A Tablescape, A Bargain, and An Invitation


Sign in the church yard inviting all to come!

I am going to be extremely busy for the next couple of weeks, so I don’t know when I will have time to do another tablescape. Therefore, I decided this morning to do a simple Easter table in the kitchen.


I did not have anything specific in my mind but using my Cunningham & Picket Danube china. I thought that the aqua color and pastel flowers looked springlike and would be great for Easter.  I started with cream-colored fringe mats and topped them with the dinner plates.


Then I layered the small plate on top. I looked through my napkins, but none of them were the right shade of blue.


I tried a few others and ending up choosing the pastel pink. There is a large pink rose in the flowers on the plate, so they looked fine with them.


I also chose my pastel Easter napkin rings. The pink in them works great with the napkins. I found these napkin rings online a long time ago when I first started tablescaping.


I added my everyday Chateau flatware and pink tulip goblets to finish this casual look. I was quite pleased with the finished result!


Since my kitchen table is small, I usually do a simple vignette on the end rather than a centerpiece. Of course, I looked through my rabbit collection. I chose this small Vicki Carroll for its aqua color and the tiny white one because I knew that it would blend well and not overshadow the aqua one.


I made an impulse buy at Family Dollar recently and purchased these Easter eggs on stems for $1. Not having a pastel pink or blue vase in the right shade, I decided to go with the yellow. I did not really want to add another color to the tablescape, but since there is also a yellow flower on the dish, I decided to go with it.


I chose the pastel pink, blue, and yellow eggs out of the pack and decided not to introduce a different color with the lavender one.


Overall, I was quite pleased with this simple table and I think that we will enjoy it in the next couple of weeks. If we have time to sit there and eat, that is, which brings me to the next part of my post today.


My church presents an outdoor drama each year called “His Last Days.” It is the story of the Passion of Christ, beginning with the Last Supper and culminating in the ascension. This ministry began almost 30 years ago and I absolutely cannot describe how moving this play is. The “invitation” that I refer to in the title of the post is an open one to all readers to attend. It is performed on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights of Easter week. The performance begins at 8:00 p.m. and is free to the public. Check the weather; rain cancels.

First United Methodist Church

Kosciusko, Mississippi



The 28th Annual Production of

His Last Days: The Passion Play


March 28, 29, and 30, 2013

8:00 P.M.


This live, one-hour outdoor drama portrays 

Jesus’ betrayal, trial, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension.


There is no cost for admission, no tickets are required, and no reservations are necessary to attend the performance.  A nursery is provided.  You are cordially invited to come and be a part of this truly remarkable spiritual production.  Parking is conveniently located near the church grounds.


For additional information, contact the church office.

(Telephone) 662-289-1412     (Fax) 662-289-1418     (E-mail) chur623@bellsouth.net


Yesterday afternoon the guys started setting up for the performance. I took some snapshots and am posting some of them so that you can get an idea about how much work goes into this production. The crosses are being set in the photo above (that’s Jesus and Herod doing that). The east side of the church has a small hill that is perfect for Cavalry.


Tomb pieces loaded on the truck.

Also on that side of the church is the tomb. It is actually the side entrance to the church, but by the time it is completely finished, you will not see the door or sidewalk that is there.


The first part of the tomb is up and some random pics of set parts lying around waiting to be constructed.

These photos show it part way constructed, so I think you will get the idea. This production is really an example of that saying, “It takes a village.”


On the south side of the church, a platform is up year round that becomes the Upper Room each year in the Passion Play. The only thing that the crew had to do yesterday was get the benches and tables out of storage and place on the platform.


This task is easier said than done! In the above photo, the guys are taking one of the tables for the storage room across the street from the church to the Upper Room.


One guy has to get up on the platform ( you cannot see the  narrow spiral staircase in the rear) and be ready to grab the tables. The guys on the ground have to lift the tables pretty high over their heads (that’s Jesus, Pilate, and a guard doing that).


Then the guy up top grabs an end, and at that point, it slides fairly easily.


Also on the south side of the church, the guys had to construct the entrance used for several different scenes, including Judas entering to betray Jesus and Jesus entering after being scourged and carrying his own cross.


All of the set pieces are numbered and have a diagram so that the guys know where to put them. This saves a lot of time each year on set construction.


Putting up the braces.


The braces are up and the walls are ready to be attached.
The finished walls. Later a curtain will disguise this entrance.


These steps will later become the Praetorium. Pilate will wash his hands here and Barabbas will be freed.


This side of the church will later be disguised for Jesus’s appearance to the disciples and ascension.

There is a lot more to show, and I hope to have more pics as well as time to show you later. But the reason that I may not is that my husband and I are heavily involved in the drama and most of our time the next 2 weeks will be spent on the Passion Play. But I really want to document the metamorphosis of the church grounds into Jerusalem, so I am going to try to make time to do this!


Putting up the walls.

The last part of my post is an update on my constant search for great bargains. I had a great CVS trip this week! Two liter drinks were on sale for 99 cents, plus an in-store coupon gave me 25 cents off one of them. I rarely pay full price for two liter drinks, and I was thrilled with this buy!


This sidewalk and door will become the tomb.

In addition, Osteo Biflex was on sale for buy one, get one free. CVS puts this sale on a few times a year, and I never pay full price for that or fish oil (but I didn’t need fish oil this week). These two bottles of Osteo Biflex will last David four months. I also got Bumble Bee tuna for 88 cents a can. I don’t like tuna, but my husband does, and supposedly Bumble Bee is one of the best brands. I don’t know and don’t really care; I just like getting it cheaply for him!


Getting the tables set up at the Upper Room.

My next great buy was at Family Dollar. We are brand specific when it comes toothpaste, and the small tube of Crest was on sale for $1. This was a little cheaper that the two-pack of the larger size that I usually buy, so I used this opportunity to buy a few extra. Toothpaste does not take up much room and is one of the things that I like to have  in multiples so that we never run out.


Tomb wall unloaded off truck.

So that’s what is going on in my busy life from now until Easter! Pray for our production and hope to see you there if you are close by!


Of course, the most important cross is not put up until during the play.


For my review of the Bible part 1, click here, and here for the review of part 2.

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday (vignettes, tabletops, tablescapes), Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life (decorating, gardening, recipes, collecting), Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   Sunny Simple Life (decorating, projects), Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday (tablescapes) and Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage (crafts, home decor, thrifty finds),  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday (deocrating, garden, projects),  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase (any project or idea made by you this week), Gratitude Sunday at A La Carte, The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home (home & garden), Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish (tablescapes), Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill (home decor, projects, recipes), Cottage Style at Lavender Garden,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday (tablescapes),The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday (thrifty decorating, tablescapes), What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now (recipes, crafts, home décor), Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much (projects, decorating, recipes),  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter (recipes, crafts, home décor), Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage (decorating, crafts), Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound (anything pink),You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E (recipes, crafts, home décor), Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor (projects, decor, recipes), Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style (recipes, crafts, home décor),  Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House (decor, projects),Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  Farmhouse Style at Green Eggs & Goats,  Creative Things at The Vintage Farmhouse,  Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring (decor, projects, recipes),  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia (projects, decorating, recipes),  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life (home decor, projects), Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters (centerpieces),Open House Party at No Minimalist Here (crafts, home décor), Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage (memories, projects), Tips and Tidbits at The Stone Gable(projects, home décor, recipes),Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner (projects, home décor, recipes), Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design (home décor, projects)

About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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14 Responses to A Tablescape, A Bargain, and An Invitation

  1. Jenn says:

    Oh my do you have a lot of blogs in which you are participating. Wow. How do you do that?!
    I thoroughly enjoyed your posting about the church and the play. Hope you have more photos about the rest of it.
    Great tablescape and I like that you have a small table w/a vignette on the end. I feel at home.
    Thanks, Jenn

  2. Jenn says:

    PS – Love your header photo.

  3. Kathy says:

    Lovely tablescape, I like the colors. It has been quite a while since we saw a Passion Play – so delighted that your church still does one – such a blessing -great deals – we have to do all we can these days to stretch our dollars 🙂
    I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  4. phyllis says:

    Your blue dishes are so beautiful…I love them with your beautiful Easter touches, so sweet, love the colors…

  5. I would love to see this production. I am sure the deeper meaning of Easter is much more prevalent! Your dishes are so pretty. Love that color blue. The napkins and rings work great. Happy Spring!! xo marlis

  6. Good luck with your production – the perfect way to spend Easter. Your table is a great way to start.

    – The Tablescaper

  7. Diane says:

    Your table looks lovely and I am amazed at how much effort goes into your church’s performance. Congratulations on finding those great bargains at the CVS – it is my favorite drug store!

  8. doreenb8 says:

    Your tablescape is lovely as usual.
    The church production looks like a very moving experience, I wish I lived closer.
    We have a live enactment of the stations of the cross on Fridays.
    Have a blessed weekend..

  9. laurie says:

    Love those aqua dishes, and the egg pics make such a pretty table decoration. Wow! Your church really does a lot of work to prepare for this production. I bet it is wonderful. laurie

  10. table looks lovely my friend. Oh how I would love to see this performance. Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

  11. Susan says:

    Beautiful dishes!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  12. Patti says:

    Love the beautiful blue color of the dishes, such a gorgeous pattern!
    Thanks for the invitation. I grew up in Magnolia, MS!!! Small world.
    I hope the passion play is a big success.

  13. Love the pink with the blue in your tablescape, perfect colour combo for Easter. I was so interested to see how your church sets up for the play about the Passion. What an amazing process! If the picture of Jesus being taken down from the cross is any indication, I can tell the whole drama is very true to scripture and moving. How I’d love to attend if I lived there! A Blessed Easter to you and the cast/crew!


  14. Kathy says:

    I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

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