Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Italian Tablescape

Hello Everyone!
It's my first triple post.
Since they all tied in together with an Italian
theme I thought I would post them at once.
First up is my grape theme tablescape
inspired by my new bowls from Marshalls.
I love anthing Italian in style.
The architecture, the warm colors and the food.
One day my dream is to visit Italy.
Pay a visit to Susan to view other participants.
The round cafe dinette set is from Ashley Furniture.
I added a grape themed arrangement to the table.I started by layering the placemats.
The black woven ones are from Ross.
I used a red square plate as a charger
to highlight the new grape bowls.
Sage grape napkins are from Cracker Barrel.
Here is a closeup of the bowls.
I couldn't believe what a perfect match
they were to the grape theme of our kitchen.
A view from above.
The chair fabric has a grape pattern as well.
I bought the glass tea light holders at Michaels.
I filled them with fruit then tied them with ribbons.
Next up is an Italian menu featuring
stuffed shells, tossed salad and garlic bread.
Pay a visit to Gollum for other delicious recipes.

Here are the ingredients for the stuffed shells.
They are easy and tasty.
The recipe is on the back of the box. Boil the shells and drain.
Mix all the cheeses and spices in a bowl.
Stuff the shells and layer in a baking dish.
Top with sauce and more cheese. Yummy!
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes and enjoy.
Add a salad and bread and you have a wonderful meal.
We love these and they make great leftovers too.

Next up is a cloche party.
Marty is hosting this one for the first time.
Pay her a visit to view amazing cloche ideas.

I admit I had no cloche so I improvised.
I took an amber vase and turned it upside down.

I call this my Italian style cloche.
I added sugared fruit and tied it with a velvet ribbon.

The barley twist pedestal is from Southern Living.
Does anyone have this piece? It is so versatile.
I added ivy at the top to hide the base.
Have a wonderful week!


Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Melissa - the bowls are to die for. I wonder how many times we have passed each other in Marshall's and did not realize it. One day we will each grab the same thing. LOL

Your table is just gorgous and I love all the layers. They are perfect with the square plates, which I also like.

I am waiting on dinner to cook on the grill as I sit here blogging, so those shells are making me hungry. Your cloche idea is genius! I don't have the barley twist cake plate but I remember it.

Very nice post! Hugs, Barb

Tara G. said...

1. I loved stuffed shells! I even make extra to freeze. The commissary here isn't carrying them.

2. Love the layered look! My everyday china has grapes on it, too. I made a huge wreath when we first got married and it really needs some TLC if it's going to make another move.

3. Way to go with the cloche! The closest thing I have is a butter bell from Williams Sonoma!

You're so creative and I'd love to shop with you!

marty39 said...

Melissa, I LOVE your new grape bowls and the red square plates are just gorgeous. Such a beautiful tablescape. I really like the way your layered the placemats. That is such a great idea. YOur tea lights with the warm sugar candies is so pretty. You've done a fabulous job. Your shell dish sounds so wonderful. I would love it. Now as for the "cloche", that's absolutely ingenius. I really love it. What a fantastic idea. You've created such a beautiful vignette with it. This should really give a lot of other ladies that don't have a cloche some ideas. Great creativity and inspiration. Be sure to link up tomorrow evening. Hugs, Marty

Cindy said...

Melissa, this is fab!!
I really love those red chargers and your table and chairs are gorgeous and perfect with this Italian table! The cloche is lovely and fits your decorating scheme so well, Cindy

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

OH Melissa...lets see...BEAUTIFUL, YUMMY, LOVELY....Girl I just ♥ that table its os you witl all your beautiful touches of red...those red dinner are wonderful and your centerpiece Ooooh girl I love it all...and what a fine dinner you also cooked for me...give me a red plate and I'll taste it for you ha ha!! Love what you did with the vase...that was really thinking outside the box which is something I love also to always just wonderful my Dear friend...Boy I can take some lessons from you to do pretty..Love ya sweet girl...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Melissa, oh, I love it all. Your signature colors are so lovely and everything looks sooo inviting. The shells are yummy looking....oooooo! Your cloche is full of style and grace. It is all wonderful and such a delightful post.

Hugs, Barb

Cathy said...

Melissa...I am in love with this tablescape!!! It is stunning!!! All of the layers are so pretty...the black placemats, the red plates and your beautiful grape bowls!!! I must say that one of my favorite things about all of your posts is that you seem to be such a perfectionist...I love this in a girl!!! I am the same way and I really appreciate it in others;)!!!

Your stuffed shells look and sound delicious...I can't wait to try them...and I will!!!

The cloche idea is brilliant and I may have to try that too!!! I have the barley twist stand and I use it all the time...I agree...a very versatile piece!!! GORGEOUS!!! I love visiting here and can't wait to see what you do next!!!

Have a wonderful evening!!!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Hi Melissa~
Wow! three great posts in one...what a treat for us! Your tablescape looks so "YOU"! it is lovely! and that meal...yummo! you are so clever with your "cloche" presentation! I'm going to have to remember that one!
Happy TT...enjoy!

mbkatc230 said...

Love all three posts Melissa. Those bowls are fantastic. I would have snapped them up too! Love your improvisation on the cloche, very clever and it looks beautiful. And the stuffed shells sound great. I love all things Italian. My boss just got back from a 10 day trip and I can't wait to see pictures. Great post! Kathy

Chari said...

Hello Dearheart...

Girl, I've been over to your place a couple of times today to see if you had posted your tablescape yet...hehe! I couldn't hardly wait!!!

Oh, la mia qualità! Il mio amico, posponete siete… così molto italiano così bello! (Oh my goodness! My friend, your table is so very Italian!) I just had to say it in Italian...this is fabulous!!! Favoloso!!! Girlfriend, you have certainly outdone yourself with this beautiful tablescape...and it's soooo perfect in your dining area with that beautiful dining table and chairs!!! Ohhh...I love your new grape're right, they go so well with your kitchen decor!!! The place settings are so beautiful...I just love it all!!! Love your new bowls with those gorgeous red plates!!! Oooh..and the the layers...they add so much color and texture to the tablescape!!! Girl, I just can't say enough!!!

Okay...the centerpiece gets an entire paragraph to itself! Hehe! Your floral arrangement is nothing short of magnificent!!! I just love it! Okay...dumb question, but is it new? Maybe it just looks different with the tablescape? It's beautiful, Melissa!!! It just showcases your Italian tablescape perfectly! And I love all of the little pretty with the sugared fruit and ribbons!!!

Così magnifico! So magnificent!!!

Girl, your stuffed Italian pasta looks absolutely divine! I've never done a stuffed pasta before...I'll have to give this recipe a try...Italian is Russell's favorite!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

Okay...on to your fabulous cloche vignette!!! I love that you used that beautiful amber colored vase as a cloche...and the sugared fruit looks soooo pretty inside of it!!! You are a design genius...putting that beautiful cloche up on the barley twisted pedistal!!! This cloche vignette just may be my very favorite!!! I have always loved all of your beautiful vignettes but this one is certainly special!!! The greenery...the beautiful candles and holders...ahhhh!!! Is this on the table in your entryway? I'm thinking so.

Well Darlin'...this was such a always, I enlarged each and every photo to "drink in" all of the lovely details!!! Soooo inspiring!!! You're such a gifted and talented designer, my friend!!! Thank you for sharing more of your beautiful home with all of us!!!

Love ya,
PS...Wowzer, a triple post!!! That's alot of work!!! Hehe!

PAT said...

Gorgeous table and delicious food, Melissa!!

I love all the dishes!

Chari said...

Ohhh...this is just too funny! You know what my word was for the word verification???


I am definitely sending fankisses your way, Sweetie!!! hehe!!!

Love ya,

Paula said...

your home is beautiful as always! I love your tablescape and the food looks delicious. Where are those red plates your shells are one from? I will have to try that recipe. It looks like one I might not mess up! LOL.

The Tablescaper said...

Love the square red plates. How fun using them as chargers. Also love the touch of red berries on the napkin rings. Great fun. - The Tablescaper

Lori E said...

I completely understand yourlove for all things "Italy" as I am in the same state of mind. We had planned a trip a couple years ago and had to cancel it. Now I am just waiting for the time when we can go. The skies, the food, the wine, the atmosphere. Oh yes I almost forgot. Your table is beautiful.

xinex said...

You are so innovative, Melissa, love how you improvised to create a cloche. And the shell dish look so good and simple. I am glad I can add one more menu to my list of what to cook. Love your tablescape too, love the layering the dishes.....Christine

Kammy said...

Wow Melissa - love your times three post....The table is gorgeous and I love those bowls !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love your triple post! Everything looks great -- and I do really like those grape bowls! Yes indeed! And as much as I've cooked Italian - I've never made stuffed shells -- I'm going to have to give them a try.

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

What beautiful layers on your table. You can put together one very lovely tablescape! Your food looks wonderful too. I'll definitely have to give this one a try.

Beth in NC said...

Your tablescape and decorations are BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the way the square plates pick out the red grapes in the new bowls. Everything is lovely!


Michelle said...

Melissa, very pretty! A triple post, impressive!! Beautiful job on all counts!

Grandma Nina said...

You are so talented. Your site is better than any magazine. I get so many ideas from you. When I get more time I need to try out some of your inspiration. I also have grape themed kitchen and dining room so I would love to take your table setting and bring right into my home.

Melissa Marie said...

Now THAT is how you do a tablescape! Love the grape bowls! Everything is so pretty and those shells! Talk about looking delicious! :)

ceekay said...

Your tablescape is beautiful. I love those bowls!! And what a great idea for a cloche. I am getting my post together...I don't think I am so creative, but it will be fun to see everyone's ideas!

Elyse said...

hi! your table looks so warm and inviting -- perfect for a nice, italian meal!

this is my very first tablescape thursday and it is very fun!


Shelia said...

Hi Melissa! Oh, I love your table and the dishes - those bowls! I want some like yours!
Oh, the stuffed shells - I'm gonna have to make these! They sound so delicious!
Love your cloche! Love how you've set up your table.
Now, sweet one, is there anything you can't do?
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kathy said...

Fabulous colors, so rich and warm. Your Scape is beautiful and very Italian looking, keep up the good work xoxo~Kathy@ Sweet up-north mornings...

Barbara said...

Very colorful table.

Boosalis Bloggle said...

Melissa~ Thank you for the trip to Italy! I could almost smell your yummy dinner. It looks so scrumptious!! I wanted to jump into my computer screen, sit at your beautiful table and dish up a plateful of those Italian shells!! (I'm dieting, can you tell? LOL)

I love how you layered your placemats! The square plates are such a beautiful deep red...they are gorgeous! I am amazed at how many different looks you have created on your table!!

You may not have had a cloche, but I didn't even know what one was. Yours is brilliant! =)

Melissa, you have such a hospitable spirit. Thank you for opening up your heart and home to all of us in blogland. You're a blessing!!

Teri said...

love the bowls and the layers!

happy tablescaping


bj said...

Your new bowls are just PERFECT with everything else. Everything looks so pretty...and I LOVE the red square plates.
The recipe sounds just delicious and your cloche is beautiful

The Muse said...

Melissa, Oh you have a true TRIPLE CROWN winner!!!

Lisa said...

Melissa, your bowls are so pretty! They are perfect with the square plates. Love those. I'll say it again...your decorating style is so beautiful,yet warm and welcoming.
PS I'm trying your recipe.:)

Karen said...

Great job! And you were very clever with the cloche.
And there are absolutely NO calories in the stuffed shells, right? Great! I'll try them out.
Have a great weekend! Karen

Sandra said...

Hi Melissa. What a pretty table setting. I like the idea of turning the vase upside down to create a cloche. It looks great!

jenjen said...

You are so creative! I love that table setting. What pretty colors and textures!

Hope you are having a fun summer so far!


xinex said...

Thanks, Melissa! I bought the candlestick holders in a store that was closing in Baton Rouge, sorry I cannot remember the name. But anyway, they are close now....Christine

Chandy said...

Those bowls are wow! Melissa, you have the best ideas and finds. And that cloche, just so darling!

Kim said...

I love the colors and the dishes used in your Italian tablescape. I hope that you get to go to Italy someday. It is fabulous!! I hope to go back someday. I loved your cloche. I have a hard time seeing something for other than what it was intended. I love getting these new ideas from other bloggers.

Sharing with Sherri said...

Melissa, Melissa,

You just have the most exquisite taste!! Those square red plates are gorgeous and yes the matching grape plates are perfecto! Lovely layering as well!
The stuffed past sounds easy and delicious, what a perfect combination!
Your cloche vignette is really pretty and creative too! Great job, sweet friend!!


Mary said...

Wow, what a terrific triple play! First of all, I'm drooling over your stufffed shells... and it's 5:45AM! Secondly, love your cloche party entry -- so beautiful! And last but not least, that tablescape is amazing. Such beautiful dishes and glasses in warm and wonderful colors. Love it!

Bo said...

Hi Melissa...Gee, I've really missed visiting your beautiful blog while I've been out...Your tablescape is perfect in every detail...LOVE those red chargers & the bowls! Thanks for sharing the as you say "easy" shells recipe...that would make a great company dish...Clever girl with your amber cloche..LOL ;-) Bo

Nancy said...

Melissa, Love the table setting! And, we had that same table, until I found my farm style table, we sold the Ashley one, but I loved it, however the round didn't work for us in this house, because the space was rectangle. I love how you have all the layers going on! I mean I LOVE IT!

The recipe looks delish! We love italian food is always a big hit with my men!

The cloche idea is beautiful and it does go perfect with your theme!!!! I don't have a cloche either....shame...I know!

Triple post...whew! Hope I didn't forget something!!! LOL :)

Hope you have a great day! Nancy

~Kristen~ said...

Oh Melissa!!! Molto bello ("very beautiful" in Italian. My hubby is 1/2 Italian!) Seriously...the colors, the textures, the presentation, everything is gorgeous! I, too, have a grape/wine theme in my kitchen, but my kitchen overall needs work. We are planning on painting our cabinets and replacing the countertops, sink and fixtures to freshen the room up a bit. Then I can play a little more with the accessories. I will absolutely be coming here for inspiration! I am so happy I found your blog...such a warm and beautiful spot to visit!

Vanilla Lavender said...

That tablescape looks absolutely gorgeous! I'm a huge fan of all Italian things. The grape pattern is lovely!

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Hi Melissa,
I'm sitting here drooling over everything! The dishes, the food, your table, all beautiful! Your cloche you made is gorgeous, so inventive! I'm kicking myself because I forgot about the cloche party. I'm very annoyed with myself! Maybe there will be another at some point. Have a happy Thursday!

Really Rainey said...

That table is really cool. I love the wood and iron combo on the chairs and table.. very nice!
The colors you put together are so pretty! And I just love your menu!
Have a great Thursday!
~Really Rainey


Melissa - I adore the red chargers. They would go perfect at our lake condo. You seem to know how to do it all just perfectly. Thanks for sharing all of our wonderful ideas.


Fifi Flowers said...

YUMMMM... LOVE your dishes too!

~CC Catherine said...

Hi Melissa! Great trio of Italian TT and the food and Cloche shares! The amber glass is precious used like this. It gave me an idea on what I can improvise with. I have a light green one that I think I'll use...maybe amongst a couple others. SO COOL! ;) ~CC Catherine

niartist said...

Melissa it's beautiful - all the way around. The centerpiece to your TT post is AMAZING! Your food looks SOOOOO Delicious. And the cloche table ... adorable! Thanks so much for the constant source of inspiration you provide! :)

Laura said...

Amazingly beautiful!

You did a great job-


Stacey said...

Hi Melissa! Your new bowls are stunning. I think you Marshall's girls just like to torture me. No Marshall's here...darn. Your dinner looks so good too. I love to cook italian dishes. They are generally so easy and delicious.

Candy said...

FAB-U-LOUS!!! I too love the warm rich colors. It all blends together for a wonderful presentation.
Yummy food. I always wish we have a tasting button when you ladies get to cookin'
And a beautiful finish with your lovely cloche.

Well done, WELL DONE!

Zoey said...

The square plates are perfect as chargers for the cute grape bowls.
Your stuffed shells are making me hungry! I have not made those in quite a while.

Beautiful table.

Chari said...

Hey Girlfriend...

Just seen you leave a comment over at Marty's place so I'm thinking that you might be at the computer right now? I have a favor to ask...would you please go to my blog and let me know what it looks like to you? I have messed something's showing up as real wide...the yellow part on the right hand side. My photos all look okay to me...but was wondering how it looks on someone else's computer! I have worked and worked to get it back to no avail! I finally gave up...need to be getting ready for my trip! Anyway...if you'll drop me a note on my blog...I would sure appreciate it!

Love ya,

Cynthia said...

Your tablescape is beautiful!

Joy said...

wow a lot going on at your house. Very pretty tablescape, cloche
display and the food looks yummy!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Melissa your table is wonderful! I love all the festive color- and what a great idea to use the amber vase as a cloche!!! You may just have started a new fad!


Linda said...

Love the chargers and the rich colors, but the grape bowls steal the show! Beautiful job - so many lovely ideas. Linda

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love the it all! You did good - a great way to make a cloche. I have the same Barley Twist pedestal & put a cloche on mine. :-)

tales from an oc cottage said...

Tour de force! But then a military wife can handle anything! ;)

m ^..^

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

I love everything... your italian tablescape is beautiful... and I love how you improvised with no cloche.. I don't have one either... we need toget one! And stuffed shells...yummmmmm! Have a great weekend! Susan

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for visiting. Yes, the barley twist pedestal is from Southern Living Home. The stuffed shells look yummy.

The Stylish House said...

You did a wonderful job setting up the pretty tablescape. Your dishes, the yummy recipe and your clever cloche are classy, warm and inviting. I hope you and your hubby make it to Italy someday, hopefully soon!

Picket said...

What a great packed post girl! Those dishes are beautiful and I love the colors in your tablescape...oh I bet that meal was needed a scratch and sniff on here for that! lol The cloche is gorgeous!!!! Thanks for so much inspiration...have a great weekend sweetie!

kymber said...

Melissa, everything is so beautiful - you have such an amazing sense of style. I LOVE to look at all of your wonderful rooms - I get such inspiration from you girl!

What a beautiful tablescape today! I LOVE the layering effect.

Your dinner looks yummy too! I will have to try this - my hubby would love it!
Blessings to you,

skoots1mom said...

thx 4 sharing!

Tee said...

You're making me hungry for pasta, and it's only 9 AM! I have the Southern Living barley twist stand. It's probably been in every room in the house over the years.

movingonlady said...

The food looks really good. And the decorations are very nice.
I especially like the barley twisted pedestal. I see you also have two candle holders. All three of these items are sold by Southern Living at HOME. You have them displayed very pretty.
Have a great weekend.

Lady Katherine said...

Hi, I just love your setting! The bowls, the plates, the food! How I love the food! lol The cloche is so beautiful! You have a real touch when it comes to decor. I want to go to Marshall's again! lol I been down last few weeks with an infection, still trying to get better. I am going to drive to a small town on back roads, I have not driven in 4 years so, there is a Walmart, antique shop and a few thrift stores, but no Marshalls! lol I going with Just Me, my Freedom trip! Thanks for stopping by and looking at all the old things I love.

Tasha said...

Your grape bowls are so pretty! I love the table setting pics! Looks like something out of Southern Living magazine!

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Melissa, this was such a fantastic post! Just full of yummy pictures, food and ideas.

Those dishes couldn't be any prettier or more appealing to me.

I'm so glad you are a blogger! :)


Mary said...

I love everything I've seen here. It looks warm and inviting and those shells are the icing on the cake. Have a wonderful weekend.

susan said...

It is all beautiful and your recipe looks heavenly--fattening, but heavenly :)

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Thanks for commenting on my cloches. You are inventive in making a cloche out of your vase.

The shells look so yummy. Whenever, I say to my husband, I want to make something special for dinner, he ask if it's for a Foodie Friday post. lol

Kristen said...

Lovely tablescape with a yummy meal to go with it. You make stuffing shells sound easy. I usually take the coward's way and make "unstuffed" shells, but I may have to knuckle down and try your way.

LdyDy said...

Your bowls are just gorgeous! I love your whole italian/tuscan design! Your cloches are just beautiful! I love the color theme and the presentation! Oooooh... just perfect!
P.S. Food looked great too! Huggy Hugs!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

The entire post-delisicioso! The place setting, the food-YUM! I am so making that when we get home from vacation! So glad you commented with a "roadmap" to your blog! I LOVE it!

Leigh, Tales from Bloggeritaville

salmagundi said...

What a great post! A tablescape, food and a great vignette with the cloche. Take care, Sally

Tara G. said...

Melissa, friend, I just passed on an award to you over at the Yellow Hat. Feel free to continue it if you want or not, but just know I appreciate you!

Lisa (aka) French said...

I am so out of the ring...I don't even own a cloche your a smart girl to improvise so quickly too;) Love the table setting! Hugs French;)

fiberdoodles said...

Melissa as always you have out done yourself! Everything is just stunning and I just love your impromtu cloche ;)

Thank you so much for introducing me to Marty! What an awesome blog! And I am so glad I joined the party; what fun! My husband was so cute when I told him I was getting ready for a party he thought company was really coming (LOL).

Thanks so much for your friendship!

Stay sweet,

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Melissa, there is so much beauty in this post. Wow! 3 events, and you tied them all together beautifully! I am loving your new bowls, and the way you layered your place settings. That red squre plate just looks like it was made to be used as a charger for that bowl! The stuffed shells look delicious. And your brilliant use of the vase as a cloche turned out lovely. OOOOO, I enjoyed seeing so much inspiration on your post today. laurie

Liz said...

OKAY~ You are the hit of all 3 parties! LOVELY!

I think I want to try the shell recipe...YUM!


Brandi said...

Hi Melissa - I see congrats are in order for you as well! Isn't Mrs. YH the best?!!

Your grape bowls are fantastic and the tablescape looks like something out of a magazine!

I LOVE Italian, so I'll have to write down your recipe. Have you ever tried Bertolli pasta sauce? I tried it a few months back and now it's all I buy - delish!

This is probably going to make me sound super ignorant, but I have no idea what "cloche" is. I'll have to go over to Marty's blog and check it out. Have a great weekend! :-)

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hi Melissa~ ~ ~
Your table looks so lovely! Food tastes so much better on a finely set table. Yummmm, stuffed shells.
Have a great weekend~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

It may not be a "real" cloche, but it's beautiful!

Calming Scents said...

your home is just so warm and inviting..nothing more to say!

Stuffed Shells rock. When I make mine, I mix it batch just cheese stuffed, the other stuffed with meat.

Tammy518 said...

Wow, I love your Italian-themed triple post! I've been wanting to make some stuffed shells, and your post has just reminded me. I'll probably put it on the menu for this week.

The dishes are so pretty too!

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Melissa, I love your dishes. I have some that are similar. Thanks for the recipe the shells look wonderful.

Cathy said...

Your tablesetting is beautiful. Oh my, I love those square red plates. Very dramatic and elegant.

Think I'm going to have to make those stuffed shells.

You have a lovely blog.

Candy-Faith..... from Simply Pretty said...

pretty home you have!

Tomarie said...

I was LITERALLY taken aback over your tablescape!! The reds are just gorgeous!! Everything looks so beautiful Melissa!! :-) L~

Miss Janice said...

Melissa, this tablesetting is just beautiful. The colors and patterns of the dinnerware are gorgeous, love the linens, and the centerpiece. Gorgeous! I am loving the stuffed shells recipe and your cloche and the tablescape there is just perfect!

Jules said...

I love your tablescape and the grape dishes. Everything looks wonderful and the layered look is so nice.

I really need to try that stuffed shells recipe. It looks delicious!

I hope you had a nice weekend :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Melissa, this is just beautiful! You did a great job on that tablescape, and I love all of your pretty china. AND that dish looks delicious. I'm starved! Haven't had lunch yet. And the cloche is super, too! Great job on all.

Love to you...


Sheila :-)

Lynette said...

Hey Melissa - I'm making the rounds this evening trying to play catch up!!

Finally think I've gotten to a place where I may be able to start blogging a bit again and wanted to drop in and say HI!!

Your blog still looks as lovely as ever and I've missed chatting with you! I have been doing a little lurking, just not any posting but I hope I can do better about that now.

Crystal said...

Hi Melissa - I can't believe I just now found your blog. It is just lovely.
Your italian theme just flowed effortlessly. I love how you emprovised with the cloche. My family likes stuffed shells too.
Thanks for sharing!

Teri said...

Hi Melissa! My hubby and I went shopping on Saturday for new placemats! I thought of you and your table the whole time we were out. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!!


Anna said...

La tua tavola è fantastica!I'm very happy that many of you love Italian style. I'm so proud to be Italian when I read your posts about Italy. Your table is amazing. Actually,everyday we use the tablecloth and we often use the placemats at breakfast.But can I sit and have lunch with you? Arrivederci.

Michelle (hometc) said...

I love those bowls, I used to have some hand painted grape wine glasses that would have looked beautiful with them. Unfortunately, they were all broken through strange, different mishaps and I wanted to cry each time! Anyway, if you like tropical themed lamps, visit my blog to enter my tropical table lamp giveaway. You choose from 3 different styles and these lamps are worth over $60.00 each. Good luck if you decide to enter!

nicolette said...

The red chargers really is a creative touch. Red is the right complimentary color for it.

The cloche really is an idea I should try out. I also have the vase, but not a cloche.


Bella Dreams said...

Thank you so much for dropping by! I love your table scape! Now if I could only cook.....oh well.

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Oh Melissa, your table setting is beautiful! I love all the layers and details.


Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I enjoyed all of this, everything is so beautiful!


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Hey Melissa...Kyra asked me to stop by as she can't type yet ha ha!! Thanks for coming by and seeing her latest pics and Of course I think she's darling...I am going next month to Texas and I will get to see her then...Plus my 3 year old great Grandson and 4 month old Great grand daughter will also be there..they'll be coming at me right and left girl...I am going for a week...of course it will be HOT!! don't look forward to that humid heat...How have you been my friend...I am trying to clean house...My house has been SREAMING at Me CLEAN ME don't blog ha ha!! don't know how some can do it every day...I know I such can't and do everything else I need to do...May you have a great week my friend...and of course I always think of you when I go to Second many pretty things that remind me of you....Hugs and smiles...Love ya sis..Gl♥ria

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

I am not laughing at you at all!! I am cooking challenged so no question is a bad one. It's in the baking section with the puddings but there are a few that actually say "Cook and serve" right on the box. I'm not sure what the difference is but I noticed it was on the thicker side. Maybe so it holds up better in the pie? Oh and I used all 3 bananas on the bottom of the pie. I forgot to mention that in my post. The bananas I had were medium sized. The slices on top were extra. Let me know if you like it! :) Have a wonderful day Melissa.

The Blonde Duck said...

Mama Mia! I don't know what looks better--your table or those shells!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Melissa,
Your table is very inviting. I really like the idea of layering. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day.


"Blossom" said...

Melissa, it all looks great no matter what you are showing in that beautiful home of yours. I love the stuffed shells too we make them all the time. Love the dishes too.

Chris said...

Hi There Pretty Woman, So glad for your visit, And let me say your post is awesome, just beautiful. I'm so going to make that dish, that looks so good. Ok, I'm going to go back and visit your site again. I'll see ya later.

Big Hugs,

Linda said...

Great table Melissa, I love all the warm colors!
Great job!!
Linda Q

Rita said...


I am just now taking time to go back and connect with your blog again. On the Show Us Where... days, I go through the list and make comments without really thinking about the person. When I saw you had made another comment on my blog, I decided to go back and find your blog again. Funny, but your entry was one of the best I saw... we have similar design tastes...except your house is spotless...some days I pray my mother doesn't stop by.

I'm glad you enjoy my ramblings. I really started blogging as a diary for my daughters and grand-daughters. I want them to know me as my friends know me. Thanks for your comments.

cmluvs2stamp said...

Everything is lovely as usual. The shells look so yummy. Thanks for sharing!