Friday, March 27, 2015

Brown Bunny Easter Table for One

Since last week's table was quite formal, Pat decided to go in the opposite direction this week. She set the table using an "extra" plate from a set of recently purchased accent dishware (that she plans to use in the future.) Everything else on the table has been around for a while and been used at various times on the table in the past. Here's the "new" table:
The table

Flatware is Gold "Sophia" from Tuesday Morning

The dinner plate is Ivory Fiesta by Homer Laughlin.

The Colonial Blue "Color Spectrum" charger is by Mikasa

One of my favorite sets of glassware - "Reflections" by the Imperial Glass Company

The acrylic napkin ring does double duty - it is also a salt and pepper shaker when filled

Pat always grabs one of the "Lady Diamond" water tumblers to use as a fancy vase - it is the perfect size.

Where it came from:
Woven Vinyl Yellow Placemat - "Bistro" from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Blue Charger - Colonial Blue "Color Spectrum" by Mikasa from eBay
Dinner Plate - "Ivory" Fiesta by Homer Laughlin from Macy's
Blue Glassware - "Reflections" by Imperial Glass Company from Replacements
Champagne Flute - "Selection" by Cristal d'Arques from Ross
Flatware - "Gold" Sophia by Hampton Forge from Tuesday Morning
Napkin - Handmade by Pat
Acrylic Napkin Ring - from the Cancer Society's Discovery Shop
Brown Bunnies - from Michael's last year
Crystal Candle Holders - from Pat's collection
Cut Crystal Vase - "Lady Diamond" by Cristal d'Arques from Ross

We will be joining Susan for "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch:

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Formal Easter Breakfast Table for One

This week's table uses one of my favorite dish patterns that I own - Lenox Blue Frost. Pat added some of her husband's family heirloom silver to give it a "breakfast" look and to make anyone dining alone feel special. I think it is fabulous.
The table - dinnerware is "Blue Frost" by Lenox

The flatware is so delicate - "Marguerite" by Gorham Silver Company

There is no way that I would wash this pattern in a dishwasher. It has a very soft blue, matte finish to the edge and a platinum trim. I can just imagine it going through the "wash cycle" a few times......disaster.

I treasure this etched water goblet - it was a gift from a friend who said it belonged to her late Aunt. Unfortunately, she does not know the pattern name

Where it came from:
Silver Charger - from Tuesday Morning
Dinnerware - "Blue Frost" by Lenox from the internet (currently available)
Flatware - "Marguerite" by Gorham Silver from Pat's collection
Tea Service - pattern unknown - from Pat's collection
Water Goblet - pattern unknown - a gift to me from a dear friend
Champagne Glass - "Bubbles" by Maxwell & Williams from Tuesday Morning
Bunnies - from our collection
Silver Candle - from Ross

We will be joining Christine for "Table It!" at Rustic & Refined:

We will also be joining Susan for "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch:

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Happy Easter Table for One

All you can say about this week's table is that it is sweet - nothing out of the ordinary, nothing bold or glamorous - just sweet. Pat combined stuff that she found around my house and in cupboards rarely opened.
The table - the white tablecloth is covered in a layer of yellow tulle to create a very soft look.

Pat layered the egg accent plate on top of a small yellow dinner plate from Fitz & Floyd and place them both on a large white plate. The charger is simply an inexpensive lacquer charger from Michael's spray painted blue.

The white dinner plate "breaks" the strong color combination of yellow and blue a bit

I wish that I knew the pattern name of this stainless flatware - it's so pretty

We don't use these glasses enough - they are "Entree" by Noritake

Pat took a small milkglass plate and raised it to make a stand for the Easter eggs

A small frosted candle holder (without a candle) - I thought two candles on the table were enough....

Where it came from:
Yellow Tulle - from JoAnn's Fabrics
Blue Charger - Inexpensive lacquer charger on sale from Michael's spray painted with Fusion Plastic Adhesive Spray Paint
White Dinner Plate - "Everyday" by Food Network from Kohl's
Yellow Dinner Plate - "Total Color Spectrum" by Fitz & Floyd from Replacements
Egg Plate - from Pier 1 two years ago
Pink Flatware - unknown pattern from eBay
Glassware - Pink "Entrée" by Noritake (1993-1999) from Replacement
Pink Napkin - Handmade by Pat to coordinate with the flatware
Bunny Napkin Ring - from a local thrift store
Easter grass, Frosted Bunny Candle Holders, Candles, Eggs, and Garland - from Michael's
Bunny with Yellow Ribbon - from Tuesday Morning last year
White Milkglass Plate (holding the Easter eggs) - Depression glass by Hazel-Atlas Glass Co.
We will be joining Christine's "Table It!" Sunday at Rustic & Refined:

We will also be joining Susan for "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch this Thursday:

Sunday, March 8, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Table - Remembering the Famine

Pat created a St. Patrick's Day table this week that is truly unique. It is a commemorative table to all the people who lost their lives or emigrated during the horrific Irish potato famine in the mid-1800's. It is believed that Ireland lost twenty five percent of its population during those years forever changing it socially, politically and economically.
The table

Close up of the place setting. Pat used a very rustic Terracotta tile as the placemat/charger on top of a burlap (potato sack-like) tablecloth

Hammered stainless steel flatware is by Godinger

The accent plate is actually a very soft yellow

I love this very versatile plate - "Spice Route" Clove from Pier 1

I dragged Pat to the Building Supply store last week. I wanted to get Terracotta tiles to use "eventually." She instantly saw a use for at least one of them for this table.

You can see how Pat layered the burlap tablecloth over a white one

Yes - that is Irish beer (chosen because of the rust colored label.......everything has to "match")

Although these are Russets - the Irish Lumper was the potato grown during the Irish Famine. It was planted because it thrived in very poor soils with enormous yield. Now it is making a comeback as an heirloom variety.

Rustic looking small pebbles in a mason jar hold inexpensive flowers and greenery

One last look

Where it came from:
Burlap tablecloth - Mail order from
Terra Cotta Tile Charger/Placemat - from our local Building Supply store
Flatware - "Hammered" Stainless by Godinger Silver from Costco
Dinner Plate - "Spice Route" Clove from Pier 1
Accent Plate - from the Pottery Barn purchased on eBay
Bread/Butter Plate - "Paprika" Fiesta by Homer Laughlin from Replacements
Glassware - "Lawrence" from Pier 1 years ago
Rust Hemstitch Napkin - from Pier 1 years ago
Brown Salt/Pepper Shakers - from JoAnn's Fabrics years ago

We will be joining Christine for "Table It!" this Sunday at Rustic & Refined:

We will also be joining Cuisine Kathleen's 7th annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Party this Wednesday:

And we will be joining Susan's "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch on Thursday: