Wednesday, May 11, 2011

An Outside Romantic Setting

May is a special month for me, as it is Mother's Day, and also my anniversary month.  This year, I had another special day in May, as my daughter graduated from college (see post below).  Because of that, I didn't get my Mother's Day tribute up, but as soon as I have more time, I will do that.  Better late than never! 

With all these special days, I have to remind myself to live in the present, and hope that the special moments I attempt to create with my family will be remembered!

I have a quiet little place in my side yard where I sat up my table for today.  Of course, I waited to get shots with the candles lit, but as happens frequently, my camera batteries decided to die precisely at that time.  So all the shots are in daylight--maybe you can try to imagine what it would be like at dusk with candlelight flickering!
A nice spot for dining, near the waterfall, with a view of the yard.

I wish the peonies would last all summer!
Mostly vintage items on this table, except the silverplate chargers, which were purchased at a thrift store.
The colors in the china aren't quite this bold, they are a bit softer. 
Linen napkins held with vintage napkin rings.
The chargers hold a yellow depression glass plate.  It's hard to see the pattern in this picture, but it is beautiful.
Not sure of the pattern of the Limoge china.  Silverplate is Repousse.  Salt cellars are also Limoges.

Plates stacked, colors are truer in this photo.
Stems are Westmoreland Hobnail.  Sherbets are Fostoria Navarre.
Bowl in chair is Meissen.

One more...
Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to celebrate all the special moments this May, however big or small they might be, with the ones you love!  As always, I appreciate your kind comments, as I strive for A Perfect Setting!


  1. Honey, you don't NEED to STRIVE ... you've got it down to a 'T'. Absolutely beautiful.

    Have a beautiful eve ~
    TTFN ~

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  2. Happy Anniversary and Happy Graduation to your daughter! You'll need to update your "About Me" now that you have a college graduate!

    Your table setting is just lovely, who wouldn't want to dine on your side patio! Have a wonderful week!

  3. Hi,
    Just discovered your blog from Between naps on the porch and so glad I did. Have been reading your past posts - all of your tablescapes are absolutely beautiful and you have given me some wonderful ideas to use for an upcoming dinner I am hosting. liz

  4. Stunning table and such a gorgeous venue as well. Do you know the name of the yellow depression glass? I have a collection of depression glass and that particular one I have never seen. It's such a delicate looking plate. Those chargers I would love to have and I saw them on another TT post that is posted today.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  5. Surfing the blogs today and discovered yours! So inviting, perfect...we have an anniversary in May too!

  6. Definitely a perfect setting! You table looks elegant in its alfresco setting. Beautiful china, silver, and linens.
    Happy Anniversary to you! ~Sarah

  7. Your table setting is beautiful and what a lovely setting to have it in. I love your backyard and it's so nice to see your lovely pool peaking through the trees and shrubs. it looks so peaceful.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. What a stunning table! Those peonies add such a lovely touch to your elegant china and crystal. And your backyard is amazing!

  9. Hi lovely lady. You always have the most Beautiful Tablescapes sweet lady. so elegant you know just how to put it altogether ~~~
    I hope you are having a Great Day.
    XXOO Diane

  10. Beautiful setting for an alfresco meal...your table is so elegant. Gorgeous peonies.

  11. Oh all so pretty. I love the china and I see your cat wears big bows like Miss Charlotte Moss my cat! Blogger messed up bigtime this week but glad we are all on Show and Tell Friday

  12. ooooh! this is so pretty!! looks like such a relaxing place.

  13. Wow, so pretty! Love the white peonies- I think if you have to pick only one color of peonies to grow white should be it! The silver chargers make those Limoge pieces even more beautiful and the depression glass plates are a nice surprise! ...This is soft, romantic, intimate and elegant! Love it! Happy Anniversary! Liz

  14. Lovely tablescape. I love your Meissen basket! The setting is very calm and peaceful for a summer lunch!

  15. How very romantic and delightful. I love the delicate china and the silver and the wonderful glasses. It's all so romantic!

  16. How BEAUTIFUL!! Such a serene spot to sit & dine...I am soooo envious of your gardens & outdoor areas. *sigh*

    All the gorgeous china & flatware & especially the vintage stemware just make my ♥ go pitter-patter. This elegant look speaks to my soul, truly. I would feel like a Queen, seated at such a table.

    Happy Anniversary to you & your hubby! May you have many, many more years to celebrate together.


  17. What a beautiful and elegant setting! Your peonies are gorgeous!

  18. Such an inviting table. Congratulations on your anniversary and your daughter's graduation. I just love peonies. My are bloomed out, but I tried cutting a handful of buds and I 'm trying to save them in the refrigerator till the end of May. Dianne

  19. Peonies are one of my favorites - especially white ones. I can only imagine how beautiful that table was in the evening.

  20. Your china is so delicate and beautiful and full of detail. Love those chargers.

    So happy to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  21. Perfect Romantic touch... whites , pinks with silver touch... greenry with water ... what else a romantic couple needs more:)... Simply beautiful such delicacy and tenderness... you make my day with happiness really... A good thing is joy . and your this post is a true joy for me...
    Hope you like to visit and love to feel the beauty and fragrance of flowers at

  22. I'm back for a second...and third look! So beautiful!!!

    Thank you for the suggestion of the book, Red Tent. I have requested it from my local library & look forward to reading it next.


  23. Absolutely beautiful! What a lovely table. Our anniv was last Mon., no celebrations though, a very sad week here.
    We will have to celebrate when we are happier!
    Happy Anniversary to you!

  24. I love this! I have a some of those same plates! They are so pretty!