Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Spoon Rest GardenTablescape & Winner

This post brought to you despite tornadic activity in Tulsa...please say a prayer for those in tornado alley.  Sirens have gone off here and rotations have been reported all over OK.  

The winner of the $40 gift certificate to Designs by Derilyn  is Mary, comment #42 who has her own lovely blog Mary's Meanderings  Please contact me and I'll put you in touch with Derilyn.  Congratulations Mary, have fun shopping!

I've got another Giveaway going on and you can ENTER HERE

Now for my Tablescape.   This one is pretty simple, but it was fun to create nonetheless.


I began with a tea stained foral tablecloth with muted blues, pinks, greens and reds. 
I've told you all about Decorator's Friend...an online store with a huge selection of giftware, garden items and housewares all at very reasonable prices.....well I found a set of three spoon rest, each a different color. They are really big and I thought...hmmm....how can I use these?  Since they were so large I thought they'd be great little appetizer plates.
I have some vintage polychrome brown transferware plates by Enoch Woods that perfectly coordinated.


 I accented around the table with garden related things...I brought in one of my outdoor planters for the centerpiece and put some rabbit figurines in the urn around the greenery.  Some of you asked about my rabbit figurines I used in another post, and though I can't find them...these are readily available at the link provided.  They come in two sets, one is the Mother and Father Rabbit and the other set is the brother and sister rabbit set.
 
I bought these metal lawn chairs that were salesman's samples at an antique shop years ago...aren't they cute?
I placed my napkins in these little weathered tin pails...they just seemed to fit with the table theme and looked great with the miniature lawn chairs.

Around the base of the urn I placed a set of six varied colors ranuculus flowers in vintage looking milk bottles.  These are so cute...they're permanently set in a clear polymer.  My Mom and Mother in law both thought they were real!
These make a cute arrangement on a placemat with a bunny topiary in the center.


I served my homemade chicken salad on dark wheat, sweet rolls.  Yummy!
 
 
 I had to have a bite....

Nancy's Chicken Salad

I always eyeball this but here's the basics...what we like about this is the addition of Green Apples.. a little twist to grapes, for those of us who like a touch of sweetness

Boiled chicken breasts, deboned and cubed/cut up
Thin sliced celery
Real Mayonnaise
dash or few of garlic (to taste)
a little coarse ground black pepper
 a little sea salt
Granny Smith apple

This was our 'staple' food when we skied at Breckenridge every weekend.  I'd make a big tub of chicken salad, throw it in the car with a plastic knife and a loaf of bread.  We learned quickly to arrive at the parking lot right on the lift as soon as it opened.  We'd all set a time and meet back at the car for lunch...it beats $10 x 8 for hamburgers that aren't that great to begin with.  I can slap 8 chicken salad sandwiches together in about 60 seconds!  We'd eat quickly so as not to lose any precious ski time.   I miss those weekends sooooo much!


Have fun tablescaping!
 
 
 

Linking up with:

Three or More Tuesday at The Gyps's Corner
A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum
Tablescape Thursday at  Between Naps on the Porch
Hodge Podge Friday @ It's a Hodgepodge Life

 

 

38 comments:

  1. What a great idea of using the spoon rest for appetizers,Nancy, so original. I really like the urn. Your table is so pretty!...Christine

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  2. Those are great little spoon rests. I see how they make great appetizer plates. Love the whole look

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  3. OH!! It is BEAUTIFUL!! And YYUUMMMMYY sandwhiches!! XXOO

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  4. What a great setting Nancy, love it! I can imagine the taste of your salad...yummy:)

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  5. Absolutely beautiful! I just love it all..the centerpiece is amazing! The little flowers are so pretty and of course the dishes steal the show. What a cute idea to use spoon rest on the top layer!! I love all the accessories and those cute lawn chairs are so fun!!

    Miss Bloomers

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  6. How Fun!! Thank you so very much! We use our home lots for ministry and I sign up for all the giveaways hoping to help with making our home a haven for those who bless us with their presence! I am so going to enjoy finding a goodie of Derilyn's!!

    I love your blog and was going to ask you to give me some tips on ranuculus flowers as I love them but can't seem to get them to grow for me! Then I found out they are not real!! Maybe this is what I need to resort to!

    Thank you again for picking me!!

    bee blessed
    mary

    Bee Blessed!
    Mary

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  7. Love the spoon rests--so cute! Your table looks wonderful and the chicken salad looks delicious.

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  8. I love how creative you are, Nancy...who would have thought to use a spoon rest as a server for appetizers? I learn something new every time I come to your site! Your table is really adorable with the rabbits and outdoor theme, to say nothing of the beautiful polychrome plates.

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  9. Nancy, you really think out of the box. I think your idea of using the spoon rests as serving dishes is very clever. They add a great punch of color. Love the centerpiece too. Thanks for sharing this darling table and that delicious looking chicken salad. ~ Sarah

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  10. Nancy, I am in love with the urn! Your table setting is wonderful, adorable rabbits, metal buckets, transferware...all my favorites.
    xoxo
    Sherry

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  11. Nancy, it is great how the things are going well together. The spoonrests compliment the colors of the transferware exactly and so do the shapes of the ranunculus with the spoonrests. The color of the urn looks quite the same like the chargers. That makes your table very harmonic. Very nice and happy table.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  12. Nancy, those plates are just wonderful!! I love this setting- it has everything I love!
    xoxo pattie

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  13. A sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm! What a great idea for the spoon rests,and they do work beautifully with your dishes. Your tablescape is just wonderful, love the ranunculus roses so much! That recipe looks delish and served on that dark roll is just perfect! Ciao, bella!

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  14. You are so clever! I would have never thought to use those spoon rests in that way. I love your rabbits. That chicken salad looks soooo good!

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  15. I was waiting for that recipe to come into view! I may just have to try that...ASAP!!
    Great tablescape!!

    I hope all is well in OK...and that your box of goodies (sent from good 'ole NC) didn't go Kansas or anything! I've got a tracking number on it, so I'll check it out and make sure it's still safely on it's way to you! :)

    ~angela @ peonypatch
    (the tassel house girl)
    :)

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  16. How clever you are to see spoon rests and think "appetizer plates"! This is a wonderful, creative table, and I especially love the miniature lawn chairs and pails!

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  17. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this Nancy! Those plates! I have to have them! I love how creative you were with the centerpiece and the napkin holder. It's all so wonderful. I'm actually going to save this for my inspiration folder. The food looks delicious too. Wonderful post my friend! --Delores

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  18. way to mix it up!!

    love your creative heart!! I may try your chicken salad today with some left over roasted chicken in the fridge. :-)

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  19. Hi Nancy!

    This table is so fun and fresh looking! I love it. those spoon rests are adorable and using them for appetizers was a fun idea! The plates are just beautiful and the urn looks wonderful!

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  20. Oh my, what a lovely table! I just love those little spoon rests and the whole garden theme! BEAUTIFUL :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  21. WOW with a table like this you could be a party planner or something, window displays perhaps....this is so pretty!~ Thanks for stopping by our Anniversary post....

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  22. So amazing table very beautiful dishes, love the cute topiary and the flowers.

    Hugs
    Charo

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  23. Beautiful table and what a clever idea!!!!

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  24. Nancy, I love this rich looking floral and fauna table. The spoon rests are such a great idea! How creative. The bunnies and all the garden elements give this a very Beatrix Potter look, which is brilliant!

    I love the recipe for chicken salad. I never thought to put apples in it. Yummy!

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  25. GREAT!!! post and I LOVE!!! the idea of the spoon rest. AWESOME!!!
    Geri

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  26. Such pretty spoon rests! Fun idea to use them on your table! Guests would get a kick out of having food served in them. Very unique! Your table is is so bright and cheery and I like your centerpiece.

    The chicken salad buns look fantastic and being a skier, I loved hearing your story of how you packed a tub of it for your ski trips- great idea - and so true, better than burgers in taste, expense and nutrition!

    DD

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  27. What a stunning table! Love the chicken salad recipe too, and the spoon rests - how clever!!

    Congrats to the winner!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  28. Beautiful table. Now what time should I be over for the chicken salad?
    Joyce

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  29. I LOVE all of this! The Spoon Rests~ what a fantastic & creative idea~ the URN, the plates, the bunnies...All of it is a feast for the ideas and delicious to look at :-)

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  30. What a beautiful table! I love the spoon rests and ranunculus are some of my all-time favorite flowers.

    You chicken salad looks delicious! Great ski memories ;)

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  31. What beautiful finds!!! I really love the spoon rests - that's a fabulous idea to use them on the table like that. You have a very creative eye! - www.delightfulcountrycookin.com

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  32. Those flowers do look real and what a great idea with the spoon rests -- love the bunnies and all your garden touches.

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  33. This is amazing. It looks enchanted. I'm having a shower next weekend. Could you come set the table? :)

    Thanks for visiting a commenting on my umbrella door candy. Yours will be lovely with that silver handled umbrella. Mine was just a Target wonder but I didn't have time to shop around.
    Have a great weekend.
    Pam

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  34. This is fabulous. I wish you lived next door!

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  35. Love your use of the spoon rests!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  36. Oh wow, this is fabulous. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your urn. It is stunning with the vines, moss and the bunnies. The flowers are perfect and your dishes are amazing. Chicken salad is one of my all time favorites and this looks sooooooooooooooooo good. I really love your tablescape. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

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  37. The spoon dishes combine beautifully with the older ones. Hope you will stop by and see us. Jane F.

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