An Elegant Table for an Elegant Lady

On Tuesday, January 24th, 2012, Marty from A STROLL THRU LIFE will be celebrating her 100th Tabletop Tuesday Party. So I thought it befitting to set an elegant table for a kind and elegant lady. I placed some of my favorite items (topiaries) and placed a banner depicting the event. I set a table for two, for Marty and Marty’s Mister. Congratulations Marty on your 100th Tabletop Tuesday!


Placed a ribbon banner between the two topiaries to wish Marty a Happy 100th.



The Place Setting. I used Royal Albert Seasons of Colour. I just love the topiary. I went to Lowe’s Home Improvement and purchased 2 squares of octagonal tiles to use as my “placemat”..I really tried to find the penny tile, but they had none, so the octagonal tiles was my second choice.



The faux topiaries. Champagne mercury glass candle holders from Pottery Barn. I used faux boxwood rounds rather than candles.


These faux topiary boxwoods are made by Raz.


So what’s a celebration without champagne and chocolate. “Chocolate is Bliss” Sorry Marty, I opened the bottle and took a sip in your honor! Cheers!



I had these cute topiary place cards from my son’s wedding. It was a beautiful garden wedding.


Can’t leave out the Mister!


I added an arrangement that blended with the colors of the centerpiece area.





A full view of the table…


So again, Happy 100th Tabletop Tuesday Marty! I look forward to the 200th!!

Addendum: When setting the table that afternoon, I noticed my napkins were a bit off, so I repositioned them. In order to do that I had to move the forks. So I repositioned the napkins and NOT THE FORKS!..I hastily snapped the photos before I lost the little light I had left in the day, and it was a pretty dreary day. I posted quickly and published and then starting preparing dinner. My hubby came up from his office and sat down to see my post. He started laughing!..He said that my forks found legs!!..I saw my huge BLUNDER and was horrified!..But then I started laughing till I cried..I had to let my OCD go and just laugh at myself!..Someone made a comment that my forks were possessed (in a funny way)..Marty, I am so glad that you have a sense of humor!!!


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  1. Linda Miller says

    Very clever idea for the theme of your tablescape, Shirley. How thoughtful of you to celebrate Marty’s 100th tablescape. I love all of the topiaries you used including those on the china. Just wanted to let you know that some of your photos are not showing up and have a message from Flicker as “unavailable”. We want to see everything you’ve done to make this table special!

  2. Very elegant, indeed, Shirley! What a lovely expression of congratulations to Marty. Love all your topiary themed items ~ from the topiaries themselves to the cute little placecard holders. {My post will be up tomorrow}.

  3. How sweet of you to think of this! I know Marty will be thrilled! She IS so sweet and very elegant as you said. LOVE the topiaries, even the place card holders!!! Great idea to use the tiles as a placemat! XO, Pinky

  4. Marie Arden Pink Living says

    How fun and I bet she loved it. Love the topiary plates too

  5. Gorgeous Table and what a nice tribute to Marty! Love all the green against the burgundy tablecloth!
    Miss Bloomers

  6. Absolutely beautiful tablescape! But what are those forks doing on the table! LOL! Seriously, I think it all looks wonderful! I just added you to google reader!


  7. What a lovely idea for a tablescape. A wonderful way to celebrate her 100th. xo

  8. Oh my goodness. I am totally speechless. This is all so beautiful and I am so amazed at such a beautiful tablescape. You have honored me so graciously, and I am stunned. Thank you so much. You put so much effort into this lovely table and I just can’t thank you enough. This definitely made my day. Thanks again. Hugs, Marty

  9. That is so sweet of you! I know Marty appreciates it.
    I just love those dishes, the colors are wonderful!
    Is your silverware possessed? LOL, they do have minds of their own! 🙂

  10. What a sweet gesture! The table looks so elegant. There is so much to love about this table setting: the banner, the gleaming candlesticks holding the little greenery balls, the placemats, the’s all just exquisite. Thanks for sharing at Show & Tell! I featured your link on facebook as a thank you for being the first link up to the party!


  11. How very thoughtful. The table is beautiful. I love the tile chargers and topiary! Thanks for sharing.

  12. How sweet to set a special table celebrating Marty’s 100th Tabletop Tuesday! The topiary theme is wonderful — how great to have those plates to help carry it out! The tile chargers are another wonderful idea you’ve shared. I must confess, I had not noticed the forks until you pointed it out!

  13. Lovely! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home,Joann

  14. Pretty table! Just to let you know, you did not have to confess…I never noticed! Your table is so elegant that it did not stick out. Love all the greenery. You set a fab table for a great lady! Thank you for sharing!
    Blessings My Friend,

  15. Absolutely stunning table!

  16. Love the topiaries! Especially the place card holders! Really fun and unique.


  17. What a sweet gesture for you to post this in honor of Marty’s 100th!!! That’s a very nice thing to do. I’m sure the forks were not an issue for her, although I understand that “OCD” of which you speak! 🙂 Outstanding table for your buddy!!!

  18. Totally a wonderful tribute to Marty. I love the whole table.. great color and great look! xo marlis

  19. What a nice idea to celebrate!! You’ve set a beautiful table. I see you have set with the RA OCR christmas plates! AND I am glued to your china cabinet full of OCR. So beautiful!!!

  20. How delightful and Marty should be thrilled with your tribute to her. Cheers to you as well.

  21. So many good design ideas to be found here. The topiaries set a perfect mood for your table, and I love the mix of heliotrope with the greens. You’ve given a beautiful nod to Marty with your gorgeous tablescape. Thank you for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  22. I love the mercury glass and the box wood balls. They are even more beautiful mixed with the topiaries. The champagne and chocolate is so fun too. I love the spirit of celebration for your friend’s milestone. Your place mats have inspired me to start looking for non traditional things for my tablescapes. Thank you for sharing. Heather

  23. Such a gorgeous table! Love all the greens and topiaries. I read your side note about the forks and had to REALLY look closely to even catch it! I was so overwhelmed by all the loveliness, I did not even notice any forks gone astray.

    Have a great weekend!

  24. Debbie@Mountain Breaths says

    Thank you for stopping by and alerting me to your owl mantle! I adore everything about it and you have a beautiful blog!! How wonderful that you are celebrating your friend’s accomplishment …what a lovely tribute and tablescape.

  25. hi!
    I recently came across your website through pinterest! I love the 100th birthday party that you hosted! I’ve been looking for topiary balls to place on my candle sticks which i’ve only found online. i’m not sure what size to order so i was wondering what size you used?? thank you so much!!!

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