Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Economical Elephants


Welcome to Tablescape Thursday!  Today I bring to the table my Economical Elephants table.  Why Economical Elephants you may say?   I have been to a garage sale. THAT is a big event - in fact I went to the same sale twice!   I never go to garage sales, but this time I drove by one and there was a lot of glassware.  "Grandma" was from Spain and loved to entertain -- yes, that does rhyme ;)  The grandkids had no interest in her glassware -- isn't that sad!  Anyway several of the elephants  elements are from "Grandma."  Truth be told most of my tablescapes are economical ones....

The stars of this table, of course, are the elephant plates -- love it that they are square.

I placed the fruit in the terra cotta baker.  Shhh!!  Don't tell anyone, but when I bought the Asian Pears, I thought they were yellow delicious apples ;)!  I can't wait to make some roasted vegetables in the baker in the fall.  "Grandma;s" roaster, with a cover, was $3.00.


I love "Grandma's flan dishes.  Most like creme brulee will be served in these bakers.  I recently saw some bakers like this in a Spanish importing catalogue.  They sold "Grandma's" for 5 for $2.00.  Love the pop of the orange napkin which provides a tropical feel, don't you think?



The green goblets are plastic and were on clearance for a dollar at Wal-Mart this spring.



I set the new orchid plant my husband brought home for me.  Better get a shot of it now, it will die soon, under my care ;).

Economical Elephants Table
Placemats and Green Stemware:  Wal-Mart
Flatware:  World Market
Napkins:  K-Mart
Napkin Holders:  Bed Bath and Beyond
White Square Plates -- A gift from my sister Jean who when she found out how much she would have to pay to take them home on the plane, she gifted them to me at curbside parking.
Elephant Plates -- Ross -- a gift from my son Skyler
Flan Dishes -- "Grandma"
Terra Cotta Baker (the fruit basket)  -- "Grandma"
Pineapple Dishes -- TJ Maxx -- a gift from my daughter Tati

Thanks for dropping by Red Couch Recipes.

25 comments:

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Gorgeous table! Love those elephant plates. It's very Asian and bold. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Cathy said...

Wow! I think I would have gone back to that garage sale twice. You really did well.

Cathy's Cupboard Calamity

Designs By Pinky said...

Oh wow, would I love to have those elephant plates!!! Thay are great! Love how you did this table! XO, Pinky

The White Farmhouse said...

I really like those elephant plates. Those are great! sounds like an awesome sale you found! Come and enter my giveaway!

Jacqueline said...

Reminds me of the old movie The Elephant Walk. They are so exotic. How fun! You wouldn't know the goblets were plastic if you didn't tell us that they were. They have such amazing plastics out there now. The little bakers would be wonderful for queso too.

What a nice orchid. I actually had a friend who got hers to rebloom the next year. I am not that patient. It is just lovely.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Fun table! Looks like you happened upon a good yard sale Joni! Something similar happened to me a few years ago, two houses down actually, the gkids just didn't want grandmom's "stuff". I do enjoy what I picked up and know you will too:@)

Debbie said...

The economical elephants are my favorite kind. I love to find a great piece at a thrift or garage sale and go to town.

Since I'm an unashamed lover of orange and terracotta and all those colors, I'm particularly fond of this one. Those elephant plates are wonderful!

JudyBug said...

Love the elephant plates! I've never seen any like that before and just adore things that are different!

Marigene said...

Your table is so darned cute, Joni! The elephant plates have some great colors you can build around...like the orange and green you have used. Beautiful orchid, too.

Barbara said...

What treasures you found! The elephant plates are so unique. Great colors!

janice15 said...

Elephant plates certainly different and kind of unique I love them..the table looks wonderful and I like the great glasses..O where is the roaster.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Great buys, Joni! I love the elephant plates.

Beth said...

Hi Joni, Love your elephant plates, the flan dishes and the pineapple dishes. You're right, those orange napkins add a beautiful pop of color! Nicely done.
Beth

Dianne said...

Love this quirkyness of the elephant plates. Can I come over when you make the flan?

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Cute table -- LOVE your elephant plates! I love finding "grandma's stuff" at thrift stores and goodwill.

Karin Şen Cankan said...

Lovely table.

Karin Şen Cankan
Karinsfairytale.blogspot.com

Marlis said...

really laughing.. my sons have told me of the grand garage sale they are going to have when I die.. so I've been listing the value of things.. hello boys! Your square elephant plates are sooo pretty. I love them. I also like the flan dishes and the roaster. You hit the jackpot. All the pieces of the table go together so wonderfully.. Love it!! xo marlis

niartist said...

Just beautiful, what time should I arrive? LOL! I love your setting, and the china is just glorious. You always do such a good job with these tablescapes - inspirational for sure!

Listen, I have a new series on my blog called: "A Picture is Worth ..." I'm trying to get back to posting pictures about my house, and I'd love it if you'd come by and see the bar in the dining room! :)

xo,
A

Alycia Nichols said...

The plates! The plates!!!!!!!!!!!! Love them!!! They look great here for a summery table, and they would look fabulous on an Indian-inspired table, too with all those great colors. Wow! Score!!!

anniebakes said...

oh my gosh, i love this tablescape--looks like you are in the tropics, Anne

Debbie said...

I'm back again. I know I already commented here, but I just have to tell you that every time I see this post on my home page, I think it says Ecumenical Elephants. I'm looking for the Baptist one, and the Jewish one, and the...

I need a vacation, clearly.

Bonnie said...

I love that your table is economical. And I would have loved to have found those terra cotta bakers for that price. I can see all kinds of things in them...casseroles, brullee, paella, they will come in handy.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I don't go to many garage sales either, but once in a while you can tell they are going to have "good stuff"! It looks like you hit a good one. I really love how you did the simple centerpiece with the pineapple and matched it to the pineapple dish. It is very tropical and still elegant while being fun!

Sue said...

What fun plates! To get them for such a deal is even better! I love browsing yard sales and thrift/vintage shops.

bj said...

Adorable plates..so much fun. In fact, the whole table is fun.
Just about every thing in my house is from a garage sale, estate sale or thrift shop. I love going to them...it's my job!!:)

Engageya