Tablescapes, Walk on the Wild Side

These chargers inspired a Safari table for friends

that were coming over for dinner

It was the perfect excuse to get out my favorite china

I started gathering things from around the house

to set a table for the evening

I couldn’t believe all the things I found! 

I also couldn’t believe I had never done this before

We have a round glass table in the foyer

that was perfect for the small dinner party

The black placemats are actually the underside of some placemats

that have a pattern on them. 

I just flipped them over and none’s the wiser!

I don’t have a lot of cloth napkins because, ummmm….the truth hurts here….

I think it’s a pain to wash and iron them….

BUT I did have 2 golden pinned dotted ones and 2 solid black ones

I laid them horizontally across the dinner plate under the salad plate

I saw this done in a tablescape over at Home is Where the Boat is 

Check out her tablescapes, she does some amazing things

This china is “Casablanca” by Christian Dior

  I LOVE it, but only use it occasionally

I have 12 of these gold coasters that work in so many table settings,

especially the holidays, so they get lots of use

I painted the leopard base balloon wine glasses

The martini glasses have small gold pin dots on them

I served small chopped salads in them…a little “amuse bouche,” 

loosely translated from the French

meaning delighting or stimulating the appetite

Recipe at the end of the post

For the centerpiece, I started with a lime green tier from Pottery Barn

and used it to elevate the round wire basket

  The green works because of the palm trees on the china

The basket holds three earth tone patterned decorative orbs

It’s topped it with a funky bowl that is supposed to be half an ostrich egg

  In that I placed a clear glass orb

  Now its a good height that won’t interfere with lively conversation later

Then I tucked some little ceramic animals down it the basket between the orbs

Aren’t they cute peaking out?

Then I added my marching elephants and some tiger candlesticks

a zebra and a giraffe,

a tiger and some Rhinos

Just for fun I made up some exotic names for the menu dishes

and printed the menu out and framed it

Guests love to know what they’re eating

so I often use decorative signs for buffet dishes

I put the frame on a woven tray which served as a centerpiece on the kitchen island where

we serve the dinner buffet

Everything’s ready for our African Safari!

When the party’s over, I can keep this centerpiece on the table for a few weeks

while I wait for Halloween….

Salad Martini

A unique and delightful way to start your dinner party, chopped salad served in a martini glass and garnished with a crispy frico
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine American


  • martini glasses



  • carrots
  • zucchini
  • cucumber
  • radishes
  • peppers
  • celery
  • corn
  • artichoke hearts
  • grape tomatoes
  • romaine
  • fresh spinach leaves
  • blueberries and/or oranges or chopped strawberries
  • vinaigrette of choice


  • 1/2-1 oz grated Cheddar or Parmesan for each wafer
  • chopped basil or rosemary optional



  • Chop vegetables into small cubes or matchstick pieces
  • Cut or tear lettuce and spinach into small ribbons or pieces
  • Top lettuce with desired vegetables and fruit and drizzle with vinaigrette
  • Serve in a martini glass with a Frico garnish


  • Use 1/2-1 oz grated cheese,Parmesan, Cheddar, whatever you like, for each cheese crisp
  • Place 1 heaping T of grated cheese on a silpat, parchment paper or foil lined baking sheet
  • Bake at 400 for 3-5 minutes until cheese has melted and begun to crisp. Add chopped herbs to grated cheese if desired before baking
Keyword dinner party idea, fancy salad, salad, salad appetizer, salad martini

It was just a simple few bites of fresh veggies, a refreshing bite with the spicy main dish.

I love crazy and unexpected!


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11 Responses to “Tablescapes, Walk on the Wild Side”
  1. Mary says:

    I love your Walk on the Wild Side Table! Your wonderful dishes, centerpiece, especially menu are so creative! I hate to iron too, so I cheat and use Downy Wrinkle Release spray on my napkins and tablecloths 🙂 Thanks for the shout out!

  2. Liz @ Infuse With Liz says:

    Excellent job! I love the look you created! I’m a fan of elephants so you had me there! Love those dishes and the chargers!

  3. Susan says:

    Stunning yet whimsical. Love it!

    Susan and Bentley

  4. lulu says:

    Well, isn’t this terrific? I have some things from Africa that would blend right in. I love the clever way you presented the menu, but I’m still wondering about the Safari Martini. Sounds like a great way to start!

    • hi Lulu, I was glad to hear from you, hoping you weren’t impacted by Sandy. The martini was just some chopped veggies and fruit with a drizzle of dressing, of course everyone grabbed the frico first!

  5. I love the chargers and especially with those gorgeous dishes. Your centerpiece couldn’t be better to carry out a theme. Your menu is just scrumptious.. I love your table.. xo marlis

  6. Betsy Smith says:

    This was just adorable! How refreshing to see something so different, so unusual and rather exotic! I loved this!

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