Happy Mother’s Day

A Special Table for my Mom 

and in memory of

my Grandmother


A bit belated but here it is all the same, my Mother’s Day tablescape featuring Franciscan’s Desert Rose dishes.



Some of these pieces were my Grandmother’s and several others I’ve added over the years. Though my Grandmother has been gone for a very long time I think she’d really enjoy a tablescape showing off her dishes. 





This table was set with breakfast or brunch in mind so I used the breakfast / luncheon size plates. These were an exciting find at GW a couple of years ago. I tend to use luncheon plates or over-sized salad plates for nearly all my meals. There isn’t really standard size for breakfast/luncheon plates, they can be anywhere from nine to just under ten inches. 
The over-sized salad plates I use on a daily basis are from Pier 1 and they just happen to be their seasonal cat salad plates. (hoping they’ll eventually continue the series).






The glasses are from Pier 1 from last year (no longer available). The Desert Rose pattern is very extensive and includes glassware but I’ve never seen any in the wild (antique stores). I do love the shape of these and they (sorta) work as a juice glass or as a stemless wine glass. 






While this flatware arrangement is more whimsical than strictly correct according to the rules of etiquette I love it, and this particular choice has absolutely nothing to do with me trying to squeeze as many dishes as possible on this tablescape. 





I found one of these when I unboxed the family collection and I found the other at an antique store. I hope to add a few more unique pieces in the future. 


I just love the patina of old silver (even if it’s just silverplate). I understand there are those who don’t think it’s worth the effort but in reality if you use it it really doesn’t get tarnished very quickly. Beautiful things, especially those with family history, deserve the extra effort. 

Just for fun, here are a few photos of the tablescape in progress.



The process evolves as I pull things out of the cabinet and all the places I have my various pieces stored. Things get added and added then other pieces get put away.
Sometimes it all falls into place quickly and easily, other times I have to step away for a while and then go back to it, wash, rinse & repeat.

Mother’s Day Tea Menu
Pineapple Coconut Cream Scones
Apricot Sour Cream Scones
Black Forest Ham & Swiss Quiche
Fresh Fruit Salad w/Mint Simple Syrup
Chicken Salad Puffs
Strawberry & Brie Phyllo Bites
Pavlovas w/Peach Sauce & Berries
Assorted Chocolates & Bon-Bons




4 thoughts on “Happy Mother’s Day”

  1. Lovely table and I am sure your Mom enjoyed the memories of her Mom and those beautiful dishes as well.
    Very nice idea.

    Blessings, Nellie

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