Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tablescape Thursday: Soup for Lunch



It's time for a spring soup lunch in the kitchen.   I've used one of my favorite colorful Provencal  tablecloths, which really sets off the creamware dishes.

 


This is a very casual table, overlooking the garden in the back yard.  Spring is proceeding apace, and sprays of yellow forsythia are perfect for this table.





A huge cabbage leaf tureen takes center stage.  This was one of our first purchases as newlyweds, when it seemed like a very expensive choice.  But 30 years later, I still love it every time I see it.




I put the forsythia in two "tulipieres" that I bought at the thrift store.  Do you suppose that makes them "forsythieres?"




The salt and pepper shakers are Mr. and Mrs. Fox, in hunting garb.  I can't remember where I got them.




The dinner plates are Baroque, by American Atelier at Home.  The soup bowls are from the Hera Collection, Roscher & Co.




The flatware is another thrift store score.  Oneida Community Plate.  No monograms, but I love those roses.  ;)




The water goblets are pressed glass, and belonged to my mother.  As much as I enjoy setting a very formal table in the dining room, it's these kitchen setting that I love best.  Life is short.  Make every day special.

Oh man, can I get any more Hallmark?  Sorry.  It's late, and I didn't get much sleep last night.







Thank you so much to our wonderful hostess, Susan.  Please take some time to visit Susan's blog, Between Naps on the Porch, to see lots of wonderful tablescapes.

49 comments:

  1. Simply lovely, Mary! I like your tablecloth and your tureen!

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  2. The soup tureen is to die for!! Love the cream and red together! Fantastic job. Thanks for sharing. Sonia/Miss Bloomers

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  3. That is so pretty, I LOVE the salt and pepper shakers!

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  4. Mary, one of my favorite posts from you!

    Don't apologize for being sentimental.

    Blessings, Marsha

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  5. Salt and Pepper shakers are so cute. Your tablecloth is gorgeous and the silverware and the soup tureen are so elegant. Thanks for sharing all of this with me. It made me SMILE:)
    Joyce

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  6. Love your china and the lovely tablecloth! Everything just looks wonderful!

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  7. Oh, Mary, I think this tablescape is my favorite! The tureen is really beautiful! I'm really beginning to love this bowls. Your china is beautiful and the tablecloth is just perfect, not to mention your wonderful photography!
    be a sweetie
    Shelia ;)

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  8. This table makes me want to sit down and enjoy whatever you are serving. It is so inviting and warm.

    Scribbler

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  9. So many great pieces! Love the tulipieres and the flatware is stunning and there are no words for the gorgeous tureen!

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  10. Your creamware is to die for! I have a tulipieres but I didn't know I had one because I didn't know what to call it. Thanks to you - it now has a name! With the rain just starting here tonight, soup sounds good for lunch tomorrow. What about broccoli cheese? That sounds good to me.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Charla

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  11. I LOVE the tureen! The dinnerware is to die for too...I like the photos too :)

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  12. Gorgeous tablecloth, I love the colors. Also your tulipiere is just wonderful, they're one of my favorite vases and I use them all the time.

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  13. you set the prettiest tables

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  14. I LOVE that soup tureen ... it's too cute ... :) Love Mr and Mrs Fox too ... wow, what a lovely table.

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  15. Very pretty. I love the salt & pepper shakers.

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  16. lovely! i'm thinking i should take more time to set up a nice table...

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  17. so beautifully put...love the white dinnerware.

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  18. I very much like your setting Mary, especially the tablecloth.
    Gracie at http://mylittleplace.blog.com

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  19. Hello Mary...

    What a delightful Spring table!!! I love the red and white together...so warm and inviting...just as an informal meal together should be! The place settings are beautiful and I just love your soup tureen! It's fabulous and was the first thing to catch my attention!!! Beautiful...very beautiful indeed!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

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  20. Mary gorgeous tablesetting.
    Love that vase.
    Alison

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  21. I'm new to your blog and I think your whole table is gorgeous! I love the Hera collection!

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  22. Each time I visit one of your tablescape posts, I feel like I am right there. You really do set a beautiful table. Great to see your wonderful creamware against the French table cloth and those charming salt and pepper shakers add just the right punch of color and whimsy.

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  23. Love the soup tureen and the table is beautiful. Where do you store all this ?!?

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  24. If Hallmark ever needs a writer, they can enlist you. I didn't notice until you pointed it out...I was just oohing and ahhing at all the loveliness here.

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  25. Beautiful tureen! And your dishes are so elegant - gorgeous!

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  26. Mary! What a beautiful soup table you created! Love every part of it. The tablecloth is so lovely with all this white! Love the embossing on the plates...
    Your photos are fabulous!

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  27. Oh Mary I just love that soup tureen...the table cloth, the flatware, the dishes, Girl I think this is just beautiful and your pics are lovely ...thanks so much for coming to see me...May you have a great day...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  28. Soooo Pretty! I love all the textures. It looks so soft and soothing!

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  29. I am not a covetous person (well, not much) ... but I covet that tureen! Holy smokes, what a beauty!
    Cass

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  30. Oh how I love your treasures and I am coveting Mr and Mrs Fox BIG time. You have such a gif for setting the perfect table...inviting and warm, pretty and so special.
    Love,
    Sue

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  31. Lovely tablescape. Love the tablecloth which is the perfect background for the dishes! Love the tureen and like Cass, I covet it as well! And I love your finger vases --

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  32. Love you wexford glasses-- I have those too!!

    Very lovely tablescape.

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  33. I love everything about your tablescape. Especially the plates, the S&P shakers and the tulipieres (never heard of it before). Just fabulous!

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  34. I love everything about your tablescape too! The salt and pepper are so cute. You did a fabulous job with your photography!!!
    Happy tt, Bridget

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  35. OH Mary...I so love everything you do! You do things so beautifully...and what is funny...and interesting ..you don't even know it. LOL You just..do it...or so it seems anyway! I guess I just darned well like you a whole lot!!!
    :)
    Mona

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  36. Love at first sight with Mr. & Mrs Fox. How cute!

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  37. Very pretty! The tureen is gorgeous..and the forsthiere..:)

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  38. Mary,
    This is the most charming and pretty table. I really love your style, that tureen, wow, the salt and pepper shakers and the charming tablecloth. Thanks for your nice comments on my B Day Girl. Cindy

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  39. Hi Mary!

    You have a new fan! I just have not seen a tablescape that I was in actual astonishment as I was with yours. Everything about it was so in my own taste (and dreams!). From the tablecloth to the soup tureen, to the tulip???! vase thingie (have never seen or heard of one of those but I will be on the hunt for one now!) and your dishes, flatware and goblets! Oh my, obviously I'm not speechless!

    This is just so simple and pretty and a look I will achieve one of thse days. And finally, Mr. & Mrs. Fox brought back some sort of memory from a childhood book and I can't put my finger on it. Love them!

    Well, thank you for sharing such a pretty tablescape and thank you for visiting my blog as well. I can't wait to see your next creation!

    Have a great rest of the week! :-D

    xoxo
    Jane

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  40. Everything about this tablescape is perfect! That tablecloth is so great with the pretty white china, and those dressed up fox are absolutely charming! It's no wonder you still enjoy that soup tureen. It is beautiful. You must have always had great taste. laurie

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  41. Lovin' the salt and pepper shakers!

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

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  42. Lovely, welcoming tablescape!!
    I can imagine it would invite lots of happy conversation!

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  43. This is a gorgeous tablescape!! I love all the details! Great tulip vases!

    Magazine worthy!

    Katherine

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  44. Mary-Thank you so much for visiting so I didn't miss visiting you!!!!! I would have missed that fabulous cabbage tureen and the forsythieres :)! Your photography is a real gift. And my secret to you...I'll be drinking sweet tea (my drink of choice!). I'll be back often!

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  45. Thank you for visiting my blog. This is gorgeous and I dearly love everything about it. From the Provencial tablecloth to the creamware. I am so envious of your soup tureen. Simply Beautiful.

    Carolyn/A Southerner's Notebook

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  46. Hi Mary...the soup turreen is beautiful...and I love the little salt and pepper shakers...I have such bad timing..I would have loved to have gone to the big rummage sale...I just left Jersey yesterday..I have to remember next year that May in Jersey has all sorts of good stuff going on...Sue.

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  47. Another beautiful table, Mary! Always so love your stunning pics! Your china and flatware are wonderful and I adore the little salt and pepper shakers! Your "forsythieres" are just beautiful! Thanks for a great TT! Susan

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  48. Hi Mary!

    I love heading over here to see the incredible settings you do week to week. This one is just lovely in every way...the dreamy, creamy dishes and tureen are fabulous....and I LOVE the rosy flatware! It all comes together so seamlessly...love the casual elegance. And girl - your photographic skills are enviable...what a great eye you have!!

    Hope the coming week is wonderful (can't wait to see the thrifting goodies you surely snagged today!!)

    Hugs & Blessings,
    Becky S.

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  49. A lovely tablescape.....
    Love the salt and pepper shakers

    I hope your weekend has been beautiful

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