Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Color Purple... finally...

Hoping the fourth attempt at this is the charm
The inspiration for this week's table is
the newlywed niece.

It's a  special week for her, you see.
Not only did she have a birthday...

It's also marks the date that she
 convinced that husband of hers to marry her.

So as a surprise to one of my favorite people,
this table is inspired
by a few of her favorite things.
She'll probably be even more surprised that we didn't raid her home to do it.

We started with her favorite colors
purple and green

Then we added yellow because we wanted to.

That cloud of white is her bridal veil, of course.
Here's how it all stacked up.

We started with festive yellow chargers 
and added dinner plates 
which are actually decorative
plates from her room.

They match the bouquets of iris.
Of course, you can't see that 
because we added some more plates.

Both the salad plates and bowls 
came from our favorite local second hand shop.

The tablecloth is pale lavender. 
Her mom made the napkins from remnants of fabric
used to decorate her girlhood room.

We filled the rest with her favorite things

Fabric keepsake boxes from her room 
and a teapot from the Duchess. 

She has the distinction of being the only member of the family
who prefers a cup of tea over coffee.

 She started collecting glass paper weights
when she was a very young girl. 

That's her place. 
It's a  snail. 
'Nuff said.  

A gorham china doll from another collection

... sitting on top of some favorite old books...

...and sitting beside what I'm pretty sure is her  
favorite thing of all.


So there you go, birthday girl. 
A table scape of your very own. 
Just what you always wanted. 

Thanks for being such a great inspiration.

Sharing this for Tablescape Thursday @ BNOTP 


Ann said...

Wonderful and worth the wait, Debbie! You really make me want to go out and buy more dishes .... like having four full sets isn't enough? LOL!

Denise said...

I'll try my comment again. I love your inspiration but I'm afraid I'm a bit prejudiced. You captured the essence of my daughter beautifully. Thanks for trying so many times to get this table up as it is absolutely lovely.

The snail paperweight speaks volumes. Just sayin'...

At The Picket Fence said...

So beautiful! What a sweet and loving tribute and I know I would like her if Anne of Green Gables is one of her favorite books...was there some Raspberry Cordial at this party? :-)

Sue said...

Hi Debbie
I am sorry that you are having so much trouble with blogger. I tell my husband often that he is very lucky that he is not scooping the computer out of the pool along with the leaves. I often want to chuck it there!!
Anyhoo ~ your table is lovely, and such a sweet tribute to your niece. Beautifully done as always.

Tricia said...

Debbie, what a pretty and meaningful birthday table! I love the way you've included memorabilia from your niece's life, and the mixed dish patterns look just perfect together! Adding the napkins from the familiar fabric was a great idea, too!

bj said...

What a sweet spirit you have. This is such a nice thing to do for someone you love. It is all just beautiful, too.
xo bj

Kathleen said...

So sweet. I love all your tablescapes but I think this is one of my favourites. Bet the newlywed niece is thrilled!

Ms.Daisy said...

A beautiful tablescape and tribute to a special neice. Sorry you had so much trouble getting it on your blog. I'm about to do Simple Pleasures...hope it goes well! :)

~Jean said...

I'm pretty sure she will think her aunt has nailed it!!! Your tablescapes make me want to sit at your table!!! Just beautiful, and so much love and heart went into this!


Renée said...

I'm hoping this comment will post. Yes, crazy things have been happening here and I've tried to add three comments since Sunday's post, so we are both tied and aggravated! I'm hoping the fourth time is the charm...

Lovingly adding this one though. Thanks for the thought provoking Paul post and for the birthday tribute to your sweet niece. They are both just extra lovely in every way. May I also add praiseworthy as well! Love you.

bikim said...

great post!

happy night!

Jacqueline said...

So pretty and of course the bridal veil is the perfect touch. Those purple bowls are TDF!

Lizabeth said...

What a great job and lovely tribute! I love the combination of plates and the personal items of hers. Wonderful idea!

xinex said...

Happy birthday to your niece, Debbie. How special she must be for you to create this beautiful table for her. I love all the colors and the dishes and everything you put together. The veil is a very nice touch...Christine

Alycia Nichols said...

What a touching and heartfelt tribute to your niece!!! The details proves that you really pay attention to her style and personality. I can't think of a greater thing! Love the snail!!! And your napkin fold is impeccable! Absolutely perfect!!! A side note...I just had trouble on someone else's blog when I tried to add a comment. The screen just suddenly went blank. Must by a Blogger issue all 'round. Weird. At any rate, your table is beautiful and I wish your niece much happiness on her birthday and throughout her marriage. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I'm so glad you liked it. I so value your opinion and love to hear from you. Have a wonderful week!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

I would never have thought of adding yellow to this table, but those chargers look great! This is such a pretty birthday tribute. Maybe I should tell you when my birth date is! Love that you used her bridal veil, and what a beautiful couple they are. I think maybe that store where you got those plates would be a favorite of mine too. laurie

Donnie said...

That is just the prettiest setting ever. So feminine and romantic.

The Charm of Home said...

That is very pretty Debbie. I love the colors you used and I love the plates with the violets/iris on them. I may need glasses! Happy birthday to your niece.

Anonymous said...

how pretty and sweet~

Chatty Crone said...

Happy birthday to your niece. Your tablescape is one of my all time favorites. They are my favorite colors ever. So delicate looking - classy. Grat job! sandie

Mary said...

What a sweet tribute & fun collection of your niece's favorite things for your table! Love the wedding veil as a foundation! I bet she's thrilled :-)

Chatty Crone said...

Not grat job - great job! sandie

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Happy Birthday to your Lovely Niece! This is such a beautiful table for her. With So Much Thoughtfulness too! You are such a special lady... I LOVE those plates with the little violets on them. The combination of purple and green is SO GORGEOUS!
Have a wonderful week,
Hugs, Donna

Denise @ Forest Manor said...

Hi Debbie,

So nice to hear from you. I have looked at your posts several times in the past. Everyone says I talk a lot too, so we're kindred spirits. I just love your tablescape!! Purple irises are one of my favorite flowers, and I love that you you used lavenders as well. The yellows and greens are the perfect complimentary colors. I love the green boxes, the glass snail, the gingham napkins, the china doll, and the books (I am all about books). You did a great job.


Sharon said...

What frustration, Debbie - however, the finished product was worth the wait. (May I just surmise that Blogger is not going to be a simple pleasure this week??)

Though I don't decorate with these colors, I'm a big fan of purple and green together. I loved all the little personal touches - but, I HAVE to have the "back story" on the snail...pretty please!

Happy Birthday to the Newlywed Niece - and her Knight in Shining Armor.

And kudos to an aunt that has just the "right touch" always - except when she's trying to post pictures...


Mrs. Serendipity said...

You are a wonderful Auntie! Beautiful "Spring" tablescape. Love your blog! Mrs. S

Shirley said...

Beautiful setting! I just love purple iris. Everything blends very well.

Ms.Daisy said...

You are such a special friend. Thank you for thinking of me...I am doing okay I have my moments when memories overwhelm but overall I'm okay! Thanks again.


Marlis said...

What a lovely table! I love those napkins.. and the table covering and the dishes and all the special touches you put on the table. I think I'm gushing. What a super tribute to a birthday girl.. Hope it was a great celebration.

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

Very pretty, love all the purple touches as well as the details that make it unique for your niece! That snail paper weight is gorgeous!


Entertaining Women said...

Okay, so will the talented trio become the formidable foursome? Does she love design as much as you all do? I love all the personal elements that you've used in your tablescape....and the napkins made from remnants of fabric from her room....that makes my heart sing. Did she get to take the napkins home for a birthday gift? So cool. Thanks for sharing this charming party and for stopping by my post. It appears that we have a mutual admiration society. Cherry Kay

bikim said...


Anonymous said...

This is beautiful! A welcome breath of Spring.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Morning Debbie,
What a lovely idea, tablescape, and way to honor your neice. Very pretty and very meaningful.
I am sure she enjoyed it very much.
Love the purple and lavendar. My daughter-in-law to be will have the same colors in her Wedding,
and use spring bouquets. Can't wait to see it all, I am sure it will be beautiful.
Thanks for coming by and happy you liked my
red kitchen table.
Blessings for a great day hon,

Brenda Pruitt said...

These colors you chose are just luscious!

Anita Diaz said...

Well that is just fabulous! Those colors are wonderful together, and all the details you put in really make it special and unexpected. But I always expect you to do something unexpected! Well it seems that the French Countryside is a bit larger holding 8 cups, while the others are 4-5, so that might make that one a front runner. Every time I sit down I have to getup and get something so getting the coffee pot on the table will be wonderful!

FrouFrouBritches said...

It's gorgeous!!!! Love the color combo. I love the details that fit her personality. The teapot, I loooove! Everything is so....inspired. What a beautiful photo. So, so sweet!

swedecollection said...

That was very special of you to do for your neice. None of mine live close by. Of course, I loved the purple. I couldn't tell what brands your dishes were. Wish I had a second hand store that had china - none in my area. I don't have a Home Goods either. I'm sure your neice appreciated the special effort and details you did for her. You are a lovely Aunt.


Hi Debbie, A beautiful tablescape, as usual. Purple was my mother-in-law's favorite color and purple is now my oldest daughter's favorite color.
Have a great day! Spring will be here soon :).
~ Julie

Scribbler said...

What a sweetly thought out toast to your niece. I love the way you incorporated things from her girlhood into a tablescape which salutes her life as a woman.

A Joyful Chaos said...

So sweet! Love the purples too.

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady. Debbie your tablescape is just Beautiful as always sweet lady. I have no teblescapes to night becouse I'm having a [Appreciation Give-A-way} come see and join miss your lovely comments from you.

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Parsley said...

What a beautiful post. I prefer tea too especially out of a lovely tea-pot such as that.

I enjoyed visiting.

Canadagirl said...

Wow you are AMAZING when it comes to making a table "sing" for someone. The amount of thought and detail boggles my mind! Anyone who has that done for them would truly feel LOVED. Thanks for inspiring me to think of how I can do that for someone one day.

Blessings in Him<><

Chubby Chieque said...

That's sweet of you Deb!

Great things from a great auntie.

Happy TS,

bikim said...

just to wish:::
happy weekend!

Sarah said...

Guess I'm the snail. Sorry to be late arriving at this beautiful table. What fun! You do know how to put special tablescapes together. Thanks for sharing. And Happy Birthday to that sweet girl! ~ Sarah

Marigene said...

Beautiful, so springlike...I love it when I see anything done in purples and greens.

Kathleen Ellis said...

Oh, Debbie, what a beautiful table! I love the color's one of my favorites! Your attention to detail is impeccable! The beautiful flowers, the girlhood memorabilia...the pretty's all so beautiful! I love the wall color, too!
Have a beautiful week~
;-D Kathleen

CAL said...

Another purple/green fan here!! The IRis flowers were brilliant - absolutely gorgeous tablescape.


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