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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Shells and Sparkles

Well, Sunday is our big day.  We leave tomorrow on our trip to the British Isles and Paris.  I can hardly contain my excitement.  The house sitter is coming to take care of our little Cindy and also to stay with my daughter.  Neither one of them like it when the suitcases come out.

We have wanted to visit the British Isles for a very long time, and when the chance came along to tag Paris on as well, I jumped at the chance.

So in honor of the occasion I included a couple of my Marie Antoinette cards to my tablescape today.

I used my gold chargers that I have had for years.  The aqua plates are Home Goods and the crystal is Waterford Castelmaine.  I paired some sparkles with a burlap table cover to give this look a little yin and yang.

I also used some old Victorian silver pitchers that have lost their silver, but I absolutely love the patina they have now.

In addition to the flowers, I used an old Victorian wicker tray and covered it with pretty shells and polished turquoise beads.

The napkin rings are actually hair clips.  Don't worry, no one has ever used them.  I loved the colors in the clips and thought they would complement my seashell theme.

The flowers are Alstroemeria and soft hued roses.

The starfish plates are also Home Goods.
Thanks so much for taking a peak at this week's tablescape.  Hopefully I will have email, but, of course, we plan to spend as much time as we can seeing the beautiful sights.
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Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan said...

Have fun and a great time!! Will miss your blogs.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful table, Maggie! Have a fantastic time on your trip {you lucky, girl}!

frances said...

I did this same trip in May...started in Glasgow Scotland that is where I was born...trip to South Wales where I have family and then my niece who lives in Glasgow and I went to Paris...loved it had the best time ever...hope you do too. Cheers Frances

NanaDiana said...

Oh so pretty, Maggie! Have fun on your trip! You are going to have a ball! xo Diana

Donna said...

What an exciting trip, Maggie! Especially Paris! Have a wonderful time, can't wait to hear all about your adventures! Your table is so pretty:)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Maggie, you did it again!! I love shells


Gypsy Heart said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I adore the aqua and the starfish plates...

Hope you have a marvelous trip! Go, see, do ~ forget about the internet. :)


Pat C. said...

Love and best wishes as you embark on your exciting travels!

Don't worry about us... we'll be fine until you get back!;)

Your table is beautiful... I've always longed for a beach house, just so I could decorate in a seaside theme!


Anne said...

Your table scape is lovely! WOW lucky you!!!Have a great time on your vacation!!!!

Susie said...

Maggie, Great tablescape. Going to Paris is my dream...I am going to N.Y.C. this week, that will have to do for now. Be safe. Smiles, Susie

The Style Sisters said...

Take me with you on your trip!! :) How exciting! I am in love with your tablescape...the colors are spectacular and the hair clips just make it sizzle! Please come and link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share this post and enter my giveaway.

Alycia Nichols said...

It sounds like you are in for an exciting time away to enjoy yourself with abandon. I love it! PLEASE take me with you!!!!!! :-) This sounds like a dream vacation, especially with Paris "thrown in" as a bonus! It's amazing how similar our tables are this week!!! I found those same great starfish plates at TJ Maxx and Home Goods and used them for a charity auction dinner party. They really do add a lot of texture and depth to the table! I love the hair clip on the napkin! Great use! Have a wonderful time on your vacation, and we'll all be here when you get back. Just ENJOY yourself!!!!!!!!!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How lovely! Have a great trip -- looking foward to hearing all about it.

Ann @ Corner of Plaid and Paisley said...

Your table looks fabulous, but your trip sounds even better! Safe travels to you, have fun, and bring back some treasures to share and some great memories that you will have forever!!!