I walk through a nursery with all sorts of plants and flowers teasing me. They seem to be saying, “Take me home, I’ll live in YOUR garden, for sure!” And then all the pretty blooms wink at each other. ;0 Since I do not have a green thumb and deer love all the same plants that I do, (munch, munch) I’ve decided to take a completely different approach to gardening. I’m bringing the flower garden to my table.

table topper

During a recent fun day of shopping with my mother-in-love, I found some new things to use in a tablescape. We found this lace table topper, an antique step ladder and iron baskets.

Farmhouse Watering Can

I fell in love with this blue watering can on a different shopping trip. The hand rake came from a little shop in Crestwood, AL. The Urban Suburban Antiques Shop was a treasure trove of goodies, with the rake, step ladder and wire baskets. The butter dish belongs to my mom-in-love who loves dishes as much as I do! Lucky me!!!

Royal Albert Cup and Saucer

This Royal Albert “Old Country Rose” china pattern also belongs to MGC (mom-in-love’s email signature). She is Mom, Granna and her name begins with a C. When she offered to loan me the dishes for a few days, I had no idea just how special this china pattern was. First introduced to the world in 1962, it was then named “King’s Ransom” and is one of the most popular china patterns to this day. It has been so popular that after 50 years of production, the company celebrated by introducing the “New Country Roses” pattern in 2012.

Salt and Pepper Shakes

Not a single thorn on this table.

Rosebud and Pink Napkins

Rosebud and Pink Napkins with a gold ring from Pier 1.

Garden Party

The boxwood wreath was a purchase from Target. I draped it over the step ladder.

Peaches

A basket of fruit.

Antique Hand Rake

Antique hand rake with gardening gloves. I can pretend that I’m a gardener.

Old Country Roses

Dining outdoors helps bring the outside in, even if the garden doesn’t grow!

Gold Glasses

Aren’t these glasses gorgeous? Yes, another loan from MGC.

Old Country Rose Place Setting

Butter Dish

The petals and blooms climbing around this butter dish are a perfect addition to the table.

Roses on my Table

The red, pink and yellow roses of this pattern cover every sentiment. Love, admiration, sympathy and friendship.

This china makes me smile. And just in time. After all this is National Smile Week! I’m wishing you lots of smiles this week and for weeks to come! Lucky me… smiles don’t require a green thumb!