Camping, Fishing And Summertime Fun….yes it is that time of year.
A wonderful time of the year.
Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and our thoughts turn to summertime fun of picnics and for those of us desiring such…camping and fishing.
It is also true that while most people like picnics…many do not enjoy camping or fishing.
But perhaps you might enjoy a virtual camping and fishing trip or tablescape in this case.
You know the kind?…. where you don’t have a personal interest or work involved but looking at it from the outside in.
Full disclosure…about 6 years ago, I set up a similar tablescape using the same salad plates and a few pieces of the same decor.
On that tablescape I started with a red plaid tablecloth, a bale of hay and a real aspen stump.
On this tablescape, We start with a brown plaid tablecloth and we set it with wood slice chargers.
Next is the plate stack using blue enameled camp-ware plates.
On top of the blue enamel plate is a salad plate showing the way to the campground…or a moose….or fishing…or perhaps where one might find a duck.
The flatware is also wood handled atop a brown napkin.
The water glasses are old coke mugs.
The enamel coffee pot and white enamel mugs bring memories of the lake and hot steaming coffee on a cool Summer morning!
The center piece is a wood slice with aspen wood candles and an aspen water pitcher.
I couldn’t help but use my favorite black bear holding salt and pepper shakers. (He was in the older tablescape too!)
The table setting is simple…but remember we are in the woods camping…(virtually.)
The vintage fishing creel with lures is also virtual…because I have not located it in my stash , but I featured it in my original table scape set-up.
Here is a photo from 6 years ago.
In the 2017 tablescape, I used blue enamel flatware and blue enamel mugs and scattered fishing lures around the table.
I also used red and white camping lanterns as you can see in the following photos.
In the 2017 tablescape, I brought out the enamel fry pans, as well as a cast iron fry pan.
In this current tablescape, I used the coke water glasses/mugs.
As you can see, the 2017 tablescape and the 2022 tablescape are two very different tablescapes, even though a few of the items are the same.
Now I want to go camping, I mean “glamping”.
I no longer camp in a tent…we travel and camp in a motorhome, one with inside plumbing. LOL
Thanks for stopping by and Blessings always.
Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says
Kari, you always have the best tablescaping ideas! I love the camping theme. How perfect for summer! You have thought of every perfect detail. The cute salad plates pairs so well with the enamel wear. I would love to sit and dine at this fun table. I’m not big on camping, but I would love it if I had a motor home. I love to cook and eat outdoors. I just don’t think I could live without indoor plumbing-lol. Wishing you a most happy summer!
Thanks Shannon…I am definitely the MotorHome type these days…in fact our motorhome has two bathrooms, so I get one all to myself. LOL thanks for stopping by!
Kari, I LOVE your fishing and camping themed table(s). I’m obsessed with your enamelware plates, mugs and coffee pot. The birch candles, plaid tablecloth and lanterns give it a great rustic vibe. My daughter is going to sleep away camp for the first time this summer where she will stay in a cabin on a lake. There will be plenty of boating, fishing, and campfires. Your table makes me want to set up camp, myself! It’s such a pleasure to hop with you. Have a wonderful summer with the Captain!
thanks Rebecca, I do love playing with dishes and I love camping as long as I am in our motorhome. Glamping for sure. thanks for stopping by!
What a cute theme. We don’t fish, but I can appreciate all your neat table decor.
thanks for stopping by Carol….I love playing with dishes, I don’t think I have ever grown up.
Thrifting Wonderland says
Your camping theme is a real treat, Kari. The little bear holding the salt and pepper made me smile. The setting is cozy and warm with so many woodsy additions. I have the exact tablecloth you used, Brings back wonderful memories of family gatherings. thanks so much for sharing.
thanks for stopping by Lynne…these hops are such fun aren’t they.? So many great ideas for sure. Memories are wonderful.
Kari, this is a fun theme! I love the camp and fish idea, though I admit I’m neither a camper or fisherman. I like a hot shower and my comfy bed! That said, I still love the theme. The darling bear S&P is much like one I have, but mine is a pig. Thanks for sharing this fun table. Happy Summer!
Sarah, I would love to see your pig…I do love animals maybe that is because I grew up on a farm and my husband and I had a working cattle and horse ranch in the mountains of New Mexico. We had almost every critter that old Mc Donald had, LOL
Sandra @ Dinner at Eight says
Your table is totally comfy and cozy and all the things I imagine that camping at a fabulous location would entail. Not at all like the actual experiences I’ve had backpacking, tent-camping and contending with critters and the elements. (Let’s just say they made me a confirmed hotel girl, lol.) I truly enjoyed my virtual visit with you and your bear!
thanks for stopping by Sandra…I can honestly say…. “been there, done that”….. on the tent camping and I would not like to do it now-a-days! But I do enjoy camping in the motorhome.
Kari, thanks for taking us on not one camping trip, but two! Both were unique, charming, nostalgic and fun! You are a talented table stylist my dear! I especially like your mixing of plaid, wood, and enamelware. That bear is adorable! And the wicker fishing basket is really special. The settings took me back to my girl scout days, going to summer camp. Such fun! Happy summer sweet friend.
Thank you so much Debbie…what a nice compliment from the definite “Queen of Theme!” As we get older, our memories mean more and more to us don’t they? It is always a fun time when you are “hopping”…you are a great inspiration my friend.
Rita C. says
Cute camp and fishing theme for summer, Kari. This is my kids’ (in their 30s and early 40s) style, with pull along campers, as well as tents. West Virginia has so many places to hunt, fish and camp, it’s a favorite pastime of many. As for me, I had my days of rustic cabin camping (well water, hand pumped), so I would only be interested in glamping now. So this tablescape would be right up my alley, lol, complete with a dishwasher to do the dishes. I find it hilarious that you can’t locate your creel. I still have things from the downsize that I can’t find. At least you have your bear. He’s a cutie. Thanks for joining the hop.
I have such good intentions Rita …of getting my Stuff organized ,but I never seem to get past the first steps. LOL I will probably come across my creel and squeal with delight ….sometime in the future. Who knows, perhaps I will write a whole post on where and how and….well, you get the picture.
I host a Bible study group on Fridays in my home and the ladies look at my Daytimer and say how organized I am …and I tell them that it is all on paper….. BUT, one has to follow through to be truly organized. So I guess it is a start. LOL YOU ,on the other hand are the most organized of anyone I know. When I grow up I wanna be like you. hugs and Blessings my friend.
Jan E. says
Such a fun theme for this blog hop. Your table brought back memories of our tent camper summers when our trips always seemed to include rain. All your enamelware is definitely a classic. Love the blue plates, the plaid tablecloths, and the bear holding the salt and pepper..
Jan, I learned many years ago to never touch the top of a tent while it is raining.. the drip kept falling on my head all night long. LOL That is one reason why I now sleep in a motorhome while enjoying the rain on the metal roof. thanks for stopping by!
Kari, I’ve had thoughts about going back and adding to a tablescape. I think this is a splendid idea. Your original is still very cute and the updates are as well. I don’t fish (never have had the chance) but just thinking about being outside works for me! The table would be one I enjoy sitting at and having a summer meal.
Rachelle thanks for stopping by! I would be pleased to share a fun camping meal with you.
Ricki Treleaven says
How cute and campy! I think camp decor is so much fun. I like how all the plates are different, and relate to enjoying the great outdoors. Also cute that you have the fishing lure basket (not sure what it’s called) on the table. What a cute idea! I hope you enjoy your summer and do all the things represented on your table!
We do camp these days but in our motorhome with two bathrooms, a dishwasher, washer and dryer. Hence the term “Glamping” LOL But we like to sit outdoors and eat with camping utensils….and I have been known to cook the fish that the Captain has caught …And cleaned.
Bonnie Morgan says
Kari, I’m more the motor home type camper, too. Although when we camped in Alaska in a motor home it was very rustic. Not all camp sites have all the advantages.
You have such darling camping plates, and accessories. So very cute. My husband is a fisherman and I always wanted to collect antique fish baskets and pretty Christmas ornaments. My husband just wants to catch the real fish and eat them.
Love your virtual camping trip. You get an A+. You have thought of everything.
Bonnie thanks for stopping by! We lived in Seattle for a while and you are right, sometimes campsites in Alaska can be very basic and rustic. I tend to get a little nervous when there are large critters around…like bears. It is times like that when I appreciate paved campsites with 50 amp electricity ….and my dishwasher, washer and dryer and two bathrooms. Thanks my sweet friend.
Such a fun tablescape theme Kari! Love the tree slice chargers lending a woodland note and cute faux bois pitcher. The bear salt & pepper set is adorable along with your plates. I’d rather fish than camp, as long as the mister handles the bait and the fish. 😊 So happy to hop with you again. Happy Summer ♥
Mary I do love camping and fishing…bass fishing preferred with lures rather than live bait. LOL I am envious of your pontoon and lake as I love boating too. thanks for stopping by. Happy Summer right back at ya!
Everyday Living says
Kari, I love both tables and they do remind me of when we first married and enjoyed camping. We had a tent and often camped nearby at a large lake. It was fun until one night a big storm came up and our tent blew down with us zipped up and inside. Our tent was close to the water and with the gusts of wind all I could think of was being blown into the water and not being able to get the tent unzipped. That was my last camping trip! Sorry, I digressed from your cute table. I do love the bear holding the salt and pepper. I always know that you will bring something different to the blog hop, and I enjoyed your virtual camping, fishing, and summertime fun. It is always a treat to blog hop with you. Happy summer, my friend!
Pam, I would be petrified of being in a zipped up tent and blowing into the water. So glad you didn’t have that happen, even though the storm itself can be intimidating. Our motor home is pretty stable although when we had our fifth wheel, the high winds gave us pause. Thank you my dear sister in Christ….I so appreciate you and your prayers.
What fun Kari! I will admit, I’m not much on camping out, well maybe I could handle Glamping 🙂 but I would love to join you at this table and pretend! That bear salt and pepper holder really steals the show here, so cute!! So many wonderful details, the cast iron skillet, camping lanterns, metal coffee pot, wood slice chargers and birch tree candle holders…not to mention the adorable plates and fishing basket! You’ve thought of everything! A virtual camping trip is a wonderful way to get away without going anywhere!
thanks for stopping by Jenna! I guess I will never grow up as I love playing with dishes and themes. I have done the rustic tent camping and have to admit the glamping in the motorhome is the best. LOL!!!! two bathrooms, a dishwasher, washer and dryer is much better than fighting the elements and hiking to an out-house in the middle of the night. LOL This way I get to choose just how rustic I want to be. Hugs my friend
Linda Primmer says
Kari, such a fun tablescape. It reminds me of all the camping I did when I was younger. Your camping plates are darling. How fun is the bear salt n pepper shakers. The enamelware is definitely camping material. Love the wood chargers and your tablecloth is perfect for this rustic table. I am with you, no more camping, just glamping.
Linda, glamping is the only way to go these days…in my opinion. That way I can pick and choose just how rustic I want to be. Give me paved campsites with 50 amp electricity with beautiful lake/ocean views and my dishwasher, washer and dryer and two bathrooms handy and THEN I become a happy camper. LOL thanks for stopping by my friend
Kari, being from the Northwoods area of Wisconsin, your tablescape is the ideal setting for this neck of the woods. I love your salad plates and, of course, the blue enamelware. Who hasn’t a set when camping, right? I love both of your tablescapes, your earlier fishing tablescape and today’s table. They use some of the same items but look so differently with a different tablecloth and colored decor items. I especially love the use of fishing lures and antique fishing creel and your cast iron pans. Truly a great expression for the Northwoods! Happy Camping!
I love the Northwoods areas Marsha…and you have a beautiful home and view…perfect for camping in your own home. But when one is looking to be more rustic…there is nothing like the smell of pines and waking up the the smell of the coffee and bacon cooking over a fire. thanks for your sweet comments. Hugs
Kari, long time reader and always love your tables! This one is just adorable!!!
Thank you so much Sheri and I so appreciate your hanging in with me all these years. It is readers like you that keep me typing and playing with dishes. thank you for the bottom of my heart. 🙂
Ann Krucek says
I love those plates Kari!! They remind me of my childhood summer vacations at fishing spots all over NY and Canada. Love the little bear salt and pepper shakers too!!
Ann thanks for stopping by! We have camped in NY and Canada and it has been fun and exhilarating.
Both tables were a joy to see my friend! I love the plates very much and that bear is too darn cute!
Thanks Nancy, I so appreciate you my dear friend. I hope you are enjoying your summer near your beautiful lake, but I know you will love returning to your SW winter home in a few months.
Hi Kari, your summer lodge theme is just darling and what cute plates–pinning! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction
thanks Cecilia…so glad you stopped by and thanks for your kind comments.
Carole @ From My Carolina Home says
What a cute theme for summer! Adorable bear to hold your salt and pepper.
Thanks Carole…and thanks for the tip on security…I am in contact with them as we speak. thanks for stopping by and have a great day.