Dining with Beautiful Blue Willow on a Cloudy Day

Blue and White, Blue Willow Table Setting

Welcome to the 728th Tablescape Thursday!

I’m running behind today–the painter is back again today and that always puts me a bit behind. Last night I set I was in the mood for a blue and white table setting. I just recently ordered napkins that I thought would be pretty with my Churchhill Blue Willow dinnerware, one of the dinnerware sets I use on a daily basis.

Blue and White Tablescape, Blue Willow


I know this photo at a kinda weird angle but I included it because it most accurately shows the colors of everything on the table, including the tablecloth, the china, the glasses, and Mr. Rooster.

Blue and White Table, White Rooster Centerpiece


Many years ago I received a lovely email from Allison, a BNOTP reader who offered to send me a few linens (Tablecloth/Napkins) that she was no longer using. This beautiful handstitched tablecloth was among the beautiful pieces I received. I don’t think I’ve used it in a table setting, but not sure. I had this table all set but it still felt like it needed something. That’s when I remembered this beautiful table square and I love how it looks in this blue and white setting.

White Rooster Centerpiece in a Blue and White Table


I found these Blue Willow Napkins (top napkin) quite a few years back–not sure if I’ve ever used them on a table, I think I may have. Last night when I was finishing this table, I couldn’t make up my mind about which napkins to pair with the Blue Willow napkins, so I decided to use both so you could see two different looks. Which combination do you like best below? At first, I thought I preferred the tiny checked pattern (paired with the Blue Willow napkin) on the left, but as I looked at the photos for this post, I started liking the plaid napkin (paired with the Blue Willow napkin) on the right better.

Trying Different Napkins


The pretty blue glassware in this table is Noritake, Breeze Clear. I love its wonderful swirl design.

Blue and White, Blue Willow Table Setting


I hope someone will recognize the flatware pattern. I found this beautiful patinaed silverplate flatware on eBay many, many years ago.

Blue Willow in Blue and White Table Setting, Blue Handstitched Tablecloth


The hydrangea napkin rings are from Pier 1, back in the day. Here’s how the checked napkin looks in this setting…

Hydrangea Napkin Ring, Blue and White Table


And here’s how the blue, white, and black plaid napkin looks in this setting. I love how its colors mimic the exact colors in my Blue Willow china. The plaid napkins were a recent purchase and are still available here: Plaid Napkin in Blue, White and Black.)

Blue Willow Napkins, Hydrangea Napkin Ring


Does anyone recognize the flatware pattern? I need to look back at some older posts to jog my memory. The charger plates were from Horchow online back in 2008.

Silverplate Flatware, Beautiful Patina


It didn’t quite work out but if I had shifted the tablecloth around a few inches, I think the glasses could have ended up perfectly centered in these beautiful floral circles on the tablecloth. (I moved this glass over to show how it looks on the circle of flowers.) I may try that today to see if it will work. I think it will throw off having the corners of the tablecloth hanging down in front of each chair as I have them positioned now, but it would be interesting to see if the floral circles were designed into the tablecloth to work that way…creating a place for the glasses.

Beautiful Blue Tablecloth with Hand stitching


Hope you enjoyed this blue and white table setting. I hope the sun comes out later today. If it does, I’ll add some additional photos to this post. Tables always look best in natural lighting–when I can get it. Looking forward to all the beautiful table settings linked for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!

Blue and White Table Setting


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Author: Andy Edwards