Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Country Lunch



I'm joining in the fun today at Tablescape Thursday.  Want to help?  :)




Could you hand me those two dishes from the bottom shelf of the plate rack, please?  We are setting the kitchen table for two today.  




The dishes are American Limoges; the pattern is French Chateau.  They only had two at the thrift store, so I was saving them for an occasion just like this.  :)




The flatware is a hodgepodge of silverplate from the thrift store and German silver from an antique shop.  I'm not really a matchy-matchy type of girl.




The goblets are pressed glass, and belonged to my mother.




Do you recognize the primroses?  Yes, they are the ones my husband gave me.  I just plopped the whole pot in a cute little woven grass basket.  The napkin rings are tarnished silver.  They also belonged to my mom.  She would probably turn over in her grave if she knew I was using them without polishing them first.  :)




Well, here is the finished table.  Very simple, just right for a pretty lunch.




Thanks for joining the fun!  Do you want to see more?  Please visit Susan, at Between Naps on the Porch, the host of Tablescape Thursdays, for lots of wonderful tabletop fun.











46 comments:

  1. You really do have some very nice things, I wish there was some shops near me where I could buy things like you. Love reading your blogs.

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  2. Very pretty. I love the rack the plates are in. Lovely!

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  3. Your mother and mine are spinning in tandem. Tarnished silver is a sin here.

    Who made that American Limoges pattern? I would think it not possible. Where do they get limoges-white clay here? Curious. I may be coming on a field trip with you....

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  4. Mary,
    I love your country lunch table and as always admire your photography.
    Have a wonderful Thursday,
    Tam

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  5. Oh, Mary! I'm so glad you've joined us for Tablescape Tuesday! Your table for two is lovely! I love these plates! I hope you can find more! They're wonderful! The glasses are so elegant and more special since they belonged to your mother! Lovely little flowers! I knew you would set a lovely table!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  6. charming table..and I like that you are using your mom's glasses!

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  7. Gorgeous dishes, just love the treasures to be found at the thrift stores.

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  8. I love that you are not matchey-matchey (I'm not either). I love the thrift store finds - I have to go to the one here tomorrow!!! You set this for us right?

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  9. Hi Mary....love those dishs from the thrift store..thanks for posting the address and map, I sent it to my daughter...

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  10. I love those Limoges plates! Beautiful yellow flowers and I like your mom's goblets...Christine

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  11. ~~~ Oh my gosh, I am *IN LOVE* ~~~ Those PLATES, the MISMATCHED FLATWARE, the old silver napkin rings (I collect them), , Mom's pressed glass goblets AND the primrose~~~ UTTERLY DIVINE!!!! SOoo glad you shared this!!! Thank you, Linda

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  12. (P.S. I admit to often using the older silver pieces as I find them, like my Great Gram's silver turkey platter~~~ the tarnish makes me think of special times of days long ago!)~~~

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  13. Everything is beautiful! I love Limoges! I have a few that I found at an antique mall and a little variety shop. It's a joy to visit your blog.

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  14. Silver napkin rings are a passion of mine (and yes, I do polish) but I do use cutlery that doesn't match! But I am in love with the primrose.

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  15. I love the primroses and your beautiful dishes, and oh yes, don't let me forget, I love the plate rack too.

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  16. those plates just jumped out at me, how lovely! I don't like matchy match either! Beautiful setting. Cindy

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  17. Very pretty, Mary...I have been wondering, with all your dishes, how long it would be before you did the Tablescape Thursday...I adore your plate rack!!
    xo bj

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  18. The plates are really pretty. I love them! The flowers look great in a basket. I love how you combined everything and made it look great and made it feel very special at the same time.

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  19. It lokks like a romantic dinner for two :-). Really loveley plates!
    :-)

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  20. Very beautiful! I love the glasses and flatware. Deb

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  21. Wonderful spring table, primroses are one of my favorites and love the dishes, I own one of this pattern. Maybe between all the TT girls we could set an entire table:)
    Kelley

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  22. Your table setting looks lovely, Mary.

    I know what you mean about the tarnished silver. I like mine with a bit of "character", too, but my grandmother would have a fit.

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  23. Love those vintage plates & the primrose!

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  24. oh i love this so much. I especially love those plates you found. I am wanting new table settings so bad right now. I think my daughter and i are going to spend her spring break doing a lot of thrifting. you have inspired me to look for beautiful and unique table settings instead of buying something new.

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  25. Looks beautiful and inviting.

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  26. This is the 1st time i have ever seen anybody else have the Limoges French Chateau dishes. I love them!

    I have a partial set of that same pattern with Mandarin Green shading around the edges. My set was given to me by my mother when I got married. Somebody unloaded them on her when she got married and she never really liked them, but we used them for everyday as I was growing up.

    I saved them to give to my daughter when she got married, but she turned her nose up at them. So I kept them and use them from time to time. I thihk they are beautiful and love the lacey gold filigree on them.

    I've never actually seen anyone else with these dishes.

    Jeanne

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  27. I love the glasses! They are 100% more special because your mother gave them to you. The table looks beautiful.

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  28. This is so pretty! I love the Limoge plates. I remember having a few glasses like those, too.

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  29. "Presentation is every thing" as they say. And you have laid out a lovely table setting.

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  30. To Mental Mama:

    Lauren, The name of the manufacturer is American Limoges. I'm assuming that they chose the name for it's obvious cachet. I don't think it has any relation to Limogges, France. The name of the pattern is Chateau France. I looked it up on ebay when I first got it, and found several plates for sale.

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  31. Beautiful choice for today. I love your dishes!
    Sorry for the late visit, we had no internet since 12:30 this morning.

    Have a great Thursday!

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  32. Mary -- Just perfect! And my Mom had those exact same pressed glass goblets; they are still out in the cupboard at the empty beach house on Long Island.

    Sweet plates, too. I realized today, doing a tablescape, that I need more dishes. Oh dear....

    Love this one. And I love how you presented it. Nice!
    Cass

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  33. Those plates are absolutely charming!

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  34. I am loving that china! It's gorgeous! Your table looks so pretty, and thank you for letting me get the plates out of that lovely plate rack. laurie

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  35. Sigh.

    I feel as if I'm there . . .
    although it's way past lunch time.

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  36. Warm, simple and elegant. Now..what shall we talk about?
    Mona

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  37. Those plates are wonderful - I am a French-a-holic and wishing I could find some! Love the primrose, too. Also, I went back and saw your creamware collection - gorgeous. Do you have a pic of the soup tureen somewhere? Linda

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  38. I was telling my husband about how you had small sets of china you like and mismatched silver and that I want to be you when I grow up. He didn't even blink an eye...so I think I'm good to go with the china at least...will be antiquing soon...

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  39. Linda,
    Just click on the words "little soup tureen" in the post, and it will link you to a previous post with a pic of the tureen. :)

    Thanks for visiting!
    xoxo,
    Mary

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  40. I have dozens of the same stemmed glasses. All were purchased at Goodwill over the years. I used them every day. How special that yours belonged to your mother.

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  41. Kacey,
    you seriously crack me up!
    xoxo,
    Mary

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  42. I love your dishes, the primrose is too sweet in the basket!

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  43. Great tablesetting...my brother just made and gave me a really cute antique looking mini-wheelbarrow. If I had known, I would have loaned it to you to use for a centerpiece with your primroses :^)
    Jaybird

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  44. How lovely. FYI- your mother's goblets are the Wexford Crystal pattern. My mother collected them as well.

    Julie in AR

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