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Monday, February 8, 2016

Early Spring?

Our ornamental pear trees are  budded out and ready for spring.   The trees  probably won't bloom for a while longer but I thought I would cut a few small twigs and try to force them to bloom in the house.

By using the gorgeous blue sky as a background,  I can really see the buds......
I wanted to show off my twigs,  so I decided to do a spring table in the family dining  room.

I had bought these springy paper plates and napkins at Joann's a few weeks ago.....

I dressed my paper plates and napkins up a bit by mixing them with ironstone plates and cloth napkins....

I like to set a playful table,  so I put the salad in a ice cream dish.....

I mixed stripes with florals......

Battenburg lace with crocheted pieces.....

The kitchen towels that matched my paper plates were repurposed by using them as placemats.....

I put some pillows on the two side chairs that have the same color scheme as the table.......

I remember Grandma making these pillows.....

Enjoy the little things.......

I plan to do that in 2016!


  1. Pretty pretty pretty!

    You have captured the hints of early spring perfectly!

    Send it to Ohio, please! : - )

    Have a wonderful week of love! ♥♥♥

  2. We are looking for snow here tonight in Knoxville TN. Your table looks beautiful & lots of great ideal.

  3. Beautiful tablescape - so ready for Spring to get here. My new home has a tulip tree that is all budded out. I hope we don't get a freeze that will ruin it. In Oklahoma, you never know.

    Have a great week.


  4. Oh my goodness, Penny. So much pretty in one post! I live in Rockwall near Dallas and spring is so close for us!

    1. I've been thru Rockwall many times....I have family that lives in Sulpher Springs!

  5. Forcing a few branches is one of the pleasures of late winter or early spring. I am always on the lookout, on my walks, for trimmings from other people's trees. There is always something different from what's in my garden, often a surprise!

  6. Just lovely, as always! I especially loved those delicate little buds with promise of spring glory.. No buds here yet but we are in the seventies today..should hit 75 degree's shortly. A very short Winter for us. It's difficult to believe what's happening on the East coast compared to here.
    An early Springtime is predicted..and I am hoping it is a long one before the terrible heat sets in.

  7. Penny,
    Your table truly looks like Spring has sprung there!! We had snow today and will have snow showers all week with only a high of 12 degrees predicted for Saturday!! We won't be seeing Spring here for some time...


  8. You are so inventive...the salad in the ice cream dish is a clever idea! Your tablescape is very lovely

  9. I love the charger plates you had under you dinner plates. Love the table set up!

    Thanks for sharing at Manic Monday linky party!!

  10. This is so awesome! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for sharing this at our party! I always love your amazing creations. I hope to see you next Monday because we love to party with you! Happy Wenesday! Lou Lou Girls

  11. Penny, this is gorgeous! I am so ready for spring and your pretty tablescape just made me wish it would hurry up even more. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

  12. Ha ha, I saw those plates at Joanne's and thought of YOU!...grins, and passed them up, knowing somehow you would beat me to the punch. They were really pretty and you sent them off great with those lovely pastels. Spring must be nice...dreaming only here it's 5 degrees, Sandi

  13. I would never have guessed the floral plates to be paper. I rarely defer to paper, but you've made such an attractive table incorporating them, you may have changed my mind!

  14. Penny, What a beautiful table! I love all the elements you put together to create a perfect spring table. Thank you for sharing your posts with us this week at Brag About It!

  15. Your table is so charming. That first photo really sets the mood for spring. Beautiful!

  16. Pretty table. I'm hoping for an early spring! Your tablescape is charming and has so many delightful layers of great details.

  17. Your table is lovely! I am ready for spring! We have had hints of it here in South Texas, but it is still a little chilly.
    Thank you so much for joining in on our first ever Thoughts of Home on a Thursday.

  18. Beautiful dining room! Did you make some of the crocheted pieces on it? Thanks for joining us at the Tips and Tricks link up party!

  19. Che voglia di primavera.... vorrei che ci fossero già tutti i fiori che ci sono sulla tua bellissima tavola. Grazie per questo anticipo.

  20. Che voglia di primavera.... vorrei che ci fossero già tutti i fiori che ci sono sulla tua bellissima tavola. Grazie per questo anticipo.

  21. I truly do enjoy the little things Penny. I plan to force some Forsythia soon. I would have to traipse through snow up on our hill to see if my pear is in bud. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  22. Beautiful! Thanks for linking up to Link Party Palooza!

  23. Your spring table setting is lovely.

    Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

  24. it looks so lovely, Penny. Everything is...and I love the twigs, it adds up the accent of winter amidst the blooming spring. Nice..

  25. Everything is so pretty! Where did you find those lacy chargers under you ironstone plates? Simply adorable! Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design.

  26. Such a pretty Spring tablescape! Thanks for sharing on the Vintage Wednesday linkup. You are a featured contributor today... Have an awesome week!

  27. I've never forced buds before but you have inspired me to give it a try. Your table just cries Spring. It is all so delightful. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  28. As always, your decorating is so charming Penny. Love your early spring look and I'm delighted to be featuring this post at tomorrow's Shabbilicious Friday link party.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne


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