Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Birds and Berry Tea

Spring is here and the 
birds are singing and
 starting to build 
their sweet little nests.
I love this time of year and using natural elements in my home. 
 Nests, eggs, birds and berries welcome the season at my table.   

I found these plates on sale at my favorite antique mall for $4 and knew they would be a great start and inspiration to a spring table.  They are Italian Brunelli and have a beautiful berry pattern along with a delicate yellow flower.  The trellis cutout border caught my eye right away.   

I started my birds and berry table with a trellis Waverly tablecloth- it's  a soft yellow with a berry and fruit border.  I added two cabbage leaf placemats as a base to place the centerpiece on.

Twig chargers along with a floral bird's nest  I've had for years compliment the plates.

   I decorated my cloche with a nest and some spring forsythia.  I love the sweet little bird perched on top.

I added a live potted primrose to the table along with the bird place card holders I purchased in Carmel.  Instead of name cards I substituted leaves and flowers from the garden. 

 This little bird is standing on a strawberry.

The little herb egg cups are used as candleholders.   I purchased these on clearance several 
years ago at  Stein-Mart. 

I used my mother's crystal glasses and the embroidered glass coasters she purchased while living in Japan.  Aren't they adorable?  My mother has given me so many lovely things as she has downsized to smaller place.  I don't think these little coasters have seen the light of day in over 20 years.  The little green ivy looks great with the plates. 

I filled the glasses with fresh blackberries and decorated with a few  violas and yellow flowers from
 my garden.  

The napkin rings were also from my Mom and I used soft lime green napkins to accent the
 purple flower rings.

The silverware was my mother-in-law's Westmoreland pattern.  We love having things from our families to use and to share at our
 family meals together.  

"Mrs. Potts" my favorite tea pot had to welcome in spring too...the fluted edge with cutouts reminded me of the 
plates borders.  

The little teaspoon was purchased in a darling shop in Solvang.

This was such a fun table to put together since garden tables are my very favorites!

This is my first attempt to capture a few pictures at the blue hour...

hope you have enjoyed your visit.
Happy Spring!

I'll be joining Kathleen's new meme~
Let's Dish Wednesdays at 7 pm 
and Centerpiece Wednesdays at the Style Sisters,  
Tablescape Thursdays
Cindy's Show and Tell Friday
Beverly's  Pink Saturday
Seasonal Sundays
Marty's Tabletop Tuesdays
Barb's Wild About Mother Nature
everybody go by and visit or better yet participate! 


  1. Just delightful! I adore the linen coasters that your mom gave you. You and I both love every opportunity to use our family treasures. The reticulated plates are a marvelous find...they are gorgeous. You are one of the best when it comes to bringing the garden indoors. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  2. Your spring table is gorgeous. I love the plates and everything else.

  3. OH!! THOSE PLATES!! XXOO, Damaris

  4. Just beautiful! Enjoyed your post:)

  5. Oh your table setting is so pretty and Springy,love it'
    x jeanetteann

  6. Just beautiful! You are the queen of pretty tablesettings.

  7. Very pretty....you are a talented lady...:)

  8. Oh, spring is definitely here! Everything is so charming and I adore that "Milburn Rose" flatware. I have always liked that pattern. Lucky you for inheriting it!

  9. This is just so pretty! I really love your dishes and that cute teapot! The pansies look so cute here and there and the birdcage makes a great centerpiece. Do you remember where you found your place mats? I have been looking for something woven. These are perfect!

    Have a wonderful day!


  10. Beautiful Spring table Sonia. I absolutely love those berry plates.

  11. I LOVE all the color!!! Purple and yellow and green create a perfectly harmonic symphony of color in my book! Such pretty egg cups, too! You have some really great finds here, starting with those great dinner plates! VERY pretty!

  12. This is such a pretty spring table. I love those plates and the details you have added make it so special.

  13. There is so much to look at, I will have to come back a few times more to see all the spectacular details you have on your table. The metal cloche, the forsythia, the plates, the teapot, the napkin rings, the spoon, the blackberries.. all so pretty. I love this.. xo marlis

  14. You have set a wonderful Spring table, everything is so beautiful, love the plates, the nests and birds.
    Happy Spring and hope you are enjoying the week

  15. This is beautiful! Every little detail is perfectly done--the chargers, nests, all your mom's pretty things, and the silverware! Just wonderful. Linda

  16. Fabulous table, I love every little detail...you have missed none! It is wonderful you used some of your own, your mother and mother-in-law's things to set the table. Those dishes are beautiful...cute name card holders.

  17. This table is like waking in the woods in the spring. Beautifully organic and natural. Love that you use things from those you love... aren't they so special and fun to use?
    This is such a wonderfully detailed table. So many pretty things to look at! Those little birdies are precious!

  18. Very pretty garden scape... love those plates, too! Great bargain!

  19. I saw the cabbage placemats in a catalog and loved them. You have put them to good use, and I like how you are displaying your cabbage plates on the wall. I feel like I just came back from a much needed walk through the spring woods! Beautiful table!

  20. Such a springy tablescape!! Love all the special details you used.
    I'm a new follower, Mary Alice

  21. Your table screams...SPRING HERE I AM!!!! Just lovely, the dishes are so pretty, along with the beautiful teapot. The wire cloche is TDF! I'm totally loving your cloche and your arrangement in it! Lovely. Thank you for coming sweet lady. Enjoy your weekend.

  22. Wow! Beautiful table setting Sonia ~~ I love the herbal egg cups, so pretty. Your photos are always stunning!
    Our weather has turned back to winter it was way too early for our weather to have been so warm.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Hugs Rosemary...xxx

  23. Absolutely divine.. in every aspect! Love the blue dusk capture, but the whole composition and your story are spellbinding!

  24. Very pretty! Please come and link with me in Color Connection meme at my PINK Collection entry.

  25. Lovely table setting and all so natural looking. Love the cutwork on the plates too. Happy Pink Saturday! Have a great weekend:) Hugs Marilou

  26. Oh I love this...the pierced edge plates, nest, adorable egg cups, twig chargers and Mrs. Potts! I love your forsythia spray on the table and peaking out of your cloche :)

  27. What amazing plates and at an amazing price. Gorgeous table. So happy to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  28. Oh how Spring lovely!!! Everything is so beautiful and the cloche is darling. The chargers are really great with all the color. Ready for a fantastic tea or luncheon.

  29. Just discovered your blog. Your table looks AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING, very natural and magical.
    I am staying here a while to read more.

  30. Simply delightful. All the charm that any tablescape ever held was in this one! So much interest, so much detail..I couldn't get enough of looking. What a GREAT job! I think everyone wants to be able to put together something like this for an Easter dinner, OR anytime!!

  31. Your spring table is gorgeous....beautifully done!!! I've enjoyed my visit. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration. Hope you have a wonderful day, Gail

  32. What a georgous table...so wonderfully spring filled, the colors are wonderful. Just a delight.

  33. Oh wow! I love your spring tablescape. The blue hour picture looks wonderful.


  34. Beautiful Spring table, Sonia! Those plates are perfect and I love those chargers! I also like your cloche ~ it suits that pedestal very well.


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