Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tea For Tulips

Remember last week when I confessed to having some silver napkins rings in my possession that I had borrowed from the Farm Sister over a month ago?  Yeah, well, I did return them. I didn't feel quite so bad about being the borrower when I went out to the farm this weekend, though.

Her spring dining room table ought to be named Something Borrowed, but we've  named it Tea For Tulips instead.

 (Actually, I named it. I'm the only odd bird in the family who feels the need to name a table.)

The inspiration for the whole table came from these
tulip salad plates which belong to the Duchess.

She added a light green dinner plate to go under it... 
which she also borrowed from the Duchess.

And then placed them atop a white ceramic charger.
That belongs to the Duchess as well.

Here's the Dish of the Day:
You're never too old to borrow from Mom. 

Those egg cups?  
They belong to the Duchess. 

They're filled with tulip cupcake liners and candy.
She borrowed that idea from Pinterest, I think.

 They're filled with pastel M&Ms, but you can't see that in my picture.

Of course, not everything on that table is borrowed. 
 The linens all belong to her. She got those plaid napkins at TJ Maxx last year.

I'm planning to borrow them.
I bought the matching tablecloth. 

 They are layered with some pale yellow ones 
and shooshed in a napkin ring...

which, ahem, she borrowed from the Duchess.

The flatware is her own Dover by Oneida.

The casual stemware is hers as well. 
She got the green ones at Christmas Tree Shops.

All centerpiece accessories belong to her.
But those tulip votives  were borrowed from the Duchess.

And there you have it. The Farm Sister's springtime table. 
I really do think it's lovely.

So lovely, in fact, that now I'm off to see the Duchess
 to do some pilfering of my own.

'Cause I'm the baby sister...

For other baby sisters out there,
no further explanation is necessary.

Dishing with Cuisine Kathleen this evening, on The Porch tomorrow,
 and Pink Saturday


Chatty Crone said...

I'll call you beautiful. You always do a fantastic tablescape Debbie - but when you add my favorite flower in my favorite color - it goes right to my heart. And those tulip votives!

Love it, Sandie

Debbie said...

Good morning! LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Soo pretty and fun. Have a wonderful dasy! HUGS

Denise said...

Beyond lovely.

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Debbie,

I love this table!!! Your sister has a pretty dining room, by the way. Well, once again, everything on the table is lovely. I love the green taper candles, and the little flower candle rings, as well as the tulip votives. I love the real tulips, too -- one of God's most amazing flowers. And the pastel table linens are so perfect for spring and for Easter; just my cup of tea. Your mom's tulip salad plates are so pretty. I don't blame the both of you for borrowing.

Oh, and I have a younger sister, so I think I get the baby sister reference. (Insert eye roll) :)
This is a pretty and funny post, as always.



Denise at Forest Manor said...

It's me, again, Debbie. Have you read the children's book series, "The Borrowers"? Just sayin'. ;-)



Rettabug said...

What a beautiful Spring table! I don't care who owns what, it is all lovely when brought together.
My baby sister lives in AZ...I only WISH we could do a tablescape together!


Alycia Nichols said...

As Randy Jackson would say, "I FEEL you, dawg!" I'm the baby sister, too, and I feel entitled! :-) I'm very good at pilfering, too!!! I have never visited my sister's home in Minnesota, but I'm sure she'd think a cat burglar was on the loose if I ever did!!! :-) My Mom is used to it by now. GREAT spring table!!!!!! Your big sis did a really great job! She did a good job of mixing and matching!!!

Barbara F. said...

Great table, and God bless moms, everywhere, we would be (and are) so lost without 'em! xo

FrouFrouBritches said...

I love it! The tulip plates are gorgeous! I think my fancy flatware is Dover, although I don't think it has ever been used. Someday...... Love the white teapot on the table. I am a teapot lover!

Crickit said...

This really is a beautiful Spring table! Love it!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Denise's table is perfect for Spring! She has a great eye and knows exactly how to combine her own and the Duchess's pretties. Of course, we all know she wouldn't have had to borrow those napkin rings if someone had returned her. (Just sayin' ...) As for the baby sister business, I'm rolling my eyes, too, and adding some "Oh, Bru-ther!" Other than that, I'm really glad you and your sister are close enough to borrow things and play in the dishes together and make everyday memories. Wish my baby sister were closer! ...Beautiful table, Denise! Happy Spring to all.

SoonerLaura said...

Very lovely. I am partial to the napkins, egg cups and votive candle holders. I'm also the baby sis. My Mom is a collector of beautiful dishes and loves red glassware. I'm thinking I should take some pics when I visit her at Easter. I'm sure she'll have some beautiful table settings.

Babs said...

How beautiful! Tulips just look perfect for a Spring table and how much fun is it to "borrow" dishes, etc. from your mom or sister. Love the tulip plates and green stemware.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh how cheerful and how do you come up with these ideas over and over again?

Oh just to let you getting ready for hubby has been on my heart all week...I wanted to tell you, you are a treasure and a jewel..what a gift of a wife you are!!

Ann said...

The eye for a pretty table runs in the family! And, I LOVE those tulip plates! I'd borrow them, too!

Happy Spring!

Gina said...

I love tulips and this table is so pretty! The plates are beautiful and I love the votives too!

Kathleen said...

I absolutely love this table! Tulips are my favourite flower and the vase they are in just really floats my boat. The colours are so springy, I really do love it all.

Maryann said...

Love everything about this table, it just sings spring

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Love the pink and green! Cute idea to use the cupcake liners in the egg cups-I have such an egg cup fetish... And the plaid is great, your table will look fab too-enjoy:@)

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Nothing says spring like tulips.

xinex said...

Love, love the table, Debbie! Such sweet colors and pretty tulips. I love your fluted vase too. Isn't that nice that you can all borrow from one another.....Christine

ellen b said...

I've always loved pink and green in a scape! So pretty. Love your photos. The tulip dishes are so fun!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Debbie, beautiful tablescaping runs in your family (and apparently also borrowing from each other runs in the family). How wonderful that you all live close enough together to borrow for a tablescape. This tulip scape is beautiful. She should have only done two place settings, so you could have named the table tea for two lips! Love the tulip cupcake liners in the egg cups. I'm going to have to remember that. laurie

Marlis said...

I would love to be in your family of sisters!
what fun you must have. Love this table. Tell the farm sister, she did fabulous. The pieces she chose (to borrow) are so perfect to carry out the theme. Her accessories are the crown jewels! xo marlis

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Debbie, I'm the BIG sister and yes, I know how those baby sisters are! And you are right--we are never too old to borrow from mom. I just found out the other day that my mom is planning to give her wedding china to my daughter! I said, what about me? I've been waiting forever for them!!!! Maybe my daughter will let me borrow! Your sister's table is wonderful, whoever the pieces belong to, and I am going to borrow/steal the egg cup and m and m idea! Linda

Marigene said...

Just so lovely! The tulip plates are fabulous.

Debbiedoo's said...

How pretty Debbie. LOVE tulips, just wished they would last longer. Your plates are darling too.

Scribbler said...

Beautiful fresh Spring table!

The soft colors are so pretty, and it was so nice of your mother to "lend" all the accoutrements!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How fun it must be to expand your possibilities of tablesetting by borrowing from each other. THis is delightful. Love the cupcake liner in the egg cups --- I'm so going to "borrow" that idea!

Sarah said...

Love tulips and love every detail of this "Tea for Tulips" table. I envy you having a partner in dish crime. ;-)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

My tablescape tonight has those same napkins! Pretty tulip plates and tablescape!

(P.S. - please check out my post on Saturday too, I think you'll like it!)

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Oh Debbie, You are SO DARN "CUTE"!!! I'm LOVING those tulip dishes, WOW too bad I wasn't closer to "BORROW THEM"...Remember the days when our Mom used to send us to the neighbor to BORROW a cup of sugar???hehe,Does ANYONE do that anymore??? I think NOT!
Hugs to you,

Marla and Steve said...

Such an adorable table! Love it. Love how the tulips are filled with candy in the egg cups. In a previous post of mine I had the tulips filled with candy and used plastic cups to take them to a movie night at a friends house. Hers look elegant. Mine look - well, movie night casual :)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, your sister did it up right, I did not even know that tulip cupcake liners existed! Ok, so she might have copied you, and it is beautiful, but you got her in the end, I think you said baby sister 5 really know how to dig,,,How do I know, I'm a baby sister and I never let my brother forget it!


Vee said...

What a cute post. I only wish that my sister would pilfer from me. What a great table she created. Lots of ideas here for the use of egg cups with the tulip cupcake liners. Wonder what the chances are of finding egg cups before Easter...

Martha said...

A very pretty table! Love the tulips!

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

I love your beautiful table and was so excited to pin it last night that I forgot to tell you it is just So Spring! I'm back again to tell you and the committee you need to go into the business. With all of your resources, creativity, and support for one another, you already have a continual party on!

All The Pretty Dishes said...

What a beautiful tablescape and I adore the tulip plates.

Liz@A Dish Here, A Glass There said...

Great plates for the inspiration! The tulips mixed with the fern look great too and the glass vase is very pretty!
Love the tulip cupcake pieces in the egg holders! The napkins pull on the colors in the vase too! Lovely table indeed!

Jo's This and That said...

Love your table! Love the dishes! Thanks for sharing Joann

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Now this was one really adorable and happy post.

Loved it and made me totally laugh.

I have a baby sister......yep, we get it, haha.

Sweetladyelaine said...

Love, Love this table! Tulips are beautiful! I don't have any sisters and my family all lives in NY and I'm in IL. I am happy that you can borrow things from your mom. Everything is so pretty!
Blessings My Friend,

Carol said...

I sure do love tulips! What a beautiful tablescape! The colors, the dishes, stemware, linens. Wonderful.

Kathleen said...

I think it is just lovely! And I am betting those napkin rings came from CTS too! I have them and the glasses!
I love tulips, and this table is so soft and pretty. I think it is great you can share. It would be fun to have a dish library where we could borrow the dishes, do a scape and then return them! :)
Lovely table, Debbie, and thanks for linking to Let's Dish!
PS, send your addy!

Mary said...

How fun you can borrow from your sister & mom~ I love seeing your collaborations at the table! The tulip plates are so cheery and that shade of green is my absolute favorite. Happy Pilfering :)

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Gorgeous spring table with those blooming flowers! Lovely colours here. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)
Have a nice day.

Kathryn Ross said...

LOVE this whole spriny setting! But, question - do you have a special room where you keep all these different place settings? I have little room for anything new. All so lovely!

LV said...

No matter who the things belong to, you both turned out a lovely table setting.

Leslie's Garden said...

I just love this table, especially the egg cups with the tulip liners! I've never seen them but will be on the lookout now!

Canadagirl said...

This table is soooooooooooo me! I would love this to be my table. I have such fond memories of going to the tulip fields in The Scagit Valley.
( )

For Valentines Day my Handsome always gives me a bouquet of tulips. They are the best!

It is good to be back and plan to pop in often. I missed you!


Denise said...

I'm thinking monkey see, monkey do "little sister" would be the better approach for your borrowing!!!

Thanks for photographing my table. It was not really anything special but I appreciate the fact that you think it worthy enough for your blog.

As usual, your descriptions had me in stitches.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

How nice to be the baby sister :)

You always set the loveliest table but I think you've out done yourself with this one. So pretty!

chubskulit said...

Absolutely fabulous and gorgeous!

Visiting a little late for Pink Saturday. My entry is a product of creativity. Have a great weekend!

Sharon said...

I'm late for the party (sorry that that seems to be a regular thing lately...) - nevertheless, I so enjoyed tiptoeing through the tulips on this delightful spring-themed table!

I had a good laugh about the *little sister* pilfering remarks. Seems like things happened a little backwards in my family. My little sister was very good at REGULARLY cleaning out her drawers and closet. I was (and am) a packrat. I can't tell you the many times that I *pilfered* her bags and boxes earmarked for the GoodWill!!

I think I liked the vase the best - so pretty!

Can I come pilfer some time??


Kelley said...

Oh, my heavenly goodness! And to think that you girls are gifting all that to me! Y'all are so sweet.

I especially love my new tulip cupcake liners. And the GREEN, of course.

My. I feel so very blessed. Hearken while I say with my tu-lips: Thank you (Duchess)!

Sharlotte said...

Love, love tulips! These "borrowed" items make the perfect table. I'll know you all have so much fun with each other - you need to have a central storehouse for all your goodies!
I'm a baby sister too - thank goodness for big sisters!


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