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 we sometimes use for dining.  It 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 which I laid horizontally across the dinner plate under the salad plate.

Here’s the black one.  I saw this done in a tablescape over at Home is Where the Boat is  Check out her tablescapes sometime, 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.

The painted leopard base balloon wine glasses are from

The martini glasses have small gold pin dots on them.  I am going to serve a small chopped salad in them…a little “amuse bouche,”  loosely translated from the French meaning, delighting or stimulating the appetite…

More about that later…

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.

and 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’ll 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

  • Servings: varied
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print
Chop or cut vegetables of choice into matchsticks

carrots, zucchini, cucumber, spinach, romaine, radish, peppers, celery, corn, artichoke hearts, grape tomatoes

add a few blueberries, oranges or chopped strawberries if you like

drizzle with vinaigrette of choice

Serve in a martini glass with a Frico garnish

Frico [baked cheese crisp]

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
and 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

Cool and carefully remove from pan.  Store in an air tight container at room temperature 1-2 days

for a another printable version of Salad Martini click here

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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