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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

TABLES and FOODS....in the vineyard...

SUSAN is our gracious host...
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The ever lovely, MICHAEL is our host for this event....
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My son and daughter*in*law's beautiful vineyard,
Beso del Sol,
was the inspiration for this outside table ......
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I bought this authentic french tablecloth
off of Ebay several years ago...
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this grapevine isn't in my son's vineyard...
altho I DO want to do a shooting out there sometime...would make a
beautiful backdrop....ummmm!!
Nor is it a grape vineyard in the South of France....
this vine happens to be in my back yard...
MR. SWEET babies it more than he does me......;(
not really.....
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the little lantern in the center came from Big Lots...
the bottom white plate is vintage, from a thrift store...
the little plate/bowl on top...BIG LOTS ....
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The vintage yellow flatware once belonged to my aunt and then to my mother....
Over the years, several (A LOT) of pieces were lost.
Wanting to add to it, I did a little research and discovered they were no longer in production...
shoot.....
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ahhh...here we have a little, chippy, vintage
PARIS FLEA MARKET metal flower cart...
and full of pretty flowers...
if I should PAINT the cart, it would loose all it's character
and look just like every other flower cart...
noooooo......I'll not paint it....
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I just couldn't give up on replacing some lost pieces of that
adorable golden yellow flatware .....
then....I remembered.....EBAY....
I found and was able to purchase 31 more pieces of this family flatware...
and I am so tickled.
31 pieces for something like $12.95.....
I did such a HAPPY DANCE...
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O.....this West Texas wind is starting to blow.....
see...it blew my little french sun flowers right off the table...
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TIME to MOVE INSIDE to eat...........!!
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such a delicious, COLD sandwich on little french sandwich buns...
cracked pepper TURKEY, South of France smoked ham,
Baby Swiss, crisp lettuce, green peppers, red, ripe tomatoes...
Bread and Butter pickles...my favorite !!
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When daughter was in New Orleans,
she brought back this mix for
Beignets...
little french donuts.....
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They are the lightest little balls of goodness you can imagine...
and rolled in POWDERED SUGAR....
o honey !!
a wonderful ending to a delicious meal....
in the vineyard...
venez s'il vous palit de nouveau....


68 comments:

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh BJ, this is just lovely...I felt like I was in france...now that table cloth is a beauty and I'm so glad you found more of your flatware...it's all just beautiful my friend...Even the sandwich looks YUMMY!!...may you have a great day...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Your table is gorgeous and the food looks delicious, BJ!!

I think the wind is supposed to kick up, a tad, here in Missouri, tonight. It's looking like it, anyway.

Happy Tablescape Thursday and Foodie Friday!!

Lynn said...

Hi there! I love yellow and blue so you know I love that tablecloth.
Whenever anyone goes to NO in our circle of friends they don't come back without that yummy mix!

SO. How did you get that fairy dust?

Allidink said...

Ahhh! Bj have you ever been to Cafe du Monde and had the beignets in New Orleans? You must! They sell the mix online and at World Market. Do they have that store in Texas? I am totally in love with your French tablescape! Whisk me off to Paris please! LOL.

All the best,
Allison

marty39 said...

Wow BJ, I love it all. I really thought I was in the south of France. Love the tablecloth and all the wonderful touches you did for the table. The yellow pot with the flowers is just lovely, it reminds me of more of France. You setting was so lovely outside. Great job and beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

Beth in NC said...

Oh BJ, I absolutely love that beautiful table cloth! You did such an awesome job decorating your table and the outside flowers look so nice!

Love,
b

Shelia said...

Oh, BJness! A little France in old West Texas! It's beautiful! I adore that lovely tablecloth and the flatware is wonderful. I'm so glad you were able to find more pieces!
Now the eats look so scrumptious!!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Elyse said...

yay! bj - you made my day! thank you so much for cheering on my first tablescape. this is really fun!

your table looks - ooh la la - wonderful. i love the cloth and pops of yellow. wonderful! and how lucky to have a vineyard in the family!

thanks so much, sweetie!

xo

Dixie said...

BJ... I love your pretty tablescape... right from the blue and yellow Provance tablecloth to the flowers blown off the table... perfect touches... and that sandwich is callin' my name girl!

Melissa Miller said...

I was on my way over here and you were visiting me! LOL! Thanks for your kind words BJ.
I appreciate your visits!

Your table is magnificent! Love the french colors, the rooster and of course the sandwhich.

B still my heart....:)
Beignets are the BEST!!!!
I've eaten at Cafe Du Monde many times in New Orleans. LOVE them!

You look gorgeous in your new pic on the swing.
~Melissa :)

Tara G. said...

LOVE, LOVE the tablecloth!

abeachcottage said...

what a beautiful flower cart and a great table!

happy tablescaping

Sarah

The Muse said...

LOL BJ I just saw your tablecloth...LOL I have been watching one currently on ebay...do you love yours? It is gorgeous to be sure.
And oh my ...I had to catch my breath over the cart!
oo la la!

xinex said...

I love beignets, BJ, especially with coffee from Cafe du Monde. What a pretty tablecloth and how lucky for you to find more of the yellow flatware. Such a pretty shade of yellow. Your tablescape and the flowers are so pretty...Christine

Michelle said...

What a beautil table!! I love the T/C! Glad you could find more of the yellow handled flatware...great color! I wouldn't paint your flower cart either! :) Happy TT!

Cathy said...

BJ...this is magical!!! So frenchy!!! I can't believe you were able to find more of your flatware...soooo lucky!!!

I think I might be stopping by later for a little desert...save one for me...O.K.?!!!

Another wonderful visit at your place!!! Thank you!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Chandy said...

BJ, another lovely table... And the "frenchy" feel is so perfect througout!

Brenda Eason said...

Beautiful BJ. Pour me some wine im on my way!

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

LOVE your darling table seting!!!

Bo said...

Hi BJ...Now this tablescape does look ooh-la-la so French! That sandwich has my mouth watering...
yum! BTW, you'd better scoot over to Cherry Hill Cottage's blog, 'cuz
she has a recipe on there today for BLACKBERRY WINE CAKE..uh-huh!
Love ya, ;-) Bo

Barbara said...

BJ...Wow what a great post...you always make me wish I had done something like that. Of course, I will take the beignets every day of the week.
Short story...once at a formal occassion years ago they were serving Cajun food and dessert was beignets. Sitting next to me was a new DR. in our area from the north..he leaned over and asked if I knew what Big...Nets were that we were having for dessert. I will never forget that night because of him.

Hugs,
your older friend

Kammy said...

Hi Bj!
Wow everything is so pretty even your "fairy dust" LOL ! I love that tea cart - I must have one...
I really am loving that tablecloth...need to get more of those....that flatware is so cool...always need more of that...
o.k. enough of my rambeling....
I loved everything and I always love how you present your blog with all the cute fonts !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Beverly said...

BJ, every thing you do is special. This is just lovely.

Now, about those beignets. ;-)

Mary said...

Oh BJ, what a lovely table!!! That tablecloth is divine, and I love your thrifted dishes and vintage flatware. Oh, and it looks so nice to see the sun... have I said that already?

My grandfather had a grape arbor. We used to sit underneath it in the summertime... thanks for the sweet memory! :)
xoxo,
mary

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi BJ.....well, girl, I love it all especially the dishes, the rooster, the tablecloth and the flatware and the flowers and, and,....well, I love it alllllll!!!

Pretty!

Hugs, Barb

Kathy said...

I have the same box of beignet mix in the pantry from a friend who just returned from New Orleans!!! Hope they turn out as good as yours look! I am so happy for you finding your silverware on E-Bay... That was amazing...Love the tea cart and the food looks to die for!! xoxo~Kathy@ Sweet Up-North Mornings.blogspot.com

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Table in the vinyard! I love that idea. You really clinched the deal with the beignets!

Christi

Robin said...

Thanks for stopping by BJ.
I love your French vineyard tablescape.....and the food looks fabulous.

Have a beautiful day.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Surely I must be in France~! This is a truly lovely table.

ellen b. said...

Love your outdoor setting. That tablecloth is just beautiful!! Yellow and blue is fabulous together...

salmagundi said...

I have been to Cafe du Monde, and love the beignets. Now I'm hungry for them. That table cloth is beautiful - I'm envious. I saw somewhere about the white tablescape party, but now can't remember where. Sorry! You know how the brain works when you are our age. Sally

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Bonjour BJ! Your French table is just lovely. Every little thing looks perfect. I love the yellow and white checked bucket too!
xo
Penny

Joyce said...

I love your table cloth but those Beignet's look wonderful.
Joyce

Really Rainey said...

Very colorful and summa~time tablescape! I love it... and I also love beignets.. my Hubby brought home a mix from N.O. too! How funny!
Really Rainey

Fifi Flowers said...

FAB table... I want to be in a vineyard!!!

movingonlady said...

I love the table cloth. So very french. The glasses are beautiful.

The Tablescaper said...

Love those little candles in the black iron holders - just the perfect touch! Happy tablescaping - The Tablescaper

Alicia said...

Hey BJ! Thanks for coming by my blog! I loved this post! The decor was adorable and my mouth is totally watering!! Can't wait to check out the rest of your blog, come on back and say hi anytime!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Tablescaping is something I need to really pay attention to. Yours is a wonderful example! Lovely...I am very insecure with doing it..but try my hand from time to time. The bar has been set SO high...and I have nearly run out of dishes and accessories.
sigh...HEAVY sigh!!

Kathleen Grace said...

Everything looks so beautiful and inviting BJ! I LOVE that tablecloth and the dishes and especially the family yellow utensils! Love it all:>)

Mary @Boogieboard Cottage said...

what a beautiful table, I love the table cloth! :O)

Kim said...

We weren't in France? I could have sworn we were. I loved this tablescape. And I bet you danced the happy dance when you found such a deal on ebay for the silverware.

imjacobsmom said...

BJ, Everything is done perfectly right down to that delicious sandwich and Beignets = YUM! Your tablecloth is fab & that little cart, too. ~ Robyn

Tootsie said...

it all looks sensational! and I agree...don't paint that cart...it is charming the way it is!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I can't wait to see the tablescape with all the different place settings! Wow...that has to be interesting..and different.

You are right. I should keep trying. Maybe next Thursday...maybe... :)

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Ooooooh BJ what a beautiful setting! I LOVE your chippy garden cart too!

Hugs,
Dena

Theresa said...

Gorgeous pictures! Hi, I awarded you the Kreativ Blogger award. Check out my blog:)
Love yours!

Julie said...

That sandwich looks good. I have not eaten anything good in days..

I think I am going to rename my blog the "Oh Crap - What NOW?" blog...

Thank you for the kind comments. My heart is so sore, I just about cannot stand it.

susan said...

BJ-You made me long to be sitting at Cafe du monde eating beignets! I love your yellow and blue tablecloth, my two favorite colors together! Now, how do you do that neat little "falling star" effect on your blog?--love it!

g.suzie said...

Some people just have a knack for putting it all together, you have the whold package, thanks for sharing!

Terry & Dennis Macri said...

Everything is so beautiful...But I am here for foodie Friday and boy am I hungry. Your sandwiches look great. Thanks for sharing.

The Fajdich Times said...

Very nice. Your table is fabulous!: Have a wonderful weekend:)

Mary said...

Your table is gorgeous and your food
sounds delicious. That combination is hard to beat. Have a wonderful weekend.

movingonlady said...

Yummy They look so tasty. The table is wonderful
Have a great weekend

Brenda said...

Oh, I don't know where to start. Don't paint the cart! It's beautiful and your art of display just makes it precious. That tablecloth looks sort of "William-Sonoma'ish" to me. Everything is so beautiful at your place because you have such a good eye for decorating and making it cozy. I bet your family always wants to have get togethers at your house.
Brenda

Foley said...

I love that tablecloth!! From your yellow flatware to those delicious looking beignets you did a wonderful post!!

Susie Q said...

This is so beautiful...what an amazing spot, lovely decor...fantastic food! Keep it at the reasy. I can be there in, say, 10 ro 12 hours! : )

Love,
Sue

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Beautiful table.. I love the tablecloth! The sandwich looks good too.. I am getting hungry! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

santamaker said...

Oh BJ....I covet that tablecloth! I have two words for your country french tablescape....
GOR
GEOUS !!!!

Kristen said...

What a gorgeous tablescape. The food looked mighty tasty, too.

Cori G. said...

Hi BJ,

I'd say Faerie Dust Forever!!! I LOVE the new soft look of your blog.

Hope all is well in your corner of the world ;-)!!!

xoxo Cori

Florida Sue said...

Well you could be right in Provence with that gorgeous setting.I am loving it all BJ..

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Wow that tablecloth is gorgeous girl! Do you have any wine left ? LOL .
I'm gonna go get me some of that fairy dust !

Cynthia said...

Lovely table. Love the tablecloth. Enjoy your weekend!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I had that same 'Fairy Dust' during the winter (AKA snow). I love it! Pretty, pretty table and cloth. I would love to see photos of the vineyard one day.

The Animator's Wife said...

Beautiful and looks just so yummy!

Barb said...

Love love love that cart. And of course we would not paint it!! It's perfect!

re flaunt your red: I have been messing up something fierce lately so probably did not know there were only special days it posted.

Thanks for mentioning something, and please pray someone can straighten me out!!!

blessings,
Barbara jean

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Since I love all things French, I just adored this tablescape! What a terrific find that tablecloth was! I just love it and love the yellows and blues. You didn't mention it, but I love that yellow and white checkered vase! That little French serving cart is fabulous! I'm so glad you were able to get more pieces to add to your yellow silverware!

Kady