Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Toast to Vacation Time

May is here, and I'm celebrating the arrival of vacation season with a vintage Florida tablescape.

I love the graphics on souvenir cloths, and this cloth highlights the attractions of "pre-Disney" Florida. Don't you just love the little elephant by the circus tent?

And these ladies look so elegant taking the waters from the spring system.

Finally, no tribute to Florida would be complete without flamingos (even if they are blue)...

I'm more of a North Florida person, having family in Tallahassee and having lived in South Georgia for several years, but these cute graphics could lure me further south from the Panhandle!

Sometimes it's hard to think about setting the table when it's wearing a souvenir tablecloth, lest some of the designs become lost under the dinnerware. My desire to test out yet another new addition to the Fiesta dinnerware line overcame that concern.

Here's the new Fiesta buffet plate in peacock:

For now, this plate is exclusive to Kohl's. It's a very flat shape and pairs nicely with the small pizza tray. I can see using these pieces for serving a cake.

For now, let's get on with the full table setting!

This service for four features Fiesta dinnerware square plates in scarlet and shamrock, buffet plates in peacock and fruit bowls in black. The Oneida Cityscape flatware rests on red-hemmed Pier One napkins. The Caprice martini glasses and bee hive cocktail shaker were part of our wedding registry at Crate & Barrel in 2002. A single Fiesta pyramid candleholder in peacock supports a polka-dot taper. Scarlet salt and pepper shakers balance the single candle.

Here's to your vacation this summer, where ever you may roam!

Ready to be transported to more beautiful table tops? C'mon over to Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday!


  1. Very nice! I really do enjoy the souvenir tableclothes, I don't know where folks found them I've never seen one on my travels!

  2. Whoo! Really loving the FL cloth - I've been trying hard to get one of those myself. Nicely done!

  3. I just started collecting peacock Fiestaware too. I love the color and hope to combine the peacock with another color. I love yours with Shamrock. I think the lemongrass would be nice too. Love your tablecloths. Nothing goes with them except Fiesta! Where did you find the candle holder? I love it!

  4. Love this table setting. Lots of fun!

  5. A wonderful Fiesta friend gave me this cloth in honor of my family in Florida. The candle is part of a pair I purchased from a dealer when the Homer Laughlin outlet offered a limited number of peacock pyramids.

    Thanks for visiting the table! I'm glad ya'll like this setting.

  6. P.S. I agree, Splurgie, that lemongrass looks great with peacock!

  7. I love how you use the square plates as chargers. I had my wedding registry with Crate and Barrel also. I was addicted to the catalog until I really got into collecting Fiesta. I love the cocktail shaker also.

  8. Cute! I always enjoy seeing vintage vacation/state linens. Such fun! Dropping by from BNOTP.


  9. Such fun and lively colors that go wonderfully with the fun and lively Fiesta dishes!
    What a great table! The souvenir table cloth is fabulous!

  10. I LOVE this! The colors look great and I love the vintage linens. So cute!

  11. Very cute! I don't have any, but love Fiesta dinnerware. I love how your vintage cloth inspired your color choices! It's fantastic!

  12. What a fun pretty table!

    I love those old tablecloths!

  13. Oh, your little tablecloth is precious. I love these olden ones. I love your Fiesta Ware too. Just a sweet happy table.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  14. Love the vintage tablecloth...the dishes are so perfectly matched to it. Great table, Daphne!

  15. Now this is a darling tablescape. I love the vintage look and the bright colors. I also adore the candle holder and your flatware. Very art deco feeling.


  16. I LOVE both your vintage souvenir tablecloth and your Fiestaware! What a beautiful and colorful table :)


  17. What a lovely vintage tablecloth and what an inspiration! Your setting is lovely and so colorful. The perfect celebration of Florida.