Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Dining Under the Pear Trees

I'm pretty much flying solo with the table this week. Last week was way too busy to play with dishes.
But when I came home from school the other day, I was greeted by my favorite sight of the year.

The Bradford pear explosion.


It just seemed to inspire a springtime table of 
 white and green.

So with a little help from the tablescaping team, I gathered together some dishes and linens. Then, I was on my own to try to put it all together.


The linens all came from the Duchess.
Both the tablecloth and napkins came from her vintage linen trunk.


I did a little decoupage on the napkin ring 
and set it across a dessert bowl.


Those  bowls belong to me. I fell in love with the pattern and have been collecting it for a while.  They keep showing up at my favorite antique store, and I keep buying pieces.

I have luncheon plates and soup bowls too.


The white salad and dinner plates
are Italian Countryside by Mikasa.
They all belong to the Sister.


There was no good reason to put them all on the table,
but I  just loved the way they looked all sandwiched together.


I bought these sherbet glasses at the same
 antique store.
 Since my theme color is green this year,
 I figured I would get a lot of use out of them.


The stemware, I've had for a while. I got it at another antique store.
It usually lives on a table in our bedroom.


I cut some some blossoms from our pear trees and arranged them in a tureen that almost matches the floral dishes. Since it wasn't quite tall enough, I set it on some more Italian Countryside.


And because there was no one around to stop me,
I stuck more blossoms willy nilly around the table.


And set it all up on the front porch in view of the pear trees.



The husband is home this week. When he saw me lugging this stuff to the front porch, he asked if we were really going to dine alfresco.

No, we're not.
I explained to him that this is the front porch,
and I didn't want to make a spectacle of myself.

And he said... 

Why stop now?

Such a smarty pants I married.
*****

I'm sharing with Susan @ BNOTP

58 comments:

Denise said...

This table turned out sooooo pretty. I'm glad the tablecloth worked out. It's quite a showpiece. (MY humble opinion, of course). The 'stack' of dishes is perfect with all of the linens. Those pear trees are such a great backdrop.

Thanks for doing a little decoupage on those napkin rings. Some of us really look for that special Debbie touch.

And, since the husband is home, a little alfresco dining would be nice. (Even if he displays his snickering testosterone all the way through dinner).

Shanae Branham said...

Wow! I love this! What a beautiful presentation for the blossoms to the lacy napkin. I am glad I stopped by. By the way, I have a contest giveaway on my blog you might find fun. Take a look. My blog is devoted to getting people to see "failure" as a setback along the road to success. triumphandtears.blogspot.com

At The Picket Fence said...

Debbie this is just gorgeous and it makes me literally crave warmer, sunny weather! The pops of green are my favorite part and I love how you created an "urn" to use for the floral arrangement...you are very clever, you know? I know you know! :-)
Vanessa

Sue said...

How pretty Debbie. Your dishes are just beautiful, I can see why you collect them and the linens look perfect with them. Your Bradford Pears are ahead of mine a little ~ ours are just starting to pop out. [we don't have quite the show that you do, only 2 :-( }

But it's warm and sunshiny here so I am excited for spring!
Enjoy your day, and maybe you can eat in the backyard!
Sue

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"OMG" this is GORGEOUS!!! and even though I'm still somewhat buried, "You made me SMILE"!!! I LOVE the green&white WITH those gorgeous trees and your Dishes are SO PRETTY!!! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing spring with us!
Hugs to you,
Donna

Ann said...

Shoot. "When I get old" I am NOT going to wear purple and red (already do that).

I'm going antiquing and buying beautiful green glasses!
LOVE it Debbie! Thanks for a peek at spring!

Cheers!

FrouFrouBritches said...

Oh, our Hubbies would get along famously! That sounds exactly like something he would say!

So, this table has moved up the list of my favorites. Not only is it gorgeous with my favorite Bradford Pear trees, but it's also GREEN, which is my favorite color! So GORGEOUS! I love all the dishes! Denise's white patterned ones are so pretty and the ones you've been collecting are beautiful!! And don't even get me started on the ice cream dishes. If I ever make it over for dinner, you better hide them. They might wind up in my purse. Hee! Hee! Super job!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

LOL! Ahh, but he loves you! Love your pretty porch table setting. I have noticed the Bradford Pears are beautiful downtown. We don't have any around here. I love your pretty dishes with the roses, they remind me of the ones I have that were my grandmas...very similiar. I also really like the napkin ring addition and those pretty green dessert cups. You did a fantastic job all on your own there! It's gorgeous!

elizabeth said...

So beautiful! It's been gray and rainy here all.week.long. Can I come play at your house?

Sonja said...

Freash as spring and just beautiful! Our Bradford pears are full too and it's such a promise of spring... they are always first, along with some pink buds on whatever that other tree is!?? I have some green glass from my own grandmother that looks just like this and I love it! Beautiful table Debbie! Makes my heart glad...

bj said...

OMGosh...this is so so sweet to look at. Just beautiful. I am thinking there's nothing that says SPRING quite a soft green and white combo.
You have really inspired me to do a green and white table very soon. Thanks!!
hugs, bj

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your china is just beautiful Debbie, such pretty colors and so happy! Lovin' the blooms, we're a few weeks behind you but really looking forward to spring-enjoy:@)

Tricia said...

Oh, seeing those pear trees in full bloom was marvelous! We had to cut the one in our front yard down last year, and I miss it. Your table is so beautiful, with those soft greens and the pretty linens. I love your green glassware, too, and I am on the lookout for some vintage sherbets. I really "need" some! Thanks for your kind comments this week!

Carol said...

Debbie,
How so very lovely! Beautiful dishes. Beautiful linens. And the flowers willy nilly?! Perfect!
You are way ahead of us as far as spring goes!

Jo said...

Goodness, I didn't realize how wonderful these pear blossums are, just incredible, I love this setting with the view of the trees, I have a few pear trees, I'm going to try! Thanks for sharing and the inspiration too.
I've set a Spring Social on the top porch, come take a look.
~Jo
LazyonLoblolly

Miss Char said...

As I sit here looking out at the snow your table is the hope of renewal. Thank you for sharing your beautiful table.

Karen said...

Debbie, absolutely beautiful! So fresh looking - and love, love the bowls. Your front yard with the Bradford Pear trees is beautiful. (I know those hubbies can be realistic sometimes. :)

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

What a pretty table! I love your green glass. Our bradford pear trees haven't bloomed yet, but yesterday I noticed the buds were getting pretty full~ maybe in a few more days! Yay!!!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Don't you just love him??? Oh you have so much fun and this is just beautiful!!! Now you truly are the one who needs those two dishwashers I posted about last week. Oh to dine at that table and see the pear trees. Do enjoy!!!

Southerncook said...

A gorgeous tablesetting and I love the china pattern. The green sherbets may very well be depression glass??? I would love to have some of those. I cut some Bradford Pear stems over the weekend from our farm to bring home (did a post yesterday about them) They have a rather peculiar fragrance to them which I did not know. The longer they have been in the house, I'm not sure if I am just getting use to it or the fragrance is diminishing??? In any case they are beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed your post.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Chatty Crone said...

Debbie that is one of the prettiest table scapes I have seen. Gorgeous and simply beautiful. We have the pear trees blooming too - but I don't have any table settings like that.

sandie

xinex said...

Oh Debbie, this tablescape is so crisp ad fresh. I am so jealous of your Bradford pear trees. I see them all over but not in our yard. Your plates are so pretty and so are your napkins. What a gorgeous springy tablescape!..Christine

Miss Merry said...

So lovely, and so wonderful to share your Spring blossoms with all of us! What a wonderful table, the greens and pear blossoms are so pretty together. And those dishes are outstanding. Your husband is adorable!

Marlis said...

The last frost took all our buds on everything!!! I love bradford pears. Your photos reminded me to take some pictures this year. I love your antique dishes. Truly am madly in love with them. Also your stemware. and the napkins and the tablecloth.... I just simply love your table.

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. You know I love all your Beautiful Tablescapes!!! Your bradford pear trees are so lovely,I also love your antique dishes with your napkins sweet lady. thanks so much for your lovely comments on my Tablescapes~~~ I hope you have a great evening~~~~ xxoo Diane

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Debbie, this is beautiful. I love that floral china pattern, and I am lusting after that green stemware. How smart of you to elevate that pretty tureen with the bowl. Your bradfords are blooming already! I love when they bloom here. I can't wait! And I love the way you scattered them willy nilly on the table. laurie

Canadagirl said...

I just ewwwww and awwwwe every time you do a table scape! You boggle my mind and make me think of the pictures that were in the Victoria magazine I use to collect. And to see those blossoms! Ohhh my mind is boggling, lol. You saw my icy cold snow pics and to come here and see your SPRING, like night and day in seasons. I wished I could hire you (if I had the extra cash) to create a landscape for a anniversary I would. Do you have cupboards and cupboards of dishes? Ohhh thats right you barrow too. You are so smart. [0=

I really had a good chuckle when your hubby said ...why stop now? Hee he he sounds like my hubby.

Blessings and ((HUGS))
In Him<><
-Mary

Scribbler said...

Your hubby is a hoot! Everything is so fresh and springy -- I love it all. Thanks for your kind comment. I don't get to everyone as soon as I'd like. I am about to pull my hair out getting my book "birthed" so the blogs are a wonderful respite.

Liz@http://infusewithliz.blogspot.com/ said...

Oh I am jealous! Flowering trees of any kind sounds great! I have at least another month to go for that! Love the green and white together, it's so fresh and crisp! The green glassware is so pretty...and that tablecloth is great! How lucky to find that china pattern it's beautiful! Love the mixture you chose with the plates.

Martha said...

A very pretty table -- love the white and green!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Whatever would we do without the men we married? :-) Yours sounds delightful!

Your tablescape is so relaxing, and I can't believe how gorgeous your pear trees are already! We're just barely getting buds on the ones around here. They make a beautiful backdrop for your table -- and the FRONT porch was the perfect choice. Your dishes are delightful, but I've gotta tell you ... I'd love to get to peek in the Duchess's vintage linens trunk. She loaned you some beauties again this week!

Alycia Nichols said...

Uh, yeah...so...Just a heads up that I'll be hijacking that vintage linen truck and driving it to your house to sit on your porch and look out at those beautiful pear trees!!! Oh, my goodness!!! They are exquisite!!! Magnificent! And you have so MANY of them!!! And they are in bloom like that already?!??!?!! Lucky, lucky girl!!! I'm still starin' at wind whipped bare branches! :-( There is little, if any, sign of spring around these parts! Beautiful table! Keep buying those dishes...they make for a whale of a pretty table! Thanks for stopping by my place earlier this evening, and have a fantabulous week!!! P.S. - I would like to please have a tall glass of freshly squeezed lemonade & a plate of cookies waiting when the Duchess and I show up in her hijacked vintage linen truck! :-)

Meredith said...

What a beautiful table. Those trees..I miss seeing the budding fruit trees from when I lived in Europe. I love your choice of china patterns.

Entertaining Women said...

The minute I read your comment to the hubby, I started giggling....I already knew what his retort was going to be. The green with the white is beautiful...refreshing. Our lovely row of five Bradford Pears are finally going to have be taken down. They are old, and they are so fragile that with our occasional wild straight winds, they could easily come down and land either on our house or the neighbors. They'll be missed. I think that we'll go with magnolias instead. I have the same insecurities about monochromatic designs...yet, I've never seen a 'fail' on any of your posts...but maybe you're like me...you don't ever post the 'fails.' Thank you for sharing your non-al fresco design and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

Lori Lucas said...

Your table is absolutely beautiful. The setting could not be more lovely. I love your dishes and your pictures are so well done. I think the green and white combo is one of my favorites. And, by the way, your post on your 100 year old English teacher was a fave!!! That is my goal to be 101. I hope all my old students remember me with half the graciousness you remember your teacher. She was indeed special! Lori L

Kelli said...

I needed a giggle as I drift off to the Land of Nod! You guys must have so much fun! Green is a fantastic choice for the color of the year and it definitely made your table scream of spring!!

Ms.Daisy said...

Debbie,
I love the green depression ware you have collected. It reminds me of some my Mother-in-law had. The Bradford Pear trees are gorgeous and I can't wait for ours to "explode" too! LOL! You set a lovely table, lady!

~Jean

Marigene said...

Debbie, this table is stunning...it is the prettiest you have done to date! I ♥♥♥ it...the green glassware is such a beautiful shade and the floral plates are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Lynn Richards said...

oooh. Hubby scores a point! He is too funny.

I love how you set this table up. The trees in the background are fabulous. (We have a street near us lined with the same trees and I look every day for signs of this year's explosion.)

The greens and the whites are beautiful together. You "done good, girl!" doing this on your own...It's such a pleasing arrangement. I would have been disappointed to not sit down to dinner at that table!
xo
lynn

Deb S. said...

Breathtaking!!! Several of us were thinking the same with the green and white this week. But you totally blew me away! This is PERFECTION, down to every detail!!!

Pat said...

Gorgeous table!
I was just thinking, this morning, I will be so happy to set a table on the porch. Our pear trees have a little while left before they bloom. A couple of years ago, we had a warm spring and they bloomed too early. Then we had an ice storm! I think they will be okay this year, though. When they do bloom I am going to cut some for a table. I love your centerpiece.

CAL said...

Gorgeous my friend, you did a fantastic tablescape. I'm so amazed at your ability to use things in unique ways. The pear trees are so lovely and a great inspiration. You make me look at things differently now, thank you for inspiring me.

sarah said...

stunningly beautiful...everything...starting with the best...those amazing trees. And Debbie...I love your writing. It always makes me smile.....

Jo said...

Hey Debbie, I'm back to thank you for visiting LazyonLoblolly, the top porch, the green plates came from Micheal's and the birdie plates came from Crackle Barrel.
Please come back for a visit & chat anytime.
We're always doin' something down Loblolly Ln.
~Jo
LazyonLoblolly

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

HAD to giggle about Mr. Smarty Pant's comment! Who cares about how many dishes in your "stack"? The more the merrier for us "dishaholics". Love your soft greens and pretty china.

Crickit said...

What a beautiful tablescape and it looks so wonderful with the blooming pear trees in the background. I LOVE the colors that you chose also. :)

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Oh so pretty. Love the shades of green and the setting.

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

You have captured Spring with all of those lovely pear blossoms and gorgeous green! How luck you are to continually find those amazing dishes. I know, you are modest, but with your talents and resources, you design a superb table Debbie.

Sharon Kirby said...

Wow, I'm a little late to the party!

What is it about green and white that just makes for such a crisp, spring look? (Don't answer - it's a rhetorical question...)

Looks like you did a lovely job all by yourself - I'm so proud. And also a little relieved at the decoupage napkin rings. I was needing a fix...

Yes, you did marry a smarty pants - but at least he's smart enough to know who wears the pants in the family - just sayin'...

xoxo

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Debbie,

What a knockout job you did on this tablescape!! I just LOVE it! Your antique floral china pattern is beautiful and it goes so beautifully with all your other greens -- the stemware, flatware handles, vintage tablecloth, and the foliage from your pear trees. We have lots of those here in N.C. too, but I don't know if I've seen any in bloom yet. This really is the most charming table -- it's so inviting.

Thanks for your kind comments two weeks ago about my "Juliet" table. I couldn't do a table last week because of another home project, and this week I've been sick with a cold. However, I do plan to post a tutorial on the heart napkin fold and link to Metamorphosis Monday with Susan at BNOTP. And I'm already planning my table for next Thursday. Hope you'll stop by!

Denise

Kathleen said...

This tablescape is a masterpiece. I love your china, the green glasses and all the willy nilly blossoms. Beautiful!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

GAsping everytime I scroll down. Nothing words to say but..."MAGNIFICIENT".

Happy TS...

greating from freezing Stockholm,
/chie

All The Pretty Dishes said...

Just beautiful - I love the china - and the trees and entire scene makes me want to be there!

Tess said...

This table is so refreshing. Those floral dishes are beautiful...I didn't see a name for the pattern; what is it? Your green glassware is beautiful too. It all comes together wonderfully.

Phyllis said...

There is nothing left for me to say that has not already been shared with you about your ultimate spring tablescape! All I can say is it is beyond beautiful....every detail attended to perfectly!

once in a blue moon said...

so so so pretty, nature and dishes, the perfect combo~

Sherry said...

Debbie,
This is beautiful. I love the china with the depression glass.
Sherry

Kelley said...

My heart skipped a beat at the lovely sight of all this spectacular green. My name ain't Kelley for nuttin'.

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