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Wild Animals Tablescape

We had a dinner party the other night and we thought it would be fun to have an exotic animal dinner party. Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my! 

Liz from Infuse With Liz, do you remember sending me these leopard print curtains?
 I used them for the center of the table,along with our cool monkey lamp.

 I love this adorable monkey candle holder.  Most of these items I had already.
I recently ordered a few things for Halloween at Pier 1 to pick up the other day.  My husband went with me because we were dropping off our previous cook top and windows at

Foothills Habitat for Humanity.

We both went into Pier1 and ended up browsing around.  My husband found the leopard print glasses, cocktail shaker and the gorgeous wooden  bowl and platter.

Hawthorn Wood bowl and platter from Pier1.

One of our guests made a comment to my husband, she could be his second wife,
after looking around at our decor and hearing the story of my husband picking out the glasses, cocktail shaker and wooden bowl and platter....LOL

I happened to have the grape leaves salad server, which matches perfectly.

The salad plates are different.  Elephants, lions, giraffes, and rhinos.

Come join us.  Pull up a chair....  Happy weekend everyone.

The menu was:  Braised Short Ribs - Mashed Potatoes - Gravy
Roasted Brussel Spouts,  Pear, Walnut Salad with Gorgonzola - Leaf cut-out bread
and Carrot Cake.
I have to share this beautiful painting Jax Frey sent me as a thank you for designing her blog.
Her blog is Mama Jax
Thanks again Ron from Uptown Acorn for referring Jax to me.

Dishes from Zgallerie
Glasses - Pier1 and Horchow
Flatware- Horchow
Wood bow & Platter- Pier1
Napkins- Pier1
Round rattan chargers- Crate & Barrel
Wrought iron chargers - JCPenney

I am joining the following linky parties:

Thursdays Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner
 Say G'day Saturday @ Natasha In Oz
Best of the Nest @ Driven by Decor
Bouquet of Talent @ Life on Lakeshore Drive
Inspiration Monday Party @ Redhead Can Decorate
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings The Heart Of Your Home
Table It @ Rustic and Refined

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  1. What a fabulous table setting. Love all of your Pier 1 finds as well.

  2. Love it all!!! Oh, to be a guest at one of your dinner parties!!! I hope they know how SPECIAL it is!!

  3. Z Gallerie plates! I should have known!!! That place....I love it! They truly have some of the most intriguing dish patterns ever. Every time I walk in that store, I want to buy a dozen of everything!!! Your Pier 1 and Horchow glasses look terrific with the dishes.

    You have some really terrific decorative items that fit so well with this theme, especially that monkey lamp and candle holder! Very exotic but still lots of fun! The napkins and napkin rings are perfect for the setting, too!

    Braised short ribs....it's been ages since I had those! Sounds wonderfully delicious! I'm glad you and your guests enjoyed the party! Hats off to your hubby for his part in making the table come alive! :-) (I think it's so much fun when the husbands get involved!!!)

  4. Umm I love this! I thought the centerpiece fabric looked familiar- glad you found a way to use them! I love that monkey lamp- what a perfect design element! Those dishes are fabulous and so are the Pier 1 glassware pieces! You pulled together a really first class designer table! Take hubby along more often- it's so much more fun to buy goodies like that when they enjoy it too!

  5. What a fabulous theme that you pulled off wonderfully! Great tablescape, Linda!

  6. Oh my gosh, Linda, this is SO fun and SO fabulous looking! And I'm willing to be you have a new camera lens - looking good, girl :)
    I think this is one of my favourite tablescapes of all and the piece from Mama Jazz - I'm speechless. It's amazing. Women having fun together is a perfect theme. Great post, my friend. xoxo

  7. YOWSA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is absolutely WILD, LINDA!

  8. That is SO COOL, Linda! I feel like I've been on a safari...really, really neat items & so beautifully arranged. I adore your dining room...I think it is my favorite room in your lovely home.
    I'm glad you're doing so well & able to entertain & enjoy it.

  9. Hi Linda, love this table setting. Everything is perfect for a wild kingdom dinner. I always think a great table theme makes the food taste better. Gorgeous Pier One pieces. They are perfect with your table. Great lamp centerpiece. Thanks for sharing the ideas.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs xo

  10. Stunning! I hope you had some Ladysmith Black Mambazo music playing in the background to accompany your African feast! Or at least, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," LOL!

  11. As soon as your guest saw that table, I'm sure they knew it was going to be a fun night! Between your fun table and tasty menu, I would bet is was a great time! Thanks for sharing Best of the Nest!

  12. Hi Linda,
    Your table setting looks gorgeous, it so much fun to make it look wonderful and unusual.
    Thanks for following my blog!
    Happy weekend,

  13. this is fantastic!!! I love that your hubby participates in your decor.Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Watch for your feature on Monday! xo

  14. Everything looks AMAZING, Linda....
    I love Pier 1 so much I wanna marry it.

  15. You always have the most amazing tablescapes! You know, we used to have a Pier 1 by the mall. I haven't been there in years though, so I'm wondering if it's still there. I'll have to check and see.

  16. Wonderful table setting and hospitality, Linda
    Amazing and bet the meal was divine . . .
    Cheers ~ Eddie . . . . . :)

  17. Wow, what a table, Linda! Your guests certainly must've enjoyed the wonderful setting and the fabulous menu.
    I don't receive your posts emailed to me any more, along with so many others. Do you know how to resolve that issue?

  18. Hi Linda,
    What a fun and unique table. Bet everyone loved it. and yes, hubby did a good job on finding
    neat items. Don't you love when the hubbies get involved, mine does that every once in awhile too,
    and I love it........Your menu sounds delectable too. I would feel like I was on safari sitting at this cool table. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Have a good week ahead hon,
    Blessings, Nellie

  19. Hi Linda - LOVE that gorgeous table setting! Thanks for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine's Corner. Looking forward to seeing what you share at the blog hop this week! Nina @ mamas*little*treasures

  20. Wow Linda, it looks amazing! And the menu sounds YUMMY! Wish I could have pulled up a chair...

    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  21. I have the same glasses, Linda but MY hubby got them at a gift shop at a nursery!!!! I love, Love them! The plates are gorgeous too. Do the 2 lamps on the end light? Love the leopard shades! The whole table is ME!!!! The menu sounds delicios as well. The painting is gorgeous!!!

  22. Gorgeous! I love animal theme everything, you have captured the elegant exotic with this fabulous table!

  23. oh, and I LOVE your new painting!

  24. Hi Linda! OH, this is an amazing table. Love your theme and every accessory you've used is just perfect! The menu sounds great too. I'm sure your guests were thrilled with all of the attention you gave them! The painting is so fabulous! Hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  25. Wow, that is really spectacular! Looks like SO MUCH FUN!

  26. Pier 1 is a dangerous store for me, way too much temptation. The clearance section is my first stop and I usually find something to tempt me. My daughter-in-law gifted me with some beautiful items when she came back from Tanzania and your table is gorgeous gives me lots of ideas.

  27. This is such a cool looking table Linda! I love those bowls, I want those wooden bowls lol. My favourite thing is that lamp as the centerpiece. Everything looks amaizing.

  28. Wow! Linda, looks great! I bet y'all had a 'wild' time that night! :)

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