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Monday, February 11, 2013

A Tonquin Table


Valentine's Day is almost upon us...this year I went with purple transferware, white and touches of pink.



I started with pink placemats then layers of dishes. The charger is an overly large dinner plate by Laurie Gates Tribeca Platinum topped with Royal Staffordshire Tonquin by Clarice Cliff dinner plate, an unmarked creamy white salad plate and finally the CCT soup bowl, which is very shallow, so it can be used as a salad plate, too. I added a whimsical little flower shaped plate for a roll.



I love the border of this creamy white plate, it has a bird and what looks like reeds and flowers.



The napkins are a bright pink gathered with a simple silver napkin ring.

The glassware consists of an amethyst water glass and a pale pink wine stem. 

The flatware is Oneida Louisiana, which has become a favorite in the house.



I am not a lover of roses so I was looking for either alstroemeria or tulips in pinks or purples...I ended up with a bunch of tulips...which I love...maybe white would have been better...the vase is pale amethyst in color, though it looks like plain old glass.
I used purple candles on my mercury glass candle holders to round out the centerpiece.



Thanks for taking the time to visit today, it is really appreciated.

I will be joining a few parties this week, please follow me around...you never know who you will meet or what you will see!

Laurie's Annual Valentine's Party/Bargain Hunting With Laurie
Farmhouse Style blog Hop/Green Eggs and Goats
Let's Dish/Cuisine Kathleen
Centerpiece Wednesday/The Style Sisters
Thrifty Things Friday/The Thrifty Groove
Seasonal Sundays/The Tablescaper

Ladies, thanks for hosting each week!



41 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love the pinks and even the purples......and tulips happen to be my favorite flowers. Another beautiful setting.
It's snowing here...AGAIN, so this tablescape brightens up my day.
LY,
Delma

Alycia Nichols said...

I don't know, Marigene....the pink tulips really draw the eye through the middle of the table. White would have been cool, too, but the pink just seems to work really well with the napkins and placemats. It's still just "a touch of pink" like you wanted! It ALL works beautifully with the purple & white dishes. What a pretty, pretty pattern! The white plate with the bird & reed patterned rim works with it really nicely! Very romantic!!! Have a Happy Smoochin' & Huggin' Day! :-)

Diane said...

I love the colors that you put together and jealous of the Clarice Cliff Tonquin! I have one tiny sauce boat and underplate in the black Tonquin - wish I had a whole set! Your tulips are so pretty - hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Anonymous said...

Love those little flower shaped dishes. A beautiful tablescape. bbb

On Crooked Creek said...

Marigene,
Oh, dear one, my heart is swooning!!!
Don't know what has come over me here of late, I do love the purple accents! The Royal Staffordshire Tonquin dinnerware is one of my very favorite that you use in your gorgeous tablescapes!!! Combined with the amethyst stemware is exquisite!!!
I think the pink tulips were the perfect choice, especially with the silver mercury glass candle holders and the hue of purple in your pillar candles!!! I am in L O V E with this Valentine Day Tablescape!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Marigene you have set an elegant Valentine table! Those purple dishes are wonderful with the white and pink. I love the tulips and I'm glad you went with the pink. Very Very pretty!
hugs,
Linda

ellen b. said...

Oh fun...I love this color combination. Very inviting table Marigene!

Sarah said...

This is all so pretty, Marigene. I love the Tonquin pattern in any color. I have a few pieces in the brown and am always looking to add more. The profile of the stack of plates is gorgeous with the colors and textures. Loving those white plates with their bird and reed border. This is a very romantic table!
Happy Valentine's Day! ~ Sarah

Red Couch Recipes said...

What an amazing table to sit at. I love this table. The purple dishes are so beautiful, and your pink napkins are such a great touch, not to mention how lovely your tulips and your photos are. You take great photos. Joni

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

The tulips are a splendid touch! Romantic, but playful. Well done on the entire setting.

Hugs,
Meredith

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Marigene, I like the pink tulips with this table. The Clarice Cliff Tonquin is lovely.

Photos #1 and #3 are outstanding!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! lynne

Tricia said...

Really beautiful combination of pinks and purples, Marigene! I love the dish stack -- and given the post's title, I had to read closely to find out what Tonquin meant! Happy Valentine's Day!

Rettabug said...

Lovely shades of pink & purple, Marigene! I'm not familiar with "Tonquin"...will google to learn more.

I can see the amethyst shading in your flower vase! And ANY spring time flower lifts my spirits about now. Beautifully done!

fondly,
Rett

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Your tablesacpe is lovely! I hope you will stop by again and maybe enter my 3rd Blog Anniversary giveaway....

Hugs,
Debbie

The Café Sucré Farine said...

Beautiful! I want to come to your house for dinner!

Pat@BPM said...

This is gorgeous Marigene!!

kitty said...

Hi Marigene, I love your pinks and purples and your pretty layers of dishes. Happy ❤ Day.

Laurie Ritchey said...

Marigene, this is so pretty. I love transferware, but I don't have any purple. It's gorgeous, especially with the pinks. Thank you for linking this romantic table to my Valentine party. Happy Valentine's Day! laurie

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Marigene, I like the tulips--they make the table look so serene! I have one brown tonquin plate which I display, and I do like this pattern. Your table is beautiful. Happy Valentine's Day! Linda

Entertaining Women said...

The Clarice Cliff Tonquin is magnificent! This is such a beautiful setting for Valentine's or any other day. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Marlis said...

I love your pinks!!!And paired with the purple dishes, well this is just fabulous. And I like that color of tulips on this table. Looks fabulous. The transferware and the white dishes are so pretty!!! As is the entire table. Happy Valentine's! xo marlis

Elaine said...

The layering of dishes is wonderful, Marigene! I love the addition of purple to the palette, and your tulips make the perfect centerpiece! Thanks for sharing!

Diann said...

This is such a pretty table Marigene! You know I am seriously drooling over the purple transferware. That is still my number one "want" item! I love the pink and purple together! Thank you for sharing at TTF and Happy Valentine's Day!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Your table looks truly romantic, Marigene! Beautiful combination and those tulips just make it for me.

Lulu said...

This all looks terrific, and I'm crazy about the hot pink. I use it all the time. In addition to your table being wonderful, your photos are great this week. Happy day.

Dianne said...

Marigene, Lovely table and great color combos. I really love those amethyst goblets. They are fantastic! Happy Valentines! Dianne

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Pinks and purples, very pretty! Love those tulips (can't believe you don't like roses! LOL!)

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Katherine

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

This is beautiful. I love the purple/pink combination. Tulips are my favorite flower...my husband showed up with white ones, which I really love, yesterday. Your goblets are beautiful and the transferware is unexpected and perfect for the table.

Crystal Grandeur said...



I am glad you liked my V-day table scape.Thank you.We had the same thought of doing it with purple and pink combination.your table looks lovely and the goblets looks awesome.the tulip arrangement so beautiful.Hugs...sujatha:):)

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Beautiful table and the gorgeous tulips just set it off. I so love tulips and they are perfect with the plates and glasses. Such a pretty color combo of white, pink and purple. Very feminine to me!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your table is very pretty and the tulips are gorgeous-enjoy:@)

Babs said...

Love the color combination of amethyst and pink and your Tonquin pattern transferware. Beautiful tulips and tablescape. Have a great Sunday and stay warm.
Babs

Scribbler said...

Gorgeous tulips! The table is so beautifully put together, too.

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Phyllis @Around the House said...

The table is just beautiful and I could actually eat up all that purple transferware, wow it is just beautiful...love the whold table...the tulips pretty too

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Beautiful table!! I love the color mix, and those tulips give the table the perfect pop! ~Zuni

xinex said...

This is one of my favorites of all your tablescapes, Marigene. I love your purple transferware. I started collecting them but I only have a few dinner plates. Everything I find are too expensive. I like the color combo you used here. Pretty tulips too!...Christine

Salmagundi said...

Love this setting as the Tonquin pattern is one of my favorites. I have a few pieces in brown, and am always looking for more. Thanks for sharing yours. Sally

Monica @ Texas Fiesta Ware Fan said...

Love, love, love. I love the color combination, the purple transfer ware, the detail on the plates and everything. Did I tell you I love this table??? Great job!

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