I don’t know who thought up this particular theme, but it made me smile. Pups and Handbags. Beats Dogs Playing Cards!
The four salad plates from Pier 1 are cheerful, colourful and downright silly. Perfect! Look at that little guy, sleepily gazing out. Is it time to get up?
It was still pretty darn chilly outside when I set this table, but the bright sunshine and equally cheering blooms in the centrepiece spurred me on.
Hardy primula, some English Ivy and a hyacinth pushing its nose out of the soil were capped with a small ladybug. Sounds like spring to me.
A set of dog-themed salt and pepper shakers from World Market a few years ago joined in the fun. Their bold red sweaters fit right in.
Makes you want to pull up a chair and join in the fun, doesn’t it?
This guy looks a little sad. Why am I in this bag? I’d much rather be running around.
Lots and lots of colour. From the plates themselves to the bright red water glasses.
Now discontinued, Arabella by Juliska sport a deep ruby colour and an attractive swirl pattern in the glass.
The last plate is a dachshund in a black bag with white stylized flowers (or paw prints on sticks, as one of my granddaughters observed).
The napkins are from HomeGoods a couple of years ago. I used pewter garden-themed napkin rings, including watering cans, a garden hat and baskets of flowers and apples. Forgot to get a closeup of the napkin rings. Darn.
The dinner plates are ARV white from IKEA. I’ve had the placemats for a very long time. I like the light airiness of the perimeter of the placemat; the centre is a solid weave.
Here is wishing my Canadian friends a safe and happy Victoria Day weekend. This long weekend marks the beginning of summer in Canada where people typically open their cottages and attend firework displays to mark Queen Victoria’s birthday (often in winter jackets, I recall from my childhood). It’s also known as the May “2 – 4” weekend, originally referring to the date of Queen Victoria’s birthday on May 24, but also referencing the Canadian case of 24 beer, which is known as a “2 – 4”. Canadians are very proud of their beer, and I leave you with this video on the differences between Canadian and American beer. It’s a very catchy tune.
I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.
How cute! Love those glasses!
Thanks, Beth. I liked the different backgrounds on the plates, too – the stripes, polka dots, etc.
We, too, have a morning like this…full sun and 7C; finally out of the freezing nights. The mountains are covered with snow, and the air smells like honey.
Juliska designs are the best, aren’t they–what a good red! I also like the centrepiece very much. Funny you should use that moss-covered bowl; I just made one with an old plastic bowl and sheets of moss that are very sticky on one side, to house the heliotrope I bought last week. They will have to bide a few more days in the kitchen in it before I can plant out into big pots on the terrace. I had just told OH that it’s Victoria Day weekend when I saw your post…he is of course prejudiced in the beer department: Only German or Czech beer will do (and it’s strong too!). Glad to see the sun…
I think we are all delighted to see the back of the freezing nights, Beatrice. It’s been a long time coming this year.
Juliska does have fabulous designs. It was another reader, Ms. Speicher, who twigged me to the Arabella glasses. I can’t understand why Juliska discontinued this pattern, but they know their own sales.
I love heliotrope – such dainty flowers, though not good to have around dogs, which we have in abundance. They’ll look stunning in a moss basket. Please send snaps if you get a chance. I bought mine at a nursery. For $6 it was a done deal.
Enjoy the weekend! I’m looking forward to getting outside and setting a few tables for the archives. Nice to have some at the ready when I get caught up in “real life”.
Awesome video. Funny because it’s so true. Wisconsin here proud beer brewers and avid drinkers. Casual colorful table settings. Let’s sit together and have a cold one.