Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tablescape Thursday - Father's Day

It's time to set the table again for Tablescape Thursday. I set two tables this weekend for Father's Day. Since red is my dad's favorite color and we were eating lasagna -- my two red tablecloths were the logical choices.

Both tables are pretty simple -- funny that I tend to set much more on the tables that are just for pictures. These were for a real family dinner.

I can see that I didn't get the cloth completely smoothed out....oh well. Sometimes the table is set a little more hurridly when dinner is ready. This table was set with white salad plates over red ones. These white dishes came from Tuesday Morning about 4 years ago.

These red Rochester Hobnail plates were found at Marshall's at an after Christmas sale.

I fell in love with the Nell Hill tray/placemats last summer when they kept popping up on tablescapes.

Black iron treble clef flatware was also used in my last tablescape for my son-in-law's birthday. It's heavy and I guess seems "manly" to me since I keep using it in my guyscapes. I liked the shadows on the table.

The pewter goblets were wedding presents from 1975 and the red napkins were from my dad's house when he downsized-- these were his favorites that he used for every holiday and celebration dinner (told you he likes red).

This centerpiece is one that stays on my table all summer. Simple hurricane globe with sand, shells, starfish and a white candle.

Overview shot of the dining room table.

And here's the kitchen table also set for four.

On this table I set my red salad plates over white ones.

Same flatware and placemats.

Same goblets, but black and white checked napkins (the red napkins weren't the same shade as the tablecloth -- big clash!)

Our grandgirls always have the same plates, but since they were green -- I put their paper black and white napkins on top -- to coordinate with the black and white checked ones.

I pulled out some shell flatware that was a little lighter for them.

Overview of the kitchen table.

I loved this wooden swan I found last weekend at one of my favorite antique stores to add to my swan collection. I tied a black and white ribbon around the neck and added some green ivy. The twins enjoyed pretending to be swans gliding through the kitchen and eating at the swan table. How lucky I was to have three father's at our tables. My dad, my husband and my son-in-law. My sister and her grandson from Wisconsin were an extra special treat as well.

My husband picked lasagna for dinner, my sister provided some italian cheese garlic bread from the farmer's market, tossed a simple salad and had chocolate ice cream for dessert. Simple but good! Hope you had a wonderful father's day with the special men in your life. Be sure to visit Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" this week for lots of dish inspirations.

See ya!


  1. Oh, such beautiful tablescape and such pretty plates, they're so different! Nice choise, lasagna, me, I'd pick that anytime, hubby was right! We went to our daughter's, 3 hrs. away from where we live because of my grandgirl's 7th. b'day...hope you can come over and visit her b'day party. Love these. Hugs, FABBY

  2. Oh I wish I could have been there and just sat and admired your lovely table.

  3. Martha, I love the rustic look of this table setting. You are so talented when it comes to this. I always love everything you create! xxoo

  4. Hi Martha,

    Your tables are wonderful! I love lasagna, especially other people's :) I have made different lasagna recipes over the years, but it seems like other people's always taste better. I think your red and white checkered cloth is perfect for lasagna -- reminds me of little neighborhood Italian restaurants. Also love the Nell Hill chargers, pewter goblets, wonderful black and white checked napkins, and the treble clef flatware. Thanks for sharing!


  5. RED!! And those cute, curly forks! Too cute!!

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  6. Two great tables Martha! I kick myself every time I see those Nell Hill chargers. I should have bitten the bullet and ordered some when she had them. Love the ruffly look of those white salad plates, and the bright red napkins look so pretty in your pewter goblets. Your antique swan is beautiful. laurie

  7. So many wonderful elements that can be combined for many different looks. I'm wild about your daddy's red napkins. They are a treasure! Thank you for sharing your lovely designs. Cherry Kay

  8. Love both of your tables and I am especially crazy about those pewter goblets! Looks like you had a wonderful Father's Day!

  9. Both your tables are so inviting. I love it when your pewter pieces come out for a showing.. they are so amazing. Love red white and black! so perfect.. Many blessings, marlis

  10. I have some of the same shell flatware - green polkadots. . .
    RED!! Everything is prettier in red.
    I love the red napkins. I never use cloth napkins (*blush) but I think they are so pretty.

  11. Hi,
    Your table maybe simple but very pretty! I love the red, its festive. I am sure you all had fun. Thank you for sharing. Blessings My Friend,

  12. Very beautiful, Martha. My favorite are the placemats...Christine