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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Winter Olympics 2018

I am a huge fan of the Olympic Games and have really enjoyed the Winter games from Pyeong Chang.  I enjoy all the sports,  but my favorites are snowboarding, halfpipe snowboarding, downhill skiing,  bobsledding, luge and of course figure skating.  I'm still trying to figure out curling.  It reminds me too much of my least favorite chore.. mopping.  

I enjoy styling a table for the Olympics.  My first blog post was the Rio Summer Olympic Games tablescape in 2016. This was be my fourth Olympic table.  I started with the 2012 Summer Games in London followed by the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.    I enjoy collecting Olympic and sports themed items to use on the table.  You will see a few of the Olympic themed items I have made over the years.     This year I crocheted mittens and a cap for the table.  You will see the mittens below holding the flatware.   Children mittens were the perfect size.    While shopping this past weekend I found two sets of Team USA mittens at Old Navy for $2.00.   That was a deal so I had to have them for the table.  

Olympic place setting. 




I used a pair of skates, gloves and hats on the table. 





I found these 1994 Los Angeles Olympic fine bone china pieces on Shop Goodwill.   They are marked as official pieces of the 1980 L.A. Olympic committee and Queen's by Papel  made in England.    It's amazing what you can find on the Goodwill online site and eBay.   



The Team USA mittens were found at Old Navy this past week.  I've had the Olympic pins for several years.  The Albertville, France 1992 games pin is on the left and Torino 2006 games pin is on the right. 

I made the Olympic rings wine charms and napkin rings in 2016. 


I crocheted the childrens mittens and cap.  


I used sleigh ornaments as place card holders.  I purchased these at Walmart and removed the Christmas greenery.   I also invited two of my favorite Olympians for dinner.  Shaun White and Kelly Clark are amazing halfpipe snowboarders.   I've followed both for years.  Kelly's cousin is a Facebook friend of mine so I'm able to keep up with her snowboarding accomplishments.   

I tucked the gold flatware inside the mitten. 

I use the flag and faux torch display on all of my Olympic tablescapes.   I used foam core  and ribbon to make the Olympic rings.    

The server with a couple skiers and wax illuminated trees. 



I created a little vignette of trees and a Lemax skier with his dog inside the cake dome.    

The Valerie Parr Hill beaded candle rings really add sparkle to the Winterscape. 

The blue plate is from the 1972 Munich games.  I found this while shopping for plates at my local Goodwill a few years ago. 

I love these little skiers.  They are made by Lemax. 

Over head view of the table.  It's hard to detect, but I added in a white pom pom garland I made.  

The stack starts with a white faux fur Christmas tree skirt as the table cloth.   The fabric chargers and the same ones I used on my 2016 Summer Olympic table. The print reminded me of the Olympic rings.  The red dinner plates is from Pier One.  The Hallmark Parade of Nations top plate is part of the Olympic Spirit Collection.  These were made for the Centennial Olympic Games in 1996 that were held in Atlanta, GA.  


The 2018 Winter Olympic medals. 



Catherine

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Big Easy Party

Fat Tuesday is just a few days away and I'm ready for the big party.     I look forward to listening to zydeco music while having a nice dinner of crawfish gumbo and delicious king cake for dessert.   No, I will not be making the gumbo or cake. I will pick everything up at my local Publix.  I may even mix up one of those famous Pat O'Brien's Hurricanes, but only one since I have to work on Wednesday.   I have one of those souvenir glasses stored away from a visit to NOLA years ago.  I remember drinking several hurricanes that trip.   I also learned to make Bananas Foster at the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter.  It's amazing the information the waiters will share with \if you inquire.    I enjoy making it at dinner parties.  Guest always enjoy a flaming dessert.  








I used 3 gold illuminated finials by Valerie in the centerpiece. I wrapped Mardi Gras boas around the finals along with a musical themed garland.  

I adore the colors of Mardi Gras!  

The finals illuminated at night are fabulous!   

I used a purple table cloth with green and gold napkins.  I took several strands of beads and wrapped around the napkins.  I inserted the baby Jesus figurine in each ring.    

I found the pretty kelly green goblets at a local thrift store a few years ago.   I used the  Gourmet Basics By Mikasa Halston gold-plated flatware

I used a different mask at each place setting. 



Overhead view of the table. 

Overhead view of the place setting. 

The plate stack started with a purple table cloth.  The plate rings were purchased from Wisteria a few years ago.   The dinner plates are the MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check pattern. The purple salad plates are from Z Gallerie several years ago.   I topped the stack with a Mardi Gras themed paper plate.

The server is decorated with a gold tinsel wreath adorned with beads,mask and jester cap.  I layered in beads, a musical garland and feathered boas on top of a gold lame scarf.  

I used two illuminated candle holder pedestals by Valerie  on each end of the server.   I placed a gold glittered leaf candle ring by Valerie on top each pedestal.   I wrapped gold, green and purple beads around the candle ring and base of each candle then added a mask.  The flameless candles are from the Lisa Robertson collection. 

I placed a crown on top of my cake plate.  I will add the king cake to this over the weekend. 

I've had the porcelain jester for a few years. It's very delicate and I'm so afraid I will break it. 



Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Catherine
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