Thursday, March 11, 2010


I love the colors of yellow and blue together. There is something so refreshing about it. So today, I choose those colors to set my table with. Nothing fancy. Just simple. Yet pretty.

The shades on these places are a muted pale color. I just love them. I felt they fit in perfectly with the weather we have been having here in CA. Sunny, yet not very warm. Still a little bit of a chill in the air.

I didn't have any napkin rings to go with this setting (I KNOW!) so I just tucked the napkin in under the salad plate.

I like this look. It seems like all the magazines and stores are starting to do this with their napkins too.

Even though we are not going to have any company over, I still got out the real silver. I wanted a bit of shine brought to the table. It shows how you can mix expensive, fancy items with more plain items to make your tablescape look beautiful.

Here you can see the pattern on the plates. Even though they are plain in color, they are not plain in design.

The tablecloth and napkins are by April Cornell and I found them at TJ Maxx. I thought the colors in them were a great match for the plates.

The center piece is what inspired this whole tablescape really. I saw it and fell in love with color.

Of course, the little white Target,salt and pepper birds fit in nicely. A little touch of Spring! Plus the white is a nice pop of color on the table.

Here is a better look at that pitcher. I put flowers in but of course you could use it to serve iced tea, lemon aid or water.

The serving dishes are all white. I just went through what I already had and thought they all looked nice together so out they came. The food will be added at dinner time.

So there you have it! A simple, yet pretty tablescape.

I got the dinner and salad plates at TJ Maxx also. I just love that store. No I don't get paid to say that.

I'm linking this post up to Tablescape Thursday over at Between Naps on the Porch. If you have not yet done so, go take a look at all the other beautiful tablescapes over there. These ladies have some wonderful ideas!


Blondie's Journal said...


I love your table. The tablecloth and napkins go so perfectly with the dishes and your pretty pitcher! I like the texture of the plates and your silver is beautiful. And what would a table be without the Target birds!!


bj said...

Your table looks just devine. I love your pretty colors. The pitcher of flowers is a perfect centerpiece.
Your Target birds are precious...I broke one of mine and thought nothing of it..I could pick up another set for under five bucks...Target hasn't had them since...bwaaaaaa

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

What gorgeous table setting! I LOVE the soft colors. Everything is so perfect. The little white birds are the cutest!
Patricia :o)

Phyllis @Around the House said...

I love the beautiful blue and white and beige to gether, I also live in sunny Southern ca. the weather just sings now and it is wonderful you are the tablecloth and napkins they are so lovely, I also love my target birds, thanks for sharing...Phyllis

Kathleen said...

That is a lovely color combo! The table is wonderful, and you are so right about the cloth..perfect!

Beth said...

The colors are so soft and pretty! I love the tablecloth and your china. This is a great table, Joanne!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Joanne, This is a pretty,pretty table. I knew the tablecloth was an April Cornell before you even told me. So lovely. You did a masterful job mixing the plates, napkins with the tablecloth. Everything is so well put together. It has a very soft and calm quality. And those little birds are an adorable touch.

Rach said...

It's so pretty! I love it.

Crystal said...

I just love the muted shade of blue and yellow and that tableclothe just matches perfectly. I have done that trick my napkins too, it works really well.
I remember those Target birds from last spring and all of those adventures they went on :) I never did find a pair though.

Have a wonderful Friday.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I love your table. It looks so pretty. I could just kick myself for not buying those little bird salt and peppers when Target had them. They are so adorable. Oh well, live and learn. Love & blessings from NC!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Hi Joanne...
Your tablescape is lovely. I love how you used your napkins and yes, I have seen Susan BNOP do the same thing..however, you see I just got my new bunnies napkin rings this very day and I had to use them. I really HAD to use them! I had my new napkins done exactly like yours..but then the mailman you have it!
:) Love and hugs,

Marigene said...

Beautiful calm feeling table...the tablecloth and napkins are perfect with the dishes.

Carrie said...

The table setting is so serene and harmonious...even though it has pattern, yet everything just works so beautifully together!

GardenOfDaisies said...

I love blue and yellow together too!

Linda @ Bushel and a Pickle said...

I love the soft colors; a peaceful feel with warmth and welcome spilling out. The printed cloth is perfect.

Wanda Lee said...

Hello there Joanne,

This tablescape that you have created is so serene and I absolutely love the colours!

All of the details were so artfully composed and arranged!.., Also, the textural details of the plates is exquisite and the silver adds just the right touch of polish and elegaant gleam to the overall vignette!~ The birds are the perfect finishing touch!..,

Please feel most welcome to visit 'my little corner of the blogging world' as well my dear!

This is my second week participating with Susans's 'Tablescape Thursday' and I'm thoroughly enjoying the experience!.

Hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

GardenOfDaisies said...

Joanne, There is an Irish Dance School in Orange County. (Maybe more than one, but this is the first one I found online.)
It's called Butler Fearon Conner School of Irish Dance.
You could call them and ask if the kids were doing any performances this week near you. ( since it's St Pat's week, very very likely.)
Their phone number is 949-858-7977

GardenOfDaisies said...

It's me again! I just found another web site that will be more helpful!

There are things going on all over your area this weekend. You might want to call ahead and find out what time the dancers perform, because that is not to be missed!!

GardenOfDaisies said...

OOps, it didn't print out the whole website. Here it is again.

GardenOfDaisies said...

That is weird. I guess I can't send a web site for you to look up.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

HI Joanne!

Great looking table! looks soft and lovely like spring. I love TJMaxx also... I can get in so much trouble there!!LOL

Hugs, Sherry

Chubby Chieque said...

Fabulous looking tablesetting. I love your tablecloth & the napkins that goes hand in hand with your gorgeous dishes.

Great job!

Bab's Kitchen said...

Vaery Nice!

House Of Aqua said...

I am a big fan of your colors! I love it!

Lorilee said...

Wow, Your tablescape is beautiful. I can never get it all to come together so nicely! I also love the blue and yellow together. I have a blue and yellow coverlet on my bed!

Miss Janice said...

This is such a beautiful tablescape for the springtime! Love the soft colors and I love the April Cornell linens! I love her products and miss her dresses and beautiful hats:) You asked a question about napkin etiquette. This wasn't my exact words, but: The fold of the napkin should be nearest the plate. However, that's not all that important. What is important is that the fold of the napkin is the same at every placesetting. If you have a napkin that looks better folded a different way because a monogram, pattern, et cetera, then the fold doesn't HAVE to be next to the plate. I hope I haven't confused you:)

Pear tree cottage! said...

From here in Australia, your table looks I MUST!! go back and take a look at some of the others you have designed.......Lee-ann

April Cornell said...

Hello Joanne,

You’re “Simple Yet Pretty” tablescape is Simply Beautiful! The tablecloth you used is called “Suriana Butter” from our Spring 2009 Nostalgia collection and it works beautifully to pull the colors of your setting together. The pale teal and antique white palette is a refreshing nod to spring and we love how you’ve used it here. Thanks for sharing such a pretty table!


April Cornell

The Style Sisters said...

I love those colors! The plates, pitcher of flowers, silveware and the birds. So beautiful. Very inspiring.


Diane said...

I just purchased that tablecloth and napkins minutes ago! I am going to use them to glamp my camp. :) Just the right touch of spring, outdoors and sweetness without being too much of any, in my opinion.