Thursday, July 7, 2011

Yellow & Blue by the Seaside

We just returned from a visit to my parents in Pawleys Island, where we caught up with my sister and her family, participated in the 4th of July golf-cart parade, built sand forts, rode bikes, visited Brookgreen Gardens and the new Skywheel in Myrtle Beach, frolicked in the pool, and just relaxed. In the midst of all this activity, I managed to set a table with my mother's china.
It is Costa Azzurra by Lynn Chase.
Don't you just love the little dragonflies buzzing about on the back of the china? There is such detail in this pattern.
The coffee cup has a scene of seabirds in the midst of the yellow band.
And look what is waiting for you after your last sip!
Scallop shells adorn the salad plate.
The luncheon plate is graced with a starfish in the midst of other sea life.
Scenes of sea birds alternate with scallop shells and vines on the rim of the dinner plate.
A crab, surrounded by shells, crawls across the bread-and-butter plate.
The stainless flatware is Dickinson by Reed & Barton. The yellow-and-blue placemats and napkins were from Pier One. I'm not sure where Mom got the cute pewter fish napkin rings.
The tumblers are Longchamps by Cristal d'Arques.

This beach scene hangs above my mother's dining table. It was painted by a friend.
If you look closely at the sand pail on the window ledge, you can see my mother's three grandchildren: my two redheads and their older cousin.
All in all, a cheerful summer tablescape by the seashore!

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