A Camping Tablescape

Well, it has been a couple of weeks since I did a tablescape to show you. I didn't think I was going to do one for this week either. We had been camping and when we got home Monday night, I just assumed I would have too much to do this week. Isn't that the way it always is when you return from a trip?

So, with that in mind, I decided to attempt to put together a tablescape at the campground for this week. I used a few of the thrift finds I had bought while camping and then just some things from out trailer. I wasn't sure how pretty it would come out without having access to all my tablescaping items. But, what the heck. Here we go....

I started out with this pretty yellow crocheted? knitted? (I don't know the difference! LOL) little throw as a table square.

I added the blue and white speckled metal camping dishes along with some plain white ceramic salad plates from Walmart.

Yup, that is paper napkins standing in for cloth linens. I thought they matched wonderfully.

I grabbed my favorite blue enamel pot and added some white petunias to it to create a flower centerpiece. We got the the flowers at the greenhouse I talked about yesterday and I have NO intention of planting them in my favorite cooking pot! So, that is why they are still in there original little pots.

I added our campfire percolator and placed it on the little .25 cent plate I just bought.

I added the blue and white milk glass butter dome I got thrifting as well.

To create a kind of camp fire to represent the camping aspect, I grabbed my blue and white enamel frying pan, added a couple of sprigs of blue spruce and some tealights. It really looked pretty at night (which I have pictures of naturally! LOL).

I picked up a couple of hand etched glasses at a little shop and thought why not add a little glitter to the table. I also bought this super cute little resin birdbath at the local Family Dollar. It was clearanced to $2.00. I love they way it looked on the table with a tealight in it!

Now a bunch of overall picture of my camping tablescape.....

Now this was a super thrifty tablescape. I used stuff I have had for years and a few items I just got thrifting. The new items (including the flowers) came out to $6.25.

It had been so hot and muggy, we really didn't want to sit outside and eat. However, a big rain storm came in so, we quickly pulled the table back under the awning. Then after the storm passed, it brought in some cooler weather. Yippee! So, I lit the candles and we enjoyed a simple camping meal at a pretty table.

Well, that was my camping tablescape. I love being able to create something pretty with items I already have and a few thrifty finds. You don't need to spend a lot of money to have a pretty table.

I have had a few readers write to me and tell me how much they enjoy looking at all the stunning and elaborate tablescapes each week but, feel very intimidated trying one because they don't have all these stunning and quite often, expensive things to use. Well, let me tell you, neither do I! All of my tablescapes are made up of bargain finds. And by now, y'all know that my idea of a bargain is quite often not the same as others. Okay, let's face it, I am bona fide CHEAP!! So, don't feel like you can't join in the fun because you don't have a lot of expensive dishes. That's not what it is all about. It is about creating and using things you already have. So, try it and have fun with it!!

Now don't forget, I have a fun giveaway going on this week! Win 50 Custom Greeting cards!

Go and enter HERE!

Please stop by these fun parites!

Tablescape Thursday

Thrifty Thursday

Treasures and Trinkets Thursday


  1. I just love this tablescape! It is so comfy and inviting. You did an outstanding job on it.

  2. I love your campsite table...sure looks better than the white paper plates I would be using for a camping weekend. That old percolator brings back a memory of many years ago while camping I forgot to bring a jug of water for the coffee, so we used lake water that I boiled before brewing the coffee...it was the worst coffee I had/have ever tasted, so bitter it made your face pucker up!

  3. Now as someone who still loves tent camping after more than 50 years, I must say I love your tablescape. The way you represented the campfire was pure genius. My friends all know I "girl" camp and a pretty table along with a fantastic meal is a must!

  4. Very nice. I spied the butter dome from your thrifty finds post.

    By the way, I can't tell the difference from knitting and crocheting either.

    Have a great evening! La

  5. That has to be one of the prettiest camping tablescapes I've seen. Love the blue and white butter dome with the blue camping gear and the tealights add the finishing touch.

  6. How charming!!! Now, do you always go through this trouble when you are camping??? Sweet!

  7. Diann this turned out so cute. I was ready to sit down and have dinner with you. I love the blue and white and how you pulled the items together. Cute with the frying pan, very clever! Love the little bird bath with the tea light it was even cuter. Great job and I love it that you show us each week you can tablescape with out spending lots of money and still have beautiful tables.

  8. Wow..super wow...what a fabulous series..i love how it moved into the night scene with all the ambience and charm and candelight...pure magic!! Yay..awesome post..such beauties all in blue..

  9. Now that is the way I'm going camping in the future! Love how taken all the stuff that we all have and put it together for a glamourous night! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Fun in the great outdoors, this looks great! I agree that part of the fun of tablescaping is to try to use what you already have on hand in different ways!

  11. It looks pretty fancy for a camping trip, Diann! Thanks for your words of wisdom about tablescaping - it is, as you said, about being creative. Love the frying pan with the votives and spruce - love your butter dome and the colorful napkins look just right. Glad you had fun camping!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  12. This is the prettiest camping table setting I've ever seen. Sure beats my paper plates and cups.
    I was very intimidated when I first joined tablescape Thursdays. Most of my dishes are odds and ends found while garage saling, or junking. The nice dish sets are few at my house. I do have some pretty pieces tho...so I just put them all together to make a setting...mix and match is my motto.

  13. Now that is dedication! Tablescaping while camping!! Wow! Very creative! Come and visit me! Love, ~Nana~

  14. Very pretty camping table. You are right....the candles do look pretty in the frying pan. :)

  15. Neat, neat, neat! Like the way you used your frying pan ... and that butter dome is really unique! Good job!

  16. i love that color combo, and eating out there amongst nature! well, except for bugs.

  17. What an amazing "camping" tablescape! You have a real eye for putting things together in a very appealing way! Love the petunias in the the blue pot!

  18. Hey Diann! I know, I know, I'm supposed to be on vacation, but I had to stop in and see what everyone linked up to my Treasures and Trinkets party! :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE your campsite tablescape, it' so lovely! (especially since it's something you did on the spur of the moment!) You're a creative little cookie! LOL
    Hope you have a great week! I can't wait to show you all my pics from Charleston, SC! hee hee hee...having a great time!
    Blessings & Hugs!

  19. HOW ADORABLE! Great idea! I really love this tablescape...I bet kids would love it as well. So glad I saw this on Trinkets and Treasures over at Missy's My Cottage Charm!

  20. What fun! The blues really pop against the yellow, and everything looks especially pretty when you lit the candles. I loved what you said about having no plans to plant petunias in a favorite cooking pot!

    Hope your weekend goes well.

  21. What a wonderful tablescape! SO Homey!

  22. You really did a great job putting everything together. I really like your dishes. Have a nice weekend, Mary

  23. What fun to see your "camping" tablescape. Love the candle light glow and the use of the graniteware dishes. ~ Sarah


Thank you for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your ideas. If you ask a question, I will answer it here in a comment back to you. Please check back! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day! Diann :)