Summer is Coming


This little sunny table reminded me that Summer would come eventually up here in the North and it will be wonderful!


The greens and yellows of this tablescape add a bright and airy feel to the dining room!



The top plates of this setting are called Pastoral by Taylor-Smith-Taylor and I love them for their picture of by-gone years of the farmer plowing his field with his horse.  (See close up next)


These cute plates are reminiscent of a Currier & Ives scene.  They remind me of the Amish fields and houses I grew up seeing in Lancaster County.


Memorial Day

I’ve done this tablescape for other patriotic holidays, but this year I added a different place setting.  I just love the cut-out stars on the chargers!

July 4th Tablescape 2

Here is the original tablescape. I changed out the navy bowls for the navy plates.  The texture of the plates adds a nice touch to the place setting as well. (see pic 3) Memorial Day Tablescape 1Memorial Day Place Setting

The red circle placemats give texture to the setting as do the salad plates.  Found them at Pier 1 for a really great price! The chargers were also on sale and came in red and navy, so they fit perfectly!

Plaid, Spring

Black and White Checked Tablescape


This black and white tablescape is complete with fun chalkboard glasses and a crisp, clean look.  (Although I should’ve ironed the tablecloth more!)


I love this pitcher as a flower vase.  Adding a simple bow was the right touch for it.


This place setting has a fun twist with the square plates turned on their edges.


I like the crisp, clean look to this table and that it can be used for various seasons of the year.


Easter Tablescape


Our Easter tablescape this year was made up of antique plates from my sister-in-law’s grandmother.  The tablecloth was also hand embroidered by her. They were beautiful!  It was a mix-match of all different china and patterns, and the decorative napkins matched the colors of the plates.


The kid’s table was much simpler, but still had the pretty floral napkins and water goblets.  The tablecloth was from a grandmother and was hand embroidered.


Each place setting started with a pretty floral salad plate on top of a decorative napkin. This picture is one where we were in process.  The next picture will show the tea cups we added in which the colors of the tea cups matched the plate and napkin.  Even though they weren’t an exact match, the colors made a beautiful scene at the table.


Here is a picture of the compete table setting with water goblets, tea cups, and decorative plates. The little York peppermint patty’s were added as a whimsical touch.


For the little kid’s table setting, I didn’t have a plate small enough, but the little demitasse tea cup went perfectly with the colors! Fitting 16 people around the table usually means the little ones have a little spot in the middle!


Another table setting with the darker raspberry colors – and we found the color in a tea cup from my sister-in-law’s collection!


This table setting nis one of the few that we found a matching tea cup for.  The blues added a nice contrasting color to the tablescape.


These pretty pink roses, although faded somewhat, still made a beautiful place setting coupled with the pink decorative napkin.  I also like how it picked up the colors of the embroidered flowers on the tablecloth.


Robin’s Nest Tablescape


THese adorable birds nests plus the brightly colored eggs creates such a fun tablescape!  The bird salt and shaker were bought at Pier One on clearance and the birds nests were from Hobby Lobby.  With our Michigan winter weather dragging on so long, this was my one spot of Spring for weeks!




The table setting has all the elements of Spring: the brown for the tree trunks, the green for the leaves and the bird’s nest.  The little flowers around the setting are hard to see but they are wine charms and place setting holders.  They add a touch of color to round out the muted tones of the setting.


My hydrangea napkin rings fit beautifully with the plates and the ivory linen napkins offset the browns and greens of the place setting.  I love how the pink centerpiece flowers bring out the pink tablecloth under the lace overlay.



Subtle Hues of Spring

This beautiful tablescape comes to us from our guest contributor Pam Jones.  The dishware is Harkleroad as seen on the 1960’s TV series, Gidget.  I love the soft green and ivory colors!


This elegant tablescape is set off by flowered glasses and beautiful gold cutlery. Love that th green brings out the green leaves of the flowers on the water glasses.


This table setting is set against a backdrop of ivory napkins and chargers, bringing out the beautiful greens in these dishes!


This Harkleroad creamer and sugar set are one of a kind and are a throwback to the 1960’s.