28 May 2011

Blue May Flowers

For some time now I have wanted to do a tablescape using a blue and white flower cart patterned tablecloth I found.

It's such a cute design and it gave me a chance to use some of my favourite blue dishes.

April showers bring May flowers. How many times have we heard that line? We did get a good bit of rain in April and there are lots of flowers blooming now. I particularly love hydrangeas. And don't they look lovely in a vase next to the Harlequin candleholders?

I love all hydrangeas, but I am especially fond of the lace caps. My great-great aunt had huge bushes of lace cap hydrangeas in her backyard. When I was in high school, my Mom got a cutting and planted it outside my bedroom window. I used to love to look out and see that bush in full bloom. Now I have a lace cap hydrangea living in a pot on my balcony. It grew well last year and then survived the winter. This year it is doing even better. One thing I like to do is put little mini-vases at each place setting so everyone gets a flower or two of their own.

This is not a standard relish dish. It is combination of a cobalt Fiesta relish base and Harlequin blue Harlequin relish inserts.

This cobalt glassware is another of my favourites. It was made by the Louie Glass Company in 1936 as a tribute to the Marx Brothers. This particular style is Harpo and is somewhat easier to find than the other brothers.

I was lucky enough to find what I think are the perfect napkin rings for this tablecloth - ceramic watering cans.

The first one of these I ever saw was a dead ringer for persimmon P-86 Fiesta. I have since found them in other glazes that also match Fiesta colours (seamist, sunflower and sapphire), but I still haven't found out who made them.

I also like the blue plaid flatware with this table:

Gracing today's table:
Vintage blue and white flower cart tablecloth
Sapphire post-86 Fiesta plates and tabbed platter - Homer Laughlin China
Cobalt vintage Fiesta relish base - Homer Laughlin China
Harlequin blue Harlequin relish inserts and candleholders - Homer Laughlin China
Harpo pitcher and water glasses - Louis Glass Company
Contemporary wine goblets
Watering can napkin rings - unknown maker
Napkins - Pier 1
Flatware - bought on eBay
3 Vintage blue vases - unknown makers
Candles from TJ Maxx

This week I am joining ~
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday,
Smiling Sally for Blue Monday,
Marty @ A Stroll Through Life for TableTop Tuesday,
Jenny @ off on my tanget for Alphabe-Thursday where this week's Letter is "G" - G is for Growing blue things,
Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,
Suzanne @ The Coloradolady for Vintage Thingy Thursday, and
Sandi & Bill @ Whistlestop Cafe Cooking for Friday's Favourites.

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Paula said...

Very nice! Class Reunion last night used Hydrangeas in Mason Jars as their table decorations.

Bev said...

Becky...your table settings are like pictures out of a magazine. I enjoy each and every one of them.

MyBecca said...

Whoa! This is one fabulous explosion of blue! The tablecloth is so darn cute! Two thumbs up Diva!

Mark G said...

What a shame cobalt wasn't included in Harlequin! The relish with cobalt and harlequin blue is stunning.

Tricia said...

Your table setting is beautiful. Blue is my favorite color.

Susan Freeman said...

So pretty! I love blue!!

Susan and Bentley

Sarah said...

What a fun table, Becky. Love the blues in al their personas. Splendid! ~ Sarah

Ces Adorio said...

OH MY GOD! Your table is gorgeous. It looks so edible. Hahahahah! Oh Becky, you just have the most beaituful dishes and table settings!!!

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

I love your cobalt blue glassware. It's so striking. I don't think you can ever go wrong with blue. What a pretty tablescape! I have some of that same flatware. It's so cute!


Marlis said...

Love your blue tablecloth.. and all your blue! Great table. Love hydrangeas, i've never seen the lace cap hydrangeas..

I am thankful for your visit today. You mentioned the Cross of David grave markers, I do remember those. I think there is one in the second photo. It's all a very touching experience.


Very pretty tablecloth...love all your blue, specially the glasses and ptcher! Beautiful lace a hydrangeas. Great tablescape. Thanks for sharing it! I'm aslo at SS.
Lots of hugs

Snap said...

I love blue and white! The tablecloth is too much fun! Everything is lovely. Happy Sunday!

My name is Riet said...

That is a beautiful tablesetting. I love the blue.

SmilingSally said...

Love those beautiful shades of blue. I remember when my dad grew blue hydrangeas.

Happy Blue Monday, Becky.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Oooooh! I love everything! That tablecloth is fabulous. Isn't it fun to get a great piece and then build around it. Love all of your Homer Laughlin pieces as well.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love the tablecloth and the setting is gorgeous. Everything looks amazing. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

I love decorating with blue and white as well... and your tablescape looks so pretty and soothing. I love love love the way you displayed the hydrangeas in the mini-vases... such a lovely flower to enjoy.. love hydrangeas! The cobalt blue pitcher and the beautiful tablecloth is my favorite. Thanks for sharing such a pretty post and for your sweet comment earlier. Have a great week!~Poppy


The Tablescaper said...

Such a fun table. I LOVE that flatware. Was it really Cambridge. They don't seem to have it anymore.

Looking forward to having you be a part of "Where do you keep it all? - Part 2".

- The Tablescaper

Esther Joy said...

Love all the blue coordinates! And the hydrangeas, too. I have some of the lace caps, but I didn't know the name for them.

Unknown said...

The blues you used are just beautiful.

Southerncook said...

Love these colors Becky and those napkin rings are adorable. They look perfect with your Fiesta and I always love blue hydrangeas. The entire setting is gorgeous on your tablecloth, vintage I'm sure. I never come across vintage tablecloths like you do??? Those little lace caps are beautiful too.


Unknown said...

Wow Becky, loved that post. That table top is darling. I collect cobalt blue but keep things small around all my kitchen window sills. In the morning the sun shining through those make me feel so happy and alive. Great photos.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Such a pretty post! I love everything you've set on your refreshing blue table. I was feeling "blue" this week as well. I'm so taken with that wonderful vintage tablecloth.

ellen b. said...

This is a wonderful tablescape. It really pops with all that fabulous blue! Love it...

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

the blue is so amazing...

it looks so crisp and fresh...

Tanya said...

Stunning blues...especially the pitcher - KILLER! Happy Thursday - Tanya

Jennifer said...

I love your blue tablescape. Just lovely!

Entertaining Women said...

My daughter's wedding flowers were blue hydrangeas...one of my favorites! You bluescape is lovely. Thank you for sharing your beautiful design. Cherry Kay

Jenny said...

I love hydrangeas. And how elegantly you crafted this gorgeous tablescape around that luscious color.

What a neat tablecloth, too!

I always love stopping by to see what you've come up with.

You are so cool.


Candy @ The Little Round Table said...

Beautiful blues Becky! Jumping around this afternoon trying to play catchup on all the tablescapes and this one is just super!


Amy said...

What a beautiful tablescape. Seeing the blue flowers just made me smile. :) By the way, just became your newest follower. Hope you'll follow back! Have a nice long weekend.