Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Weeknight Supper

Last weekend I co-hosted a bridal shower for a friend's daughter, whose wedding is in September.  Her favorite flowers are sunflowers, so we used two dozen to decorate the buffet and gift tables.  I supplied the flowers, so brought them home with me -- spilling water in my car and breaking a vase, but that's another story.  I have enjoyed having a large vase of them on my coffee table and a smaller one on the breakfast table and realized I should use them in a tablescape.  I posted a sunflower tablescape last year featuring green and gold elements, and at first I couldn't think how to set a different one.  Then, I had an idea.

A few months ago, I bought four placesettings of these dishes, which I had admired for a long time, especially in this beautiful color, called forget-me-not.  They also come in sage green and a creamy white. Here are the dinner plate and salad plate.
Here's the dinner plate alone. I really like the elegant simplicity of this design.
And here's the pasta bowl, which is a wonderful wonky shape!
The placesetting also includes the sunflower napkins I used in last year's tablescape, our everyday stainless, and the blue stemware that sweet Marigene of In the Middle of Nowhere sent me last year.
I thought their ribbed design worked well with the ribbed spiral of the plates.
Here's another view of the table.  I like the look of the pale blue dishes against the dark wood of the bare table.
The sunflowers are still looking good after five days!
The details:
Dishes:  Sophie Conran for Portmeiron in Forget-Me-Not blue, Bloomingdale's Home
Glasses:  Sirrus Blue by Libbey, courtesy of Marigene!
Stainless flatware:  Beaded Antique by Towle
Napkins:  Williams-Sonoma (end of season sale last year)

And there you have it -- a simple, weeknight table that lets the sunflowers shine.  Thank you for visiting my table this week!  I hope you will leave a comment before you leave to visit all the wonderful tablescapes at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch!


23 comments:

  1. It turned out beautiful and simple! I love your plates and that soft color, they go so well with the ribbed glasses, I have some hand blown from Mexico like that in clear, I love the soft blue of yours. The flowers held on nicely and the napkins, with the sunflower on, pulls the whole thing together. Lots of hugs, FABBY

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  2. Beautiful table, Tricia...love the sunflowers with the blue, reminds me of a sunny cloudless day. I am so happy you are getting some use of the blue stemware!
    Have a great rest of the week...

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  3. Tricia, this make a lovely setting. Beautiful new dishes and sunflowers are always a good choice. ;-) Love the little napkins to match!
    ~ Sarah

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  4. The bare table speaks of rustic...keepin' cool in the summer. I like it. The blue, white, and yellow is my favorite color combination, so your tablescape makes me really happy. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay

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  5. I love those new blue plates -- the spiral effect is beautiful and the "wonky" pasta dish is so fun. The blue glasses, for some reason, remind me of beehives, which I love. An unexpected, but beautiful table. Joni

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  6. So beautiful. Love the colors. Wonderful table.

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  7. I love how the blue plates look against your table, and your clean simple elements. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Awwww, blue & yellow are always a classic! LOVE your napkins & those wonky bowls suddenly reminded me of the movie "Ghost" where she's spinning pottery on the wheel. ~smile~

    Soooooooo, did I miss the photos from the shower??? Must go hunting.

    fondly,
    Rett

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  9. "Wonky"? Seriously, Tricia? "Wonky"??? That's hilarious!!! The flowers are just beautiful, and the napkins work perfectly. I haven't had sunflowers in the house for such a long time. Makes me want to run right over and steal some from my neighbors yard! :-) Have a great weekend!

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  10. I love sunflowers and think they are fabulous on your beautiful table. Great dishes, great great color. Loved my visit! xo marlis

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  11. I would love to have a weeknight dinner at your lovely table. Your new dishes are just beautiful. I'm a huge fan of sunflowers but never seem to buy any live ones to enjoy. How nice that you have been able to enjoy them for a while.

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  12. Wonderful table...cool with the blue, but summery still with the sunflowers! Very pretty!

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  13. I love your dark table and the pale blue dishes. I just saw some of these pieces at Home Goods. They really are beautiful!

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  14. Amazing table ! Love those gorgeous sunflowers..bright summery yellow! The hues of cool blue is wonderful! Thanks for sharing:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  15. Very pretty table. I love those napkins!

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  16. How pretty -- love those glasses with the china -- a perfect pairing. Beautiful sunflowers too.

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  17. Sunflowers make any table look great and I do love that they last so long. The bride to be must have loved her party!

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  18. Simplicity is beauty and your table has proven it. The sunflowers are gorgeous and I like your swirly plates....Christine

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  19. Wonderful table! I like how the ripples from the dishes are echoed in the glassware! And the blue of the plates is beautiful, and you are right, they look wonderful against the dark table. I went back and looked at your sunflower tablescape from last year. I can't decide which one I like better, they are both wonderful! I think this new one is a bit more soothing though, so it gets my vote . . . only because it's so hot out there and the blues are cooling me off! :-)

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  20. Very pretty! I do love the plates with a swirl!
    Thank you for sharing your sun flowery tablescape.
    Blessings My Friend,

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  21. I love the blue dishes and your cute stemware! It all goes so well together. The sunflowers make the table pop.

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  22. Tricia, it's great to see you enjoying your new blue dishes! They were the perfect choice for this calm yet inviting tablescape. Blue and yellow is always such a good combination, isn't it?

    Thanks for stopping by and bidding on some of my auction items. Good luck!

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  23. This is so pretty because it has the feeling of sunflowers against the blue sky. I love those pasta plates, and I think wonky is a perfect word.

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