Friday, May 8, 2015

Set Your Table With Flair--Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Wow!  That is a long title!  No, I am not getting married......did that...21 years ago, this month!  :)
Hello, friends!  Thank you for stopping in to visit today!  Mother's Day is a wink away, so today I am sharing a mock setting for tea or brunch as inspiration for this Sunday's festivities.  I hope you enjoy the post!

I began the setting in my favorite corner of the garden, with a large planter of flowers set catty-corner at the end of the table.

I love the detail of this tablecloth, with its whimsical tea kettles and plates of blue, white, and soft grey.

Uncomplicated white plates,

delicate lace-edged napkins folded to show their detail, and dainty pastry forks

were followed by teacups and saucers

of very fine bone china.  I love the feel of these in my hands.....they are so delicate; almost paper-thin!

My antique tea kettle

paired with a creamer and sugar in simple white complete the tea service.

Keeping the urn at the very end of the table,

and setting this table with a few simple flowers with no centerpiece, enhances the ability to converse with loved ones.

Brunch for me isn't complete without something savory and something sweet.  For brunch, quiche and soufflé are among my favorites!

These savory spinach and sausage quiches are so easy to make, and tasty, too!  To view the recipe, please visit the post on my blog Parsimonious Pabulum by clicking here.

My something borrowed for today's post comes from the pages of Roger Verge's Entertaining in the French Style.  For my soufflés, I modified his recipe.  Also: it is a very old publication, but I love it anyway!

To view the recipe for my Apple Blackberry Soufflés, please visit the post on my blog Parsimonious Pabulum by clicking here.  

For the perfect finisher, handmade chocolates in pretty shapes,

served in a sweet little transferware dish.

Completed tablescape.

Closeups of the setting.

A few more shots.

Wishing you a beautiful and wonderful Mother's Day!

From my collection:

Something very old:
White bone china teacups and saucers, Haviland France Ranson Collection, local antique
Teapot, Oneida Wm. Rogers & Son Collection
Lace-edged linen, local antique

Something old:
White plates, Ralph Lauren Whipstich Collection, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Sugar and creamer generic, unknown origin
Something new:
Dish used for candy, Johnson Bros. Old Britain Castles, a recent find from HomeGoods
Tablecloth, Le Telerie Toscane, Italy, TJMaxx/HomeGoods
Pastry forks, Spode Blue Italian, HomeGoods
Urn, TaiPan Trading

Something Borrowed:
Recipe adaptation 

Something blue:
Baking dishes and ramekins, Le Creuset

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  1. Oh, que mesa maravilhosa!

    Amei cada detalhe!

    Parabéns, que bom gosto,



  2. Goodness, but I would love to be a guest at your pretty table. I am so admiring your tablecloth which so perfectly sets the stage for all your blue dishes. The quiches and the soufflés look so tasty. I wish I could reach right in and sample them.

  3. Wonderful outdoor setting, and that blue tablecloth created a perfect base for your table scape. Love the blue dishes to create a pop.

  4. What a sweet little party! That blue dish tablecloth is eye Catching! I like how the homemade chocolates match it! That soufflé looks so yummy too, I'm off to look at the recipe!

  5. Beautiful! Your attention to detail (blue and white chocolates!) are impressive!

  6. What a pretty table! Love the blue and white with the silver tea pot. Your food looks fabulous too. I wouldn't mind at all taking a seat at your table. Thanks for sharing and joining me for tea.


  7. It's so pretty. I love all the combination of the blue and white with the silver and greenery.

  8. Beautiful table, love all that royal blue and white, so pretty! and that urn of white flowers is lovely.....
    Looks like some scrumptious food as well. All your pics are magazine quality, and really beautiful.
    Also loved the tablecloth, very cute..............
    So you get an A+ on everything!! lol Thanks for sharing these visual delights,
    Blessings, Nellie

  9. I love the beautiful table you have set today. Even simple white Haviland Limoges look amazing. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  10. What a beautiful brunch table! Your tablecloth has a really darling design--perfect for a brunch tea.

    1. Thank you so much, Pat....I snapped it up because it reminded me of transferware. :)

  11. Beautiful tea table in the garden! The tablecloth is one I also purchased and love the blue transferware pattern. Your Haviland Limoges is also one of the patterns I have to mix. Really love your silver teapot and your collections. This is a fabulous and dramatic setting. Hope you will take a peek at my post for I also have a tea table with old and new! Thanks for sharing!



    1. Thank you, Pam! It was a little on the pricier side, but it was so pretty, I couldn't resist so I snapped it up anyway! :)
      Off to take a look at yours....thank you so much for dropping by!

  12. Very beautiful setting i love and adore Blue and White so i just love it, thank you dor stopping to visit with me have a most wonderful rest of the week. With love Janice

  13. A lovely fresh table setting. Blue and white is always great together.
    Thanks for coming over for a visit.


  14. Beautiful use of classic blue and white. I was so happy to see the Haviland Ranson. I inherited a full set from my Great Grandma and use it a few times a year.

    1. How fortunate...I really love it! Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Be still my heart! Your Haviland France Ranson Collection is just exquisite! What a beautiful setting, it's simply elegant!


  16. Oh my this is beautiful! Love the color theme here and the fine china. The baked dishes look wonderful- my husband woukd flip for the soufflés!

  17. Now this is true elegance my friend. What a gorgeous setting to enjoy with friends. I love all the attention to detail. The blue and white tablecloth dressing the table is perfection. The food looks divine. I would love to be part of such an exquisite feast.

    Warm regards,


  18. What a gorgeous table and I love the tablecloth! Great idea to place the large urn at the end of the table so that it won't block the view. The food looks delicious and dining in the garden is always a treat! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  19. That tablecloth is divine and I love the blue and white color scheme of this table. Gorgeous!

  20. Gorgeous!!! Happy Anniversary to you.
    Thanks for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy....thank you for hosting your fab party!