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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tablescape Thursday-Girls Night In

It's time again to play with our dishes!!! I've not played as much as I would like lately. For some reason I have been in a blogging funk. I haven't really felt like participating much & I don't know why. Maybe it's the weather. It's been over a hundred degrees for the past few weeks. So I guess I've felt like relaxing in the pool, more than blogging. Can you really blame me?

The truth is I am basically lazy. If given the choice, I'd rather relax than do something that takes energy. So when the weather turns hot, it zaps what little energy or motivation that I do have to the point that I get nothing accomplished. Just ask my hubby. He has a long list of things he wants me to help him with & I always say "It's too hot!!!!".

But I decided that I couldn't let another week go by without playing with my dishes. If you want to see other tablescapes by those who really know what they are doing, be sure to visit Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch. She always puts together a beautiful tablescape. And you will also find all the other fabulous participants for this week.

I'm calling this tablescpae: "Girls Night In". As you know, or may not know, I live in a household full of men. They really don't like girly stuff. But I can't pass up buying girly stuff. So this tablescape I put together for my sister in law, my 2 nieces & I to have a fabulous girls night in. We will send all the men (or boys) out and we will enjoy a leisurely night at home enjoying a good dinner, good conversation, a chick flick & maybe a dip in the pool.

Since it will be an "all chick" affair, I'm using pink & white in my tablescape. I guess I should have put up a sign that says "No boys allowed". That brings back memories of being a kid and having a girls club. Did you have a girls club when you were a child?

I'm using my pink damask plates again. But this time, only the salad plates. I bought the plates from Target a few months back. There were a spring item (but pink is always in fashion if you are a girl) and I purchased dinner plates, salad plates & bowls on 50% off clearance at the end of spring, beginning of summer. . I love these plates (but the men in my family hate them as they are pink & girly). So I love them more.
My dinner plates came from Dollar Tree a few weeks back. I thought they would go great with my damask plates. And they do.
The white chargers were my "freeby" purchase from Amazon (I used a gift certificate I earned, so technically they weren't free).
The pink & white striped placemats & the rose napkins came from Marshall's in the spring as a set. I also purchased a tablecloth that matches the napkins, but I was too lazy to iron it, so I didn't use it for this tablescape. Plus the tablecloth is too long for either of my tables, so I need to cut it down. But I'm lazy & a procrastinator, so needless to say, it hasn't been done. I'm just using the not wanting to iron it excuse as it seems better than the truth. The silverware also came from Marshall's on clearance at the end of winter. I don't remember who the maker is or the pattern name.
I've used my Libby goblets from Walmart. I use them for everything. I'm more into dishes than glasses. So you'll see these in almost all of my tablescapes.
I gathered up 6 crystal candlestick holders from around my house & placed 3 on either side of the centerpiece. Most of these came from thrift stores.
For my centerpiece I placed a white plate on top of a crystal candlestick to make a cake plate. Then I placed a white pitcher filled with pink daisies. I placed a starfish & a large sand dollar shell on the plate to give it a beachy summery feel. And we can't forget Harold & Maude my Target birdie S+P shakers. They want to be at every dinner party I have. We'll let it slide that Harold is a boy.

I didn't make name cards as we are family & I let them sit anywhere they like.
Can't you hear the ocean waves pounding on the sand? I can see Prince Charming riding through the waves on his white horse. Don't tell my hubby.
And can you smell the flowers? What do you mean you can't smell them.
The table is set. Now all we need is the servants to cook & bring us dinner.
Oh you thought I was going to cook? You obviously don't know me very well.
Well it looks like the servants took the night off. And they forgot to send out the invites. So no dinner & no company. What am I going to do? I guess I'll just have to take a dip in the pool & plan my next tablescape.
I think Prince Charming, I mean hubby, is already taking a dip. I think I'll join him.


  1. Very pretty colors you've used. Love it!

  2. Love the plates! I saw those at Target as well, but I didn't pick any up. You did a great girly table. Hope you had fun.

  3. Hello Kim! I really like your Girls Night In table. The layering really is great. The colors and the patterns work really well together!

  4. I absolutely LOVE the pink salad plates! Wouldn't have given them a second thought until I saw them on your table..... That's what I love about blogging, it opens my mind to new ideas, new possibilities.... You have a real knack for mixing patterns. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Fabulous girly tablescape! Love the way you layered the plates, so interesting and festive! Everything worked so well together and looked like you fussed for hours!


  6. Well, you just can't find good help these days!LOL! I but if you had hubby toss some meat on the grill(any kind of meat will usually work) they won't even notice the pink dishes. After all, it would be a shame to let all your hard work go to waste! Wish I could have joine ya!

  7. Love your girls night out! The pink plates and placmats are wonderful together! Love those chargers. What unique candle sticks! Love them!

  8. I love those plates

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  9. Kim, this is just beautiful! I'm more into plates than glasses also. Easier to store! I have to tell you that last night I read an article in the newspaper (Dallas Morning News) that told how chic it is to mix square with round plates. So you are very chic! The colors here are a delight. I love those napkins. Why can't I ever find any like that? The candlesticks are great (also read recently how creative it is to mix various glass candlesticks). You are soaring on the "chic" scale, girl! My "servants" not only took the night off, they quit, so I guess I'll be eating tv dinners...

  10. I would have loved to have been invited to your chick party. You are a stitch! I'd even bring the food just to have a laugh with you.
    Your tablescape is pretty, and I love your commentary as much as I love your decorating style.


  11. Hi, Kim I see your lovely comments regularly on my site. I did not realize this was your blog! Thank you for coming by so often and I did so love your girls night out! But the pool with your hubby sounds wonderful too. I do remember those days with my hubby! Maybe I get to have more of them when I finish all these surgeries, by the way I will be going to surgery mid Sept. so if I not around you will know why. Love your pink!

  12. I absolutely adore your pink dishes...even in the dead of winter, these would be great! Maybe even BETTER!! :O) Lots of winter days, I WANT PINK.
    Your girls night in table is just adorable.

  13. Love your girls plates! I know it's been really hot -- maybe you should try a "tablescape" on a float in the pool! Might be the coolest place to dine. We've not been as hot as usual here -- but the humidity's still been high. I know how it just saps any motivation to do anything but sit in front of a fan - or in the pool. Stay cool.

  14. I love all the girly-girly! It's so pretty! I love a pink table and you did a great job!
    All the best,

  15. Oh now this is a sweet table! Very pretty!


  16. Very girly! It was nice of you to let Harold be your token male at the party! I enjoyed your descriptions and amusing comments.

    I have some of those same glasses, and I really like the clean lines. They really do go with everything!

  17. Hey Girlfriend...

    Ohhh yea...count me in Darlin'...for your "Girl's Night In" party!!! Couldn't we have some fun, my friend?

    Kim, those have got to be the sweetest pink plates ever!!! I love the pretty damask pattern and the coordinating stripe! They're so pretty and your right...they're so "girlie"! Hehe! Love the pretty napkins that you have put with this place setting...perfect!

    Well my friend...hope you have a wonderful weekend! Got any plans? Talk with you later!

    Love ya,
    PS...thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my Rose Faerie tablescape and your sweet comments!!!

  18. I'm not sure how I missed this lovely tablescape yesterday. I love the colors! All of the plates are beautiful, and I love the vignette you created for the center of the table. Everything is gorgeous!


  19. I like this, those pink plates are really pretty! Great for Girls Night In!


  20. What a girly table, Kim - love the pinks! :)

  21. Kim, this table looks so pretty. I love those plates (all of them), and I LOVE the idea of a Girls Night In. Those placemats and napkins are perfect with the colors in your china. laurie

  22. Love the pink and white! And you took such gorgeous photos as well! There are some experts here to learn from (you :)
    Thanks for the comment on my first tablescape!

  23. Kim, I can't believe your table, it's way too cute for words!!!! LOVE all that pink!

  24. Pretty in Pink! Love those dishes and they are not to pretty to eat off of as men think. Love the pink theme!

  25. Oh Kim, I soooo loving your girly pink tablesetting!
    Such a wonderful mix of patterns and all the same colors. Wow, how lucky to find matching colors all from different places!
    The white also adds an element of freshness and the crystal, elegance!
    What a perfect mixture! Love it!
    You really did a great job!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  26. Sounds like it will be a perfectly classy, fun, uplifting and inspiring hens night! Looks so much fun! Nice blog article i really liked it thanks for sharing and suggesting about ladies night

  27. The pink and white striped placemats also the rose napkins collections are very attractive and it is perfect mixture of all. I like your blog, it opens my mind to new ideas, new possibilities also.