It’s a beautiful, sunny, sort-of warm day here in Dallas! OK, not really warm but not freezing either. And for once, my daughter doesn’t have a single thing to do after school – not choir, not cheerleading, no meetings – nothing! I thought we might celebrate with a little after-school tea and treat ourselves to a favorite sweet goodie. Since it's Tablescape Thursday, and sunny, I had the perfect excuse to set a pretty table for us to enjoy our snack.
All week I have wanted to share these gorgeous pink roses with you, my Valentine flowers. And I’ve been inspired by the cover of this book for so long. It’s a wonderful tablescaping book, given to me years ago by my friend Katy. This beautiful photograph was the inspiration for our table today.
The table started with this pretty matelasse throw, used as a tablecloth. The rich texture is so elegant! My classic Blue Willow plates, which we normally use everyday, were topped with crystal-ey glass cereal bowls. These plates can be found everywhere – I think I bought most of mine at Kroger when they had a special! The glass bowls are from Dollar Tree. They’re practical, and pretty.
Sweet rose napkins were found at an estate sale a few years back.
Our thrift-store silverplate adds a lovely sparkle to our table. I wish I knew what pattern this is, but I’ve searched and searched and it seems impossible to identify.
We’ll have tea, and some freshly made juice, a favorite treat of Abby’s for after-school. These pretty blue glasses are another DT treasure. They’re just like the green ones from Thanksgiving. I hope they eventually come in every color!
Today I was wishing that I had ordered some of the lacy cupcake wrappers I keep seeing around blogland. I had to make do by cutting a lace doily apart, pleating and taping it to make it fit a little better. They still look nice, don’t you think? (Later in the day I found some really cute cupcake wrappers on Etsy.) These muffins are lemon-poppyseed, just scrumptious.
My sister gave me this teapot for Christmas the same year that Kroger carried Blue Willow. I’ve set it in a silverplated dish to protect the matelasse. These are the Pier 1 birdie salt and peppers shakers, so adorable.
I can’t get over these roses. They’re still perfect, days later. I love the simplicity of flowers in this elegant glass pitcher.
Here are a few more photos from Tabletops, by Barbara Milo Orbach (found here), for you to enjoy!
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