Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

This coming Sunday, May 8th, is the day set aside to honor and celebrate mothers.  We in this household owe so much to our mothers, that just one day doesn't seem sufficient.  Because of the many conflicting schedules in our families, we will not get to spend time with our moms this weekend, and my husband and I will be gone on Sunday.  But we plan to treat our moms to a proper celebration later this month.  However, I was in the mood to set a pretty table, so this tablescape is for my mother and mother-in-law and all the mothers who might happen to visit my blog.  I'm joining all the nice people at Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday, and thanks again to Susan, for hosting this every week.

Our David Austin roses are blooming this week so I am using some of those for my centerpiece.

They are so pretty and SO fragrant; I wish we had a fragrance button on our computers so that everyone could click it and smell these wonderful roses.

Unfortunately their bloom period is brief, so I knew I only had a small window of time to use them for a tablescape.  I will do another post soon about these roses, but for now, let's celebrate our moms.:-)

This table is just very simple and old fashioned.  Once again, I used white dinner plates and the white "Butterfly Meadow" salad plates.

I promise I do have other dishes, but I am just now discovering how versatile white dishes really are.  I had originally planned to do a table with my blue and white dishes, but I went with solid white because I wanted the pink roses to be the star.  The small fruit bowls are from my Royal Doulton "Juliet", but they have such a small amount of pattern, that I felt they wouldn't be distracting.   I used an iced tea and a water goblet at each place, and pale pink taper candles.

I really love this little book, "Prayers for a Mother's Day". It's a collection of prayers by Ruth Bell Graham and other mothers.

The illustrations are by Helen Allingham and they're so charming!  Helen Allingham was born in Derbyshire, England in 1848, and is famous for her watercolors of the English countryside, and the picturesque farmhouses and cottages of Surrey and Sussex.

I didn't use any serving pieces -- just the pink Depression Glass plate and a silver water pitcher (the camera and tripod are reflected in the water pitcher).

 I found the little salt and pepper shaker and silver tray at a local antique mall a few months ago.  I just love their shape!

The salt and pepper said "Irice", NY, on the bottom.  I found a pair identical to mine for sale online because I was curious about the makers.  I was not familiar with Irice.  According to the website called Cherished Collectibles, Irice stands for Irving W. Rice and Co., Inc., and they were founded in 1905.  "The company was launched in New York City as a seller of head vases, perfume bottles, salt and pepper shakers, crystal accessories and crystal table gifts".  I don't know the maker of the little tray, but it was displayed with the salt and pepper shakers, so I bought it.  I thought it made a pretty set.

So that's my table, folks.  I like the simple color combinations of white, ivory, pink and silver. An old-fashioned table with old-fashioned roses like we might have found at our grandmother's house when we were children.

Happy Mother's Day to both of my mothers, and I hope you all enjoy the pictures!

This week I'm also linking to Seasonal Sundays hosted by the Tablescaper.


The bird's eye view...

And the rest of the pics.

On the Table
Dinner Plates -- Lenox "Classic White"
Salad Plates -- Lenox "Butterfly Meadow Cloud"
Fruit Bowls -- Royal Doulton "Juliet"
Crystal Stemware -- Gorham "French Cathedral"
Sterling Flatware -- State House "Inaugural"
Silver Plate Salad Forks -- Old Company
Silver Plate Water Pitcher -- Wedding Gift
White Napkins w/ Crochet Lace -- Horchow online this year
Linen Table Runner -- Ireland
Crystal Candlesticks -- From my husband's grandmother
"Prayers For a Mother's Day", by Ruth Bell Graham -- Gift from my sister


  1. Denise...
    Thank you for stopping by and putting me on your list!!

    I LOVE this table. With the inspiration of those incredible roses, you have done them proud. Everything is just gorgeous! Your dishes are beautiful and subtle and your stemware is really gorgeous. But all of the little extras make this table really special. Love your s/p shakers and the tray is perfect. I have been looking for a water pitcher like yours on ebay. It is beautiful! Your table runner is beautiful too. The whole table is just stunning! And the china cabinet is a tease sitting there all full of goodies! Hope to see more of what is in there. I'm following! (BTW...I was looking at your profile favorites-I just read "Winter Solstice" and loved it. I just wanted to be there!)

    Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day.

  2. BTW...I did get up VERY early to watch the Royal Wedding. I LOVED every minute of it (except maybe Andrew's daughters' outfits-especially those hats!!!!). The Prince and Princess are so charming and she looked beautiful. They both looked so very happy. My Brit is not a fan of the monarchy, but he watched with me anyway!

  3. Hi lovely lady. Thank so much for stpping by with your lovely comments. I see you did a Beautiful Tablescape for Mother Day sweet lady.
    I hope you have a Great Day.

  4. Your roses are wonderful. I love the colors and the fullness of their blooms. Your table is so very pretty. Loving the beautiful china. White is classic and works so very well. Happy Mother's day and safe travels.

  5. Beautiful table-I love the whites! They are always classic and go with everything! Happy Mother's Day and thanks for sharing!

  6. Lovely table...the roses are gorgeous!

  7. How pleasing this all is! I love white tables, and your roses really are the star! Lovely goblets too!

  8. Thank you for visiting May Days and being a new follower! I love the Scottish Terrorist story. Larry and I had a great laugh over that one! I may use that on my Yorkies. Too funny! I love your Mother's Day table and the roses are wonderful.

  9. The roses are just gorgeous, and the table is lovely too! Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower!

  10. Oh, your table and dining room is gorgeous! Love the rose centerpiece sweetie and your salt and peppers are so pretty too, mine have a little tray too, but because of the not much space I separated them. Thank you for coming and for the lovely and sweet comments. I got such a kick out of your Scotch Terrorist cracked me up!
    Have a wonderful Mother's Day in such great table!

  11. Beautiful roses and a beautiful table setting! I love the little salt and pepper shakers you found; good decision buying the tray, too. They look great together.

    I saw your comment at May Days about your pup. We have a pair of what we fondly call Scottish Terrors. They do keep us on our toes!

  12. Lovely tablescape for Mothers Day! Your roses are gorgeous. Happy Seasonal Sunday!

  13. Very pretty table! Happy Mother's Day!

  14. What a pretty table you've set -- LOVE your beautiful pink roses -- my favorite!

  15. Such a lovely table. Your roses are amazing. Hope that you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Thank you for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  16. Thanks for visiting my site and leaving a comment. Isn't this blogging grand fun?! Your roses and tablescape are lovely. I can just imagine how magnificent your garden must be with those roses in bloom. Also love the salt and pepper shakers and what you found out about this after a little research. That is my favorite part of antiquing/thrifting - buy what appeals to you and then find out later if it is a good or GREAT buy. Thanks for posting. ~CJ

  17. Hello Denise,
    thank you for your visit and the nice comment and becoming a follower. I am a new follower to you, too. Your created a wonderful tablescape with those pretty David Austin roses. Very elegant and charming. I am sure your Mom's would love to dine with you on such a beautiful table. Thank you so much for sharing this.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  18. This is my first chance to enjoy tablescapes after a whirlwind weekend that started on Thursday.

    I love your pink and white table,and it was worth the wait. I agree completely about white dishes being so versatile and pretty that you just want to use them over and over.

    Those Royal Doulton bowls are really lovely to me. I would want to use them over and over as well. I love a subtle pattern like that and wish I had more like it.

    Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.

    I think this was a perfectly beautiful table!

  19. An elegant and welcoming tablescape...the David Austin roses are a lovely crown of jewels for your table. I know that your mom's are honored by your loving thoughts of them. Cherry Kay



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