Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tablescape Thursday - A Spring Rooster

It's time again for Tablescape Thursday! I can't wait to see what's in store over at "Between Naps on the Porch" when everyone invites us to their tables.

Today my spring rooster is the star of this bright table setting full of whimsy.

I left the white tablecloth on from last weeks bridal tablesetting and covered it with a sheer orange gingham overlay.

See how sheer it is? I found this at a little shop in Virginia Beach last fall and I'm hoping the next time I go back to get another color - love the versatility of this.

Welcome to the table - here's a place set just for you!

Here's a look at the star of the table. He's crowing because he loves his spring feathers! He's not ashamed of being different -- no sir-ree!

He's strutting his stuff in a bed of colorful flowers. ($4.99 at Martin's) I got the bowl at GW -- I've seen several this style around -- heavy crystal - octagonally shaped with a silver base. (it needs a bit of polishing)

I love pink and green and when I saw him in a thrift shop, I knew he was coming home with me! Who wouldn't fall in love with a pink and green rooster?

These are the hand painted goblets I found last year at GW.

The cup and saucer from the set of "Gollum" dishes -- perfect for our bright Spring breakfast table.

A peek at the layering of dishes and table linens. Bamboo flatware purchased a year ago at Marshall's.

Let's do a tabletop strip tease. First we have green cloth napkins from Target. The napkin rings are the same ones I used last week - purchased from "Style Sisters" -- last week the table brought out the soft pinks and this week the bright colors seem to bring up the bright pinks -- don't you love it when a color works both ways?

Next up we have our bright floral plates.

See the china "marking"? Caspari. Hey wait....don't they make........

Yes! Remove the clear glass dinner plate and you've got....

... a paper plate! I learned this trick from Laurie of "Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie". How brilliant -- now we can have any style "china" we want! Love these colors.

These bright chargers were also purchased last fall in Virginia Beach at "The Ragged Robin" -- wonderful little beach shop.

My happy rooster is still crowing about his cheerful surroundings!

A closer look at the goblet detail.

An overview of the table.

Overview of the centerpiece.

Still swinging from the light fixture.

A little different angle.

My attempting to take some "artistic" photos.

As I walked away, I thought I really like the way these cloths look on the table. To see lots of great tablescapes of fun and inspiration, be sure to visit Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch". You'll find a place set just for you!

Mr. Mid-Atlantic and I are headed to Sanibel for some much needed rest and relaxation -- can't wait. Please forgive me if I don't get around to everyone's table this week to comment - between working and packing, I won't have much "visiting" time. I'll be sure to take pictures so you can "come along" with us to the beach on my next post.

See ya!


  1. The pink and orange is so vibrant. I love the sheer tablecloth idea. It softens up the white with a little color. Lovely table.

  2. Hi Martha! Oh, another gorgeous table. I love your colors and your new Rooster - he's perfect with your dishes. You little silly - look at you - paper plates under glass. That's a wonderful idea. I was just about to start drooling over those gorgeous plates and then you tell me they were paper! :) Pretty smart cookie. What a pretty table, Martha. You are coming to my party aren't you?
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  3. Martha, I absolutely adore your pink and green rooster. He is the most happy and cheerful one I have seen. Great colors. The mix of colors on your table are just wonderful. So cheerful. I really like the paper plate idea. That is so clever. The layering of tablecloths is great too. Beautiful table. Hugs, Marty

  4. Spring greetings to you!
    Lovely table!!!
    It says it all with each detail you've put together.
    So cheery!!!
    Great job,

  5. What a darling tablescape Martha. You've created such a sweet and Springy setting that looks so inviting! Love the rooster!

  6. In a perfect world we would all live on a farm and sit down to a beautiful breakfast/lunch like this every day!! Love all the colors and especially that cocky Rooster!! Beautiful and Happy!!

  7. What a brilliant idea putting a clear dinner plate over a paper plate! Your tablescape is very cute and springy!

  8. Hi Martha,
    Well had me fooled with the paper plate. I love your table and I love the star of the show. I have heard of a spring chicken and now I have met a Spring rooster, he is quite handsome with a bit of a feminine side ;). Your table is just darling, colorful and happy. I also think that sheer tablecloth is wonderful.....all sooooo pretty.

  9. Love, love, love it. I was so taken by your ruffle-ly pink charger - I had to take a second look when you exposed the paper plate secret. It is so pink and so spring. I really love it!

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. You have created such a pretty and cheery table! I have not seen a pink and green rooster before, and you have sure done him proud! Wish I was close enough to stop by and take you up on that extra place :)))
    Cheers, Andrea

  11. That is a very fun and colorful table! I love how his tail looks like a lily, to me anyway!

  12. Martha, I really like your table! Love the rooster and your colorful chargers and "china." Great trick! Your bouquet in the silver bowl is gorgeous too. So glad you stopped by to visit.
    Blessings, Beth

  13. Martha,
    What a wonderful table! I love the bright colors! Makes such a WOW statement!
    Dee Dee

  14. Love it all, the rooster, the tricky designer plates that turned out to be paper plates was my favorite!

  15. Roosters are big on TT tonight. I love all the color on your table from the pink and red chargers and the painted glasses! Have fun at Sanibel -- been there once! Joni

  16. Beautiful table - the paper plate under clear glass plate - what a great idea. Thanks for sharing - thanks for your visit..

  17. I love pink and orange together. I also love the lime green daisies!

  18. Well, it is rooster night isn't it. I love the colors of your rooster and table. That overlay is great. Such a pretty spring/summer table.

  19. Martha, what a fun table...I love it. I do have to ask for a seat with the orange charger, you do know how I feel about pink! The rooster is adorable.
    Have a great vacation.

  20. Oh, I love this! Great colors! I want that pretty rooster!! I also want some of that sheer gingham, haven't seen that anywhere!

    Wonderful tablescape!


  21. What a HAPPY table!!! I adore those chargers!

    m ^..^

  22. paper plates??!! I LOVE it. I would have never known if you had not included the strip tease...cute. I also adore the gingham. I would have my house draped in gingham, but I think it would literally kill my husband! Scrumptious table!

  23. I love the colors, very happy! And thanks so much for the paper plate idea, I missed it when Lori posted about it.

  24. What a cheerful table. Very pretty. I love Caspari's designs so I will be looking for some clear glass plates! Great idea.


  25. Hi Martha, what a fun with the paper plates. You are a tricky women. I like that. The stemware is amazing. All looks perfect as everytime.
    Greetings, Johanna

  26. Oh, I love this table! That rooster's inspiration just MADE this pink and orange and lime green table! LOL about the "strip tease"! I love the glass-plate-over-a-paper-plate trick -- will definitely give that a try soon. I especially love that sheer orange gingham overlay. We used similar ones in periwinkle gingham for my daughter's wedding reception tables. Thank you for your kind comment on my table!

  27. I love this color combination! Love that the rooster is not the usual colors. Gorgeous table, I cannot believe you got those glasses at Goodwill! Beautiful!

  28. What lovely colors of Spring.
    Kelly Bookend Diaries

  29. All the pieces work so well together, but the rooster centerpiece is the best!

  30. OH my gosh it is so pretty. I love the stemware!!
    Have a great weekend

  31. I like this color combo so much! And the organza cover and glass plates over paper are so clever! Thanks for the ideas!

  32. You set a beautiful table sweetie. I loved the organza on your table that just sings springtime. Have a wonderful trip!

    God bless ya and have a terrific Thursday!!!

  33. I just love your Rooster! It so whimsical! All the dishes layered look wonderful with him! I love you added cups! A Rooster Tea! The glasses are just wanting to come home with me. lol I wish the Rooster would too. lol
    Thank you for coming to visit me and leaving such wonderful comments, I do enjoy your visits! So glad I got to visit today with your Rooster!

  34. What a wonderful and cheerful table! I love the Spring Rooster! The idea of a glass plate over a paper plate is terrific. Your bright colored chargers are just what I would enjoy at my house. Thanks for the wonderful kind words and I love seeing your table! Pam

  35. Another gorgeous table setting! I'm going to have to remember your charger trick. That's a great idea. Have a great time at the beach!

  36. The colors of summer! I really, really like your table. I'm imagining foods that would carry on the color scheme and seeing lots of citrus, melons, carrots.....yum!

    You were kind enough to offer prayer for my little friend, Jilly. If you would continue to do so it would be good. She had surgery but not what was anticipated. They had to replace her entire aorta! She's a frightened three year old in a lot of pain right now.

    Thanks again for a post that made me feel like I was in Virginia and at the beach!


  37. Cock-a-doodle-doo, your tablescape definitely woke me up! There is plenty to crow about, the plates, linens and colors are lovely! Joan

  38. Martha, what a lovely, lovely table!! LOVE the pink and green rooster, simply LOVE him. What a fantastic idea, paper plates under clear glass!! Never would have thought of that!!! I adore your chargers too, I think maybe a road trip to Virginia Beach is in order!!!

  39. I love your paper plate tip; I see so many pretty ones I want to try! Now I know that I can. I just need to be sure to buy some clear glass plates to put over them :)

  40. Okay Martha, I do think you have outdone yourself! This is the prettiest table yet. You KNOW you got me just as soon as I saw all that pink and green. This is just too pretty. I especially love the glasses!

  41. I think I have the same charger plates, but I certainly don't have that darlin' rooster!!! Love the colors you've used and the linen overlay is too cute! Great job! I hope you enjoy your time in's gorgeous there.