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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

It's Almost Easter


I can't believe Easter is just a few short days away. I decided to set a little more formal table than I usually do. This year I'm not using any of the Easter themed dishes. Our friends Paul and Denise gifted me with a service for eight, plus lots of serving pieces. Thank you guys! Each place setting contains 7 pieces. This china was found at a local auction. The pattern is Ariel by Yamaka. Each piece is gold rimmed with yellow roses and gray leaves on a white background.


The tablecloth is embroidered with some type of handiwork on the sides, maybe a type of lace or crochet. It is very thin, almost sheer. I don't remember where I got it, it's been around for a long time.



Placesttting.


The wine glass is Towle Leyland and the champagne flute is Cristal d'Arques Longchamps. Both were found at thrift stores for almost nothing.


The flatware is Oneida Afterglow, circa 1956, the yellow damask napkins are old and oh, so soft. The napkin rings are thrift store finds. Oops, just noticed I forgot to put out the butter knives.


I have been itching to use the crystal candle holders that I bought at Savers last year for a song. They are pineapples and can hold either tapers or 2-inch wide pillars. The lilacs are from my yard, they have finally blossomed...so are some of the iris!









I really thank you for taking the time to visit today...hope you will come back next time, too.

I will be joining the following memes this week. Unlike some of the hosts that rarely, like once every couple years, acknowledge one's participation I try to visit as many blogs as I can on the memes/parties I join. I realize the hosts sometimes have hundreds of entrants, but who do they think made their blogs popular...bloggers like you and I. It is my opinion that the gracious thing to do is thank your entrants. I feel this way, especially toward the ones making big bucks off each time someone clicks onto their blog! I feel better getting this off my chest...and these hosts know who they are!


Let's Dish at Cuisine Kathleen
Wednesdays Bunny Hop Party at Bunny Jeans Decor
Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper
Thank you ladies for hosting each week!

53 comments:

Jenni said...

I just adore those pineapple candle holders, great find! Very pretty table:)

Alycia Nichols said...

Lucky you to have lilacs AND iris up already!!! I sure wish I had a lilac bush or two in our yard. They smell so pretty and the flowers are perfect for decorating! The china is bautiful. I have never seen that pattern before with the gorgeous yellow roses on it. Great score on the Cristal d'Arques champagne flutes! I love that pattern so much that I have it in flutes, goblets, iced teas, high balls...you name it! How pitiful am I? :-) I applaud you for both your beautifully set table and your no-nonsense approach. You go, girl!!!

Anonymous said...

Love the soft yellows! and with the lilacs it's very Easter!
Lynne

Anonymous said...

Wow, 3 absolutely beautiful tablescapes. bbb

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Marigene I think this is one of your best tablescapes! I love that tablecloth with these dishes. More formal but with a casual edge. Such gorgeous crystal and those pineapple candle holders are sooooo pretty! Love the lilacs! **Good for you for speaking your mind! I too appreciate bloggers who don't forget those who made them 'stars'** Hugs, Linda

Anonymous said...

Really pretty table.....the soft colors, sheer tablecloth and the crystal all make it seem "delicate"..
and I love the pineapple candle holders..
love you,
Jude

Marsha said...

This is a very beautiful and elegant looking tablescape, you have wonderful friends to gift you these beautiful dishes. I can't believe you have lilacs this early - amazing!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

You know I love those dishes with the yellow roses!! Beautiful tablescape, the lilacs are gorgeous, I don't think I've ever seen real lilacs, I've heard they smell wonderful too!

Blogging has certainly changed, anytime money comes in to play, it usually takes the joy out it.

Katherine

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Marigene, I truly love the soft yellows! The pineapple candleholders are beautiful with the yellow tapers. Nice that the lilacs have bloomed for your Easter table. Happy Easter!

Tricia said...

What a pretty color scheme! Yellow and lilac really spell EASTER and SPRING! I love the delicate pattern of your "new" dishes, and the yellow napkins and sweet napkin rings are perfect with them.

xinex said...

I love this, Marigene. The linens look so soft and so pretty...Christine

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Marigene!

What dear friends you have! Those dishes are lovely. I like how you used the purple lilacs to accent the yellow in the dishes. Those little bow napkin rings are darling.

YOU are ALWAYS considerate and thank me for hosting my party!!! I know what you mean. I like when people leave me a thank you comment for my Bunny Hop Party... and I do my darnedest to thank all who join up. When I have difficulties doing so I always try to explain why. Sometimes (even thought my party is small) I just can't get around to everyone... when that is the case, the ones who didn't thank me for hosting may not get a comment from me.

I like my party small because I feel more connected that way :) and can not imagine how the "mega party" hosts can comment on all the entries.

Thank you for sharing at my party this week... and your encouraging words about my husband's job :)

xoxo Bunny Jean
Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

ellen b said...

Very pretty. I really like the yellow and lavender together. Happy Easter to you.

Kathleen said...

Those dishes are very sweet and delicate, love the colors too. The pineapples are amazing! I love them!
We only have forsythia, lilacs are a long way off!
Thanks for linking up to Let's Dish! I appreciate it!

The Tablescaper said...

I can't believe your lilacs are out. They look so beautiful on your very delicate table - just lovely.

I do try to visit all that join in Seasonal Sundays, but I must admit, sometimes life gets in the way. But I think it's important that hosts try - at least from time to time to reach out. Good for you for speaking your mind.

- The Tablescaper

Marlis said...

Love love the dishes. Lucky you. The colors are so elegant. I also was drawn right into the drawn thread work on the sides of the tablecloth. The pineapple candleholders are so pretty. OOh.. the lilacs, I could smell their heady scent through your gorgeous pictures! Happy Easter, many blessings, xo marlis

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

When your blog opened on my screen the first picture that appeared was the beautiful yellow rose dish, and I couldn't wait to see more. Your formal table is wonderful and I can smell the lilacs as I write. Ours are not even beginning to bloom yet, and we may have temps in the 20's tomorrow night. I hope they survive! Have a very happy Easter. Linda

Entertaining Women said...

The pineapple candlesticks are wonderful, and your friends gave you such a beautiful set of china. I would have set a more formal table, too! Happy Easter! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Such a pretty setting--and I love the lilacs. Can't wait for mine to bloom. Visiting from the Bunny Hop. TFS!

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook said...

Very pretty, what a gorgeous gift!
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter.

Diann said...

OMG Marigene! What wonderful and generous friends to gift you with this gorgeous china! It really is beautiful! I just bought the same napkin rings at a thrift store recently. And that pineapple candle holder is so pretty. I love it! Beautiful table. I so agree about the hosts of the larger parties not visiting their guests. I work really hard to visit each of my participants. I join a lot of parties, but I am going to start joining only those who take the time to visit. I understand it takes time and occasionally you may not get to everyone every week. But, to NEVER stop by? That is just rude. Okay, I will get off my soap box now! LOL I hope you and your family have a happy and blessed Easter!

kitty said...

What a beautiful tablecloth, Marigene!! I love the delicate china, too, and the crystal that you got at the thrift...lucky you!!! I can just smell your lilacs. We had them in Ohio and Michigan, but sadly, not here in Texas. Happy Easter!!

Creations By Cindy said...

Such a sweet table. The candleholders are precious. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Scribbler said...

What nice friends! This is a great set of dishes. You made made a beautiful Easter table with them, too.

Schotzy said...

very fresh and welcoming... love the lilacs.... they add so much to any setting. Thanks for the visit and God bless!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Very pretty! I also love those pineapple candle holders. Gorgeous plates and linens!

Pat's Pink Apron said...

Marigene,
I love everything about your beautiful table scape.
Happy Easter!
Pat

Linda said...

I have those very same pineapple candle holders and the matching vase.
Your table is lovely. The china is beautiful. Happy Easter

Anonymous said...

Very nice setting for Easter. You always pull it off with something interesting and pleasing to look at. The pineapple holders caught my eye.
LY,
Delma

FABBY'S LIVING said...

A beautiful table. Your dishes are so sweet and elegant. I love the napkin holders. Beautiful flowers. Thank you for your lovely and kind comments. Wishing you and yours a HAPPY EASTER!
FABBY

Style Sisters said...

I was having a hard time leaving a comment today...it is all black and hard to read...but finally the page opened up and allowed me to leave a commet. Gorgeous tablescape! I wish I had some flowers springing up! Happy Easter and thank you as always for linking up and sharing all your ideas with us!

Karin

Gina said...

What a beautiful & elegant table! I love the china. There's something about that pretty yellow that makes me happy.
Your pineapple candleholders are fabulous!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lasy.
You have a wonderful friends! I love the lilacs great for Easter, and this is a great set of dishes. You made a beautiful Easter table with them. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Easter Table. I hope you have a wonderful Easter with your family.
XXOO Diane

Pattispress said...

I truly miss the smell of my lilacs, maybe I will have more next year. Util then I will look at yours and dream how I remember they smell. Have a blessed weekend.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Hi, Marigene. Thanks for visiting my Easter table post. I just LOVE this tablecloth--it's a masterpiece. You probably know that beautiful vintage linens are one of my weaknesses. Your friends were very generous to give you such a beautiful set of dishes! Happy, blessed Easter!

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

Your table is so beautifully set, Marigene. What could be more perfect for Easter than a bouquet of lilacs. I bet your dining room smells heavenly. Happy Easter best wishes to you and your family.

Jo's This and That said...

Lovely table! Happy Easter!

Red Couch Recipes said...

Marigene, I am so jealous that you have lilacs and irises in bloom. I would have grabbed those pineapple candlesticks too! Love your china also. Joni

Meredith said...

Beautiful!! Your flowers are stunning!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Marigene, Your dishes are beautiful and I am in love with tablecloth. I hope you have a wonderful Easter.
Hugs, Sherry

Rettabug said...

Beautiful!! Just simply BEAUTIFUL! I adore those pineapple candlestick holders. I would LOVE to find something similar for my DD...she is very partial to pineapples.

I, too, have some of the Cristal d'Arques Longchamps & they are so delicate & gracious looking. Perfect for this special meal.

I think the border of your beautiful tablecloth is called "drawn thread work" Very time consuming to do by hand. I've never even tried it!

Happy Easter, Hon,
fondly,
Rett

Barbara F. said...

Visiting from the Tablescaper's Seasonal Sundays (my favorite meme btw). Love this table, cannot believe your lilacs have bloomed already and I love the pineapple candle holders. I agree with you about hosts acknowledging (there is one that I would boycott if I could, well, I sorta do it on my own) I actually don't see the attraction at that prissy blog anyway :) xo

The French Hutch said...

Hi Margine, Those lilacs are so beautiful. They are perfect for an Easter tablescape. What beautiful china given to you by your friends. I love the dainty floral patten. Your tablecloth is lovely too. The yellow napkins are such a pretty color for Easter. I love yellow and lilac colors together. Hope you have a glorious Easter.

~Emily
the french Hutch

Chubby Chieque said...

Hello Marge,
I will send you your gadget from Sweden when I get back at work.

Hope you have a great Easter with your lovelies,

Hugs,
/chie

Judy Bigg said...

Thanks for sharing your lilacs. I am working on a lilac post now. Hope to have mine up soon. Beautiful job you have done.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your delicate tablecloth...it really makes your table special. The tablecloth I used is from the thrift store so I guess it's vintage...it's old! heehee!

Sonia said...

Marigene,
I love your lilacs! Mine didn't bloom this year...go figure. i can never predict if they will bloom or not! Some years they are just beautiful! So pretty on your dining room table. I love all your thrift store finds! I am a thrift store girl too sprinkled with new things but I sure do like to get a bargain. Your new set of china is so dainty and charming! Love the little yellow flowers! I haven't seen any hummingbirds yet. I'm sure they are migrating...but I don't notice them hanging around my yard until late June or early July. Then we have them fighting over the feeders. Happy Spring!
Miss Bloomers

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Your lilacs are gorgeous, Marigene! Love the tablescape...and the linens...so pretty! Hope you had a fabulous Easter!...hugs...Debbie

Donene said...

Love your linens and crystal! Thanks for visiting!!

The Tablescaper said...

Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays this Easter.

- The Tablescaper

The Tablescaper said...

Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays this Easter.

- The Tablescaper

Babs said...

Your table is so pretty. The lilacs are beautiful. I'd love to be able to grow the "old" varieties, but this far south, they don't do well.
LOVE your vintage/antique table linens, too.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Now how did I miss this post?....Your table is beautiful and you have my favorite candle holders!!!...aka vases!

I love all things pineapple...

Your table is so beautiful...Hope you had a wonderful Easter!