Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Another Fiesta Dinner

I used two Romanian tapestry runners, a couple Talavera vases, and a handful of serving pieces. Enjoy!!!
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I used four different dinner plates with my beautiful new rattan chargers from Walmart (they're 50% off right now)! This plate was my mom's.

This plate was also in my mom's stash
This is probably my favorite plate...ever... Something about the rustic-ness in the blue painted border that juxtaposes with the brilliant colors of the flowers in the middle. I traded plates with my mom a couple years ago...a Romanian plate for this one.

Sorry for the glare. I got this from a garage sale. Another lady was going to break it to use in mosaics. When I said I'd actually use it, she gave it to me.

My wine stems are old clearance items from Pier One and the water goblets are our everyday glasses from a Mexican Import store. I just bought these vintage napkins from an estate sale. I got a set of 12! They are really sweet with a small white stitched flower on each. The napkin rings are from our wedding registry, Bed Bath and Beyond I think.

I put my collection of European eggs in my grandmother's silver dish on top of another blue and white Talavera platter. The glass and beaded eggs were from an art store in Romania, the solid wooden eggs were from a rustic culture store in Romania and the carved wooden eggs were from Poland. I bought them when I was there for a conference.  I bought all of these more than 10 years ago...

I love the details in each of these eggs. In Romanian culture, since it is predominately Orthodox, many families only dye Easter eggs red using red onion skins to make the dye. It is supposed to represent the blood of Jesus on the cross.
One of my first Talavera purchases in Mexico...I was in college or just out and drove to Mexico with two of my girlfriends. I bought this tortilla warmer and a mirror.

Apparently I got my love for Talavera from my grandmother. This was hers. I vaguely remember this sitting on their coffee table. My grandfather had great taste. He made several tiled tables. I have one of them in my living room. They traveled everywhere and I love that I have some of their treasures and the memories to go along with it. A lot of the silver serving pieces I have of hers were also from Mexico.
Wish I could share a gorgeous meal with all of you!

I'm linking up with Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for 
Tablescape Thursdays! You must check out all the beautiful tables!!!
Smiling Sally


The Quintessential Magpie said...

I absolutely ADORE this tablescape. Your plates are wonderful. Love the color and the patterns of each of them, and I enjoyed seeing the Romanian eggs, too. I will be sure and check out those placemats from Walmart since they are half price. That sounds like a great deal. I know you must be thrilled to have your mother's dishes!


Sheila :-)

Magpies and Magnolias said...

I wish that you could share this gorgeous meal also. I LOVE this table!

I have recently been collecting Talavera items on my thrifting adventures and I absolutely love them. I love their rustic exuberance. You have a great collection!

But I especially love your egg collection. Amazing!

Marigene said...

What a beautiful collection of Talavera...and European eggs. Your table made me smile, it is so colorful and anyone that knows me, knows I love color.

Entertaining Women said...

Your collection of plates is truly outstanding. Aren't family treasures always the very best! I love that you have and use your grandmothers things. The eggs are wonderful...little jewels. Thank you for sharing your beautiful design. Cherry Kay

Abramyan Avenue said...

Beautiful!! I love your collection of Talavera plates. I have been wanting to start purchasing some myself, I just can't get my hubby to agree with it!! Lol!
My mother in law is from Russia and one year she was here for Easter and died eggs by using the water she boiled beets in. It was really fun! Anyway, this is a lovely post! Your tablescape is amazing!! Love it!

Marlis said...

I love talavera myself. You have quite a lovely collection and the stems you use with it are perfect. I love your egg collection. what great memories you are have. Thanks for sharing and thanks too for droppin in.

Tricia said...

I love all the bright colors -- I will never be a fan of neutrals! I need to learn more about Talavera -- it's so pretty. Thanks for visiting my bluebonnet table -- hope you get to see some in your part of Texas this year!

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

Lovely collection! Love the eggs. Nicely put together, elegant and bright without being overwhelming.

we three dogs and me said...

What beautiful and colorful dishes. I have never seen these before.The eggs are so sweet.So nice to have your mother's treasures. I came from a large family so there wasn't much in great dishes.

Martha said...

What a wonderful tablescape.

I've always coveted those eggs but I don't have any!

SmilingSally said...

Your dishware is delightful! I love the way you've explained the items--the eggs, especially. Thanks for sharing your blues.

Happy Blue Monday, Meredith.

chubskulit said...

I love your collection!

Please come take a look at my entry, thank you!

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