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Monday, June 22, 2009

White Tablesetting Party



Kathleen is having a party today at Cuisine Kathleen! The invitations requested that all guests decorate a table in all white. What a wonderful challenge this has been. I can't wait to see all the results. I am apprehensive about my table---in fact, I feel like I am about to enter a ball or a prom and am not sure about my gown!

Well, I don't want to be a wallflower, so here goes. I hope you enjoy looking at my table. Don't forget to click on the link above to see what will surely be an exquisite tablescape from our hostess, Kathleen, and many more from all the talented friends here. Be sure to leave us some comments, so we will know who all attended.

When Kathleen first mentioned this event, I wasn't sure if I would participate. I just couldn't "see" something in all white enticing me except for a wedding or shower. Then I started seeing all kinds of things that I thought would be great.

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I found a new white tablecloth that I bought after Christmas on clearance and decided that I would attempt this table. I pondered about a centerpiece and finally found this floral arrangement that I really liked.

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A close-up view:

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I was a little worried about flatware and decided to use one of my two stainless sets. Then I walked into Ross one day and found this Cambridge set and knew that I had to have it. It is so pretty. The box calls it casual, but I think it works nicely on a dressed up table, too.

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The handles seemed to wash out with the flash, but they are very pretty with a nice silver looking design. The handles are clear.

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Next, I had a dilimna over napkins and napkin rings. I had a new white tablecloth, but couldn't find white napkins except ones that looked plain. I found these at Big Lots when I wasn't even looking for them. Then after going through my napkin rings, I decided on these white ceramic ones with flowers on top. (white on white of course)

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I didn't have a full set of white dishes, but planned to use what I had until I found this Gibson set in the Salvation Army Thrift Store. It is so unusual with the over sized, pretty cups. I think they are great for even desserts. The store was about to close when I found them and I grabbed them up. They came from an estate sale and didn't appear to have been used.

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That brings us to stemware. Although I had several to choose from, I ran across these again at the SA as they were being unboxed from an estate sale. They were pulling off stickers where they were priced at $5 each. I paid $15 for nine of them. They are very pretty.

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I really didn't set out to buy almost everything for this table, it is just when I started thinking white, I realized all the potential for this tablescape and decided that I wanted to be prepared with some items that I didn't have. As luck, or thrifty shopping would have it, I found most items at a great price and pulled together something that I ordinarily wouldn't do. I am very pleased with the result.
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I think the white on white is so clean and refreshing. I can see it being used in many settings and look forward to using this table at a dinner party soon.

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The candle holders were some that I already had and I just added some tall white tapers.

Thanks for stopping by and seeing me work outside my usual comfort zone. I really love the end result and can't wait to see all the other fantastic white tablescapes. Be sure to stop by Kathleen's blog to see hers and links to all the others.

Thank you Kathleen for inspiring me.

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24 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping in saying hello. Oh your table is lovely. The flatware is fantastic with all the white. Beautiful!

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  2. It's Beautiful! Really elegant!

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  3. Very beautifully put together. You got some neat stuff out of the deal! Love the flatware.

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  4. Hey PD, you did great!!! It looks so cool and refreshing, and SUMMERY! I am so glad you joined in,thank you, and yes, it looks lovely...
    I had never done an all white table before either...now I think I could do a few more different ones!

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  5. Beautiful table! I just love your flatware. It's so different.

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  6. Your table setting is soooo romantic and cozy, I love the centerpiece.
    Hope your week is going well... ~Really Rainey~

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  7. What a beautiful, stunning table and the silverware is quite unique.
    so very pretty...would love to be invited to that pretty party.
    hugs
    debbie

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  8. Felecia,
    I found you through Melissa at Huckleberry Prairie. I am also doing the hometown tour it looks like a great idea! I think your white table looks so elegant and inviting. I am a huge SA fan too! I just bought a neat tilt top table I am going to give a face lift from there. People always think I spent way more decorating my place then I have, but I search for ways to make my decorating dollar stretch. I look forward to seeing what you come up with for the tour! Cathy

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  9. This is really lovely! Very cool and fresh for summer. I love your floral arrangement, and the flatware is perfect. Great job working outside your "comfort zone" - you'd never know it looking at the result! Kathy

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  10. I'm a person who loves color and pattern so I thought...all white? But it is really pretty with the different textures. Love the dishes and flatware!
    Dawn

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  11. It's beautiful, Felicia!!!

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  12. Hi and it's so nice to meet you! Oh, what a beautiful table in white you've set! Love it! What bargains you've gotten - love the dishes and those cups are so pretty and large! Dessert would look good in them. Your flatware is beautiful. The way they look in the photo, I thought the handles were Mother of Pearl! They're gorgeous! Your stemware is outstanding and another great bargain you received. I've enjoyed seeing your pretty white table. I hope you'll come back for a visit again sometimes.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  13. I think your table looks lovely. I do love a good bargain and you found it when you got that great deal on that stemware. Good find.

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  14. Beautiful setting - and what great buys!!

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  15. You did a great job setting your white table. It's lovely.
    Rhonda

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  16. You did great going out of your comfort zone. I love, love, love the dishes you got at the thrift store. Great find!!! And the goblets! Another great find. I just posted a tablescape that is mostly white (I did cheat however). Maybe tonight after work I'll feel like putting together a completely white tablescape. But don't hold your breath.

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  17. Love this one! Your flatware is just great!
    Hugs, Lisa

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  18. I love your flatware! and all your whites! Great looking table! very pretty!

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  19. Lovely white table setting! I would have grabbed that flatware in a heartbeat too - nice find. What a great price you got on the stemware too!

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  20. What a great tablesetting, and the flatware has me lusting! Very pretty!

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  21. What a beautiful tablesetting! I almost bought a set of flatware just like yours at Ross a few weeks ago, but I put it back. After seeing how nice it looks on your table, I might just have to go back and buy it!

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  22. That is such a pretty table setting. I love the dishes and the silverware. It looks like a great wedding table or banquet table. The center piece is also so pretty.
    Hope you are having a great day!

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  23. I really like yourall whte table especiall those beautiful glasses you found at SA...I'm glad my blog was able to give you a good laugh...Yes, I realy have to climb over that monster at night to go to the bathroom...thi is the same dog that caused me to break my toe going down the front porch steps one night to take him for his walk....Next time I'm getting a miniature poodle!!

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  24. Very pretty! Love your tablesetting!! The flatware is elegant!

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