To bring birds to the table, I selected these luncheon-sized plates, in a pattern named 'Toulouse'. They're a pretty pale aqua, with spring-green leaves. A butterfly in a soft coral and blue flits above a wood thrush still sitting on its eggs.
Placemats of faux leaves sit beneath the plates.
In the center I placed three cheerful birds with their birdhouse.
We purchased the birdhouse several years ago at a craft show in Piedmont Park. During the spring and summer, it usually sits on the deck where the copper roof has developed a nice patina.
I like that the rims of the plates resemble tree branches. The chargers provide a compatible woody texture.
Since this is a casual setting, I simply folded the napkins, but clasped the knives and forks in flowered wine glass charms for color.
I gathered hydrangeas from the garden in a cut glass vase. They are drooping a bit from the pounding they've taken the past few days.
I was having the usual problem photographing purplish-blue flower hues, discussed in a previous post.
The napkins and glassware were used just a few weeks ago for A Brunch for Mother's Day. Today they have a more casual feel.
Don't you find spring and soft pastels to be an irresistible combination?
Thank you for joining us today!
Plates | Fitz and Floyd 'Toulouse'
Glassware | Schott-Zwiesel 'Conte Sapphire'
Placemats, wine charms | Pier 1 Imports
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