Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tablescape Thursday: Playing With Dishes



Sometimes I set the table for a special occasion, and other times I just play with my dishes. You do that, right?




It actually saves time when you have to set a table for a special occasion, because it's like a dry run.

Truly.




And playing with dishes is therapeutic.

I swear.




All those pretty, shiny things...




Beautiful colors and textures...




Flowers and ribbons...




OK, so I might have a slight problem. :)




Many thanks to the beautiful Susan from Between Naps on the Porch, for hosting Tablescape Thursday. :)

salad plates: German antiques
dinner plates: Wedgwood "Hamilton"
water goblets: Waterford "Donegal"
wine glasses: thrift store, pattern unknown
flatware: assorted antiques, thrift and antique stores

38 comments:

  1. There is no substitution for fine things! These plates are so luscious! I love the colors and beauty in them. I also like the beautiful old flatware. This makes my heart sing! Can I come and play too?
    Yvonne

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  2. Those are beautiful dishes WOW!!~

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  3. Hi Mary,
    Oh my, I just love all your colors and textures. Your dishes and stemware are gorgeous! I like your centerpieces too! Everything looks warm and inviting. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Sharlotte

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  4. I am just like you, Mary, so I guess I have a problem too, lol. Your dishes are so pretty and so are the vases with flowers....Christine

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  5. Everything looks so pretty! I especially LOVE your Waterford water goblets - GORGEOUS. And your silk flower in the pretty container looked so nice too. Thanks for sharing!
    Best regards,
    Gloria

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  6. Oooooh! I LOVE this, the design on the bottom plate is divine! Your home is filled with so many beautiful antiques. Thank you for sharing !

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  7. Mary, your collections are just gorgeous! They're also an inspiration for me to collect more and more and more. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

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  8. You reminded me how much fun it is to just play...

    Lovely dishes, Mary!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  9. What a gorgeous table and all of your china and crystal is just stunning. I especially love the dinner plates, they are just fabulous. Everything looks so beautiful together. Hugs, Marty

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  10. Stunning! I love the vintage plates, but especially am in love with the ivory handled knives. Uh Oh, I'm going to be obsessed now with my hunt for them. --Delores

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  11. Beautiful, OMG! you really eat of these? no, no, no. use a knife and fork scraping against that china??? N. O. Just to beautiful.

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  12. I find that to be charming. I use to love to set a beautiful table at dinner.

    I still love to set a beautiful table.

    Stay as you are my lovely lady..


    yvonne

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  13. What I need is a decent dining table to make beautiful arrangements on.

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  14. Oh Mary, such beautiful and elegant pieces! they are all so stunning!

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  15. So pretty! And yes, I think playing with dishes ( and other beautiful collections) is very therapeutic. :-) The healing powers of dish therapy! I Love it!!

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  16. Its so much fun to play with dishes and you've come up with a beautiful 'scape! Love that floral centerpiece, so rich and colourful. Very pretty plates as well!

    DD

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  17. Your pictures are so clean and crisp. Everything is beautiful!

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  18. Beautiful! What can I bring when I come over? ;)

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  19. Hi Mary,
    Your table is lovely and I have enjoyed your blog for a while! Your comments are so funny. I'm glad to know that there are others out there who enjoy dishes. I still have a few pieces left of my childhood set. I guess that is when the fascination began :-)

    Mary
    From Virginia

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  20. a lovely table Mary...i wouldn't even care if you served food, the tablescape would satisfy me!

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  21. I have been known to play with dishes, too! Beautiful china, especially the dinner plate, very nice.

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  22. I am like "a babe in the woods" when it comes to tablescaping,I am "in training",but you said it, it is so addictive, and fun,fun,fun.Love your play-time(playing with the dishes).

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  23. I love playing dress the table too, and if I had so many lovely things as you, I'd do it more often. I'd sit at your table any time. (Eating optional.)

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  24. This is just beautiful. I love the plates and the glasses all mixed up. It looks fantastic!

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  25. Such a pretty setting! I think you've captured just how it feels for us to play with our dishes! I've never seen that Wedgwood Hamilton pattern before; it's gorgeous!

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  26. Mary...what a gorgeous table...I love the old flatware and the patterns on those dishes are simple devine :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  27. Thanks for sharing your tablescape today. Nicely done. I especially like your floral arrangement in the last photo, but of course I would...it is red!

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  28. I don't have that many different dishes to play with, but when I want some beautiful dish eye candy I always know where to go. Here!

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  29. You always have the classiest looking table settings, Mary.

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  30. Mary, What awesome dishes, chargers and crystal. The flower arrangement with the beautiful ribbon is outstanding. What fun to play with those items.

    Barbara

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  31. Great table!

    Love all the details of the china too~~~

    Enjoyed your intro about you!

    Nice to join in the table setting fun:)

    Kay Ellen

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  32. Beautiful table settings. You have a real talent for putting lovely things together. As far as your "little problem" is concerned, not to worry, many of us have just the same problem. We can always form a support group. My advice is to just keep setting lovely tables and posting the results so that we can all enjoy!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley

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  33. No problem Mary. Nothing that we dishaholics don't understand! Simply beautiful, breath taking plates. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Donna

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  34. Oh! Those dishes took my breath! They are gorgeous, and I love the way you combined the patterns. What an exquisite tablescape. laurie

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  35. I love your colour mixtures and to tell you honestly, your collections are so dearie and to die for.

    Lovely.

    Happy week-end.

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  36. The glasses--I have some of them. Interesting that the sharing of Tablescape Thursday allows us to feel connected to a past generation -- or two... Thank you for highlighting such special pieces.

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  37. Your dishes are beautiful.

    My husband and I got an antique set of china instead of the New ones for our wedding. It was one of the things we bought for ourselves.

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