Challenge Table, or Rabbits in the Snow

Cuisine Kathleen, who is known for her challenge tables, has once again issued a challenge to find a table to reinvent or recreate. I have had this table planned for a long time and even had it all photographed and uploaded. Then I went back and re-read the challenge; uh on, I messed up again. The table has to be a Christmas table. Duh, it’s December; of course she made it a Christmas table! What was I thinking…anyway, I have two tables today; one meets the challenge and one does not!


My idea was to copy Pat and Katie at Table for One once again. I love their tables; check them out if you have never done so…their tables take creativity and ingenuity to a whole new level. Pat takes an inspiration piece and sets a beautiful table for one…and never seems to run out of ideas. I started with my recent purchase of Better Homes and Gardens Christmas plates from Wal Mart.


The inspiration piece for this table is the salad plate featuring the rabbit design. The salad plates to this china come in 4 assorted designs. Today I just felt like rabbits!


Do you remember that I told you that I would be showing you a new tablescaping purchase? How about these green balloon goblets? I found them at a flea market and am really looking forward to using them this Christmas season.


My Chateau flatware and a colorful napkin in a beaded napkin ring finished off the place setting. Now I started to consider the accessories.


Of course, I had to bring out my Peter’s Pottery rabbits. Unfortunately, one of them recently fell off the shelf and broke. I was really upset at first, but then I thought, “It’s a pottery rabbit…I’ll get over it.”


The Peter’s Pottery candy dish is one of my favorite pieces.


Because I like to use candles in my tablescapes, I found this rabbit candle holder and put in the holly taper that I found at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.


I set the rabbits in some snow, and I was done!


I love my little table for one, even though I know that I can never meet what Pat does!


Now for my table that does not meet the challenge. I also used Table for one as my inspiration for this table.


I started with this cute pumpkin plate as my inspiration piece. My mother-in-law found it at a yard sale. I love it for my autumn tables. I used my sage green placemats and taupe Wal Mart plates as the base to show off this plate.


I decided to use my maple leaf napkin ring and an off white napkin. Chateau flatware and a cute pumpkin mug complete the table setting. My mother-in-law found this matching mug to the plate at a different yard sale later. Love it when that happens!


For the centerpiece, I borrowed some of the fall foliage from the mantel. I chose the more brightly colored ceramic pumpkins to nestle into the fall leaves.


Of course, I had to use my pumpkin salt and pepper shakers!


The finished “un-challenge” table…well, I like it anyway. I have another table almost ready to photograph and upload, but have to put that temporarily on hold. I got blindsided by a stomach bug this weekend, and today is the first day I have felt somewhat normal. I have people coming over to my house later this week and so much to catch up with that it’s ridiculous! But I can’t wait to share what all is going on and how I have decorated…but too much to do right now…


Have a great week of decorating and tablescaping!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design




About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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22 Responses to Challenge Table, or Rabbits in the Snow

  1. Both tables are lovely! The bunnies are darling, and I love the “snow,” what a wonderful touch! In the second setting, the sage placemat pulls the color of the stem on the plate so well! Also love the centerpiece!

  2. Cynthia Garrett says:

    Both of these are really pretty tablescapes!! I took a look at Table for One and The Welcomed Guest and did not see how to subscribe to either of these. Can you tell me if it is possible to subscribe or do I just have to visit the site? Thanks, Cynthia

  3. Sandra Garth says:

    Job well done Bev! The bunnies are just too cute. Hope you’re feeling better.

  4. vickyhunt says:

    Both of your place settings look great Bev. These challenges must be so fun! I do hope you are feeling better. Stomach bugs are awful! Have a great week.

    Blessings, Vicky

  5. Zenda says:

    Lovely settings, Bev! Looks like you’ve been enjoying the seasons lately! I think I have those Better Homes and Gardens dishes that were offered several years ago. They are covered with the berries and some have words on them like Joy and Peace. I bought just two this year, both are the farm scene. Aren’t they great?! Each year you can add a few pieces to update the set.

  6. Very fun, 2 for 1! Love your bunnies in the snow! Hope you feel better soon!

  7. Sarah says:

    Love those sweet Christmas plates with the bunnies. Both tables are festive and perfect for their season. ‘-)

  8. I think you did a great job on both tables. I love the Christmas table with the bunnies…so cute. I also love Table for One! They just do the best tables!

  9. Christine says:

    I love the bunnies, so cute! Both tables turned out beautifully, Bev…christine

  10. Marigene says:

    You did a great job of copying, Bev. Cute little bunnies…love those BHG plates!
    Have a wonderful week.

  11. FABBY says:

    Both tables are gorgeous and I love the pretty dishes on the two, Bev…you did great!
    Happy holiday season,

  12. Joy B says:

    I love both of your tables! That cute little bunny on the Christmas plate is adorable, and a great inspiration for using your other bunnies on the table.

  13. LOL, glad you reread and realized it was a Christmas table. Love your bunnies in the snow, and thanks for taking the challenge! Am I missing the picture of Pat’s original table?

  14. Linda says:

    Very cute indeed. Wonderful rendition. Happy holidays

  15. Two tables! You really are a busy bee! Well done on both counts! I love the BH&G Christmas plates!

  16. Candy S says:

    I don’t know if my comment went through. Let me know if it didn’t and I will repost it… Hugs, Candy

  17. lulu says:

    You chose well for inspiration, and I like how you played off the bunny in the dishes which are wonderful.

  18. Katherine says:

    Wow! Two tables for the price of one!! I really like those Walmart BHG plates, but have never seen them, they are so cute.

    Merry Christmas!


  19. Oh Bev – you made our day. No one knows how really difficult it is to set a table for one unless you try it. You did an absolutely wonderful job. And I love the fact that you used a candle in the Christmas place setting (and the rabbits – I am an animal lover and would have animals on every table if I could, but Pat keeps me “grounded.”) Thank you so much for your kind words.

  20. Sherry says:

    The Christmas plates are so pretty Bev! Thank you for linking with HSH! Have a very Merry Christmas!

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