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!
I hope you enjoyed this tablescape!
I found this interesting article about the fleur-de-lis
In Heraldry and History
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.
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.
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