Today marks a special occasion today for me.
I actually won a wonderful Giveaway drawing in celebration of the 200th Tablescape by The Quintessential Magpie!! I am one of those people who never win anything, so this was such a wonderful surprise. Thank you Sheila!
I always find her posts to be fun and entertaining in addition to being beautiful - her personality just seems to jump off the screen.
I can't wait to share my prize with you!
And well, like the rest of the country I am also up to my ears in snow. I actually heard that there is snow on a mountain in Hawaii! Is there any better time to hunker down and do a tried and true, traditional tablescape? Is there any pattern more recognizable than Blue Willow?
I consider this post my blogging rite of passage.
I have seen so many amazing posts featuring this china, so the task of putting together something that was at once original, reverent to the history, but also current and functional was somewhat daunting. However, I felt the need to include this setting in my catalog of tablescape posts.
I hope you like it!
The Blue Willow Luncheon
My collection of Blue Willow began over two decades ago
while I was living in Connecticut
The collection was readily available and was well suited
as a companion to my Colonial decor.
How else would you decorate an old
center hall colonial home
Like any other avid collector,
I bought as much as I could find
One of the serving pieces in the collection
The butter dish -
so much detail on this one little piece
When I purchased this set of 12 settings complete
I never paired it with anything but
Blue Willow - as you can see here -
I got a little carried away!
Under the Blue Willow cereal bowl
which I used here instead of the soup bowls,
and the bread plate
is a white Mikasa stoneware called
I thought the pairing was an appropriate one with the
English Staffordshire Blue Willow
The Dinner plate is shown here sitting
atop my favorite Home Essentials
Madison Collection Charger
The entire stack rests upon
this really huge charger
I just found this year in
Edge view of the entire stack
I have to mention the little Pagoda Centerpiece
I just knew when I saw it, that it would be
the perfect accent to this tablescape
What do you think?
The crystal pineapple was a gift from my first born
and its' symbolism in colonial times meant
I recall that this was a very
inexpensive find that I just had to have.
Maybe next time I'll include some flowers in the little windows.
I included my Oneida silver plate for a
touch of formality
and a simply folded
napkin sans ring
Here is a better pic of the wine and water glasses
purchased when I fell in love with
the Blue Willow so long ago
As always I try to include the buffet
in my settings
All ready for coffee and dessert!
The soup tureen featured here is obviously not
part of the Blue Willow Collection
however, it was blue and white and
has a plug in cord that keeps the
soup piping hot!
The little candle was from Bombay Co.
which we all miss dearly!
One last view
Okay, maybe one more -
I loved doing this table!
Thanks for visiting The Junction this week!
I am linking to
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays
Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch
Please stop by to see other beautiful tablescapes and creative ideas
by clicking on the links to the right
Have a wonderful day!