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Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Although it would be too cool to dine outside today, the temperatures were perfect for it last week.  So, we dined with the birds.

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Salad Plates:  Prima Donna; purchased through One Kings Lane a couple of years ago.

dinner plate

Dinner Plates:  I’ve had these since the early 1970’s.  (Yeah, I’m old!)  I asked for them for gifts for Christmas and my birthday and received enough for 6 place settings.  The back of them just reads “hand painted” and something illegible (maybe because I’ve put them in the dishwasher a million times).

Chargers:  English Floral by Spode, Made for Williams Sonoma 2006.  I purchased two of them at an estate sale last year.  I think I paid $5 each.

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I bought the napkin rings at an estate sale about four years ago.  I think I paid a total of $10.00 for four of them.


The bird planter, which I’ve used as vases, is marked Japan.  I paid $3.00 for it at a garage sale several years ago.

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Bluebird salt and pepper shakers were another estate sale purchase, and it was too long ago for me to remember what I paid for them.


Okay, I go to a lot of estate sales.  This pitcher and the glasses were also from an estate sale.  Can you see the hummingbirds etched on them?  The platter under them was another estate sale purchase.  It is marked, Pontesa Ironstone, The Castillian Collection, Made in Spain.


We dined with the birds, and…


the birds dined with us!

Thanks for coming by to visit today.  laurie

I am linking to Cuisine Kathleen for her “Birds, Bees, Flowers, Trees” Challenge for Let’s Dish Wednesdays and to Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I love your birdie theme, Laurie! I need to get to estate sales, I can see!! I find absolutely a big fat zero at the thrift stores!! You have so many treasures and I loved how you pulled them all together.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Love your Dining With The Birds post.
You have so many great birdie dishes, vases, etc.
Thanks for sharing - it's GREAT!

Unknown said...

What fun dining with the birds..I love your Bluebird shakers..they are so cute and chunky! A wonderful theme you put together!
The only thing missing was 24 blackbirds baked in a pie!LOL!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Laurie, you have all the good stuff! I've been to one estate sale in my whole life. LOL Love this post!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Laurie, great minds think a like! I'm dining with the birds also! Love your salad plates and all your cute little birds!
hugs, Linda

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Everything looks so pretty and Spring inspired. A bit to cool to dine with the birds here also. Enjoy your evening.

xinex said...

Pretty outdoor table, Laurie. Mine is outdoor too. Your plates are really pretty, in fact, everything on the table is pretty and very sweet with all the birds...Christine

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

My oh my this is so pretty Laurie!
I love anything at all bird theme related. And the pretty tablecloth and the napkin rings, you always find the best stuff!
I love your Estate sales!

Marlis said...

Laurie, I love this table!!!!! I think I'm going to be gushing at any moment. The chargers, the plates, the salads.. every piece is wonderful. The light colored flatware is perfect. and all your estate sale finds are so pretty. Have a blessed week. xo marlis

Debbie said...

Well just so you know, this is one of my favorites so far. I love the bird plates and napkin rings and the way it has sort of a blue sky look to it. Just plain out lovely, Laurie! said...

I love the hummingbird pitcher & glasses.

Carol said...

I really like the table for 2. You have a great collection of bird things. I love that little garage sale bird planter!


Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I guess I have never went to much trouble when eating outdoors. This pretty tablescape sure beats paper plates!

Perfectly Printed said...

I love your napkin rings and your dinner plates! To be honest I love the entire place setting!! Aren't estate/garage sales the best place to shop? chris

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie,
Your table is inviting and so springy. I love the birdie napkin rings. How wonderful to have a dinner outside and it be so gorgeous. Beautiful tablescape!
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Tea in Texas said...

I love your outdoor garden tablescape! The fact that many pieces are from estate sales is a fun way you have acquires special treasures. The bird vase is my favorite and certainly is perfect for Kathleen's theme. I really love your dinner plates for I have eight I aquired from a friend who sells at an antique mall in Houston. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tablescape!


Marigene said...

What a fun table with all the birds. I love the vintage bird planter...can't wait for my lilacs to get bigger, they are only a few inches long, right now. Those are the cutest napkin rings...I'd have been tempted to buy them if I had seen them.
Have a wonderful week, Laurie...

Dewena said...

It would be a pleasure to sit at that table and watch the birds. And I wish I could follow along behind you at estate sales! You do put together the loveliest tables!

Alycia Nichols said...

Lucky for you guys that you were able to get out and eat in the fresh air! Today was the first halfway decent weather day we've had in quite awhile. It was a little windy this morning, but other than that...aces!

I love it that you still have those dishes from the 70s!!! That just goes to show you that everything comes back around in style and purpose! I remember the dishes I had in the late 70s...they were the ones with geese on them with the blue ribbon neckties. I JUST let those go a few years ago. Kinda wish I hadn't gotten rid of them. I think I sold them more because they reminded me of my first marriage. NOT something I want to think about all that much! :-) Your salad plates are really great and work well with the dinner plate and charger. You have LOTS of fun birdie touches all around as you commune with nature!

Have a great week, Laurie!!!

Kathleen said...

Love this , Laurie. The chargers are great, and look woody like a birds nest. Everything looks so Springy!
Thanks for linking to the challenge at Let's Dish!