March 5, 2012

International Women's Day, 2012

aka: Girls Kick Butt Day
Thursday is
International Women's Day.

Or, as those who are heavily involved in girls club soccer might be inclined to shout,
"It's Girls Kick Butt Day!"

Admittedly, that's not the most delicate of expressions, but if you have two granddaughters who eat, breathe, and sleep soccer, and relish playing against all-boy teams, well, it sounds a little less distasteful.

Although this tablescape was created as a mini celebration for my granddaughters over a year ago, it seems appropriate to give it some "blog time" in honor of International Women's Day.

When I first set this table, my oldest granddaughter's favorite color was pink. Black is still her sister's favorite color. (Yes, that's what I said. Black. Go ahead and roll your eyes. I understand completely.)Photobucket
If you can't really see what's happening in this picture, perhaps a different angle . . .

. . . will clear things up.


Aside from the two Cabbage Patch dolls, a Kick Butt List, pink string lights and a pink doll rain boot filled with a tiny bouquet of impatiens serve as table decorations.

I've never considered turning this blog into a political soapbox, but recent national events have changed that. At least it's changed my attitude for this one particular post, in light of the day's special significance. Photobucket

It seems as though some people in power want to return women to their formally held positions. I wouldn't say those positions could be called that of Second Class Citizens, but rather, positions of Not Quite First Class Citizens. Just thinking about it forms a little layer of ice around my heart.

I turned 15 in 1962. Standing on the sidelines, wearing a pleated skirt, and shaking a pair of pompons while you cheered for the boys playing on the field, was a coveted position back then. Today, girls of all ages, in almost all walks of life, have moved from the sidelines and become players - serious players. And we have started to see boys cheering them on.
But lately, things have begun to turn around.

I hope we don't lose ground. I hope we continue to move forward.
I hope it for the sake of the two girls who ate at this table. I hope it for my newest, two-month old granddaughter.
I hope it for all the little girls who, much too quickly in the eyes of their grandmothers, move steadily on their way to becoming tomorrow's women.

This year's International Women's Day website theme: "Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures."
PhotobucketA Stroll Thru Life
for Table Top Tuesday
100Between Naps
on the Porch

for Tablescape Thursday

Tablecloth: Bed, Bath and Beyond
Placemats: JoAnne Fabrics
Red plates, bowls and mugs: Waechtersbach, Crate and Barrel
Red flatware: Splendente Italian Flatware, NapaStyle
Red star plates: Winterberry, Pfaltzgraff
Heart-rimmed dessert plates: Crate and Barrel
Pink Heart-shaped bowls: Michaels
Cabbage Patch Dolls: Originally belonged to my daughter. Santa brought them to her daughters five years ago.


  1. Oh I adore the fun frolicking dolls!

    I hope you'll stop by my blog. I am hosting a giveaway for a $50 Kirklands gift card.

  2. Hi lovely lady.
    This is so sweet"""With the dolls and the Tablescape so Beautiful. I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my new Tablescape. I hope you and your family have a wonderful week.
    XXOO Diane

  3. I like the table in its entirety, but you totally got me with the butt kicking cabbage patch. So cute!!

  4. Oh Great tablescape. I havn't seen a Cabbage patch doll in years. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  5. What an dorable table for your granddaughters! I know they loved it. Very clever too. love the "kick butt list"!!! AND, I totally agree with you about what seems to be happening politically. I probably won't have grandchildren but my best friend (who's grands I have adopted in my heart) has 11 grandchildren and 5 of them are girls. I want them to never have to take a step backwards. XO, Pinky

  6. Thank you for stopping by my lil'blog and leaving a sweet comment :)
    ... great tablescape!

    Greetings from Australia♥

  7. Coming from Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday letter P - guess that could include P in politics and P in Cabbage Patch!

  8. love the kick butt list Visiting from Alphabe thursday

  9. This is such fun! What a great day!

  10. What a fun tablescape - cute doll display and pretty tabelscape

  11. Oh, the Cabbage Patch dolls are a hoot! (I remember this t'scape well!) Your GD's have great taste in colors, too! Perfect for International Women's Day, 2012! Well said, Denise! Jeanne S.

  12. Very cute! Love your polka dot napkins!

    Have a great weekend!


  13. Very cute, and creative! As the youngest of 4 girls, we were raised to believe we could do anything we wanted, and that was a long time ago. We have come a long way!

  14. Girls Kick Butt Day works for me! What an adorable table! And, I really like the "kicking butt" vignette! GO GIRLS!

  15. The Cabbage Patch Dolls were so funny! I need to make a "Kick Butt" List! Very pretty table. Joni

  16. A Kick Butt list should be on everyone's list of things to do today! The little Cabbage Patch Dolls are so clever! What a fun visit!

  17. I agree with you 100 percent! Those attitudes toward woman are not going to win elections!

  18. Great tablescape with the doll. More power to women!

  19. Wow. Having a soccer playing Grandlittle myself I found both your tablescape and your list really wonderful.

    I appreciate this thoughtful and thought provoking post. I agree that women seem to be going 'backward' in so many areas. We live in a society dominated by Barbie Dolls who seem to enjoy being playthings and airheads.



    I said that.

    And I meant it.

    I hope my Grandlittles aspire to more.

    Thanks for sharing this post!

    It was quite powerful.



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