Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Fisherman's Luncheon


Since Mr. A is an avid fly fisherman, I decided to set a fishing themed table for an al fresco luncheon.
I used these salad plates from Spode depicting rainbow trout and salmon.

I layered them on a basic white plate, then set them on feathered placemats that I found in Texas. The bone fish knife set is a recent purchase from a consignment store.

For the centerpiece, I put daisies in a fishing creel and set a vintage fisherman on a stack of fishing books. I even put a couple of fishing rods on the table!



I used hand tied flies as decoration on the napkin rings. They are all unique and one of a kind. Some were tied by Mr. A!



I used my two vintage wine glasses with a hunting theme etched on the side. Wish I had more of these!


This fisherman is actually a decanter of scotch whiskey! Mr. A "inherited" it from my girlfriend's father who was also an avid fisherman.


What a lovely warm spring day, perfect for an al fresco lunch, celebrating Mr. A's return from a very long fishing trip in New Zealand.


Welcome home!

I have included a few photos of Mr. A's fishing trip to New Zealand. I was amazed how gorgeous it is there.

A beautiful stream seen from the helicopter.

The helicopter left them in this desolate stream to fish to their heart's content!

How beautiful is this turquoise water?

What a beautiful brown trout!

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to visit her to see more table settings, dishes and centerpieces.

It's Show and Tell Friday over at My Romantic Home, so I'm join Cindy for her weekly party!

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57 comments:

Red Couch Recipes said...

Those Spode plates are to die for...also the placemats. What a warm welcome for your fisherman husband! Joni

Jennifer@3sonsandadaughter said...

I love your placemats!! My husband loves the picture of the brown trout!! My parents went to New Zealand and came back with the same response. They said it was beautiful.
I'm sure you know this, but if you do not. You can take a pencil etching of your glasses and send it to Replacements Ltd. They will be able to tell you the pattern and can also set you up on a search list... If you want more of them bad enough... Good luck and great pictures!
Jennifer

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Great theme!! Mine is fish net. Close enough right!?

Kathysue said...

hi Delores, First I just love the plates and the feather placemat and how you tied it all together with fishing elements. Those two goblets are truly amazing, I would want more of those also. You have so many lovely pieces. This is really a wonderful setting, Kathysue

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Your plates and placemats are amazing! Your husband looks like he was having so much fun.

Low Tide High Style said...

Your table is beautiful as always, I love the hand tied flies, the feather placemats, everything! And those photos from your husband's fishing trip are amazing!

Kat :)

Angie said...

Love how that turned out!! Great tablescape!

Lori Lucas said...

I love the tablescapes that are original. Yours is truly wonderful. The extra pics of the real fishing trip makes it stunning. Lori

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I'm lovin' those feather placemats and fish plates! Your tablescape is soooo stunning!

Blessings,
Linda
I’m having a GIVEAWAY…come by and enter…I think you will like it!

kim said...

Love your fish themed table setting. That fisherman on the books is great. The water in those New Zealand pics is just so crystal clear and the prettiest shade of aqua. My brother in law is fly fishing this week in the Smokie Mountains. He loves fly fishing.

Amy Kinser said...

I love those plates. What a beautiful and welcoming table you have set for your sweetheart. How nice...

niartist said...

Can I just say JEALOUS! OMG! That table, those plates, your pool, that trip, the water - WOAH! WOAH! WOAH THAT WATER! Crazy beautiful! Love thise Delores! Great job~! Changes to the garden are posted, hope you can stop by and take a peak when you get the chance! :) Take care! A

The-Countrypolitan said...

Your table setting looks very inviting... I know several anglers that would love to dine at this table!

Mary said...

Such a spectacular table setting for an avid fisherman - he certainly looked happy with that beautiful speckled trout!!

Delores, bet you're happy he's home safe and sound - the table must have been a great surprise.

Marsha's Mpressions said...

oh my! Love it all! It's so original, rustic yet elegant too!

Carrie said...

What a great table. Love the fish plates!!

Kristy Carberry said...

I love the elegant simplicity of this table! My husband would enjoy this one as well. The water in New Zealand is FABULOUS! Thanks for sharing!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Delores...

Oooh...what a fabulous table! I love the Spode dishes and those feathery placemats are gorgeous! And...I love how you did the table centerpiece...using the fishing creel for the flowers...genius! The table is fabulous...right down to the pretty hand tied fishing flies on the napkin rings!!! I bet your honey was pleasantly surprised to be welcomed home with such a grand table!!!

The photos of New Zealand...sooo beautiful! I have never seen such a beautiful color of turquoise in a river before! I have seen some beautiful turquoise lakes in the Alps but never a river! I hope to visit New Zealand some day! Thanks for sharing the photos and your fabulous table with us...what a treat!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Rose H (UK) said...

What a fantastic table setting! Everything so carefully thought out to the last detail - and the place mats are stunning. I'm sure hubby was bowled over.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Just stunning, fantastic pictures!

Beth said...

Very beautiful! I love your creativity with the napkin rings!

aneyefordetail said...

Feathered placemats ! wow, love them. I too have some bone handled knives, from an antique store. They make any table look unique. Very nice post!

Maggie B said...

Such an elegant table perfect for the outdoors and to welcome home your fisherman.
~Maggie~

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

What a beautiful setting for the Spode! I do love the Woodland so much. I have thought of adding the "Hunting dogs" to my horse collection since there are only four of the horses. This is just gorgeous!

Kelly said...

Love that unique table setting! My husband would love it. He, too, is an avid fly fisherman. He's just now coming back home from a fishing/camping trip from The Smokey Mtns in NC. He would be soooo jealous of your husband getting to go somewhere as incredible as New Zealand to fish. I'll be sure to show him these pics when he gets home!!

Ann said...

What a lovely table setting. I think that your placemats are gorgeous and add so much to your table. I love the pictures from New Zealand. I have never been there but hubby has been several times and he thinks it is an amazingly beautiful country. Your pics just add to what he says about NZ...yes, the water is so blue and pretty.
Have a great day. :)

Jeannine said...

A fabulous table. The vignette as a centerpiece is perfect. You left no detail out here. I love these themed tables. Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring.

Cynthia@ITLLDO said...

This is absolutely wonderful!!! You are so very creative. Thanks for sharing.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love your tablescape & I don't even fish!!! I love everything about it. And the photos of your hubby's fishing trip to New Zealand are fabulous. I so want to go fishing now.

Tricia said...

What a fabulous, creative table! Your attention to detail is spectacular -- I loved getting to see all the special elements up close. Great photography!

emptynester3 said...

Such a beautiful outdoor table! I need to do a Tablescape in honor of my hubby too! Thanks for visiting me as well!

~Nana~

Scribbler said...

I don't know which I like best: your clever tablescape or the gorgeous pix of New Zealand. My in-laws also raved about it -- it's definitely on my list!

Thanks for sharing.
Scribbler
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lady jicky said...

I loved your fish theme setting. Elegant!

Tell your husband that the fly fishing is fantastic in Tasmania - the island off Australia where I live.
You should come over too - we have alot of lovely things to do here and great shopping! :)

Trouvais said...

Hi Delores...Love the photo of your husband with is fabulous catch! My husband has a gang of fellow golfers and they've gone to Ireland and Scotland...always on the hunt for golf adventure! Don't know if I'll ever get him to go antiquing with me. Are there golf courses in Paris?! XO Trish

Susan said...

This is one of the prettiest tablescapes I've ever seen! I LOVE it! My hubby is an avid bass fisherman and I've been wanting to get a set of these salad plates to honor his fishing. You've inspired me to get them!!! I also love the fishing rods used on the table. Thanks for sharing such a lovely table with us.

Mimi said...

Delores, your tablescape is fabulous...love the Spode plates. I just love the creel filled with daisies...if that doesn't signal the season, I don't know what would.

Blondie's Journal said...

Nicely done!

xoxo
Jane

Sarah said...

Delores, this is a perfect welcome home gesture. The beauty and creativity of your Fisherman's Luncheon table matches the beauty seen in those photos of your husband's recent trip. How amazing to see that turquoise water in a stream. The Spode plates are wonderful in any of the woodland series, but it's your attention to detail that really makes this table. Bravo! This is one of my favorite tables!

Sharon Haynie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your table-it would be perfect for here in the mtns of Colorado. Don't give up on PEO-keep looking for a chapter that fits you!

cityfarmer said...

... I should've liked to attend this lunch al fresco, no less

you're a good woman my dearest

Bonnie said...

Your fisherman's luncheon post is very beautiful. Everything in your design is so effective and creative. I love the hand tied flies on the napkin rings. The fisherman decanter, the place mats, the books-everything is put together so well. Love the brown trout and wonderful scenery from New Zealand.
My husband loves fishing as much as yours.
Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog and gracious offer to help. I have so many questions I would love to ask someone as experienced as you. Your blog is very nice. I have been reading back posts and enjoying myself very much.

Tracy F. said...

This is beautiful! As another wife of a fisherman who has beeen to NZ (twice), I can appreciate this post very much! Lovely blog!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Delores, this is such a unique and beautiful table setting. That stemware is gorgeous! How clever of you to put the fish flies on the napkin rings, and I love the fisherman decanter. Those placemats are soooo pretty. What great photos of NZ, and what a fish your guy caught! laurie

Julio said...

Fabulous table Delores! I love it. Thank you for sharing this wonderful setting.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

awesome setting.. my dad would love this setting so much! very manly.. :-)

Johanna said...

Hi Delores,
you have choosen a nice theme and made a excellent setting. Colors, design and decoration are perfect. I also enjoyed the photos of New Zealand, where I have never been. Nature is amazing, isn't it?
Greetings, Johanna

Lia at Petite Little Bee said...

I love your table setting. It is just wonderful. I wish I could be there to enjoy the catch of the day in your amazing table with your exquisite fish plates. I am a new follower to your blog. I hope you have a chance to come say hi. Cheers, Lia

Heidi said...

Hi Delores,
Your table is great!I can imagine a nice long lunch on your beautiful patio. I really love the placemats, flatware, and your centerpiece! What an unusual piece! You have a great way of putting everything together so perfectly. I hope your hubby notices how special you made this for him - I'm not sure mine would see it...
Have a fun weekend.
XO
Heidi - Heart and Home

French-Kissed said...

Hi Delores,

Wonderful theme carried out to perfection. Makes me want to put on my waders! And the hunt themed wine stems are just absolutely amazing.

~jermaine~

Ridgely (Grandma J @ Dear Angelene) said...

Your entire post is wonderful -- love the Spode (everyone loves Spode)! And your presentation makes it all the more delightful. The etchings on the wine classes are exquisite -- I've never seen anything like that. How lucky you are to have those. And great finale ending with the pics of the stream and very handsome fisherman!

jerriann said...

Oh my, this entire post is lovely. Love the table scape just beautiful. And New Zealand. My honey and I spent three weeks there and I think we fell in love all over again. It is so beautiful and the people are so genteel. My favorite place so far.

Olga said...

What a beautiful tablescape!

the polished pebble said...

Amazing Delores! Loved this post and the table too. What a great fishing trip!

kelley

Lori E said...

What a creative tablescape. Your imagination and flair are so evident here. Love it.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, whimsical and unique tablescape!!! LOVE IT!!! Seriously ADORE the placemats!!! You have a gift for finding the most unique "placemats" - loved the chicken wire ones you used for Easter, too!!!

GREAT JOB!!

Trish

Creative Style said...

Your good, even the books had to do with fishing. You thought of every little detail... I love the spode fish plates, there great! Everything is just beautiful!

Cheryl~

Katy Noelle said...

Eeeek! How perfect and gorgeous is all of this?!!!!!

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