Tuesday, September 1, 2009

From Here to... Maternity!

Remember that old movie, "From Here to Eternity"? Well I've used that title with a bit of a twist to design this week's tablescape for TT.


 





At the end of July, a co-worker of mine returned to work after having gotten married and I had wanted the Staff Room table to reflect an appropriate "Welcome Back" so I set about creating a "From Here ...to Maternity" tablescape.  Unfortunately, at the time, I had forgotten my camera and was unable to take any pics of the setting there.  I have recreated the look of that tablescape here at home and can now share it with you.

I divided the tablescape into three sections and linked them with the framed words/pics above.  It starts with the "wedding theme" section.  Their wedding took place on a beach (see my first tablescape - beach) and thus, the reason for the shells and couple kissing on the sand in the glass vase.  This is where the "From Here...." starts out.

The next section is related to "married life" for the new bride.  As you can see, it doesn't reflect the "fun" side of it! LOL! (I know, this is kind of sexist, isn't it...men clean too!)  I placed new bottles of dish soap & toilet cleaner and a duster in glass vases and surrounded them with rubber gloves and sponges/cloths.

The final section was the "baby themed" area which was the "......To Maternity (?)" part.  I rolled baby blankets into glass vases and found the cutest, softest little doll at a local store for $3 which I placed in a wire basket and covered with white napkins.  All of the little teddy bear ornaments were given to me by my daughter years ago.
Since I was recreating this at home, I decided to take the liberty of dressing the table as if it was more for a wedding shower buffet luncheon (just playing here) and put out some of my white plates with basket weave on the borders and my blue flower plates.   I arranged the forks inside the napkin rings which are lovely crystal (ok, acrylic!) pendants that my sister-in-law gave me last Christmas.  Should we have ice tea or lemonade in the glasses?
I have left lots of room on the table for the wonderful appetizers, tea sandwiches and baked goodies I'm sure the "cook" is whipping up as we speak.  Of course, there will be a beautiful fancy cake in honour of the bride.

Or instead of a luncheon, maybe it should be an evening bridal shower?

Hope you enjoyed this "From Here....To Maternity" tablescape as much as the new bride did!  She, along with all of my co-workers thought it was amusing and lots of fun.   
Don't stop here....there are lots of fabulous tablescapes awaiting your perusal over at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch.

32 comments:

nannykim said...

Man--you have yours up early!! I may get mine up this evening...It is beautiful---I love it! What great ideas you had---cute and humorous. I also love the napkin rings and the pretty silverware--awesome kiddo!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is quite cute and clever! I'll bet your co-workers did enjoy this tablescape!

Debbie Moore's Slice of Pie Entertaining & Cookbooks said...

Adorable! What a cute theme ... and pretty table.

Julie said...

What a cute table ... I love the blue plates...
xoxo
Julie

Michelle said...

Hi, I love your tablescape! I just found your blog tonight, its lovely! I cant wait to check out your previous posts!
Stop by my blog when you have time!
Michelle

Christi said...

What a cute idea! I love this.

Christi @ A Southern Life
http://asouthernlife.com

Melody said...

How original!

Liz said...

Oh you are soooo clever! A lovely shower!

~Liz

niartist said...

FANTASTIC idea! I hope you can stop by and enter your name in the giveaway at Color Outside the Lines. I know you could do some fantastic things with the loot! :) Cheers!

LillyB said...

Great theme!!!

Sandy said...

Wonderful table, such a great ideal.
Sandy

Best Life said...

That's adorable! I hope the new bride appreciated the humor. :) I love the dishes...your blog has so many great table ideas. I can't wait to go back and look through it all. Thanks for visiting my blog. Lisa~

Brenda said...

I love those blue flower plates (how cute!) and those napkin rings are precious. The whole idea is just ingenius!
Brenda

marty39 said...

Now this is not only gorgeous, but so creative. What fun. I love everything. I know the new bride was thrilled. Also want to invite you to join us for the "Fall Cloche Party". Check out the button on my sidebar for details. We'd love to see you there. Hugs, Marty

Carolyn said...

You did a great job!

Carolyn

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

A lovely shower tablescape with so many unique ideas! So glad you recreated it for us to enjoy!

Great job!

Katherine

Diana said...

Thanks for the kind words. Your shower tablescape is too cute!

Joyce said...

What an update spin on a baby shower theme. I may copy your idea for a baby shower my daughter is hosting next month. Thanks for sharing.
Joyce

podso said...

Welcome to the blogging world! I am enjoying looking at your tablescapes, and since I enjoy dishes as well I'll be back! I love the way you put the baby blankets into the glass vases...so creative. Thanks for stopping by my blog and your comments.

Lisa Shatzer said...

Oh this is so cute! I love the theme and you did a wonderful job with the different dispays.

Sedona @ MyDivineDelights said...

Oh so creative! The table is darling!!! Love it!

Joy said...

Your so talented and creative. What a sweet idea.

Chari said...

Hello...

Just read your sweet note that you left on my Ode to Summer tablescape...so happy to have you come by for a visit and thank you for leaving me such a kind comment!!!

Ohhh my...if this isn't the prettiest and most darling tablescape for a bridal shower that I've ever seen! I just love your saying and how you put it in those beautiful frames!!! This is really so very creative...love how you took it through the different life stages of the new bride with your centerpiece!!! The centerpieces are beautiful!!! Ohhh...and I love, love, LOVE your dishes...love those pretty blue petal plates!!! Love how you did your napkins and flatware all wrapped up with those pretty crystals!!! Gorgeous and I will be using this idea for sure!!! Your co-worker must have been thrilled to have such a beautiful table set for her!!!

Well my friend, I'm thrilled as well!!! This is my first visit to your blog and I just love it! In fact, I have added your blog to my list of blog follows...so very nice to meet you!!! I'm really looking forward to your upcoming posts and I do plan on going back through all of your older posts as well! I just love tablescaping...your blog is such a treat!!! Thank you!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a completely adorable idea! How clever you are~well done!

Janie's World said...

This was a totally cute idea and you pulled it off perfectly! Loved the table. The centerpiece is adorable! I also love those napkin rings.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

This is just one of the most clever themes I've ever seen, and you used some great ideas to present it! I would never have thought of cleaning products as part of a centerpiece. Oh, and I love those napkin rings with all of the bling! laurie

{ L } said...

Wow. I am impressed. What a creative idea! Love this.

Jane said...

What a clever idea! I love the cleaning items in the vases...colorful, unusual...hilarious! I'm sure the bride had quite a laugh over your tablescape. Well done!

Jane (Artfully Graced)

Kathleen said...

Hi DD!
I am back in blogland after DELLish computer probs...very frustrating!! couldn't post or make any comments on anything run by Google!

Great ideas, and such a pretty table.
O know your co workers must love that you do such lovely parties for them!!

Come see my new bargain..it's dishy!

xinex said...

Very creative idea! I love it!..Christine

Eileen said...

These were all so wonderful! Very creative! Very talented!
Great post!
All the best,
Eileen

Pinky said...

I am so glad I clicked over to this post! I am having my daughter's wedding shower in Aug. and just got a great idea! They, too, were engaged at the beach and I have been planning a Beach theme and LOVE the idea of the couple in the vase in the sand!!!! I am totally stealing that one:):) Thanks! XO, Pinky