Thursday, May 16, 2019

Embracing Summer: Pineapple Delight Tablescape

Hello readers! It's been sooooo long since I last posted. I have been deep in the throes of the biggest project of my life - moving! We have downsized from our big house to condo living and, more specifically, loft living in the city. More on that to come in future posts, but today I am embracing summer and sharing a tablescape with my sights on more fun, less work!

A huge shout out to this week's hostess, Chloe, from the blog, Celebrate and Decorate, for inviting me to join all the stylists whose links you'll find at the bottom of this page, each celebrating a tablescape interpretation of welcoming summer!
This tablescape is one of the last ones I created in the sunroom at my former home, my favorite space there. The tablescape, though never published before, was created late last summer. Although our house sold in February, I am still moving things out and will likely be doing so through the end of May.
My table inspiration of pineapple delight came from a simple tablecloth I found at WalMart! The colors made me smile, and I quickly knew I had things at home that would complement a fun table for summer.
Fiestaware square dinner plates in sunflower yellow turned on the diagonal set the stage for my place settings. Continuing with that feeling of things a bit off-center, I fanned my tropical leaf motif napkins sideways across the table, creating a sort of monstera, large-leaf appearance. The pineapple napkin ring catches the ends on each napkin.  Fun, polka-dot flatware keeps the place setting casual, and the small yellow (exterior) fruit bowls on the plate's side continue that off-centered look. A hosta leaf adds a little flourish to each bowl's interior.
The brass pineapples on the table were a vintage find a couple years ago. Not exactly sure of the original purpose (there were three more, smaller, and did not nest), but the largest one looks and serves duty as a cocktail shaker. the smallest one is being used for appetizer skewers while the middle one simply serves as table decor. Colorful straws and pitcher, LaCroix coconut beverages, and wavy glasses all suggest tropical drinks.
The floral arrangement was from my summer garden: limelight hydrangea, Mexican sunflower, zinnia, black-eyed Susan, anemone, butterfly bush, hosta leaves and magnolia branches. The bouquet was plunked inside a small glass in a cored pineapple for my centerpiece.
A vintage Glasbake fish dish might readily serve a smoked salmon or perhaps skewered shrimp, both favorites of mine. 
The sunglass serving dish with pineapple trim carries out the fun theme and adds a bit more delight to the table. I have used this dish for nuts and condiments with summertime entertaining.
Here's looking toward summertime fun, and hoping you'll enjoy lots of delight, pineapple or otherwise!
Pineapple Delight Tablescape Source List
Tablecloth - WalMart
Square Plates - Fiesta Outlet (Flatwoods, WV)
Napkins - Belk
Glassware - Keurig
Sunglasses Serving Dish - Corningware Outlet (Woodbridge, VA)
Polka Dot Flatware - Pfaltzgraff
Napkin Rings, Brass Pineapples, Lotus Bowls, Fish Glasbake Dish - Vintage, Estate Purchases
I hope you feel a bit inspired by today's tablescape. Tablescaping is one of the many subjects I so enjoy as blogging content. I invite you to enjoy all the other bloggers listed below, for even more inspiration. Again, a big thank you to Chloe for organizing us all!





It feels so good to return to a sense of normalcy with blogging again. Thank you so much to all my readers, so many of you loyal readers from past years. I've appreciated all the emails and comments on social media, well-wishing me and cheering me on through my downsizing journey. If you're a new reader here, I hope you'll return again for future posts. Feel free to leave your comments!

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