10.17.2011

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?


Menu

Creamy Corn Shrimp Chowder
Roquefort Pear Mixed Greens Salad w/
  Raspberry Dressing
Sliced Celery with Vinaigrette Lemon Dressing and Roasted Parmesan Hazelnuts
 Macaroni & Cheese Rosemary Chicken
        Cranberry-Almond Wedges with White Chocolate Coffee

We had some special people to dinner this past weekend. So I set a special table and wanted to share with you. This is my first time joining 'Table Scape Thursday' with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch and I am so happy to be participating. So many of you know Sherry of No Minimalist Here. I am lucky to know her and Bobby G. and I were thrilled to have them for dinner. We have so much fun treasure hunting up and down the byways and back ways. 

 It was such a pretty fall day, we had appetizers on the deck as the sun set. Sherry with two silver haired foxes that just happened to come by.  :)



I decided we would eat at the small stone table, since the dining room is red and I wanted to use burgundy and other Autumnal colors.  The table is small so extra pretties were kept to a minimum.  Building off some vintage floral divided plates, loving the colors but still keeping to my creams, which I love.  The plates were topped with the cream ware salad plates and ironstone bowls.  Cutlery was simply wrapped in burgundy crinkled dinner napkins and finished off with footed beverage glasses and black stemmed wine goblets.  


The old plates, quite heavy and divided, I bought years ago and this was the first time I have used them. They possess that vintage crazing, which I love, and have the hallmark Thompson on the backside.


The large figural carved fruit candle was the simple centerpiece, resting on an old pewter plate and accompanied by a vintage worn gold cast metal pheasant.  I once had him and her, broke one, so now this "one" wanders all over the house in various vignettes.  Now, that tiny little pumpkin, only about 1-1/2" in diameter is real.  It comes from the Pumpkin Tree.  Don't believe me?  LOL...It's true!  It's a member of the eggplant and bitter but it is eaten in some cultures.  It grows on woody stalks.  I am saving some seeds and am so growing these tiny tiny pumpkins next summer. 

Index

vintage floral divided plates ~ Powhatan Antiques
worn gold pheasant ~ yard sale
old pewter plate ~ yard sale
black stemmed wine goblets ~ gift
burgundy linens ~Bed, Bath & Beyond
black chargers ~ gift
ironstone saucers ~ thrift store
serving bowls ~ thrift store
footed beverage stemware ~ Tuesday Morning
mini pumpkins ~ grocery store florist
fruited carved candle ~ vintage Bombay Co.
(hint:  to keep those expensive large candles forever,  burn it just a little bit down so it leaves a small cavity and then use a tiny tea light on the top from then on)
I probably told you more than you really wanted to know about my table scape but I enjoyed it and hope you did too.  I am also joining these other fun parties.  Won't you visit them for some wonderful shelter inspiration? xoxo

Potpourri Friday at  2805, White Wednesday at Faded Charm,  Whatever Wednesday at Momma Hen's Coop,  Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Vintage Inspiration Wednesday at A Very Merry Vintage Style, Open House Thursday at No Minimalist Here, Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style, 
Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life 




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35 comments :

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh I wish I could have been there with you guys!!! What fun, and table is gorgeous!

Carol

Ballerina Girl said...

Your table looks lovely and the view from your deck outside is outstanding!

Thanks for sharing!
BG

jojo said...

love your tablescape! And I'm a freak about all the details so thanks for giving them to us...

Tete said...

What fun! Glad you had a chance to get together with friends is such a special way! Pretty...

Shirley said...

Oh Lynn, what a wonderful tablescape you created. I love sitting down with friends enjoying all the delightful food and pretty table wares, and the best part is the company of friends..so..I'll be right over..save me a seat!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Sugar....

What a great post! I think it's neat that you got together with bloggy friends for dinner. Aren't they the best? We had dinner recently with Jane (Arfully Graced) and her husband Marty, and I think it's extra fun to have the husbands there. Love that foxy silver hair on the guys you picked up. ;-)

Love your table, too. It was fun seeing all the elements you mixed, Lynn, and I love that the plates were vintage. Such a great look.

Hugs to you...

XO,

Sheila

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh so much fun. Love your tablescape, it is stunning. The dishes are beautiful and all of your accessories are so lovely. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

That menu looks delicious. Love the tablescape.

Collected Treasures...for the home, heart and soul said...

oh my....how absolutely delicious and beautiful.....

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What fun. I would love to meet Sherry. Lucky you and what a menu. Yum.

Isabelle Thornton said...

Oh fun! I love parties! You did a great job!
XO

Queenie said...

I think your table setting is perfect Lynn, love the vintage divided plates and that little pumpkin that came from a pumpkin tree....who'd of thought?! I believe you though... I have a rose tree and I know people think I'm crazy when I tell them the roses that I have came off a rose tree lol! But it's true. :) How sweet that you got to visit with Sherry, your friend and blogger buddy. Love how you referred to the hubbies as silver foxes, yep they are...I've got my own silver fox hubby and I think I'm gonna call him that when he walks in from work...I bet he'd like that little nickname...it's just too cute :) Hope you have a great rest of the week...enjoy this beautiful fall weather sweetie...
Big hugs,
Queenie

P.S. thanks for the tips about how to preserve a pretty embossed candle...I'll have to remember that!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh my goodness your table looks beautiful and the meal sounds so delicious!! Looks like everyone had lots of fun!

Desire Empire said...

What a lovely evening. Your deck with its water view looks so lovely and your pretty fall table was great too. Thanks for following me and I am following you right back.
Carolyn xx

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn, Dinner was fabulous and so was the company. Steve and enjoyed spending time with both of you. He is still talking about the delicious almond cookies. Looks like I will be making them soon. Thanks for being such a dear friend!
Hugs,
Sherry

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

This is fantastic! Each and every single picture is gorgeous.Love your delightful fall settings. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Robin said...

What a wonderful view from your deck! Your menu sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing! I'm visiting from next door at BNOTP.

Robin
Robin Flies South

Debbie said...

It sounds so fun. If I ever entertain a blogger, I will HAVE to set a fab table to make up for my less than fab cooking.

Loved yours, especially that candle in the centerpiece. (And your table and toile chairs had me at HELLO.)

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I would love to get together with another blogger. I just discovered one that lives a few miles from me. Your table looks lovely, and I think it looks great to show real people who are enjoying your tablesetting ( and the food!)

Marigene said...

Simply beautiful! I like the tip about burning the candle down enough to add a tea light...thanks.

Elaine said...

First, I have to tell you that just the word "vintage" gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. I love finding old treasures and will take a thrift store over a dollar store any day of the week. Love the bird, the dishes, and that's a great tip about big expensive candles! And, if you can grow those itty bitty pumpkins, I would like to get on the waiting list to adopt one. :)

Honey at 2805 said...

That's terrific! I would love to meet you and Sherry both!

Thank you for linking this fabulous post to Potpourri Friday! Your participation is appreciated!

Ivy and Elephants said...

You were so lucky to have them over, what a treat! And you really did give them the royal treatment. What a lovely table you set and such a scrumptious meal!
Divine!
Patti

Zuni @ Chickadee Home Nest said...

How cool is that, that you got to host a fellow blogger?! What an opportunity to set a pretty table, as you did, because you just KNOW it will be appreciated?! Great table. The vintage sectioned plates are awesome! Thanks!

Pat@BPM said...

Sounds like a wonderful time!!

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

This looks great! What a perfect setting. Love it!

Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

MommaHen said...

looks so relaxing!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

This is what I know : it was delicious, wonderful ambiance and fabulous hostess/host.
(())

Beverly said...

It sounds like wonderful fellowship, Lynn. Your table looks so pretty.

What did you serve?

I hope to see you pinking later today.♥

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Lynn, and welcome to Tablescape Thursday!!! It's great to have you here! I'm a little late getting around to all the blog posts again this week. I try to do 20 or so a day so as to get to them all by Sunday. Your menu is wonderful...lots of heart and tummy warming foods! I was reading your profile, and you REALLY get serious about shopping for nice things!!! I don't know that I would be so brave as to get in an attic without floor boards! I tip my hat to you! :-) Love your stonetop table and those great black & white toile dining chairs! I know I'm supposed to be concentrating on the table, but I love to consider all of the elements. Very nice! Have a wonderful week, and I look forward to seeing you back here on Tablescape Thursday again soon!

Revi said...

Your menu sounds FAB! How nice to be a special friend to you. :)
-Revi

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

What a great table and menu!!!!

Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

So pretty Lynn. I just adore your dishes and I can't believe you haven't used them before. Oh and btw where's my dinner invite, hahahaha!!!!

Hugs,
Jacalyn

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh how fun!!!! Everything looked wonderful- sounds like a great time! Thanks for linking up at FNF :)

Chris said...

Hi Lynn, what a beautiful day you must have had, shared with wonderful friends, a fine meal, fabulous tablescape and a gorgeous surroundings. Life is good. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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