Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Shades of Purple and White

To celebrate the coming of Spring and warmer weather, Homer Laughlin’s Georgian Eggshell Violets china inspired my setting this week. 

This set of dishes is very special to me…my Grandmother bought them in the early 1950’s and they have always been my favorite of all the sets of dishes she owned.  When I was a child, Grandmother baked Teacakes each week.  On those days, we would have a “tea party” that afternoon.  She would tell me to carefully get two dessert plates, cups and saucers from the cupboard and these dishes were always the ones I wanted to use.  Using them brings back so many wonderful childhood memories!


There is lots of layering going on in this setting and a white Battenburg lace tablecloth sets the stage. 


Purple placemats topped with white Battenburg lace napkins were layered on top of the tablecloth.


Next, I added purple chargers.


Because the Homer Laughlin dinner plates are smaller than most plates made today and would have seemed lost sitting on the large chargers, I decided to use white dinner plates trimmed in gold between the chargers and …getting to the good stuff now…the Homer Laughlin dinner plates with their gorgeous sprays of violets.  This pattern has a gold rim around the edges.


White oval salad plates make up the next layer in my setting.  I found these several years ago at Old Time Pottery.


Resting atop the salad plates are violet dessert plates.


“Wexford” sherbets by Anchor Hocking complete the layered place settings.


Gold napkin rings hold together white Battenburg lace napkins wrapped in purple organza napkins.  The flatware is a gold Gibson pattern that I’ve had for several years. 


To echo the gold trimming on the Homer Laughlin plates, I used swirled wine glasses trimmed in gold.


Individual small glasses also decorated with gold were placed at each setting to hold salad dressing.


Small white ramekins used for butter sit on each bread and butter plate.


I found this gorgeous hand blown vase in an antique shop last year and paid less than $10 for it!  The colors range from lavender to a deep purple and I love the crystal feet!


I used snowball clusters and bridal wreath blooms in the vase.



I love the sweet little delicate blossoms of Bridal Wreath!



Purple candles in crystal holders completed the table setting.



I’m joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.  Don’t you want to join in too?



Thanks so much for visiting with me today!  I hope to see you again soon.




Miz Helen said...

Hi DG,
Your Grandmothers dishes are beautiful and your tablescape is very pretty in shades of purple. I always enjoy coming to your blog. Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

Marivene said...

I have the same glass sherbets! Now I know they are Wexford - thank you for mentioning that. The violet china is beautiful, & so is your tablescape.

Kathleen said...

Hi DG.
I love these colors, so pretty! The plates are just beautiful!
Good to see you!

Anonymous said...

Lovely layering of dishes. I love the vibrant violet of the placemats and chargers and what a good idea to separate them with a white cloth. That really allows each of them to pop! Beautiful tablescape.

I, too, have the Wexford sherberts and didn't know their pattern name. So glad to know the maker and pattern now.