Tablescapes, Playing House

I think when our children get married they should inherit all our old dishes and we should get all the new pretty ones!

Seriously, we’re the ones who have sweated and slaved to raise them, and what do we get? More bills and back to all our old stuff…Ha, just kidding…but I did realize when my daughter got married that it was okay to get some new things to replace the tired worn out ones I had had for years….  I still love my wedding china and so many of my things, but I have gradually eliminated the old chipped dishes and replaced them with bargains and buys from my favorite stores.

My darling daughter, known as DD here in blogland,  was married several years ago and received so many beautiful things.


I had so much fun helping her choose and register for china and housewares and then seeing the gifts as they arrived…she chose 2 different every day china patterns to mix and match.


The Skyros Designs “Legado” features an initial on the salad plate and the coffee mug.


The “Isabella,” also by Skyros Designs, has a raised dotted edge and comes in several colors.  She has pieces in cream, blue, green and dark brown.

Playing house tablescape

When DD asked me to stay with CC, my new granddaughter, the first thing I asked her was “Can I play with some of your dishes?” When the baby is asleep of course!

Pretty in Pink

Working with what she had on hand I used the white vase of tulips that was already on her great looking weathered wood table. There was another glass vase of tulips on the raised bar between the living room and the kitchen.  She said that Whole Foods had their 2 for $10 tulip special the other day and with all the baby visitors she’d been  having lately she was trying to keep fresh flowers in the house.  Sigh…that made me SO HAPPY,  fresh flowers are pretty high on my list of necessities!

With a large mercury pear shaped vase and a tall mirrored bottle, a centerpiece began to form…Now you’re probably wondering why I didn’t integrate the 2 colors a little for unity in the vases, but I didn’t want her to come home and think I didn’t approve of her arrangements, so I left them alone. She was nice enough to let me play house, I didn’t want to overstep.


Some textured orbs were borrowed from a hurricane in the kitchen and piled into Isabella chocolate ramekins, one ramekin is perched on an up ended bowl.

pretty in pink table

I decided to keep things neutral to highlight the pink tulips so I chose the chocolate chargers to use in lieu of place mats.  I also totally forgot the napkins, whoops…pretend ok? Remember we’re playing house…


The charger is topped with an off white Isabella dinner plate and that is topped with the white Legado salad plate.


A pitcher and some pretty glassware…


Everything is simple and fresh, which is exactly her style…the only thing that suggests my style over hers is the centerpiece, she would have chosen just one or 2 elements rather than the more complicated grouping.  The pink celebrates CC and the mercury glass pieces help pull the 2 very different vases together, anchored by the orbs and ramekins which match the chargers.  Her things look beautiful, the setting is elegant yet simple, warm and inviting yet special.  The table has bench seating on the interior side which opens it up to the room and living area beyond the raised breakfast bar.


CC was not at all impressed, but hey, this was her very first tablescaping experience!  She was lots of help though, no negative remarks…she tried to pay attention, but she nodded off…Maybe next time!! There are still a lot of wonderful dishes to play with here!  They are decorating slowly, with more window treatments and art work to come.


I hope you’ll join us again soon for another spring/summer table at CC’s house!    Shhhhhhhh…….don’t tell DD, she really frowns on my taking all these photos.  Mums the word….

Thanks for keeping my secret!

The table, bench and dining chairs are from World Market.

The tufted leather look counter chairs are from

The china and glassware is available at high end gift stores.


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13 Responses to “Tablescapes, Playing House”
  1. Mary says:

    Jenna~ I love playing house, especially at the table! Love your daughter’s initial and beaded plates~ gorgeous! If I had to register and pick out patterns again I don’t know how I’d do it with all the choices available now. Your assistant tablescaper is so adorable and pink-cheeked!

  2. Your assistant is adorable!

    I love using white dishes. So many options! Your table is gorgeous!

  3. Emily says:

    Lucky you, get to play with the pretty dishes and play dolls too! What a precious baby and I know you enjoyed every minute. I’m visiting over from Make it Pretty.

  4. OK, you totally had me with those first 2 sentences. I was with you all the way! 🙂

    Your daughter’s taste is lovely! The “Legado” dishes are the bomb-and-a-half!!!!!!! The presence of the initials really gives them a classic look! You did a great job of creating a wonderful, homey, relaxed look befitting new parents on the go who still want to maintain a bit of style. (Hooray for your daughter for wanting to keep fresh flowers around. They really are great mood lifters!)

    Have fun, Grandmama!!! 🙂

  5. lulu says:

    Working with what was on hand, you did a great job creating a table for your daughter. I don’t think I’ve seen here dining room table at World Market, but I sure do like it. I’m totally with you when it comes to having fresh flowers around. I keep them until the last petal falls off!

  6. Beautiful tablescape and adorable baby!

  7. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    CC is totally adorable, so precious. She definitely steals the show. I love your tablescape, the dishes are beautiful, but I really love the way you created the centerpiece using several different items. So creative and gorgeous. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  8. I love the chocolate chargers! As well as the pink tulips! So beautifully done!

  9. Just love the dishes and the chargers! I love the different vases on the table!! Such a sweet grand!! just precious. The tulips are a wonderful addition to the table. How lucky you got to play. xo marlis

  10. I think it’s neat that you get to play house there. She does having some beautiful things, but of course you know who stole the show – CC.

    – The Tablescaper

  11. Marigene says:

    What pretty dishes…and love the centerpiece with the gathered items. Hope your adorable little CC takes after Grandma and likes to play with dishes!

  12. Diane says:

    O.K., first – love that precious baby!! Oh my, is there anything sweeter – congratulations!! That table is wonderful and you did a great job using the dishes and centerpiece to honor it. I have always believe that married women should have another gift shower or two, after they have been married 25 years – maybe, we could start that tradition – lol!!

  13. Kathleen says:

    Beautiful table, lots of natural elements!
    God bless your new gchild! Give her a few years and she will help you set the table!

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