Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tablescape Thursday - Summertime Blues

I suppose most of us think of Memorial Day as the beginning of Summer. Here in the Mid-Atlantic it feels more like the middle of summer. We've had record breaking temperatures. So what's the cure for "Summertime Blues"?....Tablescaping of course!

I thought I would cool things down with a soft blue and white table this week.

I think I feel a bit cooler already....how about you?

I started out with a centerpiece of blue and white hydrangeas. A little nest among the flowers.

Arranged in this white soup tureen. Love the grape design.

Two fat white birds stand watch on the backside of the tureen.

Haviland Blue Garland pattern can easily be found when thrifting and on eBay. It was a grocery store giveaway back in the day. But I love the dainty design and I think it holds it's own with my best heirloom silverware.

The tiny blue buds of these napkin rings seem to go well with the tiny flowers in the china pattern. I softened my blue damask napkins with the sheer white napkins layered over them.

A closer look at the design on the dinner plates.

Soft tissue linen placemats embriodered with flowers.

Overview of the table.

Overview of the centerpiece.

The blue stems came from the Dollar Tree a couple of years ago. I love mixing unexpected combinations of vintage and new while shopping my house and not spending a penny!

Be sure to check out all the tables this week at Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan of "Between Naps on the Porch". She always has a lovely display of tables sure to inspire you and chase away your "summertime blues".

See ya!


  1. Hi Martha, what a lovely table. So soft and welcoming and beautiful. I love how perfect it is. Those plates are beautiful...as well as the little birds and nest. Perfect for this time of year!

  2. What a beautiful table. I just inherited my MIL's china and it's very similar. You've given me inspiration to use it! And I have an addiction to soup tureens. Love it!

  3. Love your table. I too have found these plates at estate sales and purchased them for our daughter for when she gets married. Then found out her future MIL has the same set! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hi Martha, glad you used your Blue Garland this week, your table is beautiful. I agree, Blue Garland can hold its own with the most formal silver! Your centerpiece is lovely.

  5. This is soft and cool...perfect for hot summer days. You and I have so many decorative elements that we could co-op, if we only lived closer. Thank you for sharing your beautiful design. Cherry Kay

  6. Love the great soft colors Martha! What's up with these temps, is it May/June or July/Aug??? Stay cool:@)

  7. Martha, this is one of my favorite tables! I love love love the placemats. goodness, they are beautiful. The soft blues, the whites, the flowers, the bird nest, the little birds, your silver.. This is the prettiest table Martha! many blessings, marlis

  8. What a beautiful and elegant table, Martha! You can just use a pink accessorie and that'll make it for pinks. Your china is so delicate and pretty, we all usually have more of a blue tendency. Your entire tablescape is so soft and elegant, the nest, the birdies, and your silver, makes for an entire beautiful table! Thank you for coming by and leaving me such lovely and sweet comments. Lots of hugs. FABBY

  9. your table is so soothing and delicate! Love it!

  10. What a sweet and summery table setting. The blue looks so cool and welcoming..
    soooo...what time is dinner? Hmmmm??? :)

  11. I love the delicate coolness of this soft blue & white 'scape. And the center arrangement with the hydrangeas is soooo beautiful, too!
    Thank you so much for stopping by my little blog!

    Hugs/blessings/have a great week,
    Lana In Italy

  12. Hi Martha,

    Can you believe this heat? My husband and I rode up to the Blue Ridge Parkway on Monday, and Wow! It's almost always cooler up there, but not this time. I'm not really a ninety degree kind of person. Anyway, you've set a lovely table as usual. Your linens are so delicate; I'm really drawn to those. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers and your centerpiece is especially pretty in the white pot. The blue and white dishes are dressy and classy. Thanks for sharing!


  13. Gorgeous. I love those plates. And those ethereally wispy blue linens! This did make me feel cooler! A handy thing when you live in Arizona for sure!

  14. Blue and white is fresh and cooling at the same time. In central VA, we certainly need some cooling down, it will be 99 on Thursday.
    Thanks for sharing you lovely table setting.

  15. Love the "give away" plates. So delicate and versatile. And who doesn't love hydrangea"s?? Mine are in bloom right now.