Thursday, June 25, 2015

Spirit of '76 Tablescape for the 4th!

I have had a lot going on in the last couple of years: major kitchen renovation, both daughters getting engaged, and just a few weeks ago - my older daughter's wedding, complete with reception at our home! All this has not left me with much time to tablescape or blog!

I have pretty much gotten my house back in order, so I was very excited to get my dining room ready for a 4th of July Independence Day tablescape. I am especially excited about the 4th of July this year because I got some new china which is perfect - Royal Staffordshire American Heritage!

Here is a teacup showing what I believe is Mount Vernon.

 Paul Revere's Ride is featured on the Cereal Bowls.

The Dinner Plate features a reproduction of the image called "Spirit of '76" and the Boston Tea Party is depicted on the Salad Plate.

I got a call this Spring from a friend who was working at her church's yard sale and she said she know I would love this china. She knows me and my tastes well so I promised to buy the box sight unseen! In the box, I found 1 dinner plate, 7 salad plates, 6 cereal bowls and 8 cups and saucers.

Since I only have 1 dinner plate, I am displaying it and a salad plate on an easel in my kitchen, as you can see above.

I put 2 of the cups and saucers on my tea cart, as you can see below.

And on my dining room table, I added gold chargers, Spode Pink Tower plates, and the Royal Staffordshire salad plates.

Lots of Red, White, and Blue Pinwheels in the Centerpiece!

I will be sharing this with Rustic and Refined and Between Naps on the Porch. Have a Happy and Safe Holiday!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

St. Patrick's Day - Just Around the Corner!

I love St. Patrick's Day! My husband and I aren't even a little bit Irish, but then again, "Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day."

Here is my dining room table, decked out in the colors of the Irish Flag.

At each place, I have a gold charger covered with a felt shamrock placemat. I know that's backwards, but I like the way it looks!

For the centerpiece, I have Irish ornaments hanging on my ornament tree with shamrocks and golden coins scattered around the base.

This little fellow is on my dining room mantle, flanked by two green pillar candles.

Then, in the bay window, my tea cart has some Irish influence, as well!

The green doesn't stop in the Dining Room, though!

This vignette is in my Butler's Pantry.

My sunroom is a great spot for an Irish tea.

I love these nutcrackers!

Our Billiards Room is ready for St. Patrick's Day, too!

Here is the mantle in the Billiards Room.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Happy Presidents' Day

Monday is Presidents' Day and I am celebrating with White House China. I have shared my centerpiece before (CLICK HERE), but last year I was able to add to my collection!

Below is my ornament tree with the miniature White House China Plate ornaments. The tree is actually resting on a Dessert  Plate in the James Monroe pattern.

This is a Dessert Plate in the George Washington pattern. The center has Martha Washington's monogram and the snake swallowing its tail symbolizes perpetuity. All the Original 13 Colonies are listed in links of a chain around the rim.

This is a Dessert plate in the Benjamin Harrison pattern. I love the gold corn against the navy rim.

This Dessert Plate below is in the Abraham Lincoln Pattern. This is the service used in his first term of office. The reddish purple band is in a colored called Solferino which was evidently all the rage in the 1860's.

This pattern below is in the Ulysses S. Grant pattern. The American artist William E. Seaton worked with the French firm Haviland to create a pattern which displayed different American wildflowers on the different serving pieces.

The dessert plate below is in the James K. Polk pattern. I love the turquoise rim. James K. Polk was an alum of my alma mater, the University of North Carolina and his wife, Sarah Polk was an alum of my daughters' alma mater, Salem College.

My last pattern is in the Thomas Jefferson pattern. In the center is his monogram "TJ" and the fleur-de-lis borders reflect his time as Foreign Minister to France.

I hope you have a wonderful Presidents' Day Weekend!

I will be sharing this with Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps of the Porch.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend!

Since both of my daughters became engaged last year, I was really wanting to do an Engagement Tablescape! Since we didn't get everything back in order with the house until Thanksgiving, so I didn't have time during with the holidays to get this table together. But here it is!

I started with a white tablecloth and a small ivory white footed candy dish. On the candy dish I placed my vintage Madame Alexander bride doll. Around the candy dish I scattered acrylic "diamonds" in clear, pale blue and pale pink.
I then remembered I had some glass diamond paperweights from my Breakfast at Tiffany's tablescape, so I added them also!

For lighting, I added some white Love Bird tea light holders that I bought at Target years ago.

At each table I started with a gold beaded charger and added Royal Doulton Canton plates which are white with pink and blue flowers.

The white lace edged napkins were a wedding gift that she made for me back in 1982. Many washings and a few bleachings later, they still look good! The only things I bought for this tablescape were the napkin rings.  I found them on Amazon and thought they were so cute!

At each table, I put a cute hand-lettered place card. I got these from All She Wrote Notes. I had her make up lots of place cards for our family and friends in lots of different colors and I love them all! I can definitely recommend her! 
Here is her Facebook page. She does all sorts of cute hand-lettered things and she is engaged also! 

I also added some glass diamonds by each place card.

I saved my favorite part of the tablescape for last. In front of the centerpiece I put the cake topper that my parents used in 1957 and that I used in 1982.

It's kind of hard to see in these photos, but it's the same one! It's exciting that it will be used again! Our first wedding will be in June. Lots of work, but also lots of fun!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My 6th Blogiversary!

I can't believe that I have been blogging for 6 years! Lately, it's been much more OFF than ON, but it's still by 6th Blogiversary!

Last January I had a frozen water pipe burst and flood three rooms, which took a while to fix and we also added to the work by totally renovating the kitchen and butler's pantry. The result was a year without tablescapes (bad news), but lots of good renovations to our historic house (good news).

I can't promise that I will be a more prolific blogger this year, because BOTH my daughters are engaged to be married (Great News!) and I am planning two weddings! While it is a lot of fun, it is also a lot of work! But I really want to do an engagement tablescape soon!!!

I have made so many friends through blogging and want you all to know how special you are to me!

Since 2014 was a sparse year for tablescaping, I am just sharing my table from my first blog post. You can see the whole blog post HERE: My Winter Wonderland: Barely Blue.

Thanks so much for all the friendship and encouragement through all the years!


I will be sharing this with Tablescape Thursday on Between Naps on the Porch and Let's Dish on Cuisine Kathleen.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas all through the House

SO glad to have my dining room back! Loving the new kitchen and butler's pantry as well!

Here's my dining room ready for Christmas Eve Dinner!

 As you can see, we have a small live tree in this room which has white and colored lights and has a Nutcracker Ballet theme.

 The mantle is also decorated with Nutcrackers from the ballet.

At each place there is a nutcracker place card holder, as well as a paper nutcracker tucked into each napkin. I am using my Spode Christmas Tree Grove china which I think fits my Victorian house and dining room perfectly.

Nutcracker salt and pepper shakers stand guard on the table as well!

On the small buffet, my punch bowl and cups are ready for some creamy eggnog.

On the hanging shelf, I have various Christmas pitchers and teapots.

In the Parlor, we have a larger real tree with colored lights and our memory ornaments.

The perfect place to read a good book or look at the Santas on the mantle.

In our sunroom, we have our Bethlehem Village.

The Wise Men coming through the desert, complete with sand dunes.

The Roman Soldiers taking the census at the city gates.

A stable behind the Inn.

A Moravian Star over the manger.

Have a Very Merry Christmas!!!

I will be joining Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish, Rustic and Refined and Between Naps on the Porch.