Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Tablescape Thursday Celebrates 500th Post

This post celebrates Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch.
Congratulations on her 500th Tablescape Thursday!
I realize I'm a week late in sharing, but I definitely
want to celebrate this milestone with Susan.

When Susan celebrated her 500th Tablescape Thursday last week,
she asked her participants to share 5-10 of their favorite tables
created through the years that were shared at Tablescape Thursday.
If you missed last week, click here to view all the posts shared.

Susan's charming porch, is perfect for relaxing or dining.
Tablescape Thursday is the primary reason I started 
Thursdays suddenly became my favorite day of the week! 
I wanted to play at the dish table too!
When I took a look at my blog stats, they indicated
that I've shared 146 times at Tablescape Thursday.

At the Table With the Traveling Totes
My love of dishes, setting a pretty table, and sharing with
others was my incentive to jump in and create my first posts.
 Let's take a look back at a few of those 146 tables I've shared.
I invite you to revisit each post in full.  
Just click each title to view the complete post.

Entertaining in our home is always a joy for me. 
I'm forever daydreaming about table settings 
and how I can make gatherings special. 
My MacKenzie-Childs ceramics often 
provide the seed of inspiration. 
Alfresco May Day Lunch
This table was for an impromptu lunch when my cousin
stopped by for a visit on a beautiful day in May last spring.
It features an assortment of favorite MacKenzie-Childs pieces.
Still In Love
Still In Love ~ 38 Years and I'd Do It Again isn't a single tablescape, but rather snippets of various ways I've used our
Richard Ginori wedding china through the years.  
This post was created in 2013, so today the title should read,
Still in Love ~ 43 Years and I'd Do It Again.
The elegant simplicity of white bone china rimmed in 
bands of chocolate brown and gold, lends itself to a
variety of looks when paired with various other patterns.
It can easily be dressed up or down, a staple in the dish category.
Another favorite china here at Hyacinths for the Soul is 
Sacred Bird and Butterfly by Mottahedeh.
I was gifted a set of twelve of these beautiful plates by my
friend, Cherry Kay @ Entertaining Women and was thrilled
to use them as the star of this table set for a special luncheon
to celebrate my cousin, Karyn's 50th birthday.
Same plates were used for our Thanksgiving dinner in 2016,
paired with a collection of antique bread boards used as chargers.
Thank you, Cherry Kay, for the gift that keeps on giving!
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
I'm also a long time collector of Quimper and other French faience. On occasion, I like to feature pieces of our French pottery. 
This table was set with our whimsical Quimper fish plates when a fellow Quimper Collector was visiting for the day.
         Two Guys Named George                    Snowy Smiles
The tables above are tables for two, set out on the sunporch.
They are favorites because of the charming Mary Engelbreit Cherry dishes and the Snowy Smiles dishes that honor snowpeople.
Summer Blooms at Lazy Day Farms
I much appreciate the creativity of other tablescapers, so I'm always snapping photos when I see a table that inspires me.
This charmer was created by Marsha Smith of Cottonseed Trading out of Jacksonville, AL for a spring show @ Marburger Farm.
Circle of Friends
I'm also guilty of reaching into the cupboards to play with dishes when visiting friends.  Circle of Friends is one of those tables while at a friend's home in Santa Fe, NM.  It was fun to mix the variety of pottery found in the cupboards, especially the unique hand painted Mexican dishes with a different scene on each plate. 
I thought it especially appropriate to include this table because I created it to recognize all the friendships made through 
Tablescape Thursday.  
It was originally posted on July 20, 2010,
in honor of Susan's 100th Tablescape Thursday, and here we
are now celebrating her 500th Tablescape Thursday!

Don't forget to stop by 
where you'll find many wonderful posts 
celebrating the art of the table.

Also Joining

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. What a lovely collection - you certainly have some special pieces and you have a flair for putting it together to welcome your guests!

  2. Sarah, I am always honored to virtually sit at one of your beautiful tables! You have a wide variety of stunning dishware. Your MC tablescapes are always some of my very favorites. What fun it is to join Susan every Thursday. She is so generous to invite us weekly to share our love for a pretty table!

  3. Sarah, it was fun going down memory lane with your tables! So much thought and creativity, and you should get a blog book printed of all the table posts. One of my favorites was "At the Table With the Traveling Totes". xo

  4. Sarah, Your tables are always filled with beautiful and delicious details! You are the hostess with the mostess and as much as I love a seat at your virtual tables I hope one day to join you in your circle of friends. Thank you for the beautiful trip down memory heart skips a beat when you bring out your Courtly Check or colorful Taylor ceramics.♥

  5. Sarah, your style is much admired by me, and I thoroughly enjoyed this recap of what you consider your favorite tablescapes!

  6. I think Susan has been an inspiration to us all Sarah! I have always loved setting pretty tables, and to discover a place to share them was like Christmas to me! I love going down memory lane with everyone's favorites and you always have tables full of MKC delightful pretties! I loved the tote table and your totes overflowing with blooms! Such fun!

  7. I loved your post today, Sarah. Looking back at so many of your exquisite tables is such a treat!! I especially liked your "Still in Love" and your Quimper posts!! You have such attention to detail. How special your guests must feel when they are treated to such lovely settings at a meal. Thank you for sharing these memorable tablescapes.
    Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  8. You have certainly have had beautiful tables for many wonderful occasions. You also have a wonderful collection of dishes. The detail you show with every setting is perfect.


  9. I am so glad you put this post together! You have been one of the constants that has certainly inspired me along the way. You have such a wonderful style and attention to detail. I just love your MC and Quimper pieces. Thank you for so much support and wonderful comments over the years!!

  10. Hi Sarah. All of your table setting are just beautiful. A guest at your dinner parties must feel so special..Happy Thursday..Judy

  11. Hi Sarah - I just love a good tablescape and decorating a table for my guests at the holidays. It was fun looking through all the pictures you have in this post and getting some inspiration :) Thanks we are neighbors at #ThursdayFavoriteThings

    PS.. if you are looking for another place to link to on Thursday's I would love if you would consider joining my new linkup #TuneInThursday - it opens Thursday 3am PST and runs through Sunday night. you can find it at (Please feel free to delete the link if you think it inappropriate).

  12. Such a beautiful collection of tablescapes, Sarah! Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  13. I always love seeing your pretty tables, Sarah, and it was so nice seeing your favorite ones. You have such an amazing collection of dishes, and you use them so beautifully for your guests and for you and your chef. I hope you have a happy weekend in Austin. It's rainy here!

  14. What a fun look back in time! I remember some of these lovely tables, but not all of them, so it was delightful to get to see & study them, Sarah! So happy you're blogging more often. I've totally lost my mojo for it but I surely enjoy others work.

  15. HI Sarah! What a wonderful collection of your favorite tables. Susan got me tablescaping too! I just fell in love with the process. Each table you have featured is so different and fun and I will go try to visit each one. Have a beautiful weekend, maybe with some friends!!!!!!

  16. Hi Sarah,
    So glad you shared your favorite tables again, b/c there were some I missed the first time around. You have beautiful things and everything is so beautiful. It's amazing how many people started blogging b/c of Susan! Dianne

  17. Congratulations on your 500th Post . Happy Mosaic Monday

    much love...

  18. Your tablescapes are always lovely, but I really love when you pull out the MacKenzie-Childs! Happy Monday!

  19. Your tablescapes are varied and beautiful. I especially like your wedding china - classic and goes with anything! Enjoy the new week!

  20. That was fun, Sarah! I especially remember (and like) your Quimper table and your Mary Engelbreit table. You have such a gift for making things beautiful.

  21. How lovely to see just a few of the 146 stunning tablescapes that you have shared with us over the years, I love them all but the Quimper fish plates will always be my #1 favourites.

  22. All your tablescapes shown on your blog through the years have been beautiful and well thought out with charming accessories, Sarah. I enjoyed seeing these favorites!


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