Wednesday, September 5, 2012

To Market, To Market

To market, to market, to buy a good dinner,
Thoughts of a menu to help us get thinner.

Though it's still very warm here in Texas, 
as evenings begin to cool with pleasant breezes  
we can once again enjoy alfresco dining on the terrace.

My little wooden pig with his cart full of veggies 
inspired the theme for this summer table. 

I pulled in a linen scarf that features veggies
to use as a table topper over a green tablecloth.  

These little rectangular plates
 are the perfect size for a small meal.

Hand painted by local artists, they 
add a bit more whimsy to the vegetable theme.

I layered them atop pewter chargers and 
colorful plates and linens to compliment 
the bright colors of the garden theme.

Mustard Yellow with Aubergine

Aubergine with Fern Green

Flying pig candlesticks 
to offer a bit more whimsy.

Dinner is a salad of crispy greens 
with orange and yellow peppers, 
red onions, and zesty radishes

Along with a steamed salmon steak

To complete this healthy, 
colorful, and tasty meal.

Served with a glass of 
Chateau St. Michelle Chardonnay

Perfection for a late summer meal.

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Shop the things within your home and wardrobe, such 
as the scarf used here, that will add a creative touch.
The wooden pig and cart ~ Craft Fair 1980s
Metal flying pig candlesticks ~ NYC Street Fair 2001


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. What a fun table Sarah! Don't know why it caught my eye... but it did:@) Love your pig and cart, that's just too neat and the scarf is beautiful!

  2. I love the candlelight view of the table!

  3. Just a precious table, Sarah. So so cute.
    xo bj

  4. Where do I start with how much I love this tablescape! Cute with a capital P! The flying pigs, the pig plates, the going to market pig and that adorable vegie scarf! I would join you for a glass of wine anytime! so Linda

  5. I love your whimsical table, Sarah! I'll bet Earl wished he was dining there!! The cart is adorable, and so are the flying pig candleholders and those pretty rectangular plates. I love the piggy pitcher, too. What fun! Your meal looks tasty and healthy.

  6. I love your healthy menu and the whimsical tablescape. The flying pig candleholders and the cute pig plates make the table fun. Your candlelight dinner under the trees is so romantic. Adorable Sarah!

    The French Hutch

  7. A wonderful table. Love the little piggies and your dishes are precious! Dinner sounds good too! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  8. I remember that nursery rhyme, and your table is just the cutest. Great colors in your tablescape,and your supper with the salmon and salad looks delicious.

  9. Love it Sarah! My very favorite is the purple(eggplant color) plate setting! All the colors are BRILLIANT and add such spark to a delicious luncheon. LOVE,LOVE,LOVE all your little piggies..."Do I hear Earl squealing with delight ALL the way from Lynns house"???!!!Of course I do!
    Have a wonderful FUN week,

  10. Dear Sarah,
    thats a fun table and an eyecandy, too. Love the pigs everywhere and the colorful veggetables. Really lovely.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  11. Sarah, this is just the cutest and most fun table I've seen in some time. I am amazed that you found so many little piggies to carry out the theme. The outdoor setting is so very pretty! -------- Shannon

  12. Sarah~ I love your To Market table! I ADORE your colorful scarf topper and festive pig plates! So fun and colorful...Hurray for alfresco dining! It's been stormy and humid here for a week~ not favorable conditions for enjoying an outdoor meal but I'm hopeful we'll be able to do it again sooner rather than later, or before pigs fly :)

  13. Sarah, I adore that last photo. Such a relaxing feeling! The linen scarf that features veggies is great as a topper. I bought an April Cornell scarf for $1.00 at a house sale, and have used it as a topper. I love it!
    The pigs are a nice touch.

  14. I love this fun whimisical tablescape! and the setting is so beautiful! Who knew pigs could be so cute?

  15. The late evening is so pretty Sarah..Love the tablecloth and plates..I have that cutlery and am fond of it:)
    My son-in-laws mom collects pigs..she would love it all..Cute cute cute.

  16. Oh Sarah! This is the cutest table that I have ever seen. I can imagine how much Lynn really loves this too!...Christine

  17. This is darling Sarah and full of whimsy.

  18. Very cute! My MIL loves pigs -- I am going to keep this one in mind.

  19. Very cute! My MIL loves pigs -- I am going to keep this one in mind.

  20. I'm loving this entire setting, dear Sarah!! The pig with his pulling cart is so whimsical and makes a perfect table for harvest. Your pig dishes are the best, sooo adorable and fun! The food looks amazing and Your table al fresco with great sorroundings...can't ask for anything prettier. Thanks for your lovely visit.

  21. Each element combined to tablesetting perfection, Sarah. I love it all.♥

  22. Sarah,
    What a creative idea for a table are so clever! I adore the theme of this tablescape. Whimisical, bright and light ~ hearted! The photo with the candles lit...gorgeous!!!

  23. This is so cute, but elegant too. I love your little pig plates. :) And that looks like a yummy dinner too! :)

    Have a fabulous weekend Sarah!


    P.S. darling little piggy cart.

  24. This takes the "Farmer's Market" concept to an art level. Flying it! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  25. Sarah, what a cute table. I love all the barnyard animals. Right up my alley.

  26. This is really cute, love the pig and cart!

    Thanks for your comment, and for scrolling down to see our Charleston trip!


  27. Your table is too cute! Lynne must be eating her heart out. Over your little piggies!

  28. Sara, this table is just so fun! Almost makes a low-cal meal more appealing (of course, your low cal meal looks delicious). Since I live in Razorback country, I love all of your pig treasures. Nobody could look at those candlesticks and not smile. Love your little rectangular plates too. You have the best "stuff". Have a great weekend. laurie

  29. Love it all, especially all the whimsy. Those flying pig candlesticks are to die for...die laughing, that is ;)
    Happy pinks!

  30. Sarah, what a sweet table and delicious meal. I love your sweet piggy plates!

  31. A lovely elegant tablescape & good wine. Now that is a great meal ... Beautiful, Sarah.
    Have a lovely weekend ~

    GIVEAWAY ends 9/9

    TTFN ~ Marydon

  32. so bright and cheery - and I spied that cute CC tray! Love the pig candle holders!

  33. Very beautiful photos and such a nice place to enjoy a meal! Have a nice weekend.

  34. Very cute piggies. Visiting from Pink Saturday.

    PINK reminders is my entry.
    Have a great weekend!

  35. Oh the nighttime pic is awesome. I love your flying pigs and cute plates. The salmon looks scrumptious.

  36. What a beautifully fun tablescape! You are very talented in pulling it all together. I am your newest follower. I wanted to thank you for stopping by Posed Perfection today and leaving me a sweet comment about my fall mantle. I hope you'll be by again to visit and maybe even follow me back.

  37. OH DEAR....I think you just persuaded me to have salmon for dinner tonight!!!

    Sarah, these tablescapes are fabulous! I love pigs and the décor inspired by such a creature! AND THAT table by night....what romance!


  38. What a beautiful spot to enjoy your delicious looking meal. Your table is so much fun!!

  39. How cute is this, Sarah! Gotta love those piggies..especially the flying ones! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

  40. Oh so fun! If I ever see flying pig candlesticks like that I will buy them up in a minute. Enjoy the cool late summer evenings.

  41. What a beautifully set and whimsical tablescape, Sarah! And such a yummy looking meal, too! :) You've created such a wonderful space to dine alfresco!

    xoxo laurie

  42. This was just too much fun! Love the pig and his market cart and the flying pigs. How pretty everything is in the evening, too! Lovely good for you meal.

  43. Good thing you didn't serve pork!! love the flying pigs - what a great way to use a nice collection of all things pig!!

  44. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  45. I love eating outside and your meal looked delicious. Lovely setting!


  46. such a fun setting.the piggy cart so glass ware so lovely.thx:):)

  47. Sarah,
    Great tablescape. Love those pig accessories. The food looks good too.

  48. The minute I saw your tablescape I knew that Lynn must be squealing with delight! Everything is so charming, whimsical and fun. Love that salad bowl too. The perfect setting for a lovely evening.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  49. What's better than dining al fresco with wine, great food and flying pigs?!

  50. What a whimsical, colorful and happy table!!! LOVE what's on the menu! Please stop by and share this at ON THE MENU MONDAY. Link goes live Sunday night at 8:00.

  51. Just gorgeous, Sarah!
    The flying pig candlesticks are so funny!
    Love the way you layered the dishes and supper looked wonderful.

  52. This is so cute! I have no flying pigs or pig plates!
    Very whimsical and craetive. Love the scarf.
    I don't eat fish, but I love salad. It would be healthier without the wine, for women esp.
    Love your cabbage bowl!

  53. Love your tablescape! I'll be featuring this post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,
    I appreciate you sharing,

  54. Hi Sarah: What a completely fun tablescape--I love the rectangular pig dishes, and the flying pig candlesticks in particular--so much fun!

  55. So pretty at night ! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  56. HI!!
    WARM here still from Az....I think our nights and early mornings are beginning to feel perfect....but several more weeks of WARM weather....usually around halloween....still close to 100 here!!!
    I loved your outside table and the decor!!!!it was so cute and so fun!!I enjoyed looking over every picture!!!Your meal looked perfect too.....I love summer salads...and grilled salmon is always a treat!!!

  57. That little cart is just adorable! I've never seen one like it! Hugs!

  58. Oh Sarah, this table setting is absolutely adorable! And the dinner looks wonderful. I also make a dinner several times during the summer of a big green salad topped with a salmon steak. My husband loves it. And I love that black, white and silver teapot! xo

  59. What a gorgeous tablescape Sarah!
    Loving those piggy candle sticks and that last photo, with your gorgeous back drop...omg,
    takes by breath away!

    Thanks for sharing.


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