Monday, August 22, 2011

Flower Garden Tablescape

It's time to set the table again. This week I've picked a flower garden setting for my tabletop.

Welcome to the garden.

A place for you.

A closer look at the centerpiece. I know that I gasped when I found this flower ring at an antique store back in June. I had been looking for one for the past couple of years in some of the local shops and had not been able to find anything and the ones I did find on ebay were not within my budget. I had about given up and there this was! Meant to go home with me.

The ring part that hold the flowers is frosted glass and the candle holders are clear. This was in perfect condition without a chip or crack anywhere. I am delighted! It's odd that some of the flowers look yellow in these pictures ....actually they're a creamy white.

In the very center I've set my ceramic pineapple from Bath and Body Works. The colonial sign of welcome.

Pink stemware.

Even the dragonfly napkin rings are a pinkish purple shade. These came from Pier 1 when I got my white chargers a couple of weeks ago. Even as I purchased them, I was setting this table in my mind.

These berry bowls were purchesed this summer from ebay especially to go with this mismatched china set. The salad bowls actually had three berry bowls to match, I purchased these 4 to mix with them for a setting of 6 (and one spare). This set is my "birthday china" since all of it was purchased during June right around my birthday.

This is the marking on the back. I have no idea how old they may be.

One Saturday morning in June Mr. Mid-Atlantic handed me some cash and set me loose in the antique store while he went to another establishment in the same shopping center. One of the treasures I found were these salad bowls and three berry bowls to match.

This the the marking on the back.

These dinner plates were another ebay purchase from a gift card I got for my birthday.

And their marking. I loved the way these all mixed together. None are the same patterns, but they seem to blend together nicely. If anyone knows anything about these patterns I would love to have some history.

These pink glass plates I've had for sometime and the chargers are the ones I purchased a few weeks ago at Pier 1. I became a little obsessed with them when I kept seeing them on tablescape posts. I resisted as long as I could!

The tablecloth is vintage with pink roses stenciled on them.

A couple of overhead photos of the table. Why is it that there always seems to be one "bow legged" candle in the batch?

As evening falls the candles are lit.....

....and the "blue hour" begins in the garden.

For more tablesettings to enchant you, be sure to stop by "Between Naps on the Porch" where Tablescape Thursday is hosted by Susan each week.

In this busy week be sure to take time to "smell the roses"....mine will be pink!

See ya!


  1. Hi Martha! Oh, another pretty table! Love your pretty pastel colors and the centerpiece - gorgeous!
    Hey, we're twinkies with our little clocks! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Martha,
    Love your tablescape! I don't recall ever seeing a flower ring before ... wonderful idea! I have been eyeing those chargers at Pier One as well! They go beautifully with all the china you have coordinated so well.
    Have a wonderful week.

  3. Martha, this is such a beautiful table! I just adore your layplates (chargers)! They are gorgeous!! xxoo

  4. Your table is beautiful Martha. I love the china!

    I should have a look for those wonderful chargers.

  5. Oh the table with the candles is gorgeous! It is such a romantic setting. I love those dishes...whoa. I have a set of Blue Garland Johann Haviland china....I adored the chargers. Just sweet...and so you.

  6. Hi Martha!
    Sweet Summer blessings to you.
    The dainty pink flowers are lovely.
    Sure do like these dishes.
    You have a charming table,

  7. This is so pretty. I love the soft colors, the china is beautiful and I love the chargers! I'm glad you finally found your flower ring, it looks so pretty with the china. Very nice.

  8. Dear Martha,

    Th tabel looks absoutaltely beautiful, just like you planned a very pretty garden.

    Loved your chargers and the centrepice.

    Greatly done.

    Karin Şen Cankan

  9. Beautiful! Love the pineapple ... the china is so pretty! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Martha -- I am glad that you got your floral ring -- it is so great. I am going to be on the search for one -- also love the pineapple it is perfect!. There is something about little berry bowls....and those chargers -- I have seen them too -- they are so fun! Joni

  11. Love, love, love it all! Love the chargers, love the pineapple, love the ring centerpiece, love the china - well, I just love your table!

  12. I lost my flower ring.. not sure what happened to mine.. but a great big congrats on your chargers!!!! They are lovely. and so perfect with your china. What great finds you have.. they are really nice pieces.. Great table.. loving it all!! xo marlis

  13. Martha, About the Target flatware, I got it a few years ago. I had seen it and it didn't register with me at first - THEN I saw is in Southern Lady magazine and just had to have it. Luckily, it was then on clearance! It just shows how you sometimes need to see an object in the proper setting to appreciate it!

  14. That is a wonderful flower ring - how versatile! You've made it look perfect with the flowers you've chosen and putting the pineapple in the middle. Your tablescape is lovely!


  15. Very pretty table! I love the soft colors. The centerpiece is wonderful, I've never seen anything like it.

  16. Saw those chargers at Pier 1 and loved them. I think I'm going to buy them for my birthday!!

  17. Beautiful summer tablescape, Martha. The china pattern is so delicate looking. I just acquired that same pineapple...found it at a little second hand store...I was thinking of using it as a vase.

  18. So pretty in pink and very romantic, Martha!...Christine

  19. Very pretty! Love the pink! The pineapple is gorgeous! Love, ~Nana~

  20. I'm so glad to smell your roses especially during the blue hour. Love your overhead shots. I enjoyed hearing about your shopping experiences. I totally understand your resisted long enough statement! Isn't it fun to find things when you don't expect them.

  21. You've created a beautiful floral symphony with your blend of china patterns. They create a wonderful melody. The green mark on the Haviland tells you that it was produced between 1890 to 1930' if I remember accurately. The red mark tells you that it was decorated at the factory. There are in excess of 35,000 Haviland patterns! Although Haviland was produced and designed in Limoges, France, it was always created and marketed for an American market. The Haviland's were New Yorkers. I know even less about the Bavarian chinas. They are usually a heavier material than the Limoges porcelains made from caolin clay. They were often less expensive reproductions of the Haviland...not to take away from them...there are so many beautiful Bavarian patterns. I love your flower ring with the candle holders. I have a double flower ring that was Nana's, but it doesn't have the candleholders. I've always been enchanted by the history of the pineapple as a symbol of Southern hospitality. Perfect crown jewel for your table. Thank you for sharing your elegant design. Cherry Kay

  22. Good morning, Miss Martha! You know I'm a pink girl all the way, so I love looking at this! What an incredible find re: that centerpiece!!! I have never seen anything like that, and it just makes good sense! You can easily switch out the blooms without having to replace the whole's great! Love the pineapple, too. We have long recognized it as a symbol of hospitality, and I love seeing it used in displays like this! Have a great weekend, Martha!

  23. Hi lovely lady.
    This is so Beautiful !!! You know I love pink your Haviland Dishes are gorgeous!!! With your ring of flowers as a centerpiece so lovely.
    This is the crown of your Tablescap.
    Thanks so much for your comments on my new tablescape. Have a great week.
    XXOO Diane

  24. This is one of the most feminine, sweet tablescapes ever! I love the delicate colors..what a lovely luncheon setting...just adorable!!

  25. I love your new dishes. They look like they were made to go together. I didn't even notice at first that they weren't matched. When I looked closer it seemed a lot more interesting than if they were perfectly matched. The pink is such a lovely compliment to the dishes, especially love the pink glasses.

  26. Beautiful tablescape! Those chargers are great and everything looks so elegant together. Hope you have a great weekend!

  27. Oh Martha, this is gorgeous! I'm starting with the lovely centerpiece, beautiful vintage tabletopper, it's so special... your Havilland china is stunning, such dainty design, I love pink little flowers and your chargers are awesome! An elegant tablescape! Have a great weekend.

  28. You have acquired some beautiful pieces and put them together in an exquisite way. I love the pink roses/flowers motif on china, as did my mother.

  29. Oh how I love Limoges and yours is beautiful.

    - The Tablescaper

  30. Martha, this is soooo beautiful. I think you should have called it the "Birthday Tablescape" since most of it was birthday gifts. I hope you have a fabulous birthday but I just heard that you did.
    Everything is perfection. You were so lucky to have found that flower ring. It just exquisite.
    Thanks for your visit. Hugs, Ginger

  31. Very Pretty Table. I adore those berry bowls.Susan