Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Purple Power!

While enjoying everyone’s Mother’s Day posts, I realized that I have not done a purple table in a while. I tried to remember all of the purple tableware that I had stashed away.  Recently, I had deleted XP Professional Office from my computer, because the software program read that I had not used it, since 2007.  Alas, not true!!  I had been using it almost everyday in Microsoft Word (who knew they were connected???) and a word document that contained all of my inventory list!!!  Why did the said software tell me that I had not used it, since 2007????  Beware friends, or you will have a tragedy, too.  My son who is an IT specialist (among other things - English degree from Emory University, professional musician - but I digress!) was in Virginia at a week-long training seminar.  Bless his heart, he will right the “wrong” that I did, but he just returned and has not had time.

Anyway, if you every want to know how to set up an inventory list, my daughter did a great tutorial blog on  Tablescape Times Three. You can read about it HERE. I finally gave up trying to remember everything and went on a hunt.

I found my amethyst Pyrex plates and really wanted to us those, but they did not look very good with any of my other choices.  I did find these cute Creative Co-op lavender birds that I have had for a while and never used. I decided to use them as napkin weights, instead of using napkin rings.

I recently purchased these dark purple place mats at Tuesday morning and they actually had two packages of  four each.  Major score.  Most of the time, when I find an item I like at one of the discount places, they will have only four of something.  I was thrilled to end up with eight of these.

I have always liked the way that purple and silver look together, so I decided to use my Lenox “Solitaire” china.  This was the china that I chose, when I was married so long ago and still love it.  It goes with almost everything.

The green and lavender napkins that I used are “Paisley Fraiche” from Saffron Marigold. I do not know, if you have ever shopped at their online store, but I love their products.  I bought these napkins at least a year ago and the fabric has remained soft and beautiful. I really had to dig to find them and that inspired me to completely re-do the drawers that hold my linens! I hope that I can keep them as straight and color-coded, as they are now.

The crystal I used consisted Tiffin “Argenta” iced tea glasses (I, also, chose this pattern, when I married) and Fostoria lilac “Fascination” water glasses.

The purple centerpiece vase that I used in my Mardi Gras post now holds flowers.  Photographing purple can always be a challenge.  These flowers were lavender and almost purple.  For some reason, they look pink in most of the pictures. Sometimes, when I am shooting purple, it looks sapphire blue or brown.  I am sure there is a reason for this, but I do not understand it. I am very grateful that most of my purple did show up purple in these photos.

The silver is “Strasbourg” by Gorham.  Again, like the “Solitaire” china, “Strasbourg” goes with almost everything and I, also, selected this pattern, when I married.

Looking back at the photographs, I realized that I set out to do a purple table and, wow, I certainly did one.  It is very, very purple. Since purple represents magic, mystery and royalty, I think purple is a good color to have around.  I hope you have some purple hiding in your china cabinets and closets!


Sharing at A Stroll Thru Life for Table top Tuesday

Sharing Wednesday at Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish

Sharing at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday


  1. Oh la la... this setting is an absolutely romantic.

    Flatwares and the stemwares are stunning. I love your centerpiece. Very elegant.

    Happy TTT...

  2. So gorgeous! LOVE purple and love your very creative table. Those little birds are so sweet! Sorry about your computer woes, been there...done that. Heartbreaking, isn't it? Lucky you have an IT son, YAY! Pam

  3. Beautiful! I need more purple in my life -- and china cabinet! I love that you still love the china, crystal, and silver you chose as a bride -- excellent choices!

  4. Oh, I love your table and those little lavender birds are to die for! Don't you love sons who are IT specialsits and can fix all our wrongs - lol :) I keep mine very busy :) I am going to check out the inventory idea. Sounds like something I could use!

  5. Love your table, the china and silver are both very beautiful. I love purple, and have a few glasses but nothing formal, unfortunately. xo

  6. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Tablescape is Gorgeous love the way you put this all together for your party. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new Tablescape for the Memorial day.
    XXOO Diane

  7. Oh, my, what a gorgeous tablescape! Love the purple and those sweet little birds.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  8. I love this tablescape! Your Lenox china and Gorham sterling are gorgeous. I also love purple and the linens and crystal tie everything together. Great job!

  9. I would have completely freaked out if my inventory suddenly went poof! Yikes! That happened to me once a long, long time ago when I was in the fine rentals business. Lesson learned. I'm still using the Flip Album cataloguing system for everything, but I am lethal when it comes to backing that bad boy up now! I have it on my hard drive plus THREE external hard drives!!! With more than 2300 pages of inventory, it's a must!!! On to a happier subject: your magical, mysterious, royal purple table! So pretty! Lucky you to have gotten a set of 8 of the placemats. I know how frustrating that is when you have to go to 5 different stores to get enough for a set or, worse yet, can't find enough for a complete set. Your flowers look wonderful, too! They're the perfect variation of colors!

  10. Purple always call me by my name!

    Love the placemats and everything else, but they are what really gives the table the POW. I have two of those little vases, and they have been very versatile.


  11. Well, I am certainly a purple lover and this tablescape is definitely Plum Perfect!! ;)

    I love your pretty napkins and place mats but I think those little birds are just as sweet as can be! Very elegant setting for sure! Thank You for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful evening!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  12. Beautiful! I love to use purple in my garden. It's so regal! ~ Sarah

  13. Just the right touch of soft pinks and creams with gold to make your lovely amethyst touches completely royal. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  14. elegance, pure elegance......your tables keep getting better and better....certainly you have a very wonderful gift......

    I can't remember any purple dishes at my house but maybe I will run across some soon..:-)

    lovely, Diane.....


  15. Oh you have created such a beautiful tablescape. Love the colors and every element on your table, especially the China. Also sorry about your inventory and Microsoft Word.

  16. Your table looks beautiful. I love the napkins, and adding your little birds was a perfect touch.

  17. It is lovely! The placemats from TM are wonderful. I agree, hard to find more than 4 there!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  18. I always find purple to be elegant and sophisticated especially when you're gonna use this theme on any wedding decoration. And upon seeing your table, my eyes pop on the very first picture on this post co'z I am totally impressed by the way you decorated your table. Very inspiring!

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  19. Very pretty! I agree the purple does go with silver very nicely! The placemats are really pretty! Your china is lovely and so is the flatware! I have something with purple I need to set up one of these days! Beautiful dining room!

  20. I absolutely love your lavender tablescape. Your crystal is lovely especially the Fostoria lilac. The sweet lavender (purple) birds placed on the napkins are the crowning accent for the place setting! Very Pretty! Pam

  21. Gorgeous...I love purple too. I recently did a purple and white themed wedding.
    Your table is so elegant and the dining room is great!

  22. I love the purple. Your table is gorgeous.

  23. What a delicate and pretty table! I love the soft purples.

    I'm also glad you pointed me to your daughter's "You Might Be a Tablescaper If..." post. I missed it the first time, and it's fantastic! I was definitely "busted!"