The peonies are blooming here at StoneGable! Their big fragrant moppy pink heads bob in the breeze. They are my most favorite bloom… by far!

What a joy to go out to the garden and pick a big armful to use in a tablescape!

I have been planning this tablescape in my head for months and months, anticipating the arrival of these ballet pink beauties…

Can you smell them?

Of course, today’s table was inspired by the peonies!  The table is traditional, sophisticated and full of blue and white pieces… just the right color to show off the peonies!

No tablecloth or place mats today. The luster of the mahogany table adds depth and warmth to the tablescape.

Each place is set with a stack of blue and white dishes.

Napoleon bee flatware rests on white ric-rac edged napkins… so girly!

As I was setting this table it occurred to me that I have not purchased new dishes for quite awhile. I keep recycling these!!!  I think my blue and white dishes are my most used!

Little blue and white footed sherbet bowls are just the right size to hold a pretty little peony bloom.

Cobalt blue glasses are paired with a pretty clear stemmed glass. One of my favorite tablescaping tips is to use different glasses on a table. They look so much more interesting than matching sets!

Blue and white pieces march down the center of the table to make an impressive centerpiece!

Two of the ginger jars overflow with the soft pink peonies. The color contrast is striking!
The peonies are with us for such a short time… let’s sit and enjoy them while they grace us with their beautiful presence!
The Menu
Boston Bibb With Strawberries, Toasted Pecans, Bleu In A Champagne Vinaigrette

Pork Tenderloin With Dijon Marsala Sauce
Muffin Tin Onions Gruyere Stacks
Wilted Spinach With Sherry Vinegar

Elegant Strawberry Dessert
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  1. says

    Yvonne~ Your peonies make my heart SING and yes I CAN smell their beautiful fragrance! They are here so briefly~ I missed ours blooming this year when we were out of town for ten days, by the time we were home what few were remaining were pummeled by rain. Spectacular paired with your wonderful blue & white collection of layered dishes!

  2. says

    Hi Yvonne! Oh, your peonies are the most gorgeous I’ve ever seen and so pretty and pink. Your tablesetting is beautiful. You have the touch to make pretty!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia đŸ˜‰

  3. says

    Carolyne Roehm and I are both drooling. Peonies are my favorite blooms, too. Mine have put out minimal blossoms the last few years; I plan to transplant them in the fall. I can only hope that I have a crop like yours. Of course, you know that I love all things blue and white. The footed sherbets are wonderful…want, want, want….ooh no…coveting….I’m thrilled that you have something so gorgeous and versatile! :-) Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  4. says

    Oh my, this is just so beautiful, I love your flowers, such gorgeous blooms and the color is devine. Your beautiful blue and white is indeed just the right thing to show off the flowers. Great menu too. I need to try the potatoes. Hugs, Marty

  5. says

    Your table is just beautiful, Yvonne! The peonies are trying to steal the show from your pretty blue dishes! They definitely compliment one another! I love the sherbert dishes. And your menu looks wonderful!

    Hope you are having a great week!


  6. says

    I love your peonies and I do think it is pretty and plays off the Blue Willow china in a gorgeous fashion. Blessings to you today, xo Diana

  7. says

    Peonies are such beautiful flowers. I have several bushes in my yard started from cuttings from my grandparents’ former home in York County. I hope if we ever move that I remember to bring some of Grandpa’s Peony cuttings along to start at our new home.

    The table is just gorgeous. Blue and white make my heart sing and this tablescape is a beautiful song. You do have some wonderful dishes, Yvonne, and I love how you can change things up and still come up with a fresh and fabulous design.

  8. says

    They are gorgeous! I picked 2 today, but my bushes aren’t giving me an arm full! They are getting plenty of sun, so I don’t know why!
    Cherry Kay mentioned transplanting. I have never had luck doing that, have you?

    Love the blue and white with the pink, just stunning!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let’s Dish! Don’t forget June 20th, at The Beach! Speaking of which, I hope you will be coming out this summer!

  9. says

    Oh Yvonne, what a gorgeous table! Can it get any better than blue and white with pink peonies. I have one lowly peony bush and it came into full bloom right along with the rain! Alas, the ones in this evening’s post had to be purchased. I love all of your blue and white, but those sherbets are by far my fav!!! If you weren’t looking, they might just disappear.

    – The Tablescaper

  10. says

    Yvonne your peonies are truly stunning. One of my favorite flowers. The color is perfect with the blue and white. The menus looks delicious.
    Thank you for stopping by the blog, hope you enjoy! We’re way behind in our chats, lets make definite plans.

  11. says

    Oh! Would you believe that I was just looking at photos of blue and white tablescapes on Pinterest?? This could not be more perfect timing! :-) Everything looks gorgeous and I truly could almost smell those lovely peonies which are one of my most favorite flower. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful eye candy with us!

  12. says

    Yvonne, Diann got the napkin rings last year at Christmas Tree shops. My store didn’t have them. If they show up again, I will let you know!

  13. says

    You have just sparked a wonderful memory for me, Yvonne. These gorgeous colors did it! Your beyond gorgeous table is stunning.

    There used to be a wonderful French pastry/bakery/cafe in Chicago that we used to go to often when we were newlyweds.
    The walls in the shop were pale ballerina pink.
    They had dishes and platters hanging on the walls and they were all blue and white porcelain. I will never forget how gorgeous that pale pastel color looked against the striking blue cobalt on the dishes. I swore I would have a kitchen one day mixing those same two pallets.

    Somehow when it came time to make that call, for pale pink kitchen walls, mu husband just couldn’t get on board with that decision!

    You took me back to that special place just now,
    Thanks Yvonne!
    You have such a gift in the way you can set a table.

  14. says

    Simply gorgeous Yvonne. Peonies are such a beautiful flower to use on your table with Blue Willow dishes. Goodness every piece on the table is so perfectly used together. I would love to dine at your table.

  15. says

    Yvonne, this is my favorite tablescape of all time. Yes, I love it the most !!
    Truly, it has your name (& mine) on it, I would recognize your artistry anywhere.
    Big hug….

  16. says

    Classic and perfect. My father grew lot of peonies, and I have had sporadic luck with them. The ones we planted here did not do anything but die. This makes me want to try again.

  17. says

    This is truly a stunning tablescape! I just love the pink peonies with your Blue Willow, everything looks perfect. I would be thrilled to have dinner here with you.

    Have a wonderful night!
    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  18. says

    Oh your peonies are gorgeous! Truly beautiful. Love the blue and pink…..peonies and ginger jars. What a lovely combination. Thanks for your visit….I hope you’ll enjoy the strawberry recipe!

  19. says

    You are SO right….blue & white are the perfect colors to show off precious pink peonies! This is beautiful! I really love the single peony displayed in the sherbet bowls. (GORGEOUS sherbet bowls, by the way!) The beauty of using particular dishes frequently is that they become like old friends with whom you can just pick up the conversation where you left off. I have several things that I use repeatedly just because they go so well with so many things! That’s usually the criteria for buying things: they’ll go well with other things! :-) It’s a good thing you didn’t get the super early Spring like so many of us did that brought peonies out in mid-April!!!!

  20. says

    Yvonne, your peonies are spectacular. I would love to have peonies in my garden, but it won’t happen here in Texas. LOL Love the combination with the blue and white dishes. The stack is gorgeous! You have some of the prettiest dishes in Blogville, and you certainly set incredibly beautiful tables. ~ Sarah

  21. says

    Oh how I can’t wait to plant peonies at the new house! Yours are simply spectacular!!!! This color combo is outstanding. EVERY table you set is beyond gorgeous. You are the Queen. I so admire your talent. Some day when I get dishes unpacked I will be able to do a tablescape again. In the mean time, come see who went for a ride with Joe in the T-Bird:):):) XO, Pinky

  22. says

    Oh my goodness Yvonne, your tablescape is stunning. I love blue willow and have a set myself, now I have to try to grow pink peonies in my garden. What a lovely and elegant table with a menu to match. Your photography is awesome!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

    The French Hutch

  23. says

    Oh, Yvonne, every single photo is breathtakingly beautiful! I think this is your prettiest table EVER, and that’s saying a lot! Enjoy those stunning peonies while they last.

  24. Anonymous says

    Beautiful!!! You have the best tablescapes I have ever seen! Have you ever considered writing a book? I am positive it would be a best seller! I would love to have something written by you that I could look through at my leisure! Thanks for having such a beautiful, informative and enjoyable blog! God Bless You! Ana

  25. says

    Yvonne, this is so beautiful, as usual:-) Peonies are a favourite of mine as well and they are gorgeous with your blue and white dishes.

  26. says

    Why would you need more dishes, when you can pull together a gorgeous table like this? Those peonies are just the most stunning color – makes me swoon over their beauty. The blue and white just makes them shine. Fabulous table!!

  27. says

    Hi Yvonne,
    What beautiful blooms…The pink are just gorgeous one of the best colours!
    Love them with the blue & white china…

    I have been following you for a little while now on Pinterest! And you have a lovely blog as well…I subscribe by email.
    Thank you for dropping by… I noticed you like to do rug hooking too!
    Have a great day today!
    All the Best,

  28. says

    Astonishing combination between these fantastic fragrant pink peonies and the sophisticated blue and white china! Congratulations, we really feel the scent!

  29. says

    Oh my, how beautiful! I love your peonies! We transplanted several from our old home in Alabama to our new home in South Carolina and I am so anxious to see how they do in the coming years. Your blue willow china and blue & white accents are a lovely collection. It makes for a beautiful setting for sure! Enjoy your peonies!

  30. says

    I love the peonies with the classic china.. so fabulous a combination. Your photos are so stunning i can almost smell the peonies.. they make me want to touch them through the screen. Your dishes are just fabulous and each compliments the other.. Have a great weekend. xo marlis

  31. says

    There is something very special about peonies, and you have really captured their beauty. The blue willow is the perfect complement, and I cannot blame you for grabbing these dishes often! They really are a work of art!

  32. says

    No matter how or where peonies are used, they are a delight. Mine are still tight little buds, and I can’t wait til they open and can be used on my table. How you have presented them with your blue and white is lovely.

  33. says

    This is just a beautiful are ALL of your tablescapes. I love how these lovely pink flowers look with the blue and white! I also like your idea of mixing the blue glasses with the clear glasses. That is a tip I hope to use with my tablescapes down the road! Thanks for sharing this thing of beauty!!! =)

  34. hrantg says

    Wonderful blog. Beautiful table settings. Is it possible to get the name of the pattern of the 2nd plate down, the dessert plate with the open floral? So lovely. Thanks.

  35. Rachel says

    This is just gorgeous! I’m trying to pick out dishes for an antique hutch I have. Where are the white and the blue transfer ware dishes from?


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