Two Tables for the New Year

I wanted to do a tablescape in the kitchen that is a little different from what I have done lately plus special for just the 2 of us. Thomas Kinkade seems to fit the bill!


I started with my purple stripe placemats and chose Thomas Kinkade Spode cottage dinner and salad plates. I never get tired of these beautiful plates.


I used the matching napkins with some purple napkin rings that my mother recently gave me. She found them at the thrift shop where she volunteers occasionally. I knew that bella is the Italian word for “beauty” (apparently it can also mean “nice”), but I have no idea why it would be written on a napkin ring. Oh, well, they look good with this table anyway! I like my San Remo flatware with this table setting.


My flea market (not mine) purple martini glasses are perfect with this table setting. My photo does not do this cute glass justice; it actually has white polka dots in the design which you can only see if you look very closely.


I also chose the matching Spode mug since it is cold here and I will be needing a hot drink later on!


For my small vignette, I kept it simple with my purple variegated pillar candle and a crystal vase which had belonged to my grandmother.


Then I realized that nothing about this table really says “new year,” so I added my glittery star candles down the center.


I like the way the table turned out and plan to have a special meal tomorrow of hoppin john, ham, salad, and biscuits. Sounds good, right?


I actually had an entirely different plan in my head when I started on the dining room table, but ended up with a totally opposite table than the one that was in my head. Does that ever happen to you? I began with my burgundy table runner.


Rattan chargers anchor the place setting.


I used my white plates as the base. These were early tablescaping purchases a few years ago.


A favorite meal of ours is wine, cheese, crackers, and fruit. We often have that when we want a little something in the evening but not a big meal.


I don’t know why, but when we have this meal, I tend to forget that I have these plates.


I love them and obviously have plenty of opportunity to use them for the purpose for which they are intended.


It just slips this old mind to pull them out, I guess!


Unless you have never perused this blog until today, you know that taco soup is one of our favorite winter meals. We had it yesterday, as a matter of fact, and I made it in the new crock pot that Santa brought. Love it! By the way, if you are in need of a crock pot and don’t want to spend over $5, I know of 2 for sale at Central MS Flea Market!


So I had to use my Dollar General soup pots on this table since we eat soup almost every week at this time of the year. I even stocked up on Campbell’s tomato and Campbell’s chicken noodle this week!


I chose my P. Silkotch napkin rings because the colors go well with this table and used taupe napkins so as not to add another color that would detract from the setting. She is a Mississippi potter similar to Gail Pittman and her things blend well with the Gail Pittman things that I own. I lucked up on these on eBay many years ago.


I chose the Present Time flatware to complete the place setting. I enjoy the playful, casual look that this flatware brings to the table.


Glasses were an easy choice. Ruby red wine glasses and my standby Dollar General glasses carry through with the dark reds and greens in the On the Terrace wine plates.


I love using the Gail Pittman pieces when I use this table runner. I did not pull the larger ones out because they would have overtaken the table, so I just stuck to the small pieces I have, like this vase and sugar bowl.


I used the candlesticks also and added my Dollar General pillar holder with a dark red pillar. I think that the red is dark enough that it looks ok with the runner.


I love this table and am very satisfied with it.


Because we are getting old and don’t do well eating a late meal, we will just have soup (probably Campbell’s) tonight before the Orange Bowl. We discussed getting some “football” type snacks, but knew that we just couldn’t do it and expect to rest well tonight.


OK, I’ll admit it…we are old and boring! I have the Peach Bowl on now and have been keeping up with it as I’ve walked in and out of the room while doing chores and such.


Not looking too good for Ole Miss and makes me nervous for State tonight! The announcers have even said that Ole Miss vastly underestimated TCU and that State has probably done the same to GA Tech. Hope they are wrong!


Speaking of Georgia Tech, I am reminded of a funny story…well, funny at our house anyway. About 15 years ago, my son went to the Gator Bowl with his high school band to perform there. They were apparently staying at the same hotel as a bunch of rowdy Tech fans and he and his best friend became absolutely fascinated with the GA Tech song…you know, “I’m a rambling wreck from GA Tech; I’m a hell of an engineer…” We heard that song around our house for weeks! I wonder if either of those boys will think of that tonight as they watch the Orange Bowl….


The worst thing about the Gator Bowl trip was that State was at the Cotton Bowl at the same time. Too bad they couldn’t have performed there!


Hope everyone has a happy new year and that your team wins your bowl game…unless you’re a rambling wreck, of course!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

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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10 Responses to Two Tables for the New Year

  1. Marigene says:

    What a lovely purple and green table. The placemats and napkins are so pretty.
    Happy New Year, Bev!

  2. Karen says:

    I always enjoy reading your blog. I am curious to know, what is shopping john? I am from Iowa and not familiar with that term.

  3. Karen says:

    I meant to type hoppin John.

  4. Rosie M. says:

    Happy New Year, Bev! Love your New Year’s table: especially your Thomas Kinkade plates! Placing those star candles down the center of the table really makes it festive and sings, “Happy New Year”! Stay warm! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  5. Judy says:

    I have enjoyed your posts in 2014 and look forward to your sharing in 2015. Lovely green and purple on your table today. I always enjoy seeing Thomas Kinkade pieces.

  6. Mrs. Magpie says:

    Bev, I thoroughly enjoyed both tablescapes! I love the pretty lavender pieces, and I also like the Gail Pittman pieces. I can’t believe she closed her place in Mississippi. I collected one of her patterns and used to get a relative there to send them to me, and I got to visit the factory/shop once. She had such fun things. I also picked up a few pieces at a shop she opened for about a year in Destin. I hope I don’t break something! 😉

    Sending you all good wishes for the new year. May your 2015 be blessed!


    Sheila 🙂

  7. Candy S says:

    The Thomas Kincaid plates always look wonderful. They lend themselves handily to a multitude of color combinations to create a beautiful tablescape no matter what the season is. The purples and the lavender look especially lovely for a winter table. I hopped the link over to Pioneer Woman ant read the Hoppin John recipe. This is how my mother made the black eyed peas (without the garlic though) and ham hocks that we were raised on. I miss my mom’s country cooking. Her biscuits were wonderful! Happy New Year Bev…. Wishing you and your family and the best of health and happiness throughout the new year.

  8. angie says:

    what an attractive post all is so beautiful
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  9. I have been looking at several of your tablescapes they are lovely. Enjoyed reading your blogs. I especially love the purple Spode table. So Beautiful! Valerie

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