Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Tablescape Thursday: Blue and Gold Dinner



We're setting a blue and gold table today.  I found these dishes recently at the thrift store.  All they had were three dinner plates, and they gave me one of them for free because it was slightly cracked.   The mark on the back says "Paragon, by appointment, fine china, made in England."  I love how they look with gold chargers.




The flowers are my old stand-by faux roses.  I'd love an armload of real roses.  Wouldn't that be gorgeous?




And I've also used some small berries and more faux roses in a little blue glass swan.  I have two of these swans which belonged to my mother.




As always, my flatware is mix and match.  Here you can see my favorite coin silver spoons and bone handled knives.  Both are monogrammed.




Here is a close-up of the knife handle.  Actually, I'm not sure if it is bone or bakelite.  But I love the monogram.  :)




The stemware was a thrift store find, too.  It's just serendipity that the flowers on the glass echo the flower on the centerpiece container.




The salt & pepper shakers that my husband gave me.  Love the gold and silver mix, and the very classic shapes.




The napkin rings are mother-of-pearl, from Target of all places.  The napkins themselves are heavy damask.




Many thanks to our Tablescape Thursday hostess, Susan.  To see more wonderful tablescapes, please visit Susan's blog:  Between Naps on the Porch




Happy Thursday!

38 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Really, Mary, your pictures are the BEST.
    Cass

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  2. You have put together a table that looks like you inherited all these beautiful things from your grandmother. Lovely.

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  3. So pretty! A woman after my own heart putting together thrift store and target and gifts together to make a scape! Love it...

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  4. Those plates are stunning, and your flatware is so interesting. This is a lovely tablescape. laurie

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  5. Love the navy and gold! I also love the monogrammed knife! Beautiful table!

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  6. Your table looks lovely. I love the monogrammed flatware too.

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  7. Mary...your china looks soooo regal...even sounds regal...by appointment. I think I'd have to check for more on eBay...but I'm an impatient sort. LOL Love those darling S&P's your DH gave you...he is definitely a keeper! :-) Everything is lovely...but I always expect that when I visit your blog. :-) Thanks for a great TT! Susan

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  8. What a classy taplescape - beautiful!

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  9. Lovely tablescape...very elegant..

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  10. it reminds me of romantic federalism, if there is such a thing. just gorgeous.

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  11. Just beautiful and always impressive. You have so much talent!!
    Mona

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  12. An elegant table -- love your classic pieces. And the china . . . so beautiful! I also liked the fact that you could see the pretty grain on the table in one of your pictures. Love glass and china and real wood.

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  13. Mary, Your table is simply beautiful. The blue and gold along with the charger gives the table a stately look. Your husband is quite a shopper - very impressive and thoughtful gift. Your table should be called Classic Elegance.

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  14. That is such an elegant place setting. It could be in a museum. I have a post today, too, come and visit!

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  15. Very elegant! Your salt and pepper shakers are beautiful!

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  16. What beautiful plates you found. I love the monograms too. Very nice.

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  17. Such an exquisite table you set!

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  18. Very elegant table. I love the blue band in the china, so pretty!

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  19. Fabulous finds and they make for a beautiful tablescape.

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  20. Absoulutely beautiful!
    Love the S&P shackers. :)

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  21. Your photography is awesome, and the tablescape ain't bad either! Great job.

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  22. Very pretty. I want to come and eat at your house!

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  23. This is certainly a nice feast for the eyes. Thank you!

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  24. Thanks for visiting my blog. I have the same glasses from my Mom. So pretty. Your table and photos are wonderful. You have to go to the Philly Flower Show as it is AMAZING. I have been going for over 20 years now! So much fun!
    Joyce

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  25. Loved your table and the flatware was wonderful. Thanks for coming by and the sweet note that you left there. Now, don't be a stranger!

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  26. What a beautiful collection you have...I love those dishes and the silver and the glasses and the swans...well, I guess that means I love it all! It's beautiful!
    Happy April!
    ;-D

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  27. A really lovely tablescape as usual, Mary..
    I am learning so much from you and here I am an old lady! Well, they do say "you are never too old to learn" and that is certainly true!
    Much love and many smiles~
    Mona

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  28. Beautiful classic post as usual....

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  29. Don't you just love thrift store finds. Yours are great. Petty table.

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  30. Oh my, how could I have missed this on Thursday? My apologies, Mary...

    It is simply a lovely table. Yes, I think I will be taking a second look at Goodwill's stemware aisles.

    Blue and gold, classic combo for elegance... You just gave me an idea! Off to find some inexpensive chargers...

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  31. My husband is a nut for sterling flatware and has extensive collections. My fascination is the monograms. I would love to know the history of the pieces and who they belonged to prior to his purchase.

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  32. You set a beautiful table, Mary.

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  33. Love your stemware. It's the same as mine. Mine belonged to my grandparents who were from Pennsylvania. I must say, mine never looks as fancy as your table setting.

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