This past Mother’s Day, I held a luncheon that featured a special Mother’s Day tablescape. I decided to highlight the key ingredients of traditional femininity, updated with a light touch and a whimsical use of jewels pulled straight from the dressing table. The base of the look was a mismatched mix of antique floral china, presented in teacups, salad plates and pitchers, set against a backdrop of white damask and blush linen ruffled napkins from Pom Pom at Home. Lilacs, peonies and roses provided both visual and aromatic delight, while the use of multi-tiered candlesticks in varied materials added height and grounding to the tableau. The draped pearls and other vintage jewelry paid subtle homage to the moms and the French macarons added both color and sweetness. Gilt chargers from Pottery Barn. Floral table cards my own design.
Tips and tricks: I often re-use simple white dinner plates to offset the patterns and keep costs reasonable. This classic damask tablecloth has made many appearances, as well. Decorating with food, such as the macarons in the centerpiece, is an inexpensive way to add color and hint at your theme, and I often use menus and table cards as a venue to mirror the visual theme.
No table is complete without a fresh bouquet. The candlestick holder on the right is a seventeenth century church candle holder, recently purchased in Florence.
One of the many teacups in the mismatched setting.
Pearls, cameos and macarons, oh my!
Draped pearls and tiered candlestick holders add height and interest.