Monday, January 17, 2011

A Little Italian Countryside

Another week, another great time to post some great things!

This week, I'm participating in 3 of our great memes:
Tabletop Tuesday with Marty over at A Stroll Thru Life
Thrifty Thursday with Leigh over at Tales from Bloggeritaville and
Tablescape Thursday with Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch

Ok, let's get started. In all honesty, our house is still full of boxes now that we've dumped our paid storage and trying to make space for all of our stuff is not a problem anymore, just an organization puzzle. LOL

In all that frustrating and confusing situation, I needed to prioritize. So naturally, I got all my dishes out of their boxes first and did a tablescape! :-)

"Thinking Italian"

"Tuscan Retreat" Dinnerware by BHG

This one, I got on clearance last year at our local Walmart. It was normally $34.99, but I got it for $17.00 even! It was a set for 4 place settings; I'm hoping to find another set on clearance soon.

It's by BHG, called "Tuscan Retreat". It was a staple display since 2009 and I've loved it since. But with all the move hoopla, it never came out of its box until after our big move here to our house.
I wanted to capture the landscape of an Italian countryside, crisp, green, romantic and clean. So I decided not to add too much frill to my table and just highlight the dinnerware.
The glasses are my everyday set that I also found at Walmart back in 2008. At Walmart, the box is called Starfire, but in other packaging, sold in other stores, they are called Central Park or Fifth Avenue King. I feel so special for having such a widely distributed set. :-D
This napkin was a Kroger CC (Christmas Clearance) find and as you can see, I got it for 75% off. Very thrifty, indeed!
I love aerial shots, don't you? I opted for just one big hurricane to round out the paper mache red vase and my ceramic rooster. Oh, that's RED btw, my guardian rooster. He's been with me since 2008. Isn't he handsome? I know many of you found his multiple cousins in various Hobby Lobby stores and he's grateful you gave them homes.

I love how simple and clean this table turned out. The greenery is from our bushes in the backyard. Does anyone know what it's called?
I also like upclose and personal shots like this where I put the camera on the table and aim at undersides of the dinnerware.
Here's another set of angles...
Another aerial shot. Just before this tablescape, we had our church missionaries over for dinner and this is the set we used. It totally gave me the idea for this since we ate pasta with sausage and broccoli, melon slices and garlic bread.
My utensils are my Oneida "Katrina" set I started collecting back in 1995, just before I was married. It was offered thru Sears credit customers, but I wasn't able to complete it. Someday...
Here's a better detail shot.
More angles of the table...

I hope you all enjoyed this little interpretation of an Italian Countryside tablescape. I certainly did and can't wait to start on my hubby's Orange Birthday table. I just need to find some. LOL

TABLESCAPING IDEA: (Brain is on orange mode) Ever heard of the Blue Plate Special? You know the kind where you celebrate a person by using all blue for their portion of the meal? Well, how about personalizing the whole table with their favorite color? It can be as simple as just the linens or the glasses or a whole table to puff up the heart of the honoree.

See you all soon!!! Thank you for stopping by!


  1. I love your new dinnerware and the tablescape is just lovely. The rooster is my favorite rooster, I have one just like it and it is really fabulous. So glad you have more room for everything. Thanks also for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  2. I will totally link up tonight. Glad to see you here, Marty!

  3. Dinnerware + Rooster = Great Tuscany Feel. Love the look. Have fun opening more boxes.

  4. Very pretty! I love Roosters and yours is very nice!

  5. Great tablescape. You've done a fabulous job! So pretty!

  6. I too LOVE the rooster! But I would have to say that my Favorite are the Plates. I love all things Tuscan inspired and the colors make me so Happy! Lovely table. Blessings Paula

  7. Thank you ladies! Glad to see you here and to read your lovely comments.

  8. This is my first visit to your blog. I'm glad I found you! I'm going to sign up to follow!

    I instantly noticed your dishes. I found two berry bowls at Walmart in that pattern. I fell in love with them but as hard as I hunted, couldn't find any more pieces. Lucky you!

  9. Hi Chandy,

    Well, since my Hubs is Italian, this is perfect. I even have the same set of glasses and a big ceramic chicken too ( different breed ). Your flatware is so pretty. I hope you can find more of it and also those lovely dishes someday. Very classy but warm and comfortable tablescape...just like Italian it !

  10. Chandy! I'm so glad to see you tonight. I love your Italian tablescape, and you've struck the perfect note with the colors. They remind me of the Italian countryside, and I love the plates. You always find the best deals on things, and the napkin for 50 cents just can't be beat. Love the pattern on the dishes, too. Your whole tables is very fresh and festive. Makes me want to sit right down and join you.

    Happy Tablescape Thursday...


    Sheila :-)

  11. What a pretty and welcoming table! I love that you stopped to tablescape while in the midst of boxes! It IS very therapeutic! Good luck with your unpacking and organizing!

  12. This is my first time here. I laughed at your blog title "What Now?" That's so funny. I can totally hear my husband saying that too.

    I had seen those dishes and really, really liked them. I just knew they would make a pretty table, and they DO. My favorite thing on the table, though, is probably the flatware. I love the way it twists at the edge. So pretty!

  13. Love your warm and welcoming Tuscan inspired table...the rooster looks great front and center!

  14. I didn't know that's what blue plate special meant! I often put together tablescapes based on favorite colors of the guests, but I didn't know I was giving them a blue plate special! I'll have to inform them of that next time! Have a great weekend!

  15. It is so wonderful to see you all here! Thank you for such great comments and lovely observations.

  16. I love the design of your Oneida flatware. You got a great deal on the beautiful dishes too. You do set a beautiful table, Chandy. You commented on my Tea table post that you couldn't believe all those came out from one cabinet. That was not what I was referring to. If you get a chance, please go down one post and you will see. Just prepare to be shocked, lol...Christine

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