Mother’s Day Decoration Ideas: Mixing Vintage China Patterns
In this post: If you’re looking for Mother’s Day decoration ideas, this brunch table setting mixes vintage china patterns with jewels for feminine style.⇒
Do you ever wonder why you love the things that you collect so much?
I have no idea where my love of vintage china came from, but it certainly embodies my decor style. Perhaps it reminds me of the pretty floral patterns from my childhood, or of the wonderful antique shops I’ve visited in my travels.
What I do know is that the essence of my style, the very thing that defines it, is a bold mix of old and new, classic meets elegant, and one of the easiest places to showcase it is in a table set for brunch.
This setting hinges on the concept of mis-matched vintage china in a range of feminine pinks, and playfully mixes with it feminine jewelry used as accents on the table.
Mothers Day Decor Ideas
When it comes to Mother’s Day decoration ideas, I love to pull out all the stops celebrating ladylike charm and elegance, and nothing communicates that feeling as easily as mixed vintage china and pretty baubles.
I don’t wear a whole lot of jewelry and I almost never wear pink.
But my tables, on the other hand? They love to wear both!
I chose 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 draped pearls and other vintage jewelry pay subtle homage to the moms, while the French macarons add both color and a note of sweetness.
The foundation of the plate stack begins with beaded gilt chargers and simple white dinner plates, each topped with a different vintage salad plate. The soft color palette and refined floral imagery is what unifies the look.
I used a mix of antique floral china, presented in teacups, salad plates and pitchers used as vases, set against a backdrop of white damask.
The vintage flatware is called ‘First Love’, a perfect match for this romantic setting.
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In keeping with the theme of mix and match, my linens were also loosely coordinated. The blush pink linen napkin plays off the white tablecloth adding a whisper of color to the tableau.
Edged in tiny ruffles, the napkins are gathered and tucked into beaded napkin rings. The beading mirrors the jewelry on the table, reflecting the celebratory bling.
Since most of my teacups and collected china pieces are already similar in color, it was easy to mix them together. For this table, I simply pulled out my favorites and assorted them by hue around the table.
No table is complete without a fresh bouquet. Here lilacs, peonies and roses provide both visual and aromatic delight.
They, too, are slipped inside vintage china pitchers for a lovely floral statement.
The use of multi-tiered candlesticks in varied materials add height and grounding to the display. The candlestick holder in the center, below, is one of the oldest pieces in my collection, an eighteenth century church candle holder purchased on a recent trip to Florence.
Pale pink champagne flutes offer more rosy color, along with other pops of pink seen in the draped pearls and crystal drop bobeches.
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.
There’s no doubt this tablescape is eclectic and quirky, but I think it says what I wanted it to. It’s a celebration of all things feminine and is perfect for toasting Mother’s Day.
It’s the ideal opportunity for showcasing my collections and mixing it all up to enjoy.
And the beauty of mismatched china is if a piece broke you could still set your table without missing an item that you need. In fact, if a guest fell in love with a particular plate, you can always send it home with them to keep!
More Mother’s Day Posts
- Mothers Day Ideas: Celebrating at Home and Hints for Mothers Day Gifts
- Mother’s Day Ideas: 10 Ways to Brighten Your Mother’s Day Celebration
- Mothers Day Gifts: 10 Creative Gift Pairing Ideas for Mom
- Little Luxuries: Easy Ways to Add Small Pleasures to Your Daily Life
- 10 Ways to Use Home Fragrance to Add Luxury to Your Day
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You set a lovely table. I love pink and lovely old mismatched china. You did a marvelous job of melding the patterns together into a charming cohesive tablescape. Just Lovely!!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! Your sentiments are very much appreciated… 🙂
Oh wow, so beautiful. I love the accent of pearls, this is such an elegant table and the pearls are such a great romantic touch.
Thanks Marty! I went through both my own and my daughter’s jewel boxes for this one… 😉
Love the soft, delicate colors. The pearls and cameo are such great personal touches. Beautiful!
I love your beautiful romantic table!
So very pretty! Love the soft colors.
Thank you all!!
All your tablescapes are stunning, you have much talent and it is great that you have started a blog to express it and share with others.
What a nice thing to say! Thank you. That means a lot to me, given that I’ve seen your talent and value your opinion.
your tables are certainly beautiful. I especially like the Mother’s Day tablescape. Pink is a favorite color and also pearls. I entertain quite a bit, and prize myself on my tablescapes. I will chose some of your ideas, but will use vintage Moss Rose china. I’m from the old school where the china all matches. Thank you for sharing your gift with us!
Thanks so much, Jacqueline! Yes, matching china is most lovely, as well. Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment… 🙂
Beautiful and elegant. Love it!
It’s all looking beautiful.
GORGEOUS! FABULOUS JOB!
Thank you so much!!
So pretty and feminine. Love the napkin rings. At first glance I thought you had carried the jewelry idea over to these and realized I had enough old brooches that I might be able to do that.
Ah, that’s a great idea!
Such a lovely tablescape and I love all your feminine touches! The jewelry and blush napkins are my favorite parts. I was wondering if you had a printable for your place cards? They’re beautiful!