Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men. ~Chinese Proverb
For those of you who think we have only summer year long here in Florida, I have to disagree. In the months of December and January the plants lose their brilliant green color and the grass gets a bit brown. As the weather warms up in February we have our own version of Spring with new growth on our plants, buds on the trees and flowers and the daylight lasting longer every day. Just as it has been in most of the country this winter, we have experienced very mild temperatures and where it should be in the 70's at this time of year we have been in the 80's most days.
I am celebrating our arrival of Spring, both on the calendar and with the weather this week with my tablescape.
There's been a lot of blogging about Old Time Pottery in the last few weeks and it was a source of many of the elements of this table. My favorite part of shopping there is arriving at the back of the store where the fabric remnant table is. All the fabrics are $4.99 a yard and come in sizes from 1 yard to 10 or more! This last trip I could have come home with all of them the selection was so good. I limited myself to 2 including this remnant that was just over 1 yard. I finished off the edges to make it a table topper.
The fabric has a watercolor look to it.
While I had the fabric in my cart I was able to search the fake flowers for just the right color purple to add to a planter I had purchased months ago.
Here's a closer look at the container.
As I told you in my last post, I am always thinking ahead with the seasons. I have been picking up "spring-like" items for months now so with my new fabric and coordinating flowers I was able to add what I already had to complete this table.
For my place setting I started with my Goodwill chargers that got a spray paint makeover. The dinner plates are from Ross and I love their shape and beaded edge.
The square plate is from Old Time Pottery and the top plate is from Ross.
I prefer a big centerpiece on this round table. I was recently reading some tips about using fake flowers and I have been trying to follow them. One of the best was to use colors that are found in nature and this purple is one of them.
Always make sure your centerpiece looks good from all sides.
At first I used purple wineglasses but I preferred the look of the green (Dollar Tree) and my water glasses are from Goodwill.
I wrapped a silk garland around each of the candle holders.
The checked napkins are from Old Time Pottery and the green glass napkin rings were on clearance at Bed, Bath and Beyond. The bright green napkins are from Target.
I stood on top of my breakfast bar for this shot. My husband is used to seeing me doing things like this!
I added a votive to a purple ramekin (Christmas Tree Shop).
Remember that you aren't limited by ready-made table linens. I've used old drapes, pillow shams and even shower curtains to make table toppers. Stop in your fabric store and see what's on clearance. Try to get a good quality, thick fabric for the best results. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know I NEVER sew anything. I love my fabric glue!
I am joining the party at Between Naps on the Porch where I am sure you will see many more takes on Spring tablescapes and I am also joining the Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday,
Be sure to visit my sister's blog, Creating Wonderful Spaces!