Anyway, Pat finally broke down and took pity on me - I have wanted to do a "Sampler" table for a very long time. I know that it's contrary to every tablescaping "rule" and it drove Pat over the edge because things didn't match.....but I think that this week's table is stunning. Pat managed to take totally different patterns and make them work together.
Over view of the table - to keep it from looking hodge-podge, Pat used the same glassware and flatware for each place setting
The flatware is "King James" - silverplate by Oneida
Glassware is from Pier 1
Confession time: We don't own any more than this one place setting in this pattern. It is my absolute favorite Spode pattern but it's costly and very hard to find. Someday, maybe....
Pat had "Indian Tree" lying around in the back of her cupboard - I nearly died......it's not one of her favorites but I think that it is fabulous.
Pat's Mother-in-Law started her on this pattern. Then her husband bought her a lot more....she gave me some "extras" and I bought some more. Now she has at least 20 place settings and I have 8 5-piece place settings
Pat had this pattern lying around, too.....I love it.
Fairy Dell is one of Spode's most popular patterns
"Irene" is not for the faint of heart - it is pretty bold and colorful.
To help tie the table together, Pat made big arrangements - the center arrangement is in a Sterling Silver Champagne bucket
The crystal candle holders are from Pat's collection
One last look from the other end of the table
Tablecloth and Napkins- from LinenTablecloth.com (Alycia Nichols at Tablescapes at Twenty-One (http://tabletwentyone.wordpress.com/) "showed us the way" to this fantastic site for affordable tablecloths of any color and/or size)
Flatware - "King James" silverplate by Oneida from our Mother
Glassware - from Pier 1
Assorted Spode - from Pat's collection, from our Cousin, from Replacements, from eBay, from anywhere we found it......
Silver Champagne Bucket and Holder - from our Brother
Crystal Candle Holders - from Pat's collection
Candle - from Tuesday Morning
Silk Flowers - from Michael's
Pedestal Glass Vases - from Miranda's Rescue Thrift Shop (all proceeds go to aid in the care of neglected and/or abandoned animals)
We will be joining Christine's "Table It!" this Monday at Rustic & Refined: http://www.rustic-refined.com/
We will also be joining Susan's "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch this Thursday: http://betweennapsontheporch.net/