This week’s tablescape was inspired by my vintage Ferris wheel (I talked about its history here), and seemed the perfect week to showcase it in Cuisine Kathleen’s “summer whimsey” tablescape party.
Growing up, we traveled in the summer since my father was a teacher. Every June, we packed up the trailer and headed off on a long car trip. The longest — and my brother says the most interminable — trip we ever took was from Ohio to California. It was on that vacation in about 1965 that I first went to Disneyland and was enchanted by Walt Disney’s vision.
As adults, we took our children to Disneyworld in 1989, sharing a condo on the property with friends from college and their son. Our two older boys were at a good age for Disneyworld, but little Engineering Barbie spent a lot of time in a stroller at age four. She was a good sport, though, and we enjoyed a fabulous vacation together. Our kids have both been back with their high school bands for winter vacation trips to Florida. From those trips to the Magic Kingdom comes the inspiration for today’s tablescape.
My Disney Ferris wheel takes center stage in this tablescape, supported by a wooden planter box painted with chalk paint.
When I think of Disney’s amusement parks, the first thing that comes to mind is how important it is to bring a camera, so I lined up a couple of point-and-shoot cameras from our collection. Then I added some photos of my family at Disneyworld and other amusement parks.
I struggled with colors to put this tablescape together because the bright primary colors on the Ferris wheel have faded. The red gingham checked napkins I thought I was going to use looked terrible — so back I went to my stash to come up with softer blues. I ended up using a combination of textures and colors to support the colors in the Ferris wheel, with striped melamine dishes setting the festive tone.
Blue plastic dessert plates play nicely with the blue flatware and cobalt iced tea glasses. It’s a summer party! Extra flatware is right on the table where you need it, corralled in collectible mugs from Disneyworld.
Music Man says that he is done with Disney theme parks, but I’ve always had a hankering to go back and take the behind-the-scenes tour of the gardens. If there’s one thing Disney does right — and there are many things — it’s the landscaping at its parks. I had to include miniature roses in my tablescape to represent the glorious gardens of Disney.
So there you have it — another tablescape inspired by my family heirlooms and treasured memories. I really appreciate your kind comments and your love for my family stories. I’m linking up today with the Summer Whimsey Challenge at Cuisine Kathleen, and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.