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Ice Blue Wedding Tabletop

July 28, 2011 Art of Dining No Comments

Ice Blue Wedding

Another beautiful tabletop designed for the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild Art of Dining event.  This design was from either a department store or an interior design group, I don’t remember which.  The vase of branches had votive candles hanging from soft ice blue sheer ribbons.

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It’s been a while since I posted any new information.  I’ve been on hiatus from the blog, but I am back with what I hope will be some new and exciting features for you.

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Wedding Sentiments Tabletop Design

February 3, 2010 Art of Dining No Comments

Wedding Wishes Table“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” is the theme of this beautiful tabletop designed for the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild Art of Dining event.  Each of the 4 settings relates to each of the four good luck sayings that brides have, and a different china and flatware setting was used for each saying.  There is a massive centerpiece made like a wedding gift, with a floral arrangement of hydrangeas coming out of the top.  Of course, for practical reasons, the centerpiece is not functional for a real life seating of guests, as they would not be able to see across the table at each other for conversation.  In real world, the box and flowers would have to be adjusted in height, and/or adjusted as well as set up on a narrow pillar, as not to block the guests view.

A ribbon with each of the sayings painted on is streaming out of the gift box towards each place setting.  Each china, flatware, and crystal pattern is different, denoting the “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”.  Additional adornments include an framed wedding photo from the bride’s mother from the 50’s.  An alternative would be to place a photo of each of the bride and groom’s parents and grand- parents at the different alternating place settings.

Wedding - Something Old

"Something Old"

Wedding - Something New

"Something New"

Wedding - Something Borrowed

"Something Borrowed"

Wedding - Something Blue

"Something Blue"

Valentine Hearts Table Design

January 25, 2010 Art of Dining No Comments

Valentine TableValentine FloralWith Valentine’s Day coming soon, this is a perfect way to say “I Love You”.  The theme of this beautiful tabletop designed for the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild Art of Dining event is Valentine Love.

This table design was put together by a local florist, but I do not have their name.  As you can see, it is set for a romantic Valentine’s day dinner or brunch, perhaps one to “pop the question” at.  The centerpiece is a multi-dimensional heart, styrofoam I suppose, covered in red fabric or ribbon.  A floral arrangement of white orchids and red roses sits atop the heart’s center.  This arrangement is open and high enough that it won’t block the guest’s view when seated.

All of the dishes are of heart and floral shapes and different sizes and textures, in shades of white, red, and pink.  The red napkins are held together in a fan shape by white ribbon and a white orchid.  Fresh strawberries, little candies, crystal hearts scatted about, extra long taper red candles in crystal candlesticks, heart shaped beaded place mats and coasters, votive candles, and deep pink carnation nosegays anchoring the heart centerpiece, all add to the whimsy and romance of this heartwarming table setting.

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Around the World in 80 Days Tabletop Design

January 24, 2010 Art of Dining No Comments

Around the World DiningAnother beautiful tabletop designed for the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild Art of Dining event.  This particular tabletop was designed and put together by myself and another lady from our Garden Club, using our personal items we had in our home and our private collections.

The inspiration for the table setting “Around the World in 80 Days” came from the 1956 adventure film based on the classic novel of the same name by Jules Verne.  Set in Victorian times around 1872, an English gentleman Phileas Fogg claims he can circumnavigate the world in 80 days.  He makes a wager with his fellow members of his London gentleman’s club to return by the 80th day at precisely 8:45 pm, and with his resourceful valet Passepartout, the journey begins. … Continue Reading

Blue & Gold Elegance Tabletop

January 10, 2010 Art of Dining No Comments
Blue and Gold Elegance
Blue and Gold Elegance

Another beautiful tabletop designed for the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild Art of Dining event.  I can’t remember if this table top was done by a  garden club, or a group of individual ladies.  It is very elegant, using a jewel-toned sapphire blue cloth runner, bunched with folds to resemble a sea of blue wafting over the table.  Antique gold candelabras are off set with the use of silver candle sticks and silver flatware.  The tableware is set for a formal dinner, using all of the appropriate serving pieces.  This setting lends itself to a special occasion, such as wedding, anniversary, or birthday for that someone special.

Ice Blue Wedding Tabletop

December 21, 2009 Art of Dining No Comments
Ice Blue Wedding
Ice Blue Wedding

Another beautiful tabletop designed for the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild Art of Dining event.  This tabletop design was put together by a floral designer for a wedding event, perhaps a bridal tea, shower, rehearsal dinner, or the wedding reception.  Ice blue colors and natural elements were used.  The focal point was the branches used in a vase for the centerpiece, with votive candles hanging from sheer ribbons, and small birds alighting on the branches.  A soft ice blue gauze was used to drape the chairs.  Silver and crystal was used as serving pieces and accents.

Independence Hall Tabletop

December 21, 2009 Art of Dining No Comments
Independence Hall

Independence Hall

Another beautiful tabletop designed for the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild Art of Dining event.  I;m not sure who put this one together, perhaps a local bakery or garden club.  It is a massive gingerbread house, I believe of Independence Hall, with a tremendous amount of detail.  This must have taken hundreds of hours to complete!  Around it are the place settings, each of a different color and type of stoneware, I believe it is called transferware, but not sure.  This gingerbread house is competition worthy, and would be a magnificent centerpiece for that special holiday party, or maybe even a formal dinner for the 4th of July!

Swans of Love Wedding Tabletop

December 21, 2009 Art of Dining No Comments
Swans of Love Wedding
Swans of Love Wedding

Another beautiful tabletop designed for the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild Art of Dining event.  This tabletop design was created by a local department store, I don’t remember

which one.  It focused on an ice blue and swan theme, perhaps for a winter wedding, bridal shower, or wedding anniversary.    Everything is in pale ice blue, white, and silver with sprayed dried tree branches forming the back drop for the 2 feathered swans as the centerpiece.  The table linens consist of a white satin under cloth with an ice blue transparent table topper, with scattered white glittered snowflakes.  The place settings are simple yet elegant, with the white napkins with blue trim tied with light blue ribbon held together with a snowflake.  A very peaceful and serene table setting for the winter months.

Love Swans Tableware

Love Swans Tableware

Moss Green Tabletop

December 11, 2009 Art of Dining No Comments
Moss Green Tabletop
Moss Green Tabletop

Another beautiful tabletop designed for the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild Art of Dining event.  This tablescape was put together by another garden club, I believe.  It is simple, yet whimsical and elegant, using moss greens and blues.  A unique stoneware similar to cabbage leaves was used, with an unusual umbrella as a centerpiece.  The drinks used paper umbrellas to carry out the theme, and small gift packages used as place markers carried out the moss green theme.Moss Green Closeup

Valley Forge Lodge

December 11, 2009 Art of Dining No Comments
Valley Forge Lodge

Valley Forge Lodge

Another beautiful tabletop designed for the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild Art of Dining event.  This was put together by one of the local garden clubs, I believe.  It feature a stoneware that featured a hunt lodge detail.  A “Carnival Glass” bowl with live gold fish was the centerpiece.  To tie in with the fish them, the napkins were folded in a “fish” pattern, with a pearl for the eye (you could probably use a pearl stud earring).  The table covering was a rich jewel-toned paisley fabric, with a separate terra-cotta colored quilted coverlet top.  It was  a combination masculine feel with the hunt lodge, with a bit of whimsy with the seaside accessories, and the fabrics and orchid floral arrangement brought in the feminine touch.

Fish Fold Lodge Napkin

Fish Fold Lodge Napkin

Carnival Fish Bowl Centerpiece

Carnival Fish Bowl Centerpiece

Shades of Purple Tabletop

December 11, 2009 Art of Dining No Comments
Shades of Purple

Shades of Purple

Another beautiful tabletop designed for the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild Art of Dining event.  This table was designed by a local florist/decorator, done in sumptuous shades from the softest of lavenders to the deepest of purples.  It sort of has the feeling of Mardi Gras.  The abundant floral arrangement is set high with a clear crystal vase in order for attendees at the table to see each other.  The chairs are wrapped two-toned with the accent color of purple to match the tablecloth.  This tablescape makes for an elegant late night dinner for four or more, or could be re-arranged for a romantic dinner for just two.  Silver chargers add to the elegance of the table setting, along with classic stemware and flatware.  Small votive candles cast just enough of ambient light, while fan shaped napkins hold a sweet surprise of a chocolate treat.

Shades of Purple Closeup

Shades of Purple Closeup

Norwegian Nostalgia

November 9, 2009 Art of Dining No Comments
Norwegian Nostalgia

Norwegian Nostalgia

Another beautiful tabletop designed for the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild Art of Dining event.  This lady designed a tabletop to honor her Norwegian ancestry, and in particular, her mother.  The table linens match the dinnerware with the same colorful design.  An antique silver service belonging to her mother for the tea is used.  For place cards, she chose old black and white photos of the person from back in the 1940’s and 1950’s, a really charming touch.  Finishing the dining experience off with select Norwegian delicacies and pastries, the table is set for a charming tea party.

Norwegian Tableware

Norwegian Tableware

Flights Around the World

September 26, 2009 Art of Dining No Comments
Flights Around the World
Flights Around the World

Flights Around the World

The Symphony Guild in Daytona Beach, FL has an annual fundraiser called the Art of Dining showcasing innovative, creative, and original tabletops prepared by area clubs, decorators, florists, and individuals.  This is one table I and 2 friends from the Garden Club of Spruce Creek Fly-In Community put together using our personal china, crystal, and accessories.  The theme was “Flights Around the World”, in honor of our fly-in community’s involvement in flight of all types.  Note the golden space shuttle atop the globe, made of lapis and other stones and gems for each country.

Flight World Closeup

Flight World Closeup

Hot Flashes in the Pan YouTube Videos

Hot Flashes in the Pan YouTube Videos

Critter Corner

Alligators In Our Yard!

July 17, 2012

  You have to look real close, but the gator is resting behind the sago palm and the water’s edge.  Needless to say, I too these photos from inside the house and did not go out to get a closer inspection. The Alligator Trapper caught “the big one” which was 12 foot plus.  Here he […]

Back Again After a Short Break

February 2, 2012

Dear Family, Friends, Subscribers, and Visitors, I’ve been remiss in not posting very much since Thanksgiving of 2011, and I know you have wondered where the “Hot Flashes in the Pan” videos have been.  You will be glad to know that I will be focused more on bringing all types of new information, articles, videos, […]

Shepherd in a Manger

November 20, 2011

  Found on the Internet / Facebook: A Nativity Scene was erected in a church yard. During the night, someone came across this. An abandoned dog was looking for a comfortable, protected place to sleep. He chose baby Jesus as his comfort. No one had the heart to send him away so he was there […]

Tale of the Missing Socks

September 17, 2011

My cat Penelope wears socks.  Yes, you heard correctly, socks.  She’s a little over 15 years old now and has arthritis in her back legs.  This causes her to be a little unsteady when using the litter box.  Sometimes, not always, but sometimes after she tinkles she looses her balance and steps in the clump of […]

Pets and the Joy They Bring

September 16, 2011

Having a pet, be it a cat, dog, bird, fish, horse, pig, or whatever furry creature you relate to, is a positive and healthy experience.  Studies have proven that they can extend our lives, lower our blood pressure, and pretty much make us feel good all over because they give us unconditional love. You may […]