Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Blue and White patterns make the table

 Last May, my parents traveled to Russia with friends of theirs. I mentioned in an earlier post that she bought me a beautiful ceramic sugar bowl in blue and white. She also found these napkin rings. They're wood and hand painted and for my mom, who says she has the worst memory, they match the flowers on the Indies Blue pattern by Johnson Brothers amazingly well!! She also gave me the tea pot, serving platter and a couple serving bowls to match this set.

  I love the details in this pattern


 I used my Rattan Chargers from Walmart to break up the ecru in the Italian Countryside Dinner plates and the Romanian linen tablecloth. I never tire of this tablecloth. The handiwork is amazing. 
I used my Johnson Brothers Indies Blue Dinner plates and bread plates (as saucers) and the Italian Countryside tea cups to tie in the two patterns. My blue swirled goblets from Pottery Barn years ago (random...I saw these on an episode of Friends last night...circa 1999...I think my brother gave them to me in 2002!) My husband gave me these everyday goblets for Christmas. I have the Iced Teas from my HEB, but found these at Pottery Barn. I used all my grandmother's eclectic silver this week too! If I had time this week, I've have friends over for coffee and scones and a sausage egg casserole. 

Just for fun...I thought this would make a great drink for Valentine's Day...you could add wine or something stronger to make it a cocktail!
It's simply fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, a splash of cranberry juice and topped off with Cranberry Raspberry Sparkling Water...so refreshing!
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12 comments:

Marigene said...

Beautiful table...blue and white is such a classic...never tire of seeing it. Beautiful linens, too, Meredith.

Alycia Nichols said...

The drink looks beautiful and thirst-quenching which I could use right now after eating Mexican food! Those napkin rings are wooden? I would have bet good money that they were porcelain or ceramic! Very well-crafted! Gorgeous setting, and the blue & white looks extra pretty on those natural charger/placemats. Have a wonderful week, Meredith!

Marlis said...

I am totally in love with this china and having to resist looking for a set for myself. I think it's all in your presentation. Quite lovely. The napkin rings are soo pretty and do go perfectly. Love your glasses. love this table.. xo marlis

Kathleen said...

Meredith, it is just lovely. I love that pattern, and the napkin rings are beUtiful.
Beautiful blue and white table!

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

I love blue and white, and all your pieces are beautiful! The drink sounds loooovvveeely :) thanks for sharing. ~Zuni

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Like Marlis, I am totally in love with this china too and I resisted it in the antique shop, they were selling a set of six...I was good! I love the napkin rings and the gorgeous teapot as a centerpiece. Love your linens too. Happy Tablescape Thursday! Hugs,
FABBY

Tricia said...

Oh, I really love this particular blue and white pattern! How wonderful to have the napkin rings that go with it so well! I like the drink you invented -- it looks pretty and sounds like it would taste great!

Anita said...

Meredith, you have such a great collection of dinnerware!!I never know what I'm going to see. I wish we were nearby, we could have a lot of fun!! I love this pattern, and I love how you used the IC plate underneath and the rattan charger. The napkin rings are just gorgeous!! Thanks for stopping by:-)

Tanya@takesix said...

Beautiful dishes!! Your table is gorgeous! That drink recipe sounds so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

That is such a pretty china pattern. One of my favorites in the blue and white....which I have very little of. That drink does sound refreshing.

Miz Helen said...

Meredith,
Your table and your china is just beautiful. I love that you paired this lovely drink with all that beauty. Thank you so much for sharing with our 1st Anniversary Party at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week end and come back soon!
Miz Helen

Entertaining Women said...

I love the Russian napkin rings. Sweet Mister brought me several Russian blue and white coffee pots from his visit to Moscow several years ago. I think that they are the same motif as your napkin rings. The table setting is gorgeous...I'm always a sucker for blue. Thank you for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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