Each year at the end of August I look to see if the Osage Oranges are ready on the trees at the back gate to my office. I love picking them and decorating with them. Last year I did a post on them HERE.
This week I used them in a tablescape as part of the centerpiece.
I made a fresh flower arrangement in an acid green oriental vase that was new about 5/6 years ago. It is the perfect color for this grouping. I've used Nandina berries from my yard as well as Annabelle Hydrangeas. I seldom have to purchase greenery for an arrangement as I can just go outside and cut branches off various bushes nearly year round.
Seeing a stack of plates with this type of edge at an estate sale is what makes tablescapers' hearts beat faster as it can only mean Coalport. This dessert set was originally made for T. Goode & Co.'s London store. I purchased them from a collector in Canada.
Instead of using these plates for dessert, I am using them for service plates at the beginning of the meal for an appetizer. Because of their acid green color, I like starting out with them because they look so good with the vase, linens and Osage Oranges.
Starting on the bottom, I am using Anna Weatherley chargers in the Iris colorway. These are no longer being made. When they first came out in 2003, you could get them in three purple colors, Iris, Perriwinkle and Violet.
The dark green stemware I purchased maybe 15 years ago and I don't remember the maker or pattern name. The tumbler has an acid green flash around the top. It is from Dillards several years ago and I don't think it had a pattern name.
The tablecloth is from Zina Vasi in the Marion Jacquard pattern [Dillard's]. Napkins are Primrose Bordier Le Jacquard Francais that I already had which happen to be a perfect match. That's a good thing since the Vasi napkins were all sold when I found the tablecloth on clearance.
The tablecloth has swallows flying around and butterflies along with daffodils and other flowers woven into the damask. The grasshopper metal napkin ring was found at Pier One about eight years ago but I have never used them until now. I'm sure the grasshopper is looking for all those bugs.
Salad plates are rim soups in the Morning Glory pattern by Anna Weatherly. I love the Dragonflies on these. As I have mentioned many times before, rim soups are good for soup, salad and dessert. Great multi-purpose piece that allows me not to buy the salad or dessert plates. See, Mr. Swede, I'm saving money honey!!
Afterwards, I placed the centerpiece on the console table.
I am participating in Tablescape Thursday this week on the blog Between Naps on the Porch.
To see all the entries, after 9:00PM Eastern on Wednesday, go here: