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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Springtime Tablescape

My tablescape today is for dinner with the “girls”.  Don’t you think it’s funny that I still call myself and my friends “the girls”?  In my mind, we will always be girls.  (Please excuse my photography.  It is so difficult to take photos in my sunroom with so much sunlight coming through the windows.)

full tbl from side

plac stg

salad plate

Flower petal plate on sale at Pier One several years ago.

dinner plate

Dinner plate: Old Ivory Syracuse China, Bombay-estate sale years ago.

dprsn gls

Green Depression Glass: Tag sale years ago.


I used Towle Old Master silverware pattern, which was our wedding pattern, because it has a floral decoration on it.


I bought these knives at a tag sale years ago.  I really love them, but they drive me crazy.  I know the blade is supposed to face the plate, but the other side of the knife blade is engraved.


You can see why I placed the knives incorrectly, right?


The “napkin ring” is a bookmark, which guests may take home.


S-h-h-h-h, Don’t tell my guests that I bought the bookmarks for 75% off at a going out of business sale.

stems btr

When I’ve used these etched stems in the past, a commenter told me the name of the pattern, but I’ve forgotten.  I wish I had time to go back into my archives and find it.  The pink stem is plastic (isn’t that fancy?).

salt celr

The salt cellars belonged to my grandmother.


I purchased two matching bowls at a tag sale.  They are “Made in Japan, Warren”.

pink bowl on plate

When a good friend of my Mother’s died, her family asked me to pick something from her estate as a remembrance.  Are you surprised I chose a plate?  I’m so glad that blogging has introduced me to so many other dish lovers.  I don’t feel so alone any more!  The unmarked plate is topped with a Pier One petal bowl for salad dressing.

pink bowl on plate 2

Another salad dressing bowl rests on a Limoges plate I purchased at an estate sale.

platter w fork

At another estate sale, I purchased this platter, which is Homer Laughlin.

table top btr

I’ll be partying at Cuisine Kathleen’s for Let’s Dish Wednesday and Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.  Thank you for joining me for the Girls Dinner.  laurie


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Oh, can I come??? Everything is fabulous. I would have to control myself not to want to take the salts...I collect those!!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Lovely table and I love all the pretty dishes and stem ware. Bet the girls love to come to your house.
Happy Spring!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Laurie,
This is the ultimate in feminine tables!
I love the soft shades of pink, makes me want to almost eat it or wear it, not sure which.
Lucky girlfriends, they will feel pampered!

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Oh Laurie, I think the light and sun coming through the window onto your pink and white table is the most stunning thing...I love all the light and of course I love the dishes, those pink glasses are to die for and the other etched glasses, wow, thats one thing I would love to have a set of...everything is soft and perfect...

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I never know what dishes you will come out with next. I love depression glass but rarely see much of it any more. I know that my Grandmas did not have salt cellars. Very cute with the little spoon.

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Love the Syracuse China (I am from Syracuse!!) And the pink salt cellars - wow, never saw them in pink!! Love them! Very pretty setting for the girls!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh goodness Laurie, do you ever have the bargain treasures! I love etched stemware, too, but I don't have any. I love the Homer Laughlin platter (sigh!). The pink stemware is plastic??!! You table just says "spring".

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful! I cannot pick out my favorite item; I love it all!

xinex said...

You girls will have so much fun dining here, Laurie. Your table is so sweet and so feminine. Very pretty!...Christine

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

BEST table I have seen so far in blogland Laurie..just beautiful and awesome..I want to come PLEASE!! love ya girlfriend..Hugs Gloria

The Tablescaper said...


This is soooo pretty. I love how you've mixed and matched all of the patterns.

- The Tablescaper

Dewena said...

This is so beautiful, Laurie! I love it all and how you bring in colors that are in the Bombay plate. I'd never guessed that the pink stemware was plastic. Are you sure? I love the white whicker too.

Marlis said...

Laurie, I want to be one of the girls.. can I please, can I??? Your collection of beautiful dishes is at their finest!!! I love this table. The linens are wonderful. I love the pattern. Happy Spring!! xo marlis

Tricia said...

Laurie, what a gorgeous, feminine table! I love the mix of pretty floral dishes, and the Bombay pattern is especially gorgeous. The sweet salt cellars add a lovely touch, and I know you smiled as you thought about your grandmother using them, too. And I always love seeing your Old Master -- beautiful!

Ruthie Miller said...

Dear Laurie,
What a perfectly beautiful table. I love every bit of it and your mix of dishes and glasses. Pink sings to me.
My favorites are your Bombay dishes. Love your white wicker chairs too.
Lucky girls!
Ruthie from:

April D said...

Such a beautiful collection of dishes! I love that you combined so many types seamlessly.
You girls will have a lovely time, I bet!
Happy Spring!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

The colors are perfect for the girls! So soft and pretty. Such pretty knives! I love the way the florals all work together. Very welcoming!

Marigene said...

Oh, Laurie, this is a beautiful table...I am beginning to like the color pink! The dinner plates are so pretty. I have always called my female friends the girls even though we are all getting up there in age.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love this table. So pretty with pink and flowers! Wonderful job Laurie!

hugs, Linda

Carol said...

So lovely! You're helping me get in the mood to do my Easter tablescape even though it's cold & windy today.


Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I don't know what I like the most, everything on the table is beautiful!!!!! I never, ever would have guessed the pink stems are plastic! LOVE the pink salt cellars too. Lucky guests, and I, too, call my friends "girls"!!! XO, pinky

Susan Freeman said...

So many pretty elements in this gorgeous tables cape!

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Sarah said...

Lucky "girls" that get to enjoy dining and chatting at this lovely table. It's all so feminine and perfect for spring, Laurie. It doesn't bother me which way a knife blade faces, but I think those Anysley knives are fabulous.

Debbie said...

It's pink pink pink and I LOVE it. I wouldn't have known that one glass was plastic had you not said it. That's shows you just how good my "eye" is. I love every pattern you included here and would have been drawn to every one of them. (And I have some knives that have the same problem. Irks me, but I still use them.)

I love the idea of a bookmark for a napkin ring. Wouldn't they make great place cards too?

And those salt cellars? My favorite thing on the table. said...

Your table is beautiful! i love the pinks. I wish i had your eye for decorating.

Alycia Nichols said...

Girl, I seriously would never have known that pink goblet was plastic! Are you sure?!?!??!?!! It doesn't look that way at all! It''s...are you sure??!?!?!!!

This is a fine study of pink and femininity! I know the girls felt very loved with this set up! (I still refer to myself and my friends as "girls." In fact, I started this comment off with "Girl...." Imagine me saying it in a kind of urban tone with my head going back and forth. Yeah...go know how to do it! :-) Get down with your bad self! :-) :-) :-)

I love the centerpiece in that fabulous silver cooler. It adds such a touch of class! I'm feelin' you about the knives, too. I have a set like that. I'm starting to think that's why I was able to get them at the rock bottom price I did! Oh,'s a trade off!

I love it that your friends asked you to pick something that would remind you of their Mother. That's very sweet...and even sweeter that you have displayed it so beautifully here.

Have a great weekend, Laurie!

Kathleen said...

That is so pretty, perfectly feminine for the girls. I love the soft pinks, the dishes are beautiful.
I still call my friends girls too, but my dh always corrects me with you mean "old Bags"! :) I am sure he doesn't mean it!

Rosie M. said...

Oh, bestill my heart! Your china is exquisite and you've complemented it so well with your accent pieces. Love, love, love all the pink (I'm sorry I missed those petal plates at Pier One!) Your table is sure to bring "oohs" and "ahhs" from your lucky guests. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

Unknown said...

Can I be invited to the Girls party my favorite of everything in life is anything Pink and you nailed it with this BEAUTIFUL table.Susie

Candy S said...

Simply beautiful Laurie! I just saw this beautiful Spring setting on a Hometalk feature. I had not yet found your blog when you posted this tablescape. Just wanted to let you know how much I love it.... Candy