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Monday, April 4, 2011

National Tartan Day


After reading a post by Babs of Upstairs Downstairs the other day, I decided to do a tartan table in honor of National Tartan Day, April 6. If you haven't checked out her delightful blog, you really should!

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The only real tartan I have is a square one from Goodwill a while back. I think it may have been meant to be used as a kerchief/babushka back in the 1950's-1960's. It makes a nice square for a table, though. The main colors are red and blue. There are very thin white and yellow lines of yarn running through, too.

I kept the table very, very simple, almost stark, so that you could enjoy the tartan pattern. If anyone knows this pattern by name, please let me know what it is.

I have used only a solid red Waechtersbach dinner plate and a dark blue Design House soup/salad bowl.

The stemware is Fostoria Monet in the dark blue. It was manufactured between 1985-1986.

The napkins are solid red cotton. I have used the flatware many times, Oneida Afterglow, circa 1958.

The centerpiece is a pillar candle in an urn with votives surrounding it. The candle looked too bare, so I added a little bit of lambs ear to jazz it up.

The place setting.

The stack...pretty sad, isn't it!

A view of the entire table.

I will be linking up to
Blue Monday at Smiling Sally
Rednesday at It's A Very Cherry World
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch.

I appreciate and thank you, very much, for taking the time to visit my blog! Hope to see you here again soon.

51 comments:

Anonymous said...

love the blue and red....but not as much as jerry will like it! and simple is good...
love ya,
j

Anonymous said...

Very very nice. Even a color-blind male can appreciate all the color. Maybe you yanked the material off some salty old bagpiper.
BIL

Jeanie Callaghan said...

What a lovely table! Happy blue Monday.

SmilingSally said...

What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing your blues.

Happy Blue Monday, Marigene.

Anonymous said...

Love this tablescape. I am a big fan of plaids. Nice to get this on this bleary Monday after getting snow that covered any bare spots we had! love, bbb

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Love the blues! Very pretty tartan. My Dad was a designer of plaid for years back when NY actually had a garment center.

delma said...

You knew I'd love this one because it's my two favorite colors! Looks great with the plaid "tablecloth". Love the red and blue together. No setting for tomorrow?

chubskulit said...

Such a beautiful pattern.

Please come take a look at my entry, thank you!

On Crooked Creek said...

Marigene,
I adore the red and blue dinnerware and your goblets are breathtakingly beautiful! Sometimes simple is best. I'd say "you hit the nail on the head" with showing off this loving plaid!
Fondly,
Pat

Babs said...

Marigene, Oh my! Happy Tartan Day! Your tartan tablescape its terrific! LOL... I love the simplicity of the plates and the Fostoria stemware is gorgeous with it. I really like your centerpiece with the lambs ears and candle too.

Well done and thanks so much for joining in the fun. Hugs, Babs
Oh, I tried to identify your tartan, but couldn't find it. I'll keep looking and let you know if I find out. Hugs again.

Kathleen said...

I thought you were French! Does a piper come with the table? :)
Looks good. Love the plaid!
Robby Burns would love to dine here! :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Very pretty, Marigene! My MIL was a big collector of Pendleton and this reminds me of her :)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love plaid (Tartans) but don't have any. Now I'm on the lookout for a great scarf like this one. It's simple plates but with that plaid I think it's perfect. Love those glasses...what a pretty shape! hugs, Linda

Tim Gronek said...

I love the glow of the candles and the lighting. This table is so inviting for me. The simplicity of it says a lot more than you think. Two thumbs up!

the passionate hairdresser said...

Sometimes, simple is better...I love this table!!

Jacqueline said...

Yours is the 2nd blog I read today about National Tartan Day. Who knew! I love the dark blue plates and glasses, they are so gorgeous with the tartan. Now, I am in the mood for bagpipe music. Our neighbor two houses away plays them and his wife makes him go outside to practice, so that is fun for us!

Anonymous said...

Very nice! It brings to mind a kilt or two from high school. The lambs ear is nice too! Lynne

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Marigene, this is a wonderful table. How did I not know about Tartan Day??? I've seen it on several blogs now, and it sounds cool. Wish I had thought of something ahead of time.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Audra said...

This is so festive. I love the red and blue, not sad at all, but simple as not to detract from the fabulous tartan. I love...love those Fostoria goblets. My Aunt has some and I hope to have them gifted to me one day.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Very nice Marigene! Love the plaid! National Tartan Day is new to me, and I am really enjoying reading about it on blogs.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I just learned of Tatan Day today! Your tablescape looks lovely and perfect for Rednesday!

bj said...

I've never heard of Nat.Tartan Day until today.
Your table is precious. That square of tartan works just great for your table. Love it.
xo bj

Diann said...

What a wonderful tartan table Marigene! All of the dishes and glasses are just perfect for this beautiful tartan linen! Great job! Lambs Ear is Lia's favorite flower in our flower bed. She takes extreme care in making sure it is watered just right. She says it is so soft and cuddly! LOL

Angela said...

I adore tartan (probably because of the red in it,lol)....

Made By Gen said...

Wow so pretty reds...Happy Rednesday. See you in my entry.

LV said...

A great post for reds featuring Tartan day.

DearHelenHartman said...

Love having a tartan about the hoose, so pretty.

Debbie said...

I love tartans. They remind me of that Scot that I married. I think this is such a warm table with colors that go just perfectly toether for it.

And there's nothing sad about the stack. LOL Sometimes, the tablecloth should get the right to steal the show! Yours does.

Rebecca said...

Never heard of Tartan Day-How neat-thanks for the info!

Pat said...

Wonderful tartan table! Love the colors.

Sarah said...

Marigene, love seeing this table! Great GW find with that pretty tartan cloth. I'm always look when I'm out thrifting, but never have any luck with textiles. I have found some tartan dishes at GW though. ;-)
Love the blue and red dishes on the tartan. Gorgeous! Stop by for some more tartan at HFTS. I'm hosting a Tartan Day Tea. ~ Sarah

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Love me some plaid, great table:@)

Marlis said...

Today I learned about Tartan day! Love your piece of tartan. How fortunate your had the perfect dishes. Please drop in for a Mikasa giveaway!

Gina said...

I'm crazy about plaid, so I really enjoyed your tablescape! I love blue & red together too. I didn't know there was a National Tartan Day...thanks for sharing!

The Tablescaper said...

Great table!!! Such color. Until I read a post the other day, I had never heard of National Tartan Day. I think next year I'll have to participate.

- The Tablescaper

Komali Nunna said...

I never heard of national tartan day. Thanks for the information. Lovely table!

Meredith said...

very pretty! I love your goblets!

Red Couch Recipes said...

Marigene -- I really like your table. The tartan tablecloth is just so bright and enticing. The red dinner plate and blue bowl fit this tartan to a T! Joni

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I am having so much fun visiting the tartan posts today! I had no idea that it was national tartan day, but I do love plaids. Your table is so happy. Linda

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This is gorgeous. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas!

Mary said...

I hadn't heard of National Tartan Day until today! I love the idea of using tartan other times of the year besides the holidays! Love your vibrant blue~

Sweetladyelaine said...

I love your red and blue tablescape! I never heard of Tartan Day! Thank you for sharing. Blessings My Friend,

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. You know I love the blue and red Tablescapes so lovely sweet lady. Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my new Tablescape ~~~ I have you on my side bar so I can see if you have a new post.This helps me with all the new posting going on.xxoo
Diane

Susan Hawthorne said...

I love Tartan and was not aware that there was a national day for it. Thanks for the insite! It's a great table for a guy's birthday!Well done.

Trisha said...

Such a pretty table!! I love how you used the scarf :)Such a great way to dress up that candle too!!

Cindy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your tablescape. The color of the dishes makes the colors in the tartan pop!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I think it made a great looking table. It is different and so festive. I had no idea there was a Tartan day until I started reading blogs tonight. Always good to learn something new!

xinex said...

Love the tartan table topper and pretty combination of dishes, Marigene...Christine

Lori said...

I saw your comment about liking to polish silver! I suggested wright cream too. You are right something about cleaning silver, instant gratification. I'll take a look at your blog now. Love the title.

SueLovesCherries said...

I love it! Bring on the plaids!

Alycia Nichols said...

Despite being in Catholic school from 1st grade through college, I am still fond of plaid! :-) I never thought I would say that, but I am. I had never heard of National Tartan Day, but I think it's a great concept! I like your tartan square, and I think it's the red and blue together like that that I find so appealing. Perfect pairing with the dishes and stemware! Hey...stark can be a good thing. I am slowly but surely learning this. I posted what I thought to be a decidedly stark table last week (although hardly anyone else agreed with that description of it!), and I really liked it. Stark is the new Baroque! :-) Have a happy, happy Easter!!!