Tuesday, April 3, 2012

My first tablescape!

I love visiting my blog buddies and seeing their tables set with beautiful china and lovely linens….decorated for the season or a special holiday.


I’ve always wanted to take part.

But of course, I would need a table

and then I would need some dishes! lol

So I decided to use the library table to put some pretty things out for Spring. (you have to imagine that the wall behind the table is book shelves and that the boxes of books behind the screen are actually ON the shelves! It will happen some day and I will blog about it! heehee!)


Of course it all started with the dishes I found at the Thrift store for 50 cents each.


They are marked Homer Laughlin U.S.A. on the bottom. I LOVE buying things made in the good old U.S. of A.!


I even had a pretty Easter tablecloth that doesn’t really fit but looks pretty.

So I put it all out, kept adding each day and found out it really is nice to have a pretty table set in my home.


While I was getting it set up, I received a Giveaway win from the artist, R. C. Reese. She sent me this original art to grace my table. Isn’t it lovely and the perfect colors for my vignette!


Some of her other art…


Visit her at Beautiful and Blessed HERE !

I’m joining Marty for Table Top Tuesday HERE

and Kathleen for Let’s Dish HERE

and the Cozy Home Party HERE !

I’m having a party at Mrs. Olson’s at her

Share the Cup Thursday HERE !

Join me at the Thrifty Groove HERE !

I’m also joining the Bunny Blog Hop!


Do you set a pretty table from time to time? I think it could become habit forming! (shells are a must)


Enjoy your week!


Kim K. said...

What a lovely Easter tablescape. It's just perfect...especially with your special touch of shells.

A Garden of Threads said...

Stunning for your first tables cape. Happy Easter

Trace4J said...

Just love it!
Beautiful and the shells make it so YOU!
Joy to you Friend


Anonymous said...

such a beautiful table, and such a lovely win!!!!

Marina@Picnic at Marina said...

I absolutely love this charming table setting! The plates look great, and the fact that it's made in US makes it even more special. I often go to thrift stores to find items made in US. Painting is beautiful, I am going to visit that blog and all others actually too. See shells are a perfect must! Have a great day, Diane!

NanaDiana said...

Oh-what-fun! I love it-especially that tablecloth! It is fun, isn't it to see a table all set up with your company best? LOVE it! xo Diana

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I'm so glad you joined the tablescaping fun! Love that tablecloth and I just found 4 napkins in that pattern a week ago at a thrift store! How funny...I love the little picket fence on them. I'm planning to use them in my Easter tablescape this week! Hugs, Linda

maddyrose said...

I use my tables to work on so I can't set a lovely table like this one. This is a wonderful table scape beginning with the table cloth. I agree the sea shells are a must. Have a wonderful week. Hugs

TheRustyThimble said...

Lovely Diane

you know I work on my only table in my house, so therefore we have to eat on TV trays.......oh bad me!!! Someday I will have my room so I can have a table!

Suppose I could set my TV trays LOL


Vee said...

Since I am practicing my Easter tablescape right now...this is very timely! I need a cute tablecloth, but will get by with what I have. Blast. What pretty art! Why don't you have a table?

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Enjoy your Easter. I am hosting my husband's family but we always have brunch out on the patio. This year with my chickens in their little coop near by. Have a wonderful week!!

Elizabeth said...

Diane, This table is just lovely!

The Beaded Pillow said...

You've set a very pretty table for Easter. I especially like the little green pitcher. Have a joyous holiday.

Barbara F. said...

Diane this is lovely. I have my table which is not only for dining but office/computer/bill payment etc etc. I can't keep it set for any length of time! xo

Ginger Zuck said...

Well Miss Diane, for your first, you done good! Looks lovely and I know you will enjoy it. Have a blessed Easter!

Vicky said...

So lovely, Diane. I usually set out my lace tablecloth and then a seasonal centerpiece. Until the kids get a bit older, I won't be brave enough to use my grandmother's China!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

A lovely Easter Tablescape.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Beautiful! I LOVE the table cloth and I actually PREFER when they are not the 'exact' size of the table -- adds more interest I think.

SerenaB said...

I am new to your blog and I must tell you what a lovely blog you have! Also your table setting is very cute and festive for Easter! Have a wonderful week! I am off to peek around your blog a bit more!

Beth said...

wow, what a great easter/spring table setting. love it. hopped over thanks, to the bunny blog hop. i think your blog looks familiar & i'm trying to recall why? do take care. (:

Della said...

Such a pretty tablescape! The tablecloth adds a nice touch, and shells ARE a must! Were the porcelain bunnies a thrift find? They are awesome...love that black and white bunny! Have a wonderful weekend!


Olive Cooper said...

Your Easter table is fun and full of pastels. I have done exactly one tablescape in two years of blogging.

PatC - All is Bright said...

Lovely! I try to set one - but working full time sometimes I just don't have the time. BUt just wait - two more months and I retire and then I'll be decorating cause I'll have more time! Happy Easter, my friend!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Well done!

Welcome to the wonderful world of being Obsessed With Dishes, haha.

That bird artwork is amazing, going to head over there now. WOW.

She is really good, grats on that win, so lucky - and so happy for you.

Happy Easter!

Nezzy said...

I try to always set an invitin' table but nothin' like you gals do.

Can't ya just see me sittin' down a bunch of Strongbacks (farm hands) at one of those elegant tables? Heeehehehe!

You gals rock the tablescapes!

God bless ya sweetie and have a delightful day!!! :o)

Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes And Cozy Home Kitchen said...

Hi Diane! You did a great job on your tablescape. That's one of the prettiest tablecloths I've ever seen, and your collection of bunnies is adorable. Brace yourself friend because once you set your first pretty table, you'll want to set the table over and over. Clear the doll room for the dishes collection that is coming! Hee hee!

Thanks for stopping by to join my party.

BECKY said...

Diane, everything is beautiful! I especially love the tablecloth, AND those dishes from the thrift store! BE-U-TI-Ful!! :)

Ames said...

So cute! I'm loving the shells! Of course I would I'm a Florida girl. I think you did a very nice job on your first table scape. I look forward to many more.~Ames

missing moments said...

What fun!

Terra said...

Your Easter table is very pretty.

Brenda said...

Yes, I'm seeing the shelves with books--I'm seeing it!
I wish I had room for an extra table to be able to decorate like that. Of course, I'd have to start getting a good collection up too.

Lois--Huckleberry Lady said...

Love your table and your tablecloth. Love the peeps your making. Never have seen a doll's dress made from chenille!!! It's cute.

Happy Easter,

Cameron said...

I do love to have a pretty table set! It just beckons and invites one to stay a while!

Yours is so pretty...lovely spring colors and cute accessories :)

pembrokeshire lass said...

Hi, I LOVE your idea of an Easter table. I would never have thought of it myself.... but just might do it!! I've only been blogging since Sunday this week and already am finding such lovely people and ideas! I have added myself to your followers but am not sure how I get to put your button on my blog. Definitely a learning curve. Thanks for your ideas. Joan

Savories of Life said...


come see my giveaways I do each saturday .

And my table I posted yesterday!!

Savories of Life said...


come see my giveaways I do each saturday .

And my table I posted yesterday!!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

I too love things made in USA! You found a great deal with fifty cents each. You can't even buy the things made in china for that price.
Thanks so much for stopping by...the bunny hop was so much fun!

Little Susie Home Maker said...

How fun! You have a very cute table and setting. The vintage plates are really pretty. You did good. Maybe one of these days, I will do a tablescape!

KAT said...

Lovely Easter table ! so charming and I love you dishes you got for such a deal. I did a table setting once and joined at a blog hop ...It was a table I set outside on my patio and I had lots of natural stuff and my grams china and I set some of my Tom Clark Gnomes out as decoration. A gnome party you could call it.

That was so much fun playing around with ideas like that for table settings

Maybe I will do it again sometime
Have a blessed Easter my friend !

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Your table looks beautiful! I love the dishes you found at the thrift store. What a deal you found!

Joy said...

How pretty. Love all the bunnies and the tablecloth. I really love that screen too ;) Have a Happy Eater!

sandy said...

Cute and colorful Easter table! I love setting Holiday tables but we're on vacation and I can't do it this year. :( But I'm thankful that I CAN be on vacation in Sunny Florida so I"m not complaining!
Love the original art print too!


Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oh I so know the addiction of setting a pretty table...and yours is lovely....I especially love when it is all different pieces pulled together!!

Anonymous said...

Your table is so beautiful! And I love your tablecloth. It fits perfectly! Love all the bunnies! :D

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Wow great job on the dishes! Your table is lovely and everything looks so fresh. Thank you for linking up to our Bunny Blog Hop...Happy Easter!

Jann Olson said...

Diane, would never have guessed this was your first tablescape. It looks so professional!! Love, love the artwork! Everything came together so well. I would love you to share this at my party.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Diane, your table is just charming. I think the tablecloth looks wonderful! You are so ready for Easter. I ended up doing very little decorating...not sure why but I just didn't.
Your little bunnies and the tray arrived today and I love it. I am going to put some dishes in it on my kitchen counter when Easter is over. So sweet and nicely packaged. Thank you so much for the additional baby chickie! He is going to join my dollies for their Easter tabletop. I am just delighted with my purchase!
Hugs and love,

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Diane, I just sent a comment and I can't see it...do you have one of those "approval" things?

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Nope..well just in case..I said I love my bunnies and tray! I love them and I am going to use the little tray to hold dishes in my red kitchen! I have some pretty saucers and this will be perfect..so I will use it all year long. Also thank you for the baby chickie..she is going to join the dollies for their Easter tabletop!
I LOVE my chickie..and everything I purchased!
Love and hugs,
P.S. If I sent another message just delete one.. :)

Diane Writes said...

Hi there name mate! I fell in love with your table cloth. It already says everything. I love it, it's so cute!

Hope you are having a great Holy Week. I couldn't wait for your Easter post too.

Debbiedoo's said...

See Miss Diane, you can do anything! Such a beautiful table. Love the table cloth. Happy Easter!

Diann said...

Well Diane, you did a wonderful job on your first tablescape! I love that tablecloth! It is just so sweet. And I am a huge fan of Laughlin! I have a lot of dishes made by them. Everything looks so Easter happy! I would love for your to share this tablescape with me on my "Thrifty Tablescape" party this Saturday!

Amber Star said...

You set a very pretty table. The tablecloth is just fine and looks very cottagey. Pretty and sweet.

I've not gotten totally into the full out tablescaping, but Mona and bj have got me interested in getting out some of the lovely old doileys the women in my family crocheted long ago. Spiffing up some and things like that make a house a home...I think.

Blessed Easter wishes to you.

Oh...I floated over from Mona's Wsprsweetly of Cottages today.

Lilybets said...

..I love the fabric withe the sweet bunny on the table!!!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Love your table! Amazing job for your 1st tablescape. Warning, it is addicting, but so much fun.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Marigene said...

Great first tablescape! Love the tablecloth...is it vintage?

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Such a pretty table. Love the muted colors in that tablecloth, and I LOVE those cute bunnies poking up out of the box. Your china is so pretty. Have a wonderful Easter weekend. laurie

ImSoVintage said...

I love it. Those Homer Laughlin dishes were a great find at that price and I love that sweet artwork.
Happy Easter, friend.

Jordan@the2seasons said...

The Easter table cloth is very cute. I love all the pastel colors. Just perfect for Easter.

Ali said...

That tablecloth is beautiful. A very happy and blessed Easter to you!

Ali x

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

What a beautiful table you've set! To me, it really helps to celebrate the season. Once you do one tablescape, you will never looks at dishes and tablecloths in the same way again. It's very, very addicting! Hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend.

Kathleen said...

Congrats on your first tablescape, it is lovely! The cloth is amazing, so Eastery! Thanks for linking up to Let's Dish, and have a very Happy Easter. I hope you will link your second masterpiece too! See you soon!

RC Reese said...

thank you so much for the sweet post about my artwork! Hope you have a blessed Easter! Wish I was in the mountains!!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I love your tablescape! I love everything about it. The linens are my favorite (of course...I have a weakness... ;P )

I hope you enjoy North Carolina. We are hanging out at the lake for the weekend.

Easter Blessings! :D

Ricki Jill

Jenni said...

Awesome deal on those dishes! I would love a tablecloth like that one:)

Diann said...

I still can't believe this was your first tablescape. so pretty! Thank you for sharing this with us at TT. I hope you have a great day!