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!
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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!

Rita C. at Panoply


37 comments:

  1. What a very nice surprise to see you added, Rita! I have missed you very much! Pat yourself on the back because you have accomplished so much.
    Your tablescape is a treat! I have one brass pineapple like yours and I am amazed I never thought why it opened. I thought it was a candle holder! LOL!
    You are so creative with all the elements on your table. The creative napkin fold, flowers in a carved out pineapple, and that darling sun glasses dish! You have embraced summertime very well with your pineapple delight table! Glad to hear from you!😄

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    1. Thank you, Bonnie, for that warm welcome back! I really missed the bogging community too, and try as I may, it was just too overwhelming to stay connected through the process. I did try to read some, but didn't take time to always comment.

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  2. Welcome back Rita!!! We all know the trials and tribulations of moving and with downsizing added, it is not for the faint of heart!
    Of course I love the pineapple tablescape, you always set such lovely tables. I am in love with the sunglasses serving dish, it is adorable and the tablecloth is a perfect backdrop for your square Fiesta dinnerware. The pineapple napkin ring is a great finishing touch, as are your beautiful golden pineapples in various sizes. What a find they were and a nice way of saying good-bye to your lovely home and welcome to your new loft.
    Looking forward to seeing future tablescapes and photos of your loft. Hugs my friend!

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  3. Welcome back Rita, at least for this hop! What a treat to find you in the line up today and with such a festive and colorful summer table too! Your tablecloth was a wonderful find at Walmart...don’t you love when you stumble on something fantastic there? It’s perfect with your sunglass serving dish with the pineapple trim. I love the treatment of your tropical leaf napkins and addition of pineapple napkin rings on your ribbed Fiestaware square dinner plates, not to mention your flowers from last year’s garden in your pineapple... *sniff*. You’re certainly deserving of some summertime fun with your downsizing and move! Hope you have a vacation planned :) As always, it’s a treat to join you at the table and blog hop with you. ♥

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  4. She's baaack! Hurrah! Missed you.

    What a fantastic, fun summer table Rita! So many clever ideas too, like the turn of the plates, positioning of the napkin and ring. And that Walmart tablecloth print and colors are marvelous --- hope it made the move or is in a box with my name on it LOL!

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  5. Yay Rita!! This is too adorable, I love this pineapple theme! How handy you happened to have this fun table from last summer for our hop! All the pineapple things are so cute and I love the sunglasses dish! I spied one of my pillows in a chair 😘 I have been thinking of you so often these past few months as you tackle your move, you have been a real trooper! So glad you could join us today with your happy summer table! Oh and I LOVE the way you styled the napkins!
    Jenna

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  6. What a fun summer table - love the yellow polka dot flatware.

    I can't wait to hear about downtown loft living. My son lived in a loft in downtown Los Angeles for a few years and there were so many cool things about living in a loft and walking everywhere.

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  7. Rita, I have certainly missed you and it is a wonderful surprise that you were able to join us. I do love a pineapple theme and this is such a cute tablecloth that was your jumping off place for this fun and festive table. The fiesta plates were perfect and I do enjoy the off center look. The Polk-dot flatware is just too cute, as is the sun glass serving dish. How nice to see one last tablescape from your old home. I can’t wait to see the loft and read about it. It is a pleasure to hop with you again!

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    1. Thank you, Pam. It was my pleasure to be able to join you gals! I am really looking forward to getting into all my things and making our new place have a new-found sense of home!

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  8. It's so good to have you back with us again! Thank you for taking the time to share this sunny and uplifting table. With the big move I know there's other things that you could have done. I love how to fanned out the napkins, the design fits so well with the theme. I too, am looking forward to seeing your new digs and it's a pleasure to hop with you again.

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    1. Sandra, thank you so much! I can't tell you how good it feels to be back. I appreciate your warm welcome back.

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  9. ooooohhh, so excited to see you here, Rita!!! This is so bright and fun, it really shows off your creative and colorful outlook on life!!! How cute are those plates, napkins, table cloth and Hosta leaves? Adorable! I'm so looking forward to more posts, soon okay? we're all waiting to see what you've been up to with your new place. miss you, my friend!

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  10. So glad to see you Rita! I know you have been busy with your move and am so glad you were able to join the blog hop this week! I love your table...all those cheery summer colors mix so well with the brass pineapples! The sunglasses serving dish adds the perfect spot of whimsy! Love and hugs sweet friend!

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  11. Welcome back Rita! You know how I love all your tablescapes and this one is summer perfect. The tablecloth was a great find, love the theme of pineapples and love the pretty colors. Next, I really like your napkins and how you placed them sideways. The pretty yellows, the stack and dot flatware really compliment the cloth color. The sunglasses serving dish is so cute and makes such a perfect splash for your table! Glad the big move is almost complete. Look forward to hearing about life in the new condo........Have a wonderful weekend.

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  12. It's good to see a familiar face! I was wide awake last night with a large thunderstorm and my mind would not shut off. I had thought of you and wondered how things were going.

    Your tribute to summer is just perfect. I love love love your fiesta square plates. The warm colors are just perfect!

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  13. Welcome back . What a cute tablescape . Love it . Love the playful colors and those sunglasses are too cute . The napkins are adorable . What a great idea to fold rh m that way . So good to see you . Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  14. Hi Rita! It’s so nice to see a post from you! What a fun, summertime table you’ve created. The tablecloth is perfect, and I love the napkin fanned out on your plate. The flowers in the pineapple is so colorful. I love that sunglass plate...too cute!

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  15. Rita, it's fun to see you back sharing a beautiful table. I know you will miss this space, but I foresee many beautiful tablescapes from the new abode with that gorgeous high in the sky view. Love the bright yellow and the pineapple theme. Thanks for sharing this one. Hope upir weelemd os as bright cheerful as your table!

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  16. Rita it is so good to see your post. I was just thinking about you yesterday. Hope that your moving is going well and you will be settled soon. As always your tablescapes are beautiful! I love this one, as it screams summer for me. So bright and fun!

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  17. Rita, welcome back to blogging. How wonderful you had this fun pineapple post from last year. I know you have been so busy with the move. It will be calming when everything is done and you can enjoy your new digs. The pineapple tablecloth is such a lovely inspiration for summer. I love a tropical look. The napkins look fabulous spread out on each plate like a palm leaf. Cute pineapples everywhere to tie in. Your flowers look so pretty in the pineapple, a very cute vessel. A very cheerful table that would make everyone smile.

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  18. I love the pineapple theme and it all feels so bright and sunny such a welcome way to bring in the summer season.It's a pleasure to be on the tablescape tour with you. Hugs!

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  19. Rita, first I am so glad you are back to joining us! I hope you are getting unpacked and settled in! I am like you in that I spot one thing, like your tablecloth and suddenly my table inspiration comes together! Your table is so fun, it seems we should be sitting at it in our bathing suits and coverups! I didn't realize Fiesta made square plates and when I first saw your photos, I didn't realize what was hiding beneath those pretty napkins. The way you angled the plates and fanned out the napkins is so creative! Thank you for joining us, I am so glad to see you sharing at a hop again!

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  20. LOL I thought when I first saw this post OMG where is she finding time to make up a tablescape!!! Glad you had this one from last year to share. It looks adorable and fun for summer. Hope you are getting to the end of the boxes and putting things away. Have a good weekend.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  21. Rita it is so nice to have you back! This is such a fun and festive summer table. Your creative napkin styling is perfect and the sunglasses dish is so fun too! I love your yellow Fiestaware plates which just scream summer! Of course your garden flowers are stunning as always. Will you have a place to garden in your new home?

    I am looking forward to having you back in the full swing of things and wish you the best of luck in getting things settled before summer so you can enjoy the warmer months ahead.

    So happy to blog hop with you this week. Happy almost summer!

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  22. Such a cute tablescape! So fun and energetic. Love how all the different elements work together for great festiveness! Those sunglasses have to be a fave. :)

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  23. Rita, I was happy to see your post today. Love what you do and always enjoy your sense of humor that you add to your posts. This makes me want to take a vacation to some lovely island. Also, I did not know that Fiestaware came in square plates. Ihave it in yellow, blue and red for everyday use. Also love your sunglass dish is a fun piece, I imagine it has sparked conversation.
    I know you are happy most of your move is behind you and that you will soon be completely settled.

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  24. Rita, I've been wondering how the move is going. Glad you're still "living to talk about it". LOL What a chore, but hopefully such a relief once you're settled. This is definitely a fun, festive summer tablescape to spur you on. Can't wait to hear more about your new digs.

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  25. What a fun tablescape! I love the gold pineapples, Rita! I've been missing you. I can't wait to see more about your condo! It's a pleasure to join you this week! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

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  26. THis is such fun, Rita. And you're here on the blog! I love it and am glad to know you are in your new spot. Hope you are settling/settled and look forward to peek at the new digs!

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  27. Rita....your pineapple table is so bright and bold and full of fun. I love all things whimsy....so your sunglasses snack bowl is so charming and delightful. I am definitely ready to play in the warm outdoors when I see your table. As sunny as your lemony plates, pitcher and flatware. I am ready for a Pina Colada.

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  28. Oh my goodness, Rita, your bright and happy pineapple tablescape is beyond fabulous! How fun is that tablecloth and all your pieces you have so beautifully arranged. Love those pineapples and those napkins did put a smile on my face. Actually everything on the table has put a smile in my day. I must say a loft in the city does sound fabulous. I look forward to seeing your gorgeous photos of your new home. Have a sunny week, lovely lady.

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  29. Rita,
    Happy is the name of the game with this wonderful tablescape! So fun to see how you gals dress up your tables.
    I am so anxious to see and hear about your "new," life!
    Don't over-do!!
    Jemma

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  30. Rita,
    Your pineapple table in your garden room is a wonderful way to celebrate summer. One of the great things about blogging is you have photos of your former home. I am looking forward to seeing your loft and to hearing all about this new lifestyle.

    Judith

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  31. Rita! Nice to see you again!! I always enjoy your tables and this one is no exception. What a fun, bright summer table! I have to say these colors make me smile as well. I am so crushing on that yellow polka dot flatware!!! I remember moving all of my dishes three years ago- it was a pain!!! I hope your move is going well. I can't wait to see your new digs!!! Looking forward to your next post!

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  32. Rita, what a fun and creative summer tablescape idea. All the pineapples are precious. I love the idea of placing the leaf napkins sideways. Very unique. I'm totally in love with the polka~dot utensils. The tropical greens and the yellows/golds of the pineapples are a great combo. So glad you could join the tablescape and congratulations on the move. Downsizing is a big job!

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  33. Oh my gosh, this is such a fun table! I love the topsy-turvy plate stack - what a unique way to display the napkin, and of course, your sun-glasses serving dish is fantastic. What a great find on the tablecloth - it's so great when inspiration comes easily! So fun hopping with you, Rita!

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  34. Rita... Your table looks so cute. I love a whimsical table. So glad your back. You were missed!!

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