It’ll be all White ~ Simple Tablescaping
Thu 15th, Oct, 2009
G’day lovelies, hope all is well.
The other weekend on my way home, with a boot load of treasure from the crazy Jumble Sale that happens a few times a year round here (you can read about my last visit to it, what I found and a whole day of thrifting here), I passed a shop that I’ve driven by for the last 4 years but never stopped at. Two reasons for that, one I often see it mentioned in magazines and to say the prices are, ahem, quite out there is an understatement and two there is rarely a park – it’s on a busy road. But there was a space so I pulled in and parked up.
Now, price doesn’t normally stop me from window shopping, but phew this one blew me outta the water. I had collected Mr Teenage BC from the beach and he whispered to me referring to an old sideboard/buffet that had been spruced up and painted “mum you should really start a shop, this old thing is $3000!”
Anyway, my not entirely orthodox way of getting the look I want, is to either shamelessly try and copy something for a fraction of the price or thrift it. The thing is though, for certain things, like accessories I don’t have the inclination to wait and so despite all my thrifty ways I will easily fork out for just the right thing to, you know, add that little touch.
So sitting on the floor was a basket stuffed full of the most divine Frenchy rattan bells. Absolutely just what I’ve been looking for for outside. I wanted two to sit on the table on the deck. I dove in and picked out two. Unfortunately there was a wee problem. Each 4 inch high bell was 45 dollars. Now I knew they wouldn’t exactly be cheap…a nice shop in a nice area with nice things. But I thought this, quite frankly, comical.
Perhaps, I may well have lost touch with the real world. Perhaps there were days before we moved to the other side of the world, had three kids, two houses and a penchant for old antique trunks that I would have paid the knocking-on a hundred dollars for two little bells. Perhaps you are cringing even that I have the audacity to bring up ‘price’ in the world of Frenchy rattan bells? Perhaps I should have gaily handed over my cash and fed my children baked beans on toast for the week.
But I didn’t, I showed Mr Teenage BC, whose eyes nearly fell out of his sockets, he I imagine thinking of the computer games or surfboard-saving-up he could do with that and we laughed and swiftly put them back.
So anyway what has this to do with tablescaping (and find more tablescapes today over at Susan’s blog)? Well I was, to be honest, most disgruntled about those bells and so I thought I would use my rattan food covers for that same look that I so sadly had to leave in the shop the day before.
And rather than set the table, to be very honest, dear readers, I couldn’t actually be bothered and anyway recently we had been to dinner at a friend’s and though I am loathe to sprinkle the words ‘casual entertaining’ around (there is to me, no such thing) she pulled it off just like that. On a side table were all the bits and pieces, piles of the accoutrement’s of dining, then a simple roasted meat, salad and potatoes and we just sort of pottered to and fro. Too easy.
I noticed how my kids loved this set-up. I however, have never been much of one for buffet food – conjuring up dreadful images for me of Boxing Day 80′s lunches where I‘d forgo the platters of turkey and instead fill my plate with too many mini-quiches and chips and end up feeling sick.
But sticking to the three or four dishes that would regularly be set down on the table there was no room for error.
So after the afternoon spent milling about, doing a bit of gardening and those weekend-things we do, a roast in the oven, we just piled all the apparel on the table…followed by the food, covered with the rattan covers ;-) and we spent much of the evening going back for seconds…and thirds…just pottering.
No bells in sight.
find one of my favourite and ever-so-thrifty tablescapes with tealights and mason jars here , a blue and white beachy one here, and one of my first, ever-so-stripey! ones here. Other tabletop scapes including one with soft pinks plus an old trunk can be found here, and a dollar-free one here.
And if you want to see what the dining looked like before when we came to view this old cottage, you can see the before and after here.
table & chairs IKEA : tablecloth IKEA : rattan foodcover Target : candles Dollar Store : candle holders IKEA : vase old pesto jar : cutlery vintage thrifted : napkins IKEA :
(nope I’m not affiliated to Ikea..but I’d like to be!)