Wednesday, March 25, 2009

ECLECTIC Tablescapes plus the most important part, the DESSERTS!

Today is TT, and be sure to drop by Susan's at "Between Naps On The Porch" to see all the other contributors!
This is a picture I took of an apple pie in process that my mother in law baked a couple Thanksgivings ago! I loved it so much that it made "the cut" and is in my photo note card series that includes "foodies".
This is the lovely tablescape that the Apple Pie was served as dessert for!
The dishes belonged to our Grandma Cerilli, so it was like including her
in our festivities of the day~ It was a bittersweet memory.
This tablescape photo was taken during a Holiday Showcase. Isn't it stunning?
Another tablescape photo that I shot at the Holiday Showcase., it truly could be used for an Engagement party and you could use the colors of the season for the bows on the chair.
These are my home made desserts I like to create for my parties. Home made chocolate cream pie, home made cream puffs, scones.... Need I say more? mmm... mmm...
My favorites are on the top, Italian Almond Cookies! YES!
Aha, now we've got desserts for the tea parties; after the guests had a chance to take a few bites! ;)
This is one of my favorite tablescapes, where the guests fill their plates and choose their seating throughout the home. I like to think of it as the "Mingling Tablescape"! This presentation always blows the guests away, and they enjoy going back again and again to fill their plates.
To create the display...I use three sets of different size glass rounds. Using heavy stemware I turn them upside down and then add one layer of glass on top of the stemware, then repeat, and add a smaller round of glass. The bottom layer is positioned on the table on this one, but it can also be elevated and lights can be displayed underneath of it and covered with bridal netting. The glass tops can be used to display food only, or a combination of food and dishes like I have above.
Hope you've enjoyed this ECLECTIC mixed sets of tablescapes and desserts today!
~Au Revoir
~CC Catherine

53 comments:

The Muse said...

I well imagine that having your Grandma's China out is bitter sweet....so many of us with family treasures...know that joy and sorrow...!

But I do believe we honor them by using the items...and I am grateful that you have the chance to recall the sweetness of her memory!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Beautiful table..and I am first...so I can have my pick of all the delicious desserts!

Susan

marty39 said...

CC all of the tablescapes are just stunning. I especially love the dessert table. Using the glass rounds makes such a gorgeous presentation for all kinds of wonderful desserts and goodies. I love it. Hugs, Marty

Bo said...

Hi CC...wow, would I love to have an invitation to one of your fab parties! Everything looks scrumptious! ;- Bo

TRES BELLE said...

Very lovely. You've made me very hungry. Those desserts are to die for.

Kris

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Everything looks beautiful.You made me hungry for eclairs!

Blondie's Journal said...

Catherine,

A gorgeous tablescape from the holiday of long ago! The traveling tablescape is brilliant, in these parts we call them buffets~but I like your term better. The idea of the glass tiers is very clever & the desserts look & sound scrumtious!

I'm gaining weight just reading! By the way~your last post with your pooch is adorable! :-)

xoxo
Jane

xinex said...

I love all the tablescapes, CC but the last one, your created centerpiece, is very elegant and so pretty! No wonder your guests love to keep coming back to it. Your desserts are really making me hungry...Christine

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Wonderful tablescapes! Whenever I use mom's mixing bowls and dishes, I feel as if she's cooking with me. It's comforting. ♥

Loved your mingling tablescape. What an awesome idea! ☺

prof en retraite said...

Hi CC...Love your Grandma's china...such a treasure! Your idea for the dessert table is stunning...as are the deserts!! Hope you are having a good week...hugs...Debbie

Rhondi said...

That looks like a great tea party and I llve all desserts.
Hugs, Rhondi

Celestina Marie said...

Hi CC, I just love all the tablescapes you have shared and I especially love that your grandma's plates were used. I do this too and it does bring sweet memories.

The glass table display levels is wonderful and looks so elegant too. All the desserts you shared are some of my favorites too. I also love Italian almond cookies.

Thanks for sharing.
Blessings, Celestina Marie

Kathy said...

What a simply gorgeous table, Catherine! The beribboned chairs are the perfect finishing touch to the holiday decor. Pieces like your grandmother's beautiful china make an occasion like Thanksgiving even more meaningful. What a lovely dessert spread!
xo...Kathy

Chandy said...

Catherine, you just gave me a great idea for my next Christmas table! Thank you! All the tables are just gorgeous!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

While all the tablescapes are great, I like the last the best. It is such a dramatic presentation for a buffet. Did you have the glass circles made for the occassion?

Kristens Creations said...

Thanks for all your nice compliments on my tablescape!! All of yours are stunning and I'm really wanting one of those yummy deserts! Kristen

abeachcottage said...

oh my love the mingling!

the dessert just looks so fabulous, in fact I need to go get something to eat!

happy tablescaping, nice blog too!

sarah

Cynthia said...

CC,
Happy B-Day! What beautiful tables and your creativity is just oozing out! That last table is just the coolest idea ever. Cindy

carolinajewel said...

All those delicious desserts! I especially like the apple pie table with the green transferware plates. :D Jewel

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Hi CC!
Loved looking at your array of tablescapes. I love to use dishes from my Grandmother. Brings back memories! Those Holiday Open House tables are just lovely. I like to attend those too. I always take the camera for inspiration pictures. Apple pie is my favorite dessert. Has been since I was a little girl. I love it with French Vanilla ice cream. Yummy! :-)

Martha said...

Love the glass display table -- what a clever idea. The other tablescapes are fantastic as well. And of course, who can ever turn down a dessert?

Terri and Bob said...

GORGEOUS!

I love the fabric draping, too. I have a tablescape thursday post today, too, but because I am private I didn't link it. Come and see me!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful table, Catherine. Sweet memories.

Leigh of said...

Catherine, I just love your tablescape!And I love that you could use your grandmothers china!It makes your tablescape sp poigant!

Joycee said...

CC, thanks for the very kind comments at GrannyMountain. My Grandparents were such an important part of my life and they molded the person I am today. Your tablescapes today are beautiful and make the memories for our loved ones to carry a lifetime. I especially like the eclectic one with the mix match of teacups for a buffet. That way I could use all of my favorite ones! haha Come visit again!
Joy C.

claudie said...

I better come over and take some extreme lessons from you girlfriend. I don't cook let alone bake. I NEED HELP!!!
Don't you know it's your Birthday today and your not suppose to lift a finger? You naughty girl you.
Hope your having a fab day and I wish I could surprise you at your front door with a huge bouquet of flowers.. wouldn't that be fun?
Happy TT and Birthday.
Love You
Claudie
xoxo

Fifi Flowers said...

YUM... I can't think about anything else but that pie!

Domestic Designer said...

Love your table! The desserts look yummy! Have a great day!

Janie's World said...

Stunning! The tables look fantastic. That apple pie must have tasted so good! I love the wraps on the chairs!

Linda said...

That glass tower of trays is beautiful - and all the desserts - yummy! Linda

Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous photos and blog!

xoxox,
CC

Raggedy Girl said...

What beautiful tables and I loved the Gramma dishes. I have white covers on my dining chairs and want to do some ribbon thing on them for Christmas but there are a lot of chairs.

Have a Thankful Thursday
from Roberta Anne

Libby Murphy said...

apple pie, hum, it's been a while since I've made that - thanks for the great idea
your table is gorgeous and I love using china that once belonged to those we hold in our hearts -
happy twirls,
Libby

Mama said...

Love all your gorgeous tablescapes and I can almost taste dessert, I love those beautiful bows on the backs of the chairs, Happy TT, Kathy.

Kim Chalfant said...

I had to laugh at myself when I realized that your title said Eclectic & not Electric as I had first read it. Your tables are all beautiful. I like the mingling tablescape idea. That is how we mostly eat at my house.

Olive Rue said...

Hey there pretty lady. I've missed you too. I have been MIA lately because my photography is picking up more and I've been working at F&T 1 day a week. Which means I've been junking and turning trash to treasure. :-)

I would love for you to come down one weekend. We need a fun girls day.

Hugs!
Crystal

Shirl said...

Hello, thank you for stopping by. Love your tablescape, desserts look yummy! Love your china!
Bless you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Dream Mom said...

It's just wonderful to use Grandma's china; I think she would have been proud!

The holiday tablescape was really something! Sooooo beautiful! Just breathtaking! Thanks for sharing!

Cass @ That Old House said...

How lovely to have heirloom china. And even better ... to have desserts!

Great post! Gorgeous tables, and ummmm scrumptious looking desserts.
Cass

Bre said...

Those bows are adorable !! ...and homemade cream puffs....mmmmmm . I have a "real" sweet tooth from homemade goodies. The chocolate chips never make it to the cookies in my house.... I always eat "the whole bag" first !

Cheers,
Bre
Chantilly Grace

Cathy said...

Those deserts are yummy looking and I love all the beautiful table displays!
Cathy

LdyDy said...

Your Grandma's dishes were very lovely. Your holiday tablescape was just beautiful! Okay and those desserts...yummmmmy!! I liked your idea for a "mingling tablescape". What fun!

Jojo said...

I loved the apple pie tablescape and the family memories included. Heartwarming and beautiful!

Helen said...

Your photos today are fantastic... that long table all set and looking so festive is magical. Holidays and gatherings are the perfect to to pay tribute to those loved ones who are no longer here.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Love that centerpiece! What a brilliant idea! I'm going to be borrowing this idea for sure. Those photoshopped pictures of deserts look so great! And I so enjoyed the tour of tablescapes. I wish I could make a bow on a chair look like that. laurie

niartist said...

CC - loving that desert table! :) Have a great weekend!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Catherine...this was so much fun seeing all the different styles of tables! Your desserts looked out of this world! Beautiful way to display them for your guest! :-) Susan

Miss Janice said...

Love all these tablescapes...the dessert scape is awesome!

cherry said...

Yummy, Sweet, Beautiful..
Wish I was there.

Thank you for stopping by to visit
Happy Sunday
hugs, Cherry

Karen said...

Hello my Friend!
Well, now that I am craving SWEETS - I wanted to say that this was a lovely post. I love the memories, the old pictures and the new pictures. The designer that I used to work for always did the chairs wraps. They can really sharpen up a table!
I found a new tearoom! There is one down in the Circle of Orange. That is in Old Town Orange, CA. I zipped down there yesterday - it has about a million antique stores and it takes several days to really see it all. I am taking my friend Joy down there on Wed and hopefully we will have time - well we are just going to have to MAKE time to have tea. I'm so excited! Since our tea cottage in Glendora closed, I have been down in the dumps over it. I loved going there.
I'll let ya know how it goes! And of course, the antiquing . . . need I say more?
Have a great week! Hugs. Karen

Bernideen said...

We had those green dishes when I was growing up and whenever I see them it brings back memories!

Sue said...

Hi Catherine....okay so it's official...when Susan has her porch party...your bringing the deserts?? Yes!!

LdyDy said...

Hi Catherine! Thanks for stopping by my Met Monday! As for your question...It's from Lowes, Martha Stewart colors, French Bulldog Black. It's an Interior Satin. I liked it because it wasn't a shiny black and truth be told the word French in the title caught my eye!LOL! Hugs!