It's Tablescape Thursday!-- that day every dishaholic in blogland comes out of the china closet and plays with their dishes! Then we go to see and admire all the other tablescapes at "Between Naps On The Porch" hosted by the lovely Susan. Susan's blog is "the" place to be to be inspired by pretty, fun and whimsical tablescapes -- but caution - it's highly addictive!
This week's tablescape is all about roses. I'm a June baby and the flower of the month is roses - so for all you other June babies with birthdays coming up - this table's set for you! Here's a picture approaching our rosey table.
A couple of weeks ago I told you about finding this tablecloth at Target -- I didn't get a picture before showing the pretty lace edge. Layered over the Target cloth is a vintage tablecloth I found years ago that looks like it had been stenciled with roses.
My vase is basket shaped and looks victorian to me with the roses on it. I found this at Ross's Department Store in Atlanta back in the Spring -- it's probably a good thing that there is not one near me - that and a Home Goods could probably get me into big trouble!
A closer picture of the vase with my grocery store roses. I don't know if you can see - the outer color of the petals is pink and the inner color is red. My favorite color for roses is pink, but I thought these were very pretty as well.
A close up of the roses.
Here's a close up of the detail at the center of my vintage rose tablecloth. I didn't realize until I was putting this tablescape together how well the blue color of the ribbon on this tablecloth matched the blue in the napkins I found several months ago at Tuesday Morning. Don't you just love it when a theme starts pulling together?
A closer look at the layering of the two tablecloths.
Here's a corner of the table and shows the stenciled look of the vintage cloth.
Now we have a close up picture of a place setting. The "silverware" is from Target -- 99 cents per piece - but I love the vintage look. The first napkin is a paper one. I like to use two napkins - paper for the mouth, cloth for the lap. Probably not totally "proper", but very practical! Now we'll begin our place setting "strip tease".
Next we have our salad plate I found on eBay. I got 6 of these for $2 each.
Here's the back - Gibson china -- they actually have several styles of rose china.
Here are the blue rose covered napkins I got at Tuesday Morning back in the spring.
Last, we have a pink dinner plate that also has a rose motif.
Now I'm calling on all my tablescaping sisters to help me out here. These are crystal glasses, part of a set that belonged to my husbands grandmother. I love these, but have never used them because I believe they are parfait glasses. (we also have some wine glasses, champagne glasses and cordials - some of these, I have used before). Now I have decided, by George, I'm using these glasses one way or another! Do you think that they're ok to use for water or iced tea - or do they just scream "They're parfait glasses you silly woman!" Here's what has emboldened me to use them as drinking glasses ....
I was looking through this lovely tablescaping book by Phyllis Hoffman, editor of "Southern Lady" magazine -- now if anyone would know proper tablesettings, I would think she would be the one.
Here's a picture from her book - I know it's a bit dark - but I think you can barely see some glasses very similar to mine used for pink lemonade (can you see them?) So I ask you -- shall I set the table with these glasses? Or use them as flower vases? Give my an honest answer, not just being "nice" - what do you think?
Here's an overview picture of our tablescape.
And lastly, a view of our tablescape by votive light. I hope you've enjoyed this collection of old and new, vintage and vintage look, heirloom and bargain bin -- all coming together for a rose cottage look on my table. Be sure to wander on over to Susan's blog for more wonderful tablescapes - you'll find one that inspires you to play with your dishes too!
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