Tuesday, April 30, 2013

TABLESCAPE TUESDAY! "Orange you ready for a picnic?"

Hi everyone!

I hope you are having a great week so far!

I had a wonderful weekend....On Saturday, I took the kids out for a craft class at our local Michael's Craft store.   They have them every Saturday from 10am to 12pm and you can come anytime during that time and the kids can make a craft that they provide all the materials for.  The cost is just 2 dollars, but worth it...and the kids love it.  If you want, you can even shop around the store while they're doing the craft!  It's great!   Then we went shopping, so I had some happy kids this weekend.

On Sunday, a very sweet friend of mine treated me and some of her other friends to a wonderful Spa Day!  It was so nice and such a wonderful time for friends to get together and get some pampering!

I got home just a few hours before we had our Sunday Family Dinner...

In case you're wondering about what our "Sunday Family Dinners" are all about, here is a little snipet to explain this new tradition of ours...


We started a new family tradition in January 2013 (a New Years' Resolution) that I hope continues even after the kids are grown.


We pretty much have dinner together as a family most nights, but on Sundays, we have a special dinner in the dining room as opposed to the kitchen table, where we normally eat.

I get out the fine china and candles and make a special meal and so far, it has been something we look forward to each week.

Then once a month, we invite some of our extended family to join us for a Sunday family dinner.

It's also been giving me a chance to do lots of new TABLESCAPES..haha!

To see my previous tablescapes from other Sunday Family Dinners, you can click here:

Sunday Family Dinner #1 - Red and Blue Toile
S.F.D.#2 - Black, White and Silver
S.F.D.#3 - Winter Woods With White
S.F.D.#4 - The "Royal Treatment"
S.F.D.#5 - Super Bowl Table
S.F.D. #6 - Mardi Gras Table
S.F.D. #7 - Spring is Springing Up
S.F.D. #8 - "Apple of My Eye"
S.F.D. #9 - "Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss"
S.F.D. #10 - The "KNego" Tablescape (Designed by my 9 year old son)
S.F.D. #11 - The St. Patrick's Day Tablescape
S.F.D. #12 - Last-Minute Lavender Tablescape
S.F.D. #13 - 3 Easter Tables
S.F.D. #14 - Wrapped In Love Tablescape
S.F.D. #15 - Wrapped Up in Family Tablescape
 Because I'm on a budget but love to switch up my decor for the various tablescapes each week, I'm decorating my tables almost entirely on BARGAINS....finds from the Dollar Stores, Thrift Stores, or regular stores with sales or clearance items.

For our Sunday Family dinner this week....I decided to do an Orange and white theme.  I found this cute tablecloth at Old Time Pottery on sale, so I picked it up...it almost looked like a picnic blanket...so I thought I'd go for a simple kind of "picnic" theme.

I kept my white tablecloth on from last week, and just added this cute orange and white plaid tablecloth I got on sale from Old Time Pottery!   I wanted this to be a casual table...something somewhat reminiscent of a picnic, if possible, but maybe with a little more flair. 

Here's the plate breakdown...

I found these adorable orange flower chargers at Michael's on sale for 99 cents each...love those deals!

On top of that is my French White plate that I've had since I got married many years ago.

On top of that is a new orange salad plate with such pretty scroll edging from Old Time Pottery...just $1.49 each! 

On top of that is a 50 cent Goodwill dessert/bread plate in a pretty pattern similar to my dinner plate, but it actually goes great with both of my sets of white plates, so I'm a happy girl!

The Orange bowls are from the Dollar Tree...they have them in most stores now in some pretty colors!  =)   I also used paper napkins to portray the picnic theme.

In the center is my soup tureen filled with orange and white flowers and placed on my homemade pedestal...

and on each side are my IKEA pillar candleholders with some orange/coral candles on top.  

It was a nice meal, but I did end up taking the tureen off the pedestal so I could see my husband when we were sitting diagonal from eachother.  A thing I should have kept in mind when setting this table...if you want your guests to be able to talk with people across from them, make sure you set your table appropriately so that your centerpieces and d├ęcor is not blocking your guests's sight of eachother!

Thanks so much for joining me for this Tablescape Tuesday!  I hope you have a great week and I hope to see you again soon!  =)

This post is being added to...
Inspire Me Tuesday
Centerpiece Wednesday
Let's Dish
Open House Party
Tablescape Thursday
Thrifty Things Friday
Festive Friday Fiesta


  1. Good morning!!! That's a really pretty tablecloth you found! I LOVE the range of orange hues in it! Perfect for Spring and Summer!

    I will be SO glad when our IKEA store finally gets here in 2014!!! Those are really great candlesticks, and I'm sure they were priced nice, too! They have such a classic look. They can go from casual to formal in the blink of an eye!

    Do you wanna go in with me on a petition to the Dollar Tree stores to get pink and purple added to the dish and stemware roster? That orange is so great (I have the plates) and all the colors they have presented thus far have been really popular. It would be nice to add pink and purple, though, that would be good for Easter/Spring, Summer and girly tablescapes. Let's get a tin cup and run it along the fence shouting, "Attica! Attica!" No, wait...that's something entirely different. We clink the side of one of those pretty glasses and shout, "Pink! Purple! Pink! Purple!" I think it might actually be effective if we do it as a group! :-)

    So glad you enjoyed your spa day! Have a wonderful week!!!

  2. The orange and white is so pretty! Love the 'picnic' feel to it all. Good finds to make a lovely inexpensive table!


  3. I love, love orange in tablescapes and yours is gorgeous with the white added! I have orange china and orange chargers too. I love your table topper. Very pretty centerpiece flowers on the white tureen too. Big hugs,

  4. Oh I love, love, love orange and this is gorgeous. The chargers are so pretty and so are your linens. Beautiful tablescape. Thanks so much for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  5. Such a pretty orange! The tablecloth is perfect with your dishes and chargers. Love that tureen! have a blessed week, xo marlis

  6. Such a wonderful POP of color! Neat how you raised the centerpiece on the pedestal.

    - The Tablescaper

  7. Orange can be a fun color to work with. You have some great variety in shapes and shades. Love the tablecloth.

  8. Love your orange and white table, it's so pretty! Oh, I need a pair of the IKEA candleholders, love them. Visiting from Lets Dish.

  9. I enjoy seeing your family dinner tablescapes each week. The orange and white worked out beautifully.

  10. Orange is a great color for tablescaping...I love everything, especially those little bowls (need to go to $Tree!).
    Have a great week...