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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Let's Dish ~ Tabletop Treasures from My Mom

Mother's Day Challenge 

Let's Dish @ Cuisine Kathleen

~ A tribute to my mom for Mother's Day ~

My mother was an avid gardener until

 she moved out of her home at age 90.

Now 97, she no longer gardens, 

but she still loves beautiful flowers.

She also loves sweets, 

especially chocolate ice cream 

and rich pound cake.

In honor of my mother, 

I set a tray with her favorite things 

and pretended we were having an afternoon 

treat in the garden.  I filled some of her beautiful 

glass baskets with springtime blooms.

I fondly remember these beautiful 

glass basket vases from my childhood.

They are treasures that my mom passed on to me.

These elegant etched glass baskets 

were made in the 1920s and 1930s.

They are perfect for springtime bouquets!

I've set the tray with 

my mom's wedding china,

Homer Laughlin's 

Virginia Rose - Jeanette Gold.

This china was made in 1939.  

Virginia Rose was a very popular 

shape with many different designs.  

My mom chose Jeanette's Gold 

with delicate pink flowers and gold details.

Each piece has double 

gold bands on the outside rim.

These pretty linen napkins 

were one of my wedding gifts in 1975.

Mother of Pearl vintage flatware seemed 

the perfect choice for this dessert tray.

Pretty and elegant ~ just like my mom.

Won't you join us for a scoop of ice cream?

Happy Mother's Day!

Congratulations to the Tablescaper 

who is celebrating 

100th Seasonal Sunday.



  1. What a wonderful post! Those glass baskets are so pretty.
    With your permission, I think I'd like to use your idea to make my Mother's Day post.

  2. Lovely post Sarah, and a fitting tribute to your mom. I love your attention to detail, and the time you take to appreciate the [seemingly] small things in life. Once again, a colorful and delightful table chez Sarah... Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  3. What a sweet post, Sarah! Your table is a beautiful way to showcase all your mother's favorite flowers and treats, as well as those darling glass basket vases! Now I'm craving pound cake. . . .

  4. Oh Sarah what a wonderful tribute to your Mom. Lovely china, but the glass baskets with flowers are gorgeous. What a lovely thing to have and they will always be a reminder of your Mom's love of gardening. Hope you and Mom enjoy your cake and ice cream. Hugs, Linda

  5. Oh Sarah what a wonderful tribute to your Mom. Lovely china, but the glass baskets with flowers are gorgeous. What a lovely thing to have and they will always be a reminder of your Mom's love of gardening. Hope you and Mom enjoy your cake and ice cream. Hugs, Linda

  6. Beautiful outdoor table, Sarah! Your mother would feel so honored to share the afternoon here with you. Using her vases and pretty china is a wonderful tribute!


  7. Mothe ris smiling down upon you, what a beautiful tribute to her, Sarah. Everything is just gorgeous & so sweet.

    Have a great week ~
    TTFN ~

    ~GIVEAWAY end 5/13~

  8. What a beautiful setting for your sweet Mom.

    She had exquisite taste, just like her daughter has now!

    It is lovely, thank you for sharing this today.

    Bless her heart, 97. Wow. I lost my sweet angel of a Mom when she was much too young.

  9. The beautiful setting with all the elegant details gives me a sense of your mother. I love the glass baskets and the sweet dishes - all so lovely. It would be a great treat to sit outside at that table!

  10. Such a lovely post, Sarah. I plan on doing our Mother's Day table with some of my mother's pieces. She chose Homer Laughlin's Jean. It is quite similar to Virginia Rose. And, she still lovers sweets, but her favorite ice cream is Butter Pecan.

    Your baskets are so pretty, too. I have one from my mother and another from my aunt.

    Happy Mother's Day, to you. I hope to see you for Pink Saturday.

  11. I know your mother is now smiling about this splendid table. And ice cream! I just added you to my blogroll as it has been broken for months and now works. Now I can keep up so much better. Olive

  12. Oh what a beautiful tribute to such a wonderful lady...We thank your Mother too for giving us "YOU"!
    I LOVE those glass baskets(adding to my wishlist). They are so wonderful and I like the fact you have several(3 which is my favorite number and amount to have!)...The dishes are gorgeous and the napkins PERFECT for the setting(My Sweetie and I were married in 1975 too)!
    I LOVE all you flowers, the colors are so SPRING LIKE and absolutely GORGEOUS!!!
    Thank you for sharing "AND" giving me a new Dream on my Wishlist!!!
    Have a wonderful week,
    Big Hugs to you AND your Mom

  13. Loving those glass baskets. Your mother obviously had superb taste and you fond fond memories of what she adored.

    Flowers and ice cream are always good for the soul.

  14. How pretty and that cake and ice cream are making me hungry while they are talking about getting into swimsuit shape on t.v. :)

  15. Sarah, this is a beautiful post. I love all those flowers they are so nice and the dishes are great too. What a wonderful treat.


  16. Your Mom's china is beautiful! What a lovely tribute.

    Jocelyn @

  17. 97! How great is that. A wonderful tribute to your mom and wonderful treasures passed along to you.

  18. Your Mother's china and glass basket vaes made an elegant and beautiful table arrangement, Sarah! Chocolate ice cream and pound cake sounds like a delightful dessert.

  19. I'd love to join you for a scoop of ice cream and some pound cake!! It was a pleasure to see all your special treasures, Sarah. How wonderful to have your Mom at the age of 97!!

  20. Sarah, this is just beautiful. I just love the wedding China of your Moms. Your trayscape is just lovely.

  21. Sarah~ How wonderful your mom is 97~ it just goes to show gardening is good for the soul and a little pound cake and chocolate never hurt anyone! Beautiful tray and flower-filled glass baskets! Happy Mother's Day to you and Sadie :)

  22. Sarah,
    A beautiful tribute to your mother.
    I love her wedding china, & your flowers are beautiful too. 97 that is something...

  23. The lovely post about your Mother and her love of gardening is so sweet. The beautiful crystal baskets are perfect for your flowers. I am glad your Mother is 97 and loves chocolate ice cream and pound cake. My mother is 89 and still loves china and the beautiful table set in her dining room. Thanks for sharing your lovely heirlooms! Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

  24. Sarah, a most gorgeous post. Love the flowers in those vases.. Love the vases!! The wedding china is really stunning. Have a blessed weekend. xo marlis

  25. Beautiful tribute, Sarah. Your flowers are gorgeous and the table setting, so pretty. The vases and flatware are beautiful and elegant...Christine

  26. Oh, Sarah! What a lovely tribute to your mother. I would LOVE to have some chocolate ice cream with you and your mother. She is a rock star!

  27. Beautiful table and flowers! Love that your Mom gardened until 90!!! Wow she is 97 now! That is amazing! Good genes!
    Miss Bloomers

  28. How wonderful to still have your mother! Her wedding china is so beautiful! Love her basket vases too!

    Happy Mother's Day!


  29. A beautiful post Sarah, just so many pretty things, I love it all, and could easily join you for an afternoon tea of yummy things and eye catching colours and perfumes.Beautiful things and tribute to your Mother.Have a wonderful day Sunday. Blessings Yvette

  30. Thank you very much for this wonderful post!
    A kiss to all mothers!

  31. Sarah,
    What a beautiful tribute! Those glass baskets are exquisite! Chocloate ice cream and pound cake sound heavenly! Roses being my favorite flower, I ,too, adore your mother's choice in china! Nothing in this world can compare to the love between mother and daughter! Thank you for this lovely reminder as to the importance of our Mother's and their unconditional love.

  32. Sarah, what a beatiful setting for a sweetheart of a lady! Your mom would be lovely sitting there with you. Your flowers are brilliant! Oh my, her china is gorgeous, love the two bands of gold! Beautiful post~

  33. How fortunate you are, Sarah, to have your mom to hug.

    Happy Mother's Day!

  34. What a lovely tribute to your mother. Beautiful table.

  35. What a spectacular setting for your trayscape! Sounds like your mother and I have a lot in common. I would love a scoop of ice cream and some pound cake to share with you both in your lovely setting. How wonderful to have such longevity. I lost my mother when I was 33 and she was 64 and I still miss her. Give her a hug for me!

  36. What a lovely tribute to your mother and how exciting that she's 97! I know she's a wonderful mom because she raised you, Sarah, to be the loving and generous person that you are.
    Her little glass baskets are darling and just perfect for the tablescape. Please wish your mom a very happy Mother's Day.

  37. What a lovely tribute to your mom!
    It's so beautiful! Very elegant setting.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  38. what lovely photos - your closeups are so well taken! Lovely tea time in the garden. I have Tea in the Garden every Wednesday and would love to have you!

  39. Your dear mom is amazing reaching such a magnificent age - Bob's mom will be 94 come June! Happy Mother's Day to each of those wonderful ladies.

    I love your mom's china pattern Virginia Rose - the delicate flowers and lovely edge. The pound cake looks yummy, I'll be right over for a slice!

    Sending warm wishes to you dear Sarah - your photos are delightful.
    Mary X

  40. How lucky we are to have the treasures our mothers left behind. Somehow I think they mean even more as time passes.

  41. Hi Sarah! Oh, what a beautiful setting in honor of your dear mother! Her dishes are beautiful and those glass baskets are some of the prettiest ones I've ever seen! What wonderful treasures to cherish!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  42. Such a sweet tribute to your mom! Everything is so lovely and I can hear that chocolate ice cream calling my name!

  43. What an utterly beautiful tribute to your mother!!!

    I adore all the blooms...and her wedding china....and the gorgeous napkins....and everything!!!!


  44. Beautiful China and a lovely tribute to your mother! Now I'm hungry for some pound cake...

  45. What a beautiful table and lovely tribute

  46. What a pretty post! Love that SPring bouquet Sarah! Thank you for the Mothers day wishes.

  47. What a lovely tribute to your mother...how wonderful that you still have her. Just think of the many changes she has seen in her 97 years.
    Happy Mother's Day to you and your mother!

  48. I love outdoor settings. Your table vignette is so pretty and I am sure your lovely Mom thoroughly enjoys it. It has her favorites and she can appreciate all of the pretties. Enjoy your Mom and have a wonderful Mother's day.

  49. How beautiful, lovely glass baskets and china. Happy mothers day to you and your mom.

  50. I'm back again to see your china, it is so beautiful and you have done such a lovely job on your setting and flowers.

  51. Beautiful, Sara! The china and flowers are so pretty and the cake looks yummy. Thanks for linking to the OHP.

  52. My mom and I would have loved having dessert in the garden with your mom and you. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  53. I would LOVE to join you, Sarah, at this lovely, lovely event. The china is absolutely beautiful--so feminine and refined--and those crystal baskets are so special. I've never thought I cared for those, until NOW that I see them on your table. They're beautiful! I think I'll keep an eye out for some (yes, more than one, as you have). I hope you get to spend some time with your mother. Beautiful post! ~Zuni

  54. Such a lovely tribute to your Mom, Sarah, how special your tea table looks with those beautiful heirloom pieces.
    The sweet treats are perfect for afternoon tea in the garden surrounded by those pretty flowers.

  55. I can't get over how beautiful everything is in this post. The colors and details and so delicate. Thank you for showing us this beautiful setting with the history.

  56. You had me at the ice cream and pound cake! I think our mom's had similar likes, gardening, pretty things and sweets!
    Lovely tray, the pictures are wonderful!
    I love those basket vases, what treasures!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  57. I lingered on that photo of the pound cake. Wow...that looks SO tasty!!! It has been ahwile since I made pound cake. Makes me want to get down in that kitchen and rattle some pots and pans! :-) This ia absolutely beautiful. The flowers are magnificent, and I love the glass baskets!!! Those are really unique! So pretty. Your Mother would be tickled pink to share all of this with you, especially with the profusion of flowers in those vases from years gone by. Have a Happy Mother's Day!

  58. What a wonderful, and moving tribute to your mom. Just beautiful. I would be so honored if you would link it up to Cowgirl up.

  59. Sarah, this is beautiful in every way possible. How I envy you having your mother reach her age and still enjoy life and flowers. This is wonderful.
    I completely enjoyed this post, and am sending hugs to you.
    PS I've having 2 giveaways at my place, come on over if you have time.
    Happy Mother's Day

  60. Fabulous pink you have this week!

    My PINK, have a great weekend!

  61. O, my, Sarah...everything is sooo pretty.
    I love the dishes, the ice cream, cake, flowers...and the glass baskets are priceless.
    You did your mama proud. :))
    xo bj

  62. You did an awesome job on this feature to your mother. Nice presentation.

  63. What a beautiful tray. Everything looks beautiful. I love the baskets. I have one that I purchased, but you have quite the collection. Thank you for the mention.

    - The Tablescaper

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  65. So incredibly gorgeous Sarah!
    Those glass baskets with flowers are just incredible and the the china and napkins...simply beautiful!
    Happy Mothers Day too,

  66. The whole table is just beautiful Sarah, love the flatware! The vases look so pretty with the flowers in them! Happy Mother's Day-enjoy:@)

  67. Good Morning Sarah,

    What a lovely tribute to your precious mother! Those are some wonderful treasures AND memories. My mom will be 90 in July and she still fusses over her flowers too! I wish I had her green thumb.

    Thanks for sharing with us!

  68. What a lovely tribute to your mom Sarah! Everything is just so pretty! Your flowers are gorgeous! Happy Mother's Day!

  69. What a pretty setting...and a special post! My eyes are a little misty from reading it! I hope you and your mother enjoy a very special Mother's Day today!

    HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!

  70. I, CANNOT, for the life of me, take such stunning photos!!!!!! WOW these are spectacular! Dearest, HOW ARE YOU?

    SO good to see you and thank you so much for joining in on the Paris link party! I will put you on the list!!!


  71. Your table is just lovely....what a wonderful way to honor your mother. The food and flowers look wonderful. My grandmother gave me some glass baskets similar to yours. I haven't thought to add fresh flowers to them, but after seeing yours, I realize I need to try that this summer. Have a great week!

  72. So lovely, Sarah! Such a touching and sweet post! It is so wonderful that you have so many memories to go along with your mom's pretties! Have a great week!...hugs...Debbie

  73. Hello Sarah, this is a beautiful tribute to your mother - i can only hope and pray I'll be able to garden that log! Your flowers are so vibrant -I am sure your mother loved them - love the basket vase -and of course I am a great fan of Home Laughlin! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  74. Hi Sarah,
    what a nice way to celebrate Mother's Day. You can be happy, that you still have her. The flowers are exquisite and the treats look delicious. Thank you for sharing this.
    best greetings, Johanna

  75. Oh Ms. Sarah,
    What a beautiful table you have set for your mother...97 years-young? Wow, I would love to know her secrect. What a blessing to be able to celebrate her. Sounds like you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Wishing you a beautiful day.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  76. What a lovely posting for your dear mother.
    I love the vases and your eye for setting things up and photographing them is outstanding as usual, Sarah!

  77. Gosh honey I have missed coming by here and enjoying your beautiful site.
    This post is just gorgeous. I love the beautiful baskets and the flowers inside them are spectacular colors.
    What a blessing that your mom could garden until 90.
    Can't tell you how much I enjoyed this post.
    Hope you have been well and that your having a nice week

  78. Hello Sarah, i wanted to let you know your post will be featured tonight in my Home and Garden Thursday post! Completely lovely! I hope you have a blessed day,

  79. Hi Sarah!

    I loved your tribute to your dear mother. Everything is just lovely and the garden was a perfect setting since she loves flowers.

    We have a bit in common... I had wanted to write a similar post using my mothers beautiful pink Homer Laughlin "Georgian" eggshell china. I also have a cut crystal flower basket vase (Princess House 1982)and my mother was a wonderful gardener. She spent her last few years in a care home... she would have been 101 this July, she passed four years ago.

    I may have missed this years Mother's Day tribute but I did share a nice post on her "100" birthday last year.

    Thanks for sharing this sweet post at my party this week!

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party

  80. Sarah this is just beautiful! Lovely table! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  81. Lovely post Sarah, and a perfect tribute to your mom!

  82. This is such a pretty table. The colors are just beautiful. I've never seen one of these glass baskets with flowers in them. Wonderful! That dessert looks delicious too! You have just lovely things from your mother!

  83. What a lovely tribute for your mom Sarah. Such beautiful flowers for the sweet basket vases. Your mom's wedding china is so dainty and lovely. I love the pattern and the colors. The menu sounds wonderful, wish i could have joined you for ice cream. Such a sweet post for Mother's Day.

    The French Hutch

  84. Such a sweet post and a beautiful table!

  85. Hi Sarah!

    I just dropped by again to let you know that you were featured on last weeks Bunny Hop Party. Everyone loved this post!

    xoxo Bunny Jean


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