Thursday, September 13, 2012

Late Summer Flowers

My friends Nancy Bednar and Tamy Bollar both have birthdays this Saturday. Neither one lives in the area but I set the table for a what if? dinner.
The table theme started with the huge floral arrangement. I had this fabulous fabric to make lapkins that coordinated perfectly.


The dining room looks so different with the new to me rug under the table. It belonged to some friends of the family. When Edna passed away Cy moved and sold some of their wonderful pieces.

This is one of two rugs that came home with me. I believe my love of the oriental influence must stem from Edna’s decorating taste.


As you can see the sunflower floral arrangement had to be at the end of the table. It’s enormous.


I added some early fall decorations in front, since it is still hot here I am trying to transition. Maybe it is like the movie and I misquote – "If we decorate for it, it will come."


My wheelbarrow napkin rings are all ready for a final floral harvest. The lapkin fabric was from a Wilmington Prints line called Late Summer Flowers 3 or 4 years ago.


The place setting :




I found the salad plates in the clearance aisle at Home Goods last spring.



I love the light reflecting the design of the glasses onto the table. I have had these vintage glasses for ages.


I used these doilies that my MIL made last week on the Breakfast with Susan Rios.


The huge floral arrangement was from Aimee’s. They were a store in Dresden, Ohio that made amazing silk arrangements for Longaberger baskets.


The sunflower quilt in the background was also made using the Late Summer Flowers collection.


A little closer look.


I raise my glass in a toast to my friends birthdays. Although you are not close in distance, you are always close to my heart.


Happy Birthday Nancy and Tamy – you can now blow out the candles.



Stitch at you soon,

Cast :
Chargers – Pier 1
Plates  & S&P – Longaberger, Vintage Vine – retired
Salad Plates – Home Goods, Deartis, made in Portugal
Bowl – Longaberger
Napkin Rings – Can’t remember
Water Glass – Antique store 16 years ago
Stemware – Lenox Monroe, Aria Shape

Candles & Fall decorations – House collection

  Linking to :
Cuisine Kathleen - Let's Dish

Between Naps on the Porch - Tablescape Thursday


  1. Graciousness... that rug is absolutely stunning. OMG...

    Everything is so well arrange and I adore every inch of it.
    Greetings from chilly Stockholm,

    1. Thanks, I will send you some heat if you send me some chilly.

  2. How gorgeous! Loving the colors and all the beautiful layers of your dishes! Yoyr dining room has really fallen, with such pretty napkins and centerpiece.

  3. Beautiful the salad plates, fabulous color for autumn.
    Gorgeous bouquet.

    1. Marigene, it's hard to believe that the centerpiece is fake even in real life.

  4. OOh Happy birthday to both ladies.. Didn't I see that Nancy was going to be in the store? I hope you got my thank you email.. I'm still singing lace praises!!! My husband even loves your table. The colors are perfect and the napkins were great in this setting. Love that fabric and the sunflowers on the quilt.

    Great rug for your dining room. It seems to be perfect with the furniture and the color of the chairs.
    Thanks again.. great table.. Ideas I want to remember. xo marlis

    1. Marlis, I did receive your email. I can't wait to see what you do with them. And yes, Nancy will be here for a week next month. Trouble times two. Hugs, Dawna

  5. Beautiful earthy colors. Happy Birthday to your friends. I'm sure they feel the love of this table through your post.

  6. What a lovely table to remember your friends' birthdays! I also love the term "lapkins"! The fabric was just perfect, especially for this time of year, and the wheelbarrow napkin rings are darling!

  7. I love the birthday table Dawna. Thank you so much! It is just lovely and the perfect bridging of two seasons with an unexpected color combination. I raise my glass in girlfriends gratitude and send best birthday wishes to Tamy. She must be a lovely person.....

  8. Oh this tablescape is divine! I adore the wheelbarrow napkin rings.

    Thank you for linking up. It truly warms my heart!

  9. Beautiful tablescape. I have a friend who has a birthday this coming Monday. I think I will copy cat you and create a tablescape in her honor. It's hard to be miles away from an old friend.

    Susan and Bentley

  10. beautiful table! I love the greyish salad plates what a wonderful color scheme.

  11. So very pretty!
    Love the sunflowers and thought I need to get my artificial ones out and make a centerpiece.
    God bless,

  12. Love the table, love the early fall thoughts and the misquote, but I especially love that you remembered my birthday! What a beautiful thought. I'm blowing out the candle and making my wish.

    Happy birthday to Nancy also. :)

  13. What a wonderful Fall table. All of your dishes are so pretty and the centerpiece was beautiful!

  14. This is so pretty! The napkins add such a pop, and that centerpiece is wonderful!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!


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