Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Karen's "BEEutiful" Tablescape


While living in Chattanooga, I met Karen, who became a very good friend . She and I sure did have a lot of fun and I miss our wild and crazy times.
It has been 7 years now since we moved, but we have kept in touch and last month she called to say she was coming to Atlanta and wanted to meet for lunch! She told me while she was here she wanted to find some yellow and black plates for a tablescape she was creating! ( How funny is that? I had no idea that "other" people did that, I just thought it was the crazy women from Tablescape Thursday that obsessed about setting a gorgeous table.) When I told her that I participated in this TT event, she was amazed. Anyway... Karen was setting a table for a church function called "The Mad Hatter's Tea Party". Each lady signed up to festoon a large round table in any design that she chose.


This cute little beehive cookie jar was her inspiration for her theme, and as you'll see, she was able to tie it in to a Bible lesson.





The "Beatitudes" in the Bible!







Karen bought the black plates for a dollar each at our favorite "Big Lots" !
Luckily she and her husband own and operate a sign shop, "Scenic City Signs" and she was able to print out a different saying for each plate made from vinyl. (Isn't she clever?!) Now the "trick' here is that the guests had their food served on a clear plastic plate, so no food would touch the writing, but the designs are still visible.





In front of each setting she had booklets that she had printed with different verses from the Bible according to the theme of the plate.






In this booklet she printed out verses on being Happy.
I love the way she tied the napkins to "frame" the sayings.


Can you see the tiny bee on top of the handle?







She found this one on E-Bay! Wasn't it perfect for this tablescape?!






How fun is this cup! And I see another little bee here too!




I think this one is my favorite..you know how much I love black and white!





On these black handled utensils, she wrapped yellow vinyl for the bee stripe effect.




Here's the overall look of her table. I think she did an awesome job!
The other plates sayings that you are not able to see are:

BEE JOYFUL
BEE PRAYFUl
BEE FAITHFUL
BEE FRIENDLY
BEE THANKFUL
BEE PEACEFUL


Next year I plan to attend, so Karen, don't forget my invitation!

To see other fun designs please visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch!

54 comments:

Domestic Designer said...

This is absolutely the cutest and most creative tablescape I have ever seen!!!!! I absolutely love everything about it. Tell your friend that she did a great job and thank you soooo much for sharing it with us!

Sonia said...

This is so original and fun! The black and yellow with accents is so cheerful. I love the little verses she added to the table. Just beautiful! Sonia/Miss Bloomers

marty39 said...

I totally agree with Domestic Designer, this is the cutest and most tablescape ever. Her Bible verses just warm my heart, and she did such a fantastic job of pulling everything together. Thank you so much for sharing. I would love to attend too. Hugs, Marty

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Absolutely, tee-totally charming!!! I love the details. Please tell me she has a blog. If not, please covey from all of us TT'ers she needs to get one...and fast! LOL Love it!!! Those cups are just DIVINE!!!!

Thanks so much for sharing! Barb

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

I LOVE this tablescape, Rose...your friend Karen did a amazing job! It is so whimsical...what fun! I think it's Bee-utiful for sure! :-)
Susan
P.S. I sent you an email...is your email still the same?

ellen b said...

Bee youtiful!! What a wonderful tablescape. I love, love, love it. I also think the bee attitudes are fabulous!!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

What an adorable tablescape and Karen is so clever! Great post Rose! ♥ Diane

prof en retraite said...

Hi Rose! What a wonderful tablescape! You have a very creative friend there! The bee theme is so cute...and your music is perfect! I hope you are having a good week!..hugs...Debbie

janet said...

this tablescape is absolutely adorable, love everything about it!!! the colors are fantastic and the bible verses add a very nice touch! Glad you had some time with your friend and please thank her very much for sharing this wonderful table.
hugs
janet

Gollum said...

Rose, thanks so much for sharing this! I'm in a swoon over the beehive, dishes, and mugs. I didn't know such things existed!
What fun!!

Sue said...

Hi Rose....this is a great tablescape...I gotta say I loved the silverware the best...it is so cute...Hey, we need to get together to dish about the housewives...What did you think about Simon's red skin tight pants...He's gross yes? I was just up in Jersey and one night I visited with the girls from high school...When I told the Boss I was going out for dinner with the girls he said..."Can't I be Simon for night"....needless to say the answer was a big NO.....

OCDesigner ~Athella said...

Just completely adorable...So glad you shared. ~Athella

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

I love this! How cute. I have several Bee things...Now I'm thinking...cute ideas are lurking...
What a great tablescape. And I love the "Beeattitudes!"
Blessings,
Debbie

Melissa Marie said...

I absolutely agree with Domestic Designer... this has to be one of the cutest tablescapes I have ever seen... I just LOVE how she pulled that together with the Beatitudes. So creative... what a blessing this is to see. :)

mishebe said...

Ok, this is down rightfabulous. i want to know where she got the cups and saucers. Tell her she is brilliantly creative.. ( new words i made up) lol. mishelle

Kammy said...

How sweet is that ? Your friend
Karen really used alot of detail
and went all out ! I love how she tied everything to the Bible - she
is very creative. Isn't it fun when
you find out a friend has the same interests ? Thanks for sharing !
Hugs ~ Kammy

KBeau said...

Well, since I'm not opposed to "borrowing" ideas, I'll have to keep this one in mind for our church tablescape event this fall. Very clever.

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Oh wow, Rose. Give your friend big kudos from me! What a GREAT job she did on this table!!!!!!!!!! I love the idea of using vinyl words and the mugs were all too cute! Does she have a blog? She might want to join TT!

Justine :o )

Martha said...

A really pretty table and what a clever idea.

Kelly Bergsing said...

I love the beehive cookie jar!! Everything is absolutely gorgeous!!

Chandy said...

What a fun table! I love the theme adn the colors! Great job!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

what a wonderful table..so creative! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

Lou Cinda said...

SHUT UP! I love this! It is so precious and I LOVE the bees!!!

I wanna go next year too!

Lou Cinda :)

"Blossom" said...

Absolutely stunning and unique.
This is adorable. Your friend is so creative.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I'm Karen, the tablescape maker. Rose is so much fun. I really miss seeing her. I'm happy to answer any questions about where I bought things for the table. And I'll even share the contents of the booklet if you want them. We have had this tea at our church for 5 years. Last year my table was an Alice in Wonderland theme. The year before I did a travel theme. One part of this table that I'm not sure you could see but I was really proud of was that I made each person a set of 3 Bee themed note cards and a Bee wrapped candy bar. A friend who is into stamping helped me make them. I also had black chair covers with yellow sashes which I rented.

Scribbler said...

So clever and unforgettable. If I had to choose one thing, I think it is the wrapping of the flatware handles with the yellow vinyl tape -- such attention to detail.

We need this kind of mind running the show!

Scribbler

Charlene said...

I LOVED THIS!!!!!!!!! How cle! And those colors all just pop & everything is so perfect. The lessons are supurb too. Thank you so much for sharing!

Janie's World said...

I love how she was able to incorporate God's message in her tablescape! She was truly inspired!!! Love her creativity and her table is amazingly BEEutiful!

The Muse said...

There is hardly anything else to add my friend...for i can read that ALL of us are amazed and delighted with this post!

I am simply thrilled that you were able to meet your friend and to truly enjoy making a memory!

ceekay said...

Oh, I just love this! Just make sure while she doesn't forget to send your invitation to include me! I would be squealing up a storm!!!!

Sharing with Sherri said...

How cute and whimsical!! I really love it! and the bee attitude theme is great!
I would just love to sit down at that table and have a HONEY bun! That would just BEE perfect!

Have a BEEutiful day!

Sherri:)

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

What a darling table. Just beeutiful!!! I love the plate idea.

bj said...

Absolutely ADORABLE...and, of course, I HAVE TO HAVE THOSE BLACK PLATES AND SOME YELLOW TO GO WITH THEM....waaaaay cute!!

Zoey said...

I think this is my favorite tablescape today. Everything coordinates so well, yet different things are used at each setting.

I admired the bee flatware right away and was surprised when I saw that your friend made it herself by wrapping vinyl. How creative!

Thank you and your friend for sharing this wonderful table with us.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I just love bees - I'm so going to make an attempt to copy some of this one day.

Pinky said...

Rose, this is the cutest, most creative, original adorable tablescape!!!! Your friend did an AWESOME job! I know everyone must have been oooing and ahing over this! Thanks so much for sharing it. The yellow vinyl wrapped around the black flatware is GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!! So cute! Pinky

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Rose, this is just THE cutest thing! What a talented lady. So much creativity and inspiration on that table. With your talents and her talents, I bet when the two of you get together, there is no telling what might occur! Thank you Rose, and thank you Karen for sharing this delightful tablescape. laurie

Robin said...

Adorable!.....

and I need that cookie jar. :-)

Have a beautiful weekend.

Blondie's Journal said...

I am in total agreement with all of the other gals! This is truly a clever and original tablescape your friend created!

I'm also happy you both got together. Seven years is a long time!!! I'll bet you had a wonderful time catching up!!

Have a wonderful Mom's Day!!

xoxo
Jane

salmagundi said...

How clever your friend is!! Thanks for sharing her and her tablescape with us. Sally

~CC Catherine said...

Rose, Your friend Karen's BEEutiful Tablescape is the BEEST~ ;) Seriously, she is some creative friend and I think the ladies that sat there must have felt sooooo special! Great share today! Not sure if you stopped over to my place yet or not to sign up for my Mother's day Giveaway...but if not, drop by. There's a button on my sidebar that will take you directly to the post to comment to get entered. Deadline for entry is Mother's day night at midnight, PDT. Happy Mother's Day Rose! ;)

Nicole ~ said...

Your friend Karen did a spectacular job on this tablescape. It is so pretty, and so creative. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Have a wonderful weekend, Nicole

Penny said...

Someone said we need this kind of mind running the show. I agree! I asked myself where in the world did she get the flatware? Of course she vynyl taped them! Very clever friend you have there. Love it all and thanks for sharing. I can see where the two of you are close friends.

Helen said...

Lovely, lovely .... Happy Mother's Day dear blog friend.

tardevil said...

Too cute!

Anonymous said...

Boy, that is one clever and creative lady! How long did she have to come up with all the stuff for this tablescape? Am I understanding that the dishes were actually used for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party? Wonder what the menu was?

~♥~ Monica S said...

WOW! how creative!!!
Loved those mugs!!

Monica

bj said...

Just stopping in to say hi....

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE the BEE theme!

nikkicrumpet said...

What an adorable table...and those dishes are making me happy just looking at them! Totally wonderful!

Stacey said...

That table is amazing! I bet women were fussing over the chance to sit there. Thanks for sharing that with us.

The Muse said...

Skipping by...and I HAD to stop and give you a spring bouquet of friendship !!!

Cindy said...

This is utterly delightful! I so enjoyed it, the creativity and the yellow and black with the bees. I could go on and on, tell Karen it's fabulous! Tell her to join TT too, Cindy

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

This is just amazing! She has an incredible sense of creativity and I love the sayings on each plate. I bet each guest felt extra special at that table!

Kady