Monday, August 12, 2013

School Days

School starts in just a week for most of the schools here in our county. So Pat thought it would be fun to do a table to commemorate the day (and celebrate that it's not us that have to go back.....) She started with a plate and used that as her inspiration for the table design.
Over view of the table

Pat selected this plate from the dozens our Mother had. Even though it was the Spring selection of 1954's Norman Rockwell Four Seasons, it reminded her of school days and the innocence of children going to school

Pat tried several different colored chargers but settled on this one since it did not clash with the blue of the goblet and napkin

Although gold flatware usually makes a table extra fancy, this simple pattern works well with the gold rim of the plate and charger to make a more casual setting

What represents school more than "an apple for the teacher"? It also makes a great dessert.

White Portieux water goblet with a sparkling blue wine glass (unknown maker)

Norman Rockwell's "School Days" figurine on vintage school books is a natural centerpiece

Although collector plates are not used to eat from, the addition of a clear glass dinner plate can make any plate usable.

One more view of the table

Where it all came from:
Charger - Mansfield by Lenox from Pat's daughter (and will be returned some year...)
Norman Rockwell Plate - from our Mother's collection ("Four Seasons Illustrations of 1954 - Spring: Young Man's Fancy" by Gorham)
Clear Glass Dinner Plate - by Luminarc from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Gold Flatware - by F.B. Rogers from eBay
Bread/Butter Plate - Peacock Fiesta by Homer Laughlin from Replacements
White Goblet - Portieux white from eBay
Blue Goblet and Small Vase - from our Mother's collection
Norman Rockwell Figurine - From the "Four Seasons Illustrations of 1949 - Fall: A Scholarly Pace" by Gorham
Burnt Orange candles:  Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Old Schoolbooks - Pat's collection

We will be joining Cuisine Kathleen's "Let's Dish" this Wednesday night:


  1. Awwww, this is so cute. Love the Norman Rockwell items! Perfect Back to School!

  2. The school tablescape is precious with the Norman Rockwaell plate and figurine! Great for by School days! Have a wonderful week


  3. I am a huge Norman Rockwell fan. I grew up just miles away from where he lived. I love this table, and the use of that plate with the school days figurine is just a perfect pairing.

    (Glad I'm not going back, too. I don't even have kids going back anymore. )

  4. Lovely Rockwell inspired table! Sweet white goblet, and love the blue wine glass.

  5. What a totally fun table. I am going to remember that tip about the clear plate. Must must remember that as my dad cuts up everything, even salad, into miniscule little bites and some plates are just not meant to be cut!! Love the old books and the sweet porcelain piece. Just a fun table!!! xo marlis

  6. Adorable setting with the NR theme, and it's perfect for a 'Back to School Table'and the plate with the school scene is lovely! I love it all!
    Big hugs,

  7. So many cute ideas for individual place settings, they all look inviting...I love the silverware sweet...Phyllis

  8. I can hear the school bell ringing now. Your mom's collectors plate was just the right choice. You always have a neat table.

    Cathy's Cupboard Calamity <;)

  9. What a sweet table! I love the Norman Rockwell details...this is really nice.

  10. This is so cute! I love your Norman Rockwell figurine and the plate...Christine