Tablescape Tuesday: Magnolias in May

 “The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook”
Proverbs‬ ‭18‬:‭4‬

Spring is blooming all over our Appalachian foothills…and I am enjoying being outdoors!  A simple pleasure is to cut blooms and herbs to bring inside to grace tabletops.  If something is blooming outside, it will definitely find its way inside my house.  Three magnolia blooms and their waxy leaves were cut for us to enjoy as we had dinner with friends! Our Magnolia Grandiflora is in bloom and the smell is oh so sweet and southern for our table for four!  Blue and white is always a favorite.  It is clean and crisp and casual and elegant.  It is versatile and can be mixed with yellow, red, green, or orange to provide that pop of color!  The heavily scented magnolia bloom with its waxy green leaves is ideal to bring indoors (doesn’t bother my allergies)!  I mixed different stemware for the tablescape!  The Spode dinnerplates are from the Blue Room Collection-Traditions Series.  The creamy white charger is my go-to!  Three square vases with a single magnolia bloom in each along with a pair of vintage silver candle stands line the center of the dining table.  The white detail of the Kate Spade napkins gathered in a sterling ring make a classic statement!  The stripe placemats lend a casual feel to the table!  The Spode “milk maid” pattern was first introduced in 1814!  I only have six plates and each has a different scene!   I love the texture and color of the underside of magnolia leaves! So simple…yet understated elegance!  Do you collect any blue and white dinnerware?  If so, do you mix with other colors?

The Details:
Placemats/Kate Spade napkins – TJ Maxx
Spode dinner plates – Tuesday Morning
American Atelier Chargers/Iced tea glasses – Horchow
Vintage Fostoria water glasses – from an estate sale

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver”
Proverbs‬ ‭25‬:‭11‬  

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  1. Sandy Self says:

    Lovely, simply lovely! I love blue and white, you are correct it looks great with a lot of different colors!

  2. Marianne Parker Fuhrman says:

    Very pretty Pam. Blue us one of my favorite colors. Have it in my kitchen & have used the color several times at my church for our ladies tea.

  3. Beautiful Table…of course we are partial to Blue & White 😉 The Magnolias are gorgeous…we never realized that they are THAT big….here in Ohio our magnolia trees bloom a smaller flower lol!!
    Enjoy your weekend!
    Karla & Karrie

  4. Oh, my!!! This is one of the most lovely tablescapes. I would love to find delicate, yet versatile, chargers like the ones you used. The blue & white Spode plates are so beautiful. Overall, the tablescape is elegant with the addition of your pretty napkins, napkin rings, utensils, and stemware. Great job!
    Michelle from

  5. Patti says:

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  6. Jann Olson says:

    Blue and white is a beautiful classic and that Magnolia bloom is breathtaking! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  7. scorwin says:

    Such a beautiful table scape. I do love blue and white dishes too. I really love the milk maid pattern one. I don’t have a magnolia tree but I don’t think the blossoms are that large up here in the NE! You must be in the South.

  8. Pam says:

    Love your magnolia blossoms for the centerpiece for they are beautiful this time of year! I remember a grand lady’s butler serving mint julep in sterling cups in her garden with the magnolia trees blooming when I was a child, so southern! Lovely Spode which is one of my favorite china manufacturer and just found a pretty pink and blue 1800’s design style set for $68 at an antique mall. Gorgeous tablescape!

    • Pam, thank you for your gracious comments! Loved your story from childhood, what a sweet memory! I am jealous of your great find! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Pam

  9. Cindy says:

    Beautiful dishes and the magnolias so pretty! Ours are in full bloom and just beautiful…such an amazing fragrance.
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

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