Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Hint of Spring-Tablescape Thursday



     I haven't participated in Tablescape Thursday for several weeks, but I decided it was time for me to do something that felt "normal" for me, even if I wasn't as excited to play along as usual. The other thing is that I actually collected a few treasures over the past few weeks. During the time that my husband was in Florida with me, he would stop at a thrift store, garage sale or HomeGoods when we took a break from the hospital. Many times I wouldn't want to get out of the car, but he would wave to me that I needed to come look at something, and usually he was right. When I got home on Sunday, I found several things waiting for me that I barely remember buying. Please join our hostess Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch to see all of the lovely table settings this week.


     I decided to set the table for a spring breakfast with friends. I started with a Battenburg Lace tablecloth and napkins that were a gift from my mom years ago.


     I used red vinyl placemats as chargers. The green dishes are one of my recent purchases from a flea market in Alabama on our way home. They are marked Churchill England, but I can't find the pattern name. The tiny wild strawberries on the plates set the theme for my breakfast table. I bought 4 dinner plates and 4 salad plates for $6 and I love them. The scalloped red and white plates are from Crate and Barrel. I used my everyday stainless flatware.


     The centerpiece is an eclectic mix of silvers. The tray is vintage Fina sterling silver, it belonged to my parents. I love the detail on the handles. The coffee pot was found in my in-laws garage. The candlestick was purchased at a garage sale in Florida for $4. It is marked Barbour S.P. Co. International Silver and with a little research online I found that it is from the early 1920's. The value of a pair of them is around $150-$200, so I think I got a good deal!




     The green goblets were from a thrift store in Florida. The strawberries are in a vintage footed crystal bowl. Most people would probably have used delicate cups and saucers with this table setting. My friends are much more the coffee mug type. I think it shows that you can mix sterling silver, Wal-Mart mugs, flea market dishes and come up with an interesting table.





28 comments:

Sharon Haynie said...

What a darling table! My friends are mug people too!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very pretty - Looks like you found some nice pieces. I really like the candle stick - you got a great deal.

dee dee said...

Sue,
I just love your mix of family heirlooms, flea market finds and Walmart ware! You table is very inviting and makes me want to hope in the car and make the 9 hour trip to join you for your spring breakfast! Great buy on the candlestick! In prayer... Dee Dee

Atelier de Charo said...

Love your centerpiece it's a great mix of silver items.

Hugs
Charo

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Pretty, indeed! So cute with all the mismatches from everywhere.

Perfect.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Beautiful. I love your mix of dishes and wonderful heirlooms. The green is beautiful. You've done a wonderful job with your tablescape, so lovely and inviting. Hugs, Marty

Creations By Cindy said...

I love all of it. Beautiful! The dishes are sooooo pretty. Be blessed. Cindy

bj said...

So pretty and springy..love it all.

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

I Love this! Green and red are my favorites! I'm glad you are blogging again today!
Dena

D said...

Love those plates you found. Love the red and white plates, too. Pretty.

D

Lori Lucas said...

I love green and red together... And how ingenious... with the red "chargers"!! Great ideas. Love the silver too.

Tricia said...

I love the red and green color combination -- so cheery for a breakfast table! Those green and white print plates were a real FIND! Your beautiful silver "kicks it up a notch" and makes the table even more special.

koralee said...

Love your table today...you amaze me with all your talent. xoxo

Kathleen said...

Hey good to see you having fun! I love the plates and goblets..so pretty!
A lovely cheerful table, you needed that!

Mimi said...

Love your green and white table with little touches of red...I prefer a mug for my coffee, too! Lovely collection of silver pieces.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love your table, Sue, and I think you and your husband did great with your Florida finds! I like mugs, too, though I'm not a coffee drinker.

I just saw the post below this one, and I left you a note there. Thinking of you and hoping that you are getting some rest.

I'm still on break, but I took a break from the work to blog today. I'm glad I got a chance to visit with you. Miss you all...

XO,

Sheila

Red Couch Recipes said...

What a charming table you have set! I love the red and white scalloped plates and the green and white plates. Sounds like you got some bargains. I live in a rural area and I can find nothing like those beauties. Joni

Maria said...

Hi Sue!
So glad you had some everyday moments ~

Your tablescape looks wonderful... I love all the colors you put together! It's very cheery!
The scape came together so well... I love it when things come from all different places and seem to be "meant for each other."
... I'm sure it feels so good to be home, Sue...
Enjoy your home and family time~ Maria

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love those green and white strawberry plates mixed with your red edged ones -- how pretty. I found tablescaping to be somewhat theraputic when my Dad was quite ill in February -- I hope you'll find the same. Thinking of you.

Denise Marie said...

what a gorgeous post!! love the dish combo.

Angie said...

Oooh, the tablecloth and napkins are quite lovely!

Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen said...

This is just so light and lovely!

Everything in this cheerful green and strawberry red themed tablescape, including the silver, is just perfectly delighful! Good for you!

Shugee said...

Sue, it's beautiful. I love the theme and the silver vase, a lot. Proud of you, hon.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Hi Sue...I love your table..beautiful!

I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I'll keep her in my thoughts and prayers and you too.

Holly said...

I love this table because...I missed you and secondly because any table that can mix WalMart and sterling silver is good for me.

Johanna said...

Hi. I love your table, too. Nice idea to mix silver as a center piece. Looks nice. And you have such a pretty tablecloth.
Greetings, Johanna

Natasha said...

Beautiful!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Katey Lady said...

I am curious if you ever found out any information about the strawberry china pattern? I recently purchased a set of teacups and saucers in this pattern and was hoping to be able to find more about it online- but there doesn't seem much. Its a shame, because I love strawberrys and most of my china is white or avocado green!