Laid Back Tulips … Spring is Here!

Just when I was sure my “first days of Spring” tablescape would include vibrantly bright tulips in pinks and reds and oranges like you saw the last time I was here, I got a surprise.  These creamy-white ones decided to bloom … and I couldn’t resist!

I wanted something elegant but not fussy.  Simple but not plain.

And, I wanted a non-traditional, asymmetrical centerpiece …
 … so I laid the tulips to one side and stuck in a little monogrammed brandy snifter with a floating candle.

From above, all you can see is the goblet, but here’s a bunny’s eye view …

Noritake “Bluedawn” plates are paired with two different patterns of gold-rimmed dishes.  I decided to forgo chargers in favor of showing off the vintage crocheted “family treasure” runners.

Vintage Italian embroidered napkins …

Creamy-white bunnies from Dollar Tree several years ago …
I just love mixing pricier items (all purchased for pennies on the dollar at auction), inexpensive pretties, and natural beauty in the same tablescape.  It’s really all about “the look” rather than the price tag.  Tablescaping does not have to cost a fortune!

Do you have a favorite “mix and match” tablescape?  If so, what items did you put together?   OR, can you think of a challenge?  What would you like to see someone try to pair up?  Go ahead …  I love a challenge.  Any suggestions?

Thanks for stopping by today … and Happy Spring! 

I’ll be linking to White Wednesday at Faded Charm, Home & Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life AND Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.


  1. Love the gold rimmed plates and compotes….you knew that I would….and the centerpiece bowl is a treasure! Beautiful. Every fall I forget to have my tulips planted….some year I’ll be organized. The whites are magical. A mix and match challenge….I’ve got nothin’….I think more along the lines of point/counterpoint. If I have smooth, I’m adding texture. If I have shiny, I’m adding matte…etc. Small/large….pattern/solid…and on and on. I’ll give the idea of a mix and match challenge some thought. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  2. Oh I just love tulips. Your table looks so relaxed and pretty.
    Cas x

  3. Oh I just love tulips. Your table looks so relaxed and pretty.
    Cas x

  4. Everything looks just beautiful! I love it…and that china is absolutely lovely~ I do love the white tulips! xo Diana

  5. What a beautiful table! I love the gold rimmed plates and compotes…those are amazing! Everything, new and old, works together beautifully for a very inviting table. I really like how you arranged the tulips…simple but stunning. Thanks for sharing your beautiful table. Have a wonderful weekend. Sandra

  6. I love your table — the noritake is beautiful and I especially love your gold rimmed dishes!

  7. Beautiful, soothing and elegant table.
    and the tulips top it off………….

  8. Lovely table, simply lovely! Bunnies are one of my favorites!
    dee dee

  9. Susan, you just keep “BESTing your BEST”!!!! I don’t see anything being a ‘challenge’ for you!@ This table is the BEST of tablescapes and the BEST of tulip florals… Can I say that you & Renaisance Man make the BEST team- his gorgeous flowers and your gorgeous place setting… such talents… xxoo

  10. Beautiful table!! I cannot believe those darling bunnies came from Dollar Tree – wow!!
    Great job – love the tulips!

  11. Came here earlier but got interrupted mid stream.

    Now, see, I would have gone totally predictable and messed up the real beauty of this one. I would have tried to make the tulips flair out symmetrically, and they wouldn’t have looked anywhere near as nice as the as the way you had them to the side like that. Plus, I wouldn’t have been savvy enough to leave out the chargers and showcase the linens.

    One of the reasons that I love blog land is that I feel I’m honing a craft and learning something from other bloggers every day.

    This was just beautiful. I think you could meet just about any challenge.
    So, hmmm… let’s see.
    How about dainty pink with rustic/earthly accessories?

    Betcha can.

    • Debbie, I’ll take your challenge — and it’s a great one, by the way! I have an idea, but I’ll have to see how the next couple of weeks play out. We’re “on call” to leave for NC when Grandson #2 decides to make his debut. ASAP, though, you’re on! Thanks for making this fun!

  12. I love this. You know I mix and match just about anything:) Your napkins look very similar to the ones I have from my great grandmother. Just beautiful. Those plates are so so lovely!

  13. Beautiful tablescape! I really enjoyed the centerpiece with those languid tulips the goblet with a floating candle and the dollar store bunnies. You’ve got the eye!

    I revisted the flowers and remembered them right away. I must have left a comment. I’ll go back and check. Beautiful spring in your corner!

  14. Love your white tulips! I have pink, purple and red – I do so want white ones for next year in my garden. Love your elegant tablescape and the sweet bunny! It is fun finding cute pieces at Dollar Tree – your dishes are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,