We’re passed the middle of Winter and headed towards Spring and I wanted to put together a tablescape, all thrifted, that would reflect that sentiment. Welcome, Friends, to the Blog today as I use a touch of Winter in the blue and white colors and a touch of Spring with some flowered china and linens to bridge the gap between Winter and Spring.

I’m not one to use a single china pattern in a table setting but there are occasions when a simple two color and two china pattern place setting can be very soothing. Today I used an English flowered china in blue and white and paired it with a Mikasa salad/dessert with a scalloped edge in white. I also used matching linens to help set the mood. The placemats are white with a blue flowered imprint and the napkins are the reverse. What do you think of the combination?

Here you can see a side view of the pieces and how well they go together.

The place mat is white with a blue flowered design on the right side. That is followed by a dinner plate called Gay Day in English china. Mikasa’s Ultima is next and then a soup plate and bowl in Gay Day completes the setting……very simple. The white Mikasa plate allows the eye to rest between patterned pieces and sets off the blue nicely.

Two new additions to my crystal collection are used this week. The left goblet is Princeton by Tiffin-Franciscan and the wine goblet on the right is Rhythm Platinum by Lenox. It’s fun to use new pieces in a table setting and these are quite beautiful. I was excited when I found them at the Thrift Store. You can see more about them here:


The flatware is silver-plate and made by International Silver in their Lovely Lady pattern. The pattern is a pretty gathering of flowers at the base of each handle with etching running up the sides of the piece. Lots of people seem to be ridding themselves of their silver-plate or maybe children of the original owners don’t want to keep it. It’s a shame to let something lovely go unused. I like to rescue sets when I can.

The napkins are held by a simple silver napkin holder with silver roping outlining the edges.

The blue and white has a very soothing look and I wanted to keep that quality but I thought a pop of color would be a nice addition to the center of the table.

A simple cut glass vase of grocery store flowers in pinks and purples add a pop of color. The flowers are suggestive of Spring to come and work with the blue and white to create a pleasing whole. The vase sits on a simple white doilie. The center of the table seemed a little bare without it.

Here you can see an overhead view of the table. The centerpiece stands out amid all the quiet blue and white.

The two-handled soup bowl is one of my favorite styles. The pretty stack of plates invites you to sit down and enjoy a meal. I think soup would taste especially delicious in such a beautiful bowl. We certainly are going to test that theory.

The thrift Store can provide a host of options for repurposing items for your home. It’s the ultimate in recycling. Hope you find some treasures the next time you are at your local Thrift Store.

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