Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Travel Theme Tablescape

Summer is the perfect time to set a travel tablescape. Either because we get to go somewhere exciting, or because we don't!

You don't have to actually go anywhere to love the motifs: maps, globes, ships, travel posters, and photos of your dream destinations.

My table is set on a vintage looking map of the world. At first I thought I was taking poetic license, and that I would never ever serve off of a map like this. But then I remembered that I spent about five dollars for it new at a bookstore. That's in line with many decorative throw away table products. But it could also be laminated and used over and over!

A table like this has so much interesting conversation built right in, and always feels like a celebration.

The artistic drawings on this map go a long way toward being the decorative element in place of a centerpiece, but we have one anyway.

Each napkin, shell, and salad plate varies within the individual setting on the base of vintage Wedgewood creamware dinner plates. Vintage knives have a handsome monogram. Napkins are last summer's Potterybarn. All other items are vintage.

But I've added one more item of interest to the table in my vintage copy of The Spice Cookbook.

Besides the wonderful recipes from around the globe, the book itself is an exciting object with its map endpapers, delightful illustrations, and discussion of the history of spices and where they originate.

The book itself seems to be very well travelled with its tattered cover, and water stained binding, as though it had taken a seasoned journey across the ocean in the galley of a ship. (I found it this way.)

 I hope you're enjoying your
 Summer Journey
 wherever it takes you!
Bon Voyage, and Ciao! for now!


Please join me at
Tablescape Thursday


Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

A beautiful summertime table!

Pamela Gordon said...

I love this idea for a table setting. Fun and educational too! Pamela

Anonymous said...

As always you've created a beautiful and inspired tablescape, Jacqueline.
Cas x

Sizzle and Zoom said...

You give me such wonderful ideas.

Marlis said...

A wonderful idea to use that map.. Oh gosh that one is a lovely piece! The colors are subdued and elegant. I love your mix of dishes. So restful and calming. Great silver pieces too.
Another lovely setting. Many blessings, marlis

Amy Kinser said...

What a beautifully unique tablesetting. What a great way to start up interesting conversations!

Cindy @ Barkley Hall said...

I LOVE this tablesetting. I think this is near the top as an all time favorite for me. I may have to "borrow" this idea. And as have the neatest books. The spice book is wonderful!

Bella said...

Hi J,
Thanks for sharing your journey, I am in the NOT going category, but your table made a delightful diversion! LOVE the map tablecloth, and those ruffled plates with the basketweave, gorgeous!

Entertaining Women said...

The Wedgwood and the reticulated creamware are beautiful. They are the perfect choice for your gorgeous tablescape. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay

Wendy@~Chez~La~De~da~ said...

adore the soft, subtle crispness off it all WOW!


Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I love everything about your beautiful tablescape!! Great idea to laminate a map too.

Manoli said...

He descubierto tu blog y me ha encantado, ¡hay cosas muy lindas!
Si lo deseas te invito a visitar mi blog.
Saludos . Manoli.

PAT said...

This is a theme I dearly love. Beautiful tablescape!

mississippi artist said...

This is the most creative table I have seen in a while. Love it!

Lana K. W. Austin said...

As an avid traveler (I'm living in Italy right now/will be back in Sept.) I am in love with this table!

I love the map and books, too! I have incorporated these elements in past tablescapes myself and feel that you are a kindred spirit!!!



Kathy said...

Your tablescape is fantastic! I often feel like I'm taking armchair travels when visiting blogs - your tablescape has much to enjoy! I do so love old maps where they took such time to create beautiful legends and illustrations - works of art! Love the textures in your dishes along with the gorgeous sea shells and starfish! I adore the hat - love, love, love hats!
A perfect setting!

The Paper Mulberry said...

How lovely! Your china and cutlery are divine!!!!! I absolutely adore starfish - just lovely! Hugs from an old farmhouse in England - Glenda xxx

Sherry said...

Oh, you have so got my attention with this beautiful table. I was doing a map on my table today but, it got postponed because hubby decided to remodel a bathroom. Love this table Jacqueline. It is just gorgeous! It is getting pinned!

Ido said...

Gorgeous table setting, love old maps.

Tricia said...

This tablescape is stunning! From the very first photo, I wanted to see more! Wonderful textures in each placesetting, and the color scheme is so restful. Love the map idea!

Alycia Nichols said...

A lovely little slice of summery heaven!

Cindy @ Barkley Hall said...

Thanks so much for your sweet note on my blog and your warm welcome back to "blogland". My husband took the photos. They are from a protected stretch of beach along a barrier island in South Carolina....very beautiful....very natural. The name of the island escapes me right now(one of the "residuals" of my illness) and "The Rev" is out so I can't ask him. Thanks again for your kind note.

Tess said...

The Wedgwood plates caught my eye first thing and then everything after that looks so wonderful together. I love the travel theme and adore maps. Lovely!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is all so pretty -- love your travel table. The maps are a wonderful touch.

once in a blue moon said...

love this, loads of my favorite things~

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