This is the first tablescape that I've put together since we returned from our trip to Greece. Of course, you know that I made a purchase in the market of something for Tablescape Thursday....let's see what it is!
Take a good look at the table and see if you can guess what it is. Welcome to my big fat Greek tablescape!
While you're pondering let's have a look at the centerpiece.
Yes we did see some sunflowers in Greece - so I guess you could say that these were Greek inspired. Let's see if you guessed correctly.
It wasn't these gold rimmed champagne glasses -- these were antiques when they were given to us as a wedding gift almost 35 years ago. I kept saving them for some special celebration -- but my husband doesn't like champagne. Now I've decided that they're perfect for shrimp cocktails, or perhaps a fruit salad, or even dessert. And not the cream damask napkins or napkin rings either.
Not the green water goblets I was so thrilled to find at Goodwill before Christmas last year.
Here's a place set just for you. What's you favorite Greek food?
Do you think you know?
I told you how much I loved the olives we ate....and these green dishes are embossed with branches of olives....but they came from Cracker Barrel last Summer.
My gold rimmed glass chargers were one of my lucky finds on eBay a few years ago. The mis-matched silverware has been a recent eBay collection.
Did you guess these olive embroidered tablerunners? If you did...you're right! Now I looked at lots of runners at different shops and I really tried to fall in love with the ones with the Greek Key design, or the ones with the ribbon flowers, or the pretty Greek lace --- but over and over my eye would fall on the olive runners. I kept talking myself out of them because they looked so....well....Italian to me (not that I have anything against Italy)....but I wanted something that said "Greece" in the design. I was very perplexed until I found the perfect runners......
....olive branches AND Greek columns! I snapped these right up after passing up runner after runner in shop after shop. Perfect!
A look at the layers on our Greek table.
Now if you noticed this water pitcher, it would have been a very good guess.
Because it has a Greek Key border. This was a pitcher that my mother and father received as a wedding gift and one that set on many a holiday table in our home growing up. So this is certainly Greek inspired as well.
Do you remember my telling you about how the Greek waiters would bring small pitchers of wine to our table when we ordered wine (about 4 glasses or so)?
So I've set this small (but very heavy!) glass pitcher that I found at an antique store this weekend on my table today as well. I think from now on I'll use this instead of bringing the bottle to the table - another Greek inspiration. It's a little more squatty, but I think it will hold about the same.
Don't you love glass pitchers and glasses with a design on the bottom? I do!
Another shot of our Greek table.
Once I found the pitcher and added it to the table, I added these wine glasses too (no they weren't in the first pictures). I found two of these at Goodwill last winter. I'll be looking for more along this line on eBay and thrifting around.
A couple of overviews.
And the sun slowly sets on my tablescape of fond memories of a wonderful birthday trip to Greece. Certainly my Birthday wish came true and I hope that someday each of you will get the trip of your dreams as well.
Be sure to visit Susan at "Between Naps on the porch" this week to find lots of wonderful and inspiring tables set. It's always filled with lots of tabletop inspirations.
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