ic Kathe With an E: When Life Gives You Lemons

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

When Life Gives You Lemons

You make lemontinis!

It has been such a week!
As you may know, if you read here,
my father has been ill and is in the hospital.
The good news is he is recovering very well.
Rumor has it, he is giving the staff a hard time.
Which means he is getting back to his old ornery self
and that makes me happy.

In the midst of the drama I decided to put together
a tablescape
to lift my spirits somewhat.
I wanted something bright and cheerful
so I used yellow as my theme.
Since I don't have a yellow tablecloth
I used a plain white tablecloth and
added yellow ribbon I purchased,
using a coupon of course,
from Hobby Lobby.
I cut the ribbon to length and then
pinned it to each side of the table.
A simple silver charger, crisp white linen napkins,
our Gibson everyday dinnerware,
vintage silverplate flatware,
crystal goblets and
yellow sugar rimmed martini glasses
all highlighted by a
single yellow lemon.
A large chrome martini shaker,
borrowed from Mr. B,
holds a frosty adult beverage of

 An apothecary jar
is centered between
two vintage crystal compotes,
all filled with cheery lemons.

 A vintage crystal pitcher
is full of lemon slices and icy water.

Additional lemons are
scattered around votive candles
and candlesticks with bright yellow candles.
Setting this table helped to lift my spirits
and to realize that, no matter
 how stormy life may be some days,
we must look forward to the sunshine.


  1. So pretty! My sister and I decorated for a wedding reception using lemons! It was so beautiful!!! ~ Barbara

  2. I never thought about using ribbon for a table decoration. Brilliant. I love lemon stuff also and actually have two adorable lemon pillows that I use in my family room during the summer.

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  4. Cute Kathe!! Love the ribbon on the tablecloth...great idea!

  5. Lovely tablescape! The lemons bring a bit of sunshine!!

  6. What a great way to get your spirits up. Hope your dad is doing well. So great you joined our Pin'Inspirstion party today, hope you share at my party on Saturday :-)

  7. So glad your father is on the mend! I do think setting a pretty table is therapeutic, and yours turned out beautifully! The lemons and yellow ribbon give it a fresh, clean look, and I"ll bet those lemontinis are delish! The yellow sugar is such a great idea for the rims!

  8. great ideas with the ribbons. I'll save that thought for when I need to do the same. Love your sunny lemons! The table looks great. Hope all is better and dad continues to recuperate! xo marlis

  9. Ohhhh I love this! The yellow is cheery and still if perfect for this time of year! Love your stemware!

  10. I hope your father continues to improve. Yellow is such a cheery color. I love the lemons in the apothecary jar. Cheaper than flowers and delicious and functional. Joni

  11. Hi Kathe!

    I'm happy to hear your father is doing better. Robin and I just got back from NJ for our dad's 90th birthday. What a pretty table you created. I would agree that yellow is very cheerful, and I love your use of ribbon and lemons. I've never had a lemontini, but I may have to change that!

    Creating Wonderful Spaces

  12. Ohhhh,Kathe that table is 2 die for! Glad you dad is better big hugs to all

  13. Hi Kathie, I am glad to hear that your father is ornery, that is always a good sign! :) Your lemon table is so refreshing. I love how simple and yet elegant feel it evokes. I am glad it lifted your spirits, I know it did mine. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Lemons make me smile too and lemontinis make me smile even more ! So glad your Dad is on the mend . Visiting via Fireflies and Jellybeans :)

  15. I've never seen so many lemons used in decoration - - - but it is absolutely fabulous!

    And that pitcher of lemon slices in ice water makes me want to dive right into the computer screen to pour a glass!

  16. Very fun with the use of the ribbon and rimming the glasses in yellow sugar to match. Love it.

  17. I love this! Glad your dad is doing better! I want to sit at this table. Very cozy!

  18. how cool is that! and the ribbon is fabulous..
    good luck with you dad!

  19. What a lovely sight on a cold wintery day! Hope your Dad continues to recover well.

  20. The lemon yellow ribbons are better than a yellow tablecloth for it's more dramatic. The whole idea of the lemons is refreshing. Great tablescape! Tell your Dad to get better and we are praying for him and you both for an easy recovery. Happy Tablescaping! Pam

  21. Very pretty...lemons always add just the right bit of color to make me smile.

  22. I love it! Since you saw mine already, you know that I'm in the yellow theme this year, and I'm all about lemons right now. I love the idea of the ribbon across the white tablecloth. I can't tell you how many times I wished that I had just a little color in a tablecloth. Perfect solution.

    The gray was the perfect accent, and I love the yellow rimmed martini glasses. I noticed that we also have the same set of stemware. I think we're soul sisters or something. Therefore, I'm following you to see what you're doing next.

  23. Lemons never looked so good! Awesome job!! I would love for you to come link up today over at Passionatelyperfect.com!! Your newest follower!!

  24. I LOVE lemons! This is such a cheerful uplifting table. I love the touches of gray with it. Perfect. I would love it if you would be willing to link up to our party going on now. Thanks


  25. Yummy lemon tablescape. Love that look and would there be any more lemontinis left? :) I love a pitcher with ice water and lemon slices too. So refreshing.
    I'm a new follower,

  26. I'm glad to hear your Dad is recovering and showig signs of being back to his former frisky self! It's hard to see a parent in pain, and I know you and your family are thrilled to see him thriving again! This is the perfect table to help YOU thrive again and shake off the scare and dread associated with your Dad's surgery. Bright, cheery yellow is the answer every time! And the lemontinis ain't bad, either! :-) I hope your Dad continues to make great strides toward recovery. Take care, and have a good weekend!

  27. What a lovely tablescape! I love the smell of fresh lemons. I bet your house smelled great for days! ;)

  28. The yellow is so energetic and refreshing. I love, especially at this time of year when you need a bit of a boost. I really like the silver chargers with the yellow,...gray and yellow are so pretty together. Thanks so much for sharing your sunshine at our Link It Up Thursday party.

  29. Beautiful! I like the white table cloth with all the yellow, it lets the lemons stand out!

    Stopping by from Chalk and Chocolate

  30. I love the colour yellow, and this is a super-creative way to use it! Well done!

  31. What a bright and cheery table...and the drinks sound delish!
    Please stop by to enter my giveaway of a digital scrapbook program!

  32. What a fun table to brighten these gray winter days!!

  33. Kathe! Wow. This is so pretty! Great job! So glad your dad is doing better too!
    PS Come show off at my place Wednesday if you can!

  34. Beautiful! I love how cheery and uplifting the yellow is.

  35. How nice and fresh. Glad to have you at Things I’ve Done Thursday!


  36. It's a lovely table setting, we picked up some lemons this week too, they're always so nice to have around the house!
    Glad your Pop is feeling better too, tami

  37. Lovely table so cleaver!glad your father is doing better

  38. Love it! The ribbon is such a creative idea, and at this dreary time of year yellow is always welcome!

    Thanks for showing off!


  39. What an inspired tablescape! Thanks for sharing!

  40. What an awesome table setting. Great idea!! Thanks for sharing at my party. I can't wait to see what you have next week.

  41. Thank you for sharing this fabulous post to Potpourri Friday!

  42. Such a wonderfully bright and cheery table. I'm so glad it lifted your spirits. It lifted mine as well.

    Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  43. What a great idea to lift your spirits. Beautiful tablescape; I'd love to be sitting at that table.

  44. So cheery and fun! I'd never have thought to decorate with lemons, but it looks awesome! Thanks for sharing at shine on fridays!

    I love the lemons! Great job with the ribbon :) We have an orange tree so I hope to do something fun with them!

  46. Just beautiful! Love the lemons! I'm so glad your Dad is getting better. Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

  47. What a lovely bright and cheery table!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  48. Mmmmm, lemontinis sound yummy! Thanks for sharing at the WWL Party!


  49. I'm so glad to hear your dad is doing better Kathe! Your table is so fun and cheerful. Lemons are such a great thig to use to create a sunshiny table! Thank you for joining TTF and have a great week!

  50. I'm so glad to hear your father is feeling better. I love your outlook, and taking a lemon in your life and transforming it to some thing so beautiful. Your table is lemony gorgeous. What a very cute idea. Thanks for sharing you creative inspiration at Sunday's Best!

  51. Thanks so much for linking up this weekend @ CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet party..Have a wonderful week!

  52. visiting from marty's. This is a lovely lemon filled table, if only I had one of your drinks................

  53. Lemontini please! Great idea with the yellow ribbon, so inventive! I am definitely going to use that in a future tablescape. Please feel free to stop by my Blog Launch Party this week and enter my drawing! I am a new "mommy blogger" and would love your opinion and advice. Thanks and God Bless you and your Father.

  54. Beautiful idea!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)


  55. The ribbon and the glass rims are so unexpected. How clever and creative are you. Love it all. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  56. Beautiful table! I got a lemon in my CSA box last week by accident and have been wondering what to do with it. A nice lemontini comes to mind now. Thanks! :)

  57. Such a delightful and cheery table setting! Love how you scattered the lemons around the and the crystal jars of lemon look so very beautiful. I'm glad your dad is recovering well and setting this table lifted your spirits. Visiting from the Bunny hop party. Have a good week!~Poppy


  58. Love Lemons! Love everything you did here! Saw you over at the link up party from Clean and Scentsible! It was my first time linking up over there- so happy I did because I came across your adorbale lemon table! Love it!

  59. I love things made with lemon! This looks lemonicious! My glands are working!

  60. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  61. wow you sure are awesome at decor!
    I love it and it does lift the spirits!
    Stopping by from the linky party from Rolled Up Pretty

  62. I am glad your dad is getting better, I know you worry!
    Love the table, nice and sunny and crisp! Yellow and white is always so pretty!

  63. So glad you dad is feeling better and giving everyone a hard time!! You table totally brightened my day! Thanks for linking up with the frog!!

  64. What a lovely, fresh table! Thanks so much for stopping by and for linking up at the Tuesday To Do Party!