Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Table For One Please


Last week Mr. A went fishing for four days and left me "home alone."
So, on Friday evening, I decided to set a tablescape for one using my favorite majolica plate.

The chargers I ordered from Nell Hill's were delivered that afternoon, so that was my inspiration for this rustic table for one.

A pitcher of freshly picked garden flowers and a compote of strawberries pulled it all together.

Although this vase looks old, it's actually a reproduction.

My dessert!

My dinner! Chicken, polenta and salad. Simple and good!

An ice cold "Arnold Palmer" for my drink to go with.

Meanwhile, Mr. A is fishing the McCloud River and comes across this fantasy castle in the middle of nowhere. It was built by William Randolph Hearst. Designed by Julia Morgan, he called it "Wyntoon." Very few people actually get to see this castle. You can read about it here.

Nice fish!

Speaking of fish! Tonight we are going to a movie premiere of The River Why.
I'm very excited as I read this book over twenty years ago and loved it.
It's about a young man who leaves the big city life to live in a secluded cabin on a wild river.
It's being shown at the George Lucas's Digital Arts Center in the Presidio. Can't wait to visit this special place as well!

I'll be joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
And Michael at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday.
I'm also joining Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Fridays.
On Saturday, I'm joining Laurie at Bargain Hunting with Laurie for Favorite Things Saturday.
Thanks ladies for hosting!

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43 comments:

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Really beautiful. I love to treat myself to a nice table even when I'm alone. Those place mats are very rustic and I love the look.

Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

I see your hydrangeas are lovely! And the tablescape looks so calming and yummy. I like your table runner, did you make it?

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Nancy said...

Gorgeous Delores! I love that majolica plate...I think it's one of the prettiest pieces of Majolica I've seen.

Have fun at the movie premier.

Nancy

Mimi said...

You have some beautiful pieces of Majolica, Delores. Nice looking trout, too...looks like a rainbow?

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Perfection! I adore everything you used to create it! The majolica plate needs to come to my house...would you like my address;)? I love a girl who knows how to party alone!

Enjoy!
Cathy

Would you mind telling me where you found the darling glasses? I love the wicker wrapper!
Thank you!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Delores, Another wonderful table setting. I love the majolica plate, the table runner and the willow chargers. Have a great time at the premier.
xo, Sherry

Shannon said...

I love the natural look that you have achieved. Eating alone is kinda nice when you have a beautiful tablescape, and your's is beautiful!

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A Runner's Mind said...

The Nell Hill Briarcliff store is one of my favorites....last time I visited family in KC we went there to pick up some of their paints. Good quality and nice colors shown in the store. LOVE the store!

Lori E said...

It is nice to treat ourselves to a nice setting even when we are all alone. We deserve it.

Heidi said...

Hi Delores,
Everything looks so cozy! The room and the light are beautiful. The table setting is perfect, love all the textures.This is such a pleasant dinner for one! Sometimes it's nice to fuss just for ourselves, don't you agree?

How fun to go to a movie premiere. I'm hoping that in the future my daughter will have many to invite me to!! (And I'd love for her to find a job up there at the studio in the Presidio, it's so close...!)Have a great time.
XOXO
Heidi - Heart and Home

Allie and Pattie said...

So very pretty. looks like a wonderful setting to recharge and renew- I love the Masjolica and love the wicker tray!
xoxo Pattie

Katy Noelle said...

Dear Dolores, I think that you know that I've been on a commenting break but still visiting. I JUST have to say, though, that your posts have been absolutely WONDERFUL and engaging. This Majolica - the cloches - the cottages by the bay - the soltice and lavender and fields - and, whoops, I just forgot something, BUT, I'm enjoying them so much!!!

Love, Katy

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

Such a pretty table setting! I love Nell Hill! Did you know she has a blog now?

Donna

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Perfection captured for dining solo!

Popcorn Served Daily said...

Mmmmmmm, the food looks pretty good too!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

What a wonderful dinner for one! LOVE your new chargers, and I am dying to visit Nell Hill's! The flowers add a lovely touch to your table, too!

Barbara said...

Oh, this is just wonderful - the textures and colors are perfect.

Bill said...

Hi Delores,
Wonderful textures and colors, beautiful pieces, great light-filled spaces, and your photography captures it all perfectly!

Off to read about Wyntoon! Happy Tablescape Thursday!

Regards,
Bill

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

I love that you did this! Totally something I would do.

Tracy F. said...

Perfection! I love your blog!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Beautiful EVERYTHING! Mr. A is very handsome! Thanks for joining in for Show and Tell!

Diann said...

What a perfect setting for one! your dishes are really beautiful and I love the mat.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Delores, this is so pretty - love your new place mats, and the Majolica looks wonderful on it. OOOO, that castle is amazing, and what a beautiful spot to build a castle! laurie

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

For some reason, the link at Cindy's [Show n tell] takes me to the comments only. Hmmmm, But I figured it out to scroll up above the comments to view. Love your table for one setting. How perfect is that?!!!

The castle....a dream home to be sure.


My Show n Tell is 'showing off the flowers...". Do come by if you have time today, I'd love to have you visit with me.

Hootin' Anni's SHADES OF SUMMER

Cass @ That Old House said...

There is so much to look at and love in this post! Fabulous tablescape (I love Majolica) ... AND fabulous TABLE! Also love the linen runner. Beautiful.

The castle? What a surprise! Amazing.

Nice catch, too. :-)
Have a lovely weekend... Cass

Inspired by you said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. You've got a good looking blog here. I can't wait to surf through your older posts. I really love your kitchen!

Lora said...

Thank you for dropping by~and for following! Your majolica tablescape is just gorgeous. I love majolica! And I loved seeing the pic of Mr. Hearst's castle, I'll have to read more about that.

ButterYum said...

Absolutely adorable place setting!

Happy Foodie Friday!
:)
ButterYum

Carol at Serendipity said...

Beautiful post. I love Majolica. I have never seen such a gorgeous plate. Table for one is exquisite. Enjoy the movie!

Carol

Michella said...

WOW!!! Everything is just beautiful!! Tooo many favorites to list, LOL!! Seriously, I would be here all day.. In fact, I pretty much have been :)) Taking it all in... top to bottom!!! Just amazing and very inspiring!!
Thank you for visiting and following my blog :)) I'm pretty new at this and I just get such a thrill when I see a comment and another follower :)) Thank you so much!!
My husband was the one with all the Land/Range Rovers!! That is just "some" of them!! They just happened to be sitting there all in a row so I decided to snap a quick picture. I do love driving the older "Rangie" though. It is my favorite :))
Have a wonderful day!!!
~ Michella ~
~ ~ xoxo ~ ~

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

You set a beautiful table and the food looked delicious. The flowers in the vase just gave the table pizazz.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Delores, You set a lovely table for one. I am crazy about the Nell's Hill charger/placemat.
Beautifl and so organic!
I am always in for a treat when I come to visit!
Yvonne

susan said...

Those are gorgeous chargers! A little "alone" time is just what a girl needs every now and then--to pamper ourselves! Your table for one is perfect! I'm off to check out the link on Wyntoon--this looks right up my alley :)

shannon i olson said...

The castle is great, but so is your table for one!! I am jealous of both.

Sarah said...

Love the table setting for one with your new charger and those beautiful Majolica pieces to accent it all. Looks like a delicious dinner too!
Thanks for sharing the fishing trip photos as well. Interesting to know of the castle. ~ Sarah

Rettabug said...

FABULOUS TEXTURES!!! Bumpy~squiggley~checkered~ribbed~mottled...all of it such wonderfully stimulating eye candy!

Delores, your rustic items are so different from what I have, they make my eyes pop. Delicious looking meal, too (except for the polenta...you can have my share of that)

Thanks for that great link to the castle info. It is awesome! When we were in San Francisco & the Napa Valley & then drove on to Monterey & down, I wanted to visit the Hearst castle there, but DH was too tired. :-( I'm so sorry we never got there. This Wyntoon one looks to be just as interesting. maybe someday *sigh*

Wendy said...

Your tablescape is beautiful. I love how elegance and rustic meet to look so pretty together. I have enjoyed going back through and reading your post and looking at your photo's.
What a treat for your husband to get to see the fantasy castle in person. Thanks for sharing it with us :)
Wendy

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Love that castle...will look that one up for sure...great table as always my friend...Hope you have a GREAT weekend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a beautiful setting - Love that plate. Your husband had a beautiful place to fish, and I will check out the link. Hope you are enjoying the weekend.
Thanks for stopping by. Yes - thank goodness for ibuprofen. :)

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh..thanks for sharing. I adore this table scape. I really love those willow chargers. They would be just perfect for a friend of mine. She would love them and I am always at a loss for a present for her. So I am going to order them for her thanks to you!

Kathysue said...

Delores, I love Majolica and your pieces are wonderful. I like that you use your wonderful collections every day. The chargers are so cool and you are absolutely right I need/want some of those glasses from PierI. Food looks pretty tasty also, Kathysue

Sarah said...

Just had to stop in to see this one again. I think it is one of my favorites! ~ Sarah

Designs By Pinky said...

Delores, I have been going through your blog for quite awhile now this morning and loving every minute! It is all such beautiful eye candy!!! I love the chargers in this post and love the cement suitcase you planted with the succulents! Oh, and the iron candlesticks! You have given me the inspiration to set up another outdoor table in our yard (in addition to the one on our deck) just to have a better/prettier setting next Spring/Summer. Thanks for sharing all you do! I LOOOVE your blog! XO, Pinky

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