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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How to welcome spring tablescape

How to banish winter and welcome spring? 

Bring out something shiny and something blue.

 Encircle a napkin the color of the sky with a honeycomb ring buzzing with a bee.

Pick the favorite plates with wonderful vines for the salad course.

Pull out the most cheerful paisley dishes on nito chargers, paired with the blue flatware.

Let the vines peek out from napkin as promises of great things to come.

Antique candle holders to cast mystical light.

And place happy faces on the table before the guests arrive. 

Those pretty faces sit inside Flower Bricks and an estate sale find planter raised on a pedestal.

Don't forget to take a last minute look to make sure ALL the flatware, glasses, salt and peppers... oops let me grab those quickly.

And put a pretty lighter on the table to light the candles for when the guests arrive and then sit back and have fun!

Cast:
Nito chargers - Pier One and World Market
Plates - Queens paisley
Salad plates - Mikasa Daylight (ooh rave!)
Flatware - Horchow
Blue wine glasses - estate sale
Water glasses - Mikasa Parklane
Napkin rings - One King's Lane
Candle holders - estate sale
Flower Bricks - Williamsburg Marketplace HERE
I'm linking up to Susan's beautiful party, Tablescape Thursday! See you there.
A big shout out goes to Miss Zoe... my favorite 5 year old grandchild! We love you big girl!!

39 comments:

Red Couch Recipes said...

Marlis, what a lovely spring table. I love the pairing of the salad plate with the blue and white dinner plate. Your table does sing of spring! Love the blue flatware too. Joni

Maria said...

I really do love your Mikasa salad plates. (Sigh) I'm caving in and adding them to my wish list. So many plates, so little space . . . Beautiful table, Marlis!

Pat said...

Beautiful table, Marlis. I was just thinking about my blue plates the other day. I need to get them out and use them!

You can order some pieces of Spode online from the Shepherd Hills Outlet. I love going to the store, just to browse. Of course I always find something to bring home. The flagship store is in my old hometown, near Bennett Spring State Park. We visit the store (there are things for guys there too)then we pick up bite to eat and go to the park and have lunch while watching the trout fishermen. That is why I bought the trout plates our last trip down that way.

Barbara F. said...

Hi Marlis,your table is beautiful, I have a soft spot for blue and especially mixed with green. I need to get some pansies planted. xo

Entertaining Women said...

Happy faces...I've always loved that reference to pansies. Mine are flourishing in the garden right now...it's beautiful here on the prairie. The blue paisley plates won my heart immediately, and I enjoyed them paired with the Mikasa Ivy salad. I've. Even itching to get back to my blues...this inspires me even further. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Cindy said...

Such a pretty table Marlis! The blue plates and plates with the leaves are adorable.
XO Cindy

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Hi Marlis,
HAPPY SPRING TO YOU!!! I LOVE your table. Blue with Brown is one of my FAVORITE combos. The blue calico dishes with the Mikasa salad is a contrast that PROVES PERFECT! LOVE,LOVE,LOVE those napkin rings!!! and AHHHH! LOOK at those GORGEOUS SPRING SMILING PANSY'S(Got to LOVE them!!!)
Big Squishy Spring Hugs to you,
Donna

The French Hutch said...

Oh Marlis, this is such a lovely spring tablescape. I love how you mixed green with the blue. Lovely plates, such a pretty pattern. I love those pansies too, sweet and the color is glorious. Spring sure has sprung on your tablescape.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Alycia Nichols said...

I have been thinking, thinking, thinking about how to freshen up my "Daylight" china, and you have shown here that it certainly can be done! Adding it to a predominantly blue & white palette is a great idea! It's picture perfect, Marlis...as always!

Kuby said...

Oh Marlis, what a perfectly delightful spring table. Just exquisite! i just love the blue flatware.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love blue and white and when you add that pop of green it just makes me swoon! Lovely table and so Springy!
hugs, Linda

Sonia said...

Wow such a great tablescape! I love blue and white and with a touch of green on the salad plates makes such a lovely combination for spring! The napkin rings are adorable. Thanks for sharing your talents!
Miss Bloomers

kitty said...

Marlis, what a pretty tablescape! I am so enjoying all the blue and white. Your pansy centerpieces are just the perfect touch!

Meredith said...

So very, very pretty! It looks like blue and green was on a lot of tables this week!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is so pretty! I love the little faces on the pansies!

Katherine

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Marlis, I am in love with those vine dishes--I saw them recently on Mary's Home is Where the Boat Is blog and now I can't get them out of my mind! Your planters should be living here too....And my new olive oil came in today--this year's harvest, so can you send me your address? :) Also, I was just on your swan page. I collect swans too but I never knew about the Lenox bridal swans! I love my Lenox pair. I think I had them on a Valentine's table last year. One day my husband brought them home to me--very unusual for him and I have loved them ever since! Linda

Karen said...

Beautiful place setting of dishes. And I love the colors. The pansies are perfect with your table.

A Cottage in the Clouds said...

Very pretty table. Love the blue paisley and the blue & white flower pots. Perfect touch of green with the salad plates. Very pretty shade of blue in the napkin, too. Your pansies are so perky.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Marlis, what a lovely blue table for spring! We were thinking along the same lines this week ;o)

Debbie said...

Yay for welcoming spring! I love your plate choices for this one, especially the subtle little vine. My favorite shot of all is the one with the vine peeking through the napkin.

I love stuff like that.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Marlis, I love your beautiful spring table. The blues are so gorgeous. Everything looks so exquisite!

Jocelyn @
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Mindy @ The Howell Blessings said...

Gorgeous Marlis! I have some (old) colbalt blue plates that I haven't used in a very long time. YOu've inspired me to dig those out and pair them with something fresh and fun! Thank you!

Miss Mindy

Marigene said...

Beautiful spring table, Marlis...reminds me of blue skies and green grass! The salad plates are so pretty against the blue and white florals. Love the blue flatware.

Chubby Chieque said...

Goodness Marlis... you really in Spring now. Your settings is absolutely so subtle and calm. Love the stemwares.

Beautiful tablescape...

Happy TS,
/CC

Tanya@takesix said...

I do love blue, and those calico plates are gorgeous! Pansies are so cute. Their little faces are adorable. Happy Spring, Marlis!

xinex said...

Love all your blues,Marlis. Beautiful calico dinner plates and Mikasa salads. I LOVE your napkin rings!...Christine

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Beautiful table! The plates with the green leaves are wonderful.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

The pansies are the perfect touch! Your blues make a beautiful table. I hope you're enjoying spring!

Mary said...

Marlis~ Your blue & green at the table are paired perfectly~ I love the Daylight with the blue mini floral pattern! I adore your honeycomb napkin rings~ Happy Spring :)

The Tablescaper said...

Marlis:

Great Spring table!

- The Tablescaper

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Stunning spring table with all those happy colours! Lovely shots too.
Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog:)

Robin said...

I like the little touches of green to break up the pretty blue (the plants and the one plate). It's getting too warm for pansies here in FL so I'm glad I had mine for the past few months! Happy Spring!

Robin
Robin Flies South

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh Marlis, you really did a lovely spring table! The dishes in blue and white are TDF! They go so well with the blue flatware I also love. I have to have those plates some day...I might need another house, lol! Enjoy your weekend.
FABBY

Elaine said...

Marlis, it's very obvious that you know how to welcome spring! Besides being a pretty tablescape, I really enjoyed your post! Pansies are my favorite flower, just for the reason you mentioned! Love all the dishes, but especially the vined ones!

Jacqueline said...

Marlie, this is such a great way to welcome spring. I was just checking on my pansies today. They are trying! They had a hard dry winter. I love how you put them in the fun blue and white containers. Flowers are the great gift of spring!

Kathleen said...

I looked at this the other night on my ipad, but I couldn't leave a comment. That thing is ornery!
I love this table, the blue and browns, all the natural elements, just beautiful! The salad plates are amazing!
Thanks so much for joining me for Let's Dish! I look forward to our next meeting , Wed at 7!

bj said...

Now this is a spring table if ever I've seen one. Just beautiful. You have such lovely dishes and you have the talent to pull it all together. Very nice.

Carol@HouseandHomeDefined.com said...

I love all the blue, and the green vine plates totally got me :) I'm throwing a wedding shower next weekend and the pansies on the table are a great idea. I'm keeping that in my thoughts for my flowers!

Dianne said...

Hi Marlis,
Love your little planters with the pansies. Such a sweet, happy flower. I have those same blue plates and I love how you put them together. Your napkins rings are wonderful. Hope spring is busting out all over your neighborhood like it is here! Dianne

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