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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A tribute to Mother's everywhere tablescape

This table is dedicated to my mother Margaret, my grandmother/Oma Gretel, my mother-in-law Mona, my grandmother-in-law Mamma, and a very special lady Mary, whose deep faith and Christian demeanor planted seeds in my life that make me a better person.

I apologize for the massive amount of pictures, so I'll stick to few words.
The base for the table is a monogrammed, damask tablecloth, with matching napkins, that were part of my mother's dowry.


Did you know that table linens usually have the lady's monogram and barware traditionally wears the man's monogram?

To the damask linens, I added some German china. Another Schumann pattern. This one is called Antique Roses. I also used gold flatware and mixed it with some silver pieces.

 Mona's silver pitcher, I keep a monogrammed napkin tied to it just for any drips that might occur.

My mother loved roses. Loving this shade. I wish they had had one more bundle.. but alas, wasn't to be.

If so, these darling napkin rings would have had a sweet pink rosebud in them. My sweet husband bought those for me at Poem in Santa Fe. Love...

 Thank you Mikasa for this lovely Cheers votive holder that I use for candles AND flowers.

It's complete and it turned out exactly as I had envisioned. Silver candlesticks  in memory of my grandmother in law..tablecloth from my mom, roses for my mom...

And although the swans weren't from Mary, they remind me of her graceful demeanor. Priceless pieces with which I honor a special lady.

 A carafe for some wine. Thanks Cherry Kay for turning us all on to this trick.

This picture could be my thank-you cards for year... what do you think?

The roses on the china.. ooh that is soo me! My Oma would have loved it. My mother would have laughed at the sweetness because I was such a tomboy as a youngster. Saddle oxfords and flannel lined jeans were my favs!

Only have 4 matching dinner plates. Still collecting. Also missing some more creamed soups.....

On the buffet, my  mother in law's tray and warmer, and my grandmother's Sammeltassen. Check out these posts for more on this one of a kind collectables. Here and Here

Both my mother and grandmother were fabulous with needle and thread.. so their skills were instilled in me at an early age. This was made on my favorite Bernina machine out of Irish Linen, a wing needle and lace!

A few shots with the candles on to end the evening.

Tablecloth and napkins - Mom; German
Dishes - Schumann Arzberg Antique Rose; ebay
2 Dinner plates - Rosenthal
Flatware - International Silver- gold plated
Candlesticks - estate sale
Vases - Mikasa Cheers votives
Salt Cellars - Lenox Swans (more HERE)
Stems - estate sale; anyone recognize them?
Sammeltassen - Geman, my grandmother's
Crystal knife rests - my husband's grandmother; Mamma
Napkin rings - Two's Company, gift from my husband, purchased in Santa Fe, NM

Taking my tribute to my mother, grandmother, mother in law, grandmother in law, Mary and all mother's to Cuisine Kathleen's Let's Dish party and to Susan's Tablescape Thursday. I hope you will come by and see the special posts created just for you. 
I miss you mom... Du fehlst mir Oma,


Deb said...

This is all so beautiful. They would have felt honoured to sit at your table. A lovely tribute to the special women in your life. Deb

RhondaBuss said...

The table is breath taking. So lovely. I really like the napkin rings. They are so special.

Tricia said...

Gorgeous, Marlis! Your table is such a lovely, feminine tribute to all the mothers who have loved you. The roses and sweet napkin rings are the icing on the cake -- and that overhead shot is stunning!

allisamazing said...

What a beautiful table and your dishes "Antique Rose" are so delicate and breathtaking!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

GORGEOUS! and I think Every One of your pictures would make wonderful cards! Your china is GORGEOUS! Don't you LOVE,LOVE,LOVE pink with silver? AHHHH! Your whole tablescape just took my breath away!
I have a beautiful large set of Rosenthal Moss Rose China BURIED away in my attic. Your china reminded me of it AND I "NEED to go treasure hunting in my attic"!
Did you hang from the chandelier to get that overhead shot(WOW that was fantastic)
Your Mom would be SO IMPRESSED, your table is priceless!
Have a Happy Mother's Day Week,
Big Hugs,

Alycia Nichols said...

SO sweet! SO pretty! SO filled with love and admiration for those before you!!! Everything looks wonderful, Marlis, and just about any one of these photos would work well for thank you note cards! I did know that the woman's monogram is for linens and the man's is for barware. My husband thinks that's funny because he doesn't drink but he tears through napkins like he's on fire!!! Pink is my all-time favorite color, and you have done it incredible justice with this post. Happy Mother's Day to you and to the memory of your loved ones.

Texas Tea Party said...

Absolutely Gorgeous Table! The care you took to create this table with all the pieces your family used and now you love each one and remember them. The Schumann is one of my favorite manufactures of china, I love the shape and lovely roses in your pattern. The name Antique Roses is perfect for the set. All your beautiful linens and silver are perfect together. Thanks for sharing your memories and hope you have a Special Day!

Pat's Pink Apron said...

This is one of the prettiest tablescapes. Love it.

Judy Bigg said...

Such a masterpiece you have created to share with us. So beautiful, love the dishes and each detail you added to the table. The roses are beautiful.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Marlis, I love the feminine touches created with the pink and silver. The roses and lovely napkin rings are perfect for this special table. Happy Mother's Day to you!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your tablescape is gorgeous, Marlis! All the sweet ladies in your life would have loved to be invited to a wonderful lunch or dinner here. Your floral arrangements are so pretty and I fell in love with those napkins rings. The details are wonderful! Happy Mother's Day!


Mary said...

It's obvious you inherited your mother & grandmother's love of textiles and sewing! Beautiful table~ one can never have too many roses at the table and your antique roses pattern is perfect for Mother's Day!

kitty said...

What a beautiful, feminine table! I just loved seeing all your treasures. Happy Mother's Day.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Absolutely stunning table - lovely in every way!

And such a wonderful tribute to your important ladies in your life.

A beautiful post!

On Crooked Creek said...

A Tribute to your Mother, touched my heart in such a special way! This is stunning! Much like your Mother, is my love of roses. My Aunt often teased my Moma about the color 'old rose'. The fresh roses on the table are exquisite! Even your sideboard is a vision of gracious hospitality! I like to think when the sun is shining...my MoMa is smiling! If so true, I envision the sunlight on your table as the approval of your Mother from Heaven above!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Absolutely gorgeous Marlis! I have never seen this china before and it's beautiful. Your table is so elegant and feminine. I LOVE IT!!!

Jocelyn @

Debbie said...

Every single individual element of this table is beautiful to me and very much the kind of thing I'm drawn to. AND THEN... when you showed the whole thing by candlelight, oh wow. I clicked to enlarge it, and it is one of the most stunning tables I have seen. Just magnificent.

And I didn't know that about the monograms.

Sarah said...

Everything is beautiful. How special to have these heirlooms. This is a lovely tribute to the women in your life. Happy Mother's Day!

Maria said...

Oh, Marlis! I really love this china. It has the pinks and reds I love, while showing a bit of restraint. They are so femenine and classic!

Triple wow! on the napkin embroidered by the Bernina machine! Love it!

Have I used the word "love" enough on this comment?

Robin said...

You have such beautiful things but I am in awe over the linens. They were obviously well taken care of. A wonderful Mother's Day table!

Robin Flies South

ellen b. said...

what a gorgeous elegant table. I've never seen napkin rings like those. Very cool. What a blessing to have so many special ladies that have touched your life!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Such a lovely feminine tablescape, perfect with the pinks! So nice that you have so many nice family treasures!


xinex said...

How elegant! I love all the linens and dishes and the table accessories too. The pattern of the German china is exquisite. Happy Mother's Day, Marlis!...Christine

Linda said...

Your table is gorgeous, especially with the German china. It's so feminine and who doesn't like pink?
Those napkin rings are lovely and unique. Have a wonderful Mother's day and thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me sweet words. XO Linda

Danielle said...

This table is beyond words! So beautiful - one of the prettiest I've ever seen. I'm sure your mom and all of the special ladies in your life would be honored by this tribute. The overhead shot is stunning. You should definitely use that as your Thank You notes. Great idea : )
Happy Mother's Day, Marlis!

Danielle xo

Entertaining Women said...

Wow....that's all...just WOW! I have no other words. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Tanya@takesix said...

Marlis, your table is absolutely stunning. Such beautiful dishes. The cream soup bowl is so dainty. You are such a talented seamstress. Your linen piece is a work of art.

Patty (Patty's Pretty Things) said...

I love the white and pink. Beautiful table. I can't believe you made the beautiful cloth on the sewing machine! Great photos. Enjoyed seeing them.

we three dogs and me said...

So pretty. I love the rose dishes .
so sweet of you to include all your past mother.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Your table is simply stunning! Love those rose dishes. Beautiful photography.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Nancy @ The Headmistress said...

What a beautiful table; the linens are priceless! Thanks so much for sharing them!

Scribbler said...

This table is spectacular. So many traditions, so much loveliness. It has taken me several passes through the photos to see it all. I think that china, like the other you shared, is just too beautiful for words.

Elaine said...

Just beautiful, Marlis! Everything is so elegant and just sparkles in the candlelight! Love the dishes and stemware! Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

lulumusing said...

It seems that many of us think of pink in conjunction with our mothers. I wonder if it was the time or just what made so many love pink. As always, your table is a delight.

Lana Kim White Austin said...

This is one of the most elegant tablescapes ever!!!! Such a divine tribute!!! Of course you know I'm in love with the monogrammed pieces....the silver......and the dishes are absolutely superb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Diane said...

Marlis - your family treasures are beautiful and I think those roses are some of the prettiest that I have ever seen. Such a delicate shade of pink! How blessed you are to own so many pieces that are rich in family history!!


Your table is stunning my dear Marlis! The dishes are beyond gorgeous, my cuppa tea! The stem wear is lovely too. Everything is this table, as in all of your tables, is simply perfectly breath taking! Thasnk you fotr your wonderful and kind visit and for the lovely comments on my den and Mother's table. Wishing you a wonderful and blessed MOTHER'S DAY!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Marlis,
What a beautiful table and tribute to your loved ones. You are so fortunate to have their lovely treasures to surround yourself with their love.
Have a Happy Mother's Day!

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Hi, Marlis. This is a beautiful table in every respect--your writing, your honoring these wonderful women in your life, the dishes, the crystal, the linens. Just lovely. I hope you have a happy mother's day with the cherished memories you have. ~Zuni

Tess said...

Absolutely stunning!!! It is so wonderful that these pieces are from people so dear to your heart. I love everything about this table! Have a wonderful Mother's Day

Debby S. said...

Absolutely Breathtaking! I haven't been around for awhile and I have missed your wonderful tables!!! Every tiny detail is magnificent!!!!!

Kathleen said...

Outstanding! I love every bit of it! The china is gorgeous, and those linens! I wondered why my mom's cloth and napkins were embroidered with her maiden initial!
Marlis, this is such a beautiful tribute to the fine women in your life. God bless them and you! Happy Mother's Day!

Marigene said...

Everything is so beautiful, especially your linens. What a lovely tribute to the women in your family.
Happy Mother's Day, Marlis.

All The Pretty Dishes said...

This is so very beautiful. You have so many elegant things: The glasses, the dishes, the beautiful floral arrangements and those wonderful napkin rings. You did all the Moms proud!

Aledia said...

Oh Marlis!

This is such a stunning tablescape, I love the china and the stemware. I just adore those napkin rings!! I will have to be on the lookout for some. Beautiful linens as well....

Thank You for leaving a sweet comment on my Mothers Day Tablescape and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Aledia @ Plum Perfect


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