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19 January, 2009

My Second Tablescape Tuesday...or...Plates and Pears

Welcome to...I cannot believe I am saying this...my second Tablescape Tuesday hosted by our Hostess with the Mostest Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Please visit her wonderful blog and check out the participants for this week where you will find many inspirational and creative ideas for setting a beautiful table!


Before we begin our post, we have an important announcement from corporate headquarters. Baby Kitty has been selected from a field of thousands of applicants to fill our newly-created position of co-host for Tablescape Tuesday. You may recall that he was a guest for my first Tablescape Tuesday. His heretofore undiscovered affinity for tablescaping has earned him this spot in our staff lineup and he will now be a regular when these posts appear. His benefits package, it must be noted, is still under negotiations with management.



I am calling this week's tablescape Plates and Pears. The china that I am using is my wedding china from many moons ago called Kashmar by Wedgewood. It was discontinued about 10 years ago, but for me, it is still an elegant and unusual pattern. I have tucked the napkin between the salad and dinner plates to give the china more presence on the table.


I love the unexpected colors and the Oriental flair of the pattern. I used simple round black placemats to accent the black designs in the china and a votive candle at each place to create a little ambiance. I like the layered look of placemats on a tablecloth.


Don't you love the border on the plates? Kashmar is actually a town in ancient Persia...modern day Iran...known for its oriental rugs. The pattern in the plates was inspired by them. You can see that the salad plate is basically a smaller version of the dinner plate.



Here's a closer look at the dinner plate. Can you tell that the plates are not round, but have multiple sides? There is just a little hint of yellow in the floral design. I call the darker orange color persimmon.



I love the cups and saucers! The saucers are deep and I really like the shape of the handle. Now you can see a little more plainly that the china has multiple sides...varying according to the size of the piece.


This is the bread plate in Kashmar. Another reason I wanted to use this china is to be able to show you my mom's flatware. This is the only pattern in which I actually have bread plates to go with her individual butter knives!



I have been giving you little peeks at my centerpiece, hoping that you will warm up to it! I really had a difficult time with this one. I finally decided that I just wanted something simple so that it wouldn't detract from the china.




Then, when I stopped by Fresh Market, I spied these wonderful Bosc pears and knew I had found my centerpiece! I think they really pick up the colors in the china. I tied a gauzy black ribbon to each one of them for a little added effect.



Next, I placed them on this candle holder that I got from Southern Living rather than using candles. What do you think?


This is my mom's flatware Silver Flutes by Towle. I love the simplicity of the lines. It has that patina that old silver develops over time.



Here are the forks. I especially love the salad fork with its little cut-out in the center.



I wanted to show you my "new" wine glasses...90 cents each from Goodwill! I put them with my real crystal goblets and I think it helps them to look a little more elegant.



So that's my second tablescape! Once again, I have to say my hat's off to all of you tablescapers who do this every week! I jazzed up the award a little...added a border...if you would like to take it from my sidebar. You all deserve it! It has been a real learning experience for me and I hope to continue to improve with practice!



My co-host Baby Kitty and I would like to thank you for dropping by and we invite you to visit the other tablescapers listed at Susan's blog Between Naps on the Porch! You will be treated to a real variety of styles and ideas for creating a beautiful tablescape.




Wow! All this hard work is making me hungry! What can I.....hmmmm...... Now if you will excuse me...snarf...snarf...snarf...

75 comments:

  1. What a cute post! Love your tablescape - the pear centerpiece was perfect!

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  2. Hi Debbie,
    It's fabulous! I looked at Susan's and then came straight here, my two favorite tablescapers. I love your china, very elegant and again that centerpiece is delightful! Love your co-host too. I also want your windsor back chairs. I keep telling hubby I need some, not sure he's listening. Cindy

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  3. Debbie! How gorgeous! Look at your beautiful china! I've never seen that pattern before and I just love it! I adore your centerpiece - you're so creative. I know you got lost of help from that precious little Baby Kitty! What a little doll! Oh, Debbie, you've done yourself proud!! Lovely lovely tablescape. That pear looks yummy, too!
    Thanks for the visit and be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  4. I love your china pattern. I had never seen or heard of it and it's really beautiful! Love everything about your table and the pears as a centerpiece were inspired!!!!

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  5. Debbie, Love your china and your cohost, Baby Kitty! I truly enjoy the narration you lend to your posts., you have me giggling so many times...you're quite clever! I loved the pic of the pear being eaten and you writing, snarf, snarf. 8=) I'll be back often! Stop on over for a visit soon! Take Care and stick with the tablescape Tuesdays..you are quite great at it! Thanks for the award, I'm going to snag it! Love it! ~CC

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  6. Your Kashmar by Wedgewood is beautiful. Your tablescape is quite elegant. I love the use of pears for a center piece.
    Sweetie

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  7. Elegant, simply elegant! Your china is beautiful and as you said, unique! That pear looks delish! Baby Kitty is quite the outstanding host...meow!
    Have a happy week!

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  8. How beautiful your china is, Love the napkin in its place. The flatware is so wonderful! I kept turning my head trying to get into the computer screen. lol Just to see more of the lovely pear centerpiece! Just love it. Now I am off to Goodwill! lol no its 10:00pm

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  9. Tell Baby kitty i would like to join her. I will bring a special Tuna dish she will love. Pretty china. mishelle

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  10. Oh Girl you and Miss Kitty did a wonderful job with this table that you weren't going to do again..oh but I guess with miss Kitty helps it does make it easier tho..you take care dear friend and remember you are in my prayers and heart...hugs and smiles Gloria

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  11. Debbie, Your tablescape is wonderful. I love your china pattern. And you are so lucky to have your moms beautiful flatware. I love the pear centerpiece. Great job!!

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  12. Hi Debbie... I had to take a decluttering break to drop by a few of my favortie ladies to see what they'd posted for tablescape tuesday... and I knew my favortie plate addict would not dissapoint! What a great idea with the pears! Love it! Dixie

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  13. Hi Debbie...

    Congratulations on your 2nd Tablescape Tuesday post!!! I just love your wedding china...the persimmon color with the yellow accents is just gorgeous...and I love the shape of them! I certainly can see why you chose them!!!

    Okay...now for that brilliantly beautiful centerpiece...I adore it!!! Love the black candleholder and adding the pears is so beautiful...love the pretty black ribbon on the pear stems!!! Soooo very pretty!!!

    I love your new co-host, "Baby Kitty"!!! He definitely has charisma...so important for a co-host!!! wink!

    Love ya Sweetie...
    Chari

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  14. Another beautiful table Debbie! Your Kitty is so pretty!
    Smiles,
    Carol

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  15. I really enjoy that china...it is so very different...and the addition of the pears..nice...a centerpiece that can double as an after dinner snack! YUM!

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  16. A pretty table, Debbie! Love the crystal! The pears almost look fake they are so pretty! Nice touch adding the black ribbon too!

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  17. Great tablescape but I escpecially love your blue plates above the arch of your dining room window...Very sharp!! the room is beautiful...

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  18. Oh, your Wedgwood is gorgeous, timeless, and elegant. But the Goodwill crystal has to be the buy of the year--I love them!

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  19. Deb, Simple and Elegant just like I like it.I love the china and the touch of black really makes it stand out.I think the bosc pears with the touch of black etherial ribbon was perfection. I love the shape of the plates and the flatware is absolutely timeless. I think someone is mastering this tablescaping quite well. I am very impressed with you my friend, Kathysue

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  20. Debbie, you did a GREAT job with your tablescape! And Baby Kitty is the perfect assistant. He adds such sophistication, such flair to your table! And I love your china! It's wonderful! I like what you did with your centerpiece, and I like what you did with your layering, your mother's flatware, your napkin placement, and your Goodwill goblets with your real crystal. Good going, girl! Loved it all!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  21. What an unusual set of china...it is as pretty & exotic as its name! I was drawn to your mom's flatware right off because of its patina.
    I was also thinking how "real" the pears looked in your centerpiece & lo & behold...
    they were REAL!! ;-) Bo

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  22. Baby Kitty is THE cutest patootie! I've always loved your china pattern (an old gf had it, too) & the patina on your Mom's silver makes it's UBER SPECIAL BESIDES the sentimentality of it! Love that you mixed Goodwill & crystal, & fun of you to share that, & I enjoy an out-of-the-box, more creative centerpiece like you have here! ALl in all, it's just wonderful, m' friend! Warly, Linda

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  23. P.S. Meant to tell you that you were so smart to put the napkin where you did~~~ it really DOES show off that beautiful pattern so well! Kudos, kiddo!

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  24. My eye first went to your gorgeous centerpiece. What a novel idea, and so practical. Pears make a marvelous snack, as you've already discovered. I don't think candles are very tasty.

    Then I got caught up in the beautiful china pattern and the lovely flatware. The glassware finished out a most delightful table setting. I know you said this was your second tablescape, but I can tell you've been practicing.

    Baby Kitty should hold out for several bags of treats in his negotiations. He is definitely worth it. Plus he should receive all the loving you can manage considering all of the rest of your crew. You wouldn't want to leave out any of the staff on the loving. Just think of the bags of treats as Baby Kitty's bonus.

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  25. Hi Debbie,
    Baby Kitty makes a great co-host! Look at how proud he is of your tablescape! Too cute.
    Your table is full of wonderful details. I love the sweet little candles at each setting. Great idea - so simple but it looks great.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful table with us!
    Have a great day today!
    Kymber

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  26. Congratulations on your second tablescape! You really have a flair for this. Your china is beautiful, and I love the centerpiece you came up with. Great job and tell Baby Kitty he was a marvelous co-host. Hugs, Kathy

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  27. Ta da!!! You have the touch! Great tablescape. I love how the centerpiece and placemats set off your china to perfection. And Baby Kitty is a doll!

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  28. hello enjoyed surfing your tablescape

    happy plate addicting, I'm with you!

    sarah

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  29. Well, be sure to pass on to Mr. Kitty that the table looks very pretty. The pears are purrrfect!

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  30. Oh what a wonderful color scheme. Just love it! So elegant and I love the pears! Everything is just beautiful.
    Alisa - Carolina Panache

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  31. Chère Debbie,
    Wow! C'est mon couvert préféré...si plein de très bonnes idées! J'aime bien les poivres avec le truc noir et le ruban....tu es tellement créative! Oh, les assiettes rouges sont aussi élégantes et à la mode! C'est super!
    bisous, Linda

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  32. That is beautiful china. It goes so nicely with black mats. Love the pears!

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  33. Great tablesetting, Debbie! Love the new hostess and those dishes are lovely. Glad I'm not the only Goodwill shopper. Gotta love 'em!
    What do you think of meeting up at Scott's Antique Market plus lunch some weekend for us Georgia peaches..let's see... The Real Bloggers of Atlanta?

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  34. I LOVE the pear centerpiece...how creative! Bet you we see lots of centerpieces like this in the coming Tuesdays! ;o)

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  35. I love the centerpiece! Very creative idea and it looks lovely with the china. I am going to use this one!!

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  36. I'm not sure what's more perfect - your co-host ir your ribbon-tied pear centerpiece. The thing I love about TT is that we get to see so may differnet patterns of china and dishes. I have never seen this one, and it is beautiful. I see why you were drawn to it. Now you have me craving a juicy pear! LOL Hugs, Barb

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  37. Hi Glenda...Thanks so much for dropping by and fro your kind comments! I look forward to your visits. Yes, Baby Kitty will get extra treats. He allows nothing less. His favorites are strawberries and cheese, believe it or not. He also likes to finish off my coffee. Love will be spread around in equal parts. They each have vey different personalities. Hope yu are having a good week. Our snow stopped in North Georgia adn didn't make it this far south. Just as well...I can't drive in it anyway! Thank you so much for your prayers. They are much appreciated. Hugs...Debbie

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  38. Very pretty. I can't believe the crystal was only 90 cents from goodwill. Wow! What a find! Great choice in co-host!

    Wendy

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  39. Wow Glenda...it would help if I would read my comments before I post them. Sorry for all the typos!!...Debbie

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  40. Debbie, I love that Baby Kitty is playing an important part of your tablescape. :-) It is beautiful girl. I've never seen this pattern. I love your pears as a centerpiece. Another "great" tablescape my friend. hugs ~lynne~

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  41. Debbie,this is fabulous.I LOVE your dishes.And the way you added the pears.What an imagination.FABULOUS...ANN

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  42. Thank you for stopping by and visiting me. The china is gorgeous. Love it when you can eat your centerpiece. Now that's green design.
    Baby Kitty is the perfect co-host. I hope he/she gets some extra Cats Meow for all the hard work.
    Kathleen

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  43. I love the pear centerpiece. Such a pretty china pattern!

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  44. Beautiful table... I love your dishes... and such a fun post too!

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  45. Your table is just absolutely beautiful! I like what you did with pears. The tea lights are so pretty. The china and glass ware is just lovely. I especially like that Kitty is going to help in the presentations :>)

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  46. Hi Debbie! Your second tablescape is another hit! You and your very talented co-host really pulled this off beautifully. I adore your Wedgwood pattern, and the cute scalloped edges on the plates. And, of course, your Mother's pretty flatware finishes off the setting perfectly.

    And I think the pears were the ideal companion to this tablescape. They really DO pick up the colors...you (and kitty) have a great eye for color. I loved seeing how you incorporated Goodwill glasses with your elegant crystal. It really works too. Love everything, and I so want to get brave and join the Tuesday gang! :-)

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  47. Debbie,
    Your china and table are beautiful, and you are so creative to use pears for your centerpiece! I have gotten so many wonderful ideas from all the TT! I'm still trying to psyche myself up to do one! Maybe next week!

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  48. Hi Linda..."Mom"....Thanks for dropping by! I love seeing that you've visited! You ae welcome any time. But I think you need a blog!!! Have a great day...Debbie

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  49. Gorgeous china. I have never seen a pattern like that before, it's beautiful. The pears are also such a nice touch!
    ~Michelle

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  50. Debbie, your wedding china and your mother's flatware are absolutely stunning, and I love your co-hostess! How clever to put those pears on the candle stand-simply lovely. For someone who talks about how difficult tablescapes are, you sure do a great job with them! laurie

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  51. Dear Debbie and Baby Kitty, Well Done! This is gorgeous! After seeing your fabulous GW buy, I definitely need to go out thrifting. ♥ Diane

    ps Baby Kitty, you've got her now... Add LOTS of your favorite treats to your benefit package demands!

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  52. What a classy tablescape....I love the idea of the ribbons on the pears. The plates are beautiful.

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  53. It was nice to meet your staf. I love your china and silverware and glassware. I have Wegdwood too and I love all their services. Yes they do that sometimes, stop making a special pattern. Not nice if you don't have the whole service yet

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  54. Wonderful presentation, like the tie in of the pears to the china, lovely china!
    Linda

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  55. Very pretty Debbie...I love the china and the silver flatware.

    Jan

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  56. Lovely table.....clever ideas, and the last photo is a kick...love it.

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  57. I just love your china too! Your centerpiece was genius to me, just the right touch! I LOVE anything that is even SLIGHTLY oriental so your china speaks to me! And your assistant is just the 'cat's meow"!!!!:):) Thanks for shaing this lovely table!!! Pinky

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  58. In many parts of Europe a tree is planted for a newborn child - a pear tree for a girl...
    :) So have chosen an appropriate fruit!

    I love the way the colors of the pears tie directly in with the china! And great call by putting them "aloft" LOL :) Kudos to your goodwill bargain...one never knows what delights are to be had!

    The silverware is exceptional...it can function with such a variety of styles and themes...you are so lucky your mom had lovely taste!

    Interesting that you have utilized an oriental style in the china, with your pears...The ancient chinese used the pear as a symbol of immortality...perhaps, because the pear tree itself lives for a long time.

    "li" in chinese means "pear" and "separation". The definition of li can only be determined by the manner/context it is used in a sentence.

    The traditional thought of the chinese says that in order to avoid a separation: friends (and lovers) should not divide pears between themselves, but each have their own pear...

    LOL so much for sharing (wink)! :)

    I sure had a great time at your Tablescape Tuesday...!!! And I hope you are having fun as well!

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  59. Hi Debbie! Love the pear centerpiece and the black ribbon tied on them. Great idea. The dishes are really cool. I do like the pattern and the border and it looks great with the black mat underneath! My parents lived in Persia for 14 years before coming to the US in 1947...

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  60. What a beautiful china set, Debbie. I love the pattern and the colors and the pear centerpiece is a lovely touch! Also love your mom's silverware. You are getting so good at this!...Christine

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  61. Debbie, I love how you use fresh fruit in your
    centerpieces,what a great idea! Your china is so pretty too...a second great tablescape...
    Congrats....Deb

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  62. What gorgeous colors in your china! Beautiful china may get discontinued but it never goes out of style does it? I also love how you use the napkin between the plates. Definitely sets the pattern off.

    I actually have some of the Blue Ridge peasant plates. I'll do a post of some of them for one of my "scapes". Isn't this fun?!

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  63. Hi Debbie,
    Fabulous tablescape!!!!
    Oh my goodness I adore your Wedgewood china.~Gorgeous colors~ The ribboned pears are stunning. So simple yet classic and elegant. You have outdone yourself dear friend.

    Baby kitty you did a great job helping out your Mommy. LOL! :0 ~Melissa

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  64. Dear Debbie
    Love the table as well as Baby Kitty. How lucky are you to have such a helpful assistant. This was my second tablescape too. Isn't it fun? Looking forward to seeing what Baby Kitty has in store for us next week.
    Maryrose

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  65. Debbie,it's beautiful.You couldn't have came up with anything that complimented your china better,love it,very creative!I think your baby kitty and my shady cat would get along fine,he loves sitting at the table too...ok,and walking on it,I see the little footieprints.hugs,cyndi

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  66. First of all, I must say that I love your co-host! I think it is very essential that you continue to have such a cute co-host in all of your Tablescape Tuesday posts!

    Your wedding china really is pretty. I do like how you used the pears in place of candles, what a nice and unexpected touch.

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  67. Well, I just love that you have added Miss Baby Kitty to Tablescape Tuesday at your home. Love the bridal china...and love the pears centerpiece. You are doing an excellent job at the tablescaping thing!

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  68. Debbie,
    Your china is BEAUTIFUL!
    Teri =)

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  69. The Kashmar china is handsome and the Towle Silver Flute pattern stunning. The dining experience of a guest at this table would be enhanced by the setting! Isn't the art of the table designed to add to the pleasure of the diner? This creates a lovely anticipation as you await...the food!

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  70. What a pretty, pretty table setting! I love your dishes, the colors, the flatware and the pears.

    Oh, and I WANT your guest pictured in the first photo! ;)

    Donna

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  71. I adore the fact you saved your kitties !! xo

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  72. I had to work so I was late stopping by...so sorry! You & the kitty staff crack me up! Your table is lovely. The new Wednesday idea for showing the walls sounds fun too. I hope it is well received for your friends sake. When you were in France where did you live? Our friends live in the south. I don't know how to spell the city correctly. Her son lives in Provance. Have a beautiful day

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  73. Debbie...love your tablescape! The pears are purrrect and so is Baby Kitty! :-) I love the touch of the black ribbon on the pears. Your silver flatware is soooo pretty...love the patina it has! Your china is soooo pretty...never seen that pattern but I really like it! Thanks for such a wonderful tablescape! Oh, wanted to asked where you found you white tureen that's in the center of you dining table on your sidebar? Susan

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  74. Very pretty table! And a very pretty kitty :)

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  75. I love your china! The color, pattern, and shape of the plates is so unique. Too bad that it is discontinued.

    I really like your centerpiece. I have the same candleholder sitting in my basement because I can't think of anything different to do with it. I'm going to copy your pear idea! (I hope you don't mind.)

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie