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
Metamorphosis Monday
The Dedicated House
The Scoop
A Stroll thru Life
Celebrate Your Story

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


  1. Sandra, your table is just beautiful! Those dishes! Your salt and pepper shakers! The napkin rings, the centerpiece, all of it is amazing and so beautiful! I would love it if you would join us at our next tablescape blog hop! Thank you so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story! Pinning to my tablescape board!

    1. Chloe, thanks so much for your comments! We all need beauty in our lives. I'd be delighted to join you!

  2. Gorgeous! I love the birds. This is such a pretty tablescape for spring!

    1. Thanks! We have such short springs in the south that I want to prolong them as much as I can!

  3. Your birdie table is so cute and love your bird plates, they are gorgeous.
    Very nice job and it looks very nice for Spring or summer.
    Blessings, Nellie

    1. Thanks! What's not to love about those plates! G even agreed I could have a dozen!

  4. How Lovely! I adore green anything next to blue and white. Your centerpiece coordinates so well with the dishes, or visa-versa. I have several bird vignettes throughout my home, so I could just move in to your dining room, LOL. Sandi

    1. Thanks, Sandi! I love greens and blues in equal measure - they are the colors throughout my house. I'd love to see your birds!

  5. What a pretty table you've set! I really like those bird plates and how the green glass enhances them. Using the beautiful wood table as the backdrop is perfect. The antique etched stemware is so pretty! The centerpiece is so pretty too!

    1. Thanks for the compliments! You really can't go wrong when you have such pretty dishware to work with!

  6. I am loving those gorgeous dishes. Lovely tablescape and so happy you shared at Dishing it and Digging it link party.

    1. Thanks, Vanessa! You have such a great party to join.


Thank you for coming to Dinner at Eight and leaving your comments. They are so appreciated and I enjoy reading each of them!