Pretty in Pink Table Setting

One day, while shopping for china on eBay, I found a set of Homer Laughlin china with a pretty floral pattern. I bought six, 5-pc place settings and a serving bowl for around $36, including shipping…gotta love that eBay!

Several months later, while out antiquing, I came across another set of china made by International. I loved the pattern, Glenwood, which has a wide pink band with a beautiful gardenia in the center.

A little light bulb went off and I thought, maybe, just maybe, the two china patterns would work together since they both contained a lot of that beautiful color, Pink. (I later found out Homer Laughlin also produced the Glenwood pattern.) I got a great deal that day, 27 pieces of Glenwood for around $14. As I was checking out with the china, the people in line behind me were trying to buy it from me. I’ve never had that happen in a store! πŸ™‚ Once home, I checked good ole eBay and found a few more pieces of Glenwood to complete what I needed.

I’ve always wanted to try using two different china patterns in a tablesetting. Finding these two sets at such reasonable prices, gave me the opportunity to play a little bit. In the pic below, the salad plate and bread plate are the floral Homer Laughlin…the pink banded china is the International Glenwood china.

With the soup bowl out of the way, you can see the Homer Lauglin salad plate a little better.

Here’s a fun, elegant way to make sugar available for coffee or tea…a sugar scuttle.
I love how the little scoop stores right on the back of the scuttle. Doesn’t this just beat a regular ole sugar bowl, any day.

Here’s another look, using the Glenwood pattern as the bread plate this time. I had fun seeing just how many layers I could make. I created four different layers here…they are, from the top down: Homer Laughlin fruit bowl, International Glenwood soup bowl, Homer Laughlin salad plate and Glenwood dinner plate.

All pieces depict a pretty gardenia…

A while back, I came across these two little swan ashtrays and I bought them to use as salt cellars. Remember the swans I posted yesterday. If they are still there when I go back to A Classy Flea, I think I may buy them to go with these below.

Below are the two I saw recently at A Classy Flea. I like how they are a little different…don’t you think it’s more interesting than if all the salt cellars matched perfectly?

I do like the way they look with this tablescape…what do you think?

Tea party on the porch…and you are invited!

Info. you may want to know: Chinas shown above are: Homer Laughlin,floral pattern name is unknown and International, pattern is Glenwood. Homer Lauglin also made the Glenwood pattern. Sterling is Towle, King Richard. Lace chargers are from Horchow online. Candle sticks came from A Classy Flea. Sugar scuttle purchased on eBay…I still see them on there all the time.


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  1. Diane@A Picture is Worth.... says

    Hi Susan,
    Your pink tablescape is beautiful!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend,

  2. SHaBBy ViNTaGe CHiC says

    Your attention to detail is amazing!!
    Goegeous tablescape, and I love how the little swan looks.

  3. Pat@Back Porch Musings says

    Lovely Pink Saturday post.

    I worked for Famous Barr, a May Company store, now Macy’s, during the early 80’s. My position was in the china, silver, crystal department. Table linens were also a part of this area of the store. I think that was the beginning of my love affair with tablesettings. Slow days and nights would find us “playing” with the dishes. Great fun and I learned some things, too.

    You’ve given me wonderful inspiration here. Thanks so much!

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  5. Sherry Goodloe says

    LOVE your china and what a great deal TOO!

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  7. Susan…your table is absolutely lovely! And…your porch swing looks inviting. Perhaps I will stop by for a spot of tea!

  8. All I know is you have such talent in creating a gorgeous table setting. I’m just blown away by how elegant and beautiful all of your tablescapes are. Thank you so very much for creating your blog and all your brilliant ideas.

  9. KarenHarveyCox says

    What a beautiful table you set, and this music is dreamy too. I love those pink plates and your centerpiece is enchanting. Happy Pink Saturday. Karen

  10. RetiredAtLast says

    The swan ashtrays you spied at the The Classy Flea in your recent post, should come home with you on your next visit there. After all, variety is the “spice” of life.
    They would coordinate beautifully with both china patterns, which work well together, as you have shown. What a lovely offering you have presented today.

  11. Absolutely beautiful dishes, and you put everthing together very tastefully, Gorgeous!
    Blessings, Virginia

  12. decorator101 says

    What a beautiful tablescape. I love the way you think “outside” the box.. I agree with Glenda the swans are a “must” purchase..and you know I “adore” the sugar skuttle..Thanks again for another inspirational tablescape..
    hugs ~lynne~

    Love the refreshing and relaxing..

  13. The mixing and matching is such a great idea and makes the china sets even more versatile…I don’t have any salt cellars or sugar scuttles, but now I think I’ll be on the lookout for them or something like the mini-ashtrays idea…Thanks for the “food for thought, Susan!
    πŸ˜‰ Bo

  14. Grandma Faith says

    Your pink china is gorgeous. I love how you mixed everything in so well. Have a good day!

  15. Very elegant yet with a cottage feel! Happy Pink Saturday!

  16. Good Morning, My first visit to your blog and I love the name and your table is gorgeous. Enjoy your day.

  17. Hi Susan, What a nice way to start my day. I would much rather be sipping my coffee at your beautiful pink table. I LOVE all the pink dishes , they look amazing together. I really hope you purchase the swans. I am going to go out and look for some ashtrays to use in the same way. It is a great idea. I love your blog. What I am finding is looking on RMS adn blogland is making me see my home in a new light. It is inspiring and motivating. Thankyou for the inspiration. Smiles Kathysue

  18. Suzie Button says

    Susan, I think your matching of the dishes and accessories are wonderful! I want to pop over for brunch, ok?! Happy Pink Saturday! Suzie

  19. Debbie @ says

    Wow Susan, my mouth dropped open at the beautiful table you set. I love the china mixed together. It looks wonderful that way. Once again you have outdone yourself!
    Have a blessed Saturday!

  20. Your dishes are just lovely, Susan. I love how much fun you have playing with your dining table…

  21. A girl can never have too many pink dishes! they made your table beautiful
    come for a visit

  22. What a beautiful Pink Saturday Susan…All your tables are great..but being a pink girl I really love this one…and Yes those swan ashtrays would go great with your others..what and art you have for doing these..I still find alot of Homer Lauglin at yard sales..just gave mine to my daughter last week along with most of my house haha!! hope you have a great day dear friend…Love your blog..Hugs and smiles Gloria

  23. I love the sugar scuttle! You have the most beautiful table scapes…are you sure you’re not related to Sandra Lee?!…

    You have really inspired me! I went home the other day and got out all of my good dishes (my mom gave me her Redwing pottery Bob White dishes), I set the table in anticipation of taking a picture and participating in Tablescape Tuesdays… camera wasnt working so I went looking for the little book to see if I could fix it somehow…meanwhile my sweety passed by the table…..he was so excited! He thought I was making him a big feast!…..oops! ..sorry!…maybe next time! Camera still doesnt work…so working on getting a new one so I can join in the fun.
    Take care, ~Cindy~

  24. Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too says

    Pretty table setting and what a great deal on the china!
    I love your header too……..cookies and iced tea,my favs. I would love to sit on that porch πŸ™‚

  25. Life on Bonnie Lane says

    So lovely! My favorites are your Homer Laughlin pieces, and those adorable white lacey chargers! I can’t imagine anyone actually using those pretty swans for ashes! You put them to much better use as salt cellars. They’re perfect for that!

    Also loved your previous post on the Classy Flea. Oh my, I could have had too much fun in there!


  26. Wonderful table setting. I like the idea of mixing two patterns.

    and I have to say – napping on the front porch is a great blog title!

  27. Thank you Susan! This is so beautiful and I love the way your peel away the layers! Both china patterns are amazing & look like they were meant to belong together. The chargers are gorgeous too. I'll have to check out Horchow! :0} Diane

  28. Oh Susan, you never cease to amaze me! This is so beautiful! Just 2 or 3 weeks ago I gacve my daughter my Grandmothers china that was a cream base and pink roses on it. I am now going to HUNT for other china to go with it so she can create something similiar!!! THANK YOU so much for the inspiration!!!! Hugs, Pinky

  29. I’m running out of superlatives to describe your wonderful tablescapes. Love the pink banded china with the floral. Please include me in this week’s Tablescapes on Tuesday:


  30. I just noticed your kitty on the sidebar…he/she is even decorated pretty!! What a cute face…I hope you don’t mind but I tagged you…come on over and see what’s up! πŸ˜‰ Bo

  31. Loved all the combinations of dishes for your table settings. Just lovely. I’m still intrigued with your tablescape tuesday….

  32. Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage says

    Your place setting is BEAUTIFUL and I love your home!!!

    Happy Pink Saturday!


  33. Oh my goodness this is beautiful!! LOVE the Homer Lauglin pattern and the sugar scuttle!! I always feel like I get an education when I come here! πŸ™‚ And such beauty to the eyes too!

  34. Hello Susan, I love all your pink china. I have to admit, I am one of those persons who bids against you on ebay and buys up that beautiful china and breaks them into little pieces and puts them on my mosaic projects. Looking at your beautiful table settings, I actually felt kinda guilty breaking the china because Homer is my favorite! LOL
    Happy Pink Saturday!
    Love, Ann

  35. Welcome to your first Pink Saturday, Susan. I’m so glad you decided to participate.

    Your table is just exquisite. I have Homer Laughlin Jean. Your pattern looks quite similar – maybe the same. My mother got the dishes when she got married.

  36. The china looks fantastic together. You did not mention the lacy charger plates. I really like them.

    That sugar shuttle is the best thing! Happy Pink Saturday!

  37. Susan Hickam says

    Love your whole post. I have some Homer Lauglin peices as well-it began my love affair with pink actually. Welcome aboard the Pink Saturday ride.

  38. Simply stunning pinks!!! Your table arrangements are beautiful. The bunny is wonderful. Have a great day.

  39. Susan, you have got to have those other swans. I cannot believe you didn’t buy them the min. you saw them, since they look so pretty with this china and you already had 2 other swans. Yes, I think it will make a much more interesting table to have two different sets. I do hope they are still there. Love this china and as always, your lovely tablescape. laurie (bargainhunr)

  40. fitty's pinky rose cottage says

    Happy Pink Saturday! and you have such pretty pink setting here.. and I like it so much! so pretty! thanks for sharing.. you always have beautiful table setting! Have a great weekend!

  41. I love your tablescape, and I really like the Homer Laughlin, but even better are those chargers…. you didn’t mention about them….what pattern are they? I LOVE them…

  42. Twice as Nice says

    What an amazing tablescape. You are so talented. There’s an art to setting a beautiful table such as yours. Perfection down to the last detail. Love it.

  43. Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden says

    How pretty! All of these gorgeous dishes work together like magic. I just love Home Laughlin’s designs. The charger plates are stunning! I covet thy sugar scuttle, lol!
    The scenery is wonderful too~

  44. I really like this tablescape. Your attention to detail is just wonderful. You have a wonderful eye and I very much enjoy your blog and your photos.

  45. Donna @ Party Wishes says

    I’ll be right over!!! Just adorable…I love eBay too!

  46. Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents says

    Happy PS a little late! Beautiful combination of pink china pieces! And I absolutely love your use of the little swans as salt cellars ~ I’ve got a yummy lt. aqua one on my selling blog, but it is too large for that use. I do just love them, tho!!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  47. Beautiful table settings!
    Happy Pink Weekend : )

  48. My Grandmother had this china.. I believe all of the pieces are still there. There is even a small teapot/coffee pot. It’s lovely china and it was wonderful to see it displayed here. Thank you for letting me see what a teasure our family has. Jeanne from IL.

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