Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A French Influenced Tablescape with Princess Mignon Abbie as Hostess

Bonjour, Welcome to Princess Mignon Abbie's first "inside" Tablescape as Hostess!
Princess Abbie had such a lovely time cohosting when Debbie, from Confessions of a Plate Addict, joined us for tea a few weeks back that she begged me to allow her to host this weeks all by her lil ole self. I obliged and said I'd at least snap the pics for her!
The breadbasket is a find that I brought home from France and is a favorite of mine~
As you can see, Princess Abbie is at the head of the table awaiting her guests to be seated...she's so mannerly~ I have told her though that when she tilts her head up in the air like this, some may think she's a snoot, and she's really not...sincerely she's not! ;)
Everything on this weeks tablescape was purchased at either 75% off or for little to nothing from Goodwill visits~ I'll mention the few items that aren't when I come to them. This lovely centerpiece pot was picked up at a yard sale for just $5. The bromelaide plant was a gift and is just about ready to bloom.
An aerial shot to showcase the Macy's plates, "The Cellar" my sons got me a few years back. This is my every day dinnerware I'm using today.
My Aunt, that is an Artist, created the lovely candle holder below and candle snuffer. It is only about 4" high and is very delicate.
A view from above the Chandy!
An aerial shot showcasing the salad bowl on each end of the tables. Princess Abbie's is an import from Italy from Williams & Sonoma. I know, I know, this is a French influenced Tablescape, but these just fit beautifully with my French colors! ;)
The bread plates and center salad bowl atop the dinner plate on this view is from Furio Home and is also an import from Italy. Yikes, can you tell I'm married to an Italian? ;) The colors in these plates though evoke the spirit of France to me.
The lovely little napkins tucked in to the wine glasses as roses are a souvenir I brought home from France a few years back. I cherish them and always feel like a little part of me is there when i use them. The wine glasses, thrifty find at a consignment shop.
Another creation from my Aunt, the Artist! This is a little dinner bell. Notice the three angels? I bought it because it reminds me of my three children that are my angels on earth!
A fun view below is my Chandy above the dining room table with the reflection in the mirror on the side wall. I put a special filter on this one because it's just "fun".
A view from an angle as I walk in from my kitchen! Notice Princess Mignon Abbie underneath the chair...she thought it would be more humble of her to be submissive as everyone enters the room. Dinners on she politely barks! ;)
And one last different view!
Now...I need to hear from all my readers...I'm considering changing my banner above. This is my chandelier from my master bedroom. Do you think I should try it for the summer for a Chandy change? Leave your answer on your comment! I'm seriously thinking of making a change!
Now, Please be sure to visit Susan at "Between Naps On The Porch" to see all the other lovely and whimsical fun tablescapes this week! ;)

~CC Catherine
Don't forget to Click on the Logo on my sidebar to enter my BLOG GIVEAWAY - Deadline for entry is May 10th, Midnight, PDT. GOOD LUCK~


Anonymous said...

Oh how stinking cute is Abbey. She's ready for his din din. Love the tablescape and the upshot of the chandeier. You need to come on over to my blog ASAP!!!

Blondie's Journal said...


This is such a pretty tablescape and very French inspired! I love the blue and yellow together and the pieces your Aunt made are such nice compliments. I just love how you get all these bargains! And I love to see little Abbie in your posts, she's a doll!

I like your banner but I am always up for an change and think the one in your bedroom is gorgeous. Go for it!!

P.S. The bread basket from France is fabulous!!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Blue and yellow are my favs! Love your table, and those precious treasures made by your aunt. I just want to know if you hung from the chandelier to get some of those pictures! Princess Abbie was probably barking like crazy when she saw you swinging from the chandy! I'm coming to visit your blog no matter what your header looks like. Can't get rid of me! laurie

prof en retraite said...

Hi CC...I love your frenchy! I especially like those plates! Miss...or should I say Princess Abbie did a wonderful job as hostess! Your aunt's things are just gorgeous. Having seen them in person, I can vouch for that! How did you get that chandelier shot?? lol Yes, I think the other chandelier for summer might be's so pretty! I am still basking in the glow of the wonderful tea that you and Abbie prepared for me! Have a great rest of the week...hugs...Debbie

Janie's World said...

Your little princess is so well behaved!!!

I love your dishes they are really pretty, what a treat to get to use them everyday!

ellen b said...

Oh a tablescape after my own heart. 75% discounts and thrift store purchases are my favorites. :0)
Love shade of yellow and blues together! Happy TT to you...

Dixie said...

CC... you do the sweetest, most simple and lovely tablescapes... You make the rest of feel like we can do a beautiful tablescape too!

Hey... congrats on winning Olive Rue's mothers day blog giveway.. you are the ONE girl!

blessings. Dixie

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Catherine - you can never go wrong with blue and yellow. So lovely! What a precious furr baby, and she made an excellent hostess. I love the shot where she is looking up. So sweet.

Thank you for sharing this pretty tablescape with us. Blessings, Barb

Kammy said...

Oooo, such a pretty table....but, Princess Abbie really steals the show - what a sweetie ! I just want to pet her and give her a kiss ! How did you get her to set so still ??? Such a lovely hostess .... I wonder what she was thinking as you were snapping pictures ? I hope she got a special treat for being sooooo good ! I did look at the table too, loved everything and Abbie (lol)
Hugs ~ Kammy

Gypsy aka Tam said...

your blue and yellow french table is so lovely. You'll convert me to a blue person if you continue this and I'll be forced to add on to my home to store additional dishes in various blue patterns LOL
Have a wonderful Thursday,

Shelia said...

Evening, Catherine! Now how did you get up on that ceiling like that? LOL
That shot is beautiful, though. Your table is so pretty and I'm just loving the blue and yellow! The dishes are beautiful!
Be a sweetie and quit that climbing, you're gonna get hurt!
Shelia ;)

Claudie said...

Change is always good CC. When we start questioning ourselves then it's time. That's the way I look at things lately.
Love the French look of this TT. I used to always buy things that had "3" on them. Also reminds me of my 3 kids.
Love and hugs to Miss Abbie. Can't wait to meet her in person one day soon.
Love Claudie

claudie said...

Hey didn't tell me you won Olive Rue's photo session...oh that will be soooooooo much fun. I"m coming down to watch you and sneak in there with you lol
Congrats you lucky girl

Karen said...

I just love Abbey! She reminds me so much of our Sheltie from years ago! Just too cute!
When do you have time to do all this Girl? You are amazing!
I vote go for the change! But then, I'm changing lots of things right now! Ask Justin. He looked at me the other day and said "Mom, there is a lot of pink/frilly/phoo phoo cr*# creeping into this house all of a sudden. What's with that?!"



Cynthia said...

What a gorgeous table and the colors of blue and yellow are my favorites! Great bargains and such pretty tablecloth and napkins. Abbey is a very good little hostess, very polite and all. I like the summer chandy. Cindy

Libby Murphy said...

What a precious princess she is too! Such a regal pose. I love your artistic aunt's work. Really cool and how special to include on your table. Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day.
Happy Twirls

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a beautiful table! And Miss Abbey is adorable -- but now my boys are so jealous that they don't get invited to the table! If course they don't have Miss Abbey's good maners - no they would have been walking on the table! LOL!

Chandy said...

What a great looking table! The colors you chose and the extra touches are lovely. Love the bromeliad and Princess Abbie is such a wonderful hostess. Awesome pictures!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

aww Abbie did a great job! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

The Raggedy Girl said...

What a lovely table. I think you managed the perfect table, well fitted but not overdone. I love how all the dishes brought together from different place all blend so beautifully. One sweet puppy too!

The Raggedy Girl

marty39 said...

What a beautiful tablescape. I love the blue and yellow and the print just looks so frenchy. The little candleholder and the bell are such treasured pieces and so gorgeous. Your dishes are stunning, the pattern is so bright and cheery. Great tablescape. I also love the bdrm chandy. It is just gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Joyce said...

Abbey stole the show! So cute! I hope she had a nice treat after sitting there for the photo:) It is so pretty and I love it all. Happy Mother's day.

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I love your table scape. I adore yellow and blue and the very French feel that your setting evokes. Thanks for all of your dear comments on my blog. I haven't had enough time since I started working to show my appreciation. Hope you have a lovely Mother's Day!

BECKY said...

Catherine, Thank you so much for your kind notes on my blog. You have such a sweet heart!

I love this because it makes me think of my Mom, and France...a place I long to visit. Mom loved this color combo and decorated a lovely guest room in her home with the blue, yellow, white and white wicker. It gave her such delight just to peek in at it as she walked by.

I would LOVE to see some of your photos from France on your blog! Are there any in past posts?

And I think that you definitely should give your blog a bit of a summer breeze by changing your chandy pic!! And by the way, it is gorgeous!! :o)


Chari said...

Hi Catherine...

My friend, your table is beau et si français! It feels like being in Provence!!! I love your everyday dishes and that beautiful bread plate and soup bowl go perfectly with them!!! They look like a beautiful in the blues and yellows!!! And your beautiful flower pot coordinates so perfectly as well! What a fabulously French table, mon ami! And Princess Mignon Abbey is just precious...a very gracious hostess! Girl, I only have one thing left to say...I would love to see how you get those arial shots from your chandelier! hehe!!! Oh yes, and speaking of chandeliers...I do love that pretty crystal chandelier and think it would make a fabulous header for the summer season...I say YES!!!...go for it!!!

I'm so glad that you came by for a little peek at my Mother's Day tablescape...thank you so much for your warm and generous compliments!!!

Warmest wishes,

Really Rainey said...

Ok I don't know who stole the show on this tablescape, your Aunt or Abby... Its beautiful and fun!
~Really Rainey~

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE the yellow and blue... FAV photo the FIRST of course!!! ADORABLE!!!

Candy said...

Great the little candle snuffer.


Sandy Toes said...

How beautiful!! I love the pattern of the plates!

Thanks for saying "hello" today!
sandy toe

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

HI, Catherine, thanks for coming by to see me, I'm so glad to meet you. I'm not going to sign up for the Dayspring giveaway, since I was fortunate enough to have a giveaway with them last week on my blog & I got a lot of goodies in the mail too. I'll let someone else try for the giveaway. I hope you'll come back to see me often though!

Shannon said...

What a beautiful table! I love seeing everyone's tablescapes. Love the French touches!!

Thanks for all of your sweet comments on my blog! I'm off to enter the giveaway....

Barbara said...

Catherine, What a beautiful tablescape, but my favorite is the Hostess.....Abbie I am sure is the perfect hostess. Very sweet.

The colors are beautiful.

Envoy-ette said...

OH, first I must mention I noticed your rug under the dining room table, and LOVE IT! Funny how our pets assume that extra place at the table is for them! I mean, they share our bed right, why not the table too?! LOL! I like your cups and napkins!

Dana and Daisy said...

your little dog is so cute and your aunt so talented!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Love Abbie! What a cutie pie she is presiding over that pretty table! Love it, Catherine!


Sheila :-)

Maryrose said...

Great table and I love the happy blue and yellow. Abbie ain't to bad either. You are a good shopper. I love the shot looking through your chandelier (which is gorgeous by the way)
Thanks for sharing.

Sharing with Sherri said...

I love your delightful and oh so frenchy tablescape!! You did such a wonderful job!! I think your cute little doggie thinks so too! I just love all the blue's and yellow's and different patterns! and your sweet little blue dinner bell too!

It's been so nice to visit you! I'd be so happy to have you visit me to!

Thanks for sharing!

P.S. I think the chandy from your Mbdrm would look great on blog heading! Go for it!

Robin said...

Such a lovely French country table setting.....

I hope you and Abbey have had a beautiful day.

bj said...

How beautiful this French inspired table setting is....I have always loved blue and yellow and this looks fabulous...

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Fabulous Frenchy table. I say go for it in changing your title photo to the new chandy. The old chandy is great, but we love when things are changed up a bit too.

preppyplayer said...

Beautiful table and adorable dog. You are one busy lady!

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

Catherine...what a lovely tablescape Princess Abbie created...she has outstanding taste! :-) She is precious sitting like such a young lady, patiently awaiting her meal. What wonderful sons to buy such lovely china for their Mom! I love the chandelier in the last looks antique...beautiful tablescape!
:-) Susan

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I enjoyed all of this, especially the storyline with little Abbie! Love the yellow and blue!

I like your chandelier banner, looks very classy and I always associate it with you!

BTW, how did you take the picture of the table through the chandelier??


Anonymous said...


I love the blue and yellow's in your tablescape. It also reminds me of the Provence region where all colors mix together beautifully.

As for that Abby she is adorable. She makes herself right at home!

As for the Chandy, I love the one in your banner now. Gorgeous.


Lady Katherine said...

I love your table cloth, with the placemats.The dishes are divine! I crazy about the little candle snuffer! Princess is so adorable! Wow both chandys are lovely! I take the second off your hands! lol Your banner is great! It always help me find you! I bad about looking for the same banners, for blogs I love to visit. Everyone is changing, I start forgetting who is who when I am visiting. lol If not for your banner I would have thought I was at Debbie's for this French setting reminds me of her. I have shopped to I have dropped! Baked cookies with my Grands for the first time today. Mom was sick and sent them over with the ingredients. lol How could I refuse! They had a great time rolling out the dough.

Kathleen said...

Very pretty table, CC..I love yellow and blue together!
Happy Mother's Day..

Linda/"Mom" said...

* How CHARMING and HAPPY and FUN!!! Precccccious pups, too!!! Thank you! Linda in AZ *

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Princess Abbey is adorable and your table is certainly set for royalty!

Linda said...

Well, now that is just "très magnifique"! You got such a together look with all your shopping around. It's hard to beat blue and yellow! Bravo, mon amie! Linda

xinex said...

Your French tablescape is so beautiful, Catherine! Love the china and it's color and Abbie is so cute! The bells and candle holders are adorable too! LOL! Love how you took a pic from the chandy....Christine

xinex said...

Your French tablescape is so beautiful, Catherine! Love the china and it's color and Abbie is so cute! The bells and candle holders are adorable too! LOL! Love how you took a pic from the chandy....Christine

marty39 said...

CC, morning dear lady. I just wanted to stop and wish you a very HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!. I hope it's the best ever. Hugs, Marty

Helen said...

What a fun post ... and Abbey is the best! I miss having a pet underfoot! Have a wonderful Mother's Day celebration.

LdyDy said... always set such a pretty table! The blues and yellows are just lovely! Little Princess Abbie is also an elegantly lovely little thing! She fit right in! Thank you for sharing! Happy Mother's Day!

Happy To Be said...

May you have a wonderful Mother's day my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Kris said...

CC, this is a lovely tablescape. I like the french theme with an italian twist. :)

I also like the new chandy photo and think it would make a lovely blog header.

But..... What I'm most curious about. How in the world did you get those aerial photos? I don't see footprints on the table. hehe


Cynthia said...

Hi CC,
I was just thinking of you! I'll be back later for sure. Hugs, Cindy

ann said...

how precious.hey,did i miss the giveaway?i can't find any post later than this.wasn't your giveaway yesterday,the 10th?i feel like i'm in the twilight zone.dodododo,ha...ann

ann said...

DUH-------------I found it.may 11th.
this TT is so precious too as well as the's so sweet and cozy.and you know I love your (our)chandy.Mine didn't have the crystals dripping down.only the large always make me long for it when i see yours.baaaaaaaaa...ann

Carrie said...

Your French-inspired table is lovely. I enjoyed your various photos.
My vote is to change the chandilier--the one from the bedroom is fabulous!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Beautiful tablescape! I love blues & yellows together. And there couldn't be a more delightful hostess than your precious pooch! Hug her for me.

I soooo love chandeliers ~ it would be fun to see a different chandy each week as your blogger header !! LOL

Angelic Accents