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04 February, 2009

Tablescape Thursday...or...Midnight in the Garden of...what???

Welcome to the new Tablescape Thursday! Be sure to visit our hostess with the mostest Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see her her inspiring tablescapes as well as a list of all of this week's participants!



I am calling this week's tablescape Midnight in the Garden of...what? I can't decide! Maybe it will come to me! You can already see the little garden-y touches, I'm sure. This week I would also like to highlight my bargain finds! I am already discovering that if I am going to continue to tablescape...and it looks as though I am...I need to find a way to add to them without spending a lot of money!


Our co-host tonight will be Baby Kitty who has just flown in from New York where, you may recall, he was in contract negotiations with management. He is not only good-looking, but smart as well! It seems that he has received a hefty benefits package, including a two week vacation in...you guessed it!...Catalina!!! lol As you can see, he is anxious to get started, so...let's wander into the garden...

...dimming the lights for the full effect! This time, we have moved into my breakfast room for a less formal setting. I really have a hard time doing a tablescape without a tablecloth! I needed a simple white one for the round table and found it as Ross for $3.99. I will definitely be using it again!



Most of the centerpiece came from Goodwill! As soon as I saw the little terra cotta angel, I knew she had to be part of my next tablescape. She was only $1.71...don't ask me how they come up with these prices. I sprinkled smooth black stones on the table for an added garden-y effect...3 little bags at $1.00 each at Dollar Tree!



Let's take a closer look. Isn't that just the sweetest little face? I added fresh rosemary from the garden which I can use later for cooking. I love the smell of rosemary! I can't pass by it without touching it to release the scent!


I put votive candles in little terra cotta pots at each place for some garden-style ambiance. They were 69 cents each at Michaels.



The little lantern was only $2.22 at Goodwill! It even came with a tea light already in it. I put it on a down-turned pot from my garage...free!...to give it a little more presence on the table. Hey...are some of the stones burning???


Yes! They're candles shaped like stones!! Aren't they wonderful? They were $1.00 for three of them at Dollar Tree!! I love them. They are the inspiration for the whole tablescape! The little terra cotta tray they are in came from Goodwill...55 cents!



Here's a closer look at the lantern. I love the way the light is reflecting in the glass. You can get a little peek at the angel's sweet upturned face! I'm attempting to be artsy...is it working?? lol




I used my round black placemats with my Oneida Chardonnay dinner plates. The salad plates came from Marshalls. I thought the dark green color was perfect for my garden theme....$2.99 each...my most expensive purchase!


I am using my Gorham pewter flatware with my Battenburg lace napkins, tied with a simple black organza ribbon.


Here I'm attempting a little artsy photography again! The wine glasses were a gift, but I have since seen them at Target. I like the black stems!



Here is a final look at my tablescape Midnight in the Garden of...what? Ohhhh!! I know! I'll call it Midnight in the Garden of Goodwill and Dollar Tree!!!!


Once again, I would like to thank our....Baby Kitty!....what are you doing? Looking at what???


Oh no!!! It's Isabella! She's attempting to eat the centerpiece! Last week's roquefort cheese incident surely must have taught management a lesson...Baby Kitty is worth his weight in Kibble! The alternative is rather...er...hungry!

82 comments:

  1. Love your table Debbie... can't believe it is a goodwill and dollar tree table!

    Centerpiece.... you are so creative...love it!

    Susan

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  2. Hi Debbie! Well, first of all, I am so glad to hear that Baby Kitty was able to fine tune the details of his benefits package on his business trip. :-)

    And on to the tablescape...I love what you've done, and I'm giggling about Midnight in the Garden of Goodwill and Target! lol I'm loving the serene feel of the setting, and the way you went with mostly black and white, and then the pop of green to complete the garden theme. The cherub with her little basket is perfect for a few sprigs of your rosemary. You really know how to make Goodwill and Dollar store accessories look like a million dollars! Isn't that such fun? And with the challenge of a Tablescape every week, I think its a VERY good idea to incorporate the high with the low!! And no, I still haven't been brave and jumped in the tablescape game, but I'm having a fit to play with dishes now. :-)

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  3. Your tablescape is beautiful. You certainly created a masterpiece from inexpensive items. I love the wine glasses.
    Hugs,
    Sweetie

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  4. Ooohhh...sorry about the Target part, Debbie...I have no idea why I typed that instead of Dollar Tree! Yikes! And I'm not even THAT old!

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  5. Just love this Debbie..and you are amazing at what you creat...outstanding job as always...and how do you get the staff to do what they do?? I love the Dollar Tree also..go every week,,,thanks hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  6. What a beautiful and yet simple tablescape. I love what can be found at Goodwill and the dollar store. If you see something at our Goodwill that you think you might want, you better buy it then, 'cause it won't be there tomorrow!!
    Blessings,
    Nina

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  7. Girl, I'm tellin ya, you should be writing for the David "Cat"terman show! ;) You are sooooo funny! And besides that, you set one "mean" Midnight Tablescape in the Garden of Goodwill and the Dollar Tree! Love the colors., and really love the little green plate for the salad! I think this tablescape had MUCH thought put into it and I LOVE IT! Totally cool down to the little HOT stone candles! So, if you're retired, are you available for tea/coffee any day? Let me know what your schedule is like! Gotta meet soon! ;) ~CC Catherine

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  8. OH Debbie,
    What beautiful finds! This is one lovely tablescape and it's even sweeter because it was done on a budget! I love the centerpiece, it is absolutely gorgeous and using the stones and flower pots-how clever are you! Oh, and that lantern you got at goodwill, well let's just say I need to head over there tomorrow. I want to thank baby kitty for being such a good little host. Happy Tablescaping, Cindy

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  9. Debbie, I love the garden theme. Your GW and Dollar Tree finds are beautiful. I'm so glad you found a good GW. Little Kitty is such a great so-host, very attentive. You have put together such a great outdoor look. I love all the terra-cotta and the rock candles are so unusual. I've never seen anything like that. Great tablescape. Hugs, Marty

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  10. Debbie, you are really so talented at this! I just love the creativity you put into all of your tablescapes. The centerpiece is wonderful. I agree that rosemary is one of heaven's own scents and it seems that Miss Isabella agrees. Love the black ribbon around the flatware, and the green salad plates, and the . . . well, you get the picture. Love the froggies too. Hugs, Kathy

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  11. NOW THIS MADE ME SMILE FROM EAR TO EAR!

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  12. Hi Debbie, This is precious!
    I really do feel like I'm in an enchanted garden with the sounds of the frogs.
    I see Baby Kitty is back and doing quite well as host.
    The terra cotta angel is beautiful as are the leaf plates.
    Love all the glowing candles and the black bows too.
    Wonderful tablescape. ~Melissa ;)

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  13. I just love it! The angel, the latern, the napkins, the green plate. Dollar Tree and Goodwill! Better watch out for me, for I get to drive again, well 15 min at a time. But I got a paper today, telling where the closest Goodwill is! I love Dollar Tree and only had one Goodwill, I loved in Tappahannock, Virginia. What great prices! Can't wait to get out again and shop! lol

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  14. I love this tablescape. The plates are fantastic and I love the simple black bows for napkin rings.

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  15. Great job! I really love this! Love the colors! I had thought about using rocks in a tablescape and did but wasn't sure now I know they look good;) French

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  16. Love the garden theme. Your plates are very pretty.

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  17. I love this!! I really like a table set in black & white. Then you make it a garden theme and I am so in love. I wish we had store close by to get bargains like that. I was planning on using little pots with candles in a future posting. I think I probably still will go through with it. The little angel is adorable.
    Great job, my friend!! Hugs, Terrie

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  18. Hi Debbie
    I just love it when the kitties are in your photo's. I might have to get inventive also if I'm going to keep up to you girls.
    Love the romantic look and the pretty "earthy" feel to your evening.
    Love Claudie
    claudie.frid.com

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  19. Debbie... love the tablescape... thanks for the hint on the dollar tree stone candles.. I'll be looking for those! Beautiful tablescape and mighty artsy photography too! No wonder, you've got all that kitty assistance there... cats are so much more helpful than poodles... ;) hugs. Dixie
    Ps... Midnight in the Garden of... Creative...

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  20. Debbie....YOu are the bomb girl!!!! What a decorator's touch you have! WOWEEEE! You are a designer...a photographer...a bargain shopper...a fantastic sound finder and the best hostess!!!! Not too mention a cool kitty momma!!!! CHEERS girlfriend! Michele

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  21. Oh, Debbie, you're quite the hootness today! And Baby Kitty - so special and adorable too. I love your garden themed table. You're really getting good at this! Love all your special finds. Love the special garden girl peeping through the glass - so artsy fartsy!! lol
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  22. I love your tablescape! The elements from Goodwill & Dollar Tree are wonderful!
    Hugs,
    Carol

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  23. Wow! I can't believe all the good deals you got. Beautiful tablescape! Love the title. I really like the terracota angel and the lantern. Your cat looks so cute in the last picture. LOL!...Christine

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  24. So glad to see that some of you ladies get your creativity from goodwill...I thought I'd join the fun next week but I'm sure I'd run out of dishes after two times LOL

    ...love the black organza ribbon around the cutlery... tres bien fait !!!

    Cheers,
    Bre

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  25. Beautiful garden effect....very romantic!

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  26. No, no....it's Midnight in the Garden with the Plate Lady!!! Love the little angel. She's my favorite. Like the touch of the black ribbon too, and the lantern. Isn't it funny how we buy stuff just so we can participate in Tablescape Thursday? I'm guilty! :O)

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  27. Ok Miss Debbie, It might be hard for you to do but you are very successful at this. I am in awe and so proud of you. All the elements are there texture,color something live well two somethings,rosemary and kitty.i love the green plates and the black stemware.See you have vision and you are putting it to good use.I am just sooooo doggone impressed,Bravo my dear,kathysue

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  28. Debbie you and your tablescape are delightful! Love, Cindy

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  29. Diane, I absolutely love this! The whole tablsecape is amazing, and I love your bargains! But the best part is Baby Kitty and Isabella. That Baby Kitty could star in his own series. LOL! His face is so expressive. I just love them! They would make any tablescape complete.

    This made my night!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  30. Hi Debbie....love the figure on the table..the whole tablescape is cool...very creative.

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  31. You and your staff did a wonderful job with this garden table. I love it Debbie.

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  32. Hi, Debbie~~~ Your "worldly travels" have taught you well! You put together a stunningly simple yet elegant, understated, calming & totalllllly charming table~~~ & when lit by candles, verrrry romantic, of course!!! Soooo, "thrifty" or "pricey", it's DELIGHTFULLY "nicey"!!!!!! CONGRATS! Warmly, Linda

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  33. Love this tablescape....and the stone candles are fantastic...such a romantic setting. On another subject...the redoing of snug to breakfast room, the flooring is laid friday and then next week should be done. Have a nice day...Teresa

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  34. Lovely tablescape! We had people visiting from Columbia and in their honor we did something simular but used coffee beans instead. Your scape reminded me of it. Isabella brought a dose in sweetness. Isn't that what kitties are for? :)
    Mona

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  35. Debbie - You definitely have the knack for tablescaping! I love this! What steals you found when shopping to bring it all together. Fun and elegant. Hope you are having a great week!

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  36. Love the warm glow of the candles at your Garden of Delight, beautiful green plates. Wonderful addition from the frogs! 'Meet me at the lily pad'
    Enjoy TT, Candy

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  37. I wait all week for the Tablescape Day! Your post is the first one I browse. Love learning that the "stone" candles inspired your entire table...you have raised your tablescape consciousness! I Enjoy your frame by frame descriptions. Love the salad plates. Happy for you - finding that white tablecloth which you will use often. Favorite touch: fresh rosemary. Great job.

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  38. The table is unique and gorgeous, but I have to say, I absolutely love your guests. I love that you used such an aromatic herb on your table. How seductive!

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  39. Hi Norwegian! Thanks so much for the sweet remarks! I always look forward to your visits and seeing a comment from you! I see you are a Blue Ridge gal...I grew up in western NC myself! Come back to visit any time!...Debbie

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  40. Thank you Baby Kitty for hosting.

    Love your table. I'm really impressed that you got so many great bargains at goodwill. I have never joined in on Tablescape because I didn't want to have to go out and spend a fortune setting a nice table. Thanks for showing me I don't have to spend mega $$$$ for it to look good!

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  41. Debbie, I love that you found some of those pieces at Goodwill! The centerpiece is perfect. Of course, the kitties are the crowning touch. Beutiful.

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  42. Well done, my friend!
    What a refreshing , creative and thrifty tablescape. You get the prize!

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  43. You're table is amazing! I can't believe your awesome deals. Love the creative presentation by your baby kitty! :)

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  44. Wow.Am I impressewd.Not only at the beauty.But beauty on such a small budget.That ain't easy.You did a most wonderful job.I love-----------those plates.I figured they were extremely evpensive.I was amazed.Well done my friend.Well done...ann

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  45. Fantastic tablescape. This would make a great theme for a dinner party. You are so clever my bloggie friend! Kudos. Those stone candles are cool and the centerpiece was a steal! Great, great job!

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  46. Just love the garden low lights serene site.
    I can relax here today. Great buys too.
    Blossom

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  47. WOW! I can't believe the deals, and it's so beautiful! LOVE LOVE LOVE the terracotta, and the lantern on the inverted pot. Great way to add height! :) Beautiful table!

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  48. As soon as I saw the title, "The Book" came to my mind!
    I love your table. Very creative.
    I found, after starting a blog, I began carrying my camera everywhere. Now, I find, since starting tablescaping more often, I am always on the lookout for this and that to add to my tables!!

    Your table is wonderful and creative!

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  49. How about "Midnight In The Garden With An Angel".

    You've got artsy down to a fine "art", but you really don't have to be artsy when everything is so beautiful. With an angel to keep watch over us we have nothing to worry about even if the garden becomes pitch black at mignight.

    Welcome home, Baby Kitty.

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  50. The garden of angels? The table is perfect! Makes me anticipate spring and eating outdoors all the more. Thank you!

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  51. Love, love, love your "midnight" tablescape. So creative!

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  52. Debbie, what a beautiful and funny post! You are just so clever! I love this tablescape, and of course, I love that there are so many bargains on this wonderful table setting! For someone who the cats "drug" into tablescaping, you are doing a fantastic job (and so are your cute personnel)! laurie

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  53. Kitties on the table is CLASSIC! How RELAXING your table is and those flower plates are to die for!
    ENJOY your day!
    Fifi

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  54. Debbie, I'm glad Baby Kitty got his package from management. Always nice when things go our way huh? Your tablescape is lovely. I love the unique decor you've chosen. Your thrift find is wonderful.. I'm sure we'll be seeing more of it.. and your green plates, darling those stole my heart.. hugs ~lynne~

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  55. Oh I just love your midnight garden setting. The green plates are a great addition. :0) My plates from T.J.Maxx this week were my most expensive part to the table too...
    I love that black ribbon around the napkin! Your pewter flatware is in beautiful shape. I have a partial set I bought at Goodwill that is kind of beat up! I'm with you on having to find bargains if I'm going to continue tablescaping

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  56. I love your table! It's warm, yet mysterious.. I need to hear some water trickling in the background and a little breeze and Enzio Pinza singing "Some Enchanted Evening" because this is surely enchanting!

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  57. How pretty! Love the terra cotta and those salad plates....You are so creative and thrifty.

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  58. I love it, very simple and elegant, Midnight in the garden of goodwill is perfect. Love the photo of the cherub through the wine glass. Sounds like Alice through the looking glass. Boy, we are on a roll today. Get it while it's hot. I am addicted to Goodwill. I think I'll soon need a bumper sticker that says Vehicle makes sudden stops.
    Kathleen

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  59. Being the cat lover I am, I truly am laughing at loud at your last pictures. Those sweet kitties.....I love 'em! :)

    You really went creative and thrifty on us this week Debbie. It's wonderful. Isn't it great all the things we can find at the GW for just a little more than pennies?

    Your table is very, very appealing. thumbs up!

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  60. Love your post, very entertaining. I love your bargain table. I too love to find bargains & I love The Dollar Tree.

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  61. Hi Debbie,
    I love your tablescape today. The terracotta angel is lovely. I also love the way you have used the stones and candlelight. So pretty.
    Great job!
    Alisa - Carolina Panache

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  62. Debbie, it's always so fun to drop in on your blog! I wish I wasn't such a cheapskate 'cuz I've had my eye on similar to your salad plates & some bowls at Homegoods & Ross, but they're still $5.99 a piece...That's a no-no for me on Social Security $$$ as BJ says...
    I had a good giggle over the title of your tablescape! ;-) Bo

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  63. What a wonderful table. Those stone shaped candles are amazing!!! Love the name - I'm still chuckling!!! :D Jewel

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  64. What an awsome table setting Debbie. Such a great theme.

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  65. Oh Debbie, You are just the best! Give Baby Kitty & Isabella hugs for me. Loved the story & the beautiful tablescape. I need to go thrifting! ♥ Diane

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  66. I love this tablescape, it is so fun!! You are so creative!! The little terra cotta angel is so sweet. I really like how everything flows wo well together.

    You did a wonderful job as always.

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  67. Debbie, you have disguised yourself very well as a non-tablescaper but the mask is off. ;o) very stylish table!

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  68. Magnifique!!! J'aime surtout l'ange - absolument adorable! Tu es génie! à lundi....à la Bonne Volonté (?) Linda

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  69. Love your tablescape theme. It is lovely!! But I have to confess... Your host and co-host just kill me. Such entertainers! ;)

    ~Liz

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  70. Love to bring the garden inside for a table setting.

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  71. Debbie...what a great tablescape! Isn't it wonderful when you can create something so lovely and not break the bank...you done good! I love the candle rocks...how cool is that! Your little garden angel with the Rosemary is wonderful...I love rosemary! Beautiful china...love it all! I need to start shopping at Goodwill! :-) Susan

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  72. Baby Kitty is adorable and he did an excellent job, your table is beautiful and looks especially lovely with all the candles lit. I also love your blog dress it is so pretty, Kathy.

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  73. Debbie, This tablescape was to die for! Absolutely beautiful! And I love that the kitties help you host. But we have to know better that to let them near the edibles!! HA...I laughed right out loud!

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  74. Debbie! Love the sound effects! Your precious cats are so funny! I've got 2 myself! I love the idea of putting votives in little terra cotta pots. Since I'm new I have never done a tablescape...think I'll just observe and see how it's done! God Bless!

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  75. There's nothing like bringing a bit of the garden in for the table -- love that little angle and how clever to fill it with rosemary.

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  76. Hi Debbie, You have out done yourself with another beautiful tablescape. You are giving me such great ideas. I love the way you put the tea lights in the terra cotta planters. I would have never thought of that. I also like the way you incorporate your little kitty's into the post :>)

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  77. The candles all lit were wonderful. And that kitty trying to nibble could be big trouble at a dinner party. :) So love your banner & blog name. As for this has to quit costing so much to participate... can I blame the shopping & new dishes on Susan & the girls?

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  78. Very peaceful...in a feng shui/zen kind of way...with the rocks and the greens...very nice!
    Your kitties are just too funny!
    Have a happy weekend!
    ;-D

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  79. Your tablescape is very artistic...you did a fine job!

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  80. Hi Debbie! Please come for a visit and collect your award. Congrats! Christine

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  81. Well, you have inspired me to shop Goodwill and Dollar Tree for my table!!!!!! Thanks! Your table is just lovely and very creatively put together!! LOVE the stones, angel and lantern....and what BARGAINS! I am jealous:):) Pinky

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  82. Debbie~You are so funny!! LOVED LOVED LOVED this post! Overall, I think you've got a very good management team working here! :-)
    You've shown that you don't have to spend a million for the table to LOOK like a million!
    Just love the little "candle rocks" and that precious centerpiece!
    From you writings, your home, and even your kitty team...it is so easy to tell that you are the nicest person!! I really mean that! Thoroughly enjoyed your tablescape! L~

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie