Thursday, April 26, 2018

How Do You Pick a Favorite?

I have always loved creating tablescapes. Growing up I would volunteer to set the table for special occasions, knowing I would get to use all the pretty plates and silverware and other things my mother kept for "good". Greg enjoys entertaining as much as I do (probably more!), and encourages my finding the perfect things to style our table.

So I was excited to stumble upon Susan's Between Naps on the Porch. Here was a blog all about tablescapes! She hosts weekly parties that share all sorts of inspiration and ideas for tables and home decor. Reading her posts have provided me some of the most delightful moments in the week. Susan is holding a very special 'Tablescape Thursday' party this week – her 500th! What an achievement! She has invited us to join her celebration by featuring our favorite tablescapes.

How do you pick a favorite? I've liked all the tables I've designed. Some expressed a mood or theme. Others tried out new ideas or tweaked old habits. Some tables struck a special chord with you. That's it! You and I will pick our favorites!   

(Click on the titles to see more pictures from each post and information about the table items.)

Christmas Eve Dinner has had the most views of all the tables I've posted. Holiday tables seem to always be at the top of our lists!

Closely following it in the number of views received was A Winter's Song.

There was a tie between two tables in the number of lovely comments you left me. The first, Lunch with Violets and Irises, celebrated the coming of spring and featured flowers from my garden.

The second, Year of the Dog, featured another type of winter holiday and is among Greg's favorites. (Hint: dragons have something to do with it!)

I asked my biggest fans what their favorites were. Greg and Miss J selected A Merry Plaid Christmas, I think because Christmas is their favorite holiday, hands down.

Miss J added Thanksgiving in Blue and Gold to our list.

I've always loved the allure of France, so I picked la FĂȘte nationale with its celebration of what I imagine France to be like.

To round out the top favorites, I wanted to include a table done just for fun – September Transitions, Italian Style.

My, that was hard! Did we pick your favorites? I'd love to hear which tablescape you would have included!

Congratulations to Susan and Between Naps on the Porch on an awesome milestone!






Thursday, April 19, 2018

Setting a Spring Table for Lunch

With yet another freeze warning looming, I decided to set a spring table for lunch, using flowers from the garden.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Covered in Blooms: the April Garden

Guided by the lengthening daylight hours, the April garden is suddenly covered in blooms.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Early Spring Flowers in the Garden

Flowers nearly exploded into bloom in March in the garden! These photos were taken over a 3-week period in the order I've posted them below. Although I haven't had a chance to do a full post on them until now, a number of flowers were featured in Simple Elegance for St. Patrick's Day and Bunnies and Blossoms.