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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ladies Spring Luncheon



I'm a Downton Abbey junky. I regularly cue up an episode, watch a few scenes, and then pick up where I left off at my next opportunity. Since we own both seasons on DVD, I can tell you that there's an awful lot of luncheoning going on. And Lady Grantham is constantly asking if you will be staying for luncheon.




We still use that archaic term, of course. But we're mostly referring to a more formal or special midday event when we do. At any rate, these Limoges plates of an unknown pattern live up to "luncheon."





This is the airy tablescape I promised. Held appropriately en plein air! The serving table is ready for the food, and is also set up for dessert with vintage glass dishes. Baby's Breath centers the table.








Alyssum from the garden center.




Lots of lace is the order of the day. . . .





The runner I chose for the smaller table was covered up entirely by the settings, so I used it here on the serving table instead.




Romantic Rose Point silver spoons by Wallace.



. . . And vintage glassware. The rose napkin rings are by Rachel Ashwell.








Vintage lace trimmed napkins.













A vintage ruffled lace tablecloth is laid over a flocked sheer under layer.





The centerpiece is a six-pack of garden plants inside a square transferware tureen. I'm sorry I forgot the name of the plant! But I love the tiny pink bloom, and ferny nature of the leaves for this table. Keeping live plants in pots for awhile lets you enjoy a centerpiece a lot longer. They sun on the patio in-between.





































































I took this photo, and the next, from inside, shooting through the lace curtain.




It was fun doing a dressy table like this.
 You don't even have to be a duchess--
It just makes you feel like one!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy tablescaping!

Jacqueline



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58 comments:

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Getting on a plane now - want to attend your ladies luncheon!

Love Downton Abbey too - but haven't seen Season 2 - just season 1 a few times on Netflix. We don't watch television....normally not a big deal at all until I know there is a Season 2 out there, argh!!!

I believe that plant is FLOX.

Beautiful outdoor tablescape!

lynn said...

just SO charming! love the baby's breath and sweet laces!

Antigone said...

I'm hostessing a ladies luncheon in just a couple of weeks. I love the idea of the six packs of plants. Thank you for another beautiful inspirational post!
Tig

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Gorgeous, just Gorgeous! I love the linens, and silver and something so sweet about alysums.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

So romantic. When's lunch?

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Very feminine and ladylike! This ethereal table could be in a magazine!
Yvonne

Marina said...

I love the setting, it's so romantic! Plates are beautiful, and silver. That frame behind the table adds a perfect touch to the picture. Great post!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Oh so dreamy. I can almost see the ladies of Downton Abbey staying for luncheon with you.

Nancy @ The Headmistress said...

Love the china, the flowers, the linens...all of it!
Nancy

Victorian1885 said...

Oh My... I love your luncheon table setting! I discovered Downton Abbey through Blog hopping and I must say I too am in love with the Series and all the Characters. I was watching the 2nd Season on DVD when I saw your new post! Everything looks so dreamy & romantic... thank you for this beautiful post!

Wanda

Rowan said...

What a beautiful table setting, so fresh and airy. Great idea to use a pack of plants in a toureen and I love those Limoges plates. I'm a Downton Abbey fan as well:)

debi said...

Oh, your table setting is as beautiful and dreamy as I had imagined! *swooning*

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jacqueline: I'm not totally sure but I think your centerpiece might be called "Breath o' Heaven". But, if it isn't, it should be because your tablescape looks heavenly! I understand the next season of Downton Abbey is going to start shortly. I am looking forward to watching it. The Captain and I have been enjoying "The Duchess of Duke Street". Have you seen it, I think you would like it. I get it from Netflix..Happy Thursday..Judy

pembrokeshire lass said...

Ahhhhhhhhhh...lovely...lovely .... lovely!!! Joan

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Jacqueline, this is so exquisite! I love the layering on the table and the baby's breath arrangement is ethereal! So very feminine - I think I might have to check out this show!
Hugs,
Kathy

pilgrimscottage said...

Utterly lovely. I'd love to eat luncheon at your table!

jeanetteann said...

I can't stop going back and looking at your dreamy table setting again and again. I'm in love xx

Anne said...

Your table looks lovely.Those flowers are so sweet and delicate.What a beautiful photo looking through that gorgeous lace.
Anne

val's alentejo blogspot.com said...

A table fit for many duchesses..! Its absolutely stunning Jacqueline. You are such an expert .. it all looks so flowly and delightful. You have such a beautiful collection of delicate linens and lace.
I am not familiar with "tablescape"s I think its American. Living here on the farm.. summertime is bbq's ..but how i would love to make a lovely table.
I love Downton Abbey. I want to buy the dvd's.. Its on late here and I miss it.
lovely photos..thank you
Happy Thursday
val

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

You didn't mention what time we were to arrive. I'm all dressed ready to come. Your table is breathtaking. I love those delicate plates, your napkins and the beautiful way you've layered your linens. Great idea with the 6 packs of flowers. They're gorgeous. The whole table is. So very very lovely.

Nann

PS Are we to wear hats and gloves:)

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

PS YOUR table needs to be in Romantic Homes magazine.Thanks for stopping by!

Nann

PAT said...

Incredibly gorgeous table Jacqueline. I love it all. The Limoges is exquisite.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

What a georgous table...exquisite, every detail is lovely.

All The Pretty Dishes said...

Your tablescape is really lovely. I adore your silver spoons and I love all that lace.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Love the china and Downtown Abbey. I read yesterday that Maggie Smith is leaving or wants out of the show. :(
Patti

Maggie Ann said...

So much gorgeousness!!! wow, I love every bit of what you've done.

Jacqui said...

What a beautiful, tranquil and artistic table setting! I love the plates, the Baby's Breath, in fact, everything..

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Very pretty table setting. It's so romantic and I love the shot of the birdcage thru the lace curtain.
~Clara

Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, Jacqueline.....this is all so pretty! I love the wispiness of the baby's breath and sweet alyssum. (So glad you said that name...another blogger had some on a post today and couldn't remember the name of it. Now if I can just remember who that was, I can go back and let her know!) I haven't watched Downtown Abbey, but I understand it is an excellent program. I like to DVR shows and save them up to watch marathon style in a single day. Same concept as DVD, I guess, but you can at least keep your DVDs forever and watch them over and over in the future. I may have to start doing that. Beautiful serving and dining tables! Have a wonderful, peaceful weekend!

Diane said...

You know, I can see Lady Grantham having a luncheon at this elegant table. So beautiful, I especially love the roses and baby's breath. Also love Downton Abbey...can't wait for season 3. Diane

Curtains in My Tree said...

That is the most beautiful table i have seen. I love the lace and try to use lace on my tables but girl you have me beat LOL

Jody and Stan said...

How Romantic. Every detail is perfect, wishing I was there...


Jody

Barbara said...

Jacqueline, this table is so pretty and feminine. I love each lacey detail, right down to the flowers. I do that with six packs too. I just love the look and it lasts for such a long time. Your vintage pieces are so gorgeous. They have a special look to them.

Marlis said...

Jacqueline.. absolutely stunning as always. You are so right that the "luncheon" has a wonderful formal ring to it, conjuring up images of hats, gloves and petit fours for desserts. Pretty Limoges and the spoons are to die for. And again, I'm swooning over the linens. They are so pretty. Love your patio and the table! xo marlis

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Lovely luncheion setting. I want the rose napkin rings. Charming.

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

I loved the photo looking through the lace. I always enjoy seeing your linens, they're breathtaking. The Wallace silverware is one of my favorites!

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacqueline,
I adore the layering of the table linens! The soft pink enevelope sets off the delicate whites of the tablescape! each detail had me swooning!!! Sweetly feminine and oh~h~h so romantic!
Fondly,
Pat

Olive Cooper said...

Lady Grantham would find this more than acceptable. Lovely.

Linda said...

Your linens are fabulous. The table is truly so romantic and feminine.
Those glasses are calling my name. It's such a pleasure to visit and see this lovely table you set.

Kay said...

Oh, I love the lace and sheer cloths and beautiful china!! Very beautiful! I also recently bought some alyssum---and they've been beaten near to death with all the rain!! Oh my when will it ever stop? Loved your cheery, bright post! Kay

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Oh wow-- everything is so pretty! The lace is gorgeous and that silverware is the prettiest I have ever seen!

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, this is so dreamy! This does make one feel like royalty. You certainly do have an amazing sense of style. Each image is delicious! Your courtyard looks so inviting. What is the plant with the delicate pink blooms? ~ Sarah

Bella said...

Hey Lady J,
This is over the moon delightful!! Lady Grantham would be thrilled :-) I am lusting after that silver... and the ruffled lace tablecloth, right at the tables edge is amazing.... ethereal. I love the shots through the curtain, they look like fancy overlay shots...
this is stunning top to bottom... You know I love all your tablescapes, but this is a favorite!
Hugs,
Bella

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

So beautiful! Every photo is lovely :) It's such a treat visiting your blog.

Greetings from Australia♥
~Pernilla

Maria said...

Beautiful frothy lace, silver spoons, cyrstal . . . Who wouldn't love to sit at this table? It's elegant, but yet very cozy. Love your patio, too!

Haworth said...

Such beautiful photographs, Jacqueline! I think of all the settings you've put together this is my favorite. My hat, gloves and shawl are here by the door, along with a paper fan in case the breeze lets down. Give me a time and I'll be there!

A Cottage Muse said...

I must treat myself and get both seasons...I am probably the only one who hasn't seen it!! You sure do treat yourself with the beautiful tables you set...I'd love to be able to join you one day!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Perfection.... It just couldn't be prettier.

Blessings,
Spencer

Patti said...

So pretty - what time shall I be there :-)

Susan said...

A luncheon worth of Lady Grantham herself! Your setting is breathtaking, Jacqueline! I especially love those plates & tablecloth. What a clever idea to put the plant in a square tureen!
You would have loved the local museum I attended this morning with my kids. It has mostly beautiful old dolls & dollhouses, but they also exhibit fashions from particular eras. Today they had a 'Downton Abbey' exhibit of early 1900's clothing. It was exactly like what they wore on the show!

Cindy said...

Such an airy, light, beautiful table. Everything is like lace, the flowers, the gauzy tablecloth the forks... so so pretty

Cindy

Misti said...

This is beautiful! And very romantic! Love it!

Judy Bigg said...

You have inspired me with your post today. This is just beautiful, so soft, so romantic. Thanks for sharing.

Texas Tea Party said...

You have stepped into Downton Abbey and created the perfect outdoor luncheon! I love the linens for their beautiful designs. I just bought some luncheon plates by Royal Worcester and I'am so excited to see your use of the Haviland set. Your china luncheon plates are so lovely with the delicate flowers. Thanks for the trip to England via your garden! Pam

Karen said...

Your tablescape is so beautiful!! The china is very similar to mine so I'm thinking I may be able to duplicate this. Recently I tried layering my china with a green Depression Glass salad plate. It looked so pretty! Thanks for showing such inspirational pictures.
Karen
Ladybug Creek

S said...

So very pretty- and I agree that china is worth of luncheon at Downton. I own the DVD's too, and love to watch bits now and then. I can't wait for the third season.

Sandi said...

Oh what a beautiful luncheon!! So so pretty! Love all the softness and flowers, ruffles...just love it all and the pictures are fabulous!!
Blessings~

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

You collect the most beautiful things and your photos of them are just gorgeous. Scrolling through your blog posts is such a treat. I can't as eloquently describe as I'd like how enjoyable your posts are. It's like getting to eat your favorite dessert every day. Just heaven to my eyes.

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