Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Tablescape Thursday- Secret Garden!

Welcome to Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan of the blog, "Between Naps on the Porch". This is a fabulous collection of beautiful tablescapes.
Since spring has officially arrived, I couldn't help but think about gardening. Planning is essential so what better way to plan for the garden than a pretty garden tablescape! You couldn't help but be inspired here.

The foundation of our tablescape is a white tablecloth and green toile runner.

I added the Secret Garden sign, that currently is on my porch. I purchased it a few years ago at a little shop in suburbia. I knew when I saw the sign, I just had to have it.


I started with a green circular placemat then added Spode Fine Bone China and a plaid green and white napkin. I tied the napkin in a green and white plaid organza ribbon. I accented the napkin with a beautiful green bird with gold glitter on it's tail. It clips onto the napkin; I purchased the bird from Michael's The flatware is Lunt stainless 18/8 in a pattern called, "Hillsboro". I purchased this pattern back in the early eighties when I was going to college; it was going to be my everyday pattern. Back then, the 18/8 was not as popular as it is today. I remember when I went in to Marshall Field's to purchase my first place setting; it was over $50 a place setting on sale and I thought that was the price for all eight sets! I purchased each set every week for eight weeks until I had a complete set. That was a lot of money back then for a college student; I worked full time and went to school full time to pay my way through school.
Here's a close up of the "Secret Garden" sign. I love it because it looks old. I think that makes a garden look pretty and less sterile.
To the left, is a white ceramic basket with green apples. A friend of mine came over a few days after I took these pictures and ate one of the apples. He said he hoped it was o.k. and that it wasn't an apple for "tablescaping". That made me laugh. because I didn't think he paid any attention to the tablescapes on my blog. I said they were for eating.

Here is a pretty little bunny sitting in the lettuce patch! I tied a little pink ribbon on her and placed her on an inverted Waterford candlestick to give the tablescape some height.

In the middle of the table are my pretty white birdies from Michael's. I love the little holes in them since it adds such wonderful texture to the tablescape.

Here is a close up of the birdies.

Moving around to the right of the table are the garden tools.

We have a green garden hoe, some pretty garden gloves, a few packets of seed and a handsome bunny.

I tied a pretty green and white plaid organza ribbon on the hoe for a feminine touch.

Here is a close up view of the bunnies. I purchased these little seed packets probably fifteen years ago however if you look closely at the bunny sitting in the lettuce above, it looks like they were a set. They were purchased over ten years apart at different stores.


Another close up below. You can see the bunny sitting in the lettuce.

One last look at the tablescape. I hope you enjoyed a sneak peak at my, "Secret Garden".

Coming next week, a "Kentucky Derby" tablescape featuring my new dishes.

Note: I am a Professional Organizer and Home Stager. I run a business called, "Dream Organizers". My motto is, "Keep it simple. Get organized. Make it beautiful."

43 comments:

ceekay said...

Love your Secret Garden tablescape. Just precious each piece of it!

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

This is absolutely adorable! I love the bunny in the lettuce, your wonderful secret garden sign and those cute, cute seed packets! :-) What a smart girl you were at an early age...to make such a good investment in something you would use for many years. I still have a few of the things I purchased during my hard earned "college working days...lots of memories, there. Thanks for a beautiful TT! :-) Susan

SILVIA said...

beautiful!.simple, yet very pretty...thanks great job..
silvia.

Happy To Be said...

Just love your secrey garden table...love the apple green you used..thanks for sharing Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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

so cute, i love ALL things garden, and green and white too...

Kathleen Ellis said...

What a fresh and fun tablescape! I just love your pretty green birds on the napkins...they are awesome!
Happy April!
;-D

Christi at A Southern Life said...

I want to come shopping at your house. Let's see, I need the sign and the bunnies in the seed packets - must have them. Everything is so cute.

Linda said...

That is a lovely setting with so many pretty touches - beautiful job! Linda

ellen b said...

Oh what a fun table. I like your theme and how you followed through with it! Pretty!

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

I love your secret garden table. what a lovely setting. I especially love the bunny in the cabbage. I heart him! :-)
Thanks for sharing...Blessings, Barb

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I love the Secret Garden idea. I could just steal that bunny off your table right out of the lettuce patch, he!he! I'm so impressed that you were thinking about flatware while going to college. Now that's some serious planning ahead you did. Bravo!

Cynthia said...

How creative and lovely! How neat to create a Secret Garden Tablescape. Cindy

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh what a pretty Secret Garden! The white and green are so pretty together.

marty39 said...

Oh, I just absolutely love it all. The garden theme is done so perfectly. I love all the dishes and your accessories are so well put together. Just lovely. Thanks for stopping by my lst tablescape and leaving such sweet comments, I really appreciate it. Yours is just stunning. Hugs, Marty

Janie's World said...

Your secret garden is delightful! I love the aged sign (the name reminds me a favorite book of mine when I was a kid). Your little bunny is so cute. How special that china is!!! What good taste you had even back then.

Katy said...

Love what you did with the garden bunny and tools, everything is so pretty, what a lovely whimsical table!

Martha said...

What a cute garden table. What an adorable bunny, love the secret garden sign -- it BELONGS on that table.

Some of my "things" were bought the same way only it was one per month!But I have them and love them.

Great tablescape!

Kathleen said...

Cute bunnies!
Your china is lovely..
I love your secret garden!

Shelia said...

Your table is just precious!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Wow! I love your tablescape. I love the colors, I really love the Secret Garden sign. I've always wanted a secret garden. Your seed packet bunnies are so cute. Hard to believe they are not a set. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed your table.

susan said...

This is lovely. I am so impressed with your foresight and determination to work so hard at attaining that china

Chari said...

Hello...

Ooooh...I just love your "Secret Garden" tablescape...love that old looking sign and there's just something whimsical about a "secret" garden!!! Love that pretty green & white toile table runner...I think I need one of those! hehe!!! Your china is exquisite! Wow...pretty impressive purchase for just a college student but I can tell that you've never regretted it! It's so classic!!! Beautifully set table...love all of your garden vignettes!!! Ohh my, I think I have brother and sister birdie over at my place...hehe!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Zoey said...

VIvid apple green and white is such a pretty combination. Your secret garden sign looks great on that table. What a fun spring table.

Dream Mom said...

Thank you for all of the comments. To clarify, it was just the flatware that I purchased one at a time. The Spode fine bone china, I purchased all at one time, back in 1996.

santamaker said...

Love your tablescape and especially the sign...and the fresh colors of spring. Lovely.

Candy said...

Anything garden strikes a chord with me,love the secret garden you have put together here. I am joining Miss Bunny popping up from the lettuce just to get a nice view from up above.
Cheers, Candy

Sandi said...

I love the bunny in the lettuce. And the sign is wonderful. What a great idea!

The Stylish House said...

What a sweet tablescape! I see naughty Peter Rabbit joined your table with his carrot he stole from Mr. McGregor's garden!
Cathy~

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Love the bird and the buny in the cabbage, too Cute!

Chandy said...

Very nice... Very nice! The dishes are gorgeous and you chose a grand flatware pattern.

Happy Thursday!

Melissa Miller said...

I love it all! :)

The secret garden sign looks amazing!

Lynda said...

This is just the sweetest tablescape! I love the colors you used...so refreshing!

Mama said...

That bunny in the cabbage is a star, what a neat idea for a tablescape, love your secret garden and all the little details, Happy Thursday, Kathy.

ann said...

I really enjoyed this.You are very good at it.And I just think it's so cool that you got the seed rabbits `10 yrs apart.They really do look like twins.humm....Ann

LdyDy said...

I loved everything about your Spring tablescape. I thought the little garden touches were perfect. Cute bunny in the lettuce! Your china is beautiful! I am sure you cherish it. Thanks for sharing your lovely table! Hugs

Domestic Designer said...

SO Cute! Love the sign and all the garden goodies you used! You did great!

Linda said...

Darling Secret Garden table!!
Linda Q

Joyce said...

Hillsboro is such a pretty pattern. Glad you shared them with everyone. The little seed packets are a nice touch to your Secret garden. Thank you for letting me into your Sevret Garden today.
Joyce

KBeau said...

That is just too cute. I love your color scheme with the green.

JudyBug said...

This is just too cute! I love it all but especially the bunny in the lettuce!
JudyBug

Nicole ~ said...

You have a wonderful tablescape, I love the secret garden sign & the little bunny sitting in the lettuce patch. It all looks wonderful.

Have a wonderful weekend, Nicole

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Your garden theme is so pretty! I love that you used your sign on the the table. And you were so smart to buy flatware when you were young, the rest of us were wasting out money on clothes!

paintinpatti said...

Soooo sweet! I love greens and white - it's so relaxing, and fun!

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