The Tablescape Challenge: Pink Au Naturale

I cannot believe it’s been almost two months since this tablescape…

Click HERE to see the tablescape.


… and this exchange:


**Who knew ASAP would be “forever”?**


When I thought about the Tablescape Challenge, my mind usually saw something like this …

… but this week when I realized the Tablescape Challenge was actually going to happen, I re-read Debbie’s comment.  After all, I didn’t want to miss any aspect of her challenge or I would **lose** for sure!  It’s a good thing I did because I’d forgotten about the “accessories.”
accessories   plural of  ac·ces·so·ry (Noun)

1. A thing that can be added to something else in order to make it more useful, versatile, or attractive.

I decided to focus on the more attractive part of the definition … and see if I could add an accessory that was perhaps more than expected.
I started with the versatile white Gibson “Claremont” plates and added the beautiful Haviland floral plates I won from Cherry Kay at Entertaining WomenIf you’ve never seen her tablescapes, you’ll definitely want to head over for a peek.  _Vintage napkins doubled up in a faux pewter twig-style napkin ring paired with antique sterling flatware with mother-of-pearl handles.  _I know, I know … There’s the pink, but where’s the “rustic?”

Are wildflowers rustic enough for you?  Probably not.

I added vintage stemware with etched roses on it.  Anyone recognize the pattern?  Seems like it’s Fostoria, but I don’t remember.

Debbie’s a flower gal, and I’m still really liking the handful of wildflowers I added … so they’re staying.

If you take a deep breath, you will be absolutely intoxicated by the smell of wild honeysuckle hanging in the air…

I wonder what Debbie will think about this tabletop …

Is it rustic enough for you yet?

I kinda love how I can’t decide which element of this Tablescape Challenge turned out to be the attractive accessory.  Is it the table for two? …
Or is it the au naturale surroundings?
><   I'll let you decide.  What do YOU think?

What would YOUR dainty pink with rustic/earthy accessories tablescape look like?  What elements would you use?<   I'll probably have to wait to see if I passed the Challenge or not.  Debbie has a busy week, and she may not get by here for awhile. In fact, she's so busy that there probably won't even be a tablescape at Words on Wheels, which is really disappointing, because she does some fantastic ones!  Even if she’s not there today, you should still stop by for a visit…
Thanks for the challenge, Debbie.  It was fun … even if it did take “forever.”
Join me for Let’s Dish! at Cuisine Kathleen,
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch, and Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound.


  1. Oh how fun, such a great post. Love the pink and all the nature items. Beautiful setting. Hugs, Marty

  2. How fun to get such a neat challenge. You did a great job. I love your rustic setting. Your earthy accessories really bring it all together. It’s so beautiful. 🙂

  3. It’s fun to have a challenge. It makes us all strive to do it better. Just lovely.

    – The Tablescaper

  4. I’m always thrilled to see you putting the Haviland plates into one of your gorgeous designs. I think that the rumpled tablecloth somehow plays an important/unexpected role ….somehow speaks to an assignation in a wooded glade…made for romance! I love it! Thanks for taking us along for the challenge. Cherry Kay

  5. Straight out of a magazine! Simple yet exquisite. How I’d love to sit at that table today with my honey. Looks like your troubles could melt away there.

  6. Anything in nature just invites me in and then you throw in pink and it just yells come enjoy! Pretty, pretty…I think you met the challenge

  7. Oooh I love this! What a beautiful setting, so naturally rustic and yet so elegant….Christine

  8. I love this beautiful natural setting and the pretty china etc.


  9. What a gorgeous surrounding for a tablesetting. I LOVE the dainty pink!

  10. What a (natural) setting, and what a (table) setting, Alma!! Beautiful! A completely unexpected turn for the rustic part. I love “rumpled” tablecloths, and I have a funny story: My mother had such a cloth on her table, and a friend who stopped by quickly smoothed it … my mother just let it go (until she left)!! Love it! ~Zuni

  11. The arrangement is lovely. AND . . . I think you’ve given it even more life with you great photography.
    Well done!

  12. Beautiful post! I love your table setting with the woods as the background! With the soft pretty pinks it is so romantic!
    ♥ Jil

  13. I love the wildflowers and was focused on them….until we got to our surroundings! It looks a lot like the forest here in Western NC! Just beautiful!

  14. Oh so pretty!

    Hope you’d come and link with me in my Color Connection meme through my PINK entry.

  15. So guess who got a call from a blog stalking Duchess with a hint to come blog visiting? I’m so glad that My Place To Yours is one that the whole family enjoys or I would be even later than I am! (Thanks, Mom.)

    Susan, you had me at pink, of course! I love every bit of this and definitely think you exceeded the challenge. I DO love flowers, and my favorite flowers are what I call “a clump of flowers”. In oither words, the kind of bouquet that God would reach down and pick. The wildflower bundle is just plain perfect, and the way you bunched up the the tablecloth is a detail that I would have overlooked completely. It’s the finishing touch.

    Wait. No.
    The finishing touch is the setting. I have a huge *thing* for tables set outside so the rustic landscape deserves a shout out too.

    Loving every minute of it and pretending that I can smell the honeysuckle. THANKS for having fun with my challenge.

    Now, what to challenge next? Thinking…Thinking…

  16. Awesome! The pixies would love that!
    Happy PS!!!
    Sparkly Hugs,
    Tobi and the Pixies

  17. so pretty.
    Pink in the Sink. Have a lovely weekend.

  18. Gorgeous setting… so very lovely! Sorry I been so quiet these last couple weeks, I’ve been really ill (now finally diagnosed with Whooping Cough even though I was immunized) and have had another very rough week.

  19. Anything with pink in it will command my attention. I really like the soft pink of the tablecloth and napkins used on this lovely picnic scape. And the wildflowers are perfect!

  20. Oh no Susan! Do you realize what you have done? Debbie will be expecting others to rise to her challenges now as well. LOL! I certainly hope she realizes you are one of kind! I love this post. I especially love the setting..outdoors. I agree with Cherry Kay. The toppled glass caught my attention. I imagined young aristocratic lovers from ages ago who have just finished their picnic luncheon in the woods who have scampered off after laughingly challenging each other to a race through the woods on horseback. I’ve either read too many romance novels back in the day or need to read some again lately. LOL! Love this!

  21. so pretty.

    Pink Blooms, have a blessed Sunday!

  22. Beautiful~ I don’t think anything I did with this theme would be as pretty as yours!
    Thanks for linking to Let’s Dish!