March 19, 2009

Tablescape Thursday and A New Idea

Hello Friends~ ~
Every week I look forward to all the gals who participate in Tablescape Thursday. You can click on the Title (above) to go to "Between Naps On the Porch" to see the listing of everyone who joined in the fun. Visit their sites and see their tablescapes too.
Today you may be thinking, same table quilt, same china, same tatted doilies, yes it is but a few small things have changed. Saturday evening I had friends over for dinner so I took a few shots of the table before they arrived. The cloth in the bread basket was hand made and cross stitched by a Polish friend of mine Iwona. I found the cutest mossy bunny at Goodwill and gave him a home for the holidays. He looks so natural and organic. Don't you agree? The little yellow peeps were my Mothers and as kid I always loved them.

Napkin rings?? Never quite got this whole idea. Yes they add another element to the table scape and they are lovely but I find that most people fiddle with them and don't know what to do with it when they sit down and open their napkin. It also seems that my tables are very crowded when everyone sits and all the food is placed that there is no room for even one little thing extra.

Also I like to have place cards with each persons name at each place setting. Specially if the guests have not been here before there is much discussion about where am I to sit. Assigning a place for everyone simplifies this while I am busy putting the food on the table.
I found a solution that works for me and I can change the napkin rings at my whim very inexpensively and allows me to use my creativity and share it with others. My napkin rings are the tags that I crafted a few weeks ago. Each tag serves as a napkin ring,

A place card with their name on the reverse side,

And a favor to take home and use as a bookmark or whatever. This suits my entertaining style and can be easily slid under their dinner place or charger till after the meal is over. When the table is cleared the card is remembered and goes into a purse or pocket.
I wanted to share this with all of you today on Tablescape Thursday. Thanks for stopping by.
Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to read the post just before this and share your Easter Traditions with us.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

22 comments:

Katy said...

Might be the same dishes... but they're so very lovely I'd eat off of them every day too! Lovely work, sweet linens! ~Katy

Lady Katherine said...

I love the chick, bunnie and really love the touch of flowers, which look as if you went into the garden and just picked them. Great idea with the placecards and can be used as a book mark! Love it.

Mama said...

Beautiful table and what a great idea with the placecards/napkin holders and a pretty bookmark to take home too, mind if I steal that idea, it's perfect. Happy Thursday, Kathy.

Janie's World said...

Very pretty - some things just never get old or hard to look at!

Lorrie said...

What a great idea to multi-purpose! Tags as napkin rings, place markers AND a takehome is genious!

Lorrie

Raggedy Girl said...

I also used a quilt today and may I say your quilt is lovely. I really like your pretty table.

Have a Thankful Thursday
from the Raggedy Roberta Anne

Chandy said...

What a table! The quilt is gorgeous! Great choice to share today! I posted about my VERY FIRST St. Pat's table!

Happy Thursday to you!

Raggedy Girl said...

Thank you for your nice comment. Franciscan ware has many patterns and is still made today but my dishes are from the 60s and it is indestructible and can go in the dishwasher too.

Cathy said...

This is my first time visiting your blog so everything is new to me! I love your quilt, chicks, bunnies and clever name tags! This is also my first time participating in Tablescape Thursday. Thank you for sharing your great ideas!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Very pretty...love teh idea for the napkin "rings"...clever!
Happy Spring!
;-D

Anonymous said...

Hi Ahrisha!
The moss bunny, bird's nest, and your mom's yellow chicks are so adorable! Lovely tablescape. Thank-you for the quick reply on your mom's beautiful doily! I don't think it's too pricey for a gorgeous work of art at all!!

Karin

French Cupboard said...

For me this is the first time and it looks wonderful. My mother in law also uses quilts, blankets etc for her table covering and covers it with a plastic runner for protection. But I love that idea. Adds a little bit of warmth and more character than just your average table cloth.

-Steve-French Cupboard

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a cute tablescape!

Linda said...

Pretty and I love all the little ideas!
Linda Q

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Beautiful table! Looks great!

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

Ahrisha...I love this table...and the bunny is adorable...great find! Perfect idea for napkin "rings"...love you work on the placecards! Thanks for a great TT! You never disappoint!
:-) Susan

Mary said...

I LOVE those dishes! A very beautiful table. :)

frolicnfibers said...

Ahrisha, thanks for the comment on my blog...We really are blessed to be living our life! Love your table and the name tag/napkin ring idea! Really clever! Diana (frolicnfibers on MJF)

Kim Chalfant said...

I love your plates! And the tag napkin rings, I love it!!!

Joy said...

Pretty china and love the butterfly place cards.

Victorian Garden Gourmet said...

Your table was gorgeous! I love the place cards. Was your little chick a Lefton? The quilt was a great choice for a tablecloth.
Kate

once in a blue moon... said...

very pretty setting, love the tags~