Sunday, August 1, 2010

Did Someone Cry “Fowl?”



The barnyard fowl have come home to roost this week, so I set a table in simple farmhouse fashion. That’s real meadow grass on the thrifted silver platter, laying the bed for a crowing rooster on a pedestal.







This vintage tablecloth from Brazil set the theme of the table setting. I found it at an estate sale last year and was thrilled with its excellent condition.





rooster tablecloth

Here is the king of the barnyard strutting his stuff!








And what would a rooster do without a hen clucking around him?






A basket of fresh eggs for breakfast…





I placed a wheat bouquet on each side of the centerpiece and tied each one up with a gingham ribbon.











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I used a white dinner plate as the base for a multi-colored place setting. Each of the salad plates is a different color and they are accented with another color for the bowl.

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And since this is such a casual table, I used paper napkins. No one seemed to mind using them at dinner  that evening.



I served the extra bourbon sauce for the main course in this rooster-embellished pitcher.  This was a $3.00 bargain at TJ Maxx.



And we imbibed of this red wine. It’s a favorite of ours and so reasonably priced.  Rex, after whom the wine is named, was a giant of a rooster, weighing in at 47 pounds. I wouldn’t want that guy chasing me around!




I served the wine in these chunky green glasses that I found on clearance for $1.49 last week at The Christmas Tree Shop.














This chicken tureen was used to serve our vegetables. Who says a tureen only has to be used for soup?






This clucking couple served as salt and pepper shakers.  They came from an antique mall in Lebanon, Ohio.




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The sun was just beginning to set when I took this picture. I like how the shadows are playing across the table. Mr. Sullivan and I were ready for our guests to arrive and share our meal of bourbon chicken.  Yum…..


And since this week brings us the Rooster Party…..



I’ve added a few new roosters for this year.   I purchased this $7.00 rooster lithograph at the same yard sale where I found all those fantastic decorative items two weeks ago.

It’s currently in the spot where  a pastoral scene  once hung over a table in the back hallway. It’s a nice change for now.














I’ve changed up the tabletop you see below by adding some new accessories. The lamp and the books were the only things that stayed from the previous vignette. Even the lampshade was changed.






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Tabletop set for fall last year. Just wanted to show what I replaced as the artwork.






My newest wire cloche from The Flower Factory is filled with pears. The bottle on the right is accented with a French postcard and a spherical bottle stopper.  I found the $2.00 shuttle on the left at Kathy’s Vintage Market sale last week.



This hooked rug was found on sale at a Tuesday Morning store several years back. I showed it at last year’s party.






You may also remember these decorative chicken and rooster plates. This year I’ve placed them on the hutch in the kitchen.


glass rooster

This tiny glass rooster on top of the vintage scale is also in the hutch.



And of course, I had to include the rooster clock that Mr. Sullivan gave me for Christmas one year.  




I love how the ticking sound of this pendulum clock keeps me company when I read the paper and drink my coffee early in the morning.

I’m always on the lookout for new rooster paraphernalia. As I’m sitting here typing, I am remembering that I bought a ceramic coffee pot just yesterday! Oops…. Forgot to unwrap it. Well, I guess I can save it for next year, right?


I’m making the rounds to a few parties this week.

I’m linked to Barb’s Rooster Party

Blog Party #2


Susan’s Tablescape Thursday




Marty’s Table Top Tuesday

Table Top Tuesday



Rhoda’s Thrifty Treasures




Cielo’s Show Off Your Cottage Monday

This is a blog that I just discovered today. It is beautiful!


Debbie’s Garage Salen Party


linky party


Secret Garden Cottage said...

What a beautiful and fun table setting, Sue! Love all your roosters, too! I have a couple above my entertainment center in my LR.
Have a wonderful day!
~ Jo :)

Dawn said...

Fowl! Fowl! I'm crying fowl! I haven't even started to think about my rooster post yet. I'm running around like a headless chicken right now. Sqwak! Sqwak! I better get to it! You know I love your roosters. The tablecloth is wonderful and sets the perfect mood.

Polly said...

Very cute Sue! Love the wire cloche! I wish I could spend more time tablescaping and decorating at home! This is very inspiring!!

Take care!


A Hint of Home said...

Loved looking at all your roosters and pretty displays.
When I was in your neck of the woods, I went to The Christmas Shop for the first time. Cute store.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sue, what a delightful tablescape! I love that table cloth and all of your wonderful rooster accessories. The wheat tied stalks are a perfect addition to the table. Love that rooster clock too, and that framed rooster picture. Well heck Sue, I love all of it. laurie

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I really like your "fowl" table setting! :) I also like you other "fowl" decor - you have it displayed so pretty. Great deal on the picture.
Have a great week and stay cool.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love this Sue!!

Wonderful linens and fowl!

Jo said...

I didn't realize you were a "fowl" collector. I came across a lot of them when antiquing in Berlin and Marietta. What a great tablescape..

La said...

Lovely table scape Sue! Love all the fowl who have taken up residence in your home.

Have a wonderful week! La

Marydon said...

I heard the cock crow, Sue! Chuckle!
Beautifully presented table scape, so inviting & warm.

Have a beautiful summer's eve ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Jennifer said...

I love that rooster in middle of your table!!! And that picture is just beautiful!!! What a great price!!! I love all your stuff!

Kelee Katillac said...

Looks so pretty! The grasses add nice texture. The whole table is charming and great buys too!

TheSmithHotel said...

Love your table! I am stopping by from Southern Hospitality!


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love that table setting full of fowl. So cute. Love, love that clock. You have some great rooster items and I can't wait to join the party on Friday.

Sweet as June said...

I love all your roosters! Beautiful table setting, it must have been so much fun putting it all together!

The Tattered Cottage said...

Sue -
LOVE your table setting and all the roosters, they just happen to be a favorite of mine! Very welcoming.
Toni ♥

Debbie said...

This is wonderful, really truly wonderful! I have my post ready to go soon....I suppose I could post it early as well, and post others in between....I will have to go check my archives and see what I have going on for now.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

You have a lot of roosters! I barely have any (and I'm going to party too) and when my husband asked me yesterday what we were doing...I said we were going "rooster hunting"! I wasn't successful, but we had fun looking!

You have beautiful things:)

Turley Times said...

What a great table setting! That tablecloth was such a find. I love how you pulled everything together so well.


Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

It all looks so pretty! Love the centerpiece, love the tablecloth, love the different colors~who wouldn't want to eat at that table?

You have a flair for accessorizing, that's for sure!

Thanks for linking up!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Sue....You have a wonderful collection of items that all went so beautifully together for your tablescape! Great photos and nice effects! Bourbon sauce sounds good on the chicken! I am off for Dr. appt and to run errands and pay bills. Going to be another hot week ahead! Can you believe it is August already??~Hugs, Patti

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I love the table cloth and the distressed plates!

BTW, how did you do the "partial" black and white photo with the coloring in the middle??!!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

I love your rooster collection. It is incredible. And that vintage tablecloth was a wonderful find.

DogsMom said...

You set the bar high for the Rooster Party, my friend.
Such beautiful settings and fun and adorable rooster finds.

Trisha said...

Love this table scape, especially the wheat!

Kathleen said...

Great tablecloth! I am not a fan of roosters, but your table is surely something to crow about!
Great job!

The Muse said...

Hi Sue,

I love the tablecloth. It seems to be very beautiful in personal. I love the roosters, they are perfectly depicted. I would love to stay in your house and just stare at these roosters.

May Your Day Be Lovely,
The Muse

Red Door Home said...

You have quite the collection of roosters. Love how you set your table - it looks very French and pretty!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

What a fantastic tablecloth, I just love it-enjoy!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Sue, I love your tablescape. Your rooster is wonderful and I am crazy about wheat, so tieing it with a ribbon is just perfect. Your tablecloth is fabulous. What a great find. I love all of your roosters. That clock is to die for. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Atticmag said...

Fun post. I love the entire rooster and chicken theme, which you've done to perfection. Thanks so much for stopping by. Jane F.

Sandy said...

Beautiful table cloth, and your tablescape is just perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

No wonder your so cocky Sue...look at all those Roo's in your house...Love that picture girl and you do come up with the best stuff ever girl..I love that wall paper did I tell you I l♥ve wall just makes a home look so warm to me...I know I'm old school thinking...Hope you have a GREAT week my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

CIELO said...

What a lovely and cozy home you have, love the games of light and shadows on your dinning table too! ;) and thanks for stopping by our little house in the roses and for participating in our Show Off Your Cottage Monday"... the name of that lovely saucer you were asking about is "Georgian Homer Laughlin" at least that's what it says on the back... unfortunately I only have that one saucer... I found it at a thrift store and was inmediately in love with it... ;) Nice meeting you!


C'est Magnifique said...

What a great table scape! The tablecloth is so cool! Roosters aren't normally my "thing" but you've made me want to MAKE them my thing now!!


Sandy said...

Thanks for stopping by and your suggestion. To be honest I had thought about painting the grate, but when it came from my head, it just didn't sound as good. I think I still have some of the same wall color and will give it a try. Thanks again for the suggestion.

Becky K. said...

You totally had me with the tablecloth. Every photo is stunning. Very nice job. I am still pondering what my Rooster Post will look like!

Becky K.

Kathy said...

Sue, what a lovely and welcoming tablescape you created! So many wonderful pieces put together - you have such great style my friend!!!

I'm sure your guests enjoyed the table as much as the food!

Hugs, Kathy

P.S. My foot is healing well - thanks for your help! :)

AshTreeCottage said...

Funny thing ... I'm enjoying your great post while I am listening to the chickens next door clucking away! I wonder if they know I am reading about your lovely roosters???

Susan and Bentley

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Love the pretty photos! Especially love the tablecloth. Your post reminds me somehow of fall. Maybe it's the colors, or maybe it's me hating this heat!

Shelia said...

Hi Sue! Oh, my heart is a pounding as I look at all your wonderful Roosters! Love 'em. Your table is wonderful and the tablecloth is to crow for! :)
Love all the things you've done and I love seeing your beautiful home.
Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,

Pam said...

Wow. I'm speechless. Well, not totally - you have some great rooster items. If I have to pick a favorite it is the tablecoth though. Very cute and very unique.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Sue~WOW! this is a beautiful setting. The vintage tablecloth from Brazil is stunning! I not only like how the roosters bring personality to your tablescape , but add a richness in color too.
A very Provence ambiance.

Sweet wishes,

Denise Marie said...

gorgeous post!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Your table setting looks beautiful and I love that tablecloth. It reminds me of one my mom had when I was a child.

Marianne@Songbird said...

What a lovely tablescape!
You sure have a thing for roosters! Well I love what you do with them, looks great.

Rettabug said...

What an outstanding collections of c*cks...I mean roosters! ;-p

You really have some really neat ones & have done an incredible job of displaying them. I guess that's why you're so good at what you do.

I only own 1 rooster, 2 plates with them & a new set of dish towels I just bought. Somehow I don't think my Rooster party will be anywhere near as fun as yours!!!


Chambray Blue said...

Loved the wheat bouquet! This is beautiful.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Sue, goodness girl, I didn't realize you had already posted. What a delight this is!! I will need to stay a while and just stare at all this Rooster beauty. Everything is just lovely and the colors just take my breath away. Just gorgeous!!

Thank you so much for joining the Rooster Party. Have a wonderful time on Friday!

Hugs, Barb ♥

Style Sisters said...

I love all the rooster beauty!! This is awesome. Please link up to my centerpiece wednesday today.


Rachel said...

I love the theme (since I used roosters this week too!)! I have been dying to find a rooster statue like yours, pretty realiztic looking and not whimsical... I have had no luck but enjoy drooling over yours!
Thanks for sharing!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Wow, I think you have everything covered in the parties this week...gorgeous tablesetting!!! Something I'd thoroughly enjoy !!! Love that hooked rug!!!

Fatima -Scrapart said...

Hi, Lovely tablescape! Beautiful dishes you have.Hugs, Fatima-Scrapart

Jeannine said...

I enjoyed seeing all the roosters. The solid and white plates and large bowls are great. Thanks for sharing.

once in a blue moon... said...

so many cute pieces, great fun~

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

What a great table! I love the tablecloth!


Southern Queen Bee said...

WOW all I can say is fantastic. I LOVE the picture of whole table top with the afternoon light. I really wish I had the time and dishes to join in.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I think the wine is worth buying just for the great label and story! I love all your roosters and the linens are very special. Linda

Entertaining Women said...

Your tablecloth set the tone for a wonderful tablescape. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Jacqueline said...

What a beautiful collection of roosters you have. That table cloth was quite the find. I think my favorite thing is the rooster that is framed. He is just regal and love the change in the table top. Tre chic.

Marlis said...

your collection is astounding. I love the wheat in the little votives.. what a great idea. everything looks just lovely.

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi Sue,
Sorry it's been so long since I've been by for a visit... But couldn't resist Barbs rooster party! Okay, I'm gonna have to cry FOWL about the great score you made on that awesome framed litho you found at a yard sale! What a deal that was! LOVE IT!
I hope life has been treating you and your family well!

Stay cool!
Hugs, Sherri:)

niartist said...

Great photos! I know you like to participate in the tabletop meme at Marty's, so I wanted to tell you that tomorrow I'll have a meme too, that I think you will love! It's called Vignette Friday's, and it's all about tabletop vignettes, bookcase vignettes, garden vignettes - any vignette you set up, photograph, and want to share! If you're interested, please stop by! EVERYONE is welcome to participate, but I really hope you do! :) Thanks, and I'm looking forward to seeing your vignette!

Barbara said...

I just love that tablecloth. It has so much character and you found just the perfect things to go with it. Lovely table!

Mimi said...

What a fabulous table and rooster collection.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sue, when I was here the other day, I did think our roosters were similar, but I do think mine is smaller than yours. Mine came from Hobby Lobby sale aisle ($5.00). I think it may be a smaller version of yours. Great minds.... laurie

The Decorating Diaries said...

I love your rooster collection. And that tablecloth is to die for.


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love all your roos! What a great tablecloth! I loved the red wallpaper too. Charming.

bj said...

Oh, my....this is wonderful. You do have some great roosters..and your table is stunning. I love it all.

Melissa Miller said...

Sue it is all so pretty at your table! I adore the wheat bundle. How neat is that. *Smiles*

Blessings, ~Melissa

Rettabug said...

In answer to your question, Sue...I found him at Big Lots of all places but he was still $30! I got him right after last year's party. I felt so left out when I didn't have a single rooster to join in with. Not anymore!! :-)

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

Fabulous tablecloth and LOVE the chicken tureen.

Happy roostering!

Dawn said...

Me again. It's funny you asked about the cups. They're from the attic along with the creamer on the shelf below. The little plaque on the wall and the canister on the middle shelf are both from Ross, but the color and style were so close!

I think most of my ceramic roosters came from Ross, the big green one (my favorite) came from Big Lots. Even the Bordallo Pinheiro rooster and corn platter came from Ross.

Ruby said...

That tablecloth wins all awards with me. Thanks for sharing

Jennifer said...

Great collection! I especially like your tureen and new print! I am also in love with your wallpaper! I am a sucker for red and gold- they seem to go so well with roosters! Have a great day!

Manuela@TPOH said...

I just LOVE that vintage tablecloth!! Love it! You have lots of wonderful roosters! I enjoyed seeing them all!


Secret Garden Cottage said...

Hi Sue! I just wanted to let you know that I have an award for you over at my blog. :)
Have a great day!
Hugs ~ Jo

Susan said...

Sue, your table cloth is so beautiful!! I love your rooster scape.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

You certainly have some beautiful tableware. You have such a talent for that. The colors are just wonderful. Makes me want fall to come!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Sorry for my late arrival to the party...I've been on vacation! I LOVE your rooster collection....especially those gorgeous square plates...just LOVE them :)


Susie Q said...

I so wanted to participate but alas..*sigh*
You KNOW I adore your home and your roosters. I see you have many new memners to the flock since I last came to your home to roost. Ahem.
No one creates a vignette more beautifully than you Suey.
I hope you know I adore you!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I have finally made it to the S blogs for the rooster party! I love your collection of roosters. You have a huge collection! I do love your table setting and I also have the tall guy standing in the middle of your table!