Tablescape Thursday

Tablescape Thursday is one of my favorite blogging posts! Thanks to Susan for hosting, click on her name for lots more inspirational tablescapes.
Inspiration for this fruit themed tablescape comes from these pretty plates that were given to me recently by a friend!

They are Limoges china dessert plates!
They were even in the original box!
They were her 95-year-old mother's plates and she is now in a nursing home. I am so happy to be the lucky recipient of these beautiful plates!

My friend, Donna, knows how much I enjoy creating tablescapes, that's why she gave them to me!

Each plate is different! At first I thought they were all the same as the top plate and I didn't even look at all of them until today!
Pears and grapes:
Which is your favorite?

I found the perfect napkins at TJ Maxx for only $4.99 for four! They are black with pretty fruit on them.
The flatware is from Tuesday Morning, above is closer to the real color. The green plates are from Dollar Tree!

The lace tablecloth is the one I bought at an estate sale recently, for only $5.00!

The centerpiece:
The centerpiece evolved to this above. I had originally planned to use a cornucopia and dark chargers under the plates. As I was putting it together it seemed to have a "mind of it's own!" LOL! I used the mercury glass bowl with the fruit, and the two tall mercury glass candle sticks that I bought last week at Michael's on sale at 40% off. The shorter one was $6.99, the tall one $8.99! Can't resist bargains like that!!

The gold chargers go nicely with the gold mercury glass.

I waited too late to take the pictures and had to use the flash on some, so some of the colors aren't true.

Confession: I was watching Oprah and planned to do the tablescape when her show was over, I forgot it gets dark earlier now that Daylight Savings time is over!

Choose your favorite plate and join us!

Maybe I'll take the place with the yellow pears, unless you want it!
I hope you enjoyed this inexpensive tablescape! It was a labor of love!

Have a happy day!

God Bless.



The Quintessential Magpie said...

Katherine, I loved seeing your tablescape with your friend's mother's limoge! How sweet she is to share them with you. Now, that is one nice friend! I had a hard time picking, but I think I like the pears best. But what I really like is the way you coordinated that centerpiece to match the fruit on the plates to perfection!


Sheila :-)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Lovin' your new plates and the gold mercury glass! As long as it was Oprah, you're forgiven:@)

Marlis said...

What a super friend. Those plates are amazing. I love your table with those plates as the stars.. perfect.

Debbie said...

That Oprah... she is such a trouble maker.

I think those plates are just awesome and would love some like them.

What a blessing to be entrusted with your friend's family treasures. I'm so glad you're putting them to good use.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

And yet again another great Katherine beautiful table...Girl those plate are awesome and how special to have something from your friends mama now that is just PRICELESS...Thanks for sharing more of your great eye candy girl...I pray all is well in your world today and each day my dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Mimi said...

I love a friend that knows my likes, yours obviously knows yours, Katherine. The plates are all very pretty, but my favorite is the one with the apricot, so you go ahead and take the pear one! I like the mercury glass centerpiece with the overflowing fruits. Have a great rest of the week...

Jacqueline said...

Katherine, what a beautiful gift you received. How can you pick your favorite. I love the pears and grapes and the plums (duh, they both had purple in them!) This was the inspiration for a gorgeous table and it went so well with your dining room colors. Fun.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello sweet lady...

Ohh Katherine, what a wonderful and precious gift from your friend! The Limoge dessert plates are soooo beautiful! Okay...the pear plate is my favorite but I have a "thing" for pears! Hehe! They really look awesome framed out with the green plates and gold chargers...gorgeous!!! Girlfriend, I am just green with envy right now..wink! What a fabulous gift! Your girlfriend was certainly have made a beautiful table with these beauties!!! Ohh...and your centerpiece is perfect! The large glass bowl of fruit...and I love, love, LOVE your mercury glass candleholders! really did get a great deal on those! If I had seen them...they would have come home with me as well! Hehe! Well my sweet friend, I just adore your table...thank you so much for sharing it with us!!! I think those pretty plates went to the perfect person!!! One who will appreciate and enjoy their beauty!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh how pretty -- Love ALL those plates and your "fruited" table is quite beautiful. We must have both been thinking "lacy" thoughts with our lace tablecloths this week. Very pretty!

Barbara said...

What gorgeous plates! You set them off so nicely with your pretty lace tablecloth and the gold chargers and green plates. The yellow flatware looks too too. What a special gift those plates are.

Scribbler said...

Lucky girl -- what a treasure, and what a sweet friend to make them a gift to you!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Gorgeous plates -- and I love how you've carried out the fruit theme in the napkins and centerpiece. Lovely!

Kathleen said...

They are beautiful and how nice of your friend to give it to you! I'll have the apples please!
Your new tablecloth is so pretty!

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Beautiful, beautiful table setting. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

Entertaining Women said...

And a successful labor of love, indeed....just beautiful! I'm kind of leaning toward the apple plate...the colors really speak to it sitting next to the pears? You did a great job on your tablescape...a lovely gift from a thoughtful friend. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Shelia said...

Hi Katherine! Oh, those dessert plates are so lovely. How special!! Thanks for popping to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a beautiful tablescape! I love the plates and how wonderful of your friend to give them to you. I will join you and use the apple plate please!

Sweetladyelaine said...

I love that your friend gave you those beautiful plates! They are simply beautiful...I love the glasses too! I missed Tablescape Thursday because I was in Houston buying a house. Sorry I am so late!

Rettabug said...

What a fabulously thoughtful gift, Katherine! I hope someone enjoys & appreciates my pretty things as much when I'm dead & gone. Those plates are GORGEOUS!!! Lucky-Dog, Lucky-Dog

PEA said...

Hi Katherine, I'm back to blogging after my break from it so that I could concentrate on renovating my living room...come see, I have pictures of it up:-) I so love your tablescapes and this one is no exception, just beautiful. How wonderful that your friend gave you these dishes, such precious and treasured ones. So fun to see that each one has a different fruit on them, I would have a hard time choosing which one was my favourite! xoxo

Coffee Queen said...

That's sucha beautiful display. Very nice. =)

Tess said...

Your table is so rich and inviting!! I love your plates but the overal effect is just so very warm...and I see that OCR in your lovely china cabinet (it grabs me from miles away!!!)

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I have a Royal Albert plan for a future tablescape...probably after the new year!

Sarah said...

Katherine, how fortunate to be on the receiving end of these plates. Each is beautiful and Limoges china is very special. If I have to pick a favorite, it would be the pears. ~ Sarah