Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wedgwood Potpourri

This week's tablescape was inspired by some navy blue linen hemstitched placemats I found on final sale at Pottery Barn recently.  Navy is such a versatile color that I knew I'd find multiple uses for them.  For the placemats' dining room debut, I chose my mother-in-law's Wedgwood Potpourri, a pattern I just love.  Two years after she passed away, my father-in-law moved to an independent living apartment and gave me this beautiful set of dishes.  I've posted two other tables set with this pattern, a breakfast table and a dinner table highlighting the deep reds in the pattern. Here's the dinner plate in this pattern.

The pattern is very detailed, with fruit and flowers and birds. 

For the placesetting, I'm using the dinner plate and the cream soup and saucer, as well as blue water goblets. The flatware is my sterling with silverplate soup spoons from my in-laws' collection.
Here's another angle.

The blue goblets are a recent purchase, and they also go with my everyday dishes.

For the centerpiece, I'm using a silverplate candelabra with cream beeswax candles and silverplate mint julep cups filled with pink and white alstroemeria.

Here are a few more shots of this table.

The details:
China:  Wedgwood Queensware Potpourri
Glassware:  Villeroy & Boch My Garden in blue
Silver:  Lunt Belvedere
Silverplate:  William A Rogers Park Lane
Placemats:  Pottery Barn

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!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sunday Lunch in January

After all the Christmas and wedding excitement was behind us, I was in the mood to set a simple, maybe even austere, table for lunch on a cold, wet Sunday.  The leaf was still in our dining room table from the holidays, so I opted to set four places, two on each long side.
I started with some spring green placemats and some plain white porcelain plates.  I first tried the matching green napkins, but decided the black and white printed ones added interest.
I pulled out some olive green stemmed glasses, added my silver, and the simple placesetting was complete.
For the centerpiece, I brought in some white tulips I'd had on the breakfast room table, then decided to add the preserved boxwood topiaries from the mantel to continue the green and white theme.
A few more photos. . . .

The Details
Green placemats:  Crate and Barrel Outlet
Black and white napkins:  Pottery Barn Outlet
White plates:  Pier 1
Olive green glasses:  The Great Indoors
Silver:  Lunt Belvedere
Preserved boxwood topiaries:  Williamsburg catalog

Thank you for visiting my table this week!  I hope you will leave a comment before you leave to visit Tablescape Thursday at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Few Wedding Photos

We don't have the official photos yet from my son's wedding, but here are a few I like!  I thought this one my daughter took of my father-in-law and my grandson sharing a laugh on the back pew before the wedding was priceless!  At ages 88 and 4, respectively, I believe they were the oldest and youngest present at the wedding festivities.
Here's a photo of the bride -- my new daughter-in-law, Amanda -- with my grandchildren who served as the flowergirl and ring bearer. 
Here's one of the bride and groom cutting the groom's cake.
The ring bearer got a little impatient, waiting for cake. Here he is, begging them to cut the cake, already!
Here he finally gets a slice!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Busy Time!

Thanks to all my faithful followers who have let me know they've missed me in Blogland!  I have been busy with family events -- Christmas, our son's wedding, our anniversary trip, and a trip to Nashville to help out after my sister's surgery.

I posted a few photos from our Christmas celebrations in a previous post, and then we immediately plunged into the final preparations for the rehearsal dinner and the wedding.  Everything went smoothly, and it was a beautiful and meaningful wedding in our church, followed by a lovely reception.  The newlyweds are back from their honeymoon and enjoying settling into their new apartment.  Here's a photo of the happy couple!
The wedding was held on our 38th wedding anniversary, the 30th, so New Year's Eve was spent taking down Christmas decorations, and on New Year's Day we flew to Las Vegas for a few days of R&R.  The day after we returned, I flew to Nashville to be with my sister and her family following her major surgery.  She is doing very well, and we enjoyed our time together.  It snowed while I was there, so that was fun to see, as we don't get much snow in central Texas!

I hope to get back to tablescaping -- and perhaps writing reviews for some of the tablescaping books I received for Christmas -- very soon!  Thanks for bearing with me during this extra-busy time for my family!