Friday, May 26, 2017

Late Spring with Toulouse

Spring has returned, with clear blue skies and wonderful breezes. It chased summer away with thunderstorms and rains for days. But I don't mind - I much prefer spring! (This northern transplant has yet to get used to southern summers...even after all these years!)

And so I bring you another spring-themed table.
I love dishes that reflect spring -- either through their use of spring colors or spring delights. As you may have realized, I also have a "thing" for designs featuring birds.
The two come together in these 'Toulouse' plates -- aren't they wonderful? Birds and nests and new leaves and butterflies!
The luncheon-sized plates sit atop the green glass chargers I've been using throughout April and May. (Sorry for the glare - I had to light the chandelier because it was raining when I took the pictures.)
To emphasize the new greens of spring, I used pretty green goblets (first seen here). And I couldn't resist adding the vintage stemware for aperitifs.
Birds have alighted and they...
and their nests serve as the centerpiece.
Understated metal rings hold damask napkins in a paler shade of blue.
I wanted to keep the table bare to let the wood serve as a natural underlayment.
I continued with the hand-crafted salt cellars I found at the American Craft Council show, representing curled leaves with twigs for spoons.
A few months ago, I stumbled across this vintage salt and pepper set and knew it would go with any of my nature-themed plates.
I like to coordinate the look of the buffet with the dining table, so I gathered spring-blooming silk flowers there.
I think this will be the perfect setting for a weekend lunch, whatever the weather outside!
Perhaps you could join us!

Chargers | Villeroy & Boch
Luncheon plates, centerpiece | Fitz & Floyd 'Toulouse'
Aperitif stems |  Fostoria 'June'
Silverware | Reed & Barton 'Eighteenth Century'
Napkin rings | Lenox 'Chirp'
Napkins | Waterford

Linking with
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The Dedicated House
The Scoop
A Stroll thru Life
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Pieced Pastimes
Life on Lakeshore Drive
Sundays at Home
Dishing It and Digging It
Amaze Me Monday
Wow Us Wednesdays
Share Your Style
Between Naps on the Porch
French Country Cottage
Rattlebridge Farm

Friday, May 5, 2017

A Celebration Delayed

Essays and lab reports due. Study group dates intricately planned and coordinated. Finals looming!

They all conspired to delay daughter J's birthday celebration. An auspicious evening for it finally arrived this week.

We kept it low-key at her request, but still included all the trappings of our family traditions, which my parents had begun. The person of honor gets to choose the menu, and we always use fine tableware.

The cake set the theme for dinner -- sunflowers and purple, J's favorite flower and color.

Gold placemats and gold-rimmed plates repeat the sunny shades of the sunflowers that star on the cake and in the centerpiece.

Napkins of lavender and amethyst wine goblets, both seen here, and a gorgeous variety of flowers bring shades of purple to the table.

Under the dining room chandelier, the flowers took on a pink cast although they were lavender through violet to magenta. It was closing in on sunset and I had trouble getting true to life colors in the photos. Blue flowers, and purples with blue undertones, are notoriously difficult to photograph. 

Purple and clear glass candle holders continue the theme.

Why didn't I use my lovely Spring Violets plates for the purple theme? Vintage china pieces are often not nearly as large as contemporary plates and wouldn't accommodate the entree as well.  Daughter J had requested steaks with a delicious sauce G found in a Bobby Flay cook book, scalloped potatoes and "something green."

I'm so glad you could join us! I'd love to hear about your birthday traditions.


Plates | Noritake 'Lamarre', used in January
Silverware | Reed & Barton 'Eighteenth Century'
Wine goblets | Fostoria 'Classic'
Candle holders | Rogaska 'Weston'
Napkins | Lenox 'French Perle'

Inspiration can be found at:
The Dedicated House
Let's Add Sprinkles
Style Showcase
Savvy Southern Style
Metamorphosis Monday
Katherine's Corner
Share Your Cup
Spring Tea Party
Dishing It Digging It

Life on Lakeshore Drive
Sundays at Home
Silver Pennies

Monday Social
Amaze Me Monday
The Scoop
Celebrate and Decorate
A Stroll Thru Life
Share Your Style
Between Naps on the Porch
French Country Cottage