Friday, July 24, 2009

CIJ Screened Porch Table

After viewing all the gorgeous CIJ tablescapes linked below on Mr. Linky, be sure to attend Maggi~katamommy's CIJ Party on Saturday, July 25 at Just Add Glitter and Stir. Maggi has a great party planned and there are lots of participants ready to help you celebrate all weekend.

Hopefully you have already read my main post that explains that I have five tables this week since I am hosting a real CIJ family party and needed tables for 20. Each table is in a separate link. This one is the table on my screened porch.

I started with a red tablecloth and tried out two different sets of green chargers. The first ones were more of Christmas green, but since this was outdoors, I wanted to use my casual green flatware and it and the centerpiece looked better with these dark green ones.

I am using a set of white dinner plates that feature a sort of scalloped edge and design. Solid red napkins are used and I chose to place them on the plates to break up the stark white of the plates. Gold metal napkin rings were placed on top of the napkins to give a holiday feel and add the touch of gold that I needed.

The centerpiece is one that was my late MIL's. It is a black wrought iron candelabra that hold five votive cups. She always used the gold cups and I couldn't find my red ones. Please pardon this photo. You can see it was one of my early ones and the broom is still in the background. The candles are also melted on the sides of the votives and I will be replacing them. I just didn't have five that size this afternoon.

For glassware I used a set of red stems that came from Kirklands and clear glasses with a holiday wreath on two sides. I purchased these a few weekends ago from a neighbor's garage sale for 25 cents each!

I hope that you enjoyed your visit to my porch table. The weather was very nice today, I just hope it is this nice on the day of my real CIJ dinner.

Be sure to visit all the other participants in this CIJ Tablescape Party. Remember, I haven't lost my mind, I just have numerous tables today and decided to spread them out to be looked at one at a time. They will all be used at my party next weekend.

Remember to leave us all a comment because we love to hear from you. The drawing for the holiday tablecloth will be held on Sunday.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to check back throughout the weekend for additional participants.



  1. The candlelabra is very pretty. This table is very festive

  2. Your family is lucky to have all these nicely decorated tables to make the dinner festive..

  3. That is a beautiful table, too! Love the colors! What a cool dinner concept. Will have to try that! ;-)

  4. Beautiful Table,I love the centerpiece.