Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tablescape Thursday: A Spring Celebration




It's been so dreary outside lately, I thought I would set the dining room table for a spring luncheon.  Yes, I know it's not officially spring yet, but humor me.  Please.  

I've been saying that a lot lately, haven't I?



The dinner plates are part of a set that used to belong to my aunt.  They are called Rose China, and were made in Japan.  The salad plates are Noritake.  I don't know the pattern name.  I only have six of them.   They belonged to my mother.




As you probably know, I love to collect monogrammed flatware.  The coin silver spoon with LEA on it was made by Elias Baker of New Brunswick, NJ circa 1840.  The fork with CSH on it is Rogers Smith Co.  Both are antique or thrift store finds.




The glassware is Waterford.  I think the pattern is Donegal.  My in-laws, who are of Irish descent, gave it to us piece by piece over the first years of our marriage.




My husband gave me these salt and pepper shakers.  He has terrific taste, don't you think?  ;)




I'm afraid I used faux flowers for the centerpiece.  The white roses and apple blossoms are nestled in a crystal bowl that belonged to my mother.  The bowl is raised up on a mirrored silver platform.  I think maybe it's from a dressing table set?




Each silver-plated napkin ring (from Bed, Bath & Beyond, I think) is paired with a little bit of greenery, flowers or berries.




Every one is different.  They all came off of an old wreath that was falling apart.




The napkins themselves are a pale green linen.




Please visit Susan, at Between Naps on the Porch for a whole host of wonderful links to other Tablescape Thursday posts.

64 comments:

  1. You have such beautiful collections. I love to visit you and see what you have each day.

    Teresa

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  2. Hi Mary, each day your posts are so beautiful, a new way to look at things. Thanks for brightening my days. I was wondering if you ever posted rooms on rms. There was a home there that I loved, and the woman who lived there said that the home belonged to her parents. It had beautiful paneled walls and resembled your gorgeous home. Just asking...

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  3. Yes ksarra, I posted on RMS under the name countrygrl125. I haven't been there in a few years, though...

    Thanks so much for your sweet comments. :)
    xoxo,
    Mary

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  4. Man, I admire your ability to put together such gorgeous table settings. I just cannnot pull it off like that. Of course, I don't like my china to start off with. I've actually discussed collecting antique china sets. Haven't quite sold my dh on it yet though...

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  5. A beautiful setting. Love your flatware -- I collect napkin rings -- all with names and initials mostly from the Victorian period (a few are Edwardian) -- like your flatware because of the monogram, each piece has a story and wouldn't you love to hear it.

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  6. So beautiful. What are you serving, and what time do you want me there?

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  7. Just lovely, Mary. The flatware is so interesting and the plates are just beautiful.
    Lovely table, indeed...

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  8. Lovely collection of dishware and accessories. The colors in the plates are divine! Love em! Thanks for sharing... ~Katy

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  9. I love the elegance and softness of this tablescape. plus I'm a major fan of that apple green in the china. so beautiful

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  10. WOW***WOW***WOW!! ***LOVE***the centerpiece- is it fresh?
    Beautiful cutlery!
    Monica.

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  11. You set an exquisite table. The idea for saving scraps of wreaths for the napkin rings is super. Yes, your husband does have wonderful taste!

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  12. Love your tablescape! Just so beautiful, and I am so ready for spring. enjoy your day!
    Lorri

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  13. Very pretty--I love Waterford and your mother's crystal bowlis lovely

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  14. Oh, this is breathtaking, and such a pleasant spring vignette, as well. Thank you for sharing!

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  15. Such a lovely table you've set! From your mother's china to the Waterford tumblers to the antique flatware (especially love coin silver!) to those beautiful salt and pepper shakers from your husband to the glorious roses in the cut glass bowl and everything in between... it's lovely! Thanks for sharing...

    Happy Tablescape Thursday...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  16. Morning girl....everything is so pretty...love all your family treasures and the attention you pay to every little detail...just beautiful!!!

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  17. STUNNING and so very beautiful and feminine.

    xx
    Becky

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  18. Oh Mary....it's so lovely. I especially love the dogwood blossom tucked into the napkin ring. Will it ever be spring? Yes? You promise?

    Right now I would so love an invitation to your home for lunch. You should do it!!! Go over and read the Pioneer Woman (yesterdays entry I think). She had perfect strangers, perfect blogger strangers into her home for a cook fest.

    Oh well, if not in person, a cyber lunch at your home is a lesson in hospitality.

    - Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

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  19. Loved the square salad plate on the round dinner plate. The whole table says spring in the best possible way!!! Sally

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  20. Lovely. That crystal bowl with the flowers is just beautiful!

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  21. Oh, Mary! How gorgeous! I love your plates and crystal! The old silverware and little salt and peppers are so elegant. Your flowers are so lovely sitting in your goregoue bowl! Now don't tell anyone, but I most always use faux flowers! ;) They're just so much easier at times!! Oh, the little florals tucked inside your napkin rings are a sweet little touch!
    I'm just so glad you've joined TT with us. I just knew you would love this!
    Thanks for popping in to see me,
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  22. Absolutely beautiful! Very romantic and charming.

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  23. How beautiful Mary. I adore your antique silver and your crystal. Everything is so pretty.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  24. I love your dishes. They are the most beautiful i have ever seen.

    The little flowers tucked in the napkin rings is a great touch, and the whole table is exquisite.

    Thank you for sharing all your lovelies.

    Blessings,
    Barbara Jean

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  25. I love your crystal and how special is it that your ILs gave them in a special way! Great table you have there today, thanks! Happy TT!

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  26. I love your tablescape! The crystal bowl is stunning! I would never have known those weren't real flowers in it. The china is wonderfully feminine and dainty. The Waterford and the china complement each other perfectly!

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  27. Mary, I love the lighting in these photos! Beautiful tablescape!!

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  28. Mary, its all so lovely, and like a breath of fresh spring air.

    What are we having at this luncheon?

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  29. Your table is just beautiful. I love the mismatched monogrammed flatware.

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  30. What a lovely table!

    Your photography is wonderful.

    Scribbler

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  31. What an elegant setting - gorgeous! Linda

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  32. What a beautiful spring table, Mary! Your husband has exquisite taste...afterall he picked you, right? and his S&P selection was perfect!
    Have a fabulous day!
    ;-D

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  33. You know, this is fun ~ this tablescape! I always love yours, Mary. And what a clever use for falling-apart wreaths!
    I say never apologize for faux flowers when they look this good!

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  34. What a wonderful table setting. My favourite photo would have to be the first one with the gorgoeus blossom in the napkin ring.
    Alison

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  35. Lovely dishes and elegant pieces for a wonderful tablescape.
    Blessings, Candy

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  36. I'm so glad you came over and said hi! Your home is beautiful! and that table!!!! such pretty china and silver...I had a pr. of salt and pepper shakers just like yours. They belonged to my grandmother and I ended up giving them to a neice when she got married. Everything is just beautiful! I noticed we have a lot in common! I'm the mother of a 21 and a 17 yr. old, both boys! Love the same music too! I'm going to look at your other posts! God Bless! Lauralu :)

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  37. Just beautiful, so soft I am sure spring is just around the corner.

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  38. Beautiful table, I love your Waterford..I have Lismore...
    Yes, Spring will come..soon I hope!

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  39. You set the most beautiful table Mary, I always love stopping by to see what lovely things you have put together:>)

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  40. Lovely dishes, beautiful silver and crystal--it all reminds me of my Grandmother Elsie's table set for Easter! We had some beautiful daffodils blooming near the front garden--it was in the 80's earlier this week. It was around 34 degrees today with ice frosting the trees and my daffodils! But Spring IS coming soon!

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  41. Just beautiful. I especially love the colour and patterns on your plates. I've never really been a cut-glass or crystal sort of person but I bought a sweet dish from Goodwill yesterday for $1 and after seeing your display, I can see the potential.

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  42. Happy Tablescape Thursday

    Susan

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  43. Your setting is very very pretty! Just lovely and springy.

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  44. Mary...this is such a lovely table! I love your sweet china from your Mom and your Aunt...and how clever to use the parts of the wreath in this tablescape. You've inherited some beautiful pieces...now I know where your excellent taste and wonderful style! The crystal bowl of you Mom's is lovely and Yes, Mr. Red House has excellent taste! Of course, I LOVE your Waterford...makes me weak in the knees just looking at it! :-) Thanks for a great Tablescape Thursday! Susan

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  45. Mary, it's just lovely. I have those same plates, but only have four. I love to mix them up with other plates for a fun and festive setting. Spring has come to your home.:)
    xo Lidy

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  46. Such elegance, such loveliness...
    And each one of your images is a true work of art Mary.
    You create beauty in you rhome and with your camera. I am always delighted that we get to share it with you.

    Love,
    sue

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  47. Hi Mary...Your china is just beautiful. Your tablescape is lovely. I enjoyed all your wonderful close-ups.

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  48. I do love all that shiny crystal, especially the centerpiece bowl. I have one that is very similar, perhaps the same bowl. Mine has a scalloped edge and I have always loved it.
    Very elegant table.

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  49. Thanks for coming by my post & commenting. I love, love, love your salad plates. And the monogrammed silverware, ooooooh I'm so in love!!!! I love everything on your table.

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  50. Hi Mary, I adore your salad plates ! I seen one of those plates in a store and passed it up. I should have known better. Went back after it and of course it was gone.Salt and peppers are pretty also. Love your setting !
    Thanks for dropping by.

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  51. Your tablescape is breathtaking. Love your china. How pretty the napkin rings look with the sprigs of greenery. Everything is gorgeous. laurie

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  52. You didn't start without me did you? All so pretty - I love the monogram on the coin silver spoon! That lettering would look great on a tattoo :)

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  53. You just have the knack! No matter what you are displaying it looks fabulous. ~ Robyn

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  54. Beautiful table setting, Mary. I love how you did each napkin ring differently.

    Donna

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  55. stunning!

    i am also marvelling at your photography! beautiful and perfectly lit!!

    happy pink saturday, too

    xo

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  56. This table is so elegant and warm and inviting all at the same time. I think it's hard to combine all three but you've done it! Bravo!

    :)Nancy

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  57. What a lovely tablescape. I especially like the stemware.

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  58. Everything looks so elegant Mary :)

    Hugs,
    Dena

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  59. A gorgeous and elegant tablescape! Simply lovely.

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  60. Absolutely delightful, as always!
    Oh dear, because of you I am on the look out for engraved silver plate flatware. If Mary has it...well..I have to have it of course! You have such a way with things. Like Dena with her rooster lamp! None to be had anywhere. I did find an engraved teapot that caught my eye today..but passed it up...think I will head back tomorrow. How I LOVE a bargain!
    Mona

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  61. Just beautiful as ever, Mary! I recognized the china as Noritake as I have my grandmother's set that is similar and has that same green trim. The way you did your napkin rings with sprigs of floral from the falling apart wreath is wonderful! Very creative and resourceful. Doesn't it feel good when we get these ideas? I love looking at your pictures and reading your blog.

    Mary in Oregon

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