Wednesday

Fleur-de-lis Tablescape

 I'm joining Kathleen in Let's Dish! Click on her name for lots more inspiration. I'll also join Susan for Tablescape Thursday. Thanks for hosting ladies!

Inspiration for this tablescape came from these napkin rings:

I bought these lacquered hand-painted napkin rings at an estate sale over two years ago and have never used them. I came across them a few days ago and set out to build a tablescape around them.

 
I used my butterscotch yellow plates from TJ Maxx, on top of black chargers from Hobby Lobby.

I didn't have the right napkins, but found these at Walmart for only 75 cents each. See the pretty design on the corner?

I looked around the house for something to use for the centerpiece.

I found this black fleu-de-lis (purchased from Hobby Lobby a while ago.) The black matches the napkin rings. I set it on this black wire tray:


Along with this little black bird (also from Hobby Lobby:)



It needed something else, so I added this pretty silk yellow rose:


I love the way it all came together!


I had planned to use my black handled flatware, but like this set better:


The amber stemware is also from TJ Maxx:


I've had the gold tablecloth so long I can't remember where I bought it, probably from TJ Maxx, or Ross!
 

A place just for you!


Right here beside me!





 By the time I finished this tablescape the sun was back behind the clouds so it was hard to get good lighting and the flash didn't work well either.



 I hope you enjoyed this tablescape!

 


 I found this interesting article about the fleur-de-lis


The Fleur-de-Lis
In Heraldry and History
Legend
The English translation of "fleur-de-lis" (sometimes spelled "fleur-de-lys") is "flower of the lily." This symbol, depicting a stylized lily or lotus flower, has many meanings. Traditionally, it has been used to represent French royalty, and in that sense it is said to signify perfection, light, and life. Legend has it that an angel presented Clovis, the Merovingian king of the Franks, with a golden lily as a symbol of his purification upon his conversion to Christianity. Others claim that Clovis adopted the symbol when waterlilies showed him how to safely cross a river and thus succeed in battle.

Heraldry
In the twelfth century, either King Louis VI or King Louis VII (sources disagree) became the first French monarch to use the fleur-de-lis on his shield. English kings later used the symbol on their coats of arms to emphasize their claims to the throne of France. In the 14th century, the fleur-de-lis was often incorporated into the family insignia that was sewn on the knight's surcoat, which was worn over their coat of mail, thus the term, "coat of arms." The original purpose of identification in battle developed into a system of social status designations after 1483 when King Edmund IV established the Heralds' College to supervise the granting of armor insignia.
 
Religion and War
  • Joan of Arc carried a white banner that showed God blessing the French royal emblem, the fleur-de-lis, when she led French troops to victory over the English in support of the Dauphin, Charles VII, in his quest for the French throne.
  • The Roman Catholic Church ascribed the lily as the special emblem of the Virgin Mary.
  • Due to its three "petals," the fleur-de-lis has also been used to represent the Holy Trinity.
  • Military units, including divisions of the United States Army, have used the symbol's resemblance to a spearhead to identify martial power and strength.
 

Katherine

9 comments:

Marlis said...

Those napkin rings are just beautiful. I love the colors. Are they handpainted? I think your setting is perfect to show off their beauty. The centerpiece turned out great.. Looking forward to a fun 2013 at your tables.. xo marlis

Sarah said...

Your fleur de lys centerpiece is lovely. The napkin rings offer a touch of elegance paired with the lovely napkins. What a bargain for pretty napkins.

xinex said...

Beautiful! The yellow roses are gorgeous. Lovely centerpiece and love all the colors...Christine

Linda Primmer said...

Hello Katherine, a pleasure to meet you. Your table is lovely with it's warm colors. I think I have those very same plates, but in soft green. I adore that Fleur de lis.
Beautiful roses too. Enjoy the rest of your week, from your newest follower, Linda

Adrienne said...

You were in my thoughts this morning, dear friend, and I realized it's been way too long since we talked to each other! I'd better remedy that. I'm trying to catch up with posts since the holidays and having a bit of computer problem. Your table is wonderful - and those napkin rings are exquisite! They are the star of the show, I think.
~Adrienne~

Marigene said...

You held those napkin rings for over 2 years without using them...they are gorgeous and look great with the soft yellow you have chosen.

Ayu Maselli said...

Dearest Katherine,

I just passed by from Linda's blog, beautiful table set-up with the yellow roses.
I am your follower by now.
have a nice weekend toyou

Rettabug said...

What a lovely, soft butter colored tablescape, Katherine! Your lacquer napkin rings are really different & special & I'm impressed at how wonderfully you built an entire table around them.

I hope that this coming year is a better one for you. I do remember how rough it was. Ugh!
Here's to better times!

Hugs,
Rett

Kathleen said...

Beautiful, K! The napkin rings are so lovely, and the colors of the table are soft and inviting.
Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish!