The lilacs are blooming! And even if I weren’t blogging I would be compelled to set a table using them. They are so beautiful and sweetly scented and they drape ever so perfectly in soft arches of cascading tiny trumptey blooms! I wait all year for the lilacs! I think the most beautiful things here on this earth are the shortest lived. It’s like God giving us the slightest glimpse of His heavenly home and what we have to look forward to! Here’s to lilacs in bloom!
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Today is IT’S ALL SET. You can see all the beautiful tablescapes at the end of the post…
Let’s talk about tablescapes!
Today’s tablescape was inspired by the lilacs in full bloom here in Lancaster County! A big thanks to my dear friend Kim (who lives down the road from me) for letting me have armloads from her abundant bushes. I’ve known Kim for decades. We first met when our boys were in nursery school together. She is brilliantly smart, generous and witty.
Kim owns the most fabulous handcrafted knitted children’s wear company, HEARTHSIDE HANDWORKS. Her sweaters are sold in Barney’s in NYC and on Rodeo Drive in LA. and in other boutique shops around the country. Click HERE to see one of her sweet, classic sweaters in New York Magazine.
She is uber creative and a workaholic with a very fun side! She is genuine and a real friend!
My children wore her gorgeous sweaters their entire childhood! And I’ve saved them for their children! Thanks, Kim! You are so dear to me… this post is for you!
Today’s table is set in my dining room but really it should be set outside! This table screams lush green springtime. Are you catching wafts of the perfumy lilacs! I sure hope so! My whole house smells heavenly!
Each place is set with a stack of intricately edged plates and topped with a vintage lilac transferware plate. These plates are brought out each year for my lilac table. The lilacs have not bloomed in Lancaster Country for a couple of years so these plates were like seeing an old friend!
You don’t need to collect lots and lots of different plates to create something special. I love small plates with very interesting motifs or designs. And they are so easily paired with white dishes! My collection of small distinctive plates keeps growing and growing. They are good for hors-d’oeuvres, tapas, and dessert… and even a small salad! And they set a very pretty table!
I can’t resist detailed edges on plates… especially if they are white!
I’m not a huge collector of colored glassware but I do love these purple flutes. I found them years ago at Target… yes, Target! One of my biggest decorating secrets, that is not so secret anymore, is mixing high end items with lower cost things that look high end. No one will ever know!
These hobnail glasses from Wayfair are our everyday glasses. I found them last summer and knew they were sturdy enough to hold up to lots of use. And they are also pretty enough to use for company too! Hobnail has a very vintage look. I love the hobnail spin on these drinking goblets.
You can see them HERE. Right now they are on an amazing sale!
Plain white napkin with a large ric-rac edge are gathered up in a pearly napkin ring. I kept most of the table white to show off the lilacs. They only last for such a short time that they deserve to be the star of this table!
My favorite way to pick lilacs is when not all the buds have bloomed! I think they are much more artistic and ethereal looking! Kim also had white lilacs so I added them in with the traditional ones.
Tiny creamers work as makeshift vases at each place. I have a penchant for placing something individual sized at everyone’s place. Flowers, bread or a little take home treat!
These little buds are singular works of art!
The center of the table has three pitchers of lilacs and two small white milk bottles running down it.
Lilacs and mercury glass candlesticks!
When lilacs are blooming it’s time to tarry in their magnificent splendor because it is one of the earth’s fleeting joys!
Please stop by my very talent blogger friends and enjoy their beautiful tables! I am in such lofty company!
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