Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Garden Party


Don't you just love summer? Short-lived though it may be in this neck of the woods, I enjoy every precious moment. The bright sunny days, the surrounding greenery, blooming flowers, outdoor picnics, and planning summer vacations are enough to lift my spirits and make me smile :) I love outdoor entertaining! Remember the succulent peat pot party favors for my garden party? Well, today I thought I will share with you the outdoor table I had set for my guests: 
The elements that went into my impromptu garden tablesetting:
I love succulents, as you can probably tell! Planted in clay saucers, they make beautiful centerpieces for any garden party:

Two different sizes of shallow clay saucers (6" and 8") were stacked after spreading a layer of potting soil in each. Stones and succulents were then added alternately in each saucer:
Stones help improve drainage as well as look pleasant visually:
I added a mini clay pot at the top that acts as a candle holder:

An image of  Marie Antoinette from The Graphics Fairy was added as a tag around the candle, and a glass hurricane shade placed over it finishes off my centerpiece nicely:
Love how it turned out:

I found this urn at Michael's. I like the graceful shapes of garden urns. They make wonderful planters for ferns:

These beautiful glasses are from the Dollar Store. I adore the leafy green color of these glasses:

A small cream pitcher holds the spoons:
White luncheon plates with ecru napkins:

This plant stand from Ross is used as a stand for the plates:


I used peat pots to make these candle holders. Click HERE to view how to make these crown peat pots. After painting them with black craft paint I mod-podged a French label from The Graphics Fairy:
It's funny how this one says "rats in the basement." I certainly don't want those rodents in my basement (lol!)
The numbered tags around each of these candles are found from Pinterest HERE. Since I used taper candles, I placed a mini clay pot inside the peat pot to act as a candle holder for safety reasons :
Next, I cut out  the number labels and glued them to round metal discs, easy peasy!

While they do look adorable, one word of caution I would like to add here: never leave burning candles unattended. Next time, I am going to use votives or pillar candle candles which burn inward in lieu of taper candles that drip down. As the candle burned, the melting wax kept dripping over the tag (and thread), and, eventually, we had to remove the entire tag as it was a safety hazard....lesson learned!
See what I mean:


 The tag had to go. It is cute even without the number tags:

It is important to place the mini clay pot inside the peat pots to catch all the drips from the melting wax:
I hope you enjoyed my garden tablescape:
I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit. I always appreciate your sweet notes and thoughts. They make me smile!


Thank you Terri @ A Creative Princess for featuring my "Beachy" Living room HERE. Stop by and say hello to Terri  and be inspired by her many creative projects or take part in her weekly party along with other inspiring crafters. 
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62 comments:

Barbara F. said...

Just beautiful, Poppy. I never paid much attention to succulents but they are growing on me, especially the way you displayed yours. xo

Amantisima said...

!que bonito todo!el jardin se ve precioso

Little Susie Home Maker said...

How pretty! So many lovely ideas I want to copy AGAIN!!!
Blessings,
Susie

Judy Bigg said...

Love your creativity Poppy. Every element goes so perfectly together. Must have taken much thought. Great post.

chateau chic said...

Hi Poppy, Your garden party table setting is so pretty!! I like the idea of using the plant stand for your plates. I'll have to tuck that one in the back of my mind to use sometime.
Thanks for stopping by and your lovely comments.
Mary Alicee

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Poppy, it all is just so very pretty! Wonderful job!! It made me sigh! Thank you for sharing. Also, thank you for the visit and sweet comment @TheDedicatedHouse. As always, it means the world. Also, I'm hosting my very first link party starting tomorrow morning @ 8am cst. I would love it if you linked up your Garden Party. Wishing you a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn

Sonya Sosa said...

Wow. Thanks for the great idea. I have a few saucers left behind from clay pots that broke in a windstorm earlier this year. You did a beautiful job and the candle added is adorable!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

How pretty!
Oh how I would love to sit there and enjoy a glass of wine or lemonade or even water!

Just lovely.

Olive Cooper said...

The succulents with the hurricane in the center are the bomb diggity...love the whole tablescape. Casual and pretty...just how I like them with stacked dishes. I cannot get forks and such straight myself...so I stack and pile up my scapes. hugs. olive

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Wow. Just gorgeous! I love the stacked terra cotta saucers with the succulents...and then the hurricane. I have lots of succulents and they transplant easily. I'll ave try this! How cute is that? "Rats de Cave" too funny, but always beautiful in French (written or spoken) I can't believe that was once a peat moss pot. Unbelievable.

Ana said...

Hi Poppy,
Your garden tablescape is absolutely perfect for the summer. Loved all the elements. I can' t wait for summer. Summer officially starts tomorrow afternoon for us. It's my daughter's last day of school...Yay! Enjoy your summer.

Hugs and Kisses,
Ana

Ivy and Elephants said...

So many great ideas from this one post!Your dish garden is sooo pretty with the candle, and I love the silver in the white ironstone pitcher, ...Everything!
Great post,
Patti

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Poppy, This is a beautiful, very creative tablesetting. I love the plant stand for the plates - I can see you've inspired many! The tags look great and we'll take note not to keep them on too long while burning - love everything - and isn't it funny that everything written in French looks and sounds great! I hope you have a wonderful week,
Kathy

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This is totally unreal. I love it. The succulent centerpiece is so creative and I love the entire setting. Beautifully done. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Geneva said...

Poppy... your outdoor table is so pretty & creative. I loved seeing all your beautiful photographs!!! Good Job!
Blessings!
Geneva

Tammy Partin Spangler said...

This is so lovely! Thanks for sharing!

kitty said...

Poppy, I LOVE your clay saucer planter for your succulents AND with the candle holder. Thanks for the tips on burning votives next time. I also loved the idea of the plant stand as a plate holder. It adds great height to your tablescape. The goblets from DT are great, too!!

Sarah said...

Poppy, I'm trying my hand with succulents on my terrace this summer. I'm going to copy your centerpiece idea. This is terrific. Thanks for sharing.

Aledia said...

What a gorgeous garden setting! I love the succulents, well done!!

Have a wonderful night!
Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

What a beautiful setting. Love it. See you at My Dream Canvas :) Have a great day! Anu

allisamazing said...

Your table for the garden party is just lovely :)

Emreen said...

Beautiful table setting... Love the succulent planter... Lovely !!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Poppy,

Your garden party is such a sweet looking delight. You are very creative.

Dee

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

So many cute touches. The peat pot is adorable, and of course, I love that urn.

Babs said...

Poppy your table is gorgeous and you're so creative. LOVE the succulent trays...I may just have to "borrow" your idea.

Naturegirl said...

Such creativity in all that you shared today with your delightful tablescape!!A celebration in the garden, one of my favorite things about summer!You are one gifted lady! I enjoyed my first visit here!

High Heeled Life said...

Breath taking! I love your creative idea of using a plant stand for the plants. xo HHL

Kelly said...

What a beautiful table setting under the trees! Love the succulent centerpiece.

kitty said...

Hi again, Poppy, thanks for your visit to my post, too. I think we all appreciate the visits and comments and encouragement, like you said. I'm your newest follower. xoxo

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

So many pretty ideas to take from your tablescape. Beautiful job,

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Hi Poppy,
I loved all your details. OH YES, succulents are wonderful, aren't they...I especially love the ones you used that look like roses. Are the hens&chickens? My favorite thing you did was the little PEAT POT CANDLE HOLDERS(LOVE,LOVE,LOVE). AND I also love the PLATE HOLDING iron stool. I will be doing that "INSIDE"(LOVED IT)
Thank you for all the outdoor fun today!
Have a wonderful week,
Hugs,
Donna

The Farmer's Daughter said...

This is a lovely garden party setting. You table is wonderful! Lots of really good ideas. . .

Jody and Stan said...

I love everything! I'm a New Follower.

Jody

Liz - Imageremix said...

I'd be more than happy to wander in your garden and sit here for a spell and enjoy a garden party. Sweet, relaxing and beautiful! Stop in and see me at Quirky Vistas.
Liz

Emma said...

The table is just beautiful. I love the fern in the big planter.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Poppy, you dear heart! Thank you for sharing your beautiful Garden Party at Make it Pretty Monday @TheDedicatedHouse! It means the world. Wishing you a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn

Bohemian said...

The meticulous attention to detail at your Garden Parties is sure to make them memorable! A Beautiful and Creative Summer Alfresco setting!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... where our Summers tend to be LONG & HOT... *Winks*... Dawn... The Bohemian

Our Delightful Home said...

Everything looks so lovely.

Mrs. Delightful
www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

Anne said...

How pretty! I am totally copying your saucer and hens&chicks idea.

Have a happy day!

Gwen said...

Absolutely beautiful! Loved everything you did in this table scape. Thanks for sharing such great ideas!

Jann Olson said...

Poppy, your entire setting is just beautiful. I love the candle holder filled with succulants. I use succulants alot on my metal vintage items. They withstand the heat well. The dripping candles look so cute. Too bad about the number tag. I know I've learned similar lessons. Thanks so much for sharing with Share Your Cup.
Hugs,
Jann

Liz - Imageremix said...

Poppy, thank you so much for coming by with your wonderful kind and encouraging words. You are so sweet!
Liz

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Your table scape is stunning. What a gorgeous setting for a party! I really like the idea of using succulents as centerpieces. So pretty! :D

kitty said...

Hi Poppy,
I've awarded you "The Sunshine Award" at:
http://kittyskozykitchen.blogspot.com/2012/06/sunshine-award.html
If you would like to participate, please do. If not, no worries, as I totally understand.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh I agree such awesome ideas!! You always have everything decorated so beautifully!!

Sherry said...

You are amazingly creative and your garden setting is gorgeous!

Marcie said...

This is beautiful, I want a garden party! I would love you to share it on my linky party!
http://www.igottatrythat.com/p/blog-hop-linky-colde.html
Thanks,
Marcie @ www.IGottaTryThat.com

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Wow! What a great "impromptu" tablescape! So pretty. Thanks for the little tutorial about the succulent candle holder. It is really stunning!This is something I would love to make!
Would you join my for my new linky party TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS. Linky goes live tomorrow (Wednesday) evening. Your post would be perfect!

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild . com said...

lovely setting! thank you for linking it up at our party at http://www.finecraftguild.com

Sherry said...

Beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Everything looks sooo beautiful! I am ready for a snack!
Thanks for sharing...
Leticia

Arani @ Add that Xtra in the Ordinary said...

No words to explain...this is like straight from the pages of some Travel&Living magazine.Loved the alfresco dining arrangement.Just awestruck I am !

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful, Poppy! I love everything about this table! I recently bought some LED votive candles that might work for you.

Style Sisters said...

This setting is just gorgeous!! I wish I had some trees in my backyard! We live in a new home area and the trees a re little.....your tablescape is so inviting and European looking....when can I come over to join you :). Come link to our Centerpiece Wednesday party on our blog and share your ideas? I love the peat moss basket / candle holder idea! Great job!

Karin

Grace Note Gifts said...

Love it! I'm especially fond of the succulents. Everything looks simply beautiful!

Blessings, Grace

Debbiedoo's said...

Oh my goodness. I want to come to your garden party. It is quite lovely. Your pics are so pretty too. I love the succulents, and that candle is really neat Poppy!

very merry vintage style said...

Such a pretty outdoor space. Love everything. I am really ready to add some succulents to my decor. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!
Mary

Yael at Home Garden Diggers said...

Such beautiful outdoor table scapes. I particularly like the stacked suculent pots.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

Pat said...

Looks like a magazine layout! I am thinking that little succulent planting would make a great gift for someone. Lots of hard work go into doing an outdoor tablescape. Good job!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Hen and chicks are perfect for unusual container designs. Love them. Besides that, your whole vignette was amazing!

Tammy said...

WOW!!!This is so stunning! Beautiful..Just found you and now following.

Fishtail Cottage said...

Soooooo very cute! i love the chicks & hens idea and how you put it all together! DARLING! Thank you so much for sharing this sweet idea over here at this weeks Garden Party at Fishtail Cottage! xoox, tracie