Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tablescape Thursday: You're Invited for Dessert

Every Thursday, the gentle clink of china can be heard far and wide as ladies and gents put together tablescapes. You can hear the swish of tablecloths and the clap of footsteps as bloggers shop their rooms for inspirational items. I love to participate in this event--I always look forward to the colors, linens, and dishes; but most of all, I love visiting with my girlfriends (and my guy-friend, Artie). Tablescape Thursday is really more about dishes, isn't it? It's a party, and a joy.
My mother came to visit today, and we decided to do a variation of yesterday's "all white" theme.
Two black-and-white bird plates served as the foundation. Mama and I started looking for black, ecru, & white stuff.
The glass bird figurine came from Hancock's closing sale. Dr. Gollum always brings little eggs when he finds them. We put these on a plate and added a glass cloche. Mama found placecard holders.
You've seen these black floral napkins before, but they look rather spiffy with organza sheaths. The napkin rings were one of those "finds" at the antique mall--so were the bird dishes.

The black wine glasses were a gift from Mama.
(I'm really enjoying white/ fact, I have been thinking about giving the master bedroom a summer look....isn't it funny how tablescaping is a "gateway" to other projects? :-) This sounds like another idea for Met Monday!)
My mother loves cheesecake, and so do I. We specially love the samplers from Publix. :-)
The flatware is stainless steel, and I don't remember where I bought it.
Last week, my granddaughter played and played with the ceramic birds. I sent her home with faux eggs, nests, and the rest of the birds. :-)
To see tablescapes galore, and visit with the sweetest people in blogland, visit
Tablescaping Notes:
White dinner plates: Gibson (available at Big Lots and
Bird plates: "Black Pasadena Birds"
Black floral napkin: Danica
Ecru organza napkin sheath:
Napkin rings: antique mall
Tablecloth: K-Mart
Flatware: stainless made by ??
A Note About Foodie Friday: the link will go "live" on Friday, June 5th, at 9 am Central (8 Eastern). I have been posting it on Thursdays, but I'm changing it due to technical (bandwith) problems. If Mr. Linky isn't working, just leave your link in the comment section, and I'll make links.
I had a wonderful suggestion to do a "June Wedding" theme--what about Friday, June 26th, for a Wedding Foodie Friday?
A word about the themes...they are always optional. Cooking can be time consuming and messy. Sometimes I am lucky to put together a meal, much less try to do something more ambitious. So, if you'd like to do something non-wedding-ie on June 26 (that's Dr. Gollum's birthday, so he'll be picking the FF food that week), you won't be alone.
The link for "Foodie Friday" will go live on Friday, June 5th, at 9 a.m. central.


  1. I love the look of the organza with the black floral napkins...they are very pretty.

    I have some similar plates from Nell Hill's and I like how you mixed it with the ribbed plates and black stemmed glasses.

    Very chic! That glass bird is very unique...where did you ever find him?

  2. Love the organza layered napkin effect! Pretty. The bird plates are wonderful. How fun to scape with your mom :0)

  3. Pretty as usual. I love seeing all of your tableware-

    Enjoyed visiting,


  4. Doesn't white on white make you feel so clean and crisp. This is so lovely; wish my mother was here to see this. Mother love to set her table and she was so creative and she loved dishes and everyone else's dishes too. Cheese cake is a favorite around here too.

  5. Thanks for the inspiration - I am now thinking about adding a little black to my tablescape things. I see black transferware in my future! Sally

  6. I love the idea of the organza over the floral napkins,Gollum, very pretty! You and your mom did a great job, another beautiful tablescape!....Christine

  7. How very lovely, as usual. And what a fun thing to do with your Mom.

    The Raggedy Girl

  8. Oh what fun! Last week you were playing with your granddaughter and this week with your mother! Isn't it wonderful to have bonding time with the women in our lives! Would love to be helping you "sample" that cheesecake. Happy TT and looking forward to FF - two of my favorite days of the week!

  9. Hi,
    I do adore your tablescaping perfection and how fun to tablescape with mom. Love the colors this week and how you dressed up your napkins with a party dresses. Fun.


  10. It looks very classy. I drool over that flatware every time you show it!

  11. Oh I love those bird plates! What a fabulous find! :) And if you need any help eating that cheesecake... ;)

  12. Oh G, you are so very fortunate to have your Mama to have fun with and tablescape together!!!! What memories you are making! I know little Annabelle will be another great tablescaper in the years to come! What inspiration she will have from you both! Wish I could have dessert with you and your lovely Mama. Hugs, Pinky

  13. Evening, Dear Gollum! Oh, look what a pretty table you've set up and with the help of your Mama! I love the white dishes! Do you know what? I have that same bird plate except mine is in colors! What about that! :) Oh, cheesecake is one of my favs too! Very lovely, very charming and very Gollum!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  14. I love the stemware with the little bird dishes! The eggs and birds are so sweet! Just as sweet as that Cheesecake looks! Can I borrow your Mama for a little bit! I love her help with the table setting!

  15. Gorgeous table! I love the idea of a wedding theme. I may have to pull something out of my archives, from my daughter's wedding two years ago. It wasn't a June wedding though. It was in Autumn.

  16. Love the "All White" variation... I tried the same thing this time Ha!, You'll have to check it out! You will not get Cheesecake at my table though so I'll stay at yours a little longer..At least til the cakes gone! It's wonderful, sounds like you and your mom had a great time.. xoxo~Kathy@ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  17. Oh my I adore the bird plates!
    Lovely and elegant table Gollum. :)

  18. Very pretty and I love that you moved it outside!

  19. Beautiful tablescape. I especially like the layered napkin with the Organza and the bird plates. The view isn't bad either :-)

  20. I love the beautiful table you and your mama put together. I'll bet you had a nice time, dining on the porch.

  21. Feedsack FantasyJune 3, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    Elegant, relaxing & delicate ... love the birds. Bet you & Mother had a lovely time ... TTFN ~Marydon
    PS Did you save us dessert? Chuckle!

  22. O, darling always does my heart good when you do things with your mama. My mom and I always had such fun together.
    The table is stunning and I really love those napkin sheaths...didn't know anything about them.
    Hugs, bj

  23. You always have the most delicious ideas! Love the organza napkins. ☺♥☺ Diane

  24. Love the look of your new header..the entire post is beautiful, what a great outdoor dining experience for afternoon dessert.

  25. Oh Gollum! Thanks for the shout-out! :) I appreciate being the guy-friend of the bunch. :) BEAUTIFUL tablescape - you never cease to amaze and inspire me. I love coming to your blog ... Scott isn't all that happy though. I alwyas leave the computer saying: "Gollum showed these dishes today ... and I think we should buy them ..." ;) Hope you can stop by for my Bohemian Chic decor today, and Sunday for Share a Garden Sunday!

  26. Yum! Yum Yum!!

    So sweet and love your view!

    Yes... Im jealous.

    Thanks for sharing. Loved the birds and table wear and the cheese cake--*sigh* uh huh.


  27. First, I love that Foodie Fridays will be in the morning, I won't be so late in posting. LOL

    That dessert tablescape is so romantic, I almost imagined coming out the veranda of an Italian or Spanish villa. Great choice of colors!

  28. Very nice bird dishes! CHEERS! Michele

  29. Just beautiful my Girl I just love cheesecake and I also buy the variety box...My daughter #2 came last week and we made pigs of ourselfs eating it ha ha!! Hope you had a great visit with your sweet grand baby...I just got me another new great grand on Monday...little boy this time that makes 4 7 grand kids...I might as well toss them my Checkbook come Christmas ha ha!! Love you table my friend and all done up on your porch just beautiul...Your mama and you make a great tem...May you have a wonderful day my friend..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  30. Those birdie dishes are just gorgeous. Gorgeous as usual!
    ~smiles and compliments galore~

  31. Just Beautiful !
    I loved your bird dishes.
    I loved your double wrapped napkins.
    I love your flatware.
    I love your new extra large photos - which I want to do too. (insert pouty lip here...)
    I really loved your comment about your sweet little Grand daughter and sending her home with the nest and birdies (you are a sweet Grandma !)
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  32. Everything looks beautiful. I love the black and white bird plates! I seem to be into birds here lately!


  33. Love that touch of cream -- tres chic!

  34. I love your tablescape. I really love those bird plates with the Big Lots dinner plates. And I got a kick that your napkin pattern is called "Danica" as that is my nieces name.

  35. You always set a beautiful table -- this one is stunning.

  36. As always, you set a most classy table. Love the outdoors scenes. So informal and I can almost feel the breeze ruffling the fresh green leaves on the trees. You're a good daughter!

  37. I love your tablescape!! Just beautiful. I am especially loving the napkins. I love beautiful fabric.



  38. Yes, I do love this tablescape. I adore whites and creams; they are they colors I have in our bedroom.

    You and your mother set a beautiful display. My mother loves cheesecake, too.

  39. What a lovely table. And how can you go wrong with organza and cheesecake? I love it. Lovely setting, wonderful ideas.

  40. * BEAUTIFUL, GG, just BEAUTIFUL!!! And there's something so special about "lotsa white" at a table~~~ so clean n' fresh~~~ and with your accent colors, it's stunning, JUST LIKE YOU!

    Linda *

  41. beautiful setting and tablescapes!

  42. The table looks beautiful, but the best thing about this tablescape is that you put it together with your mom. What fun the two of you must have had!

  43. What a gorgeous tablescape. I love the softness of the white/cream and the touches of black. Your napkins with the organza wraps are lovely and the bird dishes are stunning. Just so pretty. BTW we are having a "Cloche Party" on June 19th, check out my blog for details, you could link your FF to it and show us your cloches. Hugs, Marty

  44. It all is pretty, but especially like the bird plates. That cheese cake is not to shabby either.:)

  45. Hi G...

    Oooh..I love all of the white with the pretty creams and a splash of black! Your table is beautifully done! Love your place setting...especially those pretty bird plates...what a treasure find! I absolutely adore how you did the pretty organza over the black elegant! Beautifully done!!!

    Warmest wishes,

  46. Your tablescape looks so fresh and crisp! I love the white! :)

    Donna marie

  47. How pretty! I love the little cloche on the table! :) Black and white is so classic!

    All the best,

  48. I am a huge fan of black and white!The bird plates are just beautiful; I have never seen these before! Just lovely!

    Have a great weekend!


  49. Oh, Michael, I love the black and white bird plates!! They really appeal to me. Love the cloche and the whole color scheme. Very elegant!

  50. That is beautiful!I always love it when dishes that weren't expensive look delightful at the hand of creative peeps like yourself.
    And boy do tablescapes lead to other projects...I just refinished my hall tree in the scrumptious sea foam blue green all because of my summer tablescape!!!!
    Happy Thursday
    All Things Heart and Home

  51. Ohhh - those bird plates are to die for!

  52. My mother says to thank you all for the sweet comments.

    I haven't been able to get online today. We are still having internet issues. I still can't access my mail. Aggg! I'm going to go tablescape and clear my mind.
    XX OO

  53. Beautiful! And I recognize the white plates! :)
    Speaking of white plates..
    I am having a LET THERE BE WHITE event to welcome summer ..white dishes, flowers, foods..hope you'll take us your whites..
    heck, vanilla ice cream in a white dish qualifies...details will be on my blog..

  54. Hi, love, love those darling birdie plates! I've never seen place card holders like those...very cool...looks like a little vase attached. :-) Your Mama has such great the table you two put together! I like your new start time for FF.
    :-) Susan

  55. This is so beautiful. I do believe it ranks right up there as one of my all time favorite tablescapes. I love your soft and pretty blog background and header photo too...a lot!

    I was thinking about posting a cheesecake recipe for Foodie Friday tomorrow. If you try this simple, tasty recipe, you may never want Publix cheesecake again. ;)

  56. Gollum, this is a wonderful tablescape, and I think you and your mother did a lovely job! I'm crazy about the bird plates and the organza napkins. Love the way you paired them with the others.

    I came by for Foodie Friday in the hopes that the post would be up, but then I remembered that you said you would be doing them in the morning from now on. I will have to try to catch up later in the weekend.

    Am SO enjoying the book! Going to go curl up with it now as Mr. Magpie is out of town. Girl, you are not just a good read, but a GREAT read. :-)


    Sheila :-)

  57. absoltuley charming, like you! Love those plates!

  58. That organza napkin adds so much to your tablescape. Just dresses it up, but I am in luv with those bird plates! How fun that you and your mother can work on tablescapes together. laurie

  59. Very pretty! I love those bird plates and the whole birdie theme!

    Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

  60. Such a beautiful table and so much more special because you got to do it with your Mama. I hope you had a wonderful time!

  61. Hi Nice to meet you! Just beautiful!
    I would love to participate in your next party! I want to know as I do.
    It is the party?

    Marina from Far!


  62. I am standing at your door, knocking, as i have my post up, but no one seems to be here!? :o)
    See ya later....
    xo bj

  63. The black bird plates are gourgous!! I am a real dinnerware addict.If only I had the place I could have 100 dinerservices.

  64. This is just gorgeous. It's so cute that you and your mom got to "play" together!

    Justine :o )

  65. Lovely tablescape, love the pretty gauzy fabric you added to the floral napkin, really made the table! Beautiful dishware too, the details are refined and pretty! Thanks for sharing! ~Katy