I set a table for eight and each place setting represents someone dear in my life who could sit at the table - my daughter, my sister, my mother-in-law, my two sisters-in-law and three nieces - two are my nieces and the other is my husband's niece who is like my own. I, also, will be remembering my mother and niece who left us way too early.
Being a mother can bring such joys and sorrows, but almost every woman who decides to raise or help raise a child deserves to be honored on Mother's Day. We all bring baggage into our marriages and to motherhood, but most of us do the best we can and, when our children turn out well, it is a miracle and source of great joy! A mother is usually the glue that holds the family together and each mother should be celebrated on this special day of the year!
I decided to set a mostly pink table, because there is no mistaking that a pink table is meant for women and I tried to make it look as frilly as I possibly could, even though most of these women are not "frilly" ladies.
I started with a white Ralph Lauren tablecloth, pale pink placemats from Big Lots and pink dinner plates. On top, I added Lenox Marchesa, "Painted Camellia" accent plates. These plates will eventually be passed down to my oldest granddaughter, since I allowed her to choose a pattern that she liked in the Lenox store once and this is the pattern she asked me to buy.
Pink napkins with white organza napkin overlays with white napkin rings that I made (well, painted!) were added, along with Watson "Bridal Flower" sterling silver.
For those of you who have read my blog previously, you know that I have an obsession for vintage glassware. For this table, I used two of my patterns - Cambridge "Diane" and Fostoria #5098/5298, which is sometimes called "Fairfax".
I love the gorgeous stems and the beautiful etching on the "Diane" goblets.
I used five cut glass vases - four small and one a little larger to hold flowers for the centerpiece. The darker pink flowers were not as red as they appear in the photographs. I did most of the photography on this table on a very rainy day and the colors did not show up very well.
I do wish that all of these mothers could be with me on Mother's Day, but they will be celebrating at their own homes with their children and/or grandchildren.
So instead - Happy Mother's Day to Angel, Robbye, Kay, Mom, Mona, Leann, George Ann, Andrea, Trudie and Babs!!!! Thanks for all of your efforts in trying to raise good citizens and lovely human beings!! You all are or were truly amazing women!!
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