Monday, August 12, 2013

TASTY WATERMELON TABLESCAPE


Good afternoon, come on out, I have everything ready...You are right, it is a beautiful day...
 
You are the first guests to arrive.. I sure hope you love watermelon as much as we do...
 
Oh, the cute watermelon dishes you ask?  I got them at Michaels, who would have thought, they were on sale  1.99 and 2.99 each...you just never know where you will find such cool tablescape inspirations...
 
Yes, thats your cocktail right there...of course I will give you the recipe...It is called a
VODKA AND WATERMELON COOLER
makes 6 average drinks or 4 biggies like we have
3 lbs watermelon/rind and seeds discarded
1/2cup vodka--1/4 cup triple sec--3 tbsp fresh lime juice
puree the watermelon pieces and strain through avery fine sieve set
over a pitcher---there should be about 2 1/2 cups of juice
stir in vodka, triple sec and lime....pour in a glass of ice and garnish
with watermelon slice....yummy....
Looks like you are lovin it too.... No, we don't need any ant spray, these fellas have been around before, they think they own this place...do they?  I know, the napkins rings are so sweet, could you believe they are from the GW and were 3.99 for the four of them....I love a good deal too...
 
These glasses are some of my favorite, how nice of you to remember...I know, they are huge!   I remember finding 10 of them for 99cents each at the GW store two years ago....  They remind me of those glasses you put all the fruit in and fill with Sangria.....oh my, that does give me an idea, sombreros, mariachis and colorful dishes...Oh well, thats a tablescape for another day for sure...
 
It  seems like those ants are getting bigger, or is it just an illusion....
 
The black and white dishes are from TJ Maxx a few years ago...you can never go wrong with black and white...right...
 
You are right again, those are the wooden chargers I got last year at the GW for a dollar each, I know they were originally 12.00 each at Pier 1...but remember they had a couple of stains on them and I sanded them perfect again....Yay ... for me....


  
There is plenty of room just scoot in and we can begin....
 
  I am kind of drawn to tablescapes that are a little whimsical and fun.....or maybe just red..lol
 
Are they after my drink, oh no that's yours....


 The flatware is from Ross's and comes in a service for four and very inexpensive, just perfect for a casual luncheon...
 My geraniums are still doing well, you will remember them from the lady bug table scape...
 We will be having our lunch and then a swim if you like...ahhhhh
 Get off of there you....
 That does taste so refreshing, yummy.....
 Sometimes the tablescapes that are the funnest to do are the ones that did not cost a lot of money, just a little mix and match with some creativity and color....that just means anyone can do it no matter what your price point is...I think thats what I love about it the most...



Thank you so much for coming over today,  I sure love it when we all get together on beautiful days like these...You gotta love these wonderful summer days..............ahhhhh... Please leave a comment as I love hearing from you and I read them all...also by leaving a comment I can find your blog and come to visit  you...Phyllis           I am joining
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74 comments:

  1. Phyllis, what a fun table! The colors are just gorgoeus; and my, the watermelon looks so juicy! The drinks are delighfully tempting, as well. I love this setting!

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  2. Your post was so beautiful and fresh, just like the water melon! I am now extremely thirsty so another vodka and watermelon cooler would go down a treat! xx

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  3. Hi Phyllis! Oh, I love your lovely table. The watermelon theme is adorable! Thank you for the slice - I love watermelon. Now I feel a bit tipsy because I think I had two of those drinks! ;) Get that giant ant off me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  4. Phyllis,
    Your table looks fabulous! The watermelon bowls are so pretty, and I love the black and white checkered plates. Do you know that Black, White, and Red is one of my favorite color combinations? In fact, that is what I had in my kitchen for so long until I recently changed it to turquoise. I have been looking for a tea pot in this black and white checkered design, but haven't been able to find one. It's always a pleasure coming to visit with you, as you have so many amazing ideas.

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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  5. Hi Phyllis , boy do you set a beautiful table , I love watermelon and we grow them each year so you know I will have fun ... I'm so glad I found your blog and I just join as your latest follower , I will be visiting often ... thanks for sharing :) .

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  6. What a fun table...i ♥♥♥ those little ants! You found some great things at your GW, the wooden chargers are wonderful.

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  7. Oh Phyl, every time you do a post I think it is the best one and then another post and it's better. I love all the red/white and ants. This post is terrific and I wish I had a margarita right now.!! Even though you are my best friend you are one of the most talented people I know!
    Have a great week.
    Mar

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  8. Oh, so BEAUTIFUL!! The ants..soo cute. The watermelons stole the scene!! Lovely table!

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  9. Oh my goodness...how adorable is that tablescape! And the ants...how cute are they? I hope you get featured by someone!

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  10. This is a fantastic tablescape! I love EVERYTHING! You have some super deals here as well! I missed your Jungle table since I was MIA last week, now I'm headed to that post!

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  11. Oh my goodness, Phyllis! How cute it this!! Love the tablescape...and those ants! Priceless! Hello to Tina from the staff! And thanks for sharing at the Scoop!...hugs...Debbie

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  12. Totally charming. Who'd think inviting ants to lunch would be such fun!

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  13. How pretty and fun is this. The watermelon dishes are so lovely and the ants are just the cutest. Great tablescape and theme. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  14. What time shall I be there? You had me at red and watermelon! I read the drink recipe to my husband and he said, let's try it! So this afternoon, we just might do that.

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  15. Super cute Phyllis, I love those ants! Perfect with the watermelon "picnic"! So much fun going on everywhere, and yes you are the queen of red! Definitely your color!
    Jenna

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  16. I think that great big ant drank some of my drink:) That's OK, he didn't take much! This is a wonderful table, so colorful and FUN! The watermelon looks delicious and the drink too. I would love to take a swim. XO, Pinky

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  17. So glad you came to visit me! and thank you for the lovely comments.
    Your table setting is so sweet!! I LOVE the watermelon dishes!!
    This is such a great idea! I love watermelon!
    Now I'm gonna have to go get some. Hey! our Farmers Market starts tomorrow.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great day!
    Elizabeth

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  18. Oh my, what fun! I love Red too.. and your cocktails sound so yummy and refreshing...
    I'll be right over! Thanks for the invite!
    Deb

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  19. Another fun table, Phyllis. And what bargains! I love the black and white checks mixed with the watermelon dishes, and how smart of you to get that bargain on the wood chargers and then sand them. And to find the bargain napkin rings too - amazing. I loved joining you at this whimsical table. I just wish I had a bite of that watermelon and a drink of that Vodka/Watermelon drink right now. laurie

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  20. What a charming tablescape!! Love those sweet ants and I so love red!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the tour of Plains Antiques! Glad you liked it!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  21. How adorable! I simply love your tables cape ~ it's perfect for summer. Thanks so much for stopping by The Pink Home!

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  22. I do believe you are the QUEEN OF TABLESCAPES...you do have some beauties...and so many awesome and fun dishes.
    Your back yard must be very large...I think I see 4 umbrellas out there....:)
    you do have a beautiful home.
    xo

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  23. Wooow! Splendid photos are HERE! What a nice table arangement, Phyllis! Thank you for visiting my blog! Happy midweek!

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  24. Phyllis - I am so glad that I am finally able to look at your entire post! What fun this one is. I love all of your watermelon dishes and those huge goblets. You were so smart to anchor everything with the black and white plates and I am amazed at all of your bargains! Fabulous table!!

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  25. What a fun and happy table! this is just so cute! love those little ants joining the party! And I would love to have a drink!

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  26. Your setting looks so inviting! I will definitely stop by often to be inspired :)

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  27. I so enjoy coming over for a visit! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog! The colors are great, the fonts are so fun, your template is perfect (those widgets are too cute!)
    AND most importantly, I love just reading and looking, reading and looking. There's always so much to see and learn from you, you indeed are very inspirational!
    Your tablescape this week is perfect for this summer's heat! And who doesn't love watermelon? Isn't it the most popular summer fruit ever?
    This tablescape is so very colorful: the plates, stemware, flatware, little visiting friends (ants) and of course the watermelon. I don't use a lot of red, but after hanging out with you, I need to try it. It looks so friendly and the colors really pop in your pictures!
    BTW, thanks for the comments about your camera. I've always admired your photographs, they are so crystal clear. I'm still doing my research...I'll keep you posted!
    Thanks for such an inspirational post and visiting my site!
    Enjoy the rest of your week.
    Sharlotte

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    1. Thank you so many kind remarks, I do so love that you noticed the size of the font...I like making it as easy to read as possible...so happy you noticed...and thanks for taking the time to write such a lovely comment...Phyllis

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  28. As always it is a joy to visit you. Your table settings are so beautiful. I love this one. I love the watermelon theme. So cute. I wish I had a set of those cute dishes and bowls. I looked and looked for watermelon dishes this summer, maybe I will find them next summer. Anyhooo, thanks for sharing all your talent. Hugs, Karie Oh, BTW I am a current follower of yours. so have to have found you.

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  29. OMG! What a lively table! I was getting dozy and it woke me right up! LOL! Even that watermelon is gorgeous. Just a delightful combination here. The cocktail looks delicious. Might have to try that!

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  30. gorgeous colourful summery tablescape. Love the combination of the red and yellow. The drink sounds delicious, but I am not sure about the ants! Have a great week. Joining you through What's It Wednesday.

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  31. Thank you for popping in, Phyllis! I wish I could take tablescape lessons from you!
    You are the sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  32. So cool and refreshing! Love the dishes, seeds and all!

    - The Tablescaper

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  33. So cute, bright and full of whimsy! I love the addition of the ants too. What a great deal on these cute plates!..Christine

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  34. This is beautiful...not to mention that you have made me salivate for watermelon! Lovely table, as usual!

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  35. What a great table - I especially like the ants!! The vibrant colors are so welcoming and your cocktails sound delis - I'll be over :-)

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  36. What a cheerful table! You're right: Renaissance Man would love some watermelon to finish off his dinner! Me? I'm not a watermelon eater, but I think they make delightful tablescapes!

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  37. This is a beautiful table..and I do love watermelon so I am sitting right down next to you and we can have a little chat.. I agree with you about tables don't have to cost a lot to make them beautiful. It just takes a little bit of imagination and willingness to get the job done! and sometimes a little whimsy. wink, wink...
    this is a beautiful table and now I am following you...thanks for visiting.
    Love, Mona.

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  38. Oh my goodness this table is just amazing! The ants are just the best.
    This belongs in a magazine...so beautiful.
    Have a great day... Tami xo

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  39. Wow, one of the cutest summer tablescapes I've ever seen !Everything goes together just perfectly!
    Karee

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  40. This is totally adorable! I'm one of those people who love a theme table and one that pays attention to every little detail. This one is just fantatstic! I love it all.

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  41. Phyllis, I am so sad that I wasn't the first to arrive! Boy did I have a trek getting here.
    Your table is sooooo wonderful. I keep seeing people say they are ready for fall, let's hold on to summer as long as we can.
    Watermelon is the best way to prove it's still summer. I love your plates and bowls. Great deal on those and the chargers what a bargain. Great flatware, I will have to check that out. You know those ants are getting mighty brave, don't let them get into the drinks. I went to bed thinking about that concoction! I am pinning that recipe.
    Have a Watermelon day,
    xo

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  42. The bowl is my favorite!

    Popped by from WIW Hello Dolly.

    http://thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com/2013/08/dolly-day-in-blogosphere.html

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  43. A lovely tables cape. I love the whimsey of the ants!

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  44. Your backyard is amazing in everyway! Your Summer days surely must be like a mini-vacation! Every detail of the watermelon tablescape is delightful to the eye and I would just love to sit and have a little cool beverage underneath one of those umbrellas!
    Following you on Pinterest too:)
    Warm Hugs,
    Jemma

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  45. I just adore your tablescapes and narrative! You have given me so many ideas but I can do my tablescape with real ants as I live behind the pinecone curtain in the piney woods of east Texas. Oh, and I love red too!

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  46. Phyllis, I LOVE watermelon!!!! And your table is so darling. Those ants are just too cute also.
    Xxo Rachel

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  47. Hi Phyllis,

    As soon as I caught a glimpse of your red geraniums and red and white check pillows, a very WIDE smile stretched across my neutral face and that was it: I was in heaven!! What a vibrant, colourful and happy tablescape! That watermelon sure looks refreshing - wish I could sit at this beautiful setting and sip these gorgeous cocktails with you, chatting away the afternoon!!

    Poppy

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  48. Super cute summer table decoration!!! I absolutely love the hants, so fun! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a nice weekend!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  49. Phyllis, I love this! The color is so brilliant and that watermelon looks amazing! I could just dive right in! :) Fabulous summer table!

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  50. I love love love your table setting! Perfect for Summer and my favourite colour!

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    1. It seems it is a favorite color of so many people...I think red is perky and makes people smile....thanks for kind comments...Phyllis

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  51. Adorable!!! You win best use of the watermelon dishes we all bought at michaels!!! What a deal those were. I have mine lined up for my table next week, but yours is so darn cute -it may pale in comparison!! Great table! Fun post

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  52. So nice pictures and of course I want to greet you. I could really use a vacation from all the cats and other things I're up to * smile *.

    Hug

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  53. Beautiful and HAPPY table! Just one question....what is GW ? Thank you.

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    1. GW is Goodwill store...thanks for your kind remarks...Phyllis

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  54. This is so cute! What a great set of dishes to have on hand for the summer! The table looks darling and festive with the palms in the background. The ants...ugh! We have too much of the real thing here!! lol! The drink looks fab! What time should I pop over?

    XO,
    Jane

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  55. Loving your blog! New follower here, hoping you'll stop by my blog and say hello and follow back :)
    http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com/

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  56. Did somebody just say you are The Queen of Tablescapes...I second that! In my lonely world (in Sweden) you tablescapers have brightened up my life!! Who needs TV, Magazines and firneds (language barrier)when I have so much to drool over (and miss...I would've been running to Michaels after reading your post).
    How I wish you were here...can well imagine you carrying bags back from the open markets here...However nothing comes close to your collection and display so well put together. Simply Amazing!!Pure Joy!

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  57. Phyllis, it's darling! You will be one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Oh thank you so much, I love your blog and love being picked....wouldn't miss your party fun...Phyllis

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  58. How adorable!!! I can't wait to try that Watermelon Cooler. Is "GW" the Goodwill store? If so, you are getting some great finds in there! You do such a fantastic job on your tablescapes. You've inspired me to get more creative.

    Have a great day!
    Warmly,
    Christine

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  59. You did an amazing job with your watermelon theme! Love the very colorful dishes - the black and white dishes and especially the ants - I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  60. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. I, too, like the fun and unusal tablescapes! GOOD JOB!
    Rennie

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  61. This is so beautiful with the reds and greens, and the black and white looks great with it all! I love watermelon and wish I had a big slice right now! Those goblets are wonderful! Great job!

    Here's to a couple more months of summer! LOL!

    Katherine

    P.S. - that black spider on the screen scared me!

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  62. The Girls here in the Office, JUST love your watermelon tablescape!


    I love it too....very much!

    love shell

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  63. The Girls here in the Office, JUST love your watermelon tablescape!


    I love it too....very much!

    love shell

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  64. Had to come back and look at this again, just adorable! Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

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  65. UN DELICIOSO Y REFRESCANTE CÓCTEL... UNA VAJILLA PRECIOSA Y UNOS DETALLES LLENOS DE IMAGINACIÓN
    Felicidades amiga!!!
    Conxita

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  66. Love the ants and the watermelon pieces. I googled hummingbird tablescapes and found this... Lucky chance!! Super cute. I may just try to do ants this summer coming up. Have a wonderful day..... Candy

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