Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pears and Blackberries-Tablescape Thursday

     This week's tablescape was inspired by my bargain shopping last weekend. After spending time working at my in-laws house, we had a little time for some shopping. I don't have much luck at the Goodwill stores that I have visited, but I was happy with the set of 6 salad plates that I found last week. They were only 56 cents each!

     I started with a tablecloth and napkins that was my mother's. I don't think it had ever been used. She had 2 sets and they are sized for a card table, but I used it anyway. Things don't always have to fit perfectly! I love the detailed appliqué.

     I used silver chargers, hunter green square dinner plates (WalMart) and the new to me salad plates. They are marked "Totally Today Made in China". I couldn't find the pattern name. The flatware is Rogers Bros. Adoration, purchased at a garage sale. The wine glasses are Libby, from a resale shop in Florida.

     I brought home the silver tray that I'm using as a centerpiece from my mom's collection of silver. It is my favorite piece of all that I brought home. I love the shape and size of it. I lined it with faux pears and blackberries.

     The poached pears are in an antique cut glass compote. I will not be posting the recipe. I've never tried making them before and while they may taste good (we don't know yet) they are not pretty. Oh well, some things just don't go the way you want them to.

     I tried tall candlesticks with the tablescape, but they just didn't work. I placed a votive at each place setting to add a little glow for the evening.

I am joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Please visit our wonderful hostess to see all of the beautiful tables this week.


Kathleen said...

Beautiful, Sue! I love to use my mom's things. Many good memories! She would be happy your are using her things!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sue, it is so pretty especially with the candles glowing. I love the pattern on the flatware.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Sue, thanks for sharing about FL and the hurricanes. So true, I want to stay away from those too. If I was going that far south, I guess it would be the northeast of Florida, and a couple of miles inland perhaps.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"This is SO beautiful" and packed with memories... LOVE THAT! Oh and the pears look delicious!

Nellie's Cozy Place said...

Hi Sue,
Love your new salad plates, and your dish that was your Mom's with the pears and blackberries,
looks so nice, loved all your candlelight shots as well, very pretty!!
Thanks for all your nice comments you have left
the last few days. Thanks for coming by!
Have a good day tomorrow hon,
Blessings, Nellie

Maria said...

This is so pretty Sue!
I was thinking of you today when I stopped in a thrift store {with no time to spare...but 5 minutes} and found 2 more of my mother's pattern!
A platter and veggie bowl!
soooo excited to see that... another gift from Mom after a hectic 2 weeks!

I love the fruit pattern... Doesn't Mikasa make something very, very similar?
Your centerpiece is perfect... I love it's simplicity ...and how it glows with the candlelight.

Thank you so much for your very kind comments, Sue ~ There are so many angels out here... and you are one of them!


Sophie said...

Oh, I like this one.

Just a dreamer said...

Honey, your pears just need less cooking. They should be "al dente". Also, try using red wine to poach them in. The deep burgundy hue adds a dimension of elegance. jackie

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

Good buy on those salad plates, they are fun and terrific! The pear centerpiece is wonderful on that special tray.


Rettabug said...

I think it looks beautiful! You were smart to use the lower candles & the glow of them on your Mom's silver is just beautiful.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Pretty! I have pretty much given up on the Goodwills around here.
Have a good day.

Entertaining Women said...

I love your blog. I miss my Mama, too, and I love using her silver trays, just like you. Nice editing choice on the taper candles. The votives were a bit magical. The new salads are lovely. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Sandi (Meme) said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment about my bird tablescape. I so enjoy having you stop in! Your tablescape is great, love the fall look. Have a blessed week! Sandi

Unknown said... gorgeous!! I have some fruity dishes that I have been wanting to do a tablescape with. Your are simple stunning and I love the pear & blackberries centerpiece! Always a pleasant visit :)


xinex said...

Beautiful table, Sue! I love the photos at night..Christine

Relyn Lawson said...

I love the applique, too. Really love it.

dee dee said...

Sue, I must say that he tablecloth and napkins really caught my eye today! They are so pretty! Where did you pick up your faux berries? I just love them! I'm curious... how were the pears?
Dee Dee

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I know I just gasped over those lovely napkins and tablecloth! Gorgeous! The fruits look so pretty on your table too. Thanks for your very sweet visit to my table this week as well -- and your chicken kiwi salad looks so yummy!

Unknown said...

Love the gorgeous tablecloth, "pears" details makes this setting very special!

Marigene said...

Beautiful linens, Sue. Love the salad plates you found at such a great price.

Marlis said...

I think it's great to be able to use things from the past.. Your mom's things are beautiful. Love those salad plates.

The Charm of Home said...

This table is just beautiful! I love the pear and blackberries you have as a centerpiece. That is just gorgeous! I also love the salad plates you found. What a great deal!