Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tablescape Thursday - Granny Gathering

Tablescape Thursday is the day I look forward to all week long -- to visit Susan at "Between Naps On The Porch" and see all the pretty dishes! This week I'm posting the two tablescapes from my "Granny Gathering" last Sunday. I realized when I was looking through my pictures there were more of the centerpieces than the dishes. Oh well, I guess that counts too.

My "chalk dish" announces each Holiday and event celebrated at our house.

What a cute little "Granny" - actually I found her at a thrift shop - she's the Mrs. Santa half of a S&P set -- but they only had her and she looked pretty lonely, so I invited her to the party!

Our first table was the "Granddaughter" table. Lots of pinkness. I layered a vintage rose stenciled tablecloth over my white tablecloth. Then pink placemats.

Each of these placesettings had a pink glass charger, a Gibson salad plate with pink roses, and a pink glass bowl. The glasses were from my husband's grandmother and the flatware was from Target. The cloth napkins are reversable - one side has pink roses and the other is a pink and green plaid.

Here's a close up of our centerpiece, filled with vintage baby girl items.

Well actually, these little girls aren't probably anything very old. But they reminded me of the big snow we had last March when they lost electricity at my daughter's house and they all stayed with us for a couple of nights. I called the girls my "Snow babies" and it was one of my very first posts.

This is an old silver plated baby spoon and a cute little picture.

We have a Bunnykins baby cup from the early 80's (daughter) filled with pink and white flowers.

This little baby bonnet was my mother's. I found the little shoes at an antique store and have no idea how old (or not) they may be -- any guesses?

This wicker victorian baby stroller isn't old. It was actually red when I found it - an odd color I thought for a baby item - so I painted it with white paint, knowing it would probably turn pink -- it did! Also you can see little bits of pink and ivory trimmed in green vintage baby shirts and a green vintage baby bib under all the baby items.

Our next table is the "Grandson" tablescape. White tablecloth layered with a vintage embroidered topper. My new birthday Gollum/Gibson dishes mixed with white and blue salad plates. Leaded crystal glasses - bamboo Cambridge flatwear from Marshalls and blue floral napkins from Tuesday Morning. I think I've "scaped" with everything but the dishes.

Everybody had to find their place set with their "Granny" name. There were several Grandma's, Grammy, Gi-Gi, Nana, Namaw, Gamm and Granny. Those who had all grandsons had blue ribbons, all granddaughters had pink ribbons, and both had (of course) a pink and blue plaid ribbon.

A close up of the grandson placesetting.

The baby boy centerpiece. See the little white high-topped shoes that many of our babies wore when they were first learning to walk. Those high tops were supposed to give those little ankles extra support. I don't think they even recommend those anymore. Excuse my shoes on the table! But aren't they sweet?

An old silver "gerber baby" spoon tied with blue ribbon and a cute little picture of a baby riding a toy camel. I think that little baby boy is about to crawl off the cake stand.

My grandmother used to have a bronzed shoe of my mother's on her coffee table that looked identical to this one. I don't know what ever happened to it, but when I saw this in an antique store I was flooded with nostalgia, so it went home with me. The old matchbox truck belonged to my husband. I couldn't find a vintage boy's bib, so a new one from Marshalls will have to do.

This was a Bunnykins cup given to our son when he was born in 1979. Filled with yellow and white flowers.

Remember the old wooden blocks? Do they even make them anymore? And more matchbox trucks of my husbands. Probably painted with lead paint before all those things were tested.

A bit fuzzy picture of a plastic diaper pin shaped rattle - my childrens era. Vintage blue shirt.

Lastly, this was a Marshall's find - a Wedgewood Peter Rabbit plate - I just loved those Beatrix Potter books.

Hope you enjoyed the "Granny Gathering" - be sure to check out all the other tablescapes this week at "Between Naps On The Porch".

I'll be leaving on Saturday to spend a week with two of our Grandgirls and being "Nana in Atlanta". See you when I get back just in time for the twins 1st Birthday party. I'm sure that I'll be posting lot's of pictures of grandbabies next week. Until then....

See ya!


  1. Dear Martha, Absolutely delightful!!!
    How very sweet and thoughtful. Such a neat idea.
    Enjoyed seeing your Table.
    Made me want to get out more and dine with friends.

  2. All the tables are so special! What wonderful finishing touches you have added to each one! Great idea. (Love the crab on your header!!! Very mid-Atlantic) :D Jewel

  3. I love your Granny and Baby Tablescapes! All very nice!
    The pastel pink and the baby blue, and all the vintage touches, I love it all!
    Great job on everything!
    All the best,

  4. Martha, you are so clever! I love all of the darling details.

    Have fun during your Nana time! xo~m.

  5. I love every bit of it Martha!!

  6. What a wonderful idea for these granny tables! Love it Martha! So many meaningful accessories!! Enjoy your trip...

  7. Martha, what a great idea! And all your labor of love truly shows on all the detail of every table. I'm sure all your friends had such a good time! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Martha, these are just beautiful! The baby tablescapes are so sweet! I especially like the pink one.


  9. All the tables are just great! I love all the centerpieces! Very well done!


  10. Love the tablescapes, Martha! How cute each one is. Love the detail and the baby booties. Such darling details. I'm sure everyone has a fun and wonderful time!


  11. These Granny settings are just Darling! But I do love the pink setting! I see some blue dishes I have a few of. Just love these sweet settings!

  12. Hi Martha,
    You obviously put a great deal of thought, care, and creativity into these tablescapes. I think the shoes on the table add a wonderful whimsical touch ... all nicely done!

    bye for now,

  13. This is such a darling it. I was just looking at my calendar and saw Grandparents Day in September. I need to make some cute cards!

  14. You should be designing tables for baby showers! So cute! Hey, maybe your granny can come keep my Uncle Henry company on the table?

  15. What a great idea, I had never heard of a Granny Gathering but it is so sweet. The centerpieces are just precious, I love the idea of the grandson and granddaughter. I'm sure all the grandmothers were full of stories and pictures. Your details on each table is what makes the theme.

  16. pretty. My son still has his bunnykins bank on his shelf in his room...and...he's 21!!

  17. Beautifully assembled tablescape, love all those little details you have added to make this a special occassion.

  18. What a sweet sweet theme. You did such a lovely job of putting it all together. How special!


  19. I love the idea of having a granny gathering. Your tablescapes are fabulous. I really love the centerpieces for each one. Very creative. I love it.

  20. How creative! These tables are absolutely adorable!!! Seeing the Bunnykins and Peter Rabbit dishes brought back so many memories. My boys had these...and Paddington Bear dishes, too.

    Jane (artfully graced)

  21. This is the cutest idea -- pink table for Grandmothers with girls, blue for those with boys -- brilliant! I love it!

    Although I am partial to that pink table --it's just so, so pretty!


  22. Both of these tables are delightful, creative, and sweet and pretty all at the same time! I love the ways you have used the vintage baby items. I also love the idea of a Granny Gathering. Your linens and dishes are lovely too. I bet this was a fun party. laurie

  23. What a fun tablescape post. I am called Nanny in Atlanta by my little grandson:)

  24. Everything is so beautiful!! But, you've always been such a talented woman... so I'm not surprised!

    You can thank your crazy husband for pointing me towards your blog..

    {p.s. I've been drinking tea out of some of Grandma Cody's old teacups.. I've been really sentimental about her lately.}

  25. oh! one more p.s...

    you wouldn't happen to have grandma's black walnut cake recipe, would you?

  26. Oh Martha...these are the sweetest tables ever! Love the centerpieces & all the lovely details & what a fun get-togther.

  27. What lovely tablescapes, Martha! They are so pretty and whimsical. I know all the grandmothers must have squealed with delight when they saw these darling tables. I just love all the little details. I think as many folks have the Gollum/Gibson dishes now as have the Target birds. :-) Thanks for a great TT!