Tablescapes, Chef’s Table

This table is for my son, the “chef.”  He is always cooking for us, and loves to help me with the blog too…”you should blog this Mom~” The least I could do is set a table in his honor!


The centerpiece is made of dish towel roses and utensil stems



A chef ornament hangs from the chandelier


Open cookbooks line the table runner

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They are open to recipes I know he’d like







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At one end of the table is a tray of finishing salts to choose from

salt bar

At the other end is a basket of fresh vegetables and the menu


We’re having some of his very favorite things


The white plates on the side are designed especially for artichokes, with the center well to hold the artichoke and a smaller well on the side for sauce.  The remaining trough is for discarding the leaves.  We are avid artichoke eaters, my mom gave me these plates years ago


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I know we will have a lively meal at this table!

If you’d like the recipes for the Menu listings, just click on their titles below

Artichokes with Dreamy Lemon Sauce

Grilled Romaine Salad with Shallot Orange and Bleu Cheese

BBQ Salmon with Ryan’s Secret Sauce

Grits and Greens Pie

Butterscotch Tiramisu Cheesecake

Tomorrow I will show you how to make a weathered painted pot like the one I used for the centerpiece, no skills required!


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

It’s Overflowing

Uncommon Designs

Between Naps on the Porch

The Dedicated House

A Stroll Thru Life

Clean and Scentsible

Savvy Southern Style

The Style Sisters

Posed Perfection

20 Responses to “Tablescapes, Chef’s Table”
  1. Mary says:

    Fun table Jenna and the menu sounds mouth watering! Aren’t you glad you have a foodie for a son?! My MIL is always on the look out for things and recipes I should blog about too 🙂

  2. Rosie says:

    Such a cute table, and how lucky to have a son with cooking talents!! The menu sounds delicious and where did you find those artichoke plates? I’d love to get a set, as my family loves artichokes, too. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

    • Thanks Rosie, I’ve had the artichoke plates forever, but I googled them and saw they are available on ebay and at Hope you find some, they are wonderful to have!

  3. I love it, Beautiful chef’s table with oodles of inspiration. I love the flatware on the cutting board. What a great idea!

  4. Emily says:

    What a clever way to honor the “chef” and make a great tablescape. Cute ornament on the chandy and a delicious menu. Adorable centerpiece idea……..

  5. Liz Mackie says:

    Looks beautiful. Have a Wonderful Sunday!

    >________________________________ >From: the Painted Apron >To: >Sent: Sunday, February 16, 2014 3:02 AM >Subject: [New post] Tablescapes, Chef’s Table > >the Painted Apron posted: “This table is for my son, the “chef.”  He is always cooking for us, and loves to help me with the blog too…”you should blog this Mom~” The least I could do is set a table in his honor! The centerpiece is made of dish towel roses and utensil stems” >

  6. Ramon and I were just talking day-before-yesterday about what artichokes must taste like! We eat them marinated from the jar (Costco), but have never had one freshly prepared. Man…they even make special plates for them?!?!?!! That’s something else!!!

    It’s so sweet for you to build a tablescape that showcases your son’s love of cooking! Really neat idea to use the open cookbooks and utensils as a part of the centerpiece!

    Grilled Romaine salad??!?!? You grill the Romaine lettuce? How does THAT work????!? I really need to branch out a bit! 🙂

  7. cathy Porter says:

    What a wonderfull table! I wanted to come over when I saw it. THEN when I saw the menu I started packing the car! what fun

  8. Jenna…I am absolutely in love with your blog! I love the diversity and you are so creative! What a beautiful table setting. Your son must have loved it! I can certainly feel the sentiment behind it. And what a great menu…especially that butterscotch tiramisu cheesecake! : )

  9. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    How fun is this, I love it and what a fabulous idea to honor a chef. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  10. Really loving this tablescape!! It would be perfect for so many occasions and people! 🙂

  11. Kim says:

    Great ideas, as always, Jenna! I’ve never seen artichoke plates, but now I’ll now what they are if I see any in a store. 🙂 It’s neat that your son cooks, too!

  12. such a cute table…love how you have placed your flatware on the cutting boards! And this polka dot plates are my favs!

  13. Sarah says:

    My husband is my “chef” and you’ve inspired me to set a tribute table to him. Love your clever use of the open cookbooks down the runner. Love the menu choices too. We love to eat artichokes.

  14. Bev says:

    Love this table! What a great way to honor a chef…super idea.

  15. So sweet to honor your son. Love the artichoke plates. It reminds me that I have some that I haven’t used in ages.

    – Alma, The Tablescaper

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