Magnolia Table and Where I’ve Been


I’ve been absent from the blog for a very good reason. We left Friday afternoon for Tennessee to visit my son and his wife. Between my husband’s surgery and Russell’s summer camp, we have not seen them in a long, long time, and we were ready to go see those kids!


We got there Friday night and got the grand tour of the new house. We just love it, and it has certainly come a long way since our last visit. The down side to things is that they had to start moving before the house was completed and just as summer camp was beginning, so they ended up just kind of camping out for several weeks. They are so happy now to have almost everything in place and to actually feel like they are living there. The contractor has a few things to finish and they have some things that they need to do, but they are probably 95% complete and really enjoying the house.


We love their back porch and ended up eating every meal out there. The Tennessee heat was certainly better than our Mississippi heat…I can’t imagine eating outdoors here! Anyway, we had a great weekend and it was hard to come home. I have sprinkled some random photos that I took at their house throughout this post.


Turning back to the table, I need to preface this post by saying that my husband likes to say that he has the best mother-in-law in the world, but I have to disagree because I have the best mother-in-law in the world. One of the many special things that she does for me is feed my tablescaping addiction hobby. She likes to pick up table linens, napkin rings, and so forth at sales, and she always tells me that I don’t have to keep them. I can sell them in my booth if I prefer. However, I have kept all sets that she has given me except one so far.


I mentioned in my last post that I would be going through some table linens, especially napkins, in order to decide what to keep and what to purge.


Recently my mother-in-law gave me these nice placemats and napkins. Although pretty, I really did not think that I wanted to keep them because I just don’t have a lot to go with them. However, since I have pledged to try things out before making decisions, I decided to use them for today’s tablescape.


It suddenly struck me that the burgundy flower would go with my magnolia plates. I decided to steal them from kitchen table and see what happened.


I love these plates, and the magnolias are actually in bloom around here now. Although the colors of the placemats and the plates are not exact, I think that they are close enough and both have green in them as well.


I topped the dinner plate with the salad plate. I love the way the rim outlines the magnolia.


On the same trip, she brought me these sweet little napkin rings. I did not take the time to polish the brass and will do that later. I love the little bow!


I used my green Dollar General flatware. I know it seems like I’ve used that flatware for the last several tables, but it really is versatile with a lot of my things…I guess I use green a lot!


The matching goblets complete the look. I really like this simple place setting.


I chose a table runner that has both green and burgundy in it and decided to keep the centerpiece simple. I found this cute little votive holder recently and stuck a burgundy votive in it. I like the way the light shines through the holder.


I haven’t used the matching pitcher lately, so I decided to do that. That pitcher is gorgeous; I just love it!


The antique Century by Salem platter has the perfect colors in it for this table.


In the beginning, I was leaning toward purging this set of table linens, and now I’m leaning toward keeping them! I have found that when I use something I’m not sure about, I often end up pleased with it.


Of course, that makes the purging decision that much harder!


So chime in…tell me whether you vote stay or go on this placemat and napkin set.


Hope everyone has a great week of tablescaping and decorating…and purging!

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,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,   The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants;  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 , Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow, 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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design, Tips and Tricks at Stringtown Home

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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6 Responses to Magnolia Table and Where I’ve Been

  1. Joy B says:

    Oh, keep them! They don’t take up much space and I think they’d be pretty for several occasions. Your magnolia dishes look lovely on them, by the way!

  2. Mimi says:

    I’d keep them too Bev. Your tablescape is just gorgeous. I love setting the table beautifully each night and you’ve give me some ideas. I have several vintage pitchers and rarely use them, so they’ll be dragged out today! Would you join us at the Five Star Frugal linkup? We share ways of living elegantly for less and I know I have lots of blogging friends who would welcome you with open arms! Love, Mimi xxx

  3. Julia says:

    Keep them for sure! They are so pretty and I love them with the magnolia plates. Glad you got to visit your son and his family.

  4. Barbara says:

    I am terrible about getting rid of anything so I would definitely say keep them! It is always so great when we can touch base with our kids again. I’m glad you had a chance to eat outside. Too hot here too. I can’t wait until we can get back out there. I was especially fascinated by your platter. It reminds me so much of my Grandmother’s china. Different manufacturer though.

  5. hollybertone says:

    Hi Bev – Magnolias are my favorite!!! I love the burgundy and especially love the napkin rings with the bow! I hope things start to calm down for your family. Enjoy the time together. Hugs, Holly

  6. Gabby says:

    I love your plates! I have always loved magnolias! My aunt had a magnolia tree when I lived in Florida and it was so gorgeous! Thank you for linking up with us at the Tips and Tricks Link Party!

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