It's time to set the table for our first tablescape of 2011! I love to participate in this party week after week...but mostly, I love the inspirations I get from visiting so many beautiful tables set by such talented tablescapers. This has been a busy week...trying to get the Christmas decor packed away (I'm about 2/3 done)...getting back to work after two weeks off and taking on more responsibilities at our Church. So I'm afraid that I haven't been able to visit or respond as much this past week --- hopefully, I'll find the right balance with all this. All this whirlwind has made me seek calm and peace in my surroundings ...so this week I've set a table of Winter White.
Welcome to my first table of 2011. White seems a nice change after all the bright and busy colors of Christmas.
I've set a place for you.
The centerpiece is mostly white flowers surrounding one of my favorite little cherubs I found at Goodwill sometime ago.
To remind me of the blessing of each season of the year...I've placed a Margaret Furlong angel on each plate. This angel holds the holly of winter. I've always loved holly and especially enjoy using it in my Christmas and winter decorating.
Dogwood blossoms bring to mind the blessings of Spring and Easter.
Shells hold the blessings of Summer.
A simple wreath reminds me of the blessings of a welcoming door --- open to a warm hearth and home for Autumn.
I loved the look of the white angels upon our simple white everyday plates.
A layering of plates on white Irish linen placemats (antique store) and my mis-matched silverplate (eBay).
I love this little guy...if you look closely, he has a little skinned nose -- what could possibly be more dear than a cherub with a boo-boo on his little nose? Don't you just want to kiss it?
I found these little hand monogrammed napkins at an antique store -- I have no idea what letter this is. E maybe?
They look pretty in my etched water goblets.
Wishing you many blessings in the new year....
....that carry through all the seasons of the year.
Filled with joy, love and someone to kiss away all your little boo-boos.
One of my new year traditions is to plant bulbs every new year's day --- for mid-Winter blooms .....paperwhites of course! I'll try to take a picture of their progress each week.
Be sure to visit Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" every Thursday for lots of tabletop inspirations.
Since I did use fresh cut flowers in my centerpiece...I'm also going to join Fresh Cut Friday over at Rose Vignettes -- who doesn't love fresh flowers ....always a special treat, but especially in the Winter!