Thursday, November 11, 2010

Crates and Barrels

There are so many times when a covered dish party makes good sense. Like when you're young and broke, for one. My daughter-in-law-to-be has a birthday this week, and is also celebrating her MA degree with such a gathering, and is my inspiration for this table.

I've wanted to give a tailgate party with vintage crates and firkins for some time. Besides being a terrific way to cart a party around, vintage boxes and containers have so much character. The graphics are fun, and it's easy and interesting to display things with all the differing heights.

 The set-up is also the centerpiece, with plenty of room left  around for the arriving dishes.

I have softened the look with vintage linens. I like the contrast, and love using my collections.

 An interesting country-style mix of tea towels and orphaned monogrammed damask serve as napkins.

Wassail! And thanks for dropping by!
Ciao! for now!


I'm linking this post to Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
and Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Color Outside the Lines for Vignette Fridays
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special


  1. Gorgeous, and congrats on your daughter-in-law's MA!


    Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

  2. Oh, that is beautiful! Love all the layers. Very nice Jacqueline.

  3. You have some wonderful vintage containers and I agree, the writing makes them extra special. It was the perfect touch to couple them with the linens and then candlelight. I felt transported.

  4. I, like you, LOVE the contrasts you've shown. Great table. Sandi

  5. Oh Jacqueline....your posting and blog header are such eye candy! I just love the look of the rustic with the refined...always have! What a wonderful tailgate party to celebrate your daughter-in-laws MA degree. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving those kind comments. Your blog is so lovely..I just have to be a follower!

  6. Everything is beautiful! The pewter mugs are so fun-enjoy:@)

  7. Oh how pretty your crates are filled with the white dishes and the "orphaned" linens. I love vintage linens. This is the prettiest "tailgate" I've ever seen. Lucky Birthday gal.

  8. Please share my congrats for your daughter in law's MA!!! I love the vintage linens, the old boxes and the pewter. It's a beautiful table for sure. Great ideas! Thank you so much for sharing.

  9. Jacqueline, I just love coming to your site and seeing your treasures. Your vintage linens always make me sigh with delight. I love your color palette and way of putting things together. Lovely, lovely...

  10. What a beautiful table setting!! I love the mixture of the white plates with the vintage lace, so pretty!
    Thank you for sharing!
    P.S. Also congratulations to your daughter such a reason to celebrate!!!

  11. What a fabulous idea! You're so right. The boxes are beautiful in their own right and they're serviciable for carting dishes about. You've displayed it all so beautifully. Just magnificent.

    Congrats to your dil.

    - The Tablescaper

  12. Oh please let me come too!!!! I adore this setup....this is sooo gorgeous!!

  13. Beautiful!! Love it all...the layers...the textures...LOVE IT!

    Congtats on your daughter's MA! That is such a great milestone...

    Lou Cinda

  14. I love these photos! So texturally interesting to look at.

  15. Just beautiful for such wonderful milestones to celebrate!!

  16. JQ, this is one of my favorite tablescapes that you've done, and one of the most imaginative! It needs to be in a magazine for sure!
    The wine and liqour crates are just way too cool.

  17. Jacqueline, this is a great idea, and you know I LOVE the contrast with the linens! I have a few old wooden boxes I found underneath our house when we renovated it. Now if I can just pick up a few more somewhere, I could copy your beautiful tablescape...

  18. I always enjoy seeing your collections and your creative use of them! Love the history & story the graphics on your containers tell~ Beautiful :-)

  19. Your photos make me want to pick up each thing and touch.

  20. Hi JQ, Congrats on the future DIL and her MA! and a Happy Birthday to her!! You sure do have a lot of reasons for celebration!
    Your tablescape is beautiful, The photos are amazing! A great showcase for the awesome collecting you have done!!
    Have a great night!

  21. What a delightfully creative and beautiful way to use your collections! I LOVE it and the atmosphere it evokes.

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  22. I love the use of the old crates and containers as the backdrop for the linens. Your collection of both pretties must be huge! You have the knack for accessorizing a vignette. :-)
    ~ Sue

  23. Beautiful and love the warm glow in your photos... Have a great weekend!

    :D Lynda

  24. Love the vintage crates and the soft color palette!

    Susan and Bentley

  25. Love the crates, especially the one with the apples! The photography is splendid, as usual!!
    Congrats to your daughter-in-law for her accomplishment. She's lucky to have you for a mom-in-law!
    Love, Kay

  26. Such a gorgeous table setting. Love the white dishes and vintage boxes. Beautifully done!

  27. I love your crates and barrels, Jacqueline, and the way you've used them to house your dishes and silverware... just gorgeous!
    Happy weekend to you!
    Jo :)

  28. Thanks for the letting me be your inspiration for something so fabulous! I'd be tickled to have it all on my own table... although we have to get a bigger table first, hm.

  29. LOVE this!! Absolutely gorgeous! You have some wonderful crates and dishes!!!

  30. What a creative idea! I would never have thought to use crates like this!

  31. What an awesome tailgate table! Love all the layers, the colors, the candlelight against the boxes.....I think it's the most romantic tailgate I've ever seen!! lol!

    xoxo laurie

  32. I love your displays of the whites and creams and neutrals all brought together in a wonderful way. Thanks for sharing.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  33. The neutrals, marvelous textures and use of vintage crates and firkins is an equation for one fantastic tablescape. So well done! Thank you for sharing your magnificent design. Cherry Kay

  34. Everything in this post is too beautiful for words! I am a new follower! Can't wait to check back regularly.

  35. I love the pillar candles in the wooden boxes. I threw away a wooden box just like this one last year and now I'm really kicking myself. Grr...



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