Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Sunflowers & Berries

Gosh, it seems strange not featuring a beach or patriotic table!  With the summer heat, my mind does tend to lean towards beach themes even though I don’t live near the beach!  I noticed some sunflowers blooming on the side of the road and thought I would use some in a centerpiece. No, mine are silk not real!
Let’s step outside onto the screen porch, where the ceiling fans are!  Yes, it’s just about too hot here to have a comfortable meal outside.  This is the view from the living room.
I used a birdhouse planter that I have had for many years as the centerpiece.  It’s made from old barn wood accented with old pieces of leather straps on the front.
The colors I used were inspired by the Pfaltzgraff salad plates that I found at a thrift store.
I draped the table with a rusty orangey red tablecloth from Goodwill.  The white chargers are actually vintage Homer Loughlin plates that are extra large.  The bright yellow dinner plates are from the Dollar Tree.  Black and white checked napkins bring in an unexpected color but the checks add to the country style theme.
Vintage silverplate is Rogers “Daffodil” pattern.
Green wine glasses from the Dollar Tree and tea glasses by Gorham.
Here’s my most recent garage sale purchase, a set of yellow and white checked salt and pepper shakers!
How do you like my faux strawberries?  I love the look of tablescapes with strawberries but they don’t stay at my house long enough to make it to the table.  Fresh ones that is!  The cute little container was from the Dollar Tree.  I bought them at Easter but never used them.
The red and yellow flowers look so pretty together!  It is one of my favorite combinations!
sunflower tablescape

TIP OF THE WEEK:  Did you know that charcoal works great as an odor eliminator?  A couple of years ago our refrigerator in the camper was unplugged and the food spoiled.  I wasn’t aware of this right away and when I did, WOW!  I cleaned it numerous times and the only thing I could find that worked at removing the odor was regular old charcoal that you would use to grill with.  I filled up a little plastic bowl of it and put it in the refrigerator and closed the door.  It took a couple of days but the charcoal absorbed all the bad smell!

Sharing with:

Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground 
Pin the Tail on the Bloggy Time @ Debbie Doo’s Blogging & Blabbing
Let’s Dish @ Cuisine Kathleen
Tips, Tutorials & Tidbits @ StoneGable
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Tabletop Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life


  1. What a beautiful arrangement! I love the entire tablescape but I adore the birdhouse planter.

  2. Great tip, Tammy!!! I am going to spend either this afternoon or tomorrow cleaning out one of our downstairs refrigerator/freezers, and I will probably need to use this tip to get it super fresh. It has been awhile since I cleaned it out! Very pretty table inspired by nature! Love your new salt & pepper shakers, too!!! have a safe & happy 4th!!!!!!!

  3. Great minds think alike! I have done sunflowers for my last 2 posts. They just say summer to me. I love the red you combined yours with and that wooden piece is so rustic and unique for a centerpiece. Happy 4th!

    Robin Flies South

  4. Cute, cute, cute! Love your combination of colors, and the centerpiece is very creative!

  5. Love the bright sunflowers, strawberries, and summertime influences. Anytime you can use a birdhouse, I'm all in. Thanks for the charcoal tip, since my garage is in need of something. Thanks for inspiring. Happy Summer. ~CJ

  6. Great tip with the use of charcoal. Thanks! Your table setting is cheerful. It makes me smile.

  7. Beautiful table! I love sunflowers and adding the touch of red really makes them pop. I also love black and white gingham so you know I am drooling over this tablescape. Nice job!

    Thanks for sharing the tip, also. Many in our area have been without power for days and days. This is a tip I'll share with my daughter as they just recently got power back.

  8. Hi! Just stopping by from the pinterest party to pin this. What a beautiful table you created!

    Kelly @ View Along the Way

  9. Hi, I'm here too from the pinning party and am about to pin your beautiful table!!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  10. Thanks for the tip -- I love the colors of your pretty table. We're supposed to hit 105 this Saturday! That's just too darn hot!

  11. I love this setting! Your centerpiece is so perfect with those cute plates. I especially love all the colors you mixed in to make this setting so attractive. It's so pretty!

  12. I am such a birdhouse person, so I'm crazy about your centerpiece. No matter when you use them, you can't go wrong with sunflowers.

  13. I love the checked napkins with the yellow sunflowers and the dishes! Such a darling table Tammy!

  14. What a sweet table! Love the yellow with the checked napkins! Faux strawberries are adorable!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!


Thank you so much for all your lovely comments! I try to return the favor and visit each one of you! ~Blessings, Tammy~