Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Southern Belle and New Orleans

Tablescapes are so much fun to put together. Today, we're strolling down the French Quarter. It's a little warm/HOT but that's part of the charm of the Quarter. I actually spent my teenage years living on the Westbank of New Orleans. I have so many wonderful memories of those years.

Since I warned you it would be hot, we're going to sit outside. Now don't whine. We have a ceiling fan. You will  be okay.

My inspiration piece is my New Orleans vintage tablecloth. I just love it! I bought it on eBay many years ago.

The table cloth is square and has New Orleans landmarks all around the edges. There is even a Dixie Land band!
I found the crab plates at Marshall's quite a while ago. There were only 3 and I thought"well, I'll find some more". No, none, nowhere...even checked eBay. I love the plate and bowl combo and use them on a regular basis just for us. You saw the chips didn't you?

The plates are by April Cornell for Silvestri.

I've used a variety of Louisiana items such as the Dixie Sampler, a Magnolia arrangement, a southern belle planter and Fleur-de-lis.

I found this Dixieland cross-stitch sampler at a local antique mall for just a few dollars. I knew I would use it somewhere...someday. Someone put in a lot of work on this. Notice I am even using a fleur-de-lis plate holder. As my grandmother would say...Well, lah de dah.

The rose ceramic napkin holders were a gift I had given to my mother. I love using her things now. These even have a few chips but that makes them more precious because she loved to use them.

I use my vintage Southern Belle planter in a lot of settings. If you're going to be a Southern Belle, you have to have a planter. I think that's a rule.

Sweet iced tea is served in a great-aunt's Depression glass Iridized Iris & Herringbone pitcher. Take a look at the glasses. See the Southern Belle scenes?

While I was playing slaving over this arrangement, I decided to try a different look. A little lighter? I cut some flowers and put them in a syrup pitcher, brought in a candle and a miniature ceramic figurine. I also used a metal pineapple since it is the sign of hospitality.  I might like this better...what about you?

I bought the sweet little butter dish one one of our antiquing vacation trips. I love the small size. It will hold about 1/2 of a stick of butter. You have to have butter for your cornbread.
I believe he is singing to his sweetheart, Oh Susannah 
"I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee,
I'm going to Louisiana, my true love for to see

After all of these pictures, were you wondering if Mr. Dumpling ever had Supper (it is Supper here)? Well, of course he did. And what could be more Southern than Red Beans w/Ham, Rice, Cornbread and sweet Iced Tea!!! I'll be posting the recipe next week.

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Yellow Rose Arbor said... Best Blogger Tips

Neat tablescape! You have so many nice collectibles on the table. Love that tablecloth!

Nice job, very unique!


Lynn said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fun table, I love your tablecloth! I think it would be fun to find some from the different places I've visited. The dishes are really cute too:@)

Mary said... Best Blogger Tips

Love my stroll thru the French Quarter here! Your tablecloth & Southern Belle glasses are the star of the show! Supper looks delish :-)

LV said... Best Blogger Tips

A perfect vintage New Orleans table setting.

Marigene said... Best Blogger Tips

I love those unique perfect for a meal in my very favorite of all cities!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great tribute to Dixieland! Wonderful tablecloth and I am taken with those wonderful plates and bowls. So fabulous! Wouldn't it be fun to serve a low country boil in those.
I hope you have that fan on HIGH! I am a wilting flower in the heat and humidity.
But I would brave the elements if I could join you at this creative table.

Debbie said... Best Blogger Tips

This is wonderful and I loved seeing all of the Louisiana and Dixie Land themed details. It started off just perfectly with that great tablecloth and was carried out so well. I'm one who loves a theme table. They are my favorites, and this one was so fun.

Tricia said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved your French Quarter table! I miss visiting there since we moved away from Baton Rouge. Your vintage tablecloth is wonderful! And I loved seeing the Iris and Herringbone pitcher -- my grandmother had the stemmed juice glasses, and I adored having my orange juice in them when I visited her -- I felt so elegant!

The Charm of Home said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your vintage table cloth. Very cute table.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your vintage tablecloth and your tablescape. I was wondering where the beignets were, but then I saw you were serving supper :-) . Thank you for the sweet tea -- very refreshing before I shift the sprinklers yet again.

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Ann said... Best Blogger Tips

I love everything!. My SIL grew up in Baton Rouge and would LOVE the dishes and especially the tablecloth!!! I need to start looking for one for them.

Jan@southernjunkin' said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great tablescape! Love the Iris and Herringbone pitcher! My lovely daughter collects clear I&H! Must say I enjoy red beans & rice and of course cornbread!!

Jan@southernjunkin' said... Best Blogger Tips

PS I'm one of your newest followers!

Janet said... Best Blogger Tips

Everything looks so pretty and your meal looks delicious! Following!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

What fun southern items you are sharing! I would love to go to New Orleans one day. I have heard its beautiful and the food is to die for! I'm a new follower, your blog is adorable! Marcia

Marlis said... Best Blogger Tips

Love your table. the tablecloth is charming and the plates are wonderful.. I love those glasses! Many blessings, marlis.

La-Dee-da crafter said... Best Blogger Tips

Love all of this. I am a new follower from Boost my Blog.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said... Best Blogger Tips

I just love your tablecloth and the dishes! The southern bell glasses are so cute. I worked in the French Quarters on a temporary assignment for six months. The food was the best and I really miss the authenic cajun dishes and the pralines.

AmberFaith said... Best Blogger Tips

Hello! Newest follower from the Boost My Blog Friday blog hop! Would love for you to stop by and follow back, whenever you get a chance. Have a great week! (:


Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said... Best Blogger Tips

Your table is so charming~love all your touches and those dishes are darling. Thanks for sharing it at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Martha said... Best Blogger Tips

Great table and I do LOVE those dishes!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fabulously southern table! Your vintage tablecloth is in great shape and looks super on the table. I have never seen dishes such as those, but I'll keep my eyes open for you during my thrifting adventures. Sweet tea is just the perfect drink and out of those adorable Southern Belle glasses even more so. Your whole menu makes me wish I had been there!