In Celebration of New Leaf (Life)!!

Today I’m inviting you to join me for a cup of coffee. Let’s just sit and chat while I share with you the story behind my table setting. It is in celebration of the leaves bursting out on the trees!! They have just started to open up. We have had so much rain in our little corner of the world, that if we get a few days of sun, everything is going to POP!!


The inspiration for this table came from my little green leaf plates. I generally use them in the fall. I’m not sure why, but I haven’t thought of them as “springy,” until now. The green color of the plates is almost the same as in the tablecloth. I picked up this tablecloth for $3 at Marden’s on one of my trips to Maine. It is double the size you see. I have folded it in half for my smaller table today.


The burlap place mats continue the theme. Protective burlap wraps are taken off trees and shrubs in spring time, and new life bursts forth.



I have used hemp cord to tie on pewter leaves as napkin rings. They are really Christmas tree decorations. I bought several different ones in December. I knew I wouldn’t use them as tree ornaments. I felt sure they would be a part of my fall decor…

The purple napkins have leaves on them. They match my fall table cloth…

Do you see a pattern developing here?? *wink*

Flexibility is the name of the game in decorating.


Purple looks so nice with green. I immediately thought of my pansies that I had purchased the week before. Pansies are one of my favorite flowers. I had them sitting on the counter in the kitchen. I know I will soon have to give them up, and let them enjoy their new home in my deck pots for the summer. But I’m keeping them inside with me for just awhile longer.


Several years ago I picked up two of these little birdhouses in purple, and three yellow ones. They were on a clearance shelf in a little gift shop.


See the tiny little bird nest snuggled in amongst the pansy plants. My son climbed a tree to get this nest for me.


I snipped a few branches from one of my trees and stuck them in among the pansy plants. You can tell that the leaves are just starting to open.

This little table sits in the corner of our dining room. I generally use it as a dessert table. Beautiful mahogany wood sits hidden under my table cloth today. It belonged to a former employer of my father. This gentleman had taken it all apart to refinish it and never got around to completing it. He lost interest, and my father rescued the table from upstairs in a warehouse and refinished it. With love, he gave it to my husband and I as a dining room table when we built our 2nd home.


This little cream and sugar on the matching plate is another precious gift from my dad.

The silver spoons are two of a mish mash collection. I love silver cutlery, and keep a collection of odd spoons in a cream pitcher beside my coffee maker on the kitchen counter. Here are a few more. I love how they are all different.



Thank you so much for visiting with me today. I have truly enjoyed our time together. I would like to leave you with this thought.

Please don’t leave all your “special dishes” packed away in boxes, and china cabinets. Bring them out, dust them off, and use them. No one is more special than your family, and the loved one that you associate with that special item, will seem closer when you are using it!


All photos taken by Nicole at Nicole Payzant Photography

I will be joining the following blog parties this week.

Tablescape Thursday at “Between Naps on the Porch”
Show and Tell Fridays at “My Romantic Home”
Feathered Nest Friday at “French Country Cottage”
Home Sweet Home Friday at “The Charm of Home”
Inspiration Friday at “At The Picket Fence”

May 26, 2011 - 12:52 am

afternoon tea - Well, I though I would “leave” you a comment to tell you how much I loved your post. lol Isn’t this the most beautiful time of year? We use our good dishes and silver for just about any occasion. If we’re feeling down, we pull out some lovely china and silver. If we’re feeling good, we pull out some china and silver. We make little occasions into celebrations whenever we can.

May 26, 2011 - 1:07 am

Susan (My Place to Yours) - Gorgeous color combination! The green leaf plates really ARE springy, so it looks like you can use them virtually year-round. Love the mix of silver, too!

May 26, 2011 - 1:36 am

Marlis - This is fabulous. I love green and purple and this table does it best. The silver is lovely, I’ve just now started collecting a mish mash and love the look. all those pieces that were lovingly used just make me smile. lovely post! xo~marlis

May 26, 2011 - 2:03 am

Karen - Green and purple is so pretty together. It is so beautifully photographed.

May 26, 2011 - 2:30 am

The Tablescaper - Ah..purple and green. Such wonderful leaves. Perfect for Spring.

– The Tablescaper

May 26, 2011 - 3:18 am

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) - Purple and green are a real springtime look. I like the idea of the old spoons on the counter, so you can use and see them often! My pansies are out now too, and the lilacs are just beginning to bloom. Linda

May 26, 2011 - 3:22 am

xinex - I love that centerpiece! I love the colors you combined on the table. Very pretty!…Christine

May 26, 2011 - 8:08 pm

Tricia - Just beautiful! That shade of purple with the leaf green is stunning, and I love, love, love your pansy centerpiece! Wonderful photos, too!

May 27, 2011 - 4:01 pm

Marigene - Purple and green compliment each other so nicely. I love all your mismatched silverware. The centerpiece of pansies is gorgeous.

May 28, 2011 - 4:27 am

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage - What a lovely table~ the colors are wonderful and I adore your silverware!! So pretty! Thank you for sharing this at FNF ~ Have a great weekend!

May 29, 2011 - 6:54 pm

Sherry - What a beautiful table. The purple and green are a perfect combo for spring. Lovely photography! Thanks for linking it up at HSH!

May 30, 2011 - 10:49 pm

At The Picket Fence - Absolutely lovely tablescape! The color combo is just beautiful. :-) Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

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