Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tablescape Thursday


        My Tablescape Thursday entry, during the Christmas season at Between Naps on the Porch, combines tradition and sentiment. 

        This arrangement is at the edge of my dining room.



        My Christmas china has special, sentimental value .  On the way to my teacher retirement appointment in Austin, to sign all of the needed paperwork (after 32 years in education), I was feeling a little blue. 

        I persuaded my husband to stop at the Mikasa Outlet to off-set my ‘blueness’, and I found these discounted in the back room. This really helped…

xmas collage


China:    Mikasa Christmas Garden

Goblets:  Vintage Ebay

Sterling:  Reed&Barton Francis 1st

Napkins:  Kohl’s

Napkin Rings:  KMart

Enjoy your Thursday!


Julie said...

Oh Laura,What beautiful China... I think it would help my blues also...You have set a very pretty table
Merry Christmas

Unknown said...

That China is so delicate and beautiful. I love it! Your table is very pretty.

Lenore said...

Laura, your table setting is your plates.
I must say that the floral arrangement is absolutely fabulous.
Christmas blessings to you and your family.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Beautiful china! I love that beautiful flower arrangement. Pretty red goblets too!

Debra@CommonGround said...

WOW Laura, I see a WHOLE table set, it's gorgeous! And the floral arrangement, just stunning. Guess what I absolutely love...?...
your red plaid napkins!
big hugs,

Simple Home said...

That's a wonderful flower arrangement and the china is also beautiful. I love plaid, and you've made it look glamorous.

Blondie's Journal said...

Your china is gorgeous. I am looking for Christmas china and I have added this to my list.


Sharing with Sherri said...

Nothing like some new china to chase the blues away Laura...They're just beautiful!

The floral arrangemnet is so gorgeous too, it took my breath away!!


Joyce said...

Elegant table and I loved all your little nativity scenes from the last post too.

From the Old InkWell said...

Love your china. It is so elegant and so is your entire table!

Jennsmere said...

So beautiful, Laura!!!! Love the story of your Christmas china... what a great pick-me-up!!

The poinsettias mixed with the hydrangeas... WoW! love that look!

Bless you, sweetie! Have a great Christmas!

Kammy said...

Very pretty Laura ! That flower arrangement is so pretty !

June said...

HI Laura,
I think this would have eased my blues as well. These will serve you many, many Christmases. I love the flateware. It's such a beautiful pattern.

French-Kissed said...

Your Christmas table is absolutely beautiful! I love your china ~ I have never seen this pattern before. Hope you are enjoying the season. ~jermaine~

Debbie said...

Oh so elegant!

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Laura, Those are some of the prettiest plates I've seen yet. It would take away my blues too!

Theresa said...

Those dishes would help any blueness:) Love them and the arrangement! Gorgeous! Have a blessed day!

Carol Murdock said...'s just gorgeous! LOVE that China! I'm using two different cheap sets but have my eye on a "rel set" on Ebay! We need to discuss your reading habits so I can give you a list! I can't remember, have you read THE HELP? IF not, do it now! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh Laura, so beautiful.

trash talk said...

There is nothing like reds to chase away the blues! Did you do the arrangement. It is gorgeous and such a statement.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laura, this is all lovely, and you know, dishes ALWAYS help! The more, the merrier!

I adore your large bouquet and that silver vase. Very pretty.


Sheila :-)

Barb said...

Laura, this is truly lovely. Your table is full of elegance, charm and beauty. The china is fabulous. I love it all.

Barb ♥

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your china is so elegant and charming. I love your table. Love the vintage glasses.

Deb said... are you doing????

Deanna said...

Blessings to you!
Love your table. Very pretty! I always enjoy seeing Tablescape Thursday.
May you have a Merry Christmas,
d from homehaven

Nancy said...

Beautiful. You have such good taste!

I am waiting for my Christmas pattern to go on sale after Christmas. I started it several years ago but only have a set of four place settings. We usually use our other china for holidays but I've always wanted a set for Christmas. I currently only have four place settings, but I'm sure there will be sales this year.

Anonymous said...

Simply gorgeous!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

So Pretty! Love the flower arrangement.
Drop by - I am having a giveaway.

Jeanette said...

The arrangement is so lovely. Your dishes exquisite. The table incredible. Thank you for sharing.

Marguerite said...

I just adore all of your tablescapes and this one if GORGEOUS! Very elegant and I love the lovely floral arrangement, too! You should do this for a living!

Sarah said...

Laura, these plates are stunning. I've been retired from teaching since 98. I think the "blues" will quickly fade. The life of retirement is full of joy. I now wonder how I found time to work! LOL
Happy Holidays! ~ Sarah

Anonymous said...

Hi Laura! Oh, my goodness. That china would certainly perk me up - it's so beautiful and delicate looking! Your tablescape is so beautiful! Love your vintage glasses and that floral with the hydrangeas and poinsettias is the most gorgeous!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Natasha in Oz said...

WOW!!! That china is absolutely beautiful. You have set a very festive and elegant table.

Best wishes, Natasha.

Anne Lorys said...

That is a beautifully elegant tablescape!
Any big plans for your retirement? My husband is a school teacher, and has 6 more years before he can retire...I doubt he will, though. We shall see!
Have a blessed Sunday,

Anne Marie said...

how sparkly and sophisticated! i really have never thought about owning christmas china, but if I have the room someday, that would be so fun wouldn't it? since you have so many guests over around this time.....
and that floral is wow! great! I'm going to show my sister that one......she loves to get creative with florals........

have a great rest of your weekend!

Dixie said...

Girl! I may have to take a trip to the outlet mall this week myself.. that Mikasa Christmas china is just beautiful... (San Marcos outlet?)

thanks so much for visiting, commenting and posting about my 300th post celebration! Good Luck. I can hardly wait to see who wins!

blessings. Dixie

Amy said...

I love your table setting and your china is WONDERFUL!!! I can see why that china made your day a little easier!


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