Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Birds of a Feather

Metal Flowers and Birds, Round Top Collection

Welcome to Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch. The birds are gathering here at Hyacinths for the Soul for lunch. Glad you could join in the fun!

Bécassine Figural from HB Quimper Tabac Series

Bécassine is here to greet our guests with bouquets of
fresh flowers and seed for our feathered friends.

Unmarked Desvres Figural Salt

As are our sweet young French friends, 
Monsieur Jean Marc and Mademoiselle Sophie.
Jean Marc loves to talk to Sophie's sweet little yellow finch, but young Sophie worries that her little birdie may take flight and not return to it's own special birdcage where he lives in Sophie's home.

Unmarked Desvres Figural Salt

So here she is patient and at the ready 
should the little finch take flight.
And yes, here comes more feathered friends to join the feast.

Detail on Brass Serving Tray
The sweet natured cockatoo 
with his fluffy head feathers is here.

Detail on Brass Serving Tray
And listen, did you hear the flutter of wings 
as this little parakeet flew in to the perch?

Detail on Brass Serving Tray
Could this be a large African grey parrot? 
 No doubt he got word of the party and 
definitely didn't want to be left out.

"Un Verre D' Amitié" Glasses, Simon Pearce Water Pitcher, HB Quimper Porringer, Brass Tray w/ Birds

So take a glass of blackberry sage ice tea 
and join in a toast to friendship.

"Un Verre D' Amitié" - A Glass of Friendship

Here's to friendship and our fine feathered friends!

I see the little chickadees are gathering on the table. 
 Let's see what the chef has planned.

Porte-Carte, Formaintraux Coquin

A nice light lunch for each of you with double
chocolate brownies for dessert!

Hand Crafted Victorian Gardener's Cottage 
for Wren or Purple Finch

Looks like a few of our friends live right here on the table.

Cast Iron Bird Feeder w/ Birds

Yes, I see they have begun on a lunch of their own.

Arthur Porquier Double Sided Porte-Carte

HenRiot Quimper Plate, 9.5"

The morning dove, no doubt a cautious mother, 
has brought along her little family to keep a watchful eye.

HenRiot Quimper Plate, 9.5"

Mr. Peacock is here to strut his feathers in 
celebration of joining all his feathered friends.

HenRiot Quimper Plate, 9.5"

And the crane, carefully and delicately approaches the group.

HenRiot Quimper Plate, 9.5"

Oh just listen to this sweet song bird 
as he flutters in from the garden.

HR Quimper Fan Shaped Porte-Carte

Little feet are scampering everywhere!

Unmarked Quimper Sugar Bowl with 
Bouquet of Zinnias and Fresh Basil

Does he think he is in the garden?

Unmarked Quimper Covered Casserole w/ Handles

Don't let them jump into our 
basket of fresh pain de campagne.

Chicken Salad Served in Avocado Boat in Blue Glass Bowl, Christophe Silver, Placemats by Lenox

Would you like your chicken salad with avocado?

Chicken Salad Served w/ Vine Ripe Tomato in Blue Glass Bowl

Or perhaps you prefer yours within a vine ripened tomato.

Birds Eye View of "Birds of a Feather" Luncheon

I think the birds are up on the chandelier eyeing our table. 
 Bon Appétit!

Buffet: Metal Cake Stand w/ Birds, 
Desvres Yellow Dessert Set w/ Blue Bird, Quimper Lady,
Desvres Figural Salts, Copper Planter w/ Peace Lily and Round Top Collection Accents, Brass Tray w/ Glassware

Don't forget to have a brownie before 
you flay away to visit more tablescapes.

Cosi Tabellini Italian Pewter Charger, French Appliqué Napkin

Hope you enjoyed our little birdie celebration. Click here to fly over to the QCI blog where I'm spotlighting another little party with just a few photos. Then don't miss the other beautiful tables that are listed here @ Between Naps on the Porch.


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Such pretty little birdies and the bird plates are wonderful. Love them! The food looks delish!


  2. I love all the little birdies... What a great post...

  3. Great ideas. Love the crows in the first picture. I think I have a victorian birdhouse by the same artist. Very similar in style.

  4. Hi Sarah...

    Ohhh my...what a lovely post and tablescape, my friend!!! I just adore all of your sweet birds! I especially like that fabulous serving tray with the little birds! What a beautiful piece! I really enjoyed seeing all of your quimperware too...those plates are so beautiful!!! What a sweet table and the chicken salad with avacodo sounds scrumptious!!! Thank you for sharing your pretties with us today...what a sweet treat, my friend!

    Warmest wishes,

  5. Hi Sarah! You are so lucky to have all those gorgeous Quimper plates. Love all the birds and that bird tray is so unusual, so pretty.....Christine

  6. Your Quimperware collection is great! Love the posting. Hope you'll visit with me to see my last beachie theme of the summer!

  7. I love your birdies -- and your beautiful flowers --- and oh my! Those dishes! I think I'm going back to look again -- It was just too much lovliness to look just once!

  8. What pretty things you have! I love all your feathered friends ~ they do look so very friendly! Thanks for sharing.

  9. How creative of you to use the cast iron bird feeder on the table!

    Thank you, too, for the French lesson as I moved through your delightful photos. Although I studied it in high school, I need all the help I can get.

    Your chicken salad in the tomato is making my mouth water. Now I must go raid the refrigerator! LOL

  10. Hi Sarah!

    Love the birds!!!!!!!!!!

    Nice to meet you! Stop on by!

    love, kelee

  11. Your Quimper pottery is fabulous!! I love the place card holders and the plates....the chicken salad looks pretty good too!!

  12. Hi there!
    Ever since I was a little girl I have loved birds. They are wonderful to watch and listen to.
    Enjoyed your post!
    Blessings to you,
    d from HomeHaven

  13. Your bird plates are so Tweet, I mean sweet! They look great with all the accessories. Love name card holders.

  14. Great idea to tell your 'scape "story" with all the different birdies! It was fun to see the final pic with it all together!


  15. So many beautiful things to look at! I'm enjoying this so much! It's hard to pick a favorite, but I did especially like the iced tea tray and set up, and I loved the sound of 'blackberry sage ice tea'! My mouth is watering for it now!
    Great post!
    All the best,

  16. What a wonderful post. LOve your quimper. Have a nice day

  17. Bonjour Hyacinth,
    What a beautiful table & luncheon you created for "the girls", now I wish more than ever that I had flown over for the occasion as Diane suggested.
    a bientot

  18. Wonderful table, loved the plates and that brass tray was beautiful.

  19. Just love all your Quimper! Beautiful pictures.

  20. Stunning table setting. The quimper ware is so country French and has such a whimsical quality to it. Love the birds and those salts are just gorgeous!

  21. Beautiful table. Love your Quimper collection. I especially love that beautiful tray with the little birdies on it.

  22. Oh, girlie...what fun is all this fluttering around!! Beautiful...I love everything!!

  23. Very fun tablescape, and I love all of your Quimper and birds!


    Sheila :-)

  24. Oh Girl what a beautiful post you did today...I love that tray and those dishes are to die for my friend...its all just lovely girl..Hope you have a great week...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  25. How pretty. I love birds! How creative to have the bird feeder on the table. I love those plates too!

  26. Love all the little cute birdies, and your plates are just beautiful. What a very pretty setting, wish I could join you for lunch :)

  27. Oooh, this is just soo very charming! What a beautiful collection you have... thank you for sharing the eye candy!!

    Happy TT!

  28. Absolutely charming Sarah! Just the kind of things I love and you staged it so well. I am sure the food was delicious too. Love the way you use your collection too.

  29. Very creative tablescaping, all the lovely birdies to sing for your guests. I think the teeny yellow one is my fav. :-)


  30. Sarah, I love it all. I don't think I will fly away, but instead I will linger for a while to enjoy your company.

  31. Your tablescape is beautiful! Thank you for the lovely tour.


  32. Hi Sarah
    I am drooling over all your beautiful china!! It is so beautiful and unique. Your table looks so lovely and the food looks delicious. One of these days I will do a post about my quilts.

  33. This is all just beautiful! The food looks delicious too!

    I'm really behind with commenting! And I just did my post for the cloche party!


  34. Tweet Tablescape! and the menu looks yummy too! :)


  35. Hi Sarah!
    So many wonderful goodies in this post! The tea sounds and look so yummy! The menu sounds fabulous...and I love your beautiful Quimper ware! I sure hope Debbie sees this post...she will LOVE it, too! :-)
    I love that you paired the Quimper with pewter chargers...they look splendid together! And I think I saw a place card with my name on it! :-) Ok, if it wasn't for me, don't tell me...I'll just going on blissfully thinking I was invited. :-) You always have such amazing tablescapes to share...pure delight to stop by and see them!

  36. Ohhhh...Sarah!! You know I loved this post! You have such a wonderful collection of Quimper ware!! Your Desvres figural salts are so lovely!! And I am absolutely drooling for the Porquier porte-carte! Thanks for the little vicarious trip to Quimper!!! Happy weekend...hugs...Debbie

  37. What a delightful tablescape! You have so many unique touches- Love the birdies! Thanks for the brownies. Yum! I'll be sure to visit again.

    I'm so glad you popped over to visit my picnic earlier today.

  38. I love your bird tray.....where did you purchase it??? Can I have one of those yummy looking cupcakes....I can already taste!

    xoxox~ Tonya

  39. Tonya, thanks for the visit and the sweet message you left. I've had the bird tray for many years. It was purchased from a designer. There is no mark other than four Chinese characters within a box. These are all red. The tray is porcelain and the rim is metal. It's a very heavy piece. I first intended to have a base made for it and use it as a side table, but never got around to that project. Have to say it is a lovely piece that I enjoy. Wish I could pass along more information to help you find one.
    Have a great weekend. ~ Sarah

  40. Sarah, I somehow missed this post, but I'm so glad to have found it now. Love all of your wonderful French pottery. Love the Quipmer -that lady with the flower baskets especially stole my heart. The Becassine and Faience are wonderful too. I'm going back for a second look. laurie

  41. Sarah, what a cute and wonderful table scape and way of writing about it.

    love those crows.
    I'm working on a crow 'treasure' myself. (no, it's not in a frame.) =0)

    Thanks for coming over.
    I know what busy looks like, but if you'd like to join us for the challenge, you can use things you are already working on if you'd like. Several are doing that.

    Blessings on your day.

    barbara jean

  42. Those unmarked Desvres salts are so charming! I love your pewter chargers too, they really set off the faience plates.

  43. Sarah - I have so enjoyed reading all about your Quimper collection that you have talked about for years. Your blog is always so interesting.

  44. I can't get over your gorgeous collection!! I especially love the Bé unique!


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