Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Graduation Celebration...

Hosted by Susan and Leigh

THEME:
"I Did It!"

INSPIRATION:
Commencement Colors and "Snowfall Splendor" Dinnerware"

One of you asked me if I'm going to do a graduation tablescape. And I said YES!

I took the cues from my blue and gold commencement attire and added cream and white to tone down the jewel tones.

The dinnerware I used is my Target's 2008 Holiday line called "Snowfall Splendor" in gold (there's platinum, too). My husband bought it for me (50% off) for my birthday right after we got back from our Christmas vacation with his fam up in Utah.

This is probably the second time I used this pattern due to storage problems. It got stuck in the very back up on the highest shelf upstairs during a redo, but I have them down now so I know I'll be using them more... I opted for a subtle graduation theme so I focused on the colors I wore at my own commencement but I did leave one great clue (other than the name of the post...) Can you spot it?

I found the blue basketweave plastic placemats and fabric napkins at Anna's Linens today. The napkins scanned at $1.99 each which was fine for me, but when the lady saw another sticker inside with the same barcode for 99 cents, she adjusted the price and saved me $8.00! Woohoo! I used my gold plastic chargers from LNT GOOB sale for extra 40%off the last clearance price of 50% off!

Leigh, this is my great thrifty find- this contemporary glass vase was thru Freecycle! I adorned it with plastic bead necklace, $1 and 9-in gold ribbon, cost me a penny.

The tealights were 22 cents each and the smaller wine goblets were from Goodwill, 99 cents (I saw some at Ross in Fountain Hills, AZ) and the bigger ones, Gorham's "Rose Serenade" for $4 each at Tuesday Morning.

The white mums were from May 11th, so it's more than paid for and the candlesticks were from Ross last January, normally $20 each, I paid $7 each.
The tablecloth, a flannel twin flat sheet, turned inside out. The other side have blue and pink flowers. So another FREE tablecloth!



So here you are, another beautiful and thrifty tablescape from yours truly to kick off any graduation party! I had a lot of fun doing this table. I'm glad I was given this challenge. I hope you like it as much as I do!

Let's all go to visit Susan and Leigh and see how many more ladies played with their dishes and found great deals! Thanks for peeking! Have a great Thursday!

37 comments:

  1. Beautiful tablescape, Chandy! But you know what my favorite is? The rolled napkins and gold holder. They look like a rolled diploma. You are so creative. Congrats on graduating again!...Christine

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  2. You got it, Christine! That's exactly what I was going for! Yay!

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  3. You're so creative, Chandy. Your table is stunning and I'm always so impressed by your finds. I couldn't participate in Tablescape Thursday this time, I've run our of dishes! Wish I could find some bargains like you!

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  4. G'day!

    love the candle holders and the mums

    think the tealights finish this off beautifully, they always seem to add that just so feel...

    happy tablescaping

    Sarah
    A Beach Cottage

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  5. I love that your napkins look like a diploma! I also love those tall candle holders--need to keep checking Ross! You should celebrate this for a long time--good going!

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  6. A great table -- love the blue, think of mums as "school flowers" so great choice and love the way the napkins are rolled up like diplomas.

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  7. Chandy,
    This is just perfect for graduation! The blues and gold and those napkins! You are a great bargain shopper my dear! Cindy

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  8. Everything looks just fabulous here. I really like the colors...

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  9. Great job Chandy !
    I love how the colors coordinated with your Graduation Gown....Everything looks so elegant!
    I also love how you did it on a cheap budget (girl after my own heart) That deal you got on the napkins was great too !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  10. When the pictures were loading, they sure remind me of your toga :-)

    Blue and gold, really nice.

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  11. Chandy, I LOVE the colors. And I love that is a celebration of graduation! Perfect!!! LOVE this one, Chandy. Love you my friend!

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  12. Oh Chandy, such a pretty table! I think is your best one I've seen yet. Good job!

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  13. This is just beautiful! I love it!
    Be a sweetie,Shelia ;)

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  14. wonderful table Chandy!! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

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  15. love it perfect for graduation with style and prestige

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  16. Chandy, what a great tablescape. I love that you did your graduation colors. Everything is just lovely. YOur dishes are gorgeous, and your other treasures are wonderful. I wish you had had time to visit the GW in Fountain Hills while you were there. They have the most antiques of any GW in the area. I don't get there too often, but it's always worth the trip. Congratulations again. Hugs, Marty

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  17. Chandy,
    Great tablescape. I love the plates & the glasses. Congrats again on your graduation. Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment. It really means a lot to me.
    Kim

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  18. Hello ladies, I'm so happy you liked the tablescape! Today is so crazy! We just got back and more things are lined up for today! I'll be visiting more of you tonight!

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  19. Congratulations on your graduation and for designing a lovely tablescape in honor of it!!!

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  20. This is so beautiful Chandy. You did a wonderful job putting it together. I love thrifty tables :0)

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  21. Chandy I am so glad I finally got around today. You really outdid yourself on this one. I saw the diploma/napkins right away. What a great idea. I certainly would be honored to sit at this table. The purple bromeliad on my lanai is a guzmania that has been hybridized for color called "fusion" Thank you for noticing!

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  22. Hi Chandy,
    I would have been by sooner but my computer has been giving me fits lately. Sometimes I can’t get on a site then everything shuts down. Anyway, I hope you are basking in your graduate glow, I am so proud of you!!! I love this tablescape, it is very regal and fitting for such an auspicious celebration. ~Cathy~

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  23. Great job, Chandy! And congrats again on your accomplishment!

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  24. Very nice job. The blue would have gone perfectly with my brother's college graduation this past week!

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  25. Hey Chandy, Beautiful table! I love how the napkins look like diplomas!! Cute idea!! I also love the Target dishes, very beautiful and versatile!
    Michelle

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  26. Beautiful table setting! = )

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  27. Hi Chandy...Graduation is a monumental milestone in a child's life...but I think exposure to gracious dining is also! Very, very well done! ;-) Bo

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  28. You did just a wonderful job putting all of this together. I love how the color scheme set the tone for everything else. Your china is gorgeous~don't pack it away again!! And I love what you did with your thrify vase, can I borrow the idea? ;-D

    Congratulations on your graduation! I'm sure it was a wonderful day!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  29. Congrats on your graduation! I love the placemats, and the beads wrapped around! The candle sticks! I all looks so pretty with the china. The napkins are such a great idea!

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  30. Beautiful. Love the plates with the gold flowers. I also like how you embellished the vase. Very pretty table.

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  31. Your idea for the tablecloth is very clever. Now I need to look in my linen closet for some ideas.
    Joyce

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  32. Thank you Joyce, I hope you find some you can use!

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  33. Very chic and elegant!
    Brenda

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  34. Chandy, this is such an elegant and beautiful tablescape using budget items! I love the way the napkins look like diplomas, and the colors are just so pretty together. laurie

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