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.
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!)
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.
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.
Do you see why I’m in love with this flower? God’s really showing out with this one, y’all!
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.
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.)
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.
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?
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.
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
Stone Gable for ON THE MENU MONDAY and TUTORIALS, TIPS & TIDBITS THURSDAY
The Gunny Sack for WHAT’S IN THE GUNNY SACK? and TIME TO SPARKLE TUESDAY
Alderberry Hill for MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY
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