Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dare to DIY Blog Party: Week #2

Dare to DIY

It's Week #2 for the Dare to DIY Blog Party over at the Newly Woodwards and this weeks theme is: Dare to... Entertain!

We don't entertain. Like ever. Our Halloween party was the first time we had ever invited people into our home for any reason other than moving or bringing something by.  So it may come as no surprise that I have never set a table, not even when I was a kid. In our family the food is the main event, no one cares about how pretty the table setting is... My grandfather always made sure to take lots of pictures of the food, the desserts, the wine, people eating. As long as you were eating, nothing else mattered.

So here is my virgin attempt at setting a table. Try not to point and laugh.

You can tell that blue thing is a pumpkin, right? 
The Mister was all "I've never seen a pumpkin with a stem like that!". Yeah, well, have you ever seen an iridescent blue pumpkin? He's like "Normal people may not realize it's a pumpkin". Well then it's a good thing we're all abnormal, right? Besides it's art! I got it at Third Degree Glass Factory on Friday. AND it matches my new drapes!!! Which will get their very own post sometime this week.

These are live gourds I spray painted white. The paint does not like to stick to the smooth surface of these.

My paternal grandmothers cut glass pitcher, it's mesmerizingly beautiful IRL. We are moving her to a smaller place on Tuesday and her china hutch won't fit. Which is also why I have her china now.

I used the china with pine cones on it Mr's mom gave me, with cut glass bowls she found for me at a town rummage sale, and our everyday utensils because we don't have fancy silver. Yet. That is going to be my next antique mall purchase. I see sets all the time for reasonable prices and for some reason haven't bought one yet. 

The silver goblets were from the same rummage sale as the glass bowls and the aluminum cups were my maternal great-grandmothers.

Since we never entertain and we're not fancy, I don't own a tablecloth. So I used a curtain!

Of course, if we were actually having live humans over (instead of cyber ones! lol) I would take the time to trim the tabs off, make a runner out of it (which I've been meaning to do for months!), or buy a real tablecloth.

Not bad for a first attempt, if I do say so myself. It's no Eddie Ross set-up, but it'll do.

Come join the fun over at Kim's and check out all the other links!


Kristina P. said...

You did much better than I ever could!

Erin@likegrandmas said...

First, I did laugh, but not at the was the story attached!! Yes, I see it's a pumpkin and doesn't he know it's art?? I mean, the theme??? Pshaw, at least you try to have a tablecloth, too much of a liability at my house! Looks terrific, great job!

Michael - Innkeeper said...

love the blues, blacks and silver. what an interesting take on thanksgiving.

love it!

Thanks for sharing

Cindy @The Flipping Couple said...

So fun! I love all the pops of color (those blue glasses are amazing). Your grandmother's pitcher looks absolutely beautiful. Great work!!

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

For your first time decorating a table, that's pretty impressive! You even have two forks out and everything. :) Love how you spray painted the gourds white, and all of the china is beautiful!

We really don't entertain much either, at least not for holidays.

the cape on the corner said...

ah, "when we entertain" that elusive time that never actually happens, lol. LOVE those goblets, and the stem on that pumpkin. and you can't go wrong with anything blue!

i had no idea ikea sold cheesedomes! how much were they? we were just there yesterday, but we ran to the "as is" section and that was it.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

LOL at you showing us that it's a curtain instead of a tablecloths. I love it! You are creative!

I think your table looks fabulous. Love the pinecone china. So pretty! And, I really like the blue pumpkin, and the caraffe.

I'm really looking forward to seeing your curtains.

Thanks for joining up this week. Sounds like it was a bit beyond your usual, and I really appreciate it. I think it looks great. I hope you enjoyed it too.

Jenn said...

Very nice! I love all the silver, and I really love your cake plates :)

*claire* said...

i love everything about this table!! that pumpkin is awesome!! and i'm jealous of the tiered stand - i want one of those too! great job!

Shannon said...

I meant to comment last week but I'm normally reading while feeding the babe at 3am and have no free hands. Anyway, this post was adorable! I love your honesty and frank-ness. And I love the cake plate too.

Lucky Girl said...

What a great tablescape! I am also quite sure that I have the same cut glass vase. Mine also came from my maternal grandmother's side of the family.