Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ooh La La!!

When Kathleen gave us our Let's Dish challenge for July, it made me very happy!
Our theme is A Destination Tablescape
So come join me as we prepare for our trip to
If your a follower of A La Carte you know that Paris has been a dream of mine since I was a teenager.  This past Mother's Day my daughter Ashleigh gifted me with a trip to Paris, France which I will take sometime in 2013

This table is a fun way to prepare for my trip!
These Paris dessert plates were found at two different thrift stores. 
 I love them of course!
I used the colors from the dessert plate to make this black, white and red table
All of these plates were thrifted. Red charger plate, black Fiesta plate, red salad plate and the fun desert plates!
  I bought the black and white placemats at Dollar Tree
A black stemmed wineglass to toast with
The centerpiece is my collection of items from or about Paris, France
The postcard is from a friends trip to Paris.  The small Eiffel Tower souvenir was brought back from Paris by my daughter Sara when she went with her High School Choir! She had an amazing time and her choir was able to sing in Notre Dame!  

My Paris travel guide and a 'French for Travellers' book are topped by a larger Eiffel Tower that was a gift to Mr ALC! 
Anytime I receive a card with a Paris theme it joins my collection!  
This Eiffel Tower tealight holder was also thrifted
A simple black napkin and a red napkin ring along with my red handled flatware complete this setting
I want to try a crockpot Coq Au Vin recipe

Parlez-vous Francais?
Un peu!

Guess I better start studying!  It's been many years since High School French! 

Thanks Kathleen for hosting 

au revoir!

Linda  

35 comments:

Zootsuitmama said...

Oh you lucky girl! I would love to go there, or anywhere in Europe! Your table is so groovy! Lovin' the black, white and red!

Sarah said...

Oh, la la! Je adore your Parisian theme table. I'm so excited to hear that you are going to get to experience Paris. I've plenty of suggestions to share of things to do and see, but honestly letting serendipity take you along is the best way to see Paris. ~ Sarah

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Had fun meeting you today!! I like your blog - wonderful pictures and your lay outs!! You put a lot of time into it. Think you're ready for Paris with all those great travel books!!

xinex said...

How nice and thoughtful of your daughter to give you a trip to Paris, Linda. You will have so much fun, it is such a beautiful city. I love your table. Pretty colors and you Paris plates are superb. Enjoy your upcoming trip!...Christine

The Tablescaper said...

How incredibly exciting and generous of your daughter. Your table is the prefect way to begin your journey.

- The Tablescaper

Barbara F. said...

I love your Paris theme, you always find the cutest thrifty things. You have a special gift for it. So happy for you to make your childhood dream come true. xo

Keetha Broyles said...

Fun stuff

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very nice! I love your little dessert plates:@)

Mary said...

How exciting and wonderful to have a trip to Paris to look forward to! I love your dessert plates :)

ImSoVintage said...

Wow, what a lucky mom you are. You are definitely in the Paris mode. :)

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

This is such a pretty tablescape! I'm sure it's getting you in the mood for your upcoming trip. Love the Paris dessert plates... way chic!

suzyq said...

Hi Linda!!! So glad you are holidaying in Paris too!! Would you like to meet under the Eiffel Tower for a coffee?? Haha, Suzyq

kitty said...

Ooh la la, lucky you to get to go to Paris! What a lovely gift from your daughter. Your table is so appropriate for your wonderful dream that will soon be here before you know it!!

Gina said...

It's beautiful, Linda! Love the colors, love the Eiffel tower plates!

Debbie said...

If I could remember my own high school French, I would respond with something fabulous. The only thing I can think of is "J'adore!" (Hope that's right).

I know you have to be so excited to actually be visiting a dream location.

I can't believe you found those great Paris plates in two separate locations. That kind of thing never happens to me.

Great job on a great table.

the cape on the corner said...

i love this tablescape! and that little eiffel tower is just what i have been looking for for my travel mantle scape. we have one, but it's been turned into an ornament, so it's stored away with the xmas stuff. i love the way you used the books, too!

Aledia said...

What a pretty tablescape! I love black and red and your thrift store plates are just adorable!

Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!
(hugs)
Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Tanya@takesix said...

Now that is one place that I have been. Hubby and I went several years ago. I can still see the view in my minds eye from the Eiffel tower. Beautiful! Thank you for taking me back again. :)

Alycia Nichols said...

What a great job you did on this table!!! I love the color combination! I have those same Paris plates. I think my sister bought them at Pier 1 several years ago. I also have little bowls that match. The colors really make them stand out! So your daughter got to sing at Notre Dame??? What a wonderful experience!!! I know you are just ready and eager to make that trip yourself. What a great gift!!! We all look forward to seeing an authentic rendition of Parisian living upon your return! Better yet, just take us with you! :-)

Sharing Shadymont said...

Very pretty table! My grandson just returned from a trip to Paris. He loved it. He went as part of his Music History class at Lee University. He had lots of great photos.

Hope you have a fabulous trip.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You'll probably be fluent in French by the time you visit next year. This is one of my favorite tablescapes you created.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I'm excited that you will get to go to Paris! Half the fun is in the planning. What a lovely gift from your daughter. Your table is the perfect destination!

Kathleen said...

Wow, what a wonderful gift! I love your Paris plates, so cute! Amazing thrifted finds!
Thanks for taking us to Paris and linking to Let's Dish!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh Linda - what do women all love Paris, but we sure do - I love Paris and my daughter loves Paris too. And your table setting is wonderful - festive - and so Paris. How sweet your daughter is! sandie

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is beautiful! I love the red, black and white! I'm wondering why anybody would give these beauties to a thrift store!??

How nice of your daughter, Ashleigh, to give you a trip to Paris! I also have a daughter, Ashleigh - spelled the very same way!

Katherine

Ames said...

Imagine finding those plates at two different stores! Such fun! Love how you pull everything together. What fun it would be to see Paris. I'd have to hire a guide so I didn't miss a thing!~Ames

SavannahGranny said...

What a wonderfully thoughtful daughter. Is she going with you? That would be fun.
October fo 2010 Bob and I were in Paris. He fell, hit his head and spent several days in the hospital. My daughter and I are saving now to go back.
Enjoy yourself, it will be everything you are expecting.
The table is beautiful.
Hugs, Ginger

Susan said...

Great job, tres bien, Linda! Ohhhh, have fun at the big sale! Sounds like fun. I remember other times you have gone. See? Seems like I've known you forever. Susan

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Se magnifique! You are preparing for your French trip in such a fabulous way with this gorgeous tablescape with the beautiful dishes! You have a terrific daughter who has gifted you with such a trip to France, noless! Love the black, white and red too. Happy Paris Destination to you.
FABBY

Monica @ Texas Fiesta Ware Fan said...

You will have to set this table again when you leave. I'm so glad one of your dreams is coming true!!

Cathy said...

Great finds on the dishes. The salad plates or so fitting, and all the other acceories, well you did good girl!

Cathy<;)

Grammy Goodwill said...

I love those plates! I'm always on the lookout for Paris souvenirs, too. I know you will really enjoy your trip. Will your daughter go with you?

Tricia said...

Oh, how fun to have a wonderful trip to Paris to anticipate! Your table looks wonderful -- perfect, sophisticated color scheme. Have fun planning!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What great Paris plates. I can't believe you found them in 2 different thrift stores. Love the black and red colors. laurie

Ces said...

I have the same Paris plates. They are originally from the dollar section at Target. I love them also