Get inspired for your holiday table at The Hen House with Plate Girl


Holiday Tablescapes: Watch and Learn/ Dec. 12th 1-2pm

Holiday Tablescapes: Watch and Learn/ Dec. 12th 1-2pmHoliday Tablescapes: Watch and Learn/ Dec. 12th 1-2pm

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I’m so excited to be collaborating with The Hen House for a class on holiday tablescaping! The Hen House is located in Carrollwood and is an adorable shop that also has classroom space for fun events like this! Feel free to share with your friends and learn more!

Thank you Amy Lemons McDermott of Lemon Tree Vintage Market for the referral!

Here’s the announcement from The Hen House:

“Something fun is happening in The Coop on Tuesday, December 12th. Come and learn how create a beautiful and stunning opulent tablescape just in time for Christmas Holiday Entertaining. Presented by Marsha Strickhouser, The Plate Girl. This free demonstration will be happening from 1-2pm. Sign up and  reserve your space on-line.

More about Marsha! 

Marsha Strickhouser writes a blog called Plate Girl, is an avid tablescaper and helps people set their tables for holidays and general entertaining. She is obsessed with plates and has been collecting dishes since she was little. She believes setting a festive table makes the meal better and the day or night more memorable.

She will demonstrate how you can set a festive holiday table using many of the things you already have around your home.

She has appeared on WFLA and Daytime TV as Plate Girl, done tablescapes and florals for All Children/s Hospital Guild, Dress for Success and HCC, and collaborates with many area businesses to set tablescapes.

Her blog features tablescapes, restaurants, hotels and beaches and sometimes her Pomeranian and chihuahua.

She has a degree in journalism from the University of Miami and worked as a journalist for six years, including as a lifestyle and food editor at a tiny daily newspaper in South Dade county. She has also worked in public relations for almost 20 years, at the University of Miami School of Medicine, the University of South Florida and Valpak. (Yes, the coupon company, which makes me an official bargain hunter as well.)

You can also find her on social media at:
Facebook: PlateGirlFla
Twitter: PlateGirl19
Instagram: Plate_Girl
Pinterest: PlateGirl

The Hen House in Carrollwood delightful place for gatherings, crafting, shopping

A friend told me about a great new place in Carrollwood (Tampa) called The Hen House.

Opened since this past April, The Hen House is a great place to pop in for some retail therapy, but also has several farmhouse tables for classes such as wreath making, sign making, florals and more.

There is also a cozy seating area to browse magazines and books about furniture painting projects.

I’m happy to announce I’ll be making an upcoming presentation on Tips to Set Your Holiday Table:
On Tuesday, Dec. 12, I’ll be at The Hen House in Tampa.

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Using turquoise to highlight a Florida home for sale

A lovely lady recently called me to tell me she is trying to sell her house, but she thought her table just looked ho-hum. She had seen my tablescapes at her store Chloe’s Consignment in Belleaire and Lemon Tree Vintage Market, and hoped my dish decor could bring her table to life.

She has a charming home which is bright, open and friendly, with gorgeous polished terazzo floors in tans and golds. (If you’re not from Florida, you might not know what terazzo is, but it’s big in the Art Deco hotels and homes in South Beach.)

She loves neutrals, turquoise and coral, and the bright white house is dotted with punches of those colors. We went with this simple setting using Lenox Butterfly Carved, Mikasa wine and champagne glasses, sea grass place mats on top of a linen tablecloth and gold serving ware. 🦋🦋

I was so glad that she liked it! Thank you, Kay, and good luck!!

Kay’s home is elegant but casual Florida style.
Four sweet table settings in Lenox Butterfly Carved. The pattern also comes in white and grey.
Embossed butterflies along with vintage Mikasa wine and champagne glasses.



Setting a festive fall and Thanksgiving table for four

The ladies at Chloe’s Consignments  saw my tablescape at Lemon Tree Vintage Market, and called to ask me to set a tablescape for them at their new store off West Bay Boulevard in Tampa Bay.

Um, Yes!

The shop is located just off the Pinellas Trail and close to the well-known Silver Queen. They have several vendors there that offer many styles, including shabby chic, painted furniture, florals and wreaths, shell crafts, and more.

They will have a grand opening open house Nov. 10-11, Friday 10-7 Saturday 10-5. If you’re in the area, come out and check out my table and see their finds.

The orange and white pumpkins are from the grocery store; the centerpiece is a silk cornocopia from the store.
The cute knitted orange pumpkins, the natural wicker pumpkins and the centerpiece are from Chloe’s.

Setting a happy yellow and green farmhouse table at Lemon Tree Vintage Market

I met  Amy Lemons McDermott, owner of Lemon Tree Vintage Market  out at Safety Harbor’s Market on Main several months ago. I loved her fresh take on blending the old with the new, her whimsical designs using vintage silver plate pieces such and cups and creamers, and the use of lemons. I have  eagerly been waiting for her to open her shop, which was in the works.

I loved that her maiden name is ‘Lemons’ and that she uses lemons to honor her mother, who recently passed.

Amy Lemons McDermott in her new shop, Lemon Tree Vintage Market

Amy opened her shop at The Alley at Belleaire Bluffs three weeks ago. I love this great little “village” in Belleaire Bluffs with vintage, farmhouse and antique stores, as well as a bakery. If you are visiting town or looking for a fun girls day out for shopping, you Must visit! 

The sign for the Alley, home to dozens of adorable shops.
Painted mural on a nearby mom and pop grocery store.

Even more exciting, Amy let me “dress” one of her tables with my dishes for a lemon inspired tablescape. 🍋 

The outside of her shop.

As soon as I found a lemon design tablecloth at Home Goods over the summer,  I knew I must somehow show it to Amy.

Amy’s “reveal” room with the gorgeous farmhouse table. I love the bread bowl on the left.


Amy fixing things to make them perfect.


I set her  beautiful farmhouse table with green and yellow Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage plates.. I used Amy’s Kate Spade lemon napkins, small candles at each place setting, and vintage cut crystal wine glasses. I also added some candle sticks and vase that she had in the shop.

The table is set!

She loved the finished product and said her customers are just amazed when they see the table first thing when they walk into the shop!

A detailed list.

Adding pink to the Thanksgiving table

I wanted to add some pink to the fall table this year, since I keep seeing it every where I go on social media.

I paired Bordallo Pinheiro pink cabbage plates from Portugal with Johnson Brothers “His Majesty” turkey plates, along with  vintage pottery and pink votives from Robyn Story Designs.

It doesn’t have flowers yet, but I think I like it. I think white hydrangeas and some pale pink roses would be gorg!

There’s just a little bit of pink in the turkey in the center and the pumpkins on the rim.
Vintage pottery on a vintage gold dresser frame make up the centerpiece.
Oops looks like I left a salad plate out of this shot!
6 seats but two use larger turkey dinner plates and four use turkey salad plates. It’s OK to mix them!
details of the plates
Champagne and wine glasses are vintage Mikasa.

Red, white and blue vintage china adds to luncheon to honor women Veterans

I was happy to be a part of honoring women veterans in the community for an early Veterans Day luncheon put on by Dress for Success Tampa Bay.

Dress for Success held the luncheon last year  at the Robert W. Saunders Sr.  Library Foundation. When I asked CEO Katie McGill what she served the guests on, and she said plastic plates, I said – No way. Veterans deserve real plates!

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Mix and match vintage china easy to put together

I attended the On Point Book Fair with 100 authors, writers and publishers at  WestShore Plaza in Tampa to talk about my blog,

I set up a display of mismatched vintage china  – because it’s ok not to match all the time! I have many sets of china, but I started buying random smaller sets of dishes, thinking I might use them for my daughters’ weddings one day.

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Showing my Miami colors on National College Colors Day

It’s National College Colors day!

As a native Floridian, I grew up in Miami and went to the University of Miami, as did my father, mother and sister.

So during football season, I sometimes like to show my Hurricane spirit. It’s usually once a season that I get out the orange and green — I live with a University of Florida graduate, and you know those Gators are relentless with their orange and blue!

White everyday Johnson Brothers “Athena” china my mom had more than 45 years, accented with Fiesta chargers and Bordalla Pinheiro green cabbage chargers.

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