Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tablescape Thursday...Holy Moly Tablscape

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch is hosting her 49th Tablscape Thursday. Can you believe it?!! She has been inviting us to enjoy her tables and share ours for almost a year of Thursdays. You can click on the TT button for the express trip to join her! My tablescape for today almost didn't happen. I am not by nature a "keeper". My motto is if you don't use it,"get rid of it". So before I started blogging and tablescaping I almost decided to load this up and give it to charity. But indecision lead me to keep it just a little while longer. Thank goodness! Holy Moly! I almost gave this away! This almost ended up in Goodwill!
When I was a young bride to be, my friends and I all picked out three patterns: good china, everyday, and an "in between". The "in between" was company china--not for meatloaf on a Tuesday or turkey on Christmas Day--just in between. This is my pattern, Perouges by Longchamp. Many of my friends had the same pattern and we all just called it Yellow Bird. I received eight place settings and several lovely serving pieces. Later, when one of my dear friends went through a bitter divorce, she gave me all of her Perouges. (Thank you Mr. Cheater Cheater Pumpkin Eater!). I now have place settings for 13 with LOTS of serving pieces!


I always start with flowers. The hydrangeas are silk; the yellow roses are from the sale bin at Kroger--as always. The urn is leftover from the wedding reception.


The "in between" is just right for having dinner guests. We'll start out with a nice cold soup since I have the bowls. The salad will go on its own plate. I love that this will go in the dishwasher.


I combined Dollar Tree glasses with Waterford crystal. The Lismore wine hocs will add that "company" touch. The Target birds, well-rested from their honeymoon, were anxious to get back to work!

Crystal candle pillars and votive holders will provide soft lighting.


The flatware is "First Love" by International, a silverplate pattern I found still in the silver chest while cleaning out my father and mother's house. It's perfect for in between--not stainless; not sterling.



After dinner I'll be serving fruit and coffee from the small sideboard in the breakfast room. I have the teapot if you prefer tea instead.


On a whim, I decided to check out Replacements.com for this china pattern. Holy Moly! The dinner plates are now selling for $119.95! I didn't even add up all the serving pieces. I believe the company that made it no longer exists. The back of the plate does say "Hand painted in France". At these prices do you think they were painted by Renoir or Monet?!! Don't bother checking the Goodwill Thrift Store anytime soon for this china--I'm hanging on to this! Don't forget to click over for more tablescapes with Susan!

40 comments:

  1. That is so pretty!! Wow! to the 119.95!!!

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  2. I am so glad you hung on to that "in-between" china! It is so pretty! I can't believe the Replacements price - Holy Moly indeed!!!!
    It makes a lovely table. :D Jewel

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  3. Oh girl and if that would have ended up at Goodwill I would have been right there to buy it!
    What a fun pattern and great table setting...

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  4. beautiful china, and great arranging

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  5. That’s a wonderful idea to have 3 different sets of dishes! I never thought about that but I’ve had dinner parties and wished we had something different to eat off. The table looks lovely and I love your “yellow bird” pattern.

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  6. That's funny, you won't be shipping it off to the Goodwill now! I adore your centerpiece, yellow roses are so beautiful!

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  7. Mother had her special meal sets of dishes, also. About the only thing we had extra special. Love your presentation, the dishes are darling, I LOVE THE FLORAL arrangement ... and, what time is dinner, or is it supper? Chuckle! TTFN ~Marydon

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  8. I love your yellow bird plates... I bet you love them a little more now that you know what they are worth:)

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  9. G'eve, Susan ~ I note at the bottom of posts that are sent to me by my friends that don't blog, Judy shared this one with me. I am sure it is an email post by someone but so well worth sharing with everyone. I love my 'food' for thought posts, quips & hope they are enjoyed by everyone else. Thank you for popping over.

    You know we love perogies big time, too .. slathered in sour cream.

    TTFN ~Marydon

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  10. I like your "yellow bird" china and that you named it that! Glad you kept it! When I got rid of some of my first china sets, I kept at least one piece of it, for old times sake!

    Katherine

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  11. How pretty! I love your little bird plates!

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  12. I love how you mix your elements...handpainted china, crystal, gorgeous flatware, and Dollar Tree. It works! and it's beautiful. Love it!

    Jane (Artfully Graced)

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  13. What a pretty table setting. I know you are glad you kept the"yellow bird" china. Love what you can find at Dollar Tree.
    Glenda

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  14. Your In Between tablescape is so charing! It is wonderful how you blended so many different elements seamlessly. Your darling bird china is so whimsical. Good thing you know to listen to your intuition!

    Tina

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  15. Susan,Thank you for stopping by my table,I am a big bird lover!! Your table is wonderful.And in you post "cheater cheater pumkin eater I LOL, That sounds like something I would say. Have a great day. See ya next week.

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  16. Beautiful tablesetting. I love that china. Very pretty

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  17. Great Balls of Fire...your dishes are priceless! If ever you DO take them to Goodwill, will you kindly LET ME KNOW?!!
    Beautiful table!

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  18. Interesting, but I almost gave a set away also that I would have kicked myself in later years for doing so. For 13 years it did not fit my decor but now that I've got the Shabby Chic thing going on it looks wonderful. If I could only find it in the boxes in the garage I could get it cleaned up and put it to good use. Thanks for the reminder~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  19. I love stories like that! I'm glad you hung on to your in-between dishes. :) Everything looks beautiful ~ good job!!

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  20. Hi Susan! Just skipping from blog to blog, as I get a little hand sewing done! I have a special place in my heart for birds. I love to watch them and feed them, so I must say, I LOVE your "Yellow Bird" china!.. and your Thursday tablescape is just BEAUTIFUL!! ~tina

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  21. I like the way you mix nice pieces with inexpensive ones--it doesn't have to cost a lot to look pretty!

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  22. I just love this! The blue and yellow are so pretty together. Love the placemats and napkins together with the dishes, and your centerpiece is fabulous!

    Jane

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  23. OMG, Susan! How could oyu even think of giving this set away? It's gorgeous. I love plates with birds on them and you even have the servers. I especially like the coffee pot. I am glad you decided to keep the set...Christine

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  24. Well I am glad you didn't give that beautiful china away! Geesh Susan. I never had in betweens, but it is a good idea. I had some Ironstone with a fruit pattern, and Royal Albert Val D'or. I gave the good stuff away. I thought it was pretty tacky with the gold trim, but I see that it is still around. Today I would make it work. I was dumb. Your table is gorgeous, I do love that silver-plate. How are Jessie and Charlie?
    XOSue

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  25. Hi Susan,
    Great table setting today! I like the way you combined silk flowers with marked down fresh ones from the supermarket (I always like to check the reduced ones first ... often amazing how long they can last if you choose carefully).

    I have a set of "First Love" flatware too. I really like the pattern ... I guess a lot of people did (did you know it was 1847 Rogers Brothers' number one selling pattern of all time?). Do you put yours in the dishwasher?

    I love that you combined Dollar Tree glasses with Waterford! Mixing's more fun than matching, isn't it?

    bye for now,
    Bill

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  26. You'd better hang onto them then! Very pretty plates. Somehow I got married without the church, and thus the picking out of the china, etc. You girls got a head start on the china thing!
    Brenda

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  27. Susan, I have this same china!! I don't have that pretty tea pot though. All I have is dinner plats and some cups and saucers, and some salad plates. I had been married for years when I selected this pattern to be given to me on b'days and Christmas, because I fell in LUV with it the first time I saw it! Oh, I wish you had taken yours to Goodwill. Maybe I could find it there and buy it! I can't believe how much they are through Replacements!! Can't wait to meet you. laurie

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  28. Everything is great...but ooh girlie those flowers are awesome!

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  29. I am so glad you kept this lovely dinnerware. It maybe in-between but it sets a beautiful table. I truly enjoyed this post of how you kept the china and how much it is worth. I would love some tea and I missed seeing the teapot in your photos.

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  30. I was truly lusting after that dinnerware pattern. Until you got to the part about how much it goes for these days. Now I have to turn my cheap-o self back to thoughts of discontinued Corningware at Wal-Mart. LOL I love the looks of your stuff, though. So pretty!!

    Thanks for visiting my blog. It's a pleasure to "meet" you. :)

    Kari

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  31. Oh yes that dinnerware is to die for! Very collectible! Your table is so elegant! Good job!

    ~Liz

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  32. I really like your 'in between', it's beautiful! Your guests must feel so special!
    All the best,
    Eileen

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  33. In between china..I never heard that before..:)
    And how pretty it is..still vibrant and cheerful..
    Yes, hold on to those dishes, get rid of the shoes, but tablescape items stay!
    Fun post, Susan...have a great lunch..I have to go see who you are meeting..Laurie at Bargain Hunting just said she was meeting bloggers tomorrow!
    Thanks for your visit!

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  34. I just love the pattern on your china. Your tablescape is very nice, I love how you did the flowers.

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  35. I never get rid of anything, or so it seems. Glad you didn't get rid of yours. I've never heard of in between plates. I love it!!! And who pays Replacement.com prices anyways? I guess someone must or they wouldn't still be in business. Holy Moly!

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  36. I had such a great time today! It was so fun to meet y'all! GBYPPH! When you get time, go see my tablescape at this link:
    http://bargainhuntingwithlaurie.blogspot.com/2009/03/blog-post.html

    laurie

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  37. Hi Susan,

    Love your tablesetting today.
    Glad that you did not take it to Goodwill as it looks lovely.
    I was like you and had a cheap Woolworths willow pattern for everyday and then the Magnolia Hutchenruether for when guests came or special occasions.

    Enjoy your weekend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  38. hi susan,

    happy pink saturday and happy belated tablescape thursday! your table looks so pretty. the flowers are awesome!

    tablescape thursdays are so much fun. i haven't been able to join in for a few weeks but hope to again soon.

    xo

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  39. Susan,
    This china is gorgeous! I love it because its so different and Americana looking. Beautifully done table. Cindy

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