Tablescape Tuesday: Everything’s Coming Up Lemons!

“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”
Proverbs‬ ‭11‬:‭25‬

Everyone has heard the saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”!  The phrase is meant to encourage optimism in the face of adversity. Lemons suggest bitterness, while lemonade is a sweet drink-according to Wikipedia!

May I suggest a different attitude about lemons.  I have discovered that adding a hint of lemon juice or zest to vegetable dishes brightens the taste and adds a unique freshness!   So, what do I do with all the lemons?  I will make lemon ice box pie, lemon poppy seed cake, lemon zest will be added to pasta, asparagus, and spring peas,  and of course, I will make lemonade!    Lemons certainly brought freshness to our dining room! The new tablecloth is the inspiration for this setting!  The centerpiece is a simple one.  When we were at Blackberry Farm in February, Butch bought me this wonderful charcuterie board.  It is made from old European barn wood. (You can read more about it here:  It’s Not What You Think!). I placed three hurricane vases filled with lemons on the board and voila…an easy centerpiece!  Glassware with amber base, amethyst stem, and peridot bowl complements the setting! The Italian tablecloth is made in a shop in Florence and is very good quality for a very reasonable price!
 The charcuterie board lends a rustic feel!  Detail of the old wood!  Simple setting…rattan chargers, white dinner plates, and chevron cotton napkins!  My often used resin tortoise flatware!  A couple of things I really like about this tablescape…the texture of the rattan chargers mixed with the old wood of the board and secondly the chevron pattern of the napkins juxtaposed with the tablecloth!  I love to mix it up!  I have ten of these vases which I have used for flowers, candles, and, of course fruit!  Practical and inexpensive!  Fruit makes a great centerpiece!  I will enjoy using this tablecloth on the patio when our outside project is completed!  You can see progress here: Backyard Beginnings.  What is your favorite way to use lemons?The Details:
Tablecloth and napkins – TJ Maxx
Charcuterie Board-Blackberry Farm
Hurricane vases – Hobby Lobby
Rattan chargers – I don’t remember
White dinner plates – Home Goods
Stemware – Tuesday Morning
Flatware –

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver”
Proverbs‬ ‭25‬:‭11‬  

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Now this is a very happy and bright centerpiece, my friend. I just love the lemons! And the green is the perfect accent to the yellow.

    My favorite way to use lemons….in yummy recipes :) Always a joy to have you join Roses of Inspiration.

  2. Rosie M. says:

    Oh, Pam, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this tablescape! You can almost smell the lemons!! The tablecloth is a perfect find for such a happy, fresh, bright space. Love the textures and napkins and I’m drooling over your new barnwood board! You’ve done a wonderful job of coordinating everything. Thank you for sharing. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

    • Rosie, thank you so much for such sweet words. I really think I will get a lot of use with the tablecloth. It will look great using oranges for the centerpiece! Blessings, my friend! Pam

  3. Nici says:

    What a perfectly lovely tablescape! I love the addition of the lemons. So pretty. Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party!

  4. Pam, I love your bright and cheery table! I can almost smell the delicious aroma of the lemons through the screen. Your centerpiece board is so great too and I think you will find so many uses for it. I use my lemons in many of the same ways as you do, and when I have little leftover pieces I freeze them, then toss them in the disposal and turn it on. The kitchen is filled with the fresh scent of lemons!

    • Linda, thank you for the gracious comments! I love your idea of freezing leftover pieces of lemon to toss in the disposal. The scent of lemons is always fresh! Have a joy-filled day! Pam

  5. Nancy says:

    Pam, what a delightful tablescape! I’m crazy about yellow and every detail on your table is just perfect! Those lemons…ahhhh, love them and they look just awesome!

  6. Jann Olson says:

    I love this fun tablescape Pam! The board is gorgeous and I love the simplistic style of the lemons. We used a lemon theme for my middle daughters wedding and now she decorates with lemon dishes and accessories in her kitchen. She’s added touches of pale blue and it’s really pretty. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  7. lisa at stylesofcooking says:

    Love this, so refreshing, especially your centrepiece. Lemon and poppy seed rolls are my favourite lemon recipe, especially when filled with homemade crab burgers! Popping over from foodie Friday, have a good week.

  8. Christopher says:

    So pretty. Brings back memories of my wedding, citrus theme and colors were lemon, lime, and orange!

  9. lulu says:

    Isn’t it amazing how an entire table can evolve from simple inspiration? I love your lemon theme and how you have, as you say, mixed it up. Being sensitive to color and texture is a wonderful gift.

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