The inspiration for this table is these April Cornell napkins. I ran across them when I was putting away some clean napkins and realized that I hadn’t used them in quite some time. I don’t even remember where I got them…ebay, I think. As I looked at the pattern closely, I thought they looked a little tropical or Hawaiian…the pattern may be palm fronds and/or hibiscus against a soft blue background…sea or sky, take your pick.
I wanted to do summer again but not over the top like the last couple of beach tables. To blend with the soft pink color of the napkins, I chose my HL Sunrise small plates. I placed them on top of the my square taupe Wal Mart plates. Doing too much pink would have overwhelmed these napkins, but this one plate brings out the pink shade without overtaking it.
I still want to evoke summer, so I decided to use my Dollar Tree shell plates again. I decided that the colors of these plates is perfect with my overall delicate color scheme. I think that I can use shells without an overwhelming beach theme. Using them without too many other beachy elements keeps the table summery without hitting you in the face.
Goblets in delicate shades of light green and pink continue my summertime colors.
My light green Dollar General flatware and vintage floral napkin rings keep the light summer feel going. I really like the way the place setting ended up looking light and airy with a more delicate feel.
For the centerpiece, I wanted to use some summertime accessories, just not all of them. I used only one of my Dollar General beach chair candleholders. I chose this one because it has the same soft blue that is in the napkin and the same minty green as the goblets…very summery.
This blue candle holder does have a few shells on it, but I chose it for the color. I think a few more shells are ok as long as I don’t overdo it.
My large pillar candle has the same soft pink and minty green colors also seen elsewhere in the tablescape, and I scattered a few rattan balls around for some interest.
Simple, summer, restful, peaceful…I love the final look. To update you on David’s recovery from surgery, he is doing really well. His recovery pain gets a little less each day, and he is doing well on walking each day (doctor’s orders). We started this week getting out for just a little while each day to start rebuilding his stamina somewhat. He has done well, but spends a lot of time resting and sleeping the rest of the day!
Another update for you involves the Wal Mart Beauty Box, which I briefly mentioned in my last post. I like beauty products, but don’t really want or need to spend extra money to try things out. When I heard of the Wal Mart box, it sounded like the perfect answer. I filled out the info online, and a few weeks later, I received my first box. Since I am over 50, most of my products were geared for mature skin.
I enjoyed the Burt’s Bees intense hydration sample, but probably will not purchase again. It was fine, just not what I want to spend my limited beauty budget on.
The Garnier Miracle Sleeping cream sample was really nice, and it is something that I would consider purchasing. However, I already mentioned my tight beauty budget, and the Garnier products that I am familiar with are pretty pricey. I did get a coupon in the box, so there is a possibility that I may purchase it just once anyway.
There was one more skin cream sample in the box (yep, it really targeted my “mature skin!”), Palmer’s. I didn’t like it enough to purchase again, and that leads me to an item that I did not like at all.
The box contained a very generous sample size of Palmer’s lotion (far right of picture). I was very excited to see it as I had just run out of the small size of lotion (usually I save hotel size lotions) that I keep in my purse. Maybe it’s me, but I really did not care for the scent at all. I definitely will never buy this lotion, and I’m not even sure if I will finish using the bottle.
I have enjoyed the large sample sizes of L’Oreal Total Repair shampoo and conditioner. These large samples will last me quite some time, but I will probably not purchase. I have dandruff, so when I spend on pricey shampoo, I buy Nizoral. I use VO5 that I pick up on sale at CVS for the days that I don’t need to use dandruff shampoo.
I have not yet tried the Jergens BB cream or the samples of Ken Pave shampoo and conditioner. I also received a coupon for deodorant, which I may or may not use. David and I are both pretty set on the deodorant brands that we like, but I may not let a coupon for a free deodorant go to waste. The Lady Gaga perfume sample was so-so.
So my overall impression of the Wal Mart box is favorable. No one, including me, would have any idea that I wouldn’t like the Palmer’s. That’s what a sample box is for…to determine if I would ever buy the products. The box cost $5, and supposedly I will get one every season. I definitely did not mind spending the $5 since I was pleased with the majority of the box. I’ll keep you informed of my future boxes and whether or not I keep up the subscription.
Hope everyone has a great week of tablescaping and decorating!
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