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!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Independence Day 2017

Here is my table to celebrate the 4th of July or Independence Day this year!

I started with my red tablecloth with the red paisley woven design. I don't know why, but it has always reminded me of fireworks!

 On top of that, I used my First American or Betsy Ross Flag design placemats along with their matching napkins and a gold napkin ring. Then a gold charger, my Spode Tower Pink Dinner Plates, and Royal Staffordshire American Heritage Salad Plates which depict the Boston Tea Party. Flatware with a gold beaded edge and stemware of clear and ruby red crystal complete the place setting.

 An Uncle Sam nutcracker is my centerpiece.

On the tea table in my Parlor, I have a service set up to celebrate Flag Day and Betsy Ross. It is still in the Red, White, and Blue theme for Independence Day!

I hope you have a very Happy and Safe Independence Day with those you love!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easter 2017

Here is my Easter table!

I started with a white cutwork tablecloth and added green ruffled chargers, flatware with a gold, beaded edge, and glasses with a gold Greek Key design.

My plates are Lenox Springdale and on top are Vera Bradley floral napkins with a Target carrot napkin ring. I also used white bunny place card holders from Target.

For my centerpiece, I used a pedestal cake plate and put a glass candy dish on top. In the candy dish, I used faux grass and placed Easter Eggs in the grass. I surrounded this with chicks and eggs.

On the mantle, I have various Easter decor.

I hope you are having a wonderful Spring and have a wonderful Easter!

I will be sharing this with Between Naps on the Porch.

Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day 2017

You don't have to be Irish to love St. Patrick's Day!

I have a gold tablecloth with green felt placemats, white plates, gold napkins with emerald green napkin rings.

My centerpiece is an ornament tree full of glass shamrocks and leprechauns.

An assortment of Irish nutcrackers is displayed on my mantle.

May you have the luck of the Irish! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I will be sharing with Between Naps on the Porch.