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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tablescape Thursday: Pretty in Pink Bridal Luncheon Table

Yesterday I showed a picture of my lovely white peony bouquet in my dining room that formed the centerpiece for today's post; a tablescape I've called 'Pretty in Pink'. I also added some bridal touches to my table. The inspiration for this theme came in part from the peonies, which have become a very trendy bridal bouquet flower and also because it's the month of  June, which is a very popular month for weddings.

This pretty table I think would make a lovely setting for a small gathering for a bridal lunch. I'll be joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday!

Welcome to my dining room; let's step through the French doors!

                                        Elegant silver candleabra hold pink taper candles.

        I've used the dinner plates from my formal china set, mixed with some thrifted dishes as salad plates.     
                                        The placemats are "Old Country Roses" by Royal Albert.

           I've used my Mikasa Jamestown Platinum water goblets and champagne flutes for the glassware.

Of course, the occasion calls for the good silverplate flatware!

I used pink damask napkins and folded them into a favorite fold of mine, the 'bishop's hat'.

For an extra bridal touch, I wrapped white tulle around the vase of peonies and some of my vintage cabinet cards depicting wedding couples are scattered across the table.

This dove figurine was sitting on top of the piano in the hall, but I brought it in to make up part of the centerpiece, adding a pink ribbon for the occasion!

This footed bowl with pink roses makes a lovely serving piece for the table.

 This pink depression glass platter was a recent gift from my mother-in-law at Easter. She filled it with Easter grass and Easter goodies and then wrapped it in lilac cellophane.

I just love old cabinet cards........

I've heard some people wonder why the folks in old pictures never smiled and always looked 'grim'. I've heard two explanations for this; it's been posited that the taking of a picture took a lot longer and the subject had to sit really, really still. Any movement at all and the person would be blurred and smiling while sitting motionless for five minutes or however long it took to take the picture was too tiring. I've also heard that not smiling was actually the "proper" way to sit for a portrait ( a painted one or photographic one); smiling was considered 'uncouth' and a person grinning giddily in a photograph would have been considered in poor taste and probably also a little crazy.

I don't know which is true (or if neither are true) but if I had to guess, maybe it was a combination of both.

Thanks for stopping by!



Entertaining Women said...

The beautiful peonies are the perfect crowning touch for your beautiful tablescape. Lucky the bride who would sit here. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay

LadyV said...

Very pretty tablescape. Elegant, vintage, and with a touch of pink...Lovely.

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. Your Tablescapes are Beautiful !!! I love pink with white together for the Vintage look your dishes are also lovely. Your Beautiful dinning room is to die for. I hope you come over and see my Tablescapes. Hope you have a Great Week.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Very beautiful! I like the way you've used the photos. Love that lace tablecloth. And of course, the peonies!

Jo Ann said...

Very pretty and feminine. Makes me glad to be a woman just looking at its beauty! I especially love your dishes! Great job!

Kathleen said...

How beautiful! The peonies are just lovely. Love the addition of the old wedding pics!

Mary said...

Oh I love those old photos scattered around your lovely peonies as part of the centerpiece! I always feel sad & lonely for those neglected couples & families when I see them for sale. Lovely table!

Tanya@takesix said...

Katie, your table is beautiful! Love the wedding theme with the antique pictures. Your dining room wall color is the exact same red as my living room! Great taste girl!! ;0)

Pam said...

You really outdid yourself on this one. It is just gorgeous. And I love the cabinet cards scattered around. Great touch!

Princesa Nadie said...

Meeting you and visiting your blog has been a pleasure

The Tablescaper said...

I too have always wondered why they never smiled. Wonderful table.

- The Tablescaper

Debbie said...

What a lovely tablescape! LOVE the white and pinks!!

xinex said...

Your china is adorable, so dainty and the peonies are gorgeous!..Christine

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Just beautiful!!
I so love the pink and white with a touch of silver!!

I have heard before that smiling was considered not mannerly and the time it took for the pic to be taken also made people not smile! LOL!!


Marigene said...

Gorgeous table...the tablecloth is stunningly beautiful.

Jacqueline said...

What a gorgeous table. Our peonies aren't out yet with the weather having been so cold this year. Your white bouquet is fantastic. You have such gorgeous china and silver and goblets and the antique photos in the center are the perfect touch! It makes for a wonderful table, looking to the past, present and future.
Have a great weekend.
It is so nice to be able to comment on blogs again. In Italy, I couldn't open Blogger comments for some reason!

Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Katie, you always set such a beautiful table! All your pieces go together so well. Love the color scheme. Your footed bowl with the pink roses really caught my eye... it's so pretty! :-)


Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

What a feminine table! Your wedding china is the perfect anchor for the mixed plates, and your old photos are wonderful! Thanks for linking up your wedding china at my post. I loved seeing it!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Such a feminine table! Perfect peonies, wonderful old photos, and gorgeous wedding china! I'm so glad you shared it at my blog. It's fun seeing everyone's wedding china!

Sarah said...

Katie, this is beautiful. Love the peonies and the gorgeous dishes and details of this table.