A Vintagey Outdoor Table


Hello there!
While watering my plants the other day, I remembered last year at this time I had tons of hydrangeas... enough to steal quite a few.... and this year none.  I remembered that I had done a guest post for Heather last year around this time using those same abundant hydrangeas, so I thought I would share that with you in case some of you didn't see it last year... 



Since it is so close to Father's Day, I wanted to do a little entertaining post.  Who says that dads don't care about nice looking surroundings?  My Mr. Hughes loves vintage finds and likes when I fluff the house. So, I designed a table and a menu with things I know he would like.  And, with the exception of a few new finds, everything was found around our home, so this was a very thrifty project.  You could easily change a few things to make this party your own, be it a Father's Day Cookout or a nice little Garden Tea.


This gives you an overall view of the table... I set up outdoors because it has a very garden look to it.


I made some moss "chargers" by forming some sheet moss into a tray and putting some pressure on it, then I just lifted it out of the tray and placed it on the table. It stayed together quite nicely.  


I added some of my vintage ironstone plates... if you don't have any ironstone, check your local Goodwill for some vintage restaurantware  or just use some of your own plates.  I added a length of vintage black and white ribbon to play off of the little oval dishes that hold the silverware.


Which is vintage as well.... some people think it is a little yucky to eat with tarnished flatware, so you may want to have backups for the less adventurous guests.


I stenciled some vintage napkins that had a handkerchief look to them with some numbers because I am a little crazy about numbers.  Then I tied a vintage pocket watch face to them, creating a ring.  Embellish it with a pheasant feather and you have a very masculine table setting.


I found these great birch covered planters (my new splurge) at Scarlett Scales.  I only say splurge because they were the one purchase I made for this... they were quite affordable. I love them and already have another party coming up that I will use them for.  The little glass jars are great... they have a crown on them.  I just filled them with sand and added a candle.


The hydrangeas were from our garden.  If your Mr. isn't the flowery type, it would be great to fill these planters with herbs... fragrant and pretty.



I think I may do a version of this again for this weekend for some friends we are having over.  If only I had those hydrangeas!!
And, since I pulled this from the vault, it looks like my siggy isn't working.  Oh well... off to get some pieces finished before the hyena wakes up.

Bye for now!
Michelle

8 comments:

  1. This is perfection! I love it all, the moss chargers are so cool under the ironstone and on the great wooden table, the perfect outdoor dinner party! Your booth looks fabulous too, I love the organ keys hanging on the wall and that sign? If my hubby could make that I would think about selling it too, just knowing that I wouldn't miss out on one in my home! xoxo

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  2. How *awesome* is this??? Love, love, LOVE it! Every detail...the birch...the ironstone...the hydrangeas...it is all just lovely. So when should I be over to have lunch on this fabulous table? Is around 1:00 ok? Hee...hee!

    Mary

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  3. i am in love with that setting!!!! the tree limb vases are the best!!! when can i come over?

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  4. Michelle,

    I wish you could sell your time or lease your talent on Etsy. I'd have you headed to NJ next weekend. I am planning a surprise birthday party for my mother and am in panic mode. So much to do. So little time. Your table is gorgeous and so inspiring.

    Your Friend,
    Deborah

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  5. So beautiful, how could I have missed this last year. The moss chargers really make the setting!

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  6. Amazing Michelle! This looks incredible!! I was thisclose to using moss chargers for my wedding decor. I absolutely love the refined rustic look and you've perfected it here!

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  7. Beautiful! Bravo! & I LOVE the moss!

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  8. Gorgeous pictures, the setting has a really peaceful feel. I love hydrangeas as they remind me of my Nana who had huge pots of them out the front of her house.

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