Of all of the designs that have stood the test of time, tartan has to be the most iconic. Well, I guess I'd add Blue Willow to that list, now that I think of it. But I worship at the feet of tartan, and I'm about giddy over National Tartan Day on April 6th.
Here's the table I set for this year's celebration. It's sort of hard to not make this Christmasy, but I do love the masculine look it gives a table. Must remember this for Mr. Pressed Pant's birthday.
I inspiration for this table is this set of four Ralph Lauren dessert plates in four different tartan patterns. (This is my first collage ever. This old dog CAN learn a new trick!)
I layered each of them over a plain white ironstone plate. All of this pattern needs a place to rest your eyes.
Two different tartan runners made from cotton from the fabric store went across the table.
My Palm Restaurant white linen napkins were wrapped with three different tartan ribbons which I bought years ago in the cheap ribbon spool section of Michael's. Wish I had more! Then I took one thistle and tucked it into the ribbon.
Here's a close-up.
The flatware is my old standby wooden handled stuff that I use over and over.
I know that Waterford is Irish not Scottish, but hey, close enough!
These very heavy cut glass tumblers are etched with thistles. I bought these for a gift for a friend who loves thistles, and then "forgot" to give them to her. After she moved away, I stopped feeling guilty about using them.
The centerpiece is an antique wooden bowl with a silver monogram plaque filled with white carnations and studded with fresh thistles. Then I stuck loops of tartan silk ribbon in between the flowers and put little tails of it on the bottom edge.
Looks like I gathered these from out on the moors, doesn't it? I love the way the blue/green color picks up the blue in the plaids.
I used these solid, sturdy wooden candlesticks with plain white candles.
For a little more wood to ground things, I chose these faux bois salt and pepper shakers.
A plain woven wicker wine coaster is another go-to item in my cupboards.
Makes me feel like wearing a kilt and dancing a jig.
There's a great group of bloggers who are hosting a fun blog romp.
Four blogs.....four days!
I'll be posting on all four!