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10 April, 2011

A French Child's Table Revisited

I am taking a little time from my grandbaby bloggy break to revisit a post from two years ago, which many of you may not have seen. It involves babies, cats and frenchy what else do you need? lol My co-host this week is Baby Kitty, who is looking very pleased with himself. That's because he has a big part to play later on!

I am calling this tablescape A French Child's Table because, as you can see, the dinnerware sports French phrases. Actually, I got it at La Madeleine French Bakery and Café about 7 or 8 years ago and it is made in America. I fell in love the second I saw it! And, of course, the fact that it's blue and white helps.

The bowl says...Eat your soup! I love that little tomato!

The plate says...Clean your plate! (Actually, it says Finish your plate, but I'm translating it the way we would say it.)

The little cup says...Drink...


...milk! Isn't it cute?

This little lug bowl isn't part of the set, but I wanted to show it to you. I bought it on a trip to Paris when my daughter and grandson came to visit me in France. This is the typical bowl for drinking café au lait in the mornings. Yes, they drink out of a bowl! You can find them in the touristy souvenir shops with almost any common name on them.

This particular one has pictures of all of the major Parisian monuments on it. It's a nice little souvenir from a wonderful visit.

The baby spoon on the left is my daughter's and the one on the right is mine. It matches my mom's flatware...Silver Flutes by Towle. However, you can see that she was one of the first ladies on the block to have a garbage disposal and quite a few pieces of her silver suffered for it, including this spoon!

I found this little silver plated fork in an antique shop and had to have it! I love anything with grapes! It's an 1847 Rogers Brothers pattern from 1904 called Vintage. I almost wish I hadn't found it because now I am on the hunt for more!!

Here's a close-up of the handle. Isn't it exquisite? The little tendrils of the grapevine are wrapping around it. It is engraved...CD. I don't know who you are, CD, but I have your fork and I'm not giving it back! lol

The little duck is another gift from my dear friend Marty at A Stroll thru Life and is a brother to a duck that she has! Isn't he a cutie? And isn't she such a sweetie? She sent me a whole box full of wonderful goodies that I've been sharing with you in my last few tablescapes!

And there you have my tablescape for a French child's table. And of course, a child's tablescape needs a child, and here he is...

....our co-host Baby Kitty having his first meal of solid food! Note that he has no manners...sorry, Miss Janice...and has his feet in the bowl! He is about 5 weeks old here and it was a very happy day for me. You see, I found him in the driveway...literally just born and abandoned. We think his mom was a feral cat having her first litter. I took him in and fed him orphaned kitten's milk around the clock for the first 5 weeks of this life. Whew! I was a little old for that new baby thing! Thank goodness it doesn't last long for kittens!

And here is his most recent photo! Isn't he a big ol' handsome guy?? He is almost 8 years old now, but still thinks I am his mama...which I am!! lol
And speaking of babies, I want to thank each of you for your sweet comments and congratulations on the birth of my newest little grandson. We are very busy with bottles and diapers, but I am sneaking in some cuddles and kisses every chance I get. I hope to be up and running again very soon! I do so appreciate your understanding my spending this time with my precious little bundle!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my French child's table!  Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Kara at Elements Interiors for Whassup Wednesday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Jill at French Cupboard for Voilà! French Inspiration on Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Fridays
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
See you next time! A la prochaine!


  1. Hi Debbie
    I hadn't seen this post so it was fresh for me. Love it. Everything that makes me smile. I love, love, love children's dishes and especially those that have words on them and that Baby Kitty was so precious and now so handsome. Reminded me of Cali as we found her at 10 days of age and had to do the same and now she will be 18 in November. Amazing stuff. Love your blog and anxious to see you back. Give that new grand a hug for me. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

  2. Hi Debbie,
    I love your post. The French bowl table setting is so sweet and so many wonderful memories of their origin.
    We've talked before about how much my Gizzie and your Baby Kitty look alike. Gizzie was found on the side of the road along with the other newborn kittens. Someone had abandoned them. They were taken to the kitty shelter and sent to foster homes. We were lucky enough to have her choose us when we went to the shelter.

    Baby Kitty has grown to be so beautiful.

    I'm so happy about your new grandbaby. I know you are in love!


  3. I hadn't seen this post either, thanks for bringing it back. I have a few baby spoons that have garbage disposal edges too! Made me sick when it happend.

  4. What a sweet table! And a very sweet kitty :)
    Enjoy your family time!

  5. Hi Debbie, Work got in the way of my blogging so somehow I missed the new grandbaby posts. Congratulations to you and the family!! I'll back up to catch up. Many blessings.

  6. I love this Debbie! I have flatware for the g'babies, but no sweet dishes like these.

    Baby Kitty is a handsome fellow.

  7. Debbie,
    I adore the story of baby kitty and how he got to be such a handsome fellow...all the love you've given through the years! I do think he must be the star of your staff! Glad your grandbaby is doing well also! Like you, I have my child's set of silverware and both sons! Cute post!

  8. Cute, cute post! Love the added kitty too!


  9. Good Morning my Dear friend..Girl congrats on the newest little guy in your world..WOW!! Page does have some big babies and she's so little..I bet your in grandma heaven right now..I hope you will be posting a full pic of him soon..I know I sure have enjoyed having my little Landen to play with..but girl he's getting so heavy for me to even lift..I have been spending alot of time baby sitting him and will be until tax season is over ha ha!! Candacewill be working only 3 days a week after that..I spend all my time just loving and playing with that little guy..It tooks us 5 years for her to have a healthy baby and were so lovin it Debbie..Now my house not so much..I don't even take pics of what it really looks like now..Lets just say lots of toys and jumper hanging from door way play pen in DR you get the picture ha ha!!
    Len is in 7th heaven having a boy around ha ha!!
    Love ya my sweet friend and think about you often..2 more month and off to France you go..Hugs and smiles to ya..Gloria

  10. Such a sweet post Debbie!! Enjoy every minute with your new grandson, we'll be here when you get back:) Martina

  11. Debbie, this is just absolutely preciouos. I loved the post the first go around, and I love it even more now! And baby kitty... my favorite! Just adore him!

    Those dishes and their little phrases are so cool, and I know your new little grandson is going to enjoy them, too. I know you're having fun, and while we miss you, I know that you are in good hands and vice versa! :-)



  12. Debbie, what an appropriate post for celebrating a new baby in the family. I'd never tire of seeing this one or any of your posts for that matter. You are always so creative in your presentation of a post. Fun to see how Baby Kitty has grown into such a handsome fellow.
    Have fun with your three A's. ;-)
    Hugs ~ Sarah

  13. Deb, I don't remember this post and it is so precious, I love all your little dishes and silverware. The pict of baby Kitty is priceless he really is a handsome cat and he has a great Mama, Enjoy your sweet babies, xo Kathysue

  14. I love childrens things and French. Thnaks for sharing. Richard at My Old Historic House

  15. I missed this one too Debbie so thanks for reposting it! Your french childs setting is adorable! Even if it wasn't made in France. I have an intoxication with anything written in french......funny I just realized that right now *winks* It could probably say "eat poop" and I'd love it! LOL!
    And you ARE baby kittys mama! He sure is one handsome boy! Having literally hand fed him from infancy, did you notice a difference in his socialization in comparrison to your other babies? I'm really curious. Vanna

  16. Debbie, Awww...look at Baby Kitty. He's so sweet with his paws in the bowl! Sorry, I got carried away.
    I meant to start with the darling French child's table setting and ..your baby spoons. Love that, and love the little china setting with the writing. Have fun with that new grand baby, but know that you are missed.

  17. Debbie,

    This post was new to me, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.I just love your blog. I took four years of French in high school and college and just love to revisit it in small ways on your blog. The child's tablescape was adorable and Baby Kitty is so precious. Congradulations on the new baby. Grandchildren are one of the greatest perks of being a parent :)

  18. Debbie, it is so wonderful to see your tablescapes and all your treasures. Your handsome guy has definitely grown. I am so glad you are spending tons of time with your new grandson. Precious moments indeed. Love ya. Hugs, marty

  19. I love your blue and white French set. The teaspoon you displayed looks so much like the silver that was passed down to me from my mother. I have a cat too. Her name is Zoe and she was abandoned at birth too. She's a calico and about 9 years old now. Hope you have a great week!

  20. I remember this post...just as good the second time glad your having a fun grandma time....

  21. I love the child's dishes and spoons, Debbie. Love the frenchy sayings and I am glad you interpreted them for us....Christine

  22. Congratulations on your new grandson! I can understand that he takes first place over blogging, but I am so happy you were able to repost this! Those children's dishes are adorable and baby kitty is too cute eating out of the bowl with his feet in it! Linda

  23. I just discovered your blog, which I love. I especially love your 'staff' - are they hiring?? :o]

  24. Debbie, I love your blue and white child themed table setting! I could certainly handle drinking out of that cafe au lait bowl- the more the better, I say! Your "baby" is such a handsome guy. I really wish I could have one, but cats make me itch and cause my eyes to water. ;-(
    Congratulations on the newest grandbaby!!! xo Sue

  25. Aah, your kitty has stolen the show. I love the children's set, its so very charming! Loved seeing the silver spoons too.

  26. Cute child's table...the dishes are adorable.
    Baby Kitty has grown into a beautiful cat.

  27. What charming dishes! La Madeleine is one of my all time favorite restaurants. I used to be a regular at the original location in Dallas, TX. So thankful that there are some locations here in Atlanta!

    Enjoy your time with that new baby!

  28. Sweet, sweet dishes. I love children's dishes, I have a few, but never thought of doing a tablescape with them...I may "borrow" your idea. Yours is adorable.

  29. Hi Debbie, Thank you for sharing your Frenchy dishes at my party! You know I love anything blue and white and especially if it is French. Have a great time with your new grandbaby.

  30. Oh my goodness girl! I stumbled into your blog after I googled how to make a burlap runner! I love your staff! I wonder if they would welcome my stubborn corgi in their little clatch! I'm off to make my runner! Thank you for showing me how!

  31. I Love this Sweet Little Set..... You have a wonderful Blog, I'll Be Back!

  32. Our precious foundling kitten was 'Goblin,' found before her eyes were open while my daughter was trick or treating. She was with us for 20 years...such a marvelous kitty. The children's dishes are marvelous. That new grandson will enjoy them when he comes to your table. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  33. What a wonderful post. I love ll of the sayings. Who wouldn't be happy eating at your invinting setting.

    Hope you'll consider joining us at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  34. Oh this is a precious setting! I have been trying to concince my youngest daughter to have a tea party birthday but she's insisting on Barbie, ugh! We still have time to work on her :P I hope you will share this at my VIP party today =)

  35. Handsome Baby Kitty, definitely deserves a wonderful French bowl to dine with French flair! Sweet story of your meeting. Thanks so much for sharing at VIF! xo Debra

  36. I love this post!! Love the dishes and that so sweet baby kitty!!! How darling! Enjoy that grandbaby!!! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

  37. First of all, congratulations on the birth of another grandson. I know you are loving getting to hold a baby again. You know I love this table ~ combine French with child-sized dishes, and you've got me hooked. Baby Kitty is such a beauty and so lucky that he ended up in your driveway. Thanks so much for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

  38. Debbie,
    Congratulations on your grandson. I love your little French child's table. I have been trying to get this far all weekend so I could view it and comment. Love this post. very sweet. Your little kitty is adorable! Thanks for linking it up!

  39. I love this kid tablescape! The china in French it's so cute, I just love it, along with the pretty flatware and the blue and white duck! Just lovely. I just drop by from TTT.
    Have a nice and blessed Easter.


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