ahead of me. :)
Nice to meet you. Your blog is beautiful.
Smiles.

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

This is beautiful...I love it all. It is fun seeing all the different centerpieces! It looks great!
Debbie

salmagundi said...

They all are wonderful! What a fun idea. Sally

Kathleen Ellis said...

What a wonderful treat to see seven tablescapes at once!!!
Thank you! I agree with you...the china in the 1st setting is fabulous! I would have peeked :-) !

Dawn said...

Rhonda they are all so very pretty!!! I can't imagine how beautiful they were to look at in person. It looks like everyone enjoyed what they were doing. What a great bunch of creative tablescapes.

take care,
Dawn

Picket said...

Hey Scooter...ohhhhh girl I love the new header pic...gorgeous!!! Those table settings are so pretty and that blue turkey plate was awesome but your's was absolutely glorious girl! It took the spotlight for sure! Hoope all is well on your side of the mountain girl and that you have a beautiful week!

Beverly said...

Thank you so much for sharing this event with us. I loved each one, but I have to say yours was my favorite. And, don't you go saying that I'm prejudice. ;-)

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Rhonda,
That sounds like such a fun thing to do!

I like them all, but of course your stood out to me!

Diane

imjacobsmom said...

Thanks for sharing - look at all the great ideas in one room! I bet that was a fun afternoon! ~ Robyn

Charli and me said...

All of the tables are just beautiful. I have gotten so many great ideas from you. I hope you have a lovely evening.

Nancy said...

Rhonda, I love all the table settings! Thanks for sharing with us! Oh, I love the new picture in your header!!!!! Nancy

Shelia said...

Hi Rhonda! What a treat! such beautiful tables! Thanks for coming to see me today!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Natalie said...

That is too funny! I scanned through quickly to see them all and had picked yours as my fave, then upon reading through realized it was yours.

Thank you so much for sharing these, I really enjoyed it.

Ma'dame French said...

These were all lovely and so many ideas here!! Thanks French;0)

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

Rhonda...great settings...love seeing all the variety! Love your stamped initial...I like the one with the paint best, too! Thanks for sharing all these! :-) Susan

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a treat! Oh, Rhonda! I could spend all day on this one. I spy my MIL's silver pattern... Francis I. Just a lot of loveliness on this post. Thanks for sharing with us...

XO,

Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

P.S. I don't polish my birds... they are just in the natural. Yours might be ormolu which is like a gold wash over metal. You might want to take them to a brass polisher and find out, Rhonda. Just wanted to try and answer your question both on my blog and here where you might see it more quickly! :-)

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Each one is so different, but they are all really lovely! What a fun event!

Pearl said...

Hi Rhonda... I bet it was an awesome event, to be able to see so many lovely tablescapes... You know I ♥ adore the setting you created... Your talents remain endless! The blue turkey plate was a unique one, for sure... Thanks for sharing... God bless...

~hugs, love ♥ 'n prayers~

Pearl

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Be still my heart!

Rhonda, thank you so much! These are all gorgeous. Wonderful inspiration.

Thanks!

Monogram Queen said...

I love them all! Dazzling to the eyes!

Bo said...

Sorry to be so late coming by...I sure would have hated to miss this wonderful post...what a great idea the Garden Club had to do this...
The silverware in your favorite setting was FABULOUS! You were a good girl for being on your best behaviour too..haha! ;-) Bo

Neabear said...

It was fun to see all the pretty settings. I love your header picture too. So pretty. Thanks for visiting my TT too.

Melissa Miller said...

~Gorgeous~ LOVE the first one. My Grandma had a set like that. :)

Miss Janice said...

These are all so nice. I love going to those type of events!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh Rhonda , I loved this post !

Carrie said...

It was fun to see the table settings. Lots of great ideas.