Sunday, May 17, 2015

In The Jungle Birthday Table Setting

Mother's day was celebrated with three of my four son's in attendance this year .  We had a hearty homemade country style meal served on jungle themed dinnerware.  Now that may sound a bit bizarre, a jungle theme is not the norm for Mother's Day,  however we were celebrating my son Bobby's birthday too.  Normally we celebrate his birthday on the Sunday before Mother's Day but this year we combined the two occasions.  I usually create a Cinco De Mayo fiesta table for Bobby's birthday but he wanted something different this year.  Being the good Mom that I am - I made sure he got a "different" table setting to celebrate with this year.  While Bobby was not born on Mother's Day,  he did come home from the hospital on Mother's Day.  It seemed that a joint celebration on Mother's Day would be most appropriate.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
All of the boys wanted an old fashioned country style meal like Grandma used to make.  A big old mess of green beans cooked with fat back bacon and Irish potatoes quartered up and thrown in for the last twenty minutes and cooked tender in the bacon and bean juice. There were plenty of sliced tomatoes and green onions and a cake of corn bread seasoned with bacon drippings with lots of crispy fried bacon baked into the cornbread.  I made fried pork chops as requested by the kids. My daddy always loved pork chops with cornbread and green beans. Oh Yum!   I can cook with grease with the best of them.  ~~~ Move over Paula Dean ~~~
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants

The cake was my country version of Boston Cream Pie made per usual (yellow cake sliced and filled with vanilla pudding) but with hot fudge sauce (homemade of course) poured over the top of the cake.  We did not take any pictures of the food or table on Sunday.  I recreated the table during the week and waited for a day with enough light to take pictures.



  This table started as an idea several years ago.   I was influenced by several wonderful jungle tables that were shared on Tablescape Thursday at BNOTP over the years.  With the exception of the candles, the small elephant place card holders, and the cheetah scarves that were bought at Marc's and the Tiger Charge it By Jay chargers that I bought from Christine's (Christine's Home and Travel Adventures)  moving sale on Facebook, everything else was thrifted over a period of several years.
The table cover
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
This striking zebra pattern of this duvet cover caught my eye at Goodwill a while back.  It had just come in as a donation complete with the original tags.  The duvet cover reversed to solid black textured velvet on the other side.  I took the seams out and made a table cloth from each side.  I used the black side for my New Years Eve post "A Horn Blows At Midnight"  which you can see HERE .
Plum Creek Place - New Years Eve Tablescape
Next I laid out the cheetah pattern scarves that I had bought from Marc's and placed a thrifted basket of greens on top of the scarves (a thrifted zebra metal plaque was leaned against the basket).
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
The wicker place mats came next 
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
Followed by the lovely chargers from Christine.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants

Sakura's La Menagerie jungle dinner plates
and salad plates.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants


Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
 The Tiger pattern of the charger plates are perfect with the dinnerware pattern.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
 The napkin rings were bought at the VOA last week - 16 rings for $2.99. The brass elephant place card holders were placed on top of the square napkin rings.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
Giraffes and elephants as well as a tiger or two populate the Jungle's edges.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants

Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants

Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants

Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
 Black stemware was collected over several years.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
The giraffes are from a local garage sale last year.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
 Tigers peek out from under my jungles canopy.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
The orchids have started to bloom again.
 Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants

Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants

 The giraffes and the pictures on the shelves are from a garage sale that I went to last fall.  When I explained that I was doing tablescapes with the stuff that I was buying they gave me a huge discount on the items I had picked out.  When their daughter looked up my blog on her smart phone and they saw how I decorate the shelves to follow the theme of the table the lady having the garage sale had her husband pack up many of the items that you see here including the butterfly animal print plate and a set of zebra pattern chargers too!  There are many other items from this garage sale that I will be using in upcoming tablescape posts.  I am thinking another jungle table later on towards fall and another tropical "by the sea" table setting in a few weeks.
 
 One last picture.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
I have been occupied with packing up "stuff" to go to storage and trying to clean and repair as I go in anticipation of putting my house on the market within the next year or so.  This has become an overwhelming and daunting task. I am not really up to doing a lot of the heavy work so it is a very slow go. I think I need to have a huge garage sale myself to get rid of a lot of the "stuff" instead of packing and moving it. Dozens and dozens of boxes of stuff  have already taken the ride to the Goodwill to be donated over the last few months.

I have not been taking the time to visit and stop to say hello to so many of my blogger friends.   Shame on me!  I will be stopping by to visit soon - I miss you all!!


I will be sharing at:

Susan's Tablescape Thursday





17 comments:

  1. Candy- That is just a perfect table for the men in your life. How sweet that your son came home from the hospital on Mother's Day. How special was that! LOVE those plates- wish I could find some for my grandson. He is all about wild animals like that. What a great idea for a tablecloth, too....two for one!
    I am slowly starting to sort things out, too. It's a love/hate sort of job. xo Diana

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  2. Oh my - you have the very best ideas. Love the animal plates and all the critters in the "jungle". I can't imagine resetting the table just to take photos. You are so ambitious. And what great luck at that yard sale - such nice people. The tablecloth is perfect!!!!

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  3. Candy, you come up with the BEST tablescapes, ever! It is so much fun to open your blog to see what wonderful surprises I will find on your table...I am never disappointed. Love this one!
    What an unique "tablecloth"...great dishes, too. Love the centerpiece with the animals peering through the jungle foliage. The orchids are spectacular!

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  4. Wow, it's wild! So creative and just perfect! Thanks for for notifying me about the tablescape, Candy. I have not been visiting cause I am so busy unpacking in FL so that iI can empty all the boxes in the garage to make room for the next move. You are right, the chargers are perfect. Belated Happy birthday to your son.....Christine

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  5. It's not "in the Jungle" theme but I've been dreaming of doing an Etnic Tablescape.
    I descend from Africans, I have lots of wonderful Art Pieces, original, from it. And my in-laws are a mix of borned in or lived in Africa. So I have been babying the idea of throwing a Lunch with products, cooking and Decor from Africa.
    And this AMAZING setting is giving me ideas and the push I need.
    Congratulations on another winner creation and thank you for always inspiring,
    Teresa

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  6. I wish you could see/hear me squealing with delight Candy!! I LOVE this table! It is over the top fabulous! The duvet for the tablecloth is genius, and your combo of jungle plates with greenery, black stemware and heavy accessories is so perfect, and perfect for your masculine Mother's Day celebration!! I know those boys chowed down on Mama's home cooking and that you had a ball!
    Jenna

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  7. You were channeling you inner Jane with this one, Candy! Awesome setting, my mom loves this style, sharing it with her! I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day!

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  8. My goodness.... You are so talented. Not only are all the parts of this table beautiful, you REALLY know how to put it all together for a stunning showpiece! Your plate stack and your plants are beautiful and such a perfect pairing...

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    1. Thank you for stopping by to visit and leaving such a sweet comment Valerie! Have a wonderful holiday weekend..... Candy

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  9. Oh Candy, this table is amazing - especially when I read how much of it is thrifted. You have a great eye, and you are an amazing bargain shopper. What a good idea to make tablecloths from that wonderful duvet. This side is so perfect for this table. Your dish stack is gorgeous, and I love all of the animas scatted around the centerpiece. The elephant place card holders on top of the napkin rings are wonderful. You outdid yourself with this scape!

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  10. Dropping back in for another look, and to let you know I have nominated you for the Leibster Award! If you have a minute, check out my blog post for the information on what to do: http://fromparsimonioustoperfection.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-leibster-award.html#.VWpyRizbI5s

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  11. Candy, what a gorgeous tablescape! I've never done anything like it! Great ideas, well executed and incorporating repurposed items like the duvet--fabulous!

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  12. Good interiors. Lovely pictures. I like all dols

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  14. Candy, I can't tell you how MUCH I love this table! I have animal print dishes and have never done a table featuring them???? Why, I have no idea! You have inspired me! LOVE the pillar holders. You REALLY scored at that garage sale!!! I actually have an "Africa Room". My FIL was a pilot and he was also a shopper! I have inherited alot of his things and have added to my collection myself too!

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  15. I love your tablescape, it is just beautiful. You have really put together all of the elements so well. The black glasses are the perfect stemware. How wonderful that you could have at least most of your family there! I do love a pretty tablescape, it is nice when someone has gone out of their way to set a pretty table. I would love it if you would stop by my link party, Celebrate it Sunday and share this beautiful table!

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