Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Fiesta Time...

Hola! Welcome to Cinco de Mayo in beautiful Southwest Colorado! Come in and get ready for a traditional Mexican fiesta. I've set the table with Fiesta ware in Peacock, Tangerine, Lemongrass and Heather. One of the first things that drew me to Fiesta was the versatility. I love mixing and matching! Our menu for today: Chicken Enchiladas, Tacos, Rice, Beans, homemade tortillas and chips and fresh salsa! I might be able to persuade my son to make his famous(at least in our family) Tomatillo Chicken Enchiladas, instead of my regular ones. A bowl of delicious Chili Verde sounds good too! And for dessert? Fried Ice Cream- a local favorite.

I just love these glasses! My local organic grocery store owner makes frequent trips to Mexico and brings back the most gorgeous hand-blown stemware. And the margarita glasses-$1.00 from Dollar Tree! We enjoy "horchata" (rice water) in ours, instead of real margaritas!

I found the cute napkin rings in the little girls hair accessories aisle of a local discount store. I didn't know when I would use them, but they really look great with my brightly colored Fiesta.

This cute little jug(?) came from a box of stuff that Hubby got from his grandmother. It has been in the back of the china cabinet for so long, I almost forgot about it.

Hubby loves to make fresh salsa from our own jalapeno plants and tomatoes. He says it tastes so much better than store-bought.

A big "MUCHAS GRACIAS" to Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" for hosting this terrific party!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I need Help...

I've been looking at this table top for quite awhile. I can't seem to decide what to do with it. I know it needs something, but what? So, I'm asking the experts-those of you who post to Marty's Tabletop Tuesday. Let me know what you think, and I will re-post next week with your suggestions.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tablescapes 2009-Part 2

As always, I'm so grateful for Susan from "Between Naps on the Porch" for graciously hosting this fabulous meme! I have learned so much from all of you and your wonderful, beautiful table settings. I really haven't had time to get any of my "new-old" dishes out of storage this week, so I thought that I would share another table from my P.E.O. fundraiser last summer.
My friend Cheryl put together this darling "Summer Picnic". She started with an antique ironing board, used her grandmother's aprons for linens, and then set the board for a picnic buffet. I am always amazed at Cheryl's creativity and events like this allow her to really show off!
I really hope that my life slows down a bit, so I can continue to play with my dishes. I'm thinking...Cinco de Mayo?
Since I'm a complete dunce on the linking thing-click on susan's button to get back to her page.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tablescapes 2009

Thank you Susan from Between Naps on the Porch" for letting us all come and play with dishes each week. I have had such a wonderful time! However, this week has been just a little crazy for me, so I thought I would share a past tablescape that I have put together. I am a member of P.E.O., a philanthropic and educational organization for women. Each year we raise funds for scholarships for women that need help in getting an education. Our most successful fundraiser has been "Tablescapes". Last summer I put together the idea of a "Cupcake Party". I used my Fiesta, and my everyday tableware. I also used my everyday glasses. I bought enough fabric to make a tablecloth, with the bright colors of my dishes in it. I made the napkins to match out of hot pink fabric. I bought the cookie jar at Smith's, along with the cupcake ceramics. The centerpiece is made up of gift bags from the Dollar Tree, I thought that would be a fun way to have a goodie bag for each guest. The cupcake plates were also from the Dollar Tree.I also put out miniature cupcakes from the bakery. The placecard holders were from "The Rosemary Company" which I found on the internet. The only thing you can't see are the balloons! We have a great group of women in our Chapter. They have such lovely things. Using Tablescapes as a fundraiser has been very successful for us.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Play Ball!!!

Thanks again to Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for having us back again this week. Something that has become somewhat of a ritual in our home is Baseball. All of my boys played HS ball for the local high school, #3 played in college and now Hubby is an umpire for the local MS & HS leagues. I thought that it might be fun to gather a few things and set a table to help us get in the mood for America's pastime.

I started with a linen table cloth and then found some vintage-looking striped fabric for the middle. I used my square plates that reminded me of the bases.

I put some of my Bobble heads on the table-they are fun and give some movement to the scene. My pilsner glasses were purchased at the local market, but we are having cream soda to drink.

My napkins were made from complimentary fabric, the stars remind me of the All-Star game, which we were priviledged to attend when it was held in Denver.

The napkin rings were made from scrapbook embellishments and the lacing from a baseball. Son #3 consented to cut up an old ball or two to get enough lacing for 4 rings.

My centerpiece is an old catchers mitt with several balls stacked inside. I placed it on my glass cake stand to give it some height. A few caps, peanuts and Cracker Jack round out the table. On the menu for tonight-hot dogs and apple pie! It can only get better if our team wins!