Sunday, April 14, 2013

Granny Waltzes To Blue Danube

It's about time I delivered!
On the promise to do a tablescape
to match my birthday flowers.

Well they almost expired before I could get my act together.
I had to do a little tweaking here and there, managing to keep a semblance of the original bouquet together.
Blue Danube's Blue Onion

 OK, you noticed! I was playing around with my watermark. 
Now it's everywhere! As if anyone wanted my pics.

I always like to start with the stacking process.
Click on pictures to enlarge for detail.
 Dollar Tree white round woven place mats with a cobalt blue charger from Horchow, on sale of course.
 Extra large white dinner plate. Sonoma Valley by Signature Housewares.
 The slightly smaller Blue Danube dinner plate. I could have used a white charger in the same pattern as the white dinner plate but I really like the cobalt charger. 
 Next goes the rimmed soup bowl.
 Now we pretend we are ready for dessert. We could really eat dessert first. Hey, it's our party!
I love these little dessert/ice cream dishes. They are vintage milk glass. I believe it is the Wild Rose pattern by Indiana Glass.
 I used the same Wild Rose bowls for votive holders. It is too light to get a good picture of the candlelight.
Here is a close up view of the napkin holder. It is Lucite with a little vase on the side for holding fresh or faux flowers. I first saw these on Tricia's blog The Dull And The Dutiful (Tricia, is anything but). I fell in love with them, then and searched til I found them. Thanks for sharing the beauty Tricia.
 These milk glass goblets are Grape and Vine by Anchor Hocking.
 The blue goblets are from the renowned purveyor of all things "cheap but good", Dollar Tree!
 This is a butter tub but could be used  for salsa, dips or you could serve your cheese ball in this dish. I make my own cheese balls and I would form it into this dish.

 This is called a mayonnaise jar but could have many uses. I would use it here for salad dressing.
I am using the ladle from my set of Stratford by International Silver, a pattern from 1902.
 This piece is called a Lobster Dish, I like to serve rolls in this dish.
 I think lobster would make a beautiful presentation.
Gotta have salt and pepper. I like that they hold a lot. So often matching S&Ps hold little if any condiment.
I used my every day flatware. Can't remember the name. 

Fresh Hydrangea, I had to snip and snip to get enough. 
The Hydrangea succumbed first. 

Did you notice that I switched napkins on you. 
The white eyelet that I started with looked washed out. 

Which do you like best?

I love this pattern and have quite a few additional 
pieces not used here. There are 
lovely special use pieces, pitchers and snack sets. 
I will share those at another time.

I hope you enjoyed Blue Danube, Blue Onion. Please leave a comment so I will know you stopped by.

I party here, join me!


Babs said...

Ginger, I can see you waltzing to the Blue Danube as you set your table. :) Such a pretty pattern and I like both napkins, but I agree the blue napkin is more colorful. I haven't been to the DT in a long time. I always find something "I can't live without" when I go there. Your little milk glass dessert dishes are adorable. They're shape reminds me of English pudding basins. Happy Birthday..again. Hugs.

Barbara F. said...

Ginger, love your blue and white tablescape. The flowers really held on for you! I love the milk glass dessert bowls. They are beautiful. xo

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Ginger, what a gorgeous tablescape. i love blue and dollar tree lol!! your silver spoon is fabulous!


Sarah said...

Ginger, I'd love to waltz right up and join you at this gorgeous table. Your choice of dishes is perfect. Can't miss with blue and white, especially with a pattern as pretty as Blue Onion. The milk glass is a nice compliment too, and I like the blue napkin with this because it is more of a contrast with the hydrangea. ~ Sarah

SavannahGranny said...

Hi Babs, I was a dancing in three quarter time! Big time! I haven't been to DT in a long time either. I can never get out for a dollar or two. Those little dishes are kinda prissy aren't they? I have a couple that hold taper candles. They have a small cup in the bottom.
Sure hope you get this. You know you are the guinea pig. LOL!
xo Ginger

SavannahGranny said...

Thanks Barbara, Blue, white and yellow are my favorite colors. Any shade, hue or tint of blue. xo Ginger

SavannahGranny said...

Thanks Carol, I will have to do a table with that antique silver soon. It does set a pretty table. I know that you love pink as well. Loved the that little "wine" cabinet you redid. xo Ginger

SavannahGranny said...

Thanks Sarah. Me too, I think I like the blue better. You should have seen me snipping that half dead hydrangea head. It went into the trash as soon as I was finished snipping and clipping.
Now you just waltz on down her and have a glass of iced tea!
xo Ginger

Tricia said...

So glad you found "my" bud vase napkin rings, Ginger! And thanks for mentioning me in your post! You will love using them. Your pretty blue and white table looks gorgeous with your birthday flowers!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Ginger beautiful flowers...beautiful tablescape!! Love your blue and white dishes! Belated Happy Birthday:)

Anonymous said...

Your table decorating is so divine and elegant ~ lovely photography and always good to have a 'watermark' so people know the source of the photo if it shows up on another site ~ just providing 'credit where credit' is due ~ smart lady ~ ^_^

SmilingSally said...

Oh, I'm in BLUE HEAVEN! I love, love, love this table setting, Ginger. Thanks for joining in to Blue Monday.

Happy Blue Monday!

Chatty Crone said...

I am with Smiling Sally - I am in Blue Heaven - that was nothing sort of gorgeous and elegant. Sandie

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Ginger,
Ending with the blue napkin being the best choice for this beautiful table setting! You always do such a great job on every table setting. This being your recent Birthday's setting makes it even more stand out!
Happy new week to you both.

Anonymous said...

Though I'm not a huge fan of blue, you sue do make it pretty. I also love how you put fine china with inexpensive dollar store finds. Well done. I love idea of desert first, after all, we live one life. :) Hugs. Tammy

Alycia Nichols said...

Uh, YES you want to watermark these pretty pictures!!!!!! You know folks steal, steal, steal and call your work their own, and these are so pretty I'm sure they'd fall prey if you didn't watermark them!!!!

I'm do glad you were able to get your tablescape in under the wire! Your birthday flowers are so pretty, and they look just that much more pretty as an inspiration for this beautifully set table! I love the Blue Danube and cannot understand how I missed out on having any in my stash. I missed the boat on that one!

I love the hydrangea on the napkin! (And yes...I did notice the napkin switch up, you sly lady!!)

Have a beautiful week and continue to enjoy those flowers for as long as they last! Better one or two to keep! :-)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Ginger this is just so pretty! I have some Blue Onion dishes but not sure who made them. Your set is gorgeous!! Lovely touches add up to a gorgeous table! hugs, Linda

Ann said...

I love the Blue Danube, you certainly went all out to match those birthday flowers. Very nice post indeed.

Beverly said...

You did good, Ginger. The table looks so pretty. I love your milk glass pieces.

Kathleen McCoy said...

Such beautiful settings, Ginger! And the birthday flowers are grand! Happy belated birthday!

Kathy Moreland said...

Ginger, What a gorgeous table you have set. Love the milk glass, especially the goblets! Just beautiful!!

Gina said...

What a lovely tablescape! It's a perfect compliment to your pretty birthday flowers. My aunt has had the Blue Onion dishes for as long as I can remember. I have always loved them. I love all the different pieces you have like the mayo jar & the butter dish. Your ice cream dishes are so pretty too!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I have always loved that Blue Onion pattern...the table is have so many pretty pieces to your set...Love your birthday flowers...Happy Birthday Ginger!!....and I vote for the blue napkin!!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Ypour tablescape is beautiful, Ginger! I love your china and silver!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love, love, love your gorgeous tablescape. The blue and white is perfect and you have created such a lovely tablescape. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

"Create Beauty" said...

So pretty! Found you from your link on Mod Vintage Life. I have a large set of Blue Danube, they were my mother-in-law's which have been added to from an estate sale....
It's wonderful to find another Blue Danube lover : )
This is also my birthday month! Ginger, your tablescape is lovely.

~ Violet

Cafe au lait said...

What a lovely tablescape. I love the dishes. I played too. Mine are here and here.

Curtains in My Tree said...

HEY Ginger

I use to have the fabulous Blue Danube blue onion dishes and had so many sets , sold a few sets ,
I love it
I decided I liked my Staffordshire Blue Calico the best, so kept it

Denise Marie said...

great job! I luv blue danabe too.

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Shelia said...

Hi Ginger! Oh, what a beautiful tablescape. I have always loved your dish pattern and you've shown some pieces I've never seen before! The little S&P are so sweet. Love the lobster bowl too. Now your milk glass pieces are just gorgeous, especially those dessert bowls! Your bouquet is so lovely! I wanted to thank you for popping in to Cindy's blog to tour my home!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Morning Ginger, What a treat I had today, to discover your blog and to find you were setting a table with my most favourite china in the world!
I adore your blue and white designed china. About 30 years ago I had a little mug which I loved and which I bought in Germany. It lasted for about 15 years before it was broken. I could not find one anywhere, then about 5 years ago I visited my daughter, who then, lived in Atlanta. We visited TKMax and there sitting on a shelf were 6 of the little beauties. I snapped them up and packed them in my hand luggage to take home to Cyprus, as I did not want them to break.
I have enjoyed visiting your blog and I have become a new follower. I would like to invite you to visit me at Ivy, Phyllis and Me! when you have the time. The door will always be open.
Sending you best wishes from England, Daphne

LV said...

With pretty dishes like yours and your creative ideas, you get nothing but a lovely table setting.

The Vintage Chateau said...

Blue Danube is one of my favorite patterns, they have so many great accessory pieces!

Marlis said...

Ginger, your dishes are wonderful. I love love this pattern. The blue chargers are perfect. I need to go looking for some myself. Yep those wonderful glasses are really the perfect shade of blue to go with most anything. I like the blue napkin better! Love this table. Belated happy birhtday. xo marlis

Kathleen said...

Love that pattern, so pretty!
So glad you got to do a lovely table with your flowers before they expired! It happens!
Hop over and link up! :)

Marigene said...

Nothing beats a blue and white table, not even my favorite green! The little milk glass dessert bowls are so cute.
Have a great weekend, Ginger...


My blue onion dishes are a mix of Blue Danube and Hutschenreuther; therefore, I'm sending you my address so you can immediatelly ship me that gorgeous tureen!!! OMG!..your table is stunning, Miss Ginger! The flowers are lovely, what is 'NOT' in this fabulous setting? Love the lobster bowl, your adorable S&P, and the blue chargers are fabulous with it..I have blue chargers and I love them with this dish pattern. Hope you are having a good week. Big hugs,


Oh, I was late visiting you as I am with grandgirls...busy, busy, busy, but happy, happy, happy!!!

Lulu said...

I don't know what it is about blue, but recently everything blue and white has been catching my eye so I'm liking your table very much. Blue chargers are something I would very much like to have.

Donna Wilkes said...

I love the mixture of old and new, blue and white, and rough and smooth textures. Beautiful tablescape!

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Happy belated birthday, Ginger! Your blue and white table looks great. I like the dark napkins -- and those blue glasses are fantastic, aren't they? I have the green ones.

Katherines Corner said...

Another gorgeous table my talented friend..Happy belated birthday wishes I hope you get your birthday wish. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

Monica @ Texas Fiesta Ware Fan said...

I love all your layers and the milk glasses. I passed up the glasses a few weeks ago and I'm kicking myself for not getting them.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Beautiful flowers, lovely table with lots of detail, Ginger, but WHERE IS THE WALTZ PART?? I was so excited when I read your blog title!! Please tell me you were able to waltz at least a little on your bday! I hope it was happy and wish you many more. ~Zuni

Debbiedoo's said...

Oh you do know this is one of my favorites right here Ginger. LOVE bue an white. Those dishes are just gorgeous! Sweet sweet sweet. Now the only thing missing is me sitting there with ya:)

Anonymous said...

Oolala!Love this color blue.Gahjess!
And you know me all to well,I always eat dessert first if I can.
hugs thru the pines my friend
Jo @ LoblollyLane

The Tablescaper said...

Oh! Ah! Where to begin?

Blue and white always makes me swoon, but you've added so many extra goodies like that gorgeous ladle and those amazing milk glass desserts - so interesting.

And it is amazing how Dollar Tree can come through. I have some of their glasses in my post today.

Just gorgeous!

- The Tablescaper

Suzan Sweatman said...

Absolutely gorgeous Ginger - LOVE those milk glass ice cream bowls.
I have those blue wine glasses from the dollar store too ( all the way up here in Canada lol - Guess China's busy sending them all over the world )
IF we move - I would love to have a blue and white set of dishes - just beautiful!!!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

Happy birthday!!! Belated. LOVE your dishes.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Happy belated birthday! The flowers and dishes are beautiful! I'm a new follower. I look forward to hanging out here.

Indrani said...

Absolutely gorgeous presentation!
I like the colors and designs. :)

Light and Voices said...

Brillant presentation. I love blue and white pattern tablescapes.
JM Illinois

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

So elegant and timeless!

Diane Jordan said...

Hi lovely lady.
I have always loved that Blue Onion pattern...the table is beautiful....your Tablescape is Gorgeous and you have so many pretty pieces to your set. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year God Bless, and Hppy Birthday.. again. lots of Hugs.

BeachGypsy said...

Happy happy happy new year!!!! Enjoy your blog!

Mary Busby said...

The Blue Danube pattern is the china I have. I absolutely love it and just don't display, or use, it enough. I always wanted a "yellow" dining room to display it in. However, it turned out to be "light gold", which in my eyes, isn't as pretty as the blue/yellow combo. However, having seen your display, I believe that I am going to have to get busy and work it out!

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