Pansies And The Girls Breakfast:

What's not to love about pansies! They are pretty, happy flowers that welcome spring. And at StoneGable, pansies are the center of attention these days.  They are the first of this season's flowers to be planted... outdoors and in! I had the idea for this tablescape rolling around in my head for awhile and wanted to invite a few of my wonderful girlfriends over to have breakfast with the pansies.

 Little violas (small pansies) planted in egg shells was the inspiration for this table. 
 I saw a faux rendition at a gift shop and thought it would be so pretty to try and make real ones.  And actually it was so much fun! I will post a very easy tutorial on Saturday.

Simple white egg cups hold the violas in their egg pots.  A hand twisted birch wreath encircles the base of the egg cups.

The egg cups sit on a collection of mismatched white plates. The top plate is one I recently bought from a local antique shop with this table in mind...  A fanticiful purple floral transferware with a beautiful ruffled scallop edge. It is an engraving from an original 1830's drawing. Reproduced by Royal Staffordshire, this pattern is called Charlotte.

The edges of the plates give a feeling of ruffled petticoats!

To accent this mostly white and purple table I chose to use just a whisper of yellow. Vintage yellow cotton placemats with white floral detailing lay crisply on a vintage white damask tablecloth.

 A Napoleon Bee fork (Horchow)  rests on a matching napkins and brings another touch of this soft yellow to the table.

Purple and yellow pansies are planted in a white pedestal ironstone bowl. It's fluted shape and scallopped edges are reminiscent of the plates on the table. Green moss covers the dirt to give it a prettier finished look.

The centerpiece is given height with willow twigs. And to carry the egg theme to the centerpiece, little eggs are tucked in between the pansies.  Check back for a simple tutorial about planting the pansies on Saturday.

Little delicate porcelain cups have a leafy textured pattern. These were a recent find a a local antique shop.

White bubble goblets for water and grape colored ribbed flutes for a sherbert orange drink are waiting for my guests.

A white domed butter dish is edged in gold. (Vileroy and Bosch- Black Pearl)

Lavender pillar candles on tall ornate white candlesticks add height to the center of the table.

A frequent workhorse of my table are my Mikasa Italian Countryside salt and pepper shakers and cream and sugar bowl.

Breakfast is almost ready... Now all I need are my friends!

The Menu:
Pinapple Orange Juice with Rainbow Sherbert
Assorted Coffee & Teas
*Orange Cranberry Muffin with Stuffed Orange Marmalade Cream
*Fluffy Herbed Quiche Lorraine
Hash Browns
Fresh Fruit and Royal Ann Cherries in Cherry Sauce

I will be posting recipes and pictures for the Orange Muffins and the Quiche tomorrow evening.  Also remember to look for a tutorial on planting pansies in eggs  on Saturday! 

I am participating in Tablescape Thursdays, hosted by the one and only Susan at Between Naps On The Porch. Go see all the creative tables, and you are sure to be inspired!


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