Monday, September 16, 2013

Tropical Tablescape

It's been awhile since I've posted, but I'm drawn back to what I love......tablescaping.  Even though Fall is fast approaching and we are getting a hint of autumn in the air......I've decided to set a tropical inspired table today......won't you join me?


I found this elephant this weekend at a thrift/home consignment shop and I knew he would be just right for the tablesetting I had in mind.


Not only was he the perfect centerpiece.....he was just the right colors as well!


I brought out my tropical palm candle sticks.......and ended up smashing one of the globes when I got distracted and it tumbled over.  But hopefully, I will find another globe soon to fit.  In the meantime, I decided to use them anyway.

Tabletop overview.....

and in for a close up......

Here's a place set just for you!

Paper bamboo napkins in green water goblets.


A layering of the dishes --- on top we have a creamy dish that's a little ruffled......

and next a heavy green glass plate that has olives etched into the design......

....and our last dish is my "workhorse" creamy white dinner plate from a set I found at Goodwill about 5-6 years ago.

Aren't these darling placemats?  I treated myself to a set for my birthday back in June.


And what could go more perfectly with bamboo napkins....than bamboo flatware?


Shades of greens cloth napkins......I know I have two napkins here.....two napkin "rule" at my house.....cloth for your lap to protect your clothing.....paper for your mouth to protect my cloth napkins!


And a final view of my tropical this angle you get a view of my new carpet......

About a month ago we had a terrible storm that put a tree branch though my dining room window and little bits of glass went all over my carpet --- I worked and worked, but still kept finding bits of glass......well with dogs and grandchildren it just seemed too risky so I decided it was time to replace the carpet I already had.....that I never liked anyway....this is in wonderful shades of chocolate, tan and grey......and I hope to paint the room a soft warm grey next spring....I've been talking about doing that for years, but this seems to press me onward!

Thank you so much for all the many kind comments to me after my father passed away in July.  That was my last post and I am slowly getting back to finding time to visit and post once again.

See ya!

I'm joining at "Lets Dish"
Tonight I'm joining Susan at  -- what a fun table she has this week!


  1. Hi Martha! So good to see a post from you. I love your table. Your rug is gorgeous! Beautiful tablescape!!

  2. Martha, you have used my! I love your table. Are the salad plates American Atelier Athena?I have a shower curtain in the same pattern as your placemats.

  3. Love this tropical table, Martha, and it's good to see you back. I have been delinquent in Blogland myself this summer. The new elephant is the perfect centerpiece and goes great with the candlesticks and placemats. Love the extra pop of green with the paper napkins! I think your two-napkin rule is a good one!

  4. Loooove your carpet. I can imagine it with a soft grey wall...gorgeous!

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  6. This a wonderfully tropical table. The pretty centerpiece with the elephant is lovely. Your darling monkeys in the place mats sets off each place setting. Have a good week!


  7. We had a huge hail storm a few years ago that broke our bedroom window and got glass in the carpet. Insurance replaced the floors in our whole house. I went to all wood and Persian carpets. Your new rug is beautiful. The new elephant would have come home with me, too. What a great piece, and perfect for a tropical tables cape. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  8. I really like your table, and the way you have carried out the green and white color scheme. Beautiful!

  9. I love your elephant and the way you've built your table around him. My daughter has an elephant fetish so they alway get my attention.

  10. Your elephant just gave me an idea of using mine too, someday. Lovely tablescape, Martha! I love the monkey placemats too...Christine

  11. What a beautiful table. The green pattern of the napkins really shows off. Nice theme. The new rug is great. Thanks for sharing. Peggy from pa

  12. What a lovely and fun tablescape... Love the mix of flora and fauna!
    God bless!

  13. Martha, this is a fun tablescape. Love the elephant and those darling monkey placemats. The green and white with the bamboo flatware is perfect for this table.

  14. What a fun tsble! And sometimes tables should be all about fun! It's a delight!

  15. Oh Martha I love the tablescape, love the placemats and flatware that is perfect, the centerpiece is crazy perfect and the dish selection is incredible...I love it all, wish I were have lunch or dinner there at that table...Phyllis

  16. I have missed your tablescapes. I have missed you. I love this set. You have such an amazing eye.

  17. Hi sweet lady. I have been missing you your tablescape is Beautiful love the colors you have put together for it sweet. I hope you and your family are all doing well.