Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Once again, Susan from Between Naps on the Porch, has invited us to join in on Tablescape Thursday. Maybe I should have skipped the invite this week, because while I was in the middle of setting my table, I received some exciting news, :) which I'll share at a later date. I'm afraid I lost my concentration for what I was doing. So my table today is a 'watered down' version of what I intended to do.

This set of dishes is Ivy Park, by Christopher Stuart. I've always loved Ivy, so this was a set I knew I had to have as soon as I saw it.
Keeping the pattern in mind, I used Ivy plant that we received as a gift for our last anniversary. Because I've been wanting to share this large platter, I used it under the plant. I'll show a close up picture of the platter in another photo.
Shown here is dinner plate, with the salad plate, on top of yellow sandwich plate, that just has Portugal written on the bottom. I used the same flatware that I used last week, I thought it went best with the setting.

I really like these sandwich plates and wish I had bought more when I purchased these.

The dinner plate.

Next I show a close-up of my favorite goblets. I bought them many years ago at and Ethan Allen Gallery and have been searching for years for more, without any luck.

I layered my placemats, using two of the cabbage leaf mats and an ivory, crochet placemat in the center of the two. Yellow napkins were used to compliment the yellow sandwich dish.

I very seldom use these rimmed soups for soup, I find them too large, so I'll often use them for vegetable dishes. I placed this one shown, on a brass base from my chimney globe, to keep the heat from the dish, off of my table.

The candle sticks are Baldwin Brass and the peg, votive was given to me by a friend, they are very old.

The covered dish below is the only other piece that I've ever found to match my goblets. I use it on the table for various things, but mostly for sweetener packets when coffee is served.

I haven't shown and of my bread baskets in the past so I added this one to the table today.

Here is the close-up of the platter. I purchased four pieces with this pattern on it, however I broke two of the best pieces while cleaning one day. There was a water pitcher and it was beautiful. I couldn't bare to throw the pieces out for the longest time.

One more picture.

I've set all these little English Cottages on the table to go with the English Ivy there. They were a giveaway, with a purchase, during a Christmas promotion at Boscov's one year.

The next piece is from Hallmark . If my memory serves me right, they sold for $50 each at the card store, but I got them on a buyout, costing me $5 each. I have several other pieces.

And one of the other pieces to the collection.

Look at the little rocking chair on the porch.

Another one of the little giveaway houses.

That's it for this weeks tablescape, please be sure to visit the others at


Susan said...

wonderful your dishes!

Shelia said...

What a pretty table! I love your dishes too and those touches of green just pop! Cute little houses! You've set a very nice table.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

once in a blue moon... said...

i love your ivy dishes, very nice! love seeing your sidebar, your dog is so sweet.

xinex said...

Nice layering of the placemats. I like your plates and you're the third one tonight who used an ivy plant accessory....Christine

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

I love your tablescape. Your dishes are beautiful. What a steal of a deal you got with all your little houses.. they are adorable!! Sergei is beautiful girl.. hugs ~lynne~

Martha said...

Love the ivy and cottage theme. Love the china.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love your green - you're all ready for St. Patrick's day -- and your table is full of a little Irish village too!
See ya!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh sweetie, I am so sorry to hear that. I know it has to be hard on you and her family. My thoughts and prayers are with you..I wish there was something else I could do or say..hugs ~lynne~

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love the ivy dishes! Beautiful tablescape!

Candy said...

Pretty table, love the warm glow from the candles. I too, collect little cottage houses...good idea...would be great for 'Three or more Tuesday' post. Enjoyed my visit, thanks!
Blessings, Candy

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Your table looks so nice and the green glasses are unique. Have not seen any like it before. Very pretty. Ivy is sweet as are the houses. I shop Boscovs too.

Janie's World said...

This table totally reminds me of Ireland!!! My daughter collect liliput lane (SP?) cottages and I never would have thought to put them on the table - great idea! Beautiful!

Chandy said...

Beautiful choice for today. I love your dishes!
Sorry for the late visit, we had no internet since 12:30 this morning.

Have a great Thursday!

ceekay said...

Your little cottages are so cute. Love the rocker on the one. I always love ivy for a dinner plate. That is what my everyday dishes are. Great tablescape!

LdyDy said...

Thoroughly enjoyed your tablescape! Cute little touches with the little cottages. I loved your ivy dishes! Oh...and you have a beautiful collie!

Kathleen said...

Beautiful dishes! Pretty the little houses too!