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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.
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.
A close-up view:
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.
The handles seemed to wash out with the flash, but they are very pretty with a nice silver looking design. The handles are clear.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to my blog. I made a Christmas blog to share photos of my holiday decor with some cyber friends. However, I didn't keep posting after the holidays and decided that I liked it as a special tribute to my favorite time of the year. I intended to post on it monthly on Rudolph Day on the 25th of each month, but life got in the way and I haven't posted since December. I am a Christmas nut and really plan and celebrate it all year long.
During the fall I found a holiday forum on Garden Web and started visiting there in addition to my two holiday favorite sites Our Home for the Holidays and Magical Holiday Home. The wonderful people over at GW got me hooked on dishes and tablescapes. I even me a few of the same members on the HGTV decorating forums and have been following their blogs all year.
I finally decided that I wanted to participate in blog land and not just read and look, so here I am. I am hoping to participate in Tablescape Thursday, Foodie Friday, and some of the other fun things I look forward to seeing weekly.
I hope I can figure out Mr. Linky and all the other things that I have been reading about. This is all new to me and I am a bit overwhelmed. But, I am here and ready to have even more fun as a participant.
I love the holidays and decorating for them. I have always been a Christmas nut and have enjoyed the fall and Halloween, but never to an extreme. This year, I decided to host our first Boo Bash, Halloween Cosume Party and have found a new love!
I named this blog Haven Haunt as a contridiction of the term haven, which is where the name of where I live. Since it is for Halloween, I decided on Haven Haunt.
I have been married for 36 years and have one adult daughter and one son, who is in Heaven. We have a Mini Pin dog, named Duke and a Daushund, who just crossed over the Rainbow Bridge this past summer.