China and roses. . .

As a child I was a bit of a tomboy.  Although as a teenager I had a lavender bedroom and had learned to love some ‘girly’ things. when It came time to plan for my wedding; china, crystal, or silver were not on my list of wants.

After 16 years of marriage we moved into our second home.  My sweet mil gifted me with my first (and only) set of china.

Peach was her favorite color so it’s no wonder she picked this gorgeous pattern.  I also had peach, rose and blue in my kitchen and living room area.

I will be joining Cuisine kathleen for her Let’s dish ‘china’ party.



It’s such a gorgeous morning that I decided to set the table in the garden.

The combination of peach, rose, and green is lovely.  I pulled out the pink with my set of thrift find napkins ($2 for 6) and a Ranuncula blossom accented the peach.  Roses would have been perfect, but I have none blooming yet.

I have never owned beautiful silverware so I’ve used my every day.  Gold would have been gorgeous against the scalloped rim of the plates.

No fancy stemware either.  I have used a mixture.  The two end settings have green goblets.  A yard sale find while vacationing in Virginia.


The other four are gorgeous crystal that once were my mothers.


My beautiful china is a service for 12.  Being the eclectic person that I am I had to mix in a bit of depression glass.


The centerpiece is a few things that I pulled from inside my home.  An urn with pink flowers.  My scalloped green cake plate filled with items for a spot of tea, and a reproduction green bell jar filled with dried roses.


I tied a gifted vintage gold heart to the jar to accent the gold rim on the plates.

bell jar

I found a few pieces of vintage flatware.  Love the tarnished look!


No time for baking today so store bought cookies will have to do.


What could go better with cookies than a cup of tea and a book of poems by Emily Dickinson?  The teapot was a thrift find and the book was a gift.



If I was using this for a party I might make a pretty peat pot like this one.  A give away win a couple years ago from Tracie at Fishtail Cottage.



My white linen tablecloth and numbered chairs are perfect for this delicate china.


I don’t use this china a lot, but I love it!



I will also be joining these lovely parties:

Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday

Artful Affirmations for Teacup Tuesday

Martha Favorites for Teacup Tuesday

Bernideens for Friends Sharing Tea

How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday

DIY By Design for Swing into Spring Party

Revisionary Life for Thrifty Things


The Polka Dot Closet said...

You went way out to set this gorgeous table. Love your MIL china it looks perfect with the green depression glass...What a gift!


Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So pretty. The china and your setting! You did this so well! xoxo I like to use china that way too, because I have china sets, but no complete matching crystal or silverware sets.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Jann,
It's funny, when I got married, I didn't want fine china or silver either but I wanted my mother to have it. So I started a set of china for her. Years later, it has come back to me. Since my children moved out, I began collecting.
I love your china. It is really pretty. And I love depression glass; especially green and pink! Your table is lovely and thank you for sharing it with us and joining me for tea. Your teapot is cute too, by the way. Have a beautiful day.


JoAnne said...

Love your china, Jann ~ I've always been a girly girl so I would have loved it when I was young as well. My daughter is quite the tomboy so she probably won't want something as silly as pretty dishes either! : )

Joanne said...

Awww so pretty can I join you? I'll bring some cake!
Blessings, Joanne

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Beautiful tablescape - the dishes are perfect. Everything works so well together.
Wish I had a cup of tea and cookies right now.
Thanks so much for sharing Jan and have a great day.

Cranberry Morning said...

Those are beautiful dishes from your mother in law! And I've always loved green Depression glass. Lovely!

Susie said...

Hey snot nosed Tommie...LOL. I love your beautiful table setting. The pinks and greens that you have added are absolutely wonderful. Jann, you just have the right touch. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I absolutely adore your china. You know, check at Ross. They often have the gold plated silverware really reasonable. It would be beautiful with those dishes.

NanaDiana said...

Jann-That is a gorgeous set of china! You set a beautiful table and I love it paired with the green. It's a perfect combination. When we lived in Florida my outdoor area was dressed in pale peach and green and white. I have always loved the combination. xo Diana ps. What time is lunch served?

Winnie said...

Beautiful dishes and so elegant.
For me they also seem romantic

sunnyskiesandsweettea said...

I love the dishes! I especially love the green is so pretty.

Amy Jo

Salmagundi said...

Always a perfect day when I see beautiful dishes!!! Sally

Creations By Cindy said...

I do enjoy looking at tablescapes..all colors, shades and styles. Love yours today my friend. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Dana Bishop said...

Why is it that we don't use our china more often? Yours is lovely and the depression glass is the perfect 'add on'. Any morning you can set the table outside is a blessing, right? In your neck of the woods I would imagine the hot summer is just around the corner. Thanks for inspiring me to get my china out more often.

Sarah said...

So many pretty dishes and you've set a gorgeous table. Beautiful details, Jann.

farmhouse-story said...

such a pretty table setting, jann! love the ruffled tablecloth:)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

How sweet of your MIL to gift you with her beautiful china, Jann. I love the pattern, as it is so romantic. I love how you've paired it with the pretty green depression glass. What treasures you've shared for Kathleen's party.

Simply Suzannes at Home said...

Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

Oh my goodness, I'm in LOVE with that tablecloth! What a beautiful tea. I wish I were there to enjoy it with you.

Martha's Favorites said...

Beautiful dishes, all of them. You have mixed up very pretty. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Tea in Texas said...

Your garden table is so pretty with the ruffled tablecloth. The china is gorgeous and a thoughtful gift from you MIL. Your mixing green depression glass is really accents the tea time. Have a great week!


cynthia lee designs said...

Everything looks so pretty!! We will all be right over to join you for cookies and tea.
Cindy said...

Just beautiful Jann, your china is perfect in that outdoor setting and looks wonderful mixed with the green depression glass and those incredible roses!

Anonymous said...

This china is lovely, and I love the way it looks with your depression glass. Beautiful!

Tricia said...

What a pretty pattern! And I love it combined with the gorgeous green Depression glass!

Tea in the Library said...

Your table incorporates so many of my favorite things. So lovely and yet homey.

Mrs. Laura Lane said...

Your china is gorgeous. Your setting lovely. I want to come to your house to play. ~smile~
Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

The china your MIL chose for you is pretty and you should use it more often to enjoy it. I used to save the 'good stuff' only for company but have thrown that thought out the window and use my pretties as often as possible.
The green depression glass has me drooling, and it adds a nice touch to your table.

Carrie said...

Your mom-in-law definitely picked a beautiful china for you! Your table is so pretty with the mix of depression glass in green and the cute pink cookie tray! The flower on the napkin is such a wonderful touch too.

Bernideen said...

Oh how lovely Jan. These photos are great! I could never get the link to work. I hope that was temporary! Have a lovely weekend!

Stacey Johnson said...

So beautiful! Love it

Lady of the Manor said...

Your china is lovely and I really like the table you set! The use of that depression glass is perfect for the outside setting!

Candy S said...

I love the outdoor setting. What a wonderful way to showcase the beauty of your MIL's china. The beautiful colors in the china look fabulous with the green depression glass.

Marigene said...

Beautiful table, the china pattern with the green Depression glass. I also love your pedestal cake plate!

Rosie M. said...

Be still my heart!!! What exquisite plates! Love the scalloped edges and delicate pattern. You've honored them beautifully with your choices of flatware and crystal. Wow!! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

Kathleen said...

Beautiful china, Jann, and what a gift from the heart from your mil. The fact that it doesn't have a pattern name means it was pre war I am told. My mom's was like that too. You set a beautiful table to share with us, thank you!

Beth in NEPA said...

Beautiful china! And I personally LOVE the way you mixed all your pretties! When I used to have tea get togethers more often than I do now I would always let people pick their favorite cups and plates. That way everything you have gets a chance to shine!

Donna Wilkes said...

All the elements came together beautifully, Jann.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Jann, you have set a beautiful table. I am in love with your tablecloth and though I don't have any green depression glass, I sure wish I did! Your china is beautiful. I like all the different textures on the table- so appealing!

Parsimonious Décor Darling said...

Your table came together beautifully, it looks like a lovely place to have brunch! Your MIL's dishes are very pretty! Visiting from Cuisine Kathleen.

Revi said...

OOOH - I love how you mix all the pretty pieces together! Thanks for sharing this at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday Linky Party!