Wednesday, February 18, 2009

~Catherine de th`e Cups TableScape Thursday On The Road Again...

This week is a Travel'in Tablescape Thursday!
While visiting my dear mother, Myra, for a brief evening in PA just two evenings ago...she surprised us with a lovely dinner. Everything was just so lovely, I decided this had to be my Tablescape Thursday post this week!
Because lighting is dim in her Dining Room, she used two of these lovely little candlesticks that stand about 10" high and use a small votive candle. She tied little snow berries on the neck of each candlestick, which really was sweet... since Valentine's Day had just passed.
In the center of the table was a large round silver lazy susan that held a few sets of salt/pepper shakers, and a lovely little white milk glass basket that she used to float what appeared to be a real flower, but it was silk. In the summer my mother has hundreds (if not thousands) of live blossoming flowers of all kinds in her garden. It's an every day occurrence to see Dahlia blooms floating in baskets like this in the summer. The little s/p shaker set in the right forefront of the basket belonged to my grandma.
Please note, the little ceramic coaster that the wine glass is sitting under. My mother loves these, and don't they look cute the way she used them? They are from a Holland America Cruise, I believe I brought these back to her one year as a souvenir.
My mother is very thrifty! (Remember, I was a Girl Scout; she was a leader) ;)
She has used many varied types of stoneware in her tablescape, and she did a great job of mixing and matching. The dinner plates with the blue edged rim, which she recently picked up very reasonable from a yard sale or thrift shop, was put together with a plain white ironstone soup bowl. The coffee cup is the same color tone, but with a little blue cornflower on it. It all ties in very nicely, so who says "Thrifty Tablescapes" can't look pretty & stunning?
Candlestick Shade: I wanted to show you a closer look at the little glass charms on the candlestick shade. It's so adorable and creates just enough light, the pair were perfect for a dinner party of nine at the table!
The Table Runner and the Place Mats are made from a tapestry like material and have a lovely winter scape theme with Red Cardinals on them. The shades of blue really pull out the blue rim on the dinner plate. The silver used are other "thrifty" sets of silverware, my mother has always believed in using what she has. Being born during the depression, my mom is extremely frugal when it comes to buying anything new. Especially when what she has already serves the purpose! She has all her stainless steel silverware in a basket on her counter, which makes it very easy to grab when she sets her table. She has had this silverware for as long as I can recall, and it still transfers the food nicely from plate to mouth! ;)
Well......there you have it!
My mother, Myra's, Thrifty & Cute Tablescape Thursday presentation!
Once again.......she captures my heart as creative, crafty, and cunning...
& at the age of 76, she is proving that age has nothing on the younger women of today~
Isn't that right Mom?

Home made Mashed Potatoes, Greens with Bacon and Hot Dressing,

Corn, Turkey & Gravy, Stuffing, and finally...Cheesecake for dessert

It was all delicious!

Now, don't forget to slide on over to Susan's at "Between Naps On The Porch" to enjoy all the other many tablescapes today!


Susan said...

Catherine...what a special table...served up by Mom!

Thanks for sharing the special table with us!


Blondie's Journal said...


I just love your tablescape post and I bet Myra will too! It is as pretty as it is thrifty, which just goes to show you what a little imagination can do!! The candle holder was very sweet & original. I loved hearing of your mother's garden & would love to see photo's of it someday (an Outdoors Wednesday?).

Thank you so much for sharing!


Raggedy Girl said...

I love the blue and touches of red and the little berries are so sweet. It is a lovely table.

Roberta Anne

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Your mother sets a beautiful table! Love that milk glass basket!

Cynthia said...

Your mom is very talented and creative! I love the blues with the cardinals and the candle holder for x-tra lite is so cute! thank your mom, Cindy

Kathleen Ellis said...

What a nice surprise for didn't tell us what you had for dinner!
Glad you made it home safely...Rach and I went down on Monday and back on Tuesday...long 2 days!
Enjoyed our visit...still enjoying your cake!

carolinajewel said...

I love your mother's thrify and cute tablescape! :D Jewel

claudie said...

So glad you had time with your beautiful mom. i see where you get your wonderful creative side. I think my mom's Tablescape would be very diff from Myra's.
Oh but we love them don't we.
The menu made me crave some greens. Southern that is!!
Happy TT
Love Claudie

ellen b said...

What a sweet table set by Myra! Love it. It's wonderful that she can treat you like this. I bet she was pleased :0)

Kathy said...

Catherine, your mothers table is graceful and beautiful. I absolutely love the lamps. Her use of the silver tray as centerpiece was wonderful. No wonder you are eso talented, Catherine!

Katy said...

Beautiful!! Wonderful job Catherine! Lovely!!

prof en retraite said...

Hi CC..Kudos to your mom for a beautiful table! I love the idea of using what you have. And I am growing increasingly fond of thrifting. Your mom has some wonderful things! Love hte little lamps. And the menu sounds sooo yummy!! Thanks for sharing it with us!! Hugs...Debbie
PS...I sent you an email. What do you think?

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Catherine, I love your mother's thrifty table setting. The milk glass stole my heart. What a great idea to use the darling candleholders to shed more light..what beautiful memories you must have all all these beautiful things.. the meal sounds delicious!! hugs ~lynne~

Shelia said...

Hi Catherine! Oh, your mother has set such a lovely table and to think she did it all for you! How very sweet. I love those little candle lamps!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Pink Slippers said...

Thanks for the prayers. God answers even the littlest ones.
That was very sweet of you to say such nice things about your lovely Mom.

xinex said...

What a lovely dinner and table setting especially prepared by your talented and sweet mom!...Christine

Maryrose said...

Isn't it nice to have mom do something so special for you? Beautiful table, and lovely post. Makes me think of my mom. Thanks for sharing, Maryrose

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

How lovely that you have your mother to share Tablescape Thursday. I lost my own mother almost two years ago, when she was 84. My mom used to set the most beautiful table. Everyday was a special day. I grew up eating by candlelight as a child. Your mother's table is delightful.

CC said...

Another wow! I love that lamp with the white leaves shade. Where did you find such cute thing?


Linda said...

Your mom did an awesome job - not only with the tablescape, but with the meal - sounds delish! Do you think she would join the blog world? : ) Linda

mbkatc230 said...

Your mom set a lovely table, and the meal sounds wonderful. I love those candlestick lamps! So cute and the perfect touch. Kathy

santamaker said...

oh...milk glass! One of my favorites! Lovely.

Gollum said...

What a memorable table, and what a tasty menu! I was a Girl Scout, too.

Really Rainey said...

Thats awesome that your Mom got in on this! I just adore that candle shade... with all the glass charms!

Very pretty table and menu.

*Rreally Rainey

Linda said...

Awww lovely table and wonderful occassion, nice!
Thanks for sharing your traveling tablescape with us.
Linda Q

Fifi Flowers said...

Love the lamp!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Catherine, that is such a sweet table and delicious dinner! Enjoy every minute with your precious mother. Thanks for sharing this with us... it was a special blessing...


Sheila :-)

Suzy said...

How sweet that you showcased your Mom's table. And what a pretty table she put together! Very special and I'm sure it was because she had special guests :-)

janet said...

arent moms just the best, so nicely done, love the lamp

Penny said...

Gotta love the Momma!
Your Mom's tablescape is wonderful.
The menu.. yum!!
Thanks for sharing ~

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said... your Mom's sweet glad you captured photos of it on your visit! What a yummy menu! I love to float flowers...especially Camellias when the cold hasn't gotten all my buds like happened recently. Beautiful post! Susan

JudyBug said...

Beautiful table! I love the lamp. I've never seen one like that.

marty39 said...

CC, your mom is so talented and the tablescape is just wonderful. I love it when someone uses their imagination. Just lovely. I would love to see her gardens also. BTW, I have so enjoyed your blog and our gracious visits. I would like to pass an award along to you and I would be honored if you would come by and pick it up. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

What a meal! Your mom sounds like a wonderful person. She reminds me of my Grandmother who was also thrifty and could just about make do with anything.

Now I'm hungry!


Dixie said...

Cathy... aren't you proud of your Mom! How sweet her table is... I have that same little milk glass basket... mine is Fenton... her's may be too... they look just alike!

thanks for your comments at French Lique... You are always welcome at my table my dear blogging friend.
hugs. Dixie

Envoy-ette said...

Thrifty is BEAUTIFUL!

LdyDy Loves Cake said...

Hi Catherine- I am just getting to commenting on yours and others tablescapes. I throughly enjoyed browsing over your mom's table. It looked so put together using very simple but lovely dishes and accents. I agree! If one pays attention...frugality shows off the beauty of simplicity!