Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Giving Dad A Little Help-Tablescape Thursday

     My sister and I brought home so much china, silver and crystal from my mother's collection that you would think my dad would be left eating on paper plates...but, that isn't the case. Actually we left him with quite a bit of all of the above. My dad is still interested in entertaining sometime in the future, when he is ready. I told him I would do a tablescape with some of his things so he could refer to the pictures when he wanted to set a simple, yet pretty table.

I used the soft sea colors that are found all over my parent's home.

A runner with shells on each end (HomeGoods-mom and I bought them together).

Peach seashell placemats are the base of the place setting. The stemware is Longchamps.

Vintage Wedgewood dinner plates.

Square seashell mosaic salad plates. I have these, so I could
look to see who made them, but I'm being really lazy tonight.

Aren't these cute little sand dollar dessert plates?

     When I set this table, dad and I thought that the flatware was his mother's silverplate. But, after I got home, my sister found my grandmother's silverplate in their storage, we don't have any idea where this flatware came from. It is old and needs to be polished. One of many questions we will never have the answer to.

I kept the centerpiece simple, so dad could duplicate it easily.
I grabbed a jar of shells from a bedroom.

A vintage vase (see the swans on the sides), fresh hydrangeas from the Farmer's Market.

I added a couple of cute critters from a living room table.

More shells and a few floating candles.

I'm joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for
Tablescape Thursday. Please stop by and say
hello to her and see all the wonderful tablescapes.


JUST ME said...

I love how you make things so pretty.

And I REALLY love having an internet Mom. Your opinion is so always valid in my world. Thank you. :)

Maria said...

Wow Sue!
This is so elegant!
It's simple AND elegant!
Love the sea theme and the seashells in the vases with floating candles... beautiful!

Your Dad must feel special and loved... what sweet daughters he has ♥

dee dee said...

Your beautiful tablescpae has be dreaming of the beach (which is still over a week away)! I love the soft colors, sea shells, and the mystery vintage flatware! Combined with the glass table, it is all so very airy and perfectly beachy! Thanks for sharing...
Dee Dee

once in a blue moon... said...

love your sand dollars!

koralee said...

Love the blue!!!! Sooo pretty today my friend.xoxo

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sue, that is so pretty and how nice to show your dad some ideas for a pretty table when he is ready to entertain again.

Rachel said...

Love the table runner, soft and delicate. I am also lovin' the sand dollar dessert plate!

Rettabug said...

Very, very pretty table Sue. I love seeing all your Mom's Florida things. Brings back fond memories for me. They have a certain style all their own.
I hope you & your Dad are finding some Peace now.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very pretty! Simple, but has an elegant look also. You did good.:)

Entertaining Women said...

Your Daddy is blessed to have you as his daughter. How you honor your Mom, as well as your Dad. I can see your Mom's sophisticated eye through the table that you set. You've touched my heart with your caring hand. Thanks for sharing. Cherry Kay

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Sue,
what a lovely thing to do for your dad, and what great taste your Mom had. Neat to have things as memories of times together with your Mom.
You set a very lovely table as well, makes me want to run to a beach condo fast!! lol
It really is pretty and love the color combo,
I tend to love soft pastels anyway, especially in this heat!! So nice your dad will have a pic to go by, everyone he invites over is gonna be very impressed with his abilities. LOL
Have a great day,
Blessings, Nellie

Completely Coastal + Daily Vitamin Sea said...

So beachy soothing -love it. And the candle holders are great!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

What lovely layering of all those pretty plates! And the centerpiece elements add such interest -- wonderful! That silverplate is gorgeous, no matter its history. Thank you for sharing today!

Barbara said...

This is so pretty! I really like that tablerunner.

Atelier de Charo said...

Pretty, pretty, love the shells and the candles!


Pinky said...

Beautiful table and centerpiece! I love anything with shells! So calming! XO, PInky

xinex said...

You are such a good daughter, Sue. The table you set for your dad is so pretty. I love the square mosaic plates and the mystery flatware...Christine

Sandra said...

Hi Sue. What a beautiful tablescape, my friend. I hope you are doing ok. (HUGS)

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Sue...this is I would love to dine here at the relaxing, beach inspired table setting. Always love your tablescapes! Your Dad is so fortunate to have such a wonderful, loving daughter!

BTW, I wanted to let you know those darling dishes Bonnie used are all over eBay. I couldn't help myself and bought 8 of the Coastal salad plates. :-)


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

This is beautiful. How smart to take photos, so your Dad can refer to them. Those square tile plates are fabulous, and I love the sand dollar plates. This is such a serene tablescape. I loved seeing it. laurie

Shellbelle said...

I already knew what a sweetheart you are and this just proves the point.

Now you know I just love every single thing in this tablescape, especially those mosaic seashell plates.

Jenglamgirl said...

hI swEEt sUe~ HOW ARE YOU? Sorry its been awhile since I have been over... my craft blog has been keeping me really busy! ;)

u r SUCH a great daughter. THIS TABLESCAPE IS SO clean fresh beachy and beautiful!!! I ADORE those votives with the shells water and floating candles... totally gorg. You did a great job, and not just because you are helping your dad. WELL DONE! Hugs, Jenn

Mimi said...

What a serene table...aqua and white are so calming for me. The salad plates are really quite eye-catching...the sand dollar dessert plates are adorable. They all look so pretty on the peach placemats.
Have a great weekend, Sue!

nannykim said...

I love this/ so pretty!

My name means Wisdom said...

I love this table setting. I want those sand dollar plates!