Tablescape Thursday # 51 ~ Retro 50's Luncheon on the Terrace

Please join me for a 1950's Luncheon on the terrace.

I'm stepping out of my comfort zone as I usually set the table with more subdued colors and allow the food to make the statement. Not this time ~ for inspiration I drew upon memories of growing up in the 50's and 6o's. I hope you enjoy!

I used the bright, primary colors in the reproduction tablecloth to build the color scheme.

Yellow Bordallo Pinheiro (Portuguese) cabbage bowls from Sur La Table.

These are actually cotton dish towels, I chose them because they carry out the bright fruit theme of the table cloth ~ I love their generous size.

Lemons as the table "centerpiece" since we're having lemonade to drink. (The pedestal bowl is from Crate & Barrel a couple of years ago.)

I used one of my French Vinegar jars to serve the chilled lemonade. (Emile Henry Pottery)

The stemware is by Tracy Porter, I found them on sale a couple of years ago at Target.

The yellow placemats are from Beds, Bath & Beyond. The casual blue flatware is from Macy's (over 20 years ago), the little red butter knives/spreaders are French ~ I've had them for quite a while (forgot where they came from.)

The yellow chargers are actually "chop" platters ~ for serving meat ~ in the Fiesta pattern (Homer Laughlin) ~ it's the old mellow yellow color; the red plates are also by Fiesta ~ a few years old, but not vintage.

Vintage covered butter dish from the 60's ~ by 'Lotus'.

And a little sneak peek of what is on the menu...

It's a new-to-me recipe from a blogging friend ~ this Shrimp dish recieved THUMBS UP at my house.

Please check back tomorrow if you would like the recipe; it's going to be featured on my entry for Michael's "Designs by Gollum" FOODIE FRIDAY.

With sincere thanks to dear Susan at BETWEEN NAPS ON THE PORCH for so generously hosting us~

Please click the logo above to admire Susan's lovely blog and to see all of the other participants this week.

Thank you very much for stopping by!

I would love if you would leave me a comment. xo


  1. That tablecloth really does remind me of my grandmother's house when I was growing up in her kitchen with RED countertops !! Love the butter dish--fun tablescape!

  2. You have a beautiful table and are wonderful at taking pictures !

  3. Love that color combination. The shrimp looks delish!


  4. This is gorgeous, I love the bowls, and the colors in it all are just beautiful.

  5. What fun! I'll bet you had a great time putting this together.

  6. LOVE THIS! What a gorgeous tablecloth... I just love all of the bright colors! Perfect!

  7. This is so pretty. Love the red and yellow together. It is so 40's looking and that glass of water shot is fantastic...I have to go get a glass of water now!!! Happy TT!

  8. I love these bright colors! It was a perfect mix - and the napkins are my favorite. They look so crisp and clean.

  9. Mari, this is fantastic!! I'm glad you stepped out of your comfort zone because this is really beautiful! I love all the color and the shrimp dish looks great. I didn't grow up in the 50's but I love all things retro!

  10. I so enjoyed my visit. This is the most cheerful tablescape! Your photos are terrific. Thanks for focusing in on all the details. I will definitely be back tomorrow for the shrimp recipe. I have a shrimp salad on my tablescape this week, but it was just boiled shrimp on a simple tossed salad.
    Sarah @

  11. I just adore this vintage tablescape! It is so pretty, and it really makes me long for the home of my childhood! It makes me think of my Mom. This post really brings back wonderful memories. Thanks for posting!
    All the best,

  12. So cheery and happy! Love it! Great photography too!

  13. Those dishcloths really tie it all together - you've got a great eye for detail. Love the bright fun colors. I'd love to have a seat at that table.
    Happy Twirls

  14. looks fabulous, you know i love bold and bright colors... does that mean i am retro? egads, i just thought it meant i loved COLOR!

    i love the blue accents too, and of course lemons are my siren song... gorgeous as always, hope you are enjoying your wonderful garden moments in style~

  15. Great color! Great fun! It's good for all of us to break out of our patterns sometimes.
    -The Tablescaper

  16. Impeccable, classic, charming and cheerful is what comes to mind. Beautiful Photography!

  17. Ohhh, just charming, and so beautiful! I really love this, thank you s much for sharing this your beautiful tablescape!

  18. Your tablecloth is the perfect backdrop for your colorful dishes. I loved the reds and yellow!! Just beautiful!

  19. The colors in your tablesetting are so vibrant. I enjoyed seeing all the dishes and other elements you've incorporated in your design.

  20. Beautiful table! I love all the dishes and your play of colors. The shrimp dish looks delicious!...Christine

  21. Just beautiful! So inviting and cheery. Sur la Table is such a great resource. The shrimp looks perfect for a summer lunch.

  22. Love your table! It is so bright and cheery and just totally FUN! Have a great week!

    Blessings to you!


  23. I love the retro table and the shrimp looks delish!

  24. Hi Mari,
    The 50's and 60's never looked so good the 1st time around. Your table is absolutely darling right down to the last detail. It is so crisp and perfect, and I loved it. Your pictures are outstanding and so artistic (can you tell I loved it?) and I will be back, because the preview of coming attractions looked delcious. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Yes, I remember the red and yellow of that era!
    Your table is lovely in every detail!

  26. Love the use of primary colors! Your table is beautiful...and fun! I really like those yellow bowls and the vintage-style tablecloth.

    Jane (Artfully Graced)

  27. My mouth is still open from being so aghast at how much I LOVE this! These are my colors, my friend. Fell first for those sweet yellow bowls. The tablecloth: be still my beating heart. The stemware: maybe from Target but extremely elegant. The photographs are unusually well done. The display is excellent. Can you tell I'm in love with this tablescape yet?

  28. Your table is beautiful and your pictures are so clear!! Will be back tomorrow for Shrimp recipe!! ;)

  29. Mari...your table is beautiful and your photography...amazing! I love the bright colors and the napkins are perfect! Love you Emile Henry drink server! Such a treat visiting your blog! Susan

  30. Well, it's official, there is not a look that you can't pull of in the most amazing fashion!

  31. This is just beautiful! I love those bright colors! Great job! I also grew up in the 50s!

    Food looks good too!


  32. Oh my! This is my first visit but I am in LOVE with your table!!!! I love the bright, happy colors, ESPECIALLY the tablecloth! I will be back to see you for sure! I, too, post tabvles on Susan's TT most weeks even though I don't have a blog. I post them from Rate My Space so please stop over to see me sometime!!! I would love to see you! Pinky:)

  33. I am in love with this table!!! The colores are wonderful...

  34. I love the cabbage bowls the are very cute. The colors in your tablescape look so good together and are so cheery.

  35. Fun post to celebrate tablescapes with a retro theme. The colours are perfect and artfully combined.

  36. I do believe you could do a series of cards from this tablescape. The colors and photos are just fab! What a great color combo.


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