Old Country Roses, New Sofa Vignette, and New Recipe


When I was trying to think of something new for the dining table this week, I realized that I haven’t used the Old Country Roses in a while. I also thought that I had not used all three sizes of plates in one tablescape yet, so that is how I started. I like how the dinner, salad, and bread & butter plates look together with the rims lined up.


I didn’t want to use silver since I had just used it last week, so I decided to use the San Remo flatware. To my surprise, the black really looked better than I had anticipated. Since I was using all three plates, I decided on both the salad and the dinner forks, and I like the balance that gave to the place setting.


You may remember that I purchased these napkins from the Napkin Lady a while back. She made them especially for me in this great shade of pink that blends well with the colors in Old Country Roses. I used pretty beaded napkin rings that I purchased from an antique mall back when I first started tablescaping.


For the glassware, I chose the green Dollar Tree goblets (I know, big surprise, right?). The green picks up on the green leaves in the pattern. Tablescapers, unite! We need to send the Dollar Tree a petition to make the goblets in additional colors to the green and blue! For the wine goblet, I added these balloon goblets decorated with grapes and leaves.


Moving on to the centerpiece, I chose my pillar candles with the clear glass holders. I wanted to use my banana stand again because I will probably get it up to the flea market in the next week or two.


Because it is the Fenton Silver Crest pattern, I decided to add the candy dish that I have in the same pattern.


I have had that dish for a long time. I inherited it from one of my female ancestors, and it started my love for the Fenton Silver Crest pattern of milk glass.


Because the white milk glass on the white tablecloth needs a little color, I just sprinkled around my colored glass beads.


I liked the casual feel that the stones evoke, and I really was happy with the final look of the table.


I also decided to change my sofa table vignette this week. I was a little bit tired of the silver tray, and I wanted to be a little bit more casual. As I was dismantling last week’s tablescape, I decided that I wanted the platter from Casey to be more noticeable.


I decided to use it in the center of my sofa table. To bring in a little more color to the vignette, I added some of my Gail Pittman Flame pieces. I finished the look with photos of “my pretty ones” in wooden frames. I like the more layered look of the vignette as well as the addition of a little color.


The Lord has really blessed my potted herbs this summer-of course, He always does! For the past several years, my basil has really produced well, and I have been meaning to try a Caprese salad. Last week, I finally did it. I just followed the traditional Caprese recipe, and layered sliced tomatoes, sliced mozzarella, and basil leaves. We really enjoyed it.


This week I decided to be a little more free with the recipe. I cut the mozzarella in chunks rather than slice it. I also tore the basil leaves rather than leave them whole.


Then for my own special modification, I served the Caprese salad on a bed of my own fresh arugula that I had grown from the seeds that my daughter-in-law gave me.


It was wonderful! We have definitely found a new favorite summer salad.


I also used my bumper crops of rosemary and thyme. When I went to the Farmer’s Market to pick up the tomatoes, I also purchased some beautiful zucchini and new potatoes.


Roasted with olive oil and herbs, vegetables fixed this way are one of our favorite dishes.


Plus they were a perfect accompaniment to our ribeyes, purchased from the reduced for quick sale meat section at my grocery store.


In conclusion, we had a delicious meal,


wonderful herbs and greens to complete our meal,


and a beautiful table. What more could we ask for?

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19
 I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday (vignettes, tabletops, tablescapes), Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life (decorating, gardening, recipes, collecting), Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   Sunny Simple Life (decorating, projects), Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday (tablescapes) and Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage (crafts, home decor, thrifty finds),  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday (deocrating, garden, projects),  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase (any project or idea made by you this week),  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home (home & garden), Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish (tablescapes), Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill (home decor, projects, recipes), Cottage Style at Lavender Garden,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday (tablescapes),The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday (thrifty decorating, tablescapes), What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now (recipes, crafts, home décor), Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much (projects, decorating, recipes),  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter (recipes, crafts, home décor), Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage (decorating, crafts), Efforts and Assets at Hickory Trail, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound (anything pink),You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E (recipes, crafts, home décor), Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor (projects, decor, recipes), Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style (recipes, crafts, home décor),  Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House (decor, projects),Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring (decor, projects, recipes),  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia (projects, decorating, recipes),  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life (home decor, projects), Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters (centerpieces),Open House Party at No Minimalist Here (crafts, home décor), Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage (memories, projects), Tips and Tidbits at The Stone Gable(projects, home décor, recipes),Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner (projects, home décor, recipes), Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design (home décor, projects)

About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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16 Responses to Old Country Roses, New Sofa Vignette, and New Recipe

  1. Johnette says:

    Beautiful! Love the Old Country Roses! I’ve had great luck with basil, and the oregano has just about taken over our raised bed. We planted it a couple of years ago. Keeping my fingers crossed on tomatoes since my squash was cut down in its prime. Not sure if it got waterlogged in the big rain or if some kind of insects got it. Have a good weekend!

    • Bev says:

      Russell says squash bugs get to theirs almost every year. The moles tear up almost anything I plant. I just stick to potted herbs and go to the Farmers Market for everything else!

  2. linderhof says:

    I like Old Country Roses — it does make for a beautiful table! And aren’t herbs fun!

  3. My mother had a huuuuuge collection of Old Country Roses china! Thanks for linking up to Classy Clutter!

    XOXO, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  4. Dawn says:

    The china is lovely, and I’ve never seen a banana stand like that before, that’s really pretty. The steak looked great too! Take care – Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

  5. Kathe says:

    We’ll be over for dinner Bev 😉 Mr. B’s mother’s wedding china is Old Country Roses but I doubt it’s ever been set on a table. It is stacked in the cupboard above the fridge 😦 So, I’d love to enjoy their beauty at your table! Thank you for sharing your table and your meal at the party this week. I love it all!!

  6. My sister has that set of dishes. We all feel special when she sets the holiday table. I love my rosemary bush. Throw in a sprig and it just lifts the level of cooking.

  7. Wanda says:

    Your table is of course beautiful and very creative as always….but your meal. It is 7:30 am and I want a ribeye and that caprese salad! What a perfect summer supper. Thanks for the recipe and I think chopping up the basil is a great idea.

  8. LaVoice says:

    Your Old Rose pattern is lovely. I like anything that has roses on it. Nice garden as well.

  9. Awesome pieces of Fenton.

    Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  10. How pretty your rose dishes are — such a lovely pattern and I’ve set the table this week with roses too in honor of June birthdays. Dinner sounds wonderful! Especially with all your delightful fresh herbs.

  11. Susan says:

    Oh, I LOVED your Old Country Roses tablescape. Of all my dishes, I think that pattern is my absolute favorite. It is just so beautiful. Great job ! Susan p.s. Saw your post on Diann and Linda’s Thift Things Friday.

  12. gail golden says:

    I love my Old Country Roses tea cups and saucers. Hope one day to have a whole set of the patern. Your blog is lovely. Visiting from A Hope in Every Season blog hop. Please stop by Gail-Friends for my garden tour.

  13. The Old Country Rose is so pretty! It does make set a beautiful table. Thanks for linking to TTF this week.


  14. gem says:

    I love your table settings and decorations! Beautiful Old Country Roses china!
    Gem 🙂

  15. Sherry says:

    I love that pattern! Very pretty. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

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