Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pink Tulips

My inspiration for this table was a bouquet of pink tulips my husband brought home from HEB this week.  As I began to think about how I might set a table featuring the tulips, I realized that I don't have any dishes that include pink, nor do I have any pink table linens or much of anything ELSE pink.  So, I decided to let the tulips be the only color on the table, keeping the rest of the elements very neutral.
I wanted a modern feel, so I used a gray herringbone runner and gray napkins, plain white plates, clear ribbed glassware, and my silver flatware.
Here's a closeup of my silver.  I think I managed to capture a blurry image of myself, taking the photo!
At first, I'd planned to arrange the tulips in a pretty crystal vase, but then I had an (all-too-rare!) brainstorm.  I remembered the plain cylindrical bud vases we'd used on tables for my son's rehearsal dinner and wondered if they'd work with the same black iron candleholder I used with lemons for last week's table.  They fit perfectly! 
Each bud vase held two long-stemmed tulips, and I really like the look.  Here's a look at the table, set for four.  With the tall flowers, votive candles seemed to be the way to go.
Here's a shot of the flowers in the late afternoon light. 
I couldn't resist this closeup!
Here are the details:
Table runner - last year from The Great Indoors in Colorado (on clearance for under $5)
Napkins - Crate and Barrel
Plates - Pier 1
Glasses - Bloomingdale's (on clearance for $1.99 each!)
Silver - wedding gifts in 1972
Candleholder - Christmas gift from my mother a few years ago -- love it!

Thanks for visiting my table this week -- and thanks to those of you who choose to leave comments.  They are greatly appreciated!  I will be linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.  Don't miss all the pretty tables you'll see there!


  1. Love the combination of gray table linens and the pink tulips. Great idea to let the tulips be the only color. They're really pretty and they and the flower holder give you that fresh modern feel.

  2. I love the simplicity of your table...the pink, gray and white combo is very pretty.

  3. Lovely look...gray and pink!! And the tulips are gorgeous!!

  4. Well you hit my soft spot Tricia, I'm a big lover of tulips. I think after seeing your tablescape today I'm going to try and get to the store and pick some up today. Your table is beautiful in its simplicity and I love your bud vase holder. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love love this table.. gray and pink is always so elegant. What a brainstorm you had!! the tall vases in the centerpiece make an absolutely stunning arrangement. So pretty.. xo marlis

  6. Hi Tricia!

    This is so beautiful and the pink works well even though there is no other pink on the table. The tulips are just beautiful and you KNOW I love your silver pattern! BTW...I am re-watching Downtown Abbey (episode 2) as I look at all of the tablescapes. What better way to multitask!!! Are you loving it??? There are so many possibilities for the storyline.

  7. This is absolutely wonderful...very sophisticated...beautiful! The pink with the gray is stunning, and the black wrought iron centerpiece is perfection. I LOVE this! Cherry Kay

  8. That's very pretty. The gray is perfect with the pink. I love tulips.

  9. Very pretty! Modern and sleek! Love the tulip arrangement. The glasses are great!
    I just saw the supermarket has tulips on sale this week. I put in on my list!
    Have a great weekend, Tricia, look for some pink dishes! Soon you will feel the need to have every colorof the rainbow! The bug has bitten!

  10. Your table is beautiful...what a neat flower vase. Don't those beautiful tulips just give you the hope that spring is going to come yet again!!! Lovely!

  11. Beautiful. I just LOVE tulips!! The herringbone is so stunning.

  12. This is so pretty! I love the simplicity. I think if really put the emphasis on the tulips. Tulips are my favorites and these are lovely!

  13. Oh the tulips are beautiful and I just love your centerpiece vase, very unique! With such pretty tulip arrangement you didn't needed any more to make such a beautiful tablescape. Thank you for your lovely visit and yeah, my Bil is very generous, he gave me some and to the other guests, as we had a family reunion. Hugs,

  14. The minute I saw the tulips, I knew that I was going to love this one. Pink tulips happen to be a favorite of mine. Actually, ANY tulips are among my favorites. I'm so glad you chose to go with a gray/silver table. It's elegant and makes the tulips pop.

    Now, about that brainstorm? Fantastic. You're so much on a roll. First those lemon votives last week and now the cylinders. It had SO MUCH more presence in the cylinders than in a vase like I would have done. (I'm fully intending to hog some of my lemons out and try that votive thing. I can only imagine the scent. Just need the pretty stand like you have)

  15. That votive holder is great. Your tulips are so cheerful for this gray time of year. I love them with the neutral gray. Just perfect. Dianne

  16. Hi lovely lady.
    The pink Tulips are so Beautiful!!
    I hope my Tulips come up this year in my garden..Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Tablescape and my Kitchen. I hope you have a wonderful weekend coming up with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  17. Oh, Tricia.....How much do you think I am loving, loving, loving this right now with the gorgeous pink tulips?!??!! I LOVE PINK!!! I make no bones about it. Pink is my very favorite color, and tulips are one of my favorite flowers. You did a great job of arranging them in that cool floral vessel!!! That little dude is slick! It's the perfect tool for arranging flowers in a hurry or on a budget or...just because! Love it! I'm also in love with that herringbone runner. Very dapper!

  18. I love your modern table. It is so refreshing! I think your vase inspiration is stunning.

  19. Thanks for sharing your lovely your style.thanks for visting. Joann

  20. Oh, you lucky girl! The tulips are beautiful!
    Your table is lovely!

  21. Tricia,

    I just love gray and pink together! Some of my favorite tablescapes let the flowers be the only color. You did a beautiful job. That bud vase holder is wonderful! I'd be tempted to use it in every tablescape! :)

    Creating Wonderful Spaces

  22. The tulips, the way you arranged them, & the entire tablescape look gorgeous. Very peaceful and serene.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog & taking a peek at my newly organized pantry!

  23. This combination is beautiful, but what I adore is the centerpiece! Really spectacular.