The minute we entered our book club hostess’s dining room, there were collective ooohhs and aaahhs as we first glimpsed her table.  Not only was it beautiful, in fact performance art, it was a perfect setting for the book we were to discuss.

The book, a delightful story of the relationship between a memory impaired professor, his housekeeper and her son, was written by a Japanese author and set in that country.

Our hostess just happened to have lovely and very old Japanese dolls

which provided the focal point for each of the two tables.

An avid gardener, the hostess had only to step outside her door to find the right blooms with which to complete a stunning centerpiece.

Complementing the flowers, the table was set with a delicate and simply elegant pink and white floral design china.  The print tablecloth added a touch of whimsy.

The lettuce leaves would soon be filled with a tasty assortment of summer savories and spring rolls that were in keeping with the theme of the day.

Not to be forgotten, the cheese board that we nibbled on while our hostess finished her preparations.

No doubt the table contributed to a lively discussion of The Housekeeper and the Professor and, for sure, impressed us all with its loveliness.  Don’t you love it when someone goes the extra mile?

By the way, if you are looking for a quick and good read, this book is worthwhile.

Joining the fun at Tabletop Tuesday and Tablescape Thursday

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16 thoughts on “Perfection!

  1. What a treat for your book group! The table is really stunning — beautiful china, and the Japanese dolls are amazing! I’m glad to know you all enjoyed the book — that’s one I’ve been meaning to read.

  2. Such a beautiful table and the Japanese Doll are quite lovely. Tablescapes are a lovely way to enjoy them. Fabulous cheeseboard and oh my those flowere. Such a lovely tablescape. Thanks for a lovely post.
    Hope you are looking forward to a lovely weekend

    The French Hutch

  3. How cool is THAT??!?!?!!! Fabulous! Absolutely right on!!! Those vintage dolls are really neat. I’m sure your friend received a lot of kudos on this table!!!

  4. Beautiful table and yummy looking food.

  5. how cool is this!!!!

  6. This is so pretty. What a special treat for your book club. I’m glad you shared these delightful tables. laurie

  7. That is a beautiful host. She goes to great length to make everybody happy. Just wonderful. Those chinadolls are beautiful.

    1. i loved that book, wonderful fun to bring books to the table 😉

  8. What a perfect table in keeping with the book! A pure delight to look at and the food looks yummy as well!

  9. What a lovely table! Your flowers are so pretty and I can imagine this was enjoyed very much.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  10. Oh, me, I love oriental decor! I love those Japanese dolls, I have one very similar! Gorgeous flower arrangements on a fabulous tablescapes! Hope you can come by and visit me at Marty’s Cloche Party, I too, have an Oriental vignette with cloches. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, FABBY

  11. Such a beautiful tablescape. Love the colors and all of your accessories. Hugs Marty

  12. Happier Than A Pig in Mud July 19, 2011 — 9:44 am

    Such a fun setting, I’m sure you all had a great time:@)

  13. Oh, my….tomorrow’s book discussion at my place will be MUCH more casual. Was fun to see the photos of Peggy’s ….such great creativity!

  14. What a great idea! It looks beautiful, and that second doll with her “you’re not really going to eat all of that” look would definitely keep me from eating too much. 😉

    1. Yes, she knows that you are working hard to stay in shape and NOT think about it too much.

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