Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Rooty, Tooty, Fresh and Fruity Table Setting

I borrowed my title above from Ihop's catchy little breakfast menu.  I've always loved the way that slips off your tongue - rooty, tooty, fresh and fruity.   I thought it was appropriate as I sat my table today, thinking about the upcoming summer fruit harvest.  I love it when fresh local fruits and vegetables come into the markets.  We've already had our fill of strawberries, having made pies, smoothies, shakes and just popping them into our mouths and enjoying the sweet heavenly taste!  Next will be plums from our plum trees, then the famous South Carolina / Georgia peaches.  Then pears, apples, watermelons - wow, my heart is beating a little faster and my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Today's tablescape happened by accident.  I was cleaning my kitchen deciding it was time for a new tablecloth and placemats on my kitchen table.   As I was browsing through my linens, I noticed some great placemats that I picked up a Goodwill a while back.   You can find that story here.  The pattern is Oneida's Sonoma Sakura and Goodwill also had the dinner plates and soup bowls to match.  This pattern has a beautiful fruit theme that reminds me of bright summer days.  I've been wanting to use these to set a pretty table and thought this is the right time since I'm changing around things anyway.  I stepped outside to pick a few flowers and of course got sidetracked when I saw the flower garden needed weeding.  A while later, a little worse for wear, but flowers in hand, I arranged the few I could find in my "Old Blue" Ball Mason jar.  My flower garden is in an "in between" stage right now, with only a few stragglers of the Spring Garden left and not quite ready for the Summer blooms.

Almost everything on my table (except for my flatware) came from flea markets or thrift shops.  I love treasure hunts, don't you?  It's a simple setting, but perfect for everyday in my kitchen.  I took lots of photos and hope I won't bore you with so many, but here we go.

Sonoma Sakura fruit pattern for my placemat, dinner plate and salad/cereal bowl.  A lucky find from Goodwill.

The little matte green "apple" bowl is vintage California Pottery which was part of a lazy susan serving tray.  These make perfect little dishes to serve fresh cut fruit.

My old canning jar serves as a cute little vase for fresh cut flowers.  My vintage rooster cast iron napkin holder holds a bunch of flea market find napkins.  The pear S & P shakers came from Ross - $2.99.

The vase holds a few leftover roses, some blooms from a plant that we call Everlast (not sure what the proper name is), a lone geranium bloom and a couple of purple spirea blooms.

I love how the sunlight is filtering through my window this morning.  Even though I have my bamboo shade pulled down.

The bay window holds some of my hen & rooster themed things. 

A vintage egg carton, vintage egg scales, a vintage rooster tin and strawberry tin, a ceramic rooster and a fabulous old wood egg carton.  All these came from flea markets except the wood egg carton which I paid too much for at an estate sale. I have them all sitting on some Ikea placemats.  I love their plastic placemats - so easy to clean and very inexpensive.  I bought several sets of four ($4.99) and even use them as quick cutting boards when I want to slice a cucumber or tomato without getting out the big chopping block.  They are very sturdy and come in some cute colors.  Regretfully, Ikea is not paying me to say this ;)

It holds my collection of glass and stone eggs.  Look how that thing is put together - it's one of my favorite all time finds.

Even my mantle continues with my chicken theme.  Everything here is vintage.  The shelf clock (which was also sometimes called a kitchen clock) belonged to my grandfather.  He was born in 1877, so this clock is probably late 1800's. 
So this is my rooty, tooty, fresh and fruity table for the day.  Can't wait until all those fresh summer fruits start popping up!  Hope you have a wonderful day!

Linking up to: Thursday's Favorite ThingsWow us Wednesday, Vintage Thingies Thursdays, Thrifty Things Friday, cuisine kathleen and Tablescape Thursdays


  1. Very pretty! I especially love the little apple bowls and they look right at home with your tablescape.

    Have a wonderful evening!
    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  2. Very cheerful!

    Susan and Bentley

  3. Love the name! (Also love IHop!) The fruity dishes are very pretty! My daughter has fruit on her everyday china, it is Garden (something) by Mikasa.

    The placemats are perfect too! Great tablescape!

    I enjoyed seeing your rooster collection as well!


  4. Beautiful table setting. I love using Mason jars as vases. I don't have any blue ones but I really want some! :-) I also love your tin with strawberries on it, too cute. Happy VTT!

  5. Enjoyed visiting and seeing your lovely table.

  6. What a lovely and happy table with pretty dishes. The tin with the strawberries is adorable too. Great table!

  7. Love the flowers! I'm a new blog follower and would love if you followed me back at

  8. Love your bright and fresh table!

  9. you set a charming table, it all looks lovely. Thank you for linking to the Thursday Favorite Things Hop. I appreciate your bloggy friendship xo

  10. Hi Glenda! I love those dishes. What a find at GW. The egg carton is very interesting. I've not seen one of those. I can see why you like it so much. Thanks for visiting me as well. Have a great day!

  11. Very pretty and I love your roosters.

  12. What a pretty table you set! the dishes are so fun and pretty. Everything looks wonderful! Thank you for joining TTF and I hope you are have a great week!


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