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Monday, February 7, 2011

Is It Really Almost Valentine's Day...



I can't believe it is almost Valentine's Day...that means that February is half over!
I will join Susan of Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Thank you, Susan for hosting each week.

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Inspiration?...let's just say pink isn't my favorite color, but I didn't want to do another red table right off...so, pink it is.

I started with a pink tablecloth and pink napkins. Then I hunted around the house to see what other pink I could find...not very much as you will see. After taking most of the pictures I decided placemats were needed!

I started with a white charger, added a dinner, salad and dessert plate.


White charger. The backstamp is just MSE


Old British Castles by Johnson Brothers.


Salad plate is by Buffalo China, the pattern Rebecca.


Dessert plate is also Johnson Bothers Old British Castles.


Place setting.


Pretty pink stemware. The water glass is Indiana Reflections, which are reproductions of Depression Glass, Madrid pattern. I have no idea what the pattern/maker of the wine stem is.


Pink napkin wrapped in a vintage white with a flowered napkin ring. Sterling flatware is Oneida's Afterglow, 1956.


Flowered napkin ring up close.




Love the layers.


Centerpiece.




Candlelit table.

The "roses" in the little julep cups are actually for the bath...I just used toothpicks to hold them in floral foam!

Question for anyone...how do you get sharp pictures in candlelight? Mine are always grainy looking.

Thank you for visiting this week...also a huge thank you to my followers...I really am humbled that so many have chosen to follow my boring little blog. Have a great week and hope to see you here next week.

62 comments:

Suzy said...

I think you did a great job pulling some pink together. I LOVE your two pink glasses.

Carol at Serendipity said...

I think your table looks beautiful. I am not a real pink person but I seem to have a lot of it around. I will need to get my table set soon.

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day.

Carol

Blondie's Journal said...

I really love your china, I have always wanted a set of Old Britain Castles. Your table looks wonderful!

XO,
Jane

Tim Gronek said...

I love the shades of pink. Not too pink! The roses are a nice added touch. I can see 2 lovers sitting at this table! Well done!

Marsha said...

I love pink & purple :) Your table is beautiful once again. The layers of plates are all gorgeous but I especially love the pink glasses. I'm going to do red this week and pink next.

Carol said...

Very pretty, Marigene! I love the centerpiece, such a beautiful table!

Jean said...

Thank you I loved this setting. It is so english and elegant. You've got such a talent. Is this the setting for your valentine dinner with Howard?

Foley said...

"Pretty in Pink" Love the plate layers..centerpiece is perfect. The stemware is beautiful, such a soft color. Great job...as far as the photography, I think you just need to keep playing with it with different settings on the camera...that was a BIG help wasn't it !!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Well from a girl who loves Pink this is a beautiful tablescape! Love the layers of plates and the roses in mint julep cups are perfect. Of course I love the pink glasses! Happy Valentines Day! hugs, Linda

Randee said...

I love the centerpiece,very loving. You do a wonderful table every week.

Annie said...

Very charming! Hope you have a romantic Valentine's Day :)

Anonymous said...

One of the problems that I have had selecting pink pants and shirt is that two shades of pink often don't go together. But you made it work.
Love,
BIL

Bill said...

I love the way you layered the plates and combined pink shades and patterns so artfully! I'm not an expert by any means on taking pictures by candlelight (although I enjoy trying). I always use a tripod, and I've found that it's important to have at least some additional light besides the candles (either a lamp on in the room or natural light through the windows in late afternoon/early evening). Hope that helps a little.

Anonymous said...

The glassware is great. How ROMANTIC! RC...from my igloo in Boston

Barbara said...

Just lovely, very romantic!

Anonymous said...

I too am not a "pink" person, but this looks realy great-romantic!!! Enjoy your Valentine dinner.


Sue-Phx

Kathleen said...

I know you don't like pink, LOL, like I don't like orange, except for Halloween!

Very pretty! I consider my British Castle red, so now I have to go look!
Pink glasses are so pretty!
I like pink, or red and spare ribs! :)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I just love how those roses look on the place settings. It really dresses up your table. I don't have much pink either...I don't why that is. Everything looks so very romantic and elegant.

Anonymous said...

How fun to have your beautiful tablescape to brighten up a snowy, dreary February day. If someone mentions pink, my mother only tells you about 86 times how that is her favorite color! love, bbb

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

You really have a wonderful way of putting a table together, Marigene! The combination of plates is lovely!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Ok..now you've inspired me to try a Valentines Day tablesetting. This is something I am terrible at..but I must give this one a try.
Would you believe I owned a set of 12 of those Old Britain dishes..the red transerware and now I have to think of something else....also just recently gave away my good china to my daughter...but I will forge ahead!..why? Because of you! Hmmm..isn't there a song...
never mind!:)
Your tablescape is beautiful!

Diann said...

A perfect Valentines table for two! Of course the Johnson Bros dishes are always perfect for a table like this. I really like the Buffalo china salad plates. Looks like restaurantware, which I love!

Tricia said...

Lovely layering of your plates! I just love that closeup of the stacked rims. And your pink glassware is perfect with the Old British Castles! Have you done a tablescape with the beautiful china in your header? My "good" china has that shade of blue, and I'd like to see how you've set a table with it.

Anonymous said...

Very Pretty! I like pink! I especially love the little silver cups that the roses are in. The beads are great, I think I've seen you wear those before!
Lynne

Judy said...

Your table looks just gorgeous. I love everything, but especially those napkin rings. I found you at Between Naps on the Porch. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

Miva said...

Hi Marigene
Lovely your Valentine´s Day Table, Congrats!!!
So beautiful your china.
Thanks for sharing it.
Happy Valentine´s Day to you.
Hugs
Miva

On Crooked Creek said...

Marigene,
Lovely little cupid and his expression is priceless! The layering of your dishes is just gorgeous! Thank you for posting this Valentine's Day post!
Fondly,
pat

Red Couch Recipes said...

What a beautiful stack of red and white plates. I love how the pink goblets go so well with it. Happy Valentine's Day. Joni

Anita said...

Marigene, I have had 8 of the Old Britain Castles dinner plates in my shopping cart at replacements.com for about three weeks!! I really, really want them! Are they more pink or red?? Yours look great and I love the pink stemware. Just gorgeous!!

Debbie said...

I absolutely love the way the layers look in your place setting. The Johnson Bros. plates look great with the other sandwiched in between.

You found a LOT of pink! It's my favorite color, and I think you have more than I have.

Great PINK table from a pink lover.

Marlis said...

It's a beautiful table.. I love the pink accents. I love red transferware and yours is gorgeous!!

On Crooked Creek said...

Marigene,
Thanks for visiting On Crooked Creek today and leaving your sweet comment. The place mats were purchased locally. They are from C & F Manufactoring. . .however; they are also in the TouchStone Catalog the Tangiers pattern.
Plan to pay about $10.00 each. . .$6 ~ $8.00 each for the napkins. Table runners are available in 36" and 54". Check with your local home decor shops first. Sometimes they will do a special order.
Fondly,
Pat

xinex said...

Lovely, adorable and romantic! Love the pinks and the dishes. I have the Old Britain Castle dinnerware too....Christine

Laura Wilkerson said...

Oh I love it! Thanks for stopping by my blog...it's really nice to see all the plates in a whole setting.

A Perfect Setting said...

I love the centerpiece! Pink is also one of my favorite colors. Your glasses are beautiful. Great job pulling together such an inviting and romantic table for two!!

Pat said...

I love this! Gorgeous Valentine table!

the passionate hairdresser said...

Pink is my least favorite color (although I have pink depression glass that belonged to my Nana), but your table is pretty, as always... :D

The Tablescaper said...

Well for someone who doesn't like pink, you sure have a fair amount of it! Those white chargers are outstanding and I love the cluster of roses.

- The Tablescaper

Entertaining Women said...

Your transfer ware lends a classic touch to your lovely, romantically pink tablescape. Thank your for sharing your beautiful design. Cherry Kay

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

This table looks so pretty. I was loving the little vase of roses at each setting, and was surprised to read that they were for the bath! Great thinking! I love JB Old British Castles, and you have paired some other pretty patterns with it. The stemware is lovely. laurie

Shelia said...

What a pretty table you've set! I have those Old British Castle dishes too! I just love them, don't you?
Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

All The Pretty Dishes said...

Your table is just gorgeous. I love your pink goblets, roses, the centerpiece with the beading--all of it, just lovely.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment!
Randee

Meredith said...

You are right! It is addictive. I've always loved to set a table, I just didn't know people were taking pictures and blogging about it! I get so many beautiful ideas from y'all! I love your table. I have those dessert plates and the cream and sugar set in that pattern. I also love your white chargers. I really need to find some better chargers.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How pretty all your layers of dishes are. This is gorgeous!

Deanna said...

Lovely Tablescape you have!
Really sets a mood for valentine's day.

God bless,
d from homehaven

Anonymous said...

What a clever idea for your "roses" in juleps!!! They look quite real! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier, and have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Debbie said...

I think a touch of pink is nice once in a while, and table is lovely with those charming pink glasses. Wishing you a Happy Valentine's day.

Life with L said...

Your china is lovely. Very subtle pink. Your pink glasses are quite a find. Lovely roses too. Wonderful setting for Valentine's Day. I am your newest follower....Linda

Sweetladyelaine said...

I am a little late at veiwing tablescapes this week....just love your layering of dishes. A very pretty table with my favorite, roses!

Jacqueline said...

Those have to be the most fabulously colored roses! Wow. I love your glassware too. I would love some heavier pink glasses, the depressionware I have is just too fragile to use much. I love pink for Valentines (not that I don't love the red too) but pink is so soft and feminine. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day.

Mindy @ The Howell Blessings said...

Marigene, this table is precious, and I love the glass beads. It adds such a romance to the table! Thanks for sharing.

Mindy

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh, Marigene! My favorite...Old Britain Castles in pink! Lovely tablescape! Happy V-day!...hugs...Debbie

Martha said...

What a pretty pretty table. I love all of your plates and the pinks -- makes for a pretty table!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I love your layers of dishes, they're all precious! Pretty pink glasses. Your whole table looks totally beautiful! Once again beautiful.
Happy Valentine's

Love
FABBY

Sherry said...

Marigene,

I love the pink roses in the mint julep cups. I look for those cups but, I never find any. The JB looks beautiful layered with the other plates. Perfect for a romantic Valentine dinner.
Sherry

D said...

Hi, Marigene,
Your pink table is lovely. I think my favorite part is that beautiful silverware. Love that pattern.
D

Kathy said...

Hello Marigene. Old British Castles is such a romantic pattern and you have complimented it perfectly for Valentines. I have been enjoying your other tablescapes too this morning.

Kim said...

Gorgeous tablescape Marigene and I love how the dishes in your header match your background - beautiful!
xoxo,
Kim

bj said...

Your table is just beautiful.A lovers table, for sure.:)

Linda said...

I love the way you layer the napkins. I haven't tried that trick yet . . . maybe will soon.
Your plateware is interesting with the castle scenes. Every plate has a story. I like the way you can take items intended for other uses and incorporate them into your tablescape.
And that tureen, it would have been criminal to pass up. It's lovely.
Linda

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love your dishes and glassware. Everything is gorgeous!

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Leslie said...

Your table look fabulous!