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This blog is all about bringing style and elegance to the home. The art of dressing your home goes beyond hanging a few items on the wall and arranging furniture. Much like a fabulous set of earrings or a new stylish handbag may take your little black dress from fine to fabulous, home accesories and key furnishings can take your rooms from ho-hum to singing the Halleluiah Chorus! Join with me as we discover new ways to add panache to every room of the house.

Tablescape Thursday - "A Breath of Fresh Air" Thank You Lunch

Hello! Welcome to Tablescape Thursday. Today I am sharing "A Breath of Fresh Air" - a Thank You luncheon table to honor some wonderful volunteers. Since Spring is just a hop away, I wanted to keep this week's color pallet soft and sunny so I have used golden yellow, fresh leaf green and creamy white. Birds and peonies carry through on the spring theme. The table is set for a salad and loaded baked potato luncheon so while I wanted it to be special and springy, I didn't want the table to be too formal. Relaxed and elegant were the key words. Let's take a tour. I chose not to use a tablecloth but opted to use golden yellow placemats in hem stitched linen. A crocheted square table topper is too small for the table so it was bunched up in the center to add texture, contrast and a touch of vintage elegance.
A linen THANK YOU note card from "Always Anna" served as my inspiration. The card is a lovely yellow and brown floral print embellished with a brown and white ribbon. To play off the brown accents on the card, a chocolate brown satin napkin is folded and tucked between the dinner plate and salad plate.

Fresh green ivy leaves are scattered across the table top to evoke the feeling of a fresh Spring day. The green and yellow complement the warm honeyed tones of the wood table.

A tall, elegant ceramic urn in creamy white stands in as the focal point of the centerpiece.

Creamy yellow and white peonies flank either side of the urn and add freshness to the table.

Little birds, 6 in all, perch among the leaves and lace reminding us that Spring is just around the corner. Vanilla votive candles shimmer in crystal votive cups.

To carry the yellow, brown and creamy white theme throughout the room, a platter in the same colors is displayed on a buffet table near-by.

A vase of creamy white flowers complement the color scheme and carry the theme around the dinning room. A soft yellow pillar candle in a grand hurricane plays up the soft buttery color in the placemats.

I like to use lamp light during the day, especially during special occasions. It warms up the room and adds a good dose of ambiance. Votive candles are another favorite of mine for day-time dining. Nothing says "Welcome" more than the glow of soft, inviting light.

I hope you have enjoyed your "Breath of Fresh Air". Why not host your own appreciation luncheon for someone or some group of hard working people whose efforts make this world a better place. People need a little encouragement and hope in their lives and we should all take time to appreciate those around us. So go for it and happy entertaining! Remember, it doesn't have to be expensive or difficult to be good. It just has to be from the heart! Be sure to visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for more tablescape inspiration. Friday we are going to take a look at a Shabby Chic towel tower that is finding a new purpose in my breakfast room. I hope you will stop by to check it out. Until then,
Happy Entertaining!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Such a gorgeous tablescape. I think the reason for the luncheon is also just as gorgeous as the tablescape. Thanks for showing others appreciation. Hugs, Marty

ellen b. said...

Ahh, so fresh so pretty. I love visiting you each week here.

Melanie said...

Fresh colors...some of my faves & the birds are a sweet touch.
I'll have extra sour cream on my tater!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Alisa, :)
I love it!

The soft soothing colors are so pretty. The tray is beautiful too.

Thanks again for my gorgeous new items. I am so happy with everything.

Have a great evening.
~Melissa :)

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Jewel Sauls said...

Lovely table. I like the color palette. :D Jewel

xinex said...

I've really enjoyed the colors that you used. Beautiful tablescape...Christine

Unknown said...

So soft, relaxing, and beautiful! I love all the elements on this table. You've captured the feeling of specialness that these ladies represent.

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

Alisa - absolutely stunning! Every aspect was well thought out and the whole tablescape just came together beautifully. I loved how you tied the rest of the room into your tablescape. You rocked it this week! Blessings, Barb

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous table, Alisa! Oh, your colors just whisper - Spring is coming! Your entire dining room is beautiful!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

LOVE your blog...and your tablescape! I love the white dishes.
I love new friends! I invite you to drop by mine too, Tales from Bloggeritaville.

Unknown said...

Amen to your thank you attitude and a lovely table that oozes warmth and comfy to go along. You've got all the details pulled together with colors of china, linen and decor. It's pretty and anyone should know that you appreciate them after going to all this trouble.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Lovely table. I especially like that it's set for a real meal and not just to post.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I love the colors. I just love the muted yellow and creams. That is such a "rich" looking color combo. Wonderful!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I just love your idea of a thank you card between the clear salad plate and dinner plate. It's brilliant. Love it.

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE the yellow and browns... and PEONIES are the BEST!

Katy said...

Loved the soft buttery yellow you used on your tablescape. The table is elegant yet relaxing. Thanks for sharing!! ~Katy

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

Gorgeous! I love the rich colors and glorious details. VERY nice, what a treat.

Candy said...

What a lovely dinning room and love the brown and soft yellow dishes.
One can't go wrong with crocheted accents and little birds.
Wonderful, Candy

Gone said...

Alisa, as always, your Tablescape is beautiful...and I LOVE your description of everything!!

Your Great-Grandmother's old hardware looks beautiful on the chest, since Mr. Right painted it beautiful Black! Love your little vignette, too!


Terri Steffes said...

That is lovely and the color scheme is unexpected, which makes it fresh and new. Thanks for posting this week!

Diana LaMarre said...

I love how you designed that beautiful table around a napkin!

Dream Mom said...

Beautiful table and a beautiful description. You make it look so easy! Great job.

Anonymous said...

Yellow tones just create such a warm ambiance. I love it! On another note, I'm gonna make that tortilla, replacing the chicken with shrimp (since I don't eat meat), I can taste the deliciousness already.

"Blossom" said...

You did accomplish just what you set out to do. The feel of the room and tablescape makes me want to set down and wait for the loaded bake potato! Another best show tablescape.

Maryrose said...

Hi Alisa,
Your table was lovely as always. You achieved the casual elegance you were looking for as you always do, and it is always fun to see your inspiration. I will remember this table and hopefully use it to inspire a thank you luncheon for someone special.... Thanks for sharing, Maryrose
PS Those colors are so soothing.

Belinda said...

Everything about this table is so elegant, warm and inviting. I love yellow and green, and with the touches of white and the sparkling crystal against the wonderful warm wood, its just gorgeous! Love it! :-)

Anonymous said...

Alisa,this is so ME.All the little birds.Awwwww.I love it.The flowers are so springy and lovely.And may i say,you are so very pretty too...Ann

Scribbler said...

Very beautiful!


Chandy said...

Alisa, that table is a breath of fresh air. It's just beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us, I got some great ideas like the tucked in napkin. So cool!

Carolyn of What Now? Tablescapes

Cass @ That Old House said...

Love the fresh, clear colors and varied textures -- beautiful!


Elaine said...

Love the colors you used! I certainly took note of your ideas for an appreciation luncheon...lovely idea...thanks.
Elaine :)

~CC Catherine said...

Alisa, I LOVE THIS TABLE! I think it's my favorite., after your Tiffany blue of a few weeks back. I love the way you combined all the colors from the Thankyou card., and the way you sandwiched the napkin between the plates., so pretty! The other thing I loved was how you took the table topper and crunched it in the center of the table for a different flare... (grab a tissue today before you visit my Tablescape., I didn't write in my post., but the husband has early stages of Alzheimers., you will love their love story) ~CC Catherine

Peggy said...

Love your ideas....the platter was a nice touch and the cream and brown look so beautiful on the table. Thanks for sharing. Peggy from PA

Linda Q said...

So soothing Alisa, nice table!
Linda Q

jerseygirl211 said...

Hi Alisa,

It's nice to meet you, thanks for the visit to my blog. Your table setting looks lovely, very inviting, I'm sure your guests will feel very special.


KBeau said...

I really do just love yellow, and you've done a fabulous job of mixing it with brown and creamy white. I am so ready for spring!

Tardevil said...

Very nice!

B said...

You definately hit the mark on this "relaxed and elegant" setting. It looks so springy. Very lovely.
Since I am in charge of "dressing" the tables every month for my church's women's meetings, I'm always on the lookout for new ideas. You tablescape certainly gives me lots of inspiration. Thank you.
Thanks, also, for stopping by BzPlace. Hope you'll come back again.
Havea great weekend. :) Brenda

Tracy said...

What a pretty table setting, peonies are my favorite and the little birds make it all look so happy and springy. Have a great day!

PAT said...

Beautiful tablescape, Alisa!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Running late this week visiting blogs....again...gorgeous table!
Hope you had a great Tablescape Thursday

Bama Belle said...

You are so talented! Thank you for stopping by my place today. I am thrilled to meet you as well. I hope you will come back and I plan to visit you often as well. You are so adorable!

santamaker said...

Your tablescape is so pretty and compliments your dining room is such a fresh way. Love the little touches of lace and birdies.

Miss Janice said...

Your tablescape is a breath of fresh air...everything is just lovely and what a sweet thing to do!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Love your table. and I love your blog ! The recipe below sounds like a keeper.

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Alisa - A beautiful tablescape displaying simplicity and elegance with beautiful soft warm colors. The brown blends nicely with the yellows and cream of your china! A lovely meal setting to show appreciation.

A Hint of Home said...

I love the brown, yellow and greens. Everything is stunning. You always do such a great table.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a wonderful breath of fresh air...so light and airy. I especially liked the birds around the table..hugs ~lynne~

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