Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Exotic Elephants Tablescape and Giveaway

Welcome to Tablescape Thursday and to my Exotic Elephants Tablescape!!  Come have a seat on my Red Couch while I show you around the elephants.  The elephant plates are new and were a gift from Skyler, my 16 year old son, for my birthday! 

At the end of this post is information about my napkin ring giveaway.  I will be giving away 12 napkin rings from The Style Sisters to celebrate reaching 100 followers!  The napkin rings are available in red, white, blue, and pink.  See at the end of post for information about the giveaway.

Here is a better shot of the elephant plates.  I just love them!  Who would have thought that I would ever be the owner of elephant plates?

Since the elephants are the stars of this tablescape, I thought I should keep them happy so each elephant gets a sherbet cup full of peanuts!  I found the sherbet cups at a local thrift store months ago.  I was able to buy a dozen. 

For the centerpiece, I tried to mimic the fruit on the head of the elephant.  There are also some bananas hidden behind the pineapple.

Another view of the place setting and peanuts.

Since we are lucky enough to have elephants here with us, I thought it appropriate, and the weather cooperated, to set the table on our deck.  Talley, my nine year old daughter says that elephants make the sound of "BA-ROOOO!"  I was lucky enough to go on her class field trip in May to the zoo where we saw elephants!

Here is a long shot.

For a recent birthday, my nine year old daughter Talley gave me these cute pineapple plates. 

I love dining outside and I hope the weather will begin to cooperate more so we can do so!  We have an old Globe Willow that you can see in the background.

Another shot of the Globe Willow in the background.

An overhead shot.

Tablescape Information:
Placemats:  Wal-Mart
Goblets:  Wal-Mart
Elephant Plates -- Gift from Ross
Square Plates -- Tai Pan Trading
Silverware:  Wal-Mart
Napkin Rings:  Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Napkins:  Wal-Mart
Pineapple Plates:  Gift from TJ Maxx
Amber Sherbet Cups:  Thrift Store
Candlesticks: Gift

Thank you for dropping by my Exotic Elephants Tablescape!  Grab some peanuts on your way out!

I am posting this with Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan At Between Naps on the Porch

Red Couch Recipes "Celebrating 100 Followers" Giveaway

1.  Twelve (12) Style Sister napkin rings will be given away. 

2.  You must be a follower, new or old, to win the napkin rings.  You can become a new follower by clicking on the follower button on the left hand side of my blog.  You do not have to be a blogger to follow.

3.  You must list your e-mail so that I can contact you if you win.  If you are a blogger and your e-mail is not listed on your blog, please include your e-mail in the comment section.

4.  You have Two Chances to win these napkin rings.

5.  First chance, please click HERE to be directed to The Style Sisters and take a look at the creative ways they use their napkin rings.  I love how their tablescapes pop with color; their tablescapes inspire me!  Leave me a comment on this blog post telling what color(s) of napkin rings you would like if you should win! Remember, the giveaway is for 12 napkin rings; you can choose different colors (e.g., you don't have to win all one color).   

6.  Second chance, leave me a separate comment telling me that you are a follower.  You need to leave separate comments in order to get two chances; it works better that way for Random.Org.

7.  The giveaway will be decided randomly with the aid of Random.Org.

8.  Only those residing in the United States and Canada are eligible to win this giveaway.

9.  This giveaway will end on Friday, June 11, 2010 at 10 pm Mountain Standard Time.  Only one entry per person (2 comments). 

Finally, I want to thank all of you who take the time to look at and follow my blog Red Couch Recipes!  I really do appreciate your support and kind words!



Allie and Pattie said...

Hey Joni! Congratulations on your 100! I saw those plates last week- how fun are they! You know I'm a follower, so please enter us!
xoxo Pattie

Allie and Pattie said...

And I'd love some blue napkin rings!
xoxo Pattie

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Your elephant table is so royal and fun all together! I feel like I am in India! YOur centerpiece, candles (love the candlesticks) and even down to the pineapple bowls and peanuts in sherbert dishes are perfect for this table. Are you giving elephant rides?
YOur setting is outstanding! I would love to sit down and have dinner on your porch!

Please include me in your generous giveaway. Arn't the napkin rings so pretty. ANd wouldn't they look great to rest tiny dishes on, or put around the stem of a glass?

I have been a follower for awhile- and I love your blog.

Beth said...

Congratulations on your 100th follower! I am one of those followers! I follow Tati too! I'm glad Tati got you started do a fantastic job! I really like the elephant and the pineapple plates and your deck and outdoor furniture makes for a very pretty place to eat. Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway!

Beth said...

Joni, I would choose some pink and some blue napkin rings if I am so lucky as to win!

a quiet life said...

your table is darling, fun dishes!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your table is too cute! Love the peanuts for the elephants! Clever! I looked at those napkin rings and they are so cute! I would choose 4 each in 3 colors, Pink, Blue & White
Thank you for a chance in you giveaway and Congrats on 100 Followers!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am a follower of your blog!

Natasha in Oz said...

Gorgeous table! My sister would love these elephant plates as she just loves anything elephanty, especially when their trunks are up for good luck!

Best wishes,

Heidi said...

Love those elephant plates, they are so unusual and colorful. Really fun! Your deck looks like a beautiful place to sit and enjoy the surroundings. It's in a lot better shape than ours, I can tell you that! Wooden decks are a big pain, but we practically live on ours year round, so I ignore it's obvious shorcomings!
Thanks for visiting, and for your funny comment. Most men just don't have a clue what we go through daily to raise our lovely children!
Heidi - Heart and Home

Miss Merry said...

What a fun table and what supportive children! I am not sure my family truly understands my dish addiction!

A great setting on the porch and you coordinated everything so perfectly!

Marigene said...

Cute it that your 16 year old son knew you would be happy with dishes for your birthday!
I would love to have the white napkin holders.

By the way...we loved your lemon cornmeal cake, it is definitely a keeper!

Marigene said...

I am a faithful follower!

Sue said...

I love how you used the peanuts on the tablescape! You plates are wonderful and so are the pineapple bowls...what thoughtful kids. The candlesticks look perfect with this theme.

I am a follower.

Sue said...

I would love to win the napkin rings. I would want 4 white, 4 red and 4 blue! Congrats on 100 followers.

Unknown said...

Those are great plates and the whole table looks wonderful.

Tricia said...

What wonderful children you are rearing, to know to give you tableware for your special occasions! I love the way you started with the elephant plates and found so many other great additions to complement them -- such a fun table!

mgster said...

Very proud to say that I am a "follower" of your blog!

mgster said...

congrats on the blog! I love those napkin rings. I would want all in blue to go with my blue and white china. When my whole family is together I usually have a mixture of napkin rings going on. I would love to have them all match! :)

ellen b. said...

What a great outdoor table you set. It's fun and exotic!

The Charm of Home said...

Congratulations on your 100th follower! I love your tablescape with the elephant plates. So smart to use peanuts!
Come by my blog and win $50 CSN gift certificate.

Tricia said...

I am (and have been for a while) a follower!

Tricia said...

I would like to have blue and pink napkins rings. I'll give the pink ones to my daughter, who inherited my MIL's Rosalinde china.

Debbie said...

What a fun tablescape! Love how you pulled everything together. Great idea to put the peanuts in the sherbert cups.

Tati said...

Love your tablescape!!! It's my favorite one of yours yet!!(I Love Elephants!)

The Charm of Home said...

I went to The Style Sisters and I would love 4 red, 4 blue , and 4 pink. Love them all too hard to choose.

The Charm of Home said...

I am now a follower!

susan said...

You have trained your son right! I have long admired those Style Sister napkin rings. I think I would like the red white and blue too. Great giveaway and congrats on 100 plus!

susan said...

I thought I was already a follower, but I wasn't so I corrected that! Thanks again!

parTea lady said...

Congrats on 100. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. I think I'd take six red and six white. They would be great for so many occasions.

Love your elephant table setting. Your son knows how to pick a gift, doesn't he? For that matter, so does your daughter - the pineapple plates are nice too.

parTea lady said...

I am also a follower of your blog.

Anonymous said...

I am enjoying you web site. What a lovely table setting. I like both of the napkin rings. For me the blue would look lovely with my table setting. Would you please enter me in the giveaway. Thankyou LD

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

I would love to win your napkin rings. 6 red and 6 white please.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

I can't believe I wasn't a follower as I stop by often. I am now!
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Holly Lefevre said...

This is a great tablescape. I love the elements...the touch of the elephant plates and then the peanuts if fabulous!

Cynthia@ITLLDO said...

Hi Joni,

Congrats on reaching 100 followers. I just noticed that I am up to 41....yeah! I am already following your blog and I love it!


Cynthia@ITLLDO said...

I am having a big 4th of July party with family members coming from Iowa, Ohio, Tennessee, Boston, California and Switzerland,so I would choose red, white and blue please

ificould said...

I love the pink ones on her Doris Day table - beautiful!

ificould said...


Bonnie said...

I'd love the white napkin rings. They'd look good with every setting I have.

Bonnie said...

I already follow your blog on my google reader. Love the diversity and the recipes.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Thanks so much for inviting me to join your giveaway. That is really lovely. I would want the white if I won. They are all just lovely.
I love your tropical tablescape, the elephant plates are just fabulous. All of your accessories are so well chosen and the table is really pretty. Beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

It was a delight to find your blog today. I became a follower. Thanks for inviting me. Hugs, Marty

Nancy's Daily Dish said...


Many congratulations on your 100 followers(now quite a few more I see!)!

I love the pineapple plates, and your daughters name to! cute!

Your tablescape is so pretty! I love how you mimicked the fruits on the elephants head in your centerpiece. Clever!

The outdoor setting is stunning as well.


p/s I have a brother named Schuyler (he goes by Sky...same pronunciation as your that name too!)

Lynn said...

Thanks for the fun give-away! I'd love to mix the napkin rings up, red, white and blue!

Lynn said...

I'm a follower, thanks again!

Unknown said...

Love your creativity and I would love to receive 6 red and 6 white napkin rings for my tablescapes!

Unknown said...

Joni, congratulations on your 100 followers! I love those red napkin ring holders and I've been following you for a good while. Fun give-away!

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

A sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such lovely comments. The napkin ring give-away sounds great, so count me in please. I've just become a follower! Ciao, bella.

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

Here's my second sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm. I love the elephant plates and the colors used in the border of the plate are just great. Borders add so many interesting colors designs to plates and other things. What great kids you have, purchasing plates and bowls, and they have great taste! Count this as my second entry for those gorgeous napkin rings please!! Ciao, bella!

kristin culpie said...

Congrats on 100 followers! I love the your table scape, I especially love those awesome plates! Sign me up for the napkin ring give-away. You also know I am an old follower!
kikiculp at gmail dot com

Bridgit said...

New follower! Gosh hard to pick ...for today my mind says ...4 each red/white/blue.

Sarah said...

I was out of town last week and missed this one. So I'm squeezing in under the wire here. I'd love a set of these napkin rings. I'd take red, white, and blue of course. LOL Thanks! ~ Sarah

Sarah said...

I am definitely a follower here and am seriously coveting those exotic elephant plates. ~ Sarah