Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Garden Table

Part of the Garden Tour was setting up the two patio tables as if we were entertaining. Of course, there was no food . . . for it was only for show. But we felt that we needed to create a Garden Party atmosphere for our patio.

Each table was set for 4 -- and although not totally identical they were similar.
Each table had a Guy Wolff pot planted with a topiary -- this one was ivy. And matching Williams Sonoma tablecloths. The pail and watering can salt and peppers -- two for each table. Another idea copied from Bunny Williams. (These came from Smith and Hawken) I use them both inside and out.
As indoor plates are blue and white so our our outdoor ones. These are Johnson Brothers Asiatic Pheasant. A cabbage plate atop the blue and white one and a green napkin tucked into a carrot -- as a sort of whimsy!
Because there was a bunny on each table -- this table had my thyme bunny topiary!

I had fun decorating the tables for the tour and the carrot napkin holders generated a lot of attention.

I said there was only imaginary food -- but that's not totally true.

Husband Jim smoked 10 pounds of brisket Saturday so that the garden smelled heavenly. He did two racks of ribs on Sunday. Alas, neither of these meats made it's way to the prettily set tables!
Please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see what everyone else has done with their tables this week!


Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

I love the carrots! Too cute.

Missy Wertz said...

I like! Great for a garden setting.

Deanna said...

What a cute table setting you've created.
I really like the carrot napkin holders.

From one Kansan to another...Hasn't it been HOT in Kansas? Terrible yesterday.

Blessings to you,

Kammy said...

That brisket sounds divine...what time should I come over again...
LOL ! I love your cabbage plates and everything else !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Chandy said...

I'm in for the brisket! LOL

What a great table with a garden theme. Beautiful!

The Tablescaper said...

Martha, I love your blog. When I look at the Tablescape Thursday posts, yours is one of the first I visit. Your home is magnificant and truly inviting. I LOVE the carrots - what fun! Come visit - The Tablescaper

Unknown said...

What a fun tablescape! Looks like you had fun putting it gether too! The napkin in a carrot is just over the top FUN!
Have a good rest of the week!
~Really Rainey~

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

The carrot with the green napkins is so clever. I have the Williams Sonoma tablecloths just like yours - actually I have two of them. I've had them for years and I love them. They've held up really well and I use them often. They're very French Provence.
I agree with the others, your home and gardens are fabulous.

Unknown said...

Lovely! I love the idea of using the carrots for the napkins. Don't you love your Johnson Bros dishes? I do.

Thanks for your kind words on my post!


Patricia @ ButterYum said...

I love JB patterns. Great napkin trick!

Mary Bergfeld said...

The napkins holders are too cute for words. You have created a beautiful home, Martha. I'm not surprised your gardens are as lovely.

Alicia said...

What fun! THe cheery yellow tablecloth makes it all pop. Love the topiary and the carrots are too cute. Thanks for sharing.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What a lovely tablescape. I love the yellow, so bright and cheery. YOur dishes are stunning and the carrot is way too cute. Hugs, Marty

Southerncook said...

The napkin holders are adorable. Where did you find them? Where ever it was I am quite sure there was a run on them.

Perfectly set table for the garden right down to the cabbage salad plates to the bunnies on each table. Gorgeous!!!!!


Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Love the tablescape Martha! I see why the carrots got a lot of attention! Did you hollow artifical ones out? I'm totally curious! Being from NC (BBQ pork) I had never had brisket until I moved to MO, I love it!Happy TT!

Martha said...

The carrots are plastic ones from HobbyLobby (bought at 50% off) and the napkins inexpensive green napkins -- you cut off the carrot tops and take out about an inch or so of the "inside" -- then you stick the napkin in so that it resembles the carrot top.

Unknown said...

The table looks very serene in the garden. I love the carrots w/napkins as their tops.

Brenda Pruitt said...

Oh, I thought I recognized that table cloth from Williams Sonoma catalog. And I just love it. So country French. This is so pretty. Love everything on your table today. Especially the veggies!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

This is just sooo pretty!!! The carrots are the perfect touch!!! So summery and fresh!!!


Unknown said...

What a lovely and whimsical summer tablescape! The yellows are greens are so pretty! Your tablecloth is beautiful! I love the carrot napkin very clever!

Thanks for sharing!


Kathleen said...

How pretty! And I bet they were starving smelling that good food..
Tables are lovely..carrot napkins! Cute!

Bab's Kitchen said...

Cool carrot napkins.

Mary said...

Very nice!

The Blushing Hostess said...

So pretty and original, I love these ideas!

niartist said...

I'm smiling with delight! A napkin tucked into a carrot!?!?!? What else will you think of! Simply fantastic! I bet everyone was oooing and ahing over this too, along with your perfect garden! Wish I could have been there to tour it myself!

Michelle said...

LOVE...LOVE...LOVE the carrot napkin holder! So cute!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is adorable, great ideas, and pretty too! How did you get that napkin into the carrot!?

I hope to get another tablescape done soon. I enjoy TT so much!