Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Hooray for the Red, White and Blue

PEO 022 Saturday night LBeau and I hosted 36 for a pot luck dinner. It was our annual P.E.O. end of summer dinner with our spouses, and the social committee chose a red, white and blue theme. I immediately thought of my red and white quilt that I had used for the Fourth of July, so we rounded up more quilts and everything else sort of fell into place.

"Yard" flowers and Mason jars seemed perfect for our budget. Between my yard and Susie's yard, I gathered up enough black-eyed Susans, Russian sage, variegated ribbon grass, burgandy lorapetalum and wax myrtle to make a nice arrangement for the sideboard in my dining room.

PEO 002We had ten in the dining room, four in the living room, fourteen in the breakfast room and eight on the screened porch. Fortunately the weather was not as hot as it normally is in August, so it was a pleasant evening on the porch.

PEO 004The Dining Room

PEO 020 The Living Room

PEO 006The Breakfast Room

PEO 017Also in The Breakfast Room

PEO 010One Table for Four on the Porch

PEO 012A Second Table for Four on the Porch

PEO 005Okay, I can see that you're puzzled. You're wondering about the plates. Well, the social committee members all agreed that nobody wanted to stay long afterward washing dishes, and since everything was pretty casual, these would be perfect. The color was great with our theme, and the price was certainly right.

New_size_125_tall For more tablescape ideas, be sure to visit the talented Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. She has great ideas, and the other participants will be sharing creative tables as well.

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love it! But I so enjoy everything you do.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Looks like you have a gathering every week! Love your quilted tables -- looks like fun!

P.S. -- I'm still looking aroung and taking notes!

Debbie Moore's Slice of Pie Entertaining & Cookbooks said...

Great! You should repost your red, white and blue for my Veteran's Day blog party ... Americana Autumn ... Hope you'll visit my site!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Hey Kbeau,

Great table! I took your suggestion and linked to the Alabama Bloggers wtih my Razorback table! Hope they like it! GO HOGS!

Christi

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Kbeau, you did a marvelous job. Just marvelous. I so love that arrangement on the entry table. Those Lazy Susans are just the most beautiful part of that arrangement. They really pop. I love the red and white quilt. I buy crib size quilts that I find and put them on my table for a cloth. I just love the look of it. The rafia tied napkins really gave the table a punch. Thanks for sharing. Please stop by and say hi. I would love to have you visit. Country hugs and love, Sherry

ellen b said...

Oh how fun! I really like the red/white and blue theme. The quilts are great! Have a great Labor Day weekend....

arkie said...

Wonderful arrangement of garden flowers!

Julie said...

I love Red White and Blue...
xoxo
Julie
PS I am having a give away please do try to stop over...

Sue said...

Great Great quilt on the breakfast room table....you know by reading my blog I love using quilts as table covers....how fun to be able to entertain and have multiple tables using them as covers....they all looked fabulous...but my favorite is the breakfast room....

Just Breathe said...

So creative and beautiful.

D said...

I love every one of those tables.
Very pretty.

D

niartist said...

Beautiful. Simply beautiful! I hope you can stop by and enter your name in the giveaway at Color Outside the Lines. I know you could do some fantastic things with the loot! :) Cheers!

xinex said...

What a beautiful centerpiece, Kathy! And I love all your red, white and blue quilts! I bet you impressed everyone who attended. That is some big party and you pulled it out so nicely!..Christine

Liz said...

Looks like your ready for a party! I love the quilts!

~Liz

LillyB said...

I absolutely love this table!!! Great job!!!

Joyce said...

I love this! It all looks so inviting and friendly...love the quilts on the table....were you nervous about spills?

The arrangement on the sideboard is spectacular. The Black Eyed Susans around here have been amazing this year...the very wet June must have been just what they needed because they have been gorgeous all summer long.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Brilliant and soooo inviting! I love the use of vintage linens and especially the quilt, and of course the black eyed susan's.

Joycee said...

Lovely, and I'm sure the food was scrumptious! I get inspired with wonderful ideas at your blog every time I visit!

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Kathy! LOVE your use of quilts this week! You must have nerves of steel, or some very good laundering and stain-removal secrets though! I don't know if I could feel so brave as to use these as tablecloths!.. Now paper plates??.. Oh yes.. I am definitely on board with you on THAT! (0; ~tina

Tonja said...

I love, love, love using quilts as a table covering! I do it, too. It just makes a table feel so comfy and cozy! Great arrangement with all the 'gatherings' from your yard!

nannykim said...

Loving all the quilts--good idea and lots of fun at the same time...I like it!

Sarah said...

Kbeau, 36 for dinner! Your tables are just wonderful. You know of my passion for quilts, so your tables were perfect for my taste. Thanks for sharing this party. ~ Sarah

Sarah said...

Kbeau, forgot to say thanks for the information on the ornaments. Haven't had any luck tracking these down. If you ever find more information on these, I'd love an update. They are just too cute and absolutely perfect for my tree! Thanks! I so enjoy your blog. ~ Sarah

Hallie said...

Kathy-your tables are great! I'm a PEO as well and wish our ladies would get on board w/ paper plates! We usually have about 20 members at a meeting--can't imagine having 36! I really enjoyed your pics, thanks.

tale of many cities said...

OMG the florals are taking my breath away!! great..amazing.. GORGEOUS!!
love the touch of using the quilts too!

have a great weekend!!
-Tracie

Denise said...

Everything looks so pretty :-)

Chari said...

Hi Kathy...

OMG...what a fabulous dinner party, my friend! I just love your pretty red, white, and blue theme! Using the quilts was genius and so beautiful! I sure did enjoy looking at each of them!!! Ohhh...and I love all the mason jars filled with fresh flowers...so very pretty! Now I have to tell you...that fresh floral arrangement that you made for your sideboard...gorgeous!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!! What a fabulous night this must have been, I bet all of your guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves...the decor was beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing it with all of us, my friend!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Brenda said...

Oh boy! I am loving those quilts!!! I am a true quilt lover/quilter who knows what work goes into them. Nothing impresses me more than a quilt, so I'm quite impressed!
Brenda

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Hey Kathy -- for some reason I couldn't e-mail you -- but I've thought about my blog changes -- I'm willing to do something totally new -- not wedded to anything I've got -- Favorite colors are pink and green - I love the headers of Whisperly Cottages and Rose Vignettes - sort of "vintage" looking -- also very "me" -- I love my 4 grandgirls, dogs, pink roses, dragonflies, bees, pineapples and crabs -- So -- go for it and just have fun!

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Hi Kathy! Love what you've posted here! There is something about a quilt that says HOME! Great job!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Kathy, how great that you were able to come up with that many patriotic colored quilts for the party! I always feel like a quilt on the table makes everyone feel at home and relaxed. Bet you had a fun PEO party. laurie

Dining Delight said...

That is a lot of people to accommodate in your home and it sounds like you did a terrific job! Those quilts are wonderful and by using lots of them, you created a theme that tied the tables together. Love the fresh flowers too!

DD

Tricia Anne said...

I *LOVE* your quilts! They look beautiful on your tables!

Jane said...

What a beautiful collection of quilts! And with a group of 36 for dinner, disposable plates are definitely the way to go!!!

Lovely post,
Jane (artfully graced)

Michelle said...

These tables are gorgeous! Love the floral arrangements and especially the quilts! Lovely!