During the Winter I get “hungry” for fresh flowers in the garden. I try to create that garden feel by using bouquets of flowers around the house. Making them last as long as possible is always my goal so I use flower food, cut the stems every few days and change the water regularly. When the flowers are nearing the end of their lifetime I have to get a bit creative. Welcome Friends to the blog today as I use my “short-stemmed flowers” in a table setting.

You can see from this overhead shot that flowers are used in several different ways in this table setting. The centerpiece is in a small to medium sized cut glass pitcher and combines carnations and baby’s breath. Then each place setting has it’s own small pitcher of flowers in a little milk pitcher. Finally, a very short-stemmed flower is inserted in a glass vase napkin ring big enough for one to two small blooms.

The fan fold is used for the napkins. The pink and white napkins are quite soft and pick up the color of the pink carnations on the rest of the table.

The crystal goblets on the lovely white lace tablecloth are from Vera Wang. The beautiful cut glass pattern is very simple and reflects the quiet feel of the table.

Princess Royal silver-plate flatware from the 1930’s repeats the flower motif in the handles of the flatware. This flatware by the National Silver Company stills shines brightly even after all these years.

The plate stack is a bit of a mix starting with the tin chargers and followed by a Mikasa dinner plate, a Heath salad/dessert plate and a Lenox bread and butter.

Different china companies and different patterns make for an eclectic setting. The carnations in the Mikasa dinner plate add to the pink and white theme of the table. The solid grey dessert plate is a nice base for the Lenox plate in silver and white and also picks up on the grey in the dinner plate.

When dinner is served you can move the individual milk pitchers to the center of the table…..or not. The distribution of the flowers over the whole table makes me smile and revel in this little touch of Spring.

You can see the pretty pastel colors as you look across the table. Everything is coming up…..carnations. LOL

Like most of my tablescapes, everything is thrifted except the flowers. I love to be able to mix and match without it costing a lot of money. It’s really the ultimate example of recycling and gives new life to tableware that is still beautiful.

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