Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tablescape Thursday - Welcome Molly

I LOVE Tablescape Thursday! It seems like I "lurked" through TT (When it was Tablescape Tuesday) for months and it's what inspired me to start my own blog. Once I got my nerve up, I decided to take the plunge and participate and now there's no looking back! Thank you Susan, for providing us all so much fun each week - whether we're "just browsing" or we're full on participating. Be sure to check out all the tablescapes every week at "Between Naps On The Porch". You'll be amazed at what can be created with dishes and a little imagination.

This week's tablescape is all about honoring our four granddaughters and in celebration of our newest "grandgirl" Molly Rose, born on June 25th. You can see that there's lot's of pinkness on this tablescape. I've prepared the table for a fancy milk and cookies celebration at Nana's house. Of course it's all in my imagination since only one of the girls is actually old enough to enjoy this at this point. Perhaps in the not too distant future this will actually be possible. Nana can't wait for the fun of four little girls together!

This is a vintage tablecloth that I showed in June layered over a white tablecloth. This time I just used this small cloth by itself. The cloth has pink roses stenciled on the border and in the center. Picked because roses are the flower for June birthdays. (and they're pink of course!)

As I was putting the centerpiece together, this was sort of reminding me of a fountain. This starts out with a glass cake stand, topped with a small footed stand (I don't know what it's really supposed to be for - it just looks like a minature cake stand and belonged to my grandmother - I never remember her using it though). On top of that small stand, I have a cut glass salt celler turned upside down. All the facets of the glass look like water in a fountain to me. This all holds four Margaret Furlong angels from my collection that I started before she stopped production (I was really sad when that happened) - one angel for each girl. I've also filled in with petite pink roses on a vine and ivy vines. These were used to decorate an arbor for our daughter's outdoor wedding four years ago this month. I "shopped" my house for everything in this weeks tablescape.

This is my smallest angel in the collection - she's about 2 1/2 inches tall. She'll be Molly Rose's angel and because we're celebrating her birth - she gets the top spot in the centerpiece. She's holding a wreath of flowers. That also reminds me of Molly's June birthday -- a month filled with flowers from the garden.

The next two angels are a bit larger than the first one - maybe about an inch -- they'll be the one's representing our twin granddaughters. This angel will be for Kendall Bailee -- she's holding shells from the seashore. We all love the beach, so I imagine these girls will as well. This also reminds me that their birthday is in August, a summer month that often finds us by the water. (or longing to be.)

The next "twin" angel representing Keelyn Elizabeth is holding a dogwood blossom - that's the state flower for Virginia -- A reminder of their birthplace.

The last angel is about an inch larger than the last two -- this one represents our oldest granddaughter Stella Grace. She's holding a cross reminding me of the baptism of all our girls and that they are all beloved children of God.

On two corners of my centerpiece are sheer pink dotted swiss bows. They remind me of little girl dresses -- my mother loved dotted swiss and I remember having several dresses made of that when I was a little girl. I also think of the big sashes tied into pretty bows on the back of pretty little dresses.

Here's a little closer look at a cookies and milk place setting.

I found six of these little plates with pink roses this past spring at an antique store. All six cost $7.50. They'll make sweet little cookie plates. The mugs were four that I purchased when I was working at a Hallmark card and gift shop. They're based on the nursery rhyme. "Monday's Child is fair of face; Tuesday's Child is full of grace; Wednesday's Child will know no woe; Thursday's Child has far to go; Friday's Child is loving and giving; Saturday's Child works hard for a living; but the Child who's born on the Sabboth Day, is bonnie and blithe, happy and gay!" I purchased a Monday (my day of birth); a Saturday (our son's day of birth) and two Sunday's (my husband and daughter's day of birth). So quite naturally all our granddaughters were born on Tuesday or Thursday!

I thought the little plate and cup got a little lost on the full sized pink placemat. So I took a white battenburg lace napkin and folded it around the placemat to bring it into better scale.

I decided that Stella Grace will be using my mug. The inner rim says "Monday's Child".

"Is Fair of Face"

It also has a picture of an old fashioned camera. This is why I picked this mug for Stella Grace. She loves to pose for pictures and when we were in Atlanta a week ago, she was having fun taking pictures as well. Perhaps a budding photographer.

The victorian girl side of the mug shows her gazing in the mirror.

The middle part of the mug shows a little dog "posing". This looks exactly like our dog Clapton when he's begging.

The victorian little boy is taking a picture.

Since I had two Sunday mugs, these will be for Keelyn and Kendall. The little victorian girl is at the table with a crown on her head. What is she doing?...

...blowing out the candles of a birthday cake! The twins have a birthday coming up soon. They'll be one on August 7th. If you look in the very bottom right you'll see the little dog hoping to snag a piece of that cake!

Looks like the little victorian boy can't wait for a slice of cake either!

These mugs have a small birthday cupcake.

The inner rim says, "Sunday's Child"

"Is Happy and Gay"

Molly Rose will be using her daddy's mug. The little girl is potting some flowers in the garden.

Our little dog is napping.

Here comes our little boy wheeling his wheelbarrow.

The inner rim says, "Saturday's Child"

"Works Hard For A Living"

Connected by two little sunflowers. Certainly, I don't hope that Molly has to do hard work, but that she will love the work she does one day!

Here's an overview of our Milk and Cookies tablescape. I like the geometric design of the napkins and placemats.

One final overview look of the centerpiece of angels and flowers.

Be sure to check out all the other tablescapes this week at Susan's "Between Naps On The Porch" -- I'm certain that you'll find one or two that really strike your fancy!

See ya!


  1. Martha, this just gave me the cold chills for some reason. This is so adorable and so thought of you. So lovely, so cherished!

  2. So pretty in pink! This looks lovely.

  3. I'm impressed with the way you selected the objects in your centerpiece with so much attention to detail. Everything seems to hold deep meaning and represent your love for your family.

    That was clever of you to use the napkins to improve the proportions of the placemats.

    I hadn't thought of dotted swiss in years. My mother used to sew for herself and our relatives, so a lot of those fabric terms are stored somewhere ... deep in my long-term memory. Thank you for the reminder ....

    Bill @ Affordable Accoutrements

  4. The table is charming. I like the view from overhead. Congratulations on the new grandbaby.

  5. This is just absolutely precious. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of it. The pretty dishes, cups linens and the centerpiece is beautiful. The pretty little angels are just the perfect touch. What little girl wouldn't just be in wonderland. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  6. Martha your table is beautiful! Welcome to Molly!!

    The Lasagna looks so good. I haven't made it in a long time. You've inspired me to prepare this wonderful meal, again!

  7. Martha,
    I just love this! The vintage tablecloth, the cute mugs, the centerpiece is fabulously creative! You have just created a masterpiece! My daughter is Katie Rose,and I love the MOlly Rose! Cindy

  8. Martha... What a sweet Nanna you are...Nothing better then celebrating with your little girls!!! Just take photos for the littlest to enjoy later!!! Thank You for stopping by... I put my face on your "Followers"!!!I hope it doesn't break Now lol!!! xoxo~Kathy@ Sweet Up-North Mornings...Love all the pink...

  9. Hi Martha! OH, what a wonderful table! Those little dishes are just the cutest things! Your centerpiece is just precious!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  10. Martha, this is just absolutely the sweetest table!! Oh, the children are going to love it! It's just precious, and so much thought went into it. I like the layered cloths, too. Thank you for sharing this with us. I did a little child's table, too for Tablescape Thursday. Speaking of which, I hope you have a happy one! :-)


    Sheila :-)

  11. Martha--The old English teacher in me loves the symbolism in your table scape!! Those angels are just beautiful and will be a treasure for each granddaughter! Congrat on Molly Rose!

  12. Hi Martha, I adore your pretty in pink tablescape! The ceterpiece came out so lovely! I especially love those shell angels! Too cute!

    Congrats on the new little grandbaby girl!


  13. Martha, how sweet! Congrats on your new grandchild! Nothing like em!

  14. Very pretty, soft and feminine. I love it.

  15. Precious & Charming Martha.. love all the sayings in the cups.

  16. This is absolutely adorable! Thanks for giving all the details, I enjoyed reading all of it!

    I have two of the Margaret Furlong angels, one holds a tea pot and one holds a cup and saucer.


  17. Martha! You are blessed indeed. How sweet to have these grandchildren. I've always enjoyed that rhyme and all of my children were born on Friday and they are loving and giving :0)
    Enjoy your girls and I'm glad you stopped lurking and joined in the fun :0)

  18. My dear cannot go wrong with angels..and rose buds and anything pink! I am so glad you joined us. I was like you and lurked for a long time. So concerned I could not keep up and to be is a bit of a struggle..but SO much fun!
    Your tablescape is just precious!! :)
    Sending you a huge hug! GREAT job!

  19. What a beautiful 'milk & cookies' table! Love that rhyme on the dishes!I haven't seen that before!
    Have fun!

  20. Oh, it is so sweet and pretty. The way you arranged the centerpiece is beautiful, and I love the little angels. Those cups are so unique and charming! What fun to have a cookies and milk party with the grands, even if it is just in your imagination - practicing for the future. laurie

  21. An adorable table -- love the cookies and milk table!

  22. I love the mugs and the plates are so special. The little angel looks cute on the center piece. I would love to be sitting down and having cookies and milk with you too:)

  23. Oh Girl this is all just darling...I love little girls so many things you can do with the centerpiece and the sweet angles...May you have a great day my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  24. Hi Martha, your table is delicate and beautiful. I love the tablecloth and the dotted ribbon is soooo sweet. Great job!


  25. What an ultra feminine table! I especially love the centerpiece that looks like a fountain (it really does!). The angels are adorable. Enjoy! Amy :)

  26. Congratulations on your newest blessing. Your table is beautiful. I have those same angel ornaments that I place on my Christmas tree.

  27. You set a pretty table and congratulations on your new grandchild.

  28. What a sweet and thoughtful table you've set. Love the cups with the sayings!


  29. What a girly table for your special granddaughters. Congratulations on the new addition. This is so special for the others. I love the dishes.

  30. Martha...this is just the most adorable tablescape! What fun you will have when they are all old enough...I can just see the tea parties! I love the name Molly Rose...sooooo cute! Love the darling plates with all the sweet! The bows, the angels...gorgeous centerpiece! Congrats on the latest addition to your family! I can't wait until I have a grandbaby to spoil! :-)

  31. What a darling table. Your attention to detail is wonderful. I love the plates with all the phrases on them. Congrats on newest grandbaby. They are the best aren't they? Thanks so much stopping in. I hope to see you again soon. I signed up to follow your blog looking forward to more.
    hugs ~lynne~

  32. I love your milk and cookies tablescape! And your granddaughters have such sweet lovely names given to them. Oh, I can just imagine the tea parties you're planning in your head for a future day when all can sit around the table and sip from tiny cups and just enjoy loving and being with one another. I have one granddaughter, who is still a baby. I'd like three more myself!

  33. What a sweet, precious tablescape! and for a sweet and precious new grand-dear! Loved the look of your Waterfountain made from the clear glass cakeplates, very very creative!