Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Summer Blue Willow Tea

I love blue and white tables and setting our breakfast table overlooking the garden.  

I have always had an attraction to Waverly 
fabrics and found these placemats on sale at Burlington and thought they
 would look great with my dishes.   

The flatware is King Cedric Oneida and from my  mother-in-law's sterling collection.  I added a soft green napkin with my thrift store 
blue and white napkin rings.

I set my table with my Blue Willow Villeroy and Boch plates.  I recently looked up the mark and found these plates are over 100 years old!  I bought them about 20 years ago in an antique store in Florida when I was home visiting my parents.  I had no idea they were that old!

I used my spring/summer cloche for a centerpiece...the yellow flowers and nest seemed to go well with the placemats.

I started the table with one of my mother-in-law's tablecloths..she always sent her table linens to the cleaners and had them starched and pressed.  She was so organized she had each tablecloth labeled for size and how many leaves it required for her formal dining room table.   This one originally was used on her breakfast table.  I so enjoy using things that belonged to our families. 

I added two egg cups from my collection.  These were purchased on our trip to
 Solvang, California and are delft blue.

The teapot was given to me by my Mother.  She purchased an entire set of  rice china for me when she lived in the Japan.   The tiny one is also from her and is used for cream.

This is one of the china cabinets my Mom gave me when she downsized.   It is  full of  the blue and white she collected while overseas and I am so fortunate to have it!   

Today is my 36th wedding anniversary.
We met and married in Austin, Texas in 1976 when I was attending the University of Texas.   

We laugh at Mr. Bloomer's tuxedo every time we see our wedding pictures (burgundy was the rage back then) ...why didn't someone suggest classic black!  

I'm linking with 
Kathleen's Let Dish
Smiling Sally's Blue Monday
Marty's Tabletop Tuesdays
Susan's Tablescape Thursdays


  1. Your tablescape is beautiful. I love how each piece has a story. Makes it special. Love the cloche and teapot warmer! Happy anniversary! Such a good looking couple that I can get past the burgundy! :)

  2. Congratulations on 36 years together! We are ahead of you my one, and we too, met and were married here in Austin. ;-) Where did you get married?
    Love the blue and white setting. Wish I were there enjoying tea at this lovely table.

  3. Sonia,your breakfast table looks lovely,I so like blue and white. Congratulations on your anniversary. Love the photo,you both look so handsome. xxoo

  4. Hi Sonia!
    Your tablescape is beautiful. I love your dishes and the cloche looks perfect with the setting. I to have always had a love of Waverly fabrics and wallpapers. To me they never seem to go out of style... So classic. Happy Anniversary!

  5. Awwww Happy Anniversary!! What a beautiful table you set. The blue, white with the yellow just looks so cheerful. I love your mom's gifts to you, too.

  6. Happy Anniversary!

    Beautiful table! I love blue and white, too. Lovely collection, especially those 100-year-old plates!

  7. Happy Anniversary! Love the burgundy tuxedo :-)

    I love blue and white, and it is so timeless.

  8. Happy Anniversary! Just beautiful! I love blue and white too. Your tea cups and saucers are lovely!!!

  9. Happy Anniversary! Your blue and white tablescape is absolutely gorgeous! I love the hutch filled with blue and white treasures....truly a blessing. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  10. Happy Happy Anniversary!! I love your blue and white, especially with your placemats. They work so well together. I am delighted you get to be the keeper of the family pieces, that is always such a treasure. be blessed, xo marlis

  11. Happy Anniversary! Beautiful table, Sonia, Blue Willow is my favorite transferware pattern. The placemats are lovely...perfect pairing with the BW.

  12. Happy Anniversary! I was married (the first time) in 1977 and my bridesmaids wore burgandy. Your table is beautiful. The blue and white with touches of yellow and green is one of my favorite color combos. Everything works perfectly!

  13. I love blue willow!!! My mother had a set and probably at some point got rid of it! To see your beautifully styled table set and to know your dishes are a 100 years old makes your tablesetting all the more precious. Congratulations on 36 years together. I'm such a romantic.
    Enjoy your weekend Sonia,
    Hugs Rosemary...xoxo

  14. Hi there, I just found your blog through a linky party, and was instantly atrracted to your blue table setting! I LOVE blue. My table setting is blue as well, it is "Midnight Rose". I love the color of water ( I swim laps in the morning), and my eyes naturally gravitate to blue.

    I also just became your newest follower, yay! Would be so appreciative if you would stop by and follow back.

    By the way, your blog design is so cheeful and cute! A new blog design is on my agenda, just as soon as we get our house painted, ugh!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  15. Happy Anniversary Sonia! You looks so beautiful and your that tux of your hubbies must have been so dapper back then... he got you!!!
    I just LOVE your very pretty table. Blue and white with touches of yellow are my favorite... and you did a masterful job!
    Hugs on your Anniversary!

  16. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you two beautiful couple!! Your Mr. looked great in the burgandy, along with his pretty bride. Your table is beautiful, you did a terrific job creating it with such pretty elements all around it, like your touches of yellow to bring out the blue and white pretty dishes! Your mom's cabinet and all her gorgeous collectables are a treasure!

  17. Happy Anniversary!
    Very pretty table, the napkin rings are wonderful!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  18. The reason no one suggested a black tux is because that was so old fashioned--THEN! LOL Happy Anniversary! Thanks for sharing these beautiful blues. You are lucky to have so many and even from your mom too.

    Happy Blue Monday, Sonia

  19. your tablescape is so lovely, as is your decor and good taste...have a blue one today...

  20. Happy Anniversary!

    I played too. Mine are here and here.

  21. Beautiful table settings..

    Visiting for Blue Monday- hope you can stop by..


  22. So many beautiful things in this table-setting, with lovely memories to go with!
    Happy Anniversary!
    ~ Zuzu

  23. I am a huge fan of blue, white, and yellow.. this is fabulous... and the cloche is perfect... love the view out the window.. lovely from top to bottom!

  24. Happy Anniversary! We were married in 1976 as well. Love your blue and white! Wish I had some Blue Willow. I recently was looking at it on ebay and found that Spode originally made it and due to its popularity, 33 others have produced it. Love your china cabinet too. You asked how large our garden/yard is: half an acre. Most of the back is gardens.
    Blessings, Beth

  25. Happy Anniversary!! Love your cloche on a pedestal with the nest. Looks so pretty on your lovely blue and white table setting.
    Mary Alice

  26. Happy Anniversary. Our 39th is in a couple of weeks. We laugh at our wedding pictures. I always tell my husband that the wedding we thought was the most beautiful ever in 1973...looks like it came from Kmart now!!

  27. Congratulations on your 36th wedding anniversary! I love your tablescape!!

    Susan and Bentley

  28. Congratulations on your anniversary, and I enjoyed seeing your beautiful table. Love the combinations of blue and white with a bit of yellow. The cloche is really pretty with the flowers in it. And what were we thinking, fashion wise, during the 1970s?

  29. What a darling table! I always love blue, white and yellow. Your little bird-nest is so cute as a centerpiece too!! :)


  30. Oh Happy Anniversary!!!!! Love the pic of you two, such a handsome couple. His tux is fun and your dress is stunning. Your breakfast table is fabulous, I love the colors, linens, dishes and all the accessories. The cloche with your beautiful flowers is such a show stopper. Stunning. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty


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