Skip to main content

Vive La France!

July 14 is Bastille Day.  According to, Bastille Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution and the eventual overthrow of the tyrannical reign of King Louis XVI and the beheading of the king and his wife, Marie Antoinette. tells us about the festivals, parades, balls and other cultural events which occur during this national holiday. 

Since a trip to Paris is simply not in the cards this year, I decided to celebrate the occasion with a tablescape inspired by my cousin's Paris Birthday. 

Of course, the centerpiece is an Eiffel Tower with a huge French flag surrounded by silver candlesticks and strings of pearls.

The plates are labeled 222 Fifth "City Scenes".  I found them at T.J. Maxx a few years ago.  They occasionally have pieces in the stores even now including some other "City Scenes" from London and Moscow. The silver is King Richard by Towle.  It looks like it could use a bit of polish. The brass "P" stands for Paris or my last name (or both!). 

Maybe for next year I can learn a little French cooking. Or better yet, travel to Paris! 

I am linking to Tablescape Tuesday on

Happy Bastille Day to you!  Thanks for stopping by! 



  1. I love those dishes! I remember seeing them at TJ's and passing them up. I was having one of those "sensible" moments when I talk myself out of things. Now, of course, I regret not getting them. Wonderful table! Vive la France!

    1. Thank you Maria! I have those "sensible" moments that I later regret as well!

  2. Cute decor! I am a frenchie-fanatic, so I adore this tablescape. I will have to keep my eyes open for similar plates.
    Michelle at
    P.S. I'd like to invite you to pop over to my blog!

  3. Thank you Michelle! I will stop by!

  4. I love your tablescape as I'm also a Paris lover. Those plates were all gone when I tried to buy them several years ago, but last year I was lucky enough to find them at a yard sale. I bought 4 plates, 4 appetizer plates and 2 mugs for $5!!! The husband told me to take them quickly before his wife saw me. He just wanted to get rid of them. What a great buy!

    1. Wow! You were lucky! I hope you are enjoying them!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Mother's Day Challege Blog Hop and Give-Away!

Many of you know that I am a proud member of the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Design Team.  We are so happy to announce that it is-  The Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog's300th Challenge!  We are having a BLOG HOP to celebrate!

Challenge #300
Make a project about Mother's Day!

One lucky commenter will be chosen (from all blog hop comments on each blog, plus this one) to win this-

a Brand New Cricut Explore! Courtesy of

of Denton, Texas

ALSO- The FCCB Design Team is sponsoring TWO $25 gift cards at
We also have:

$15.00 Gift Certificate
And two $10 gift certificates to-

Dreaming Tree SVG's To qualify for the gift certificates, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cuton your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

There is a limit of three entries per person.

Be sure to visit each Design Team member leave a comment and become a follower - those will …

Happy Halloween Tablescape

I love polka-dots.  They make me happy. So does Halloween, beautiful fall weather and the fact that my oldest daughter is visiting.  With that in mind, I decided to enjoy a happy little Halloween dinner on the deck. It has been a long time since I posted a table scape and I want to share this simple little happy table.  

A couple of weeks ago, I grabbed up the remaining yardage of this polka dot fabric from Walmart, of all places.  I wish I had bought more when it first came out.  It is perfect for a Halloween tablecloth, quilting or a number of other projects I can think of.  

This candelabra came from Target. I had a difficult time finding Halloween taper candles, finally stumbling upon them at Michaels (for 50% off!).  Again, I should have shopped in August, there were more options available then, but I really like the orange with black stripes. (Somebody remind me next year!) I made the witch hat last year (you can see that on my Halloween Eve post here.) There was quite a breeze on…

Bee-Lated Again! (And a Free-Bee!)

You may remember that I promised to tell you about the party favors from my daughter's "Bee-lated Birthday". Not only was I late with her birthday party, but I am late with the promised post as well!  With the bee theme that we had for the party, and my new found fascination with making my own bath soap and sugar scrubs, I decided to make little bee-themed soaps as a party favor.  

I have shared with you a couple of times how easy it is to make your own "designer" soaps. For these, I got a bee soap mold, some goat's milk soap base and my new favorite Honey Almond soap scent.  I purchased all of these from Micheal's (don't forget your coupon!), but I am intrigued by some molds that I found on Amazon.  Be sure to shop around and find what makes you happy. 

They are simple to make- melt one pound of the soap base in the microwave according to package directions (30 seconds, stir: 30 seconds, stir, etc. until completely melted).  Add your favorite scent, …