Be sure to visit Cuisine Kathleen's linky party featuring birds, nests, and eggs. It's sure to be filled with inspiration galore!
Listening to the birds chirp the other day, I decided that I needed to do a bird themed table. This periwinkle blue and white palette came together so easily. When I started poking around, I couldn't believe how much bird stuff I had.
This Robert Allen fabric was the inspiration. It seemed to blend traditional and contemporary in its simplicity. I just hemmed a length for a tablecloth.
I chose the drop-leaf table in the bar for this lunch. I like to leave it pushed up against the wall and set the ends when we only have four.
Then I replaced the fish plates in the antique French shelves with some old bird plates. There are no markings on these at all, so I can't share any information other than to say I bought them at an antique show years ago.
I love this wicker plant holder for small spring pots. Today I added a small glass filled with water to each terra cotta pot and then placed a blue hydrangea moppead in each one. I love the way this watercolor of Cape Cod shares the colors of the flowers.
The double-faced satin ribbon comes from The Paperie at Sam Flax, one of my favorite sources for beautiful papers and ribbons.
Here it is used again as a napkin "ring" on a crisp white napkin from The Palm line of linens at Homegoods. The little vine nest that I used as a placecard holder is from Michaels and was very inexpensive. These white bistro plates are some I've had for a very long time. I think everyone needs to have a simple white set of dishes to play with, and they are available many places at very affordable prices.
I am so fond of the look that a mixture of silverplate flatware gives to a table. Here I've used it with these mother-of-pearl handled knives that pull the white into the design in another interesting way.
Waterford's Lismore pattern of water and wine stems keeps the look crisp and simple. I think it is the most popular pattern that they make. I have so many friends that have this pattern. Great for borrowing! My mom has gifted me with these pieces for many years. Thanks, mom! I love them.
This white faux bois cup held the cream of asparagus soup on a similar faux bois plate.
A larger faux bois plate held a simple salad of arugula, avocado, and fresh apricots dressed with a lemon cream dressing.
My white bread and butter plates were a little large for this table, so I used these little fluted dishes for the rolls with a twig butter spreader.
I almost forgot I had this little French white porcelain butter dish with the bird on top.
This casserole dish has been a favorite of mine for many years. I am always careful not to bang the bird on the top. It held a delicious orzo primevera.
This might be one of my very favorite tables I have ever set.
I found this roll basket at the Flower Factory in Chagrin Falls, Ohio last week. They are closing and everything is drastically reduced. I think I paid about $3.50 for it. Great bargain, don't you think?
I used this sweet little dish to serve lemons and dill for garnishing the salmon.
Coffee in these cups with the faux bois design were served at the end of the meal with dessert. The dessert was a meringue shell (made extra rough to look like a nest) filled with lemon curd and garnished with a whipped cream "egg". I wish I had taken a picture of it, but I never remember to photograph anything once I start serving.
One more birdie item held sweetener.
It was a gloomy day, but the friendship was warm and the conversation was light and fun. We have lots of spring flowers blooming, but the rain has kept me out of the garden. I did a little clipping a few days ago, but things will have to wait for a sunny day for any more gathering. I didn't even stick my head out to get a picture of the bird welcome sign on the front door.
The guest bathroom vanity even got a nod to spring and birds.
A metal nest.......
and a cute hand towel round out the theme.
with Radish Micro-green Garnish
Arugula, Avocado and Apricot Salad
with Lemon Cream Dressing
Meringue Nests filled with
Lemon Curd and a Whipped Cream Egg
Don't forget to visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her weekly blog party featuring lots and lots of fun tablescapes. Thank you, Susan for this forum.