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Wednesday, May 13, 2009


For my Tablescape Thursday post, I am posting my Mother's Day tables. As usual, I got a little carried away. Ya'll know how I love a theme. I started getting out things with flowers on them, and I just couldn't stop! If you don't know where to go to find the links for beautiful tablescapes, I don't know what rock you've been hiding under, but it's time to get out from under it and go to Susan's beautiful blog, Between Naps on the Porch.

A pink plaid tablecloth topped with a floral square; floral place card holders; floral napkin rings, and of course real flowers too! Little baskets (which could hold flowers!) are my salt cellars.
My mother's floral china (Royal Doulton Chelsea Rose).
My flatware features flowers (Towle Old Master), and even the wine glasses have flowers on them!

I think this is a grandmother sewing a child's pants while they are on him, but I pretended it was a mother (just a very old one!)

Ya'll know that I always like for my grandchildren's table to sort of mimic the adult table, but with unbreakables.
Since I had the salt cellar baskets on the adult table, I put little baskets (from Easter decor) on the children's table and put their name cards in them, so they would have place cards too. I used plastic flower plates, and paper plates for chargers.

A plastic wine glass (with a flower on the stem) holds the flower on their table.

Vintage floral and Mother's Day cards along with photos of mothers in the family were clipped to a ribbon on the fireplace mantle.

See these cute clothes pins I used? I ordered those from Robin at Bittersweet Punkin. Don't ya love um? I do!


If you saw my post Monday, you know I am jumpin' up and down and screaming, because Kris Allen is one of the final two competing on American Idol!!! The last chance to cast a vote will be next Tuesday! GO KRIS!! Danny did such a fabulous job, and I cried when he sang his swan song tonight. It was beautiful. All of you Danny fans might consider voting for Kris Tuesday night! I am shamelessly soliciting votes for our Arkansas contestant (but he does deserve the votes!). On my post about Kris, Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen commented that she doesn't watch the show, but she trusts me when I say he is worth her vote (Thanks Kathleen)! You trust me too, right? Vote for Kris!

Don't forget to go to Between Naps on the Porch, so you won't miss all of the beautiful tables in Blogville today. Thanks so much for visiting me. laurie


OCDesigner ~Athella said...

LOL Laurie, Love your post... I especially love the china and the vintage cards on the ribbon. Now about your shameless solicitation of
Chris. I think he is an awesome boy and a great singer but.....I... Adam...
okay there I said it...
I love Adam!!! LOL but I can say I won't loose any sleep over either of them winning. lol you make me laugh.

Life on the Edge said...

I love florals, especially roses, and anything pink! So I sure did love and appreciate this lovely tablescape! I think my favorite is that beautiful tablecloth. You added so many special touches that I bet everyone felt extra blessed! Even the children! What a great idea for their table.


Kathy said...

Hi Laurie, so Happy for Kris, he really deserves to win, I am gonna vote for him.
Your Mother's day table is so beautiful, love your centerpiece, it's unique and made me smile and your little ones must have felt so special sat at their own table with placecards and flowery place settings. what a wonderful day you had. fingers crossed for Kris, Kathy.

Four Paws and Co said...

Your tables are so pretty. I was ohing over the big table then saw the kids table & it's just so cute. I bed the kids just love eating at your house.

The clothes pins are so adorable! Too cute Laurie! ☺ Diane

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OH Laurie,
Again just so absolutely fabulous! You have such a creative knack and how you do all that and work full time is amazing! Your Mothers china is just fabulous and how fitting for Mothers day! The kids table is just the cutest! That is an amazing Grandma who has a pool and sets up fabulous tables for them. I was sad about Danny, being a WI. boy and all. He was just so nice too! I will vote for Chris because he also seems so nice and Adam is wonderful but the judges have kind of pre-ordained him and it is kind of bugging me. OH, I have a little plug for you today on my tablescape. Hugs, Cindy

Tammy518 said...

Your Mother's Day table is a feast for the eyes! Even the children's table and paper plates are very pretty.

Pat@Backporchmusings said...

Laurie you set such nifty tables. I always look forward to seeing what you've done! These tables are fabulous!!!

susan said...

Love the children's table! Hope you got my comment I added last night on your AI parade post!

Denise said...

Laurie, your table is perfect for a Mother's Day meal! Love the little baskets.


Stacey said...

Laurie, your double tables always amaze me. You know your grandkids will have the best memories of those special tables. It's all beautiful. I love your china!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Awhhhh! You always set the most fabulous tables! I would just love to come and even sit at the kid's table! You've got to be the most thoughtful hostess ever with all the extra love you put into all these "scapes". I want to be a part of your family! Can I just come and be a long lost cousin or something?

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

HI Laurie,
Oh, I love your Mother's Day tables. I too love themes and your flower theme is perfect for MOM. I especially liked the large daisy shaped salad plates. Too cute. I love things that add whimsy to a table especially in the spring. It's been so nice to visit you today. I'll be back.
Alisa :-)

Jewel Sauls said...

I really love how you use vintage cards!!! I have a few reproductions that I scatter around my parlor, but I don't think they add much. You really get some impact from concentrating them. I love the clothespins!

All your floral tableware is so pretty. Love the salt cellar baskets. And I love your grandchildren table. You always find a way to carry out your theme, but make it fun and non-breakable!!! I know y'all had a great Mother's Day! :D Jewel

"Blossom" said...

I want to be a kid again; I want to sit at their table. Both adult and childrens table is so beautiful to look at and spring has sprung at your home. Lovely

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Very charming! I love anything and everything flowers. I think the tablecloth is beautiful.

Chandy said...

Gorgeous table, Laurie! I posted about my Mother's Day Brunch too! I love your plaid tablecloth and all of your dishes!

Michelle said...

I love the tablecloth with the floral square, so pretty together. And it sets the perfect mood for your table.

So pretty and so spring!!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Once again you have out done yourself!!! The floral theme is one of my favorites!!! All of your beautiful touches just scream SPRING!!! The kids table is so sweet and I love that everything is child proof...perfect!!!

We are still voting for Kris!!! With any luck he will be the next American Idol!!! GO KRIS!!!

Have a great day, Laurie!!!

Bridget said...

Do do the most creative tablescapes and I love your mom's china.
I do trust you and will vote for your Arkansas boy!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Everything looks beautiful my friend! I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day! I couldn't believe Danny was off kids thought he was in it to the end! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

xashee's corner said...

oh your tables are sooooooooo LOVELY!!! i absolutely ADORE your tablescapes!! :)
And YES Kris did a GREAT job last night! i think he really has a chance to win, as i think EVERYONE KNOWS that Adam will do FANTASTIC with or without winning this competition show! And Kris sure does have that All American look for American Idol!! BEST of luck to him!! Thank you for sharing your CREATIVE talent!! Have a WONDERFUL day! :)

Susan @ The Good Life! said...

Your table is beautifully set for a wonderful mother's day lunch and love the childrens table!

Unknown said...

I love your table, very vintage!!! The china is so pretty.

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

Uh Laurie, whenever you say "Oh I'm just going to throw a few things together" I know it is always going to be beautiful! You throw things together better than any body I know. If you could come to my house and throw things together I would just love it! Hahahhaa....
Anyhoo, I love the tablesetting, the flowers, all of them, the vintage fave!~ You go girl!

Kim said...

Hi Laurie,
As always, I am in awe of your beautiful tablescapes. Just lovely. And I too am so very excited about Kris Allen - isn't he just adorable!! I mean he's the whole darn package! Please oh please let him win!!!!!

Mary said...

I so love it that you always do a fun kid's table, too! They will grow up to appreciate a beautifully set table. And yours are ALWAYS beautiful!

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Hey Laurie! Girl! I love that table! that china is beautiful! You know how I am about fleurs! I think Athella's comment is so funny! I don't watch American Idol so I can laugh! The girl from Memphis already got voted off! I watch Dancing with the Stars! I love all the finalists! But if I had to pick I think I'd go ahead and pick Melissa! She needs to win at something after being dumped on the Bachelor!! She is an awesome dancer! You take care Laurie! God Bless! Lauralu :) (thanks for the prayers! They're working!)

Ginny said...


Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Your tablescape is just lovely. I love all the sentimental pieces and I especially like how you used the tiny baskets as salt cellars. I've been too busy to watch AI for a while, but I do remember Kris as being a favorite. I'll be sure to tune in for the last couple of shows. TTYL!

Carol said...

Hi Laurie!
It's so wonderful that Kris made it to the finals! Can't wait until next Tuesday!!!

Your Mother's Day table is so beautiful. I love the kids table!
Also, your mantle display is so special. You put so much thought into all your decorating!


Rhondi said...

Hi Laurie
Your mother's day table looks beautiful and I think it is so sweet that you spend just as much effort on the kid's table! I hope you enjoyed the day.
Hugs, Rhondi

Domestic Designer said...

I love both of your tables. You always do a great job!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Laurie, That is a beautiful table for Mother's Day, and the children's table is precious. My grands are just getting old enough to do that, too, and I love it. Anyway, such a pretty tablecloth and your mom's china - lovely! About AIdol....I was really for Danny, but am now hoping Kris will win. Linda

Carrie said...

I enjoyed seeing your lovely floral themed table. The kid's table is so cute.

Salmagundi said...

Love it when you pair floral with plaid. Your mother's china is beautiful. Have a great weekend. Sally

puddin07 said...

Laurie, I love both of the tables, so creative, and you have the cutest things! The china is so pretty, and you are so clever and so funny! I hope Kris wins. Love Ya! Connie

SmilingSally said...

I wish you'd adopt me to come eat at one of your tables.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

I love the pink plaid. We voted for Chris. We are in Arkansas too but we also thought he was great. Too much screaming from Adam!

Terry said...

Oh my Oh my and Oh WOW !
I am so glad you shared all the gorgeous photos .Simply divine
tablescapes .You do get carried away ,But I LOVE IT !!!!!!!
Thank you so much .
Blessings to you.

Joyce said...

Vintage cards are super and so is the tablescapes but honestly I was also looney tunes when they called Kris last night on Idol. He is the cutest.

Kathleen Ellis said...

This is so pretty, Laurie! I love the floral theme...but then, I LOVE flowers! the little pink basket is adorable!
I hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day!
Happy weekend!

nikkicrumpet said...

Your adult table is beautiful...and I love how you take extra care in making the kids table wonderful too. I'm sure they will remember the effort as they grow up. And I'm so glad Kris made it to the finals...I was hoping for a Kris and Adam showdown. Don't hate me but I'm an Adam fan. I just think he is so extra talented. But I'll be happy with either of them as the winner.

Kathleen said...

Aw, how sweet ! Your table is lovely..and I don't think I will ever forget your Mother's Day post, so when your said your mom's dishes I immed pictured that lovely lady.
I love how you make the gkids feel special with their table too!

Anonymous said...

Laurie I just can't get over how you go all out for all the special days!! You are too much!! I love this table setting- roses are my favorite so this one really pulled me especially paired with PINK!


debbie said...


Ldy ~~ Dy said...

I love everything roses too! Your tablescape is just full of fun, and creativity. Love the vintage cards! Your grandchildrens tables are always so fun! They must love coming to your house for dinner! Happy TT!

Robin said...

Oh my....your Mother's Day table is so very pretty. I love your attention to detail....all the way down to the adorable children's table.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

Laurie, I love everything about your Mother's Day table. The florals, and the way you have combined them are so pleasing to look at. (Who needs food?!) It's all so beautiful and welcoming, very, very nice.

Of course the children's table just melted my heart. So sweet!


BittersweetPunkin said...

You sure are clever, what a great idea! Everything looks so lovely!

Thanks for popping over to get me...I've had a migraine the past few days and was not on my computer.

Have a GREAT weekend!

Judi said...

Hi Laurie
Your tablescape is lovely. I love your flower dishes with the matching glasses…and the tablecloth. Everything is so inviting…wish I was coming over.. thank you for sharing.
I was thinking about you while watching American Idol and wondered how far away from where he is that you are…wondered whether you were one of the huge crowd to see Kris. Way to go Arkansas!!!
Have a lovely weekend.

xinex said...

I love your tablescape, Laurie. Everything is so pretty, love your mom's plate and your figurine centerpiece. You have the luckiest grandkids, You make them feel so special too with their special tablescape. Love the floral theme, it is so Victorian, so romantic...Christine

Unknown said...

I'm coming right over. What a beautiful setting. I have napkin rings just like those. I'm so happy your contestant of choice won. We have a group of ladies who run a gambling pool every season. They have a lot of fun with it.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love your tables Laurie. I really like that you do a table for your grandchildren. I love the china, the little baskets you used for salt cellars and the napkin rings. Oh and the tablecloth.

Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment. I like both Chris & Adam. I'd be happy if either of them win. But I would have been happy if any of the final 3 would have won. I just think that Adam will win & besides he's from San Diego & that is where I am from. So Chris is your home town boy, Adam is mine. But I like them both just the same.

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi Laurie!
What a purdy tablescape! I love your mama's china sweet.

Hey thanks for the tip about loading photos under the none placement button (I wondered about that..but now I will definately try it).

Now about those Idol boys...I think Chris is a doll!!...but I gotta confess I'm an Adam Lambert fan! His looks kinda remind me of Elvis lol! and the way he can hit those high!
But who knows, maybe there will be a tie!!

Have a nice weekend, it's supposed to be triple digits here!! Yuck!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Laurie, it is so nice to see this wonderful tablescape again. I love it. I want to thank you for the gracious comments you always leave on my posts. I so appreciate them. I just left an inspirational post that I hope you will take the time to read. It is such a blessing to our family. Thanks again, Hugs, Marty

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Hey Laurie, you commented on my mirror over the fireplace....I got it at Hobby Lobby on one of the 1/2price weeks for mirrors. Don't ya just love HL?! Linda

Judi said...

Hi Laurie - me again
I got so excited about your wonderful post and then Kris Allen I forgot to mention your tablescape is so lovely! I really love the little "mother" child figurine. Very special.
Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Lady Katherine said...

Hi, Laurie, Thanks for praying, I see I am on your Prayer List. Thank you, I am better, but I am big at over doing and go right back down. lol Just trying to get some strength back to hit surgery! I woke up one morning this week at 3:00am and could not move my arm on my bad left side. I worked with it forever, I finally got it going. I had the worst pain day this year. My daughter, was sick and sent Grandchildren over with a cookie mix. Now, How could I refuse, so No meds for me. We did it and they had so much fun. For this is what I have wanted to do for a long time bake cookies with them. I love the cloth, are the little pink rose dish place card holders? Love the salt cellar idea! Your the greatest! Love the china! I adore the children's table! I keep saying I going to do this, but my girls want the children at the table, which is too small for 10. I need to go to our home place and search for the other leaf for my table. Now if I fix it up as cute as yours! Maybe I can get them to let me have a child table! I saved a table from when my girls were in their teens to have a child table, I have 3 little wooden chairs, need one more. Trying to get some one to take me to a great neighborhood sale on Sat. Here to hoping! lol

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Great table! The vintage cards are great. I love the little piece of the grandmother sewing the little boy's pants. Perfect Mother's Day centerpiece!!

P.S. I like Kris, too! ;)

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Laurie...LOVE your beautiful, feminine Mother's Day table! The china is darling. And I just love the grandmother sewing on the button. She is a Mom, too...even if it isn't to the little boy. :-)
The mantel is wonderful with the vintage have such a wonderful collection with your Valentines and Mother's Day cards!
I hope your Mother's Day was awesome! My son is away at of these days I'll get to spend a Mother's Day with him again.
Love ya,

Ginger said...

I love your tablescape and the kid's table too.
Those clothes pins are adorable.

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Laurie, Your tablescape was just perfect for mother's day. Very pretty! We had family over and cooked out hotdogs and hamburgers. Nothing fancy, just paper plates! Not pretty ones either I might for your nice comments on the new patio. We are enjoying it! Kristen

The Muse said...

Delicate and Delightful!


The 2 words that came to mind instantly!

squawmama said...

Hey Laurie... Thank you for coming by and visiting... It cheered up my day seeing you there... Loved your Mother's Day Tablescape... Just gorgeous! We will be staying by Fort Smith. Is that anywhere near you??? If not we'll have an adventure day and come visit you... If it is we can meet for lunch and shopping (Bargain Hunting) anyday that is good for you... It would be great fun! Love YA


Soosie said...

Laurie eve, I forgot to tell you that I have 2 of those aqua plaid tablecloths, and the porcelain , floral place card holders(mother's)..
and I love the cards on clothespins..

Please model your new Kris Allen Tshirt for your might bring in some more votes on Tues night! Soos

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Ahem...all you Danny fans might consider voting for ADAM!!! LOL!

Gorgeous tablescape Laurie! I love the florals and those dishes on the grownups' table are just charming but I Love the kids' table - so cute!


Nicole ~ said...

Laurie, this tablescape is so pretty. I love your mothers china, it is so elegant, what a wonderful treasure you have there!! Nicole

Kathleen said...

Are you sure you are not in SALES! You'd be great! If your boy doesn't win it won't be your fault..:)

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Laurie, Beautiful tablescape! You have such an eye for detail! I just loved everything! :) Hope you had a wonderful Mom's Day!

I was sad to see Danny go last week on AI. I had hoped that he and Kris would be in the finals! A girl can dream! :) But I really like Kris, too. Hope he wins!

Have a great weekend! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

The Stylish House said...

I would not mind sitting at the children’s table at your home, how cute! I love your Mother’s china, how great you have them. They make a wonderful heirloom and look so pretty on top of your tablecloth. I am a believer you can never have enough flowers, this is perfect.

Connie said...

Laurie, I just love the children's plates. The floral ones. I don't know how you do it all. You must have tons of energy or take Geritol.

Anonymous said...

Aaawww Laurie you table is so beautiful. And the centerpiece figurine will definitely bring smiles in the table. The "Mom" and the little boy are just cute!

Also love the table for the kids. Like the little basket with their names in it. I'm sure they had lots of fun too!