Table of the Tiniest Shamrocks

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!

Table of the Tiniest Shamrocks

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.)

Plate Stack

When you look closely, you see the fine detail.

Table of the Tiniest Shamrocks

Surprise!  Shamrocks.  How timely!  This is Haviland & Co. Limoges china from France.  Isn’t it exquisite?

Table of the Tiniest Shamrocks

The set has six plates, bread and butters, small bowls, and cups and saucers.

Table of the Tiniest Shamrocks

Oh, and a serving platter holds the mossy rustic pot of ivy as the centerpiece.

Table of the Tiniest Shamrocks

Someone said recently that you should include an element of surprise to your table.

Table of the Tiniest Shamrocks

This rustic pot of ivy is my unexpected element for this table of fine and fancy.

Table of the Tiniest Shamrocks

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.)

Table of the Tiniest Shamrocks

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.

Table of the Tiniest Shamrocks

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!

Table of the Tiniest Shamrocks

I cannot wait to drink tea or coffee from these beautiful cups and saucers.

Table of the Tiniest Shamrocks

Along with the china and wool fabrics, Mom Two brought these crystal compotes.

Table of the Tiniest Shamrocks

Isn’t it exciting!  Any ideas where I should store this set of china?  Ha!

Blessings~

I’m sharing these shamrocks at Tablescape Thursday.

 

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Comments

  1. Roxanne says

    That china is absolutely exquisite! What a wonderful and precious gift. It makes me a little sad that the Millennials have no interest in preserving family antiques and memories. We have some younger friends who built a $2million house (yes, you read that correctly!). A designer talked them into throwing away every stick of furniture they owned and not using a single family antique offered by her family. The house looks like a magazine layout…stunning for sure, but totally lacking soul and personality. You will enjoy your china for years!

    • says

      The Millennials in this family are too young – not married or families of their own yet. So, I’ll save this for them. 😉 Maybe their wives will want it later. They definitely do everything different these days. Who can afford to replace everything, let alone let go of the memories!?

  2. Diane Lemma says

    Wow, the china is exquisite and the family didn’t know the value of the china or didn’t take the time to look up the value. I know you will love it for years to come.

    • says

      Thanks, Diane. My friend is near my age, so we’re in the stage of life where possessions are very full! We can’t keep everything, so choices are necessary. At some point, I’ll have to discard most of my dishes I use for tablescapes, too. :-/

  3. Robin says

    I LOVE these dishes!!! Tiny shamrocks…wow. Perfect time of year to get this great surprise!
    As to where you will STORE them, well, you might have to take over some of HH’s space…hahaha!
    Or he could always add on a DISH room. hahahahahahaha

    Funny…I have an Aunt Betty…not my aunt either. She is my mom’s older friend from church. I used to love going to her house when I was in grade school…she had a mini schnauzer named Ralph…and he was funny. She was a crossing guard. We used to pray for her because she would just walk out into traffic in her yellow vest with her stop sign….and my mom would tell her “I know the Lord is with you, but I’m sure he doesn’t want you just walking out in traffic!” Once a car didn’t see her and it swerved and went off the road. The reason she walked out was because nobody wanted to stop so she could cross the kids. It wasn’t like it was ALL day…just twice a day. It was a VERY busy road. People were in a big hurry and she was not having it. She is a tough little lady! ha! They did move her to a less busy spot after the accident, though. LOL

    A lot of people don’t keep the antiques from relatives because they are not their “style” and they don’t fit in anywhere in the house. I have stuff from my grandparents…knick knacks and an end table. I didn’t have room for more than that. My sister got her pick of things since she had the room. I couldn’t even take the marble coffee table I loves so much as a kid. I got my aunt’s dishes after she passed. I would have loved her furniture but my house was tiny when she passed so I had no room to add even the tiniest piece.

    The dishes have light blue and white with a floral print in the middle. They are very dainty-ish. My decor and style are totally different. Those dishes just don’t go. And I am very rough on dishes. I need at least a few extra pieces of each.LOL

    Since they are missing some pieces…I have them listed on eBay and sell a piece here and there. I’d rather someone who already has the set be able to find a replacement for their broken pieces. Even the Replacements Ltd website is out of many of the pieces I have. And the ones they do have…my price is less.

    But I still think young people should at least try to fit at least a few of the family heirlooms into their life. SOMEthing will fit. My parents have all contemporary stuff so we don’t have any antiques to worry about. In fact, my mom has my old Pulaski china closet. When I got divorced I brought it with me but it was too big and I needed the space for kids’ stuff, so I gave it to her. My DR was 6.5′ x 6′ and I had a galley kitchen. That is just way too small for me!!! But at the time…after divorce…I was just happy to have a place to rent and be in the same school district. Now my DR is an open space with my kitchen. It can hold my big table with 2 leaves but I would love to have an actual dining ROOM, about 12 x 15 and a huge table and 12 chairs…so I can have big family gatherings! Maybe one day….

    • says

      I understand completely. My grandparents’ home and land was sold to strangers for nearly nothing. No family members could buy it at the time, and we were locked into a life and HH’s job in Atlanta. Just a few years later, we could have purchased their home and moved to Tennessee to family land. It’s funny to imagine that I could be a Tennessee girl again – had the timing been different. I guess you just have to accept that God had different plans than what you preferred. Our dining room table belonged to HH’s grandparents. While we so badly need a larger table, we won’t part with it until another family member wants it. We make the best of our situation at the time. It’s neat to see how God provides. Maybe someday you’ll have that large room and huge table! 🙂

  4. Tammy Caldwell says

    Hello Kim, wow, what a blessing. It is beautiful whether you are Irish or not ( I am ). And perfect timing also. As always I love your table and am hoping for Spring . Your table scape brightened my day, thank you. Also thanks for the advice of putting something unexpected on the table, mental note, lol. Have a wonderful week. Tammy

    • says

      Thank you, Shannon. Yes, I am blessed to have these dishes. Today, I’ve really been searching for a storage solution. :-/ I’ll figure something out. Happy Thursday!

  5. Peggy Higgins says

    Oh! As an Irish woman, I would absolutely love having this China and wool fabric! You are blessed by this wonderful gift! Use it in good health for years to come🍀

    • says

      Thank you, Liz. I understand that Haviland is very good china, so I’m thankful I have the opportunity to care for it. Happy St. Patty’s Day to you, too! 🙂

  6. Margaret Robinson says

    Hi — Indeed lovely – we’ve a complete set (plus some serving pieces) for 12 of this Havilland pattern. It was inherited and we use it on occasion.

    I would get it evaluated if I were you – depending on the condition and how many pieces, it is worth maybe $1,000-$2,500 approx. I’d not sell ours, but it is nice to know and we had to add it to our house insurance (along with the other inherited pieces of china) – who knew!

    It is just so lovely that I’d use it more if I were you. Not everyone has such stunning pieces and you were very fortunate.

    Enjoy – MMR

    • says

      Serving pieces! You’re the lucky one. I’m blown away by this set dropping into my lap out of the blue – and just before St. Patty’s Day. I thought it looked to be expensive china and heard Havilland is a good china. I’ll definitely hang onto it. It would be pretty any time of year! You’re right. It’s nice to know what it’s worth. Thanks for sharing about your set. 🙂

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