Sharing my tablescape this week.
If you have been following my tablescape posts for a few years, you know I struggle to get my centerpieces low enough so people can see over them. I don't like placing the centerpiece on the buffet when the dinner starts. Somehow my floral arrangements get huge and out of control very fast. Well, guess what!! I finally solved my problem!!
I saw towers being used in commercial work and I thought there was no reason they couldn't be used in the home. So I bought a couple. Well, correction. I bought two gold ones and had to send them back because they were made in India and I couldn't get them screwed together because the threads were all stripped. Horrible quality. So I ordered these silver ones. One wouldn't go together and one would. After returning and exchanging one, I finally now have two that work.
What do you think? Below is what they look like without the flowers. I would like to change their bowl design to be straight sided. Don't notice that my pumpkins on the console are two different colors. Just didn't have time to paint them with Annie Sloan chalk paint which I will do next week. Console table I designed for Swede Collection shown here in Swedish Gray finish.
The bowl is curved so the Oasis doesn't fit very well. It doesn't hold enough Oasis to make a huge arrangement, so that limits you and makes you cut down on the mass you can create. Also, due to the curve, you have to anchor the Oasis down with floral tape or it will slide and pull the arrangement out. Dangerous. With the floral arrangements above people's heads it gives much more open real estate on the tabletop and guests can see each other across the table. Solution found.
Here are the products I used in this tablescape.
You know I love these antique hand-painted fish sets for the style impact they bring to the mix. I just purchased this set of 12 plates by one of my favorite French porcelain companies, William Guerin. There is also a large platter with the set that is 2Die4 all painted by J. Barbarin. I use these for appetizer plates for finger foods so the paint doesn't get scratched. Just love these -- all in excellent condition. One thing about collecting these sets from the turn of the century is that since they were specialty items, families purchased them and then didn't use them so they sat in china cabinets for 100 years untouched, so most of the time you are getting them in fabulous condition.
The tablecloth I made several years ago from a Schumacher upholstery fabric. It is moire so shines in the right light. Melon color. Flatware is Vietri's tortoise and Italian Ricci's gold pattern. Same Pottery Barn napkins from last week with Kim Seybert animal print napkin rings.
Stemware left to right: Amber Yurana Designs with the exterior buttons that I think are so cool, Richard Strini's Bella Iron Gold pattern in the center, and right is amber square-based vintage Indiana Glass Mt. Vernon pattern.
Teacup and saucer is Mottahedeh's Sacred Bird and Butterfly pattern. I like the mix of this pattern with the Royal Worcester plates. I placed a red pear in the cup. The pears are made by a company in Kentucky called Apple Annie, now out of business. They made fabulous real-looking fruit sculptures in the 1990's.
Can't wait to use these towers again as they are so versatile. This style is 30" tall. I think for residential tables the 27" variety would work just fine also. Commercial ones like you see at wedding receptions are 35".
This week I'm linking up to:http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/
and Tablescape Thursday at http://betweennapsontheporch.net/.