Monday, October 25, 2010

Breakfast Table

Good morning and happy Monday! Today I wanted to share a casual little brunch table with you. 

Since I had no pretty flowers and didn't want candles or anything cluttered for this brunch, I opted for a very functional centrepiece - a simple coffee pot, a pitcher of water, and milk and sugar (the coffee pot, creamer and sugar bowl were gifts from our friends Jenn an Carlin. The pitcher is by Godinger and matches the china so well. It was $6.99 at TJ Maxx). 
They are set atop an old silverplate tray found at a New York thrift shop for $10. 

The lace tablecloth (found at a garage sale for $2) and white china (one of the patterns we chose when we got married, Hutchenreuther's Baronesse White) are the base of the design, but I added some colourful pops to keep it from feeling too stuffy. 

For instance, I incorporated these four parrot plates (purchased on clearance at Pottery Barn 3 years ago).
 Each one is different. Here are a couple of them:

 The salad plates are by Martha Stewart, found at TJ Maxx. The blue chargers were bought about nine years ago at Rob McIntosh for $2 each. The blue crystal bowls are Boston by Villeroy & Boch (a wedding gift from our friend Emily). The napkins are the Provence pattern from Williams-Sonoma (a gift from our friend Katie). Water glasses are Riedel "Ouverture," and flatware is our wedding silverplate set, Arthur Price "Melrose." 

And the last little details are the teaspoons, found recently at Home Sense (4 for $9.99). Again, each one is different so every place setting at this table is unique in a few ways. 
You can see our little Hutschenreuther teacups, wedding gifts, up close here, too. 

 And finally, to get that pop of blue to match the colours atop the table, I layered my lace on top of a blue damask tablecloth. 

I love that so many of our cherished dinnerware and other entertaining items were gifts from loved ones. Setting the table always reminds us of the friend who gave us each item, and makes us think about our wedding and how lucky we are. 

Thanks for visiting!

UPDATE: You could win a set of these cute little teapot teaspoons. Go here for details!!

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  1. What a wonderfully unique table setting. I just love all of the details.My favorites are the parrot plates and the teaspoons. You pulled this off beautifully!

  2. Looks great! I just bought a table off of craigslist that's little and round, I hope it fits our dining room a little better since it's smaller. I love your white chairs. Swwwwoooning over them actually.

    Beautiful table, love!

  3. Mercy...just send those little spoons with the teapots on over....they are beyond cute and I have never seen them anywhere!!

  4. Beautiful table! I love it all, especially those sweet spoons.

  5. Very pretty breakfast table. Love your parrot plates and your little "tea" spoons. You can do so much with white china; I love it.

  6. Ahhh...soooo PRETTY!!! Love that $2 lace tablecloth and those parrot plates are just so dang cute. Thanks for coming to my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY and also for following me:)


  7. Soooooooo pretty. LOVE that gorgeous tablecloth. So pretty with all the white. Using the silver tray is genius. I also really like those parrot plates. Stunning. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

  8. Your table looks just wonderful! love all the pretty details!

  9. What a wonderfully fresh table!

    Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  10. This is gorgeous!! I love your taste:)

  11. Oh, what a pretty table. I love your centerpiece. How refreshing, yet totally functional and beautiful.

  12. Very pretty and crisp looking. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Just RIGHT, I love your table very much a casual and friendly table setting, china is very beautiful and crockery as well, your spoons are cutest. And yes how I forget about Table Cloth, gorgeous... very lovely
    I would love if you peek on to my new little post..Love

  14. very pretty and interesting setting.. love your white teacups and teaspoons.. thanks for sharing.

  15. Beautiful tablescape with lovely tea cups and those tea spoons are too cute!!


  16. I love the parrot plates! Your whole tablescape is just beautiful. So nice to meet you and thank you for following me.I will follow you too. Come link up tonight to Centerpiece Wed. on my blog and share you ideas with us.


  17. Wonderful tablescape. I love the parrot plates and the variety in the settings. Well done! Happy tea day!

  18. Wow what a beautiful table setting. Love the blue chargers and crystal bowls. Very inviting table.


  19. Oh wow! What a beautiful tablescape...the parrot plates add such a nice whimsy. And I love love the teaspoons!

    Happy Tea Tuesday!

  20. Since I love white pots, I really enjoyed your table. TJ Maxx is a wonder for cheap yet nice pots. Thanks for the white lift today!

  21. Hello my Canadian blogger friend,
    This is my first time to your blog. Lovely breakfast table you have set! I love your whites; so fresh and pretty! Love the little spoons too. We have yet to get a HomeSense here on the Island but I keep hoping! Your teacups are very pretty! Please stop by and pay me a visit, won't you? I have a son attending U of T and we have yet to make it up to visit the city but sometime soon. I'm your newest follower and it's nice to 'meet' you.


  22. Hi Jenny...

    Your brunch table is just beautiful, my friend! I love that your centerpiece is not only pretty but it is functional as well! Ohhh...and I just adore white dishes...white coffee pots, pitchers, etc. Your wedding china is gorgeous. I don't think I have ever heard of that china pattern before...I'm going to go and do a little research about it. It really is lovely and so versatile. The pretty parrot plates are awesome and you're right...they bring an informal feel and a pretty pop of color to your brunch table! It's perfect, Jenny! Thank you for sharing it with us!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  23. What an wonderful post. Your table is gorgeous, your view is incredible, the parrot plates are amazing, and I'm hopping you can tell me where the lovely teaspoons are from. It's been an enjoyable visit, happy Teacup Tuesday!

  24. Hello again, went back for a closer look and my question is answered about the spoons, THANKS! I'll be looking for those...

  25. You were very smart to not add flowers because I think the your white pitchers and coffee pot on that stunning silver tray is perfection! I love the way it welcomes you to the table.
    Your table is so very pretty!

  26. I think I'll join you-lovely table!

  27. Love your tablescape. Looks so inviting and what a surprise to see the same parrot plates that Sarah Richardson used. Nice to see them close up ~ they look just as darling as they did on TV. I'm your newest follower.

  28. This is so lovely and fresh looking, Jenny! What a pleasure to wake up to having your coffee at this table!

  29. Beautifully set table! I do love white tea cups and saucers! They look so classy and romantic at the same time.

  30. OMG! I love your flatwares. Such a great treasure you have.

    Happy TS...

    Greetings from Stockholm,

  31. I love the parrot plates! and those teaspoons? ADORABLE!! You did a great job! Thanks for sharing! Have a blessed day,

  32. Hi lovely lady. I love your tablescape and the colorful parrot plates. I just became a follower of your lovely Blog.

  33. Hi Jenny: I'm new to Tablescape Thursdays and found you there! Your table has such a FRESH look to it! I just love the white embossed china pieces as well as the birds - I'm a bird fanatic myself. I'm following you and hope you'll find the time to take a look at my blog too :)


  34. Your table is so pretty and versatile, it could easily turn into a White Christmas table or a Valentines table by substituting the small plates and colored glassware!

  35. I love what you did and for such a tiny amount of money! No flowers needed, everything looks amazing! Marcia

  36. What an adorable tablescape. I cannot believe you got that pretty lace tablecloth for $2. Lucky you! Love the bird plates!...Christine

  37. Beautiful tablescape! Whimsical, yet classy. Love those parrot plates!
    Best regards,

  38. Those parrot plates are just wonderful. They really make me smile. I love your simple centerpiece. No need for flowers at all. Lovely table!

  39. The Baroness White is such a gorgeous pattern. Great choice! The bird plates provide a nice touch of whimsy against the elegant cutwork tablecloth. I love the punches of blue and have a nice eye for design. Thank you for sharing your charming tablescape. Cherry Kay

  40. What an absolutely charming table!! I just noticed that's my MIL right above me!! ha-ha! We both love a pretty table!
    So glad you stopped by! Thanks for the super sweet comments!

  41. Gorgeous pieces!!!! That pitcher is just fabulous, and I love the teaspoons. Everything is beautiful and you made it all look extremely inviting! Have a wonderful weekend!

  42. I love those parrot plates. How versatile they must be. Lovely table.

  43. I was reading your post and thinking "I love that!...oh wait, I love that too!" I adore those plates, the table cloth, & the teapot spoon.

    Such a great breakfast table!

    Popping by from Boardwalk Bragfest :)

  44. When I see a tablescape such as this, it blows me away. It is so out of my element -- something I have never tried to do, and it's so beautiful. Truly stunning! I'm your newest follower, and would invite you to do likewise at my blog...Also having a giveaway today. Thank you so much for linking to the Boardwalk Bragfest! It's an inspiration!

  45. Such a lovely table setting...I enjoy the various china and crystal patterns you've assembled together for your table!

  46. So pretty. I like how you didn't make it too matchy-matchy...right on down to the different parrot plates and spoons. You did such a nice job!

    Thanks for linking up with Sweets This Week :)


  47. Very lovely, what time did you say that breakfast was being served??
    Love the parrot plates, so bright and festive looking. Kathi

  48. Another lovely table setting! I LOVE those parrot plates - they're so fun!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  49. Beautiful table! Love em, especially those sweet spoons.



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