Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Halloween Table 2018

Well, two grandsons and two hurricanes have slowed me down, but I still have a Halloween Tablescape to share!

I sound these cute appetizer plates at World Market and they were 40% off! I used a white tablecloth with a black lace cobweb table runner. Black and rhinestone chargers with Gibson Claremont plates were topped with orange and black Halloween napkins, and finally the new plates.

For my centerpiece, I used a punch bowl, a wreath and a faux Jack O' Lantern with some wire lights.

The mantle and the rest of the room have lots of Fall Decor!

In the Parlor, I have my tea table set for an Autumn Tea Party!

And the Foyer is decorated as well!

Here's hoping you have a very Happy Halloween with nothing but Treats! 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Aynsley Pembroke China

I haven't had much time for blogging lately. Both of my daughters are expecting and I am so excited to become a grandmother! I did take a few pictures of my current table which features the Aynsley Pembroke pattern. I recently inherited this set from my mother. She started this pattern in the 1970s and I remember many meals on these beautiful plates!

I used a white cutwork tablecloth, gold chargers, and slate blue napkins. The beautiful Pembroke napkin rings were a recent birthday present from one of my dearest friends! 

For my centerpiece, I used roses from a very thoughtful neighbor's yard in a Pembroke vase. 

One of my favorite things about this pattern is the large assortment of goods made. There are vases and biscuit barrels and lots of beautiful pieces to choose from!

I hope you have a lovely day and thanks for looking! I will be sharing with Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Halloween 2017

My Halloween tablescape is the same as my Fall tablescape (Link HERE) with a few spooky tweaks!


 As you can see, I used the same gold tablecloth, wooden chargers, Spode Woodland plates, Williamsburg Shell stainless and pewter cups.

I added pumpkin salad plates and Halloween crackers as well as a plastic wine glass.

I used some napkins I got at Target years ago.

This is the same centerpiece with a faux Jack O'Lantern instead of the elegant faux pumpkin. and I put smaller Halloween items around the base.

Not much work, but a whole different feel!

Happy Halloween!

I will be sharing with Between Naps on the Porch.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fall Decorating October 2017

I have probably written this before - October is my very favorite month! I love the cooler temperatures and lower humidity of North Carolina's fall, often no need for heat or AC. Of course, sometimes you have those days when you need heat in the morning and AC in the afternoon, but I still love October! Here are some of my Fall decorations so far this year.

In the Dining Room, we have a gold tablecloth and wooden chargers topped with Spode Woodland Turkey plates. I used a new stainless flatware pattern, Williamsburg Shell by Reed and Barton. I used Kirk Steiff pewter goblets and red napkins with woven golden pumpkins. 

I also used my pumpkin place card holders but haven't put the place cards in yet! 

For my centerpiece, I used my silver punch bowl and filled it with plastic grocery bags and covered them with green Spanish Moss from Michaels. Then I put a large faux pumpkin on top and added some fall leaves. I was inspired by Sheila's idea on her blog, My Kentucky Living.

Then I got the idea to add some lights! 

Here's the whole table again with the pumpkin it up.

On the small buffet, I used a silver wine cooler and did the same pumpkin trick!

The hanging shelf above the small buffet is a new piece that I inherited from my mother. I love how it just fits!

Of course, I still have this hanging shelf on the back wall, too!

This is a new pumpkin I painted. It is faux and I painted a Blue Willow type pattern on it with craft paint. It took hours, but I am thrilled with how it turned out.

I made a vignette in my Butler's Pantry featuring the Blue Willow pumpkin.

October is a good month to sit and rock on the porch. There are lots of real pumpkins on the porch!

Before you go, let's have a Pumpkin Tea Party in the Parlor!

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

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Spode Mayflower

Today I would like to share with you one of my "new" china patterns - Spode Mayflower.

This pattern was introduced by Copeland Spode in 1929 and discontinued sometime in the early 1960's. It was re-introduced in 2004-2005. All the items I have are the older, Copeland Spode version.

My mother and father registered for this pattern as their "Everyday China" in 1957. When they were first married, they lived with my paternal grandmother who had her own china. When they built their own house in the 1960's, I was going through a PURPLE phase. I think lots of young girls go through a purple phase! When we unpacked this china, I fell in love!!! I couldn't wait to use it! Sadly, my mother said it had been discontinued and we were just going to put it in a corner cabinet for display. I was heartbroken. Every year on my birthday, my mother asked what I would like as a special meal. My answer was always the same: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and served on the purple plates!

I just inherited these purple plates and I will have to serve spaghetti on them soon! For now,  I am washing and cataloging them. I also set up a few vignettes on my Parlor Piecrust Tea Table.

As you can see, I inherited Dinner Plates, a Luncheon Plate and, Bread and Butter Plates. I really want some salad plates now!

Clockwise, from upper left, Dinner, Luncheon and Bread and Butter Plates
I love how the central design is just a bit different for each plate.


Here is a Tea Time Vignette

I have lots of tea cups and saucers - 22 cups and 21 saucers! I can have quite a tea party!

I love the coffee pot in this pattern!

I also inherited small rim soups and the gravy boat.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing one of my "newest" patterns! I treasure it since it was my parents' and my special birthday pattern!