Pink & Green for Mother’s Day

Welcome to my dining room. It is all prepped for our Mother’s Day dinner. We celebrate Mother’s Day with my mother. She will have dinner with her three children and their families. I much prefer this to battling crowds and long wait times at restaurants, and everyone is always willing to please on Mother’s Day!!


As I began to contemplate my table for Mother’s Day, I knew I wanted to use my china. This is the pattern we picked out 26 years ago. We received all of our china as wedding presents. I love it just as much today as I did when we picked it out. The pattern is “Shenandoah”, by Noritake.


I started the setting with a pink napkin as the place mat. The ruffled look on the edge of the silver charger plate is so pretty. It looks almost pewter. I proceeded to layered the china plates, with a pink glass salad plate in between. The silverware is “Reflection” by Rogers Bros. The pink and green water goblets came from a beautiful gift store that has since closed. I miss “Le Cache”.


The centerpiece is very simple. I love pitchers, and have a small collection. I thought this pitcher (a cluster of tied asparagus) would continue the pink and green color theme very well. Since I wanted the focus to be more on the pitcher, I chose some grocery store flowers that would blend in well. The pitcher is sitting on a pink depression glass cake plate.


A stack of matching china teacups are nestled under a wire cloche. They are sitting on one of the pink glass plates, and then on top of an antique ‘off white’ plate. Notice the tiny spring bird standing guard on top!



This sweet little green salt cellar has the tiniest of spoons inside.

Wikipedia says, “A salt cellar is a vessel, usually small and made of glass or silver, used on the table for holding salt. The use of salt cellars continued through the 1940’s but has been in decline since, gradually replaced by salt shakers.”


This cream and sugar matches our china pattern. I just love sugar cubes! The little silver tongs belonged to a family friend until they were gifted to me when he passed away.



Pedestal cake plates just look so fun and elegant. Believe me when I tell you, I would not have to try AT ALL to want to collect them. I am restraining myself!! I made this pedestal plate out of a tea cup and plate that I got on clearance at Home Sense. I have stacked alternating (pink glass ware and china) plates on this one in preparation for our Mother’s Day dessert!

I would like to thank my daughter, Nicole, for taking the photos for this post. She is currently studying photography and is going to have no problem making a career out of her photography passion. (Proud mama speaking!) Please visit her at Nicole Payzant Photography, and tell her you saw her photos on “Take Six”!!

I am joining Susan at “Between Naps on the Porch” for Tablescape Thursday! If you like dishes even a bit, and table settings. . . there is just no other place to be on a Thursday!!

I am also joining Sherry at The Charm of Home for her “Home Sweet Home” Party. You will want to stop by and see all the super ideas there!

For the very first time I am joining the party at How Sweet the Sound. It is called “Pink Saturday”. If you love pink, this is the place to be!

Last, but certainly not least, I am joining Courtney at French Country Cottage, for her “Feathered Nest Friday” party. Check out her backyard makeover! Oh my!!!!

May 4, 2011 - 3:35 pm

Marlis - Your mother’s day table is absolutely gorgeous. I love the pink and green accessories. Your china is lovely! I would pick it today too. happy Mother’s Day..

May 4, 2011 - 5:36 pm

Lisa Frankland - i can hardly wait to eat from this pretty table… even though i’m not a mama – i’ll enjoy the beauty!! who can go wrong with pink and green?
Nicole, you’re gifted. Tanya, so are you.

May 5, 2011 - 2:24 am

A Perfect Setting - I love the Noritake Shenandoah. I almost got that myself as a bride, and I probably should have, but a friend of mine had picked it out and I didn’t want her to think I was copying her, so I chose something else. I wouldn’t do that now, lol! Your tablescape is very beautiful and looks perfect for Mother’s Day. I wondered how your photography got so good so quick!! Pictures and tablescaping are amazing!!

May 5, 2011 - 2:57 am

Marigene - Lovely, lovely table.

May 5, 2011 - 11:09 am

Christa - Pink and green always work! Your table is lovely!

May 5, 2011 - 12:14 pm

Gina - Your table looks lovely! Pink & green are always so pretty together.

May 5, 2011 - 3:01 pm

Tammy - Your table is absolutely beautiful, Tanya, and that’s one of my favorite patterns! I collect pitchers, too! :o)

May 5, 2011 - 3:03 pm

~Tablescapes By Diane~ - Hi lovely lady. I love the pink and greeen also sweet lady. You have a Beautiful Blog.
Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Tablescape. I hope you and your lovely family have a Great Day.

May 5, 2011 - 4:33 pm

Jacqueline - Oh, I have a weakness for cake pedestals too! I have several sets one for each holiday and am tempted by many more. They are so hard to store though!
What a pretty table. I love it that you still love your china. I never got any, but the pattern I had chosen is not one I would still love, small blue flowers and I am really not a blue person, except for turquoise! I love your pinks and greens.

By the way, your bokah on your close up photos is just great. I am still working on that!

May 5, 2011 - 8:38 pm

Dianne - Unfortunately, I didn’t resist my urge to collect cake plates and have a large collection, but your idea with the tea cup is GENIUS! Lovely table. Dianne

May 5, 2011 - 11:56 pm

Sherry - What beautiful china. I love that pattern. Beautiful photos too! Thanks for linking it up!

May 6, 2011 - 12:05 am

Mary - Love your pedestal and I love that you layered your pink glass plates with your china! Your daughter takes outstanding photos :-)

May 6, 2011 - 12:52 am

Melissa - Your table is beautiful! Shenandoah was on my short list twenty years ago when I was a bride. I went with Traviata, a similar Noritake pattern. I still love both of them!!

May 6, 2011 - 1:07 am

Heidi - Gorgeous table, gorgeous dishes, gorgeous photos! I’m especially in love with your salt and pepper shakers!

May 6, 2011 - 1:27 am

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) - Elegant is the word! Such a lovely space you got! Loved each and every pic on your blog!
Hope to see you on my little blog too:)


May 6, 2011 - 3:09 am

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage - What a striking table! All the details are lovely! That first long shot of it is a beauty!

May 7, 2011 - 1:49 am

tammylovesdishes - Beautiful table setting! Your Shenandoah china is very nice.

You have caused me to want to copy your lovely cake stand. I also have an attraction to them. I wonder if there is a support group?

May 7, 2011 - 2:45 am

Concetta - Thank you so much for stopping by Concetta’s Cafe today and leaving your lovely comments. Your table is simply exquisite and I love all the details – especially the tiny salt cellar and the cloche! Beautiful pictures!
Have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

May 7, 2011 - 5:00 am

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage - What a beautiful tablescape and beautiful photos~Have a wonderful Mothers day- Thank you for sharing at FNF :)

May 7, 2011 - 1:37 pm

Dru - What a lovely table you have prepared – I know your Mother will absolutely love it along with the knowledge that she must be dearly loved for you to have gone to all this just for her – she is truly blessed. Welcome – Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Mother’s Day to you…

May 9, 2011 - 2:37 am

Stephanie - Wow. What can I say? This is beautiful! Your guests are lucky indeed!! And I’ll bet you can cook too. Just lovely. And, yes…your daughter is very talented! Thanks for sharing.

Come over to my blog for a visit, I’m giving away something pretty!

May 9, 2011 - 2:15 pm

The Tablescaper - Such a beautiful and welcoming table. I’m sure your MOther’s day was wonderful. The cloche with the little bird is darling and I love the teadup pedestal!

– The Tablescaper

May 19, 2011 - 11:58 pm

afternoon tea - I’ve just found your blog through Dining Delight’s blog, I really look forward to reading all your posts! This is a wonderful setting.

November 13, 2011 - 5:16 am

Susan - I went back and forth between Shenandoah and Bellefonte so many times I am sure the registry lady was in despair. Both patterns were in the same lovely sheer ivory china and shape only the decorative pattern was different and the metalic rim – Bellefonte is decorated with blue grey flowers a navy band and gold edge. oth patterns are discontinued and Bellefonte is much harder to find on the secondary market — you made the better choice.

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