For the last few days we have been enjoying a lovely bouquet of tea roses from our small garden. They have reached the right stage of "floppy" and I want to post them before they're gone.
I kept imagining them on the table with these vintage plates that I usually save for spring (Edwin M. Knowles--don't know the pattern.) So here we all are!
I wanted the rest of the colors soft, so a white damask luncheon cloth and white napkins let the china be the star of the show.
I only have the four settings, and they are heavily crazed and darkened with age. But I love their almost fairytale pattern beneath the creamware bowls I have chosen to use on top.
I like the creamy tones together, and the little white embossed dishes tell a good story of their own. (They are vintage Homer Laughlin Eggshell Theme.) I can just see them filled with fresh strawberries and cream!
I added a couple of tiny porcelain china boxes to the table for more fancy. They are a recent fleamarket find. A vintage vanity mirror with a doily on top frames the rose bouquet set in an ironstone pitcher in the center.
The embossed goblets also carry the roses theme. A billowy sheer fabric strewn on the table like a cloud adds to the romance, but is also excellent for keeping insects at bay while you are preparing a table.
Mine is a sheer vintage curtain with a tulip motif. I have sheers with roses, but this seemed like an interesting departure.
I adore this stage in the life of a cut rose. And it seems that only garden roses reach it this beautifully, versus the hot house type of rose from the florist. We are at a similar point in the season where the full softness of spring begins to give way to something different and more intense.
But not quite yet. . . .
I hope you are finding a softness amidst these busy days of May!
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