Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Safari Tablescape

It's easy for me to get a little theatrical where Africa is concerned. But I only meant to celebrate the arrival of the warm season here in the high desert. We can play with a tropical theme, but the air stays dry and more comfortable than that. Under the shade of trees, and with a little breeze, you can imagine you hear the surf, or will yourself a little closer to the Indian Ocean. . . .

Salad plates are melamine from Pottery Barn where you can find a whole bunch more of this theme-y stuff. They definitely have that backyard party vibe.

The tropics call for white. And lots of it!

I wanted languid and drapey.

The plate has two print versions. The script made me a little giddy.

Shell season is back! A pedestal inside a bowl of shells gives me the height I want for the centerpiece.  Stack plates, or serve a big yummy dish!

This safari cookbook by Yvonne Short is full of all kinds of inspiration for menus, settings, and outdoor tables.

This is as wild as the animals are getting today.

An antique wire store display shelf works as a makeshift sideboard to eliminate steps to the house. 

Vintage map case.

Did anyone think to bring the gramophone. . . ?
So much for table-escaping this week!
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 I'm answering ten questions about myself:
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  1. "Fashioned Perfect for the hottest summer days to come"...White is such a calm, cool color! LOVE your details and watch out for those WILD BEASTS!
    Have a wonderful week,

  2. Wonderful, Jacqueline! You really have that safari theme going here {love that hat!}. I like how you layered the table cloths and elevated the centerpiece! Neat dishes! This is such a fun tablescape!


  3. Thanks for stopping by. Love love love the "wild animals" Ha ha, have a good day

  4. "Table-escaping", wow, I love it! And the leather messenger bag with a Pith Helmet. you know how to do it, J!

  5. Very very "Out of Africa" or even my favorite "The English Patient".

  6. Out of Africa came to mind, of course. Fabulous book. You should be a set designer!

  7. Fantastic! You have the perfect yard for this! Do you remember the original Banana Republic? I LOVED that catalog and store! I have their book of travel & safari fashion. This is so much like it! Wonderful!

  8. Hello Jacqueline

    What a wonderful theme. I could see Kathryn Hepburn being right at home in this setting.
    What are you service.

    Helen xx

  9. Beautiful theme and a favorite of mine...brings to mind "Out of Africa" such a wonderful movie and fabulous book! You created so much beauty in your own backyard! I love how you displayed the plates and sea shells!
    Thank you for inspiring and sharing!

  10. This is so pretty and you have thought of every detail. What a nice yard for a wonderful setting.

  11. Hi Jacqueline: You are set for your wild adventure. A little Out of Africa ruggedness and a little softness of Jacqueline. So pretty and very well done..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  12. Nicely done!

    You certainly set the tone and mood - pulled it off perfectly!

    You know I have never seen Casablanca...perhaps it is time I did - you inspired me!

  13. I kept expecting to see Merrill Streep and Robert Redford sitting at the table holding hands. Love your table...the stacked elements for your centerpiece is a great design touch. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  14. Love th Out of Africa vibe! Beautiful table setting and accessories. Laura

  15. One of my favorite movies is Out of Africa. You did such a wonderful job creating an original tablescape and setting. It looks fantastic! Would love you to share on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Everyone will be loving it.


  16. Bellissime immagini ...ho fatto un salto nel passato...una sensazione di pulito di fresco.
    Grazie e complimenti

  17. You did the safari theme proud. The tablescape, and the setting are just gorgeous.

  18. Jacqueline,
    What an amazing safari theme! I do hope you held a shell to your ear and listened to the ocean and managed to steer clear of the wild animals!!
    Am sure you had a lovely day great pics.
    I was trying to see if i could email you but could not see am leaving a message I was wondering when you get the time if you would mind updating me on your blogroll as I have switched to wordpress and have a new URL still called Carla Loves Photography
    Many Thanks,
    Carla x

  19. Dear Jacqueline,
    Congrats on your Sunshine award..
    Thea from Hearts and Bluebels gave me one.
    Sunshine is being spred all around.
    I do look forward to reading your posts.
    Your post today, brought a smile to my face.
    My father used to wear the pith helmet sometimes as a young man working out in the sun. How did you upon the helmets. I have never seen them since leaving Africa. Reading down.. I thought there might have been a photo of RR.! Yes, next to the gramaphone.!

    You have set your table so beautiful. The plates are divine and would'nt have known they were melomine.
    You even have cushions to match.
    Loved this post
    Happy Thursday Jacqueline.

  20. An award well-deserved, Jacqueline! This lovely setting under the trees is just so beautiful and evocative. ("I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills..") It struck such a wistful longing in me and just made me smile and smile. I hope you enjoyed your day in the dappled sunshine.

  21. I love this tablescape especially the plates and those cushions. It gives a real feel of Africa.

  22. How fun! I love it all - especially those gorgeous plates!
    Hope you are enjoying a wonderful Thursday!

  23. Love love those plates! Of course the hat is the crowning touch. I too love a table draped in white. Just makes it seem somuch cooler than it really is! The linens are extremely pretty. I love your green and white cushions.. my favorite shade of green. “The Cicada sing an endless song in the long grass, smells run along the earth and falling stars run over the sky, like tears over a cheek. You are the privileged person to whom everything is taken. The Kings of Tarshish shall bring gifts.”
    Gorgeous table indeed!
    Congrats on the award.. you are my daily dose of sunshine! xo marlis

  24. This whole post is total eye candy! Thanks for letting us in on the fantasy.

  25. Ahhh...thanks for the "shout out".
    I love everything you do here on your blog.
    gosh...I have NEVER been Close to a safari and most likely never will.
    Does herding cattle count...(tee,hee)
    have a great day.
    Rainy and cool here. I could certainly use a good Warm Theme about now.

  26. Jacqueline,
    Ah~h~h...almost, you have coaxed me to the great out~of~doors!!! I am so smitten with that wicker basket holding the flatware!!! The layering of white linens is exquisite! Lovely tablescape!

  27. I just love all your vintage things, the dishes and linens, oh my! I was having the most delightful visit to some of your previous posts! I am now following your fabulous blog! You are so inspiring!
    I had a lovely friend once, from Albuquerque, Donna Goode, and sadly lost touch with her. Wish I could find her.

    Be blessed!
    Linda @ Grandmalay's Daydreams

  28. beautiful job with the safari theme, jacqueline! love all the white you've used with it! congrats on your award!

  29. Seriously....I switched to a British accent in my mind as I was reading this!!!!!!! I had to stop myself and get back to my middle American half drawl!!!! This is such a beautiful setting, Jacqueline! It has all the makings of a warm day with a welcome breeze whilst you sip drinks with forbidden names! Oh, my goodness! I don't think I've ever seen a map bag before...although possibly in "Titanic", but I'm not sure. It's pretty cool. Has that rugged, Ralph Lauren look. Everything about this setting is tranquil and beautiful. Fabulous!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Your have certainly captured the desert theme. One can't help but think of Out of Africa. Very well done. It has a very refined rugged look, if that makes sense. The white stirs the imagination to think of the heat of the desert and the heavy warm breeze. The leather map bag and desert hat are fabulous. Someone mentioned the RL look and that is exactly the look you have captured. Wonderful!

  31. Love those plates! I'm certainly ready for a safari trip :)

    Have a wonderful night!
    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  32. Jacqueline, your table is wonderful. Out of Africa is still a favorite movie. The details of your table make me think of exotic times ~ the hat, map, .....
    You have the most wonderful style. ~ Sarah

  33. Thank you so much Jacqueline for the award, This post is so different,and really nice. xx

  34. What a darling table setting. I just love the hat, you don't see too many of those around.

  35. White is perfect for those hot summer days that feel like we are on Safari!

    Beautiful and serene! I love those plates too!

  36. Oh, Jacqueline, your tables are always among my favorites. You had me at pith helmet with this one. :) So clever and so well put together. I like the whole feel of this tablescape, each item carefully chosen. White is always perfect. Those are great candles. PB? I have some similar ones from last year. That vintage map bag is so gorgeous! I am going to see if I can find one for my son, the world traveler and lover of all things old. Thank you for your inspiration. Happy weekend to you!

  37. My passport is ready so save me a seat! Love this table setting, especially the utensil holder!

  38. This is all so neat, Jacqu3eline...your table is just perfect..the helmet is awesome and I love that map bag.

  39. I love your blog. It is so sweet and filled with pretty eye candy.

  40. Hello Jacqueline. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I took your advice about the word verification thingy. I am more than happy to learn from the pros.

    Right now I am doing everything I can to get visibility. My ultimate goal is to have my home featured in Romantic Homes magazine. Bold aren't I???...hee hee haa haa. I love that magazine!

    Thanks again for stopping by!



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