Sunday, February 23, 2014

Two Guys Named George

My oldest brother was

born on February 22.

He shares both the name and birthdate

of the first President of the United States.

Cherries make me think of

both of these guys named George.

In their honor I set a table  

with what else but ~

CHERRIES, of course!

Vintage linens, black and white checks, tartan plaid,

and Mary Engelbreit's own cherry inspired dishes.

Definitely a Mary Engelbreit sort of table!

A vintage cloth 

with sassy lacy details . . .

Holds its own below black ruffled

placemats and a bold tartan plaid charger.

Dinner Plate

Salad Plate

Soup or Cereal Bowl

All layered to give 

the classic Mary Engelbreit look.

Add a bit of vintage 

mother of pearl flatware . . .

And a spoon 

with ginkgo leaf detail . . .

A bit more touch of 

tartan plaid for good measure . . .

And a bit more 

black and white checks.

The special touch 

of a vintage toast rack . . .

Paired with the acorn leaf details of my

favorite butter knife finish off the setting.

As you munch on a bite of bread and butter before

lunch, lean in closely, I've a little secret to share.

All the dishes on this table were "thrifty" finds!

"Goodwill Hunting" @ 99¢ a piece

Oh, is that bowl still empty?

How about 

a cherry pie . . .

To finish out the layers for this

very cherry table

honoring two guys named George.


I first shared this table in 2011, but brought it 

out of the archives to share again.

Hope you don't mind seeing a repeat.



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. Happy Birthday to your Brother and what a very beautiful table you have set.

  2. Well, I don't think I was following you back then so I am thrilled to see this post. I love her patterns and what a find you got there. Lovely table set up- Happy Birthday to George. xo Diana


  3. Such a cute post Sarah.Happy Birth Day to your brother.Beautiful plates and the table looks wonderful with your touch.I want you to visit my post and say few sujatha...:):)

  4. A very fitting George table indeed Sarah! I love the cute cherry dishes... Oh and the pie of course:@)

  5. Happy Birthday to your brother! Love the cheerful table setting…great find on the dishes!

  6. Well that is neat Sarah! What a great table setting. Loving the patterns and the plaid is so pretty with the cherries. Cheers to Monday!

  7. This is such a cute table, Sarah, and the perfect time to display it. Happy Birthday to your brother! The first image of cherries that you posted made me jump. That is the pattern of my checkbook cover that I've had for a zillion years!

    It is amazing that you were able to thrift all these beautiful dishes. I bet you have a lot of fun mixing and matching these year round!


  8. Sarah I still love this table! I mean plaid and cherries...whats not to love!! Enjoyed it once again!

  9. Sarah, how adorable and what fabulous bargains. I have some place mats that would love to have the cherry plates on top of them! Love the way you mixed the tartan pattern and the cherry one!!

  10. I can't believe you found so many fun pieces at the thrift shop.

    I love the cherries, love the black/red combo and I really love your wonderful flatware.

    That cherry pie looks pretty good too!

  11. Sarah, what a lovely tartan/cherry table...great combination that I wouldn't normally think of putting together.
    ♥♥♥ that it is all out of thrifted dishes.
    Happy belated birthday wishes to the Georges!

  12. You were in the right place at the right time to find all the items at Goodwill. I love Mary Englebright dishes just not found any yet.
    Great table and Happy Birthday to your brother.

    Cathy's Cupboard Calamity<;)

  13. Dearest Sarah,
    Happy belated birthday to you brother George!
    You presented us here with a lovely setting in the cherry theme.

  14. Hi Sarah, I love that pattern and that they are thrifty finds make them better. Love the flatware too. Thanks for your sweet ice storm comment, olive

  15. Cherries are just so ME..that you cannot help but love them:-)

  16. So sweet and I do love your Goodwill Hunting finds. I don't mind a bit that it is from your archives. I'm enjoying it so much.

  17. Oh such great, thrifty finds, Sarah! Your table is cherrilicious to honor both George's. I sure would love a slice of that cherry pie... must make one soon! xo

  18. Yes! Cherry pie please. :) I love the vintage cloth and your darling dishes.

    Have a lovely week my friend.

  19. What a fun and festive table Sarah. I love this cute way to celebrate the birthdays and the cherry plates are gorgeous. And, what a find at goodwill! Glad you decided to share this post again. Birthday wishes to your brother.

  20. I don't remember seeing this, so it is new to me. I don't think I have ever seen these dishes -- they are so cute! The way you put it together it inspired.

  21. Fabulous tablescape! The cherry dishes are perfect for February and must be lots of fun in the summer too.

  22. I don't think I "knew" you back in 2011, so I never saw this. It's so, so cool...and the fact that you got all those dishes at just 99 cents each makes it that much cooler!!! Wow! What a bargain!!!

    I love the "Mary Engelbreit" look to the tablescape! That's fun! I'm sure this is something ol' Mary herself would love! :-)

    FUN post, Sarah! Glad you re-posted!!!

  23. ahhh this is the cherry on the cake of your lovely table, giggle. Happy B-day to your brother. Hugs!!! P.S. I hope you will be sharing at my hop on Thursday :-)

  24. Sarah you have the best place settings. I think we both have a thing for dishes. I want that pearl-handled flatware.

  25. You have so many winning looks here...ME, MC, tartan, vintage linens and cherries on top!
    Just wonderful!

  26. This is a great post, Sarah, and such a sweet tribute to both Georges! :) I love every, single detail. I especially love all the tartan plaid touches and the darling cherry plates. Your white cloth is so pretty and so is the toast rack. To top it all off, that cherry pie is making my mouth water -- YUM!! Happy Belated Birthday to your brother, Sarah. My mom's name is Sarah, by the way. :)

    Visiting from Inspire Me Tuesday -- have a great week.

    Denise at Forest Manor

  27. I love the cherries with the tartan plaid! How clever!!! Am so happy to have found your blog.

  28. I love how you set the table! The tartan plaid is amazing. And .99 each! So jealous! Amazing score! I love the cherry pie at the end! My dad would be so jealous. That is his favorite dessert in the whole world!


  29. Sarah, I love the ME cherries paired with the tartan! Your vintage toast rack is such a delightful addition to the table. Happy Birthday George :)

  30. Sarah, you and I must be soul sisters because not only do we love McK, but I am a huge Mary Englebright fan! She has been a strong influence on so many of the things I have done, it is great to see her mixing and matching on your cheery cherry table for the Georges!

  31. Hi Sarah,
    your setting looks so tempting as Cherries. Happy belated birthday to your brother. I love how the tartan dishes match to the Mary Englbreit Cherry plates. Just wonderful.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  32. Sarah, this is beautiful. I think I remember this post, but I don't remember that gorgeous vintage cloth with the tassels hanging from it. And of course, all of those great ME dishes at GW! I wish we had a really good GW store somewhere close. laurie

  33. Sarah, I'm glad you did a repeat. I loved seeing your "Georges" tablescape, and I can't believe you found the dishes at Goodwill. Great finds! LOVE the ME cherry dishes, and of course the tartan ones.

  34. To take a line from the young folks, your dishes are da bomb! Love the cherry and plaid mix. Very clever to create a table for the Georges.

  35. A beautiful table, Sarah! I have ME cherry dishes too although mine are a little different than yours. We love them and use them frequently.
    Blessings, Beth

  36. Love the way these two plates look together! Very creative and festive.

  37. thought you might not mind a spot of 'cherrytea' to go with that lovely pie =)
    HapPy Weekending...

  38. I love this, Sarah! Happy Belated Birthday to your brother!



  39. Well! Happy Birthday to your brother George, Sarah! Wonderful tablescape in his honor! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  40. Oh what a lovely post. I wish my name was 'George'heh. I sure would come and eat some pie! I hope you'll come over to the new Fabulous Party. This weeks theme is 'Warm Heart'. Your post is perfect to share! The party is over here:
    Enjoy your week!

  41. Good thrifting and I love the cherries.

  42. Thank you for sharing your amazing Goodwill hunting at Monday Social. You are a champion bargain hunter.


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