I’m joining Cuisine Kathleen’s Farewell to Summer table challenge today.
Before preparing last week’s HOT! Summer Table in the Cool Shade, I set this table in the early morning (because I’m
Amish an early riser who hates to sweat glisten). When I downloaded the pictures, horrors! Obviously, taking pictures in the shade of our house so early in the morning isn’t the thing to do. But, it’s the only way to escape the summer’s end heat!
All that to say, I hope you’ll please excuse my dark pictures today.
When planning this “new table”, I remembered a purchase earlier this summer while shopping at T. J Maxx. The birds were calling me that day….
I adore birds, except when they nest on my porch and place droppings everywhere! We are constantly knocking down nests with a stick and discouraging nest-building altogether.
Bird plates are a nice way to enjoy one of God’s beautiful creatures without them building nests.
Of course, I couldn’t resist the polka-dot plates found one aisle over from the bird plates. (No, the spots are not to represent bird droppings…yucky!) The twiggy rattan chargers remind me of nests, though.
The smoky-gray stemware from Dollar Tree go well with most any tablescape. I’m still amazed at their versatility.
I purchased these never-yet-used place mats (turned vertically) at TJM last year, along with the tea-towels-turned-napkins. I’m imagining a summer grand finale barbecue where you need lots of napkins.
The yellow and the blue flower pots hold ruffle-trimmed napkins I found while antique shopping with Mom 2 earlier this summer.
This concrete bird usually hangs out on the front porch. Since he brings no possibility of droppings (wink), I brought him to the center collection.
Speaking of center collection, the upside-down-clay-pot gives several items a lift for interest and focus. Including the clay pot, notice I repeated the color of each bird on the plates within the center grouping colors.
For greenery, I brought out a pot of English Ivy from the laundry room crate/shelf. For a twiggy dimension, I added some Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick cuttings. The grape-vine salad set also adds a twisty, twiggy element.
Don’t you love those twisties? I’m very happy Mrs. Garden Party shared them with me! (Remember her fun garden party earlier this summer?)
I’m rooting the cuttings in water because Mrs. Garden Party says they’re easy to root and plant in the yard. She said to stick them in the ground and keep them watered. With our recent dry weather, this way should be easier.
Not sure I really need this many, though. Here’s a closer view of the gorgeous twigs.
The tablecloth is the gray one I used all last year during fall and winter. Nothing else I had on hand seemed to point the spotlight onto the birds as well as this one.
Before Fall and at summer’s end, birds deserve the spotlight. That’s nothing to shake a stick at – unless it’s Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick, of course.
For your further enjoyment, I’ve included this video about Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick Pruning and Propagation. It’s interesting how they grow them into walking sticks!
Wouldn’t you love a long, twisted walking stick made from a “Harry Lauder” plant?
Thank you for joining me today for this fun-to-create bird-themed table. I’ve enjoyed your visit so much!
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