Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Guest of Honor

When Kathleen of Cuisine Kathleen challenged us to do a white tablescape using white plates and one other accent color, I got excited... I was really inspired and my mind started racing...The very first thing I thought of was my white Floraline pottery vases for the centerpiece...I would build this table from the centerpiece out... and in my head I had a lot more white plates to choose from than was actual reality..but, I didn't buy any new ones for this tablescape....not this time, at least..

Come on in..Today YOU are the guest of honor.....This table was FUN to do...thank you Kathleen for your wonderful idea...

These little pots are made in USA...vintage and oh so cute...

The water glasses and the pitcher are thrift store finds...loving the color...

The tablecloth is a piece of vintage fabric that almost looks appliqued with white is the palest pink....

The light pink crepe myrtle is just perfect for the table  especially with the white pottery pieces...This pottery is Floraline ...matte white.  It is part of the McCoy family and has been easier to find and cheaper than pieces marked McCoy....the matte white has long been one I is not as easy to find anymore...

Our deck flowers are strutting their stuff and most have shades of pink...Those are white hydrangeas that have faded nicely and my favorite coleus..Alabama Sunset...that's for you Bonnie...wink, wink..

the spiky white flowers in the background are Monroe's white liriope....a lovely, lovely evergreen plant...

The bottom plates are Coalport Countryware,  Mikasa French Countryside square plates, and then the little covered vintage pots on top.   A whole lot of country going on here..  grin..

I used white on white napkins and the silverplate is Exquisite.

As suppertime neared, I looked out my back door....

Then I took one more round of pictures and loaded that entire tablescape onto trays and brought it INSIDE!!!  in the air conditioning...I am telling you what.  It got so hot and humid during the day that there was NO WAY we were eating outside in that steambath....oh well, just keeping it real here..So, this table was set for me and my husband...Seeing his big masculine self eating from this pink and white table..well, it made me love him even more..He is such a good sport with all of my tablescaping..  and to tell you the truth, I think he enjoys it..I put the guest of honor napkin ring at his place...

I reset the table in our dining room and we sat down to a summer supper of ..wait for it...grits and eggs..with toast and mayhaw jelly...The pinkness of the jelly was beautiful with everything else.. if you don't know that jelly and would like to know about it, leave me a comment and I will do a little blog about it...a real southern delicacy...

One more look behind the are my helpers..they were trying to see how many ways they can pose beneath the table draped in the children.....

So, there you have it...The great white tablescape challenge is fulfilled..and it was so much fun...

There are lots of others doing the same thing with white plates, so take a little time and go over and visit Kathleen's and all the blogs linked up..

It is a great group of women...

Thanks for stopping by and please come again soon..


Here are the parties for this week where I am linking up..come join in and see all the beauty...

 Tablescape Thursday        


  1. Mona, this is so lovely and, as always, your gorgeous photographs tell the story so well!Those lovely light pink Crape Myrtles are so perfect to mix with white. Just when I think I know a great deal about china, you introduce me to something new. I had never before heard of Floraline! Love those little covered pots. Last, but not least, I have a "thing" for pink glassware and yours are so, so pretty. Beautiful job, my friend!!

  2. Mona your table is stunning! The Floraline china is gorgeous and I'm so in love with White lately too! Your centerpiece and purple flowers are lovely. I love pink glasses, as I have them in my table for Let's Dish too! Big hugs,

  3. Wow...I can't believe you found that pitcher at a thrift store....its beautiful. Actually your whole table is beautiful.....

    Thanks for sharing it with us...I found you thru cuisine Kathleen...


  4. Fabulous outdoor setting! I love your floraline vases with the sweet pink blossoms. This just has a fun time written all over it from your whte china to the pink goblets. The precious pups are certainly waiting patiently for a pet and thanks for including them in your photos.


  5. When I glanced at the page of thumbnails for the party, I knew that I wanted to come here first. This is just so beautiful to me! I love the blush of a color you used for your accent and the outdoor setting.

    Then, I giggled at the ending because I yanked my dishes right back inside too. It was so hot that I thought I would die. I had to eat up all my strawberries to keep from faintng. LOL

    Again, this is lovely beyond words.

  6. Beautiful, I love the subtle pinks with the whites! And I loved picturing your hubs dining at that delicate table, tee hee, and yes our husbands are so sweet to indulge our tablescaping whims...I would love to know more about the mayhaw jelly...and I appreciate your candor about the temps, way too hot for outdoor dining!

  7. Hi Mona, I would never have guessed that you are having a heat wave from the beautiful table--it looks so dainty and fresh. I just love it. Please please please do a post on the jelly!!!! I love learning new things about different parts of our country!!! Your hubby is so sweet to sit at your pretty table. Aren't these guys just the best? I hope your weather improves. Luckily it's been beautiful this week here in New England. Linda

  8. Your husband sounds like a gem -just like mine -it makes tablescaping more fun to have an encouraging housemate doesn't it! It looks wonderful~I love being the guest of honor!

  9. Absolutely lovely...and the final photo was such a fun nod to the reality. Thank you for that!

  10. Mona,

    Your tablescape is gorgeous, you totally met the challenge!

    And your helpers? Priceless.

  11. No matter what you serve it always taste better on a beautiful table.
    Great job--and yes it is super hot here in Texas!

    Cathy's Cupboard Calamity <;)

  12. Love, love, love this table!!! the clustering of the vases is spectacular. Adorable napkin rings.

    - The Tablescaper

  13. Mona, I may have to change my mind about pink after spending several minutes checking out your beautiful table! I ♥♥♥ it.
    Please do a post on mayhaw jelly...I had to look it up as I had no clue what it was.
    I love how your puppers are all in the picture, even though we can't see a couple of faces.
    Have a wonderful week...

  14. What a stunning table! You sure did the challenge justice. Love your Crape Myrtle branches (I have one that color also), so pretty on the table. Precious doggies, want to give them a snuggle. :) Pam

  15. Your table is beautiful, Mona! Your centerpiece of different vases with the light pink crape myrtle is stunning. Your delicate pink embossed tablecloth and pink tinted stemware are the perfect complements to your great dishes. I love your darling vintage pots too.

    I think our husbands do enjoy our tablescaping and photography exploits. That was sweet of you to put the guest of honor napkin ring at his plate.

    I set my white table while we were still having rain and it was not so horribly humid. Glad I did. Whew! Monday was unbelievable!

    I love your last shot with your helpers. Did I count four?

  16. Mona, the first thing I noticed was your pretty centerpiece of crepe myrtles!! Love them!! Your pink glassware is so soft and beautiful and the vintage fabric is so lovely. Please do a post on the mayhaw jelly. I'd love to know more.

  17. Mona, this is stunning! The pink with the white is just lovely! The flowers add so much to this tablescape and I love the way you gathered the cloth!
    Thanks so much for your kind words you are very thoughtful!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  18. Dear Mona, absolutely gorgeous tables cape. It is magazine stuff I tell you. The center vases with crepe myrtle are quite lovely. The soft pinks again are beautiful. xo, olive

  19. Hi Mona - Beautiful tablescape! My favorite is the crepe myrtle flowers. I had a Great Aunt Myrtle help to raise me and her namesake flowers always bring a special smile to me. Hugs, Holly @ coconutheadsurvivalguide

  20. Mona, I love that your hubby enjoys your tablescapes. My hubby does too, and it makes life fun. I'm also in favor of including the pooches :-) Gorgeous table!

  21. Mona,
    Your table looks lovely today. I think the pink flowers and the pink glasses really add the special touch. I love those pink blossom trees. I see them all over where I live.

    Have a good afternoon.


  22. Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  23. What a beautiful and charming table! I love your napkins rings. Beautiful centerpiece and I love the color accent too....Christine