Mother’s Day Mix of China

Do you spend Mother’s Day with your mother?  Your mother-in-law?  Or, do your kids spend Mother’s Day with you?  

Since May is filled with graduations and weddings already, it’s not working out this year to travel to see my mother (sorry, PAM) and HH’s mother for a Mother’s Day with them.  I guess we’ll have a quiet Mother’s Day here at home…with or without a Fun Son or Spunky Daughter.

You can never tell what will happen with college kids. Earlier this week, I set a table for four in the dining room…just in case.

IMG_3834BMixed China for Mother's Day

I used a mixture of family china and silverware, along with this new set of bread and butters I found at TJ Maxx three weeks ago.

Bread and Butter Plate Set

All the plate colors are in the antique hand-embroidered table runner.

Antique Embroidered Runner.

It was a steal/deal, in my mind.  Wouldn’t these be great as a collection on a wall – indoors or out?

Mother's Day Mixture of Dishes

Oh, and the table-cloth beneath is a remnant I found last week.  Either side looks nice in the master, so I’m trying to decide which side to use – white on green or green on white.  After taking the Euro shams upstairs to the guest room (pictured here), I have three more pillow forms to make something special for our room.

Mother's Day Mix of China

The dinner plates are HH’s late grandmother’s Piggly Wiggly china – rimmed in silver.  For another color in the mixture, I added salad plates of our wedding pattern, Cambridge by Royal Doulton.

Royal Doulton

The Cambridge pattern has silver and  gold, so I used the burlap chargers I made last year for another golden tone and texture.  An added bonus is that the chargers reflect what looks to be gold beneath the burlap when the lighting hits them just right.

Mother's Day Mix of China

Painter Artist Mom (PAM) sent her silver ware home with me a couple of years ago.  She knew they’d be useful for tablescapes.   🙂

Place Setting

This Mother’s Day table has a mixture of glassware, too.  The beverage stems are from our wedding registry, and the compote stems came from a thrift store nearby.  Just look at the delicate roses etched in them!

Mother's Day Mixture of China

HH gave me this Waterford crystal vase for our tenth anniversary.  I probably would have stroked out if I’d known how much he spent on it at the time.

Mother's Day Mix of China

Our young family didn’t have extra for fancy frivolities like that!

Waterford Crystal Vase

I gathered some blooms and greenery from the yard…Harry Lauder walking stick, apple mint, daisies, and peonies.  The scent in the room is heavenly!

Peony Blooms

The candle holders look old in verdigris.  Each gets a fun polka-dot candle stick – my favorite!

Mother's Day Mixture of China

The cream and sugar set matches the Piggly Wiggly China.

Cream and Sugar Set

My grandmother’s fancy ladies S & P repeat the same yellow as on the yellow bread and butter plate.

Antique Ladies S & P

So, we’re all set here for Mother’s Day.

Plate Stack

How about you?  Is your table set, or are you enjoying Mother’s Day elsewear?


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I’m sharing at Tablescape Thursday.


  1. says

    Thank you! This really is such a glorious time of year. And your new addition arriving soon will be even more reason for celebration. Yes, I am praying for an easy birth, healthy baby and mom. 🙂

  2. says

    Oh Kim I love the mix of family dishes and and your table runner. Those new Portmerion dishes are perfect for your Mother’s Day table. I don’t know what I’m doing yet. I’m conflicted this year. With my mom nearly 94 and fading a bit I feel the need to get down there and see her but my daughter wanted me to be home so she could visit. I hope you have a great Mother’s Day even if it’s a quiet one!
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    • says

      Thank you, Liz. I understand about your Mother’s Day dilemma. Your mom won’t be around forever, but then we never know about anyone, do we (children included, and sorry for that terrible thought)?

      Either way, I know it will be special because you’ll be with someone you love. The best situation would be to have them both with you on Mother’s Day. We can always dream of the perfect day, anyway!

  3. says

    Kim, how did my comment on your garden get on here? Anyway, I love your beautiful table! It is so special to have treasured family pieces! Love the Piggly Wiggly china! We are in baby- waiting mode, so we have no definite Mother’s Day plans! Happy Thursday!
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    • says

      I’m sorry, Pam. I should have taken that off before I left the house earlier. That was something else that occurred in the transfer to the new host. Until this morning, I’d lost the ability to reply to your comment, so I took the opportunity to do that before deleting it off this post. I’ll do that now. With my site frustrations this week, I keep telling myself, “Tomorrow will be another day!” (So said Scarlett. Ha!) Happy day to you. 🙂

    • says

      Thanks, Jenna. Yes, the mint smells so nice, and when I moved close to the peony, THAT was even better. I hope you have wonderful Mother’s Day!