When Shamrocks Ushered Spring Blooms to the Table, I told you that would be my final St. Patty’s Day tablescape. My, how things change!
Mom Two, who is the mom of a dear friend from the neighborhood of my growing up years, remains in my life even today. She surprised me last week with this china that she saved from the stash of a relative-in-law who died a couple of months ago.
I knew her as Aunt Betty. She wasn’t my aunt, but that’s what everyone called her. It’s amazing that no family members wanted to keep the china. (You know how it is. There’s too much for family to keep, so they save their favorites and let the other things go.)
When you look closely, you see the fine detail.
Surprise! Shamrocks. How timely! This is Haviland & Co. Limoges china from France. Isn’t it exquisite?
The set has six plates, bread and butters, small bowls, and cups and saucers.
Oh, and a serving platter holds the mossy rustic pot of ivy as the centerpiece.
Someone said recently that you should include an element of surprise to your table.
This rustic pot of ivy is my unexpected element for this table of fine and fancy.
I’m thrilled with Aunt Betty’s china, to say the least. As they say, “the luck of the Irish!” (I’m not Irish, though – as far as I know.)
This fine wool from Ireland was in the stash, too. The green and plaid look very wintry, which happens to be fitting for our unexpected chill this week.
With all the gold accents on the china, I decided to use the bronze-ware from Thailand.
The stems are from our bridal registry. If I had any gold-rimmed stemware, I would use it here for sure!
I cannot wait to drink tea or coffee from these beautiful cups and saucers.
Along with the china and wool fabrics, Mom Two brought these crystal compotes.
Isn’t it exciting! Any ideas where I should store this set of china? Ha!
I’m sharing these shamrocks at Tablescape Thursday.