Big Truck on the Table

Hudley boysWhen the boys come for a visit, chaos and noise and messy hands are the norm, but when they leave and the house returns to quiet we do miss their young energy.

tablescapePart of their leaving is cleaning up, and as I was putting toys away this truck caught my eye and it became inspiration for a table setting.

tablescapeLogs were removed from the trailer and reloaded with colorful blooms in bottles that were transformed from green to yellow with a little spray paint.  The effort took only a few minutes and resulted in a whole new look.

tablescapeI’m not sure what purpose the two holes in the truck’s cabin are for, but in an instant they became perfect candle holders.  This is what you call making it up as you go along.

tablescapePlaying off the colors  in the cloth beneath the truck, I chose the blue and white dishes that came some time ago from Goodwill.  They are not all the same but for me that has never been a problem!

tablescapeTo spruce up the yellow napkins, I plucked a few leaves from a Japanese maple and secured them with a piece of twine.


Add copper chargers and my favorite flatware and the table is done.

tablescapeHave I ever told you how I came by the flatware?  I saw it in a Horchow catalog 10 years or so ago and was attracted to it because each piece in the place setting had a different design.  (Remember all things do not have to match for me.)  Though tempted, I decided not to order it and go with what I already had.  Unbeknownst to me, a friend had ordered it and upon receiving it decided it was not her style.  Voila….I nicely volunteered to take the flatware off her hands rather than have her send it back.  Does that suggest it was meant to be mine?

tablescapeWell, there’s nothing else to say about this table except that it demonstrates how inspiration can come from any source and the surprise of it makes setting a table so much fun.  Should I add that I’m grateful to those three little boys for leaving their stuff all over?

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14 thoughts on “Big Truck on the Table

  1. This is so sweet! I just love that you did this and I am sure your guests were delighted. You were so creative.

    1. I’m always happy to have you visit, and I’m missing your beautiful photography.

  2. Love, Love, Love this tablescape and I am really loving the wooden truck centerpiece. What luck to have the candles fit perfectly into the cabin. The yellow bottles filled with flowers from the garden look fabulous.

  3. Adorable Lulu, you’ll have to make sure to do this again on their next visit!

  4. That’s fun and very creative!

  5. Love this table scape – the best of any done so far – because of the inspiration!

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    1. Who would have thought scattered toys would make it to the table!

  6. Love the truck on the table! My 2 grandsons were just here. I loved every minute of it, but it takes me a while to recuperate & get the house back in order. You are amazing in that you were already thinking of table settings while cleaning up!!!

    1. Company was coming so cleaning had to be done and using the truck was easier than putting it away!

  7. I definitely think it means that YOU were meant to have the silverware!

  8. I think this may be one of my very favorite tables ever! I love the truck, the painted bottles and the candles in the cab of the truck – just wonderful. ALL of the peices fit perfectly together and it started with three wonderful, messy, noisy precious little boys, you are blessed Lulu.

    1. Thank you, Pam. I love this comment.

  9. Love it. I love using Japanese Maple leaves for color in an arrangement. But I’ve never used a truck! Brilliant!

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