Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Run for the Roses Tabletops—Part 2

In my last post I told you about a garden club show I attended last week. The theme was Run for the Roses and the arrangements were magnificent! I was intrigued by the designs, but imagine my sheer delight when I found out there was tablescaping category…..hmmmm…setting the table for fun and sport :) A competition? I had to contain myself to keep from trampling other guests!


I’ll start out by showing you the winner. Now remember, the judges’ focus is on the flowers within a tablescape setting and not on the tablescape itself. I do love the colors, but haven’t figured out what the odd bread plate is doing :)


This is a fun one. I love the pink paired with the black and white harlequin design. Layered napkins too.


The crystal epergne was filled with pink roses. Do any of you know what the green plant is?


This was my personal favorite. I love the tall arrangement and red and yellow combination. There were three layers of linens. (I do not take photos well under pressure :). The julep cups and mint incorporated the derby theme.


The china continued the red rose theme. I asked the designer about the china. She said she didn’t know what it was….had never looked…..should I pick it up? Noooo….I’m too busy juggling a cucumber tea sandwich, a glass of mint tea, and my camera :). No way to be discreet :)

Now, SSSSHHHHH….don’t tell. I think you ladies (and Bill, of course :) are much better at this. Please don’t rat me out. I want to go back next year!

Join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Click on the TT button…your carriage awaits! Susan and her guests are certain to inspire you! Thanks for stopping by. Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you are with the ones you love :)


  1. Beautiful tablescapes/arrangements! My favorite is the pink with the b/w checks. The green floral draping is the green form of love lies bleeding amaranthus. (Amaranthus caudatus Green) I have not grown the green variety but the red is gorgeous.

  2. Just beautiful girl...and the Rose china is called "Old Country Rose" we use to sell it in a shop I worked in...I pray all is well in your world today...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  3. Susan, I'm with you. I like the yellow & red table best, though the Harlequin table is a close second.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi Susan, it looks like Royal Albert Old Country Roses, it's one of my favorite patterns. Love the theme and it looks like it was a lot of fun!


  5. They are all pretty, however the yellow and red would be my favorite also.
    Another beautiful day.

  6. To die for GORGEOUS! I love LOVE the second one best.

    Have a great day!
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  7. Oh I love them all! Flowers and dishes, I am there..add some food too! :)
    I think there is a bread plate on the other side too, maybe for balance? dunno!
    Thanks for sharing these..they were wonderful!

  8. I'm glad you had more pictures. I love that pink and black combo.

  9. Glad that you took photos...I really like the blue transferware. I think Kathleen is right, there is a bread plate on the opposite side. The green amaranthus looks wonderful falling down the side of the vase.

  10. That was fun to look at but I agree that many that post here are much better! I think my fav was the pink & black!

  11. How fun! I can't pick a favorite! Dropping by from BNOTP.


  12. I like the red and yellow arrangement, too. Very striking colors and I like the height.

  13. Hi Susan,

    The red and yellow table setting, is my favourite too.
    I have the same tea set, I bought when I first started working. It is bone china from Royal Albert, England and is Old Country Roses.

    Enjoy the rest of the week

  14. The red & yellow is beautiful and the pink & black stunning- but blue & yellow- now, that speaks to my heart!

  15. What a fun event. Thanks for sharing the photos. The black and white with the pink is my favorite.

  16. Hello, I love all the tables, my kitchen is done in yellow and red, so I'm rather partial to that scheme. So I have to pick the red and yellow as my favorite also. Thank you for sharing such an exciting event.

  17. Love the flowers and your last few posts. My computer is gone to computer heaven so I had to use my daughters computer this week. Will post when I get a new computer hopefully this weekend but I had to come over and see what you were up to lately:) Wow what a fun fashion show too...great job!

  18. Wow! Love those tables! Especially the black and pink. Thanks for sharing your lovely afternoon with us.

  19. Beautiful tables. Was the event a fund raiser? The Milwaukee Symphony used to do a similar event to raise money.

  20. The whimsy of the harlequin pattern is wonderful.

  21. That is awesome! I wish I was in the club.. I'd have a LOT of work to do to compete! Thank you for sharing!

  22. What a fun event! I just love the black and pink table. Thank you for sharing the tables with us.

  23. Susan, I missed this post. Love those pink roses in the harlequin containers. What a fun event. Hope you have a wonderful MOther's Day. laurie

  24. This was a fun post! The last one is Royal Albert Old Country Roses. Have a great day and thanks for showing these!

  25. Susan, I just discovered this post today. That's just what I like. They made the centerpieces really gorgeous. So many brillant ideas. Thank you so much for sharing this.
    Greetings, Johanna

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