Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tablescape Thursday Bonus: A Royal Spot of Tea

God set Him on high at His side, PRINCE and Savior, to give Israel the gift of a changed life and sins forgiven.
Acts 5:31 (The Message)

Where you among those who woke up at the crack of dawn to watch the royal wedding?
I have to admit, I like my sleep way too much to do that!
But I did DVR it.  And Saturday afternoon, while my hubby was playing in a golf tournament, I took a little time to fix myself a treat & sat down to watch the wedding.

Taking my color cues from Union Jack, I chose a mix of ROYAL blue, REGAL red, & WEDDING white.  Throw in a few gold crowns, and you have the perfect representation of British royalty, don't you think?

A gold tray and a ROYAL blue napkin, working as a small tablecloth, serve as a backdrop for this British-inspired trayscape.

A white plate with a gold CROWN design sits atop a slightly larger red plate.

A coordinating mug sits close by for tea or your beverage of choice. 
{I have to admit, I'm not really much of a tea drinker myself.  If I'm having something sweet, some ice cold milk is more "my cup of tea".}

A teapot is elevated to its place of HONOR on a glass pedastal.

A red rose, picked fresh from the garden, adds a bit of ROMANCE.
A small gold crown, borrowed from a group of crowns in my bedroom, and a votive holder, add to the ROYAL feel.

Anyone care to join me for a spot of tea milk?

blue napkin - Pier 1
red salad plate - "Kick It Up a Notch" by Emeril/Dillards (years ago)
crown plate, mug, & teapot - "King's Road Redux" by Rosanna/Amazon

{I'll be linking with Tablescape Thursday at BNOTP, Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life, & Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style.}

Tablescape Thursday: Mexican Mosaic

On the fifth day....of the fifth month....
Numbers 29:26; 33:38
{Okay, so I completely took these verses out of context, but I struggled to come up with a coordinating Bible verse for this tablescape!}

Mr. Dishaholic and I had an early Cinco De Mayo dinner this past weekend, consisting of Chicken Enchilada Casserole, tortillas, chips, queso, and homemade guacamole.  (For recipes, click here.)

Just as the casserole was finishing up, I decided that I needed to throw together a "Mexican Mosaic" table for the occasion.  {There aren't quite as many pics as normal because I only had a few minutes before dinner would start getting cold!}

I began by grabbing a solid red tablecloth & a couple of green placemats with colorful stitching & a fuzzy red trim.  Then I took a quick look through my dishes, pulling out some of the most colorful ones I could find.

I chose these large square royal blue dishes for the base, turning them to add a little more interest.

Next I layered these red square salad plates.

A slightly smaller mosaic salad plate topped the red ones.

Then I figured, why stop there?  Keep layering on the mosaics.  So, I added these mosaic saucers, in a couple different patterns.

Colorful silverware and a coordinating napkin add to the mosaic of color and patterns.

A small coordinating bowl will hold queso for each of us.

I originally wanted to use my cobalt blue glassware, but these red glasses were much easier to get to, and since I was short on time, they did the trick.

Now I needed a centerpiece.  What better centerpiece is there for Cinco De Mayo than some chips, tortillas, & the fixings?

Since my bowls were primarily red, I decided that I needed to add another layer to the table, so that I wouldn't have red bowls sitting on a red tablescloth!

So, I grabbed a couple coordinating napkins and layered them to form a table runner!
{You'll have to excuse the wrinkles!  No time to iron!}

Here's a close up of the decorative edge:

I grabbed this small planter, which just so happens to have the same pattern as the saucers and queso bowls, lined it with a napkin, and filled with with tortillas.

Next a bowl of chips, queso, and fresh guacamole find their place on the table.

And there you have it!  A thrown together "Mexican Mosaic" tablescape in less than 15 minutes!
{And our dinner was still warm!}

blue plates - "Tacey" by Roscher/TJ Maxx
red plates - "Crimson" by Sonoma/Kohls
mosaic salad plates - "Matzalan" by Noble Excellence/Dillards
mosaic saucers - "Happy Suzani" by 222 Fifth/TJ Maxx (Now Pier 1 has the same ones!)
mosaic bowls - Pier 1
mosaic planter - Hobby Lobby
napkins & placemats - Steinmart
red goblets - Target
colorful flatware - Kohls
red serving bowls - "Kick it up a Notch" by Emeril

I'll be joining Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,  A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, The Little Red House for Mosaic Monday, and It's a Very Cherry World for Rednesday.  Check them out & be inspired!