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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tablescape & Thrifty Thursday - Chinese Anyone



Once again I am doing a double post for Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch. Be sure to go by her blog to see all the gorgeous tablescapes everyone has to show us.

I am also participating in Thrifty Thursday hosted by Leigh @ Tales from Bloggeritaville. You will definitely want to visit her blog also to see all the fabulous thrifty items everyone has found this week.

My tablescape today is for Chinese Take-out. I thought it would be fun to set the mood even if it was take-out.



For the centerpiece I am using an orchid, the Geisha figurine from GW was $2.00 and a votive candle holder also from GW was $1.00.



A view of the entire table. The tablecloth is also from GW and was $3.00.



For each place setting I am using the wicker placemats I've had for years, Churchill Blue Willow plates from GW cost $1.00 ea., tea cups from GW were $.25 ea., goblet glasses from GW were $1.00 ea, and the rice bowls from GW were $.75 each. Light blue napkins and my everyday silverware complete the setting.



A closer view of each placesetting.



I love the different patterns on the rice bowls. Each one is so pretty by itself.










A final look at the entire tablescape.

Thanks so much for visiting, I really appreciate it and always look forward to you stopping by. I would also like to thank each and everyone of you for your loving and inspirational comments you left on my "Miracle" post. I am so humbled by the Lords Grace and inspired by your Praise for His name. Thank you.



59 comments:

  1. This is so pretty Marty. I love the Blue Willow, and the rice bowls are gorgeous. As always, such a lovely table. And I still can't believe what bargains you find. Hugs, Kat

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  2. Marty,
    You are becoming a master bargain hunter. This is so perfect for Chinese, love the blues and what deals on that pretty china! Hugs, Cindy

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  3. Howdy Marty
    Wow your post is a true delight .
    I love your double portion photos today .
    Your Blue Willow is stunning .
    You have such a talent and I enjoy your creative way of showing off all those treasures.
    It's all simply divine.
    Now I think I need to go get some Chineese your tablescape has made my mouth water:)
    Blessings to you .

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  4. This is such an original idea, Marty! You really gave your table an authentic Chinese feel with your dishes and of course , your geisha figurine. Just beautiful!! Now make sure that you order the Lobster with Bean Curd Sauce, this tablescape is too elegant for eggrolls!!



    By the way, I have the same Blue Willow, except it is Johnson Brothers. I have always wondered why the birds look so prehistoric! Almost scary!! LOL!!

    Have a great remainder of the week, Marty!! :-D

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  5. Marty! This is beautiful! You've got the knack, Dear One! I have those same Blue Willow dishes and just love them. I love how you've added all the pieces to make your table look so beautiful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  6. Lovely as usual. You always amaze me with your GW finds!

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  7. Hi Marty, I love your table, you found some great bargains at GW! Save me some won tons ok? :O)Mary @Boogieboard Cottage

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  8. Blue Willow is always fabulous on a table setting. I like how your used it here!!

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  9. I love this, Marty! Your Blue Willow is so pretty! And I still say you have the BEST GW on the planet!! I'll have mongolian beef, please!!Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

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  10. Great table Marty! I especially love those rice bowls! :D Jewel

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  11. beautiful table! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

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  12. Marty, I almost did blue and white, but I like yours much better! You have all the accessories plus chopsticks. I would love to know where you are storing all these dishes. I've decided I need dish garage. Liz

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  13. Beautiful table. I love Chinese takeout! Never had it served this elegantly before!

    Christi @ A Southern Life
    http://asouthernlife.com

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  14. I tried to comment much earlier, but IT wouldn't let me :0)--got all involved in American Idol..I enlarged the plates and they are perfect for Chinese takeout! You make even takeout special!

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  15. oh Marty ,this tablescape i really like,i love the centre piece and all of the dishes, you always find the nicest things ever..great table and i have to tell you chinese is my favorite food;o)..
    have a great long weekend my friend...
    silvia..

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  16. I love those little bowls, so pretty! Great table, Marty..why do I suddenly crave an egg roll?
    Happy Memorial Day..an extra prayer for the family's of those who have given their lives for this country please?

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  17. Takeout food would look great on this tablescape. My favorite Sunday night meal.
    Joyce

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  18. Super! I love the chargers! You found some real bargins...the Goodwill is one of my main sources! My dad use to call me second-hand Rose!:)
    Michelle

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  19. I love it! Reminds me of some japanese tea parties my youngest niece and I used to have!

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  20. I like that you have made the table beautiful for take out. Your rice bowls are really nice.

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  21. LOVE LOVE LOVE those flowers on the table!

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  22. This will surely make any Chinese take out dinner look special, Marty. Your orchids are gorgeous and the Blue Willow plates are so classsically beautiful....Christine

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  23. Where do you live again that they would have the Blue Willow at Goodwill for $1 each? Marty, I got dizzy reading that part. LOL

    Wow! I want to get started on collecting the Blue Willow as part of my heritage...

    I'd have to set my dish vision to super sharp from now on. ;-)

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  24. I love the blue willow plates with the wicker placemats and the yellow flowers. Great tablescape. Hope your chinese takeout was yummy.

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  25. Marty,

    Your floral centerpiece is beautiful and ideal for your chinese takeout theme!!

    I read your fortune cookie and it said... You will have many lovely comments coming your way!!

    Have a nice day!!
    Sherri:)

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  26. Hi Marty !
    I am craving Asian now ! I can't believe what deals you got at the GW ! I love it !! Those rice bowls are darling with such great detail.
    I would have snapped up that tablecloth in a heartbeat - the color is so rich and goes well with your china ! I am with you on the "take out" !
    Thanks for sharing and I want to thank you for always commenting on my postings - You inspire Me !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  27. Great job! Thanks for sharing! Stop by and see my table setting, if you like what you see, be sure to subscribe to my blog by clicking on "Follow" in the right hand column. This way we can inspire one another frequently! Be sure to stay a while when you're there and enjoy the experience!

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  28. What great GW finds! I shop a lot at our local GW also - but we don't have the good prices that you're getting -- I always stop by GW's when we vacation too! It becomes an addiction - doesn't it? I'll pick up some Chinese take out and be right over to enjoy on this wonderful tablescape!

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  29. Casual elegance -- very nice.

    Scribbler

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  30. I loved how you used the picture on the plates to go with your theme! It turned out fantastic!

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  31. This is such a delightful Chinese-themed table setting...and to think that you got so many elements for the setting from GW...you have a great eye!

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  32. ~Beautiful job Marty!

    I just love the woven placemats and the Chinese theme. Lovely centerpiece as well.

    I'm glad you like my new door basket. I'll probably work on my nook this weekend. I see a future MM.

    Have a wonderful day.
    ~Melissa :)

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  33. You have some fantastic finds there. Nice table!!

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  34. Oh! what an absolutely lovely way to dine on Chinese take-out!
    happy holiday weekend!
    ;-D

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  35. Hi Marty...the blue and white china and the story behind them go so perfectly with your oriental setting. The centerpiece is gorgeous! I have nothing Chinese but I keep looking at things...I had never thought of my blue and white china as being a beginning. Thanks so much for the wonderful idea! A starting place! Just what I needed! Thanks so much!!
    Hugs and smiles~

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  36. Wow, does that ever make take out special!!!

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  37. Very pretty indeed, but now I am craving Chinese food, and it is all your fault!! take care, Chrissy

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  38. hi marty,just came by to say hello my dear friend,i hope you have a wonderful long weekend...

    silvia

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  39. Hi Marty,
    Love that bold beautiful table. You are a good shopper to get such lovely pieces at such good prices. Thanks for letting me visit.... I'll be back.
    Maryrose

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  40. Hi Marty!
    Sorry I missed your tablescape yesterday! We went to see our horse in training and we got back late...I was gone all day yesterday! I cannot believe what you find at GW. The blue willow plates are gorgeous! Your centerpiece is wonderful and all the other themed finds just unbelievable! I'd be going there everyday just to see what I could find! LOL! Everything is just perfect. I wish I had a round table, it looks so nice and great for good conversation. I would love Chinese take out at this table! The little rice cups are so delicate. The chargers remind me of bamboo. You did it again Marty!

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  41. Oh what a terrific idea! LOVE your dishes and those beautiful rice bowls! :)

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  42. It must be fun to eat take-out at your house. How special you make it.

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  43. Marty, I love the color and the textures in this tablescape. You are becoming quite the clever tablescaper my sweet friend. It is always fun to see you GW finds and how well you place them in your home. Great Job!!! love ya, Kathysue

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  44. Marty, what a perfect tablescape. the dishes truly are so pretty and really make this table just right. I like those place mats used as chargers.

    Oh my, I just went back to read the story about Keith! Goosebumps galore!! I'm am such a believer in miracles. I'm so glad Keith and your family were granted such a perfect one. I have a feeling he will continue making God and your entire family proud.

    (((Hugs)))

    Donna

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  45. Hello Dearheart...

    Ohhh..what a lovely tablescape!!! Girl, you sure did set a pretty table with all GW treasure finds! Don't you just love it? It's just gorgeous! I love your placesettings...the pretty blue & white plates and those fabulous little rice bowls...so pretty!!!

    Your centerpiece is just perfect for Chinese cuisine!!! I love the little figurine and your orchid is gorgeous!!! By the way, what time is dinner...Chinese is my favorite! hehe!

    Well my friend, I just left a note on your post about your Grandson!

    Have a blessed and safe Memorial Day weekend! Do ya'll have any plans?

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  46. Marty, I am coming to visit you just so you can take me to this GW! You find the most wonderful treasures there, and you always use them in such beautiful ways. This tablescape is so pretty (of course, you had me with the blue and white), and I love those rice bowls. laurie

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  47. Hi Marty! I am just looking at your orchids again. Are they real? They are so pretty...Christine

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  48. Loved your tablescape! I have been on the hunt for wicker style placemats like yours. They look great combined with your Churchill Blue Willow plates! And at $1.00 each...wow...great find! P.S. I left you a comment on your "Miracle" post! Hugs!

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  49. I'm seeing chopsticks and forks, so I guess you're not very optimistic about your guests being able to manage the chopsticks. I find them very awkward, but my son can use them just fine. Of course, he spent a summer in China.

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  50. Marty, that is a beautiful table setting - all coordinated just perfectly - and GW finds - unbelieveable! Just lovely, and I agree with Debbie, I'll have Mongolian beef! Linda

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  51. Good Morning Marty!

    Your table is STUNNING! I love the blue.....it all looks delish.

    Have a wonderful weekend, dear girl.

    Hugs,

    Spencer

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  52. Marty, May you have a wonderful Memorial day weekend my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  53. you said it right m, balance is the key...thanks for stopping by today.

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  54. Just beautiful...how can you go wrong with blue willow...you accented your table so well...not the usually fare. I love blue willow and the asian theme is so nice with the little goddess and orchid! I love the whole table! Miss Bloomers/Sonia

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  55. Beautiful, Marty! Love how everything ties into the oriental theme of your china. I am amazed you found these wonderful things at GW...maybe I need to start visiting the one near me. :-)

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  56. Wow, great eye for bargains at GW! It is my favorite store. You sure found some incredible stuff. I love the Asian theme too! So did you have Chinese food with it?

    Kady

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