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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tablescape Thursday: Blue Transferware Table #2

It's that time once again......time for Tablescape Thursday, graciously hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch!

Last week I put together a table using my new Spode blue transferware dishes (HERE). This week I've used the same dishes but made it slightly different. I love how versatile these dishes are!

I've done a layering effect with the table linens and I've used the white stoneware pitcher with a faux flower arrangement of blue hydrangea and yellow roses as a centerpiece that was featured yesterday in my Tabletop Tuesday post (HERE).
I first put down this white tablecloth that I recently bought for $5.00. It had obviously been laundered but I saw no stains or discolorations on it at all.  Over the top I placed, diagonally, my vintage thread crochet tablecloth.
I used oval lace place mats to continue the theme.
I also recently bought this vintage table runner with blue daisies on it for $3.50.
It was a rainy, cloudy day when I took these pictures....not the best lighting. A Spode blue transferware dinner plate and blue flowered bowl make up the place setting for the cover.
I'm still searching out the "perfect" blue and white napkins to go with my blue transferware. Until then, my vintage linen napkins work beautifully. This fold is called the "Elegante". It's a lovely fold that is ideal for a napkin with a monogram or cutwork embroidery, like mine. When the Princess Royal of the Netherlands died on 1660, she bequeathed all her household linens to her son, the Prince of Orange. One set alone consisted of three tablecloths and 76 napkins.
Fanciful folded napkins have long been associated with France. Louis XIV, in particular, was enamored of their look and on festive occasions, his tables were always set with napkins folded in three-dimensional shapes. The task of folding fell to the pastry cook, who so impressed the King, he was honored with the title Officer of the Household and given a special uniform to wear. The cook created such elaborate sculptural shapes that it was considered a breach of etiquette for a guest to unfold one of his creations.
I found these lovely blue flowered bowls at the antique mall I visited recently in Columbus, WI. They were $1 each.(click HERE to read about this visit.)

The centerpiece. I have three blue hydrangea bushes but it's too early in Wisconsin for blooms so I've created a faux hydrangea arrangement.

I've really come to love these reproduction depression glass footed beverage/iced tea glasses. They were purchased on eBay.
This sweet little mini teacup is actually an ornament. I love the colors.
I kept the table simple and just let the lacy textures and colors speak for themselves.
I made a small pedestal for pastries using an upside down footed dessert bowl and one of my antique ironstone blue transferware plates.
This pattern is called "Columbia". It was made by W. Adams and Sons, in Tunstall, England. The mark on the back dates these plates to c.1850-1864.
The Spode transferware is not nearly that old, of course! These are Spode Blue Room Collection plates. I have several different patterns. This one is a reproduction of an 1822 pattern called "Girl at Well".

I envisioned this tablescape for a breakfast setting, so it seemed appropriate to include this vintage glass muffineer. It has a tiny honeybee on the top. I love a little powdered sugar on muffins, scones or French toast!
Another view of my dessert-bowl-ironstone-plate turned "pastry dish". Complete with silver pastry tongs!
The elegance of the lacy whites and breakfast in the dining room called for my formal flatware to be used.
Top view.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed your visit!


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your dishes are beautiful, your linens exquisite and our sterling silver is just stunning. Such a beautiful table and such wonderfully put together. Hugs, Marty

Mimi said...

Beautiful blue and white table with the lovely linens, Katie. The stemware is a gorgeous shade of blue. Your silver is stunning, so ornate.

Nancy said...

Love the iced tea glasses and your flatware! Pretty blue transferware!

Bella said...

Hi Katie, Your tablescaping is lovely as always! I love your lacey layering.. so pretty! I am crazy for your muffineer with the tiny bee on top, way too cute! Bella

ellen b. said...

Hello Katie! I really like your transferware and the layering you did with the dishes and napkin. Those goblets are fabulous! Could of used them on my table :0)
Happy T.T. to you!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Katie, you have such pretty blue dishes, and I love your linens and your silver, too. And I thought the centerpiece was real! Loved the colors in it!

Happy Tablescape Thursday...


Sheila :-)

Johanna said...

Katie, although you wanted to keep it simple, the table looks quite elegant. The stemware acomplishes perfectly the special light and airy blue color of the dishes. That looks with the white tablecloth, this gorgeous napkins and thehydrangeas very airy and so nice. I love that.
Greetings, Johanna

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This is a nice setting, I really like your runner!

Tricia said...

Your napkins are just exquisite! I enjoyed reading about the etiquette of napkin folding. And a blue and white table always makes me sigh with delight!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Your blues are so pretty! You always set a lovely table. What an elegant breakfast -- royal even. Thanks for your sweet visit too.

Miss Merry said...

Your blue and yellow table is perfect for breakfast! Your transferware is just lovely.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...


Once again you have created a magnificent tablescape!!

Just stunning!!


Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Loving your tableclothes.

The mismatches cups/saucers and stemwares are fabulous.

Ahh...everything is to die for.

Happy day!