When I first began tablescaping, I was inspired by a number of blogs that I had read for months before I ever actually set a table. One of those was JBiggs. She has absolutely beautiful tables, mantels, and vignettes, and one of her favorite colors is aqua. I love, love, love all of her tablescapes that feature this color, and I have been planning on featuring this color on a table myself after being inspired by her. I love my Cunningham & Pickett Danube made by Homer Laughlin, and the aqua color is perfect for my table.
I have used this set of china several times, and I usually use pink accents, such as my pink napkins and goblets to go with it However, this time I wanted to feature the aqua color, so I used white placemats and napkins.
I decide to use both the soup bowls and the small plates for this table. I do have aqua napkins on my wish list, as well as pastel yellow and pastel blue, but for now I stuck with white.
Aqua drinking glasses or goblets are on my wish list also. Until I get some, I decided to use clear crystal. I mentioned in a recent post that some things haven’t sold too well at the booth, so I took them home. This set of etched crystal goblets were some of the items that I removed. I guess I will use them myself until I decide to try selling them again.
I really don’t know why they didn’t sell, even after I marked them down. I guess that there are some things that I can’t predict.
I thought that the Depression glass sherbet dishes would look good on the small plates. They would be another nice crystal addition to this place setting.
I used my Grosvenor silver again. It always looks good with this china.
I had the centerpiece in mind for quite some time also. I wanted to used this antique Ball mason jar that I inherited from David’s grandmother. The aqua color is perfect for this table.
I love all of its imperfections. I think that we have all agreed that I am not good at taking pics of clear crystal, but if you look closely, you can see a little bubble on the lower left of the jar. There are several other similar flaws in the jar as well.
I chose the platter to further bring in the aqua to the centerpiece.
Unfortunatly, I was then almost out of accent pieces with aqua. Therefore, I added this vintage footed crystal candy dish to the centerpiece.
I even looked through my salt and pepper shaker collection hunting for aqua, but I couldn’t find any that would do. The aqua seahorses from a few weeks ago wouldn’t exactly go with this table!
Instead, I chose four pairs of my crystal ones to use at the place settings.
I had plenty to choose from, and I liked using them on this table.
Although I was fairly satisfied with the final product, I still wish that I had more aqua to go with these dishes.
Once I lift my self-imposed ban on spending money on my tables, I will purchase some things and have a new tablescape to show you.
I can’t close without giving you a rundown of my latest CVS shopping trip. I had CVS coupons for $2 off Swiffer refills, $5 off a $20 purchase, and $4 off a $15 purchase. I had manufacturer’s coupons for 50 cents off Atkins bars, $1 off Swiffer refills, and $1.50 off 2 Tides. Two liter drinks were on sale for 99 cents, Swiffer refills were on sale for 50% off the second one after you buy one, and you get $4 off your next full-price purchase for buying 2 Tides.
So here is what I bought: 2 Tides (remember I had a coupon in addition to the $4 savings I received for purchasing them), 5 2-liter drinks, 2 Swiffer refills, and 1 pack of Atkins bars.
Normally I purchase Swiffer refills at my discount store, where two packs would have run me $15.94. Two full-price packs at CVS would normally cost me $22.98. However, the CVS coupon and manufacturer’s coupon took $3 off, then the second one was half price. OK, that makes $14.24, right? But then take off the $4 coupon, and I paid $10.24 for two Swiffer refills.
As for the Atkins bars, I usually buy them at my discount store for $5.57 because the CVS price is $8.79. I used the 50-cent coupon and the $5 off coupon, so I got them for $3.29! But wait, I’m not finished. I got the $4 off after I purchased the two Tides, so I had the clerk ring up a second pack of Atkins bars separately and used that coupon. I got that pack for $4.79.
I was really excited about my CVS savings today. My receipt says that I saved $32.33, and I paid $31.63. Therefore, I saved slightly over half on my purchases today. These are all things that I need and use, and I did not have to spend money to save money.
Hope all of you have as good a luck as I did with your bargain shopping! Happy tablescaping and bargain hunting to all!