Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tablescape Thursday - The romance of roses

Tablescape Thursday is here again! It's one of my favorite blogging days -- I love being invited into homes all across blogland to see such beautifully set tables.

Here we are approaching this table of romance. I had these tablecloths and centerpiece on the table from last Saturday's Bridal shower and decided to just build this week's tablescape around them. Wouldn't this be a pretty anniversary table or bridemaid's luncheon? Sorry, I must have weddings on the brain after the shower.

Come join the table, there's a place set just for you!

Let's peek into the centerpiece. We have a couple of love birds, a magnolia bloom, some ivy and a white candle -- can you feel the ambiance of romance?

A look at the total centerpiece topped with a soft tulle bow.

The tall footed glasses are really nothing elegant or special, but they're the kind of glass that just feels good in your hand -- do you notice that too? The champagne glasses were given to us for a wedding gift. I've never used them for champagne (I guess because my husband doesn't like champagne) - but today we'll use them to toast love - young love, old enduring love, first love, puppy love, second time around love -- it's all good.

A peek at the layering of dishes and cloths on our table. The silverware was a gift from my mother-in-law years ago. It came from her aunt's estate and I love the feel and look of this pattern.

I found these pretty little berry bowls early this year on a thrifting excursion, which led to....

...finding these bowls that same weekend.

The funny thing is - three of the bowls have a Homer Laughlin mark on the back with the "F54N8"

and one has the marking of Nautilus F54N8 -- I'm sure one of you can solve this mystery for me. Is it the same company?

And all of this sent me to eBay to purchase matching dinner plates and a platter. The glass gold rimmed chargers were an eBay purchase several years ago - I thought they complimented the champagne glasses.

This is the marking on the back of the plates.

This is the marking on the back of the berry bowls. I thought these patterns were both so charming. They all show a bit of wear (so do I). But, to me that only adds to the charm, imagining that they have been lovingly set on the table of a young bride many years ago.

I found the linen and lace napkins at an antique store last Summer and the napkin rings were purchased from "Style Sisters" -- another tablescaping blogger -- Love these rings and I think they add such a wonderful soft pink to the table.

An overview of our rose dish table.

An overview of the centerpiece.

One last look -- I hope you enjoyed your visit this week. This is when I would normally light candles and show an evening look -- but I don't believe that I could squeeze one more item on this table today. To see lots of table inspiration, be sure to visit our wonderful weekly hostess Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" -- you'll find some beautifully set tables, some whimsical tables and a place at each one set just for you!

See ya!


  1. Hi Martha, thanks for the visit this morning. Wanted to pop over and see what is going on in your neck of the woods. :) Love your tablesetting. I have weddings on the brain too, as my son is getting married in 9 days. YIKES! This would have been a lovely table for a the bride to be luncheon. I should have called you. :)
    Hope you have a blessed day!

  2. Your table is gorgeous and so romantic. Love the centerpiece with the birds, flowers and the candles. Your dishes are all just beautiful. Love the pattern. Strange that there's two different marking on the same dishes. Interesting. Beautiful linens too. Lovely table. Hugs, Marty

  3. Lovely table setting! thanks so much for being an inspiration and sharing! have a blessed day!

  4. Your table setting is lovely and I especially love the centerpiece. Thanks for your visit and kind comment. You are the first blogger I have found that lives in my neck of the woods. I live in Moseley, south of Richmond.

  5. Hi Martha!

    Oh, your table looks just beautiful. So soft and romantic. Love all those linens and all the rose dishes do compliment each other perfectly!The centerpiece is so pretty.

  6. Beautiful, romantic table! LOVE those plates!! Love that flatware pattern too!

  7. Lovely Table, Martha!
    So pretty and would be a nice addition to any home wanting a little romance!
    God bless,

  8. Very pretty. I love linen--something so elegant and homey about it. The centerpience is so nice with the white birds. It is fun to have old plates and I know what you mean about the feel of a certain glass!

  9. What a beautiful, romantic tablescape! It really inspires me to throw a garden party!

  10. The table is just beautiful. I have often looked at that pattern but try to restraing myself. Great find as I rarely see them at any thrift store. Thanks for sharing your table with us. It's all so beautiful.

  11. Hi Martha...
    I had those Homer Laughlin dishes years ago...
    and sold them!...was I nuts?
    Your centerpiece is very Romantic and I love the linens.
    Roses = yummy.
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  12. That does look so romantic! Very the gold rim charger, Martha!

  13. Hi Martha, Your table looks so pretty. I can just imagine sitting down for a luncheon with "girlfriends". Everything looks so sweet and very romantic. Your table linens look so nice and I love all the pretty rose dishes. I had a centerpiece like that a few years back and I gave it away. Yikes, what was I thinking? I might have to give my sister a jingle and see if she still has it. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog. Have a wonderful evening...

  14. Very pretty green and white table. Love the soup bowls. Hope you solve the mystery of why 3 are marked HL and 1 Nautilus. I don't mind that some of my dishes show least someone liked them enough to not store them away!
    Have a great rest of the week!

  15. Love those pieces. All of them. They coordinate perfectly. What a lovely setting.

  16. I can surely feel the romance in the air, Martha. Beautiful tablescape, lovely centerpiece with pretty plates....Christine

  17. This is beautiful. I love your dishes. I really like your champagne glasses. Just beautiful.

  18. Beautiful table! I really like the flatware and your centerpiece is wonderful!

  19. This is, indeed, a very pretty and romantic table. I love your china, linens and the conservatory centerpiece. It all came together wonderfully.

  20. I really like the centerpiece, very nice table, looks like a wonderful get away....

  21. The bowls, napkins and centerpiece are fabulous! Beautiful table!

  22. that is a beautiful table, I love looking at beautiful tables. I loved your dinner plates with the gold rim, very pretty. I hope your having a wonderful week.

  23. Wow the table looks so beautiful! I love those dishes and I am dying over the glass gold rimmed chargers how fun are those! I have some dishes with Homer Laughlin on the back too.. I will have to do a tablescape with them sometime soon. That is weird that only some of them have the name and some don't. I love your centerpiece idea! Your linens are so pretty and delicate. I love that. Of course I love your Napkin Rings! :) This is so fun to see how others are using them. That makes my day! Thank you for sharing this beautiful tablescape.
    Karin :)

  24. Ok, I know you get tired of hearing me say this...but I think this is my favorite table. I love it! It is such a sweet setting...would be great for a women's conference...or banquet. LOVE IT! I so look forward to your pictures and tables...they make me happy.

  25. So lovely! The tulle bow on the centerpiece is the perfect finishing touch for a bridal or ladies' party. I love all the rose patterns you've collected, and I think I "need" some of those gold rimmed glass chargers! The napkins rings really are perfect for this tablescape.

  26. Martha, your table looks so great, so delicate and festive. It is gorgeous that you found this plates with different but matching roses. Relly nice.
    Greetings, Johanna

  27. Martha, this is beautiful! I love that centerpiece AND all of the china patterns. It is such a romantic table-soft and elegant. laurie

  28. Martha, your table is so pretty, I love the dishes with the roses on them!! It is so springy and lovely.

  29. This is so romantic and lovely! Are those chargers clear with gold rims? Just beautiful!


  30. Martha-I am glad you have "wedding on the brain"! This is lovely! Your centerpiece is beautiful and I LOVE those chargers! I never think to look on ebay--I may have to start!

  31. Beautiful table setting! The dishes are wonderful and I too love anything to do with weddings and decorating for them; I think it's the romance that I love.
    Thanks for stopping by our chocolate world and please come back soon.

  32. Martha, I love your bridal shower table - please pop over and see my baby shower posts!!

  33. This is a beautiful table, Martha! So elegant and romantic! I love that silverware...what a lovely pattern...and those little rose pretty!
    Have a beautiful weekend!
    ;-D Kathleen

  34. Hi Martha! Beautiful tablescape! Gorgeous dishes! But I love the centerpiece! Happy weekend...hugs...Debbie

  35. So beautiful - so romantic. I would love to be a guest!

  36. Beautiful and so romantic. Love the centerpiece. Your silver is beautiful and special since it came from family.
    Your champagne glasses are just like mine only mine have a silver rim. Wedding gifts too. I can't solve your bowl mystery. Don't know much about dishes, just love them.
    I think I have to have some of those napkin rings from Style Sisters. Just came from there.

  37. Your linens sure caught my eye! Love the chargers and your crystal too.
    Very pretty.

  38. Beautiful Martha~~love the white lines~~really makes your china pop!!

    Have a wonderful weekend:)))

    Happy Thursday Tablescape..a little late:)

    kay ellen

  39. Lovely table! Both of the dishes are made by Homer Laughlin Co. If I recall correctly, the "54" in the number indicates that they were made in 1954. And Nautilus is the name of a shape that HLC put out. This info is just off the top of my head (I collect HLC dishes), since I'm off to church and don't have time at the moment to dig out my reference books...Pat

  40. When I looked at the pictures, I thought the tablescape had a bridal feel to it, even before I read that it was for a bridal shower. You did a wonderful job. I'm sure the bride appreciated all the work you put in to the shower. It was a perfect day.

  41. Martha,
    I love this tablescape! Love the linens, the china, and the lovely centerpiece!

  42. Such a pretty tablescape! I love the china.

  43. Beautiful tablescape! I love the rose on the dish - I think I have one of my grandmother's plates that matches that pink rose...I love your new sandals too. :) Ava
    Also, thanks for your kind comments on my blog as well!

  44. It's beautiful, and very romantic indeed :)

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