Lemon Inspired Tablescape

Don’t we always need something tall in the center of our table?  This forsythia is one of the few fakes I’ll keep on hand, because I have no real forsythia plants.  And, it looks pretty real.

Forsythia Centerpiece

The lemons in the vase are holding the forsythia branches straight and tall.  If you think they are real, well…OK, I won’t say any different. 😉


Since the center arrangement is a conglomerate of items, I grounded them with some authentic-looking moss.  (To make that, visit Spanish Moss Mat – Tutorial.)  It’s fake, just like the forsythia.   That’s where the fake ends in this tablescape.  (Thank you, Alycia, at Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One for the moss inspiration!)

Center Collection

All the white tablecloths I have are very lacy, probably damaging to wash often.  Since I want to preserve them, I found this smooth but heavy-weight white cloth at Salvation Army for one dollar.  Some people may feel awkward shopping at Salvation Army, but they are a wonderful source for old dishes, old white sheets to be used as curtain lining, and many more useful things.  If you visit often, you get the good stuff before it’s gone. Wash the items well, and they’re good as new (sometimes…almost).

Don’t feel that you’re “taking things that should go to underprivileged”, because the lady that runs our local store said they need the money from selling items, no matter who buys it.  The money gives them more flexibility in helping those in need.  OK.  No problem.  I’ll help.

Do lemons remind you of summer?  Lemonade, perhaps?  I bought this flower at my favorite nursery I spoke of in my Better-Late-Than-Never Seed Starters post.

Coleus and Calibrachoa


It was one of those things that called out to me from across the room.  (Well, across the green house.)  I fell in love with these pin-wheel-like blooms!  Does that ever happen to you?  Every year it happens to me with one flower or another.

I didn’t resist the urge to bring this baby home.  No-sir-ee!  I potted it up right away.  You saw it yesterday in my first What’s Blooming Wednesday.   It was the only potted plant in the feature, but I wanted you to see it in my landscape as a sneak preview.  Yes, I’m the sneaky type.

The yellow accented tablescape I’d been planning suddenly received another lemon feature when I brought this lemon slice flower inside.  Bringing pots inside allows us to enjoy them all the more.

Lemon Slice Calibrachoa

Do you see why I’m in love with this flower?  God’s really showing out with this one, y’all!

Trio of Pretties


I liked it teamed up with the lime-rimmed coleus, too.  I had a little empty spot toward the back of the flower-pot (room for growth), so I added fresh-cut daisies from the side yard.

I know you noticed the napkin rings, so let’s talk about those a little bit.

The crochet rose napkin rings I included in the Piggly Wiggly China Debut sparked a little research about making them.  During my internet search, I came across a video on making a rose out of strips of fabric.  I happened to have some buttery yellow double wide bias tape.

Why cut fabric strips if you have them already in a package ready to use?  I’ll share a tutorial soon, y’all.  They are very easy to make!  I was amazed at how you can turn bias tape into something so rose-like.

Yellow Rose Napkin Rings


Do you remember me saying I tried to grow yellow roses because they were my grandmother’s favorite?  (And I shared that I failed miserably!)  These napkin ring yellow roses are for keeps.  Here’s to you, Grandmomma!  These will be with me a long time, this reminder of you and your love for yellow roses.  (Learn to make them in Yellow Rose Napkin Rings – Tutorial.)

Look what’s dancing on the table top – hoop skirts and all.  The dancing ladies salt and pepper shakers were Grandmomma’s.  Don’t you love having little reminders of your family?  Grandparents are very important in our lives, and I hope to be one some day.  (When the time is right – later, y’all.)

Dancing Ladies S & P

What would we do without the sweet memories of being loved by those who spoiled us rotten?  You may have noticed the milk glass (holding a real – I promise – lemon)  behind these ladies.  It belonged to HH’s grandmother – a very important spoiler in his life, too. 🙂

Isn’t milk glass so clean and refreshing?  Quite like lemons.

Lemons and Ladies


Oh, and the lemon tea cakes!  I almost forgot the tea cakes!  I’ll be sharing this recipe later, because this post is long enough.  I won’t forget, though, OK?

Lemon Tea-Cakes


HBD (Handy Builder Dad) inspired my search for a tea cake recipe when I was in my teens.  He remembered eating his grandmother’s often, but no one could provide her recipe.  I found a recipe he said was similar, and for a twist of flavor, I adapted that same recipe to make these Lemon Tea Cakes.  So yummy, y’all.

The dishes I’ve used here are my everyday china, nothing special or especially elegant.  Just simple, for that clean, simple look – Mikasa HK 400 in antique white.  The stainless flatware is Oneida in Brahms, also my everyday, and we use it for everything.  Inside, outside, formal, and casual.  See?  No need for many different sets.  Just one good versatile set.

Lemon-Inspired Tablescape


Start with the basics and add more later, just for the fun of it.

Thank you for joining me today for the review of this simple tablescape.  Please join me throughout the following week as I feature more detailed information about certain items included in today’s post.  Tutorials, tips and tricks, and the lemon tea cakes recipe.  See?  I haven’t forgotten. 🙂

I’m joining several of these parties this week:

The Tablescaper for SEASONAL SUNDAY




Memories by the Mile for TUESDAY TRIVIA

Savvy Southern Style for WOW US WEDNESDAY


Alderberry Hill for MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY


No Minimalist Here for OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY

The Busy Bee’s for THURSDAY BLOG HOP

Crafts ala mode for WHAT TO DO WEEKENDS

A Stroll Thru Life for INSPIRE ME TUESDAY

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  1. says

    Good morning, Kim! First, thanks for the shout out! That was nice of you!!! You know I’m a moss-lovin’ fool here in the Mighty Midwest!!! I love how you’ve incorporated it into your tablescape to corral your centerpiece items! Slick move, Slick! 🙂

    I had never seen that pinwheel flower until it showed up on your post the other day. Now I have my eye out for them. There is a charity plant sale going on this weekend at which I hope to find some. I just love that lemony yellow color mixed with the white!

    Let’s talk about these fabric roses for a minute. I have no idea what bias tape is, but I’m going to find some so that I can be ready for the tutorial. I LOVE the way those look, especially with the way you adorned the center!!!!!!! I’m going to try to get my crafty on to make some!!! 🙂

    I LOVE the little lady S&Ps!!! They are so cute! I treasure every little memento that I still have that belonged to my Grandmothers. Sometimes I see things in thrift stores or at garage sales or even in people’s homes that remind me of them!!! Speaking of that, I was glad to see your comments re: shopping at thrift stores. They absolutely rely on dollars spent there by ANYONE to generate revenue to help those in need. I donate to thrift stores AND shop them. It’s like give a penny, take a penny at the 7-Eleven! 🙂 The difference is that whether you’re giving through donations or taking through buying, you’re giving to a good cause!

    OK…done. Have a beautiful day, my dear!!!!!

    • says

      Yes, yes, yes, and yes! I love it that we agree on everything! I found the tablecloth when I went in to make a donation. It’s a wonderful place to “trade stuff”. You can find bias tape at Wal-Mart’s sewing section or any fabric store. It comes in regular and wide, single-fold and double-fold. You want to buy the wide double-fold for these roses. You’ll need plenty of hot glue sticks, too. Thanks again for all your encouragement, and we’ll get crafty together soon! 🙂 Happy Thursday, my friend.

    • says

      Yes, yes, yes, and yes! I love it that we agree on everything! I found the tablecloth when I went in to make a donation. It’s a wonderful place to “trade stuff”. You can find bias tape at Wal-Mart’s sewing section or any fabric store. It comes in regular and wide, single-fold and double-fold. You want to buy the wide double-fold for these roses. You’ll need plenty of hot glue sticks, too. Thanks again for all your encouragement, and we’ll get crafty together soon! 🙂 Happy Thursday, my friend.

  2. says

    What a precious lemon theme tablescape! The more I viewed your tablescape the more detail of yellow I found. You had me when the yellow and white peturnias were shown in the photo. The darling yellow girl shakers are the icing on the table. I shop thrift stores and love their china and accessories but haven’t found many linens. Love your beautiful tablescape and thanks for sharing the details!


    • says

      Thank you, Pam. Some thrift stores have more linens, others have more dishes, so I stop at different locations when I get the chance. I’m very happy you enjoyed the post! 🙂

  3. says

    I love all your yellows, Kim. They brighten an otherwise gray day here. Shopping at Salvation Army or any like place is something I like to do not only because I find an occasional treasure but because spending money there makes me feel that I am helping out.

    • says

      Thank you, Lulu. It’s nice to know I’m not the only thrift shopper. 🙂 I hope your day tomorrow is sunnier, but I’m glad the yellows brightened your gray day today. 🙂

  4. says

    Kim, this is so pretty! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    • says

      Welcome! I’m always thrilled to have a new follower. I’ll be heading over to Hickory Trail. 🙂 Thank you!