Sunshine Yellow for Spring

Welcome to the 131st Tablescape Thursday!

It’s been a rare February day…actually a rare February week. With temps in the 60’s here all week long, I’ve been craving spring and a tablescape full of sunshine.

I just shopped the house for a centerpiece. Actually, I couldn’t make up my mind which centerpiece to use, so I used two. ๐Ÿ™‚

The sunflowers normally live on the trunk/coffee table in the upstairs family room/bonus room. I’ve used them in previous tablescapes HERE and HERE.

Salad plates are Wedgwood. You may recognize them from our 39th Tablescape Thursday, HERE in May 2009.

I’ve been told that the hallmark on the back indicates these plates were made around 1937, or even earlier.

I paired them with my Blue Willow…

I love the raised pattern around the edge…

Flatware is Napoleon Bee…

I found the pitcher antiquing around 12+ years ago. I believe it’s called swirl granite ware or swirl enamel ware. Do you collect enamel or granite ware?

How about a different centerpiece…..

I found this hand-crafted birdhouse years ago at the “Cottin Pickin’ Fair” in Gay, Georgia. The breezes were blowing across the porch today…you can see the sheers billowing out on the porch in this pic. ๐Ÿ™‚

I had planned to use it in the garden and just never got around to finding a good spot for it.

I love all the metal work and little details…

You may recognize the pattern in these wonderful placemats. They are Genevieve, Yellow Collection by April Cornell and I used the tablecloth in this pattern for our 82nd Tablescape Thursday. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s a picture from that tablescape. To view the rest of that tablescape, click HERE.

I hope your week has been full of sunshine. If not, this sunshine tablescape is for you! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you have a teascape for this week, Laura at Decor to Adore is hosting a wonderful High Tea Tablescape party today.

Looking forward to your wonderful tablescapes!

Chargers: No brand showing on back, from Neiman Marcus 4+ years ago
Dinner Plates: Churchill, Blue Willow
Salad Plates: Wedgwood, found on eBay
Flatware: Napoleon Bee from Neiman Marcus
Stemware: Dollar Tree
Placemats and Napkins: Genevieve, Yellow Collection, Provided by April Cornell
Centerpieces: Granite ware, found antiquing many years ago; Birdhouse, Crafts Fair several years ago

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  1. Your wedgewood dishes make me swoon. They are really beautiful. I too have longed for spring. And there is nothing happier than the yellow and blue combination. Really either centerpiece looks great. I'd have a hard time choosing too.

  2. Andrea at Opulent Cottage says

    Love the blue and yellow! It's been nice and warm here in Dallas, too. Thank goodness it's almost spring! Thanks for hosting us again this week, Susan.

  3. The Tablescaper says

    Love the Wedgewood plates!

    – The Tablescaper

  4. Dining Delight says

    With many feet of snow outside our window right now, I'm in need of a sunny tablescape and yours fits the bill perfectly! Both centerpieces are terrific but the birdhouse one is a bit more unique. I love the blues and yellows you've combined and the touch of "bee" in the flatware is terrific!


  5. This is an adorable table and I LOVE that birdhouse. 'Course, you'd have to remove it when friends shared your table..they couldn't see their pretty host. :))
    Beautiful table.
    Thanks so much for hosting.

  6. Sharing Shadymont says


    What a lovely, sunny tablescape! So pretty. I don't know which centerpiece is the prettiest. What a great job you do!

    I'm enjoying following your progress with your office. Love your furniture.

    Don't know how you do it all!


  7. Yvonne @ StoneGable says

    Wonderful spring preview! Blue, white and yellow are like chocolate and peanut butter. Some things just go together! I love the AC table linens!
    So nice to be back and particiate in TT. Thanks for hosting!

  8. On Crooked Creek says

    What a refreshing tablescape. . . Perfect for February! Especially this February weather of 2011! Your plates are beautiful! I adore those tulips and other florals in the center. Now, anyone who visits my blog knows how I love sunflowers, but I must admit. . .I was smitten with the bird house as a centerpiece! Thank you for this uplifting post. . .and for hosting Tablescape Thursday!

  9. Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks says

    Love the graniteware centerpiece … but I love the bird house, too! Decisions, decisions. Thanks for hosting … and thanks for sharing this beautiful table!

  10. WhatMissLoves says

    What a beautiful tableset! I'm so jealous of the wonderful weather you seem to be having. The weather here seems to be confused, it's gone from 70 degrees one day to snow! Hope you follow my blog as well!

  11. Kathy@ Gone North says

    So Pretty, Sunny & full of a "Spring Feel". I like the Bird house as a centerpiece…. Just fun, quirky & sweet.
    Would love to sit in your sunshine & enjoy lunch at your precious table setting.

  12. I love these colors Susan! A breath of Spring!

  13. Nellie's Cozy place says

    HI Susan,
    what a beautiful, Sunny and refreshing tablescape. Love all the pretty blue and yellow, and I especially loved the birdhouse centerpc…..they were both pretty,
    but something about the birdhouse
    really made it!
    Thanks for hosting as always,
    Blessings, Nellie

  14. Luncheons at the Junction says

    What a breath of fresh air! We only had one day of springtime weather here. Lucky you! Thanks for hosting!

  15. Liz@ says

    We are on the same page! I am definitely craving spring and enjoying the sunshine! Even though it's still wintery here in Michigan we've been enjoying some great sunny days! I love the stemware, what a great find! Those are some great chargers and the Wedgewood dishes are a real treasure! Definitely a cheerful display! I loved both center pieces…I'll be keeping a look out now for a "swirl" granite wear piece!

  16. Alycia Nichols says

    I completely understand the reason for the brightly colored table!!! It has been pretty nice here, too, although that is all expected to change big time tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™ The ol' weatherman says we probably won't see sunshine again for the remainder of the month. Ugh! Your salad plates are so, so pretty. Just beautiful! Thank you again for hosting Tablescape Thursdays. It's always so much fun!

  17. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    oh Susan, those salad plates are just gorgeous! I love everything about them. That is the prettiest bird house I've ever seen, and the colors are so perfect with this tablescape. Your A.C. linens look wonderful too. Thank you for hosting. laurie

  18. Beautiful tablescape Susan, I love the blue and yellow it says Spring!! Martina

  19. Such a lovely bright and cheery tablescape!

    Thank you for hosting,


  20. Lady Katherine says

    I love the chargers, the desert plate is wonderful! I adore the blue swirl enamel sunflowers so much! Birdhouse is wonderful too. So pretty!
    I shall always love your flatware!!! I will not be linking for a month or so, will be in surgery next week, but I will have Tea Time Tuesday on auto. Too bad it wouldn't auto link for me. lol It was 80 degrees here today. Such a lovely day!

  21. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Oooh…I love this one, Susan! My favorite oh-so-provenรงal colors…blue and yellow! The plates are simply gorgeous! And I love the coffee pot with the sunflowers…so frenchy! Have a great weekend!…hugs…Debbie

  22. Love your Wedgewood plates! very pretty table!

  23. Donna@Conghaile Cottage says

    Very Pretty Susan! I Loved both of your centerpieces… AND how cheerful Blue&Yellow are to brighten these "ALMOST Spring Days"!!! Have a wonderful week,
    Hugs, Donna

  24. Beautiful! I just love April Cornell's linens! The birdhouse makes such a whimsical statement as a center piece! Lovely!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  25. I like all the centerpieces. Each adds something a little different. I remember the tablescape with the beehive tureens…I have tried finding some after seeing yours. They are so cute!
    I have Wedgwood plates with the same embossed border but a little different floral scene. They are really lovely. I'm so ready for Spring!


  26. Pam - diy Design Fanatic says

    Pretty as usual, Susan! I especially love your chargers!

  27. Beautiful sunshiny table. So ready for summery days.

  28. Handy Man, Crafty Woman says

    I've been spying a lot of granite wear in shops lately…I keep looking at it, and picking them up…but I can't start another collection; we don't have room to display all of our Feista ware yet! gaaah! lol

  29. Susan (My Place to Yours) says

    It's been a sunny (but a little cool) week here, and I'm soooo ready for Spring… Your tablescape with its punch of color is perfect for today — and pairing the Wedgwood plates with your Blue Willow was inspired! Oh… I choose centerpiece #2. Love it!

  30. Hi Susan:
    I much prefer the graniteware and the sunflowers. Although that is a very cute little birdhouse! I have a wonderful collection of graniteware from that came from my family. My parents were 100 year farmers, which means that the land was in the same family for 100 years, so most of my collection were things that were used by all of my ancestors, which fortunately is now in my hands. I love the setting, as usual, you have done such a lovely job! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Hugs, Lisa

  31. Love the sunflowers and always love April Cornell!

  32. Oh, Susan, this table makes it feel like Spring has sprung! I LOVE the Wedgewood salad plates, and I'd have been so wrong if I'd had to guess their vintage (assuming they were from the 60s). You always coordinate things perfectly. The combination of blue and yellow is eye-catching and timeless, and you've shown the gorgeous April Cornell linens off to their very best advantage!

    Your signature (and now famous) porch looks as appealing as ever. With the sheers blowing in the breeze … pure magic!

    Thank you for hosting and for making Tablescape Thursdays possible. Your warm hospitality and divine inspiration turn visions into reality for your adoring followers.

    With respect and admiration,

  33. How very lovely! I love blue and yellow together…warm…just perfect!

  34. Hi Susan,
    I am happy to join your party today after a long break. Your table is so sunny, I just love it because I am definitely craving spring, also. This placemats and napkins are fantastic and so are the Wedgwood plates. Dear Susan, thank you for hosting this wonderful event. You see, we all love it.
    Greetings, Johanna

  35. Hi Susan, what a lovely bright and cheery table. I love the sunflowers in the jug as the centrepiece.I would prefer the birdhouse to be somewhere where the birds could use it to start nesting now Spring is here.

    I love April Cornell sadly not available in the UK. But those gorgeous plates, yes, I am bias but we did and do make wonderful plates here in the UK!!!
    Jackie in Surrey UK.

  36. Susan, your table really spells Spring! Love the April Cornell linens, and your choice of dishes really works perfectly with them. Thanks so much for all your work to bring us Tablescape Thursday!

  37. She does have wonderful colors on her stuff. Love the pitcher you found antiquing! The bee silverware divine!

  38. B-E-A-U-T-Y-F-U-L……….hugs, Flavia

  39. How dear! I have the graniteware coffee pot (it belonged to my mother-in-law) and willow ware, etc. I like the way you think!:-D

  40. What a beautiful table. If feel springy too! I love it when you use the Napoleon Bee, I'm just crazy about it!

  41. Susan, I was thrilled to see the silk sunflowers, I know your centerpiece's are mostly the real thing, but I was so excited to see silks,..I can't always use fresh and sometimes use silks, this is great!!
    Love your "spring" setting, can't wait till porch-time!!!

  42. Laura Ingalls Gunn says

    Oh what a bright spot in the midst of the cold winter. I just adore when yellow and blue is paired together.

    Thank you so much for the kind mention.

    Have a blessed day.

  43. martinealison says

    Trรจs beau jeu de couleurs pour cette table… Bisous

  44. Creative Escapes says

    I hosted a baby shower this past weekend – and the whole time I set it up I was thinking of you ๐Ÿ™‚ I was counting down the days until Thursday when I could share! We did a vintage tea party theme – I linked up #99 – which is my post on the table setting – would love for you to check out the whole series – you will adore the tea section – and oh – the desserts too! Thanks for hosting – I really appreciate it!

  45. we three dogs and me says

    It looks like we are all wanting spring to arrive. I love the blue and white dishes and the birdhouse is wow. Another great table.

  46. Ceekay- Thinkin of Home says

    Hi Susan. Whenever I see blue and yellow together I think of my mom. That was her favorite kitchen combination. Your table is so bright and happy!!

  47. laxsupermom says

    You have the loveliest dishes! I don't know how you store them all. Thanks for hosting this party. I love seeing all the creativity put into all the tables linked.

  48. Oh, I just love this fresh, welcoming table! I could sit here for hours.

  49. Susan, what lovely Wedgwood! & paired with the blue dishes, awesome combo. You always present such beautiful settings.

    TTFN ~
    Have a beautiful day ~

  50. Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea says

    Ah-blue and springy, what could you want more? Looks great.

  51. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says

    What a beautiful, spring table you've set! I have to say that I prefer the birdhouse centerpiece because I associate birdhouses more with springtime. The weather has been lovely here in South Carolina also.

  52. Blue, Yellow & White with a pinch of red is my all-time favorite color combo. I have to settle for the yellow & red with green in my home as there is not a smidgen of blue anywhere. But…I wear that combo a lot! The table is just so beautiful. Those are colors that make people feel good and make them want to smile even when they are having a bad day. Well, I made that up but I truly believe it has to be true!

  53. This is beautiful Susan….love the birdhouse centerpiece! Everything's gorgeous here.

    I was noticing your sweet kitty Max…he's so precious…give him a hug for me okay?! He looks like he's really earning his keep and helping with the blog ain't he lol …sleeping half the time right?! That's what my Rocky does too ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you both have a great day…
    Big hugs,

  54. We must have had similar thoughts today, given the lovely weather. Your Wedgewood is beautiful and the linens so cheerful. Thanks for hosting.

  55. Magali @ The Little White House says

    Thanks for hosting: I love watching, with a bit of envy, everyone's wonderful china.

  56. You had me at the first sight of yellow and blue, my two most favorite colors in all the universe!
    The April Cornell linens are fabulous and I would love owning them. They certainly compliment your choice of plates… the floral salad plate….and the birdhouse is a penthouse for birds!!

  57. FABBY'S LIVING says

    Yes, Susan, your right, I love both, but the bird house is so whimsical, it evokes birds and of course spring. The Wedwood plates are gorgeous, I like them all… beautiful setting. Love Kitty, he's so cute. I like yellow with white and maybe touches of blue too. Thank you for sharing.

  58. Very pretty yellows and blues,lace dishes and sunflowers. Your tablescape sings "Spring"!

  59. Entertaining Women says

    We've had fair weather here for the last couple of weeks, too…but that all changed today. We had a lake full of rain today, and the temps are plunging into the 20's overnight. Ah well…it's still winter, in reality. Love the Wedgwood paired with the Blue Willow…lovely mix! The graniteware pitcher is a winner, and sunflower always speak of warmer climes. Thank you for sharing your wonderful design and for providing the format for Tablescape Thursday. I look forward to it each Thursday. Cherry Kay

  60. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    We were thinking alike this week. I have my first April Cornell table linen and was in the mood for yellow and blue. I love your birdhouse! It is perfect with your table.

    Thanks for hosting!

  61. Magpies and Magnolias says

    Thanks so much for visiting my new blog and leaving such a wonderful comment about my first tablescape!

    I have been an avid reader of your blog for some time, even though I just "officially" started following you. You regularly inspire me with all of your beautiful posts!

  62. Beansieleigh says

    Oh Susan, LOVE your table, and that bird house centerpiece, with the rooster setting atop of it is absolutely TO DIE FOR!!!.. Always a pleasure to stop by here! Have a great weekend! ~tina

  63. Susan, sorry to be so late with a comment. Was away from the computer. Your blue and yellow table makes my heart sing. It's so cheerful and makes me think of the yellow daffodils and blue iris that are popping up in my garden. ~ Sarah

  64. I am a frequent visitor but never comment…just admire and quietly enjoy your blog. But today I felt compelled to comment. I have a set of china that matches your salad plates! Actually, I just boxed up my set this past week, removing it from the cupboard to make room for my Blue Willow set! My Wedgewood does NOT have the colorful center that your plates have, though…it is all cream, and the pattern is called 'Patrician'. It was passed to me by my grandmother because my name is Patricia.

  65. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Trish, that is sooo neat! I will have to look that pattern up. Thanks for telling me about it. And lucky you for inheriting beautiful china! ๐Ÿ™‚ Don't you just love Blue Willow! I use mine for everyday and I've never tired of it.

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