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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

April Chirping Bird Table Setting

Monday, April 29, 2013

Spring has definitely arrived!
Blue skies, light breezes, green grasses, warm weather,
and 
chirping birds...

Time to throw open the shutters, to open the windows,
and to create a cheerful spring table setting...

These little white bird dishes bring spring right to the table.
Four different birds perched on the edges of 
detailed leafy white bowls look as though they are 
ready to burst into birdsong.

Tweet, tw-e-e-e-t, twe-ee-et, tw-eet...

This may be my favorite bird.
With his head tilted at an angle, he is so happy,
chirping away without a care... tw-e-e-e-t...

The little dishes are perfect for appetizers, salads, breads, or desserts.


Home Goods had these little dishes the past two weeks.


I had to go to two different stores to find enough to set the table
and still would like to have at least one more.


White dishes look so clean and bright, just like spring.
Paired with blue, the combination is unbeatable in cheerfulness.


Of course, new dishes call for new place mats. Of course.
After looking online and at several stores in the area,
I could not find place mats that I liked.

Then...  I found dark brown basket-weave-look round chargers 
that reminded me of picnic baskets or nests.

The brown did not quite go with the blue and white dishes 
and the table made from reclaimed vintage English pine.
Not fazed at all!  Blue paint (Valspar Navy 5) was the answer.

What do you think?  
Do you prefer the dark brown charger or the blue charger?

The small cocktail linen napkins with the blue hydrangea pattern
were a gift many years ago.


The blue and white toile paper card is a gift tag serving as a place card.
Just write the guest's name on the back or front.
Later the guest can use it as a bookmarker that
will bring memories of a spring luncheon with good friends.

Little by little, I am adding more and more white.
The beautiful white scalloped-edged plate is from Pier I,
part of this spring's new collection.


The coaster under the glass is also paper.
kitchen papers® sells packages of 50 blooms coasters 
with three different flowers in the set.  
My favorite one is the tulip just barely visible under the glass.

The butter dish and salt/pepper set are the same
pattern as the blue floral salad plate.


A hand-carved bird and other nature-themed items 
sit atop a lazy susan made from
a repurposed vintage Napa Valley wine barrel top.


An award-winning bird-carver from my hometown in Alabama
carved this incredibly life-like kildee. 
My brother and his wife gave it to me as a 
Christmas gift many years ago.


The blue-speckled bird eggs were a birthday gift this year 
from a friend who is a retired French teacher.  
I think the eggs are perfect in the flower vase tied
with the hand-stamped blue Paris ribbon 
that takes my mind back to good times with her. 

When we were teachers together 
we chaperoned her French students 
on trips to France for many summers.
That's when I fell in love with all things French!

I found the ribbon on Etsy this past winter
and had to buy it in several colors.


The preserved boxwood provides just the right touch of greenery
and will last many months.
My kind of plant...no watering.


Another recent HomeGoods find, the Honey Pot, was on the clearance aisle
and is right at home with the iron bee.


A large bird's nest with artificial hydrangeas has 
little blue eggs in it also.


The nest, the bird's eggs, and the flowers add 
even more spring to the table.




A pair of linen bird-print towels from Mary Lake-Thompson,
serve as a runner and complete the table setting
filled with chirping birds.

Tw-e-e-e-t, twe-eet, tw-e-ee-eeeet

"Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her,
 still she sings away all the time, knowing she has wings."
Victor Hugo
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The blue glasses are Jamestown Blue by Fostoria.
The blue floral salad plate, butter dish, and salt/pepper are Tea Roses by Nikko.
The flatware is Towle stainless steel with gold-colored beading.
The white scalloped-edge plates are Madeline by Pier I.
I did not receive any form of compensation from anyone.
Since I like to know pattern names and where items come from,
I included this for my readers who want to know also.
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24 comments:

Gayle said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, Judith. I appreciate your kind words. I love this tablescape you've created. I am a huge fan of birds, so it was a real delight. Loved the tablerunner. So unique.

bettyl said...

Wow! Those are some pretty settings!

SmilingSally said...

I agree with you: The blue is the best choice. What a lovely tablesetting. Those birds can almost be heard all the way to Florida. They are blue-tiful!

Thanks for playing.

Happy Blue Monday, Judith.

Botanic Bleu said...

Thank you for becoming my latest follower. I really like making new blogger friends.

Lois Arnold said...

Absolutely beautiful, Judith. I definitely think the blue charger is the best look for this table setting. You are just having too much fun!

Botanic Bleu said...

Trying to make up for lost time ... so many years working and now I am doing the things that make me happy.

Judith

Botanic Bleu said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving encouraging words.

Judith

Botanic Bleu said...

Thanks. I appreciate your stopping by. Happy Blue Monday.

Judith

Christine Graves said...

Such a adorable tablescape and that honey pot and iron bee?!?! OMG Love those little guys!!

Great job!
XO,
Christine

Maria Elena said...

Your tablescape is amazing! Every detail is just perfect! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com/ Hugs, Maria

Botanic Bleu said...

The big bee is one of my sister's favorite things that I own. As a matter of fact, she found it in an antique/junk store when we were shopping together and told me I should buy it. So glad I followed my sister's advice...

Judith

Botanic Bleu said...

Maria Elena, Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed my table setting and am honored you asked me to link up with your new weekly link party. I accepted your invitation and linked this post.

Judith

Jeannie and Linda said...

Love the blue, and the great table. We are your newest members, would love for you to join us.
Jeannie

Botanic Bleu said...

Thanks for visiting my Chirping Bird Table Setting and for following me. I became your latest follower in return.

Judith

sweet violets said...

What a lovely table!!! Love anything blue and white and am lusting after the bird plates, great idea!!!

Botanic Bleu said...

Thank you for your lovely comments. It's always nice to find another blue and white lover.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful table setting, Judith! I love this shade of blue. Your dishes are so pretty and I love the blue and white together. Great centerpiece decor, too. It definitely suits!

Sarah said...

Such a stunning table with all its special details. Love the linens, those cute chirping bird plates, and the ambiance of this setting. Bravo!

Botanic Bleu said...

Thanks, Kathy.

Botanic Bleu said...

Thanks, Sarah.

the gypsy magpie said...

Oh my gosh- I barely know where to start... there table setting are stunning- every element is perfect. The bird plates are TO.DIE.FOR. The iron bee had me giddy. And you chaperoned students on trips to France??!!! Wow. Where have you been all my blog-hopping life?! SO very glad you stopped by my blog and said "hi". I am making a cup of tea right now so I can settle in and go through all your archives.
You've definitely got a NEW FOLLOWER in me! Thanks for the inspiration-
xoTerri

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Botanic Bleu said...

What a wonderful way with words in your comments. Someday I hope to write such expressive comments that will describe to other bloggers how much I enjoyed his/her post.

Thank you for following my fledgling blog. I am still so new at blogging, that I daily find blogs that inspire, enthrall, educate, and amuse me. I am studying their posts for style, design elements, photography tips, and well-written scripts in hopes of creating my own style worthy to be read. Each new blog has also opened the doors to finding more new blogging friends who are incredibly talented in a variety of ways. My horizons and interests have been expanded.

Thank you for being one of the new-to-me bloggers who is providing inspiration on several levels.

Judith

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Judith, it is quite lovely! I adore the little bird plates! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features this morning at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see you again at the soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse