Tablescaping with Blue Willow

Welcome to the 28th Tablescape Thursday!

Recently I was asked where I get my inspiration for the tablescapes I put together. I’ve gotten this question before and truthfully, I’m not sure I have a good answer…the reason being because my inspiration comes from a different source almost every time. If you have participated in Tablescape Thursday a few times, you probably know what I’m talking about.

Sometimes it may be the china itself…perhaps it calls out for a particular theme…the way my beachy china does with its shell and starfish design. Other times, I might be inspired by something I stumble across in my home or while out shopping, that’s just begging to be used in a pretty table setting.

I was shopping at good ole Wally World right after Valentine’s Day and they had all their potted tulips on sale for $3 each. I don’t normally buy fresh flowers because I can’t bear to see them dying after spending, what’s usually a fair amount of money for them. But these were only $3…even I’ll go for that! Though, I was tempted to buy them in every color, I managed to restrain myself and only bought one pot. Once home, I spied a blue and white pot in my garage…perfect for sunny, yellow tulips.
Blue and White Flower Pot

As luck would have it, the tulips fit right down inside the pot…container and all.   They became my inspiration for this weeks tablescape.  Can you guess which china I chose?

Blue Willow Dishware in a Blue and White Table Setting

Yep, you got it…easy choice…had to be the Blue Willow.

Yellow Tulips in a Blue and White Table Setting

This tablescape is uncomplicated and classic…with its pallet of Blue & White…

Blue Willow Dishware in a Blue and White Table Setting

Crisp, white, linen napkins fit beautifully with the clean, fresh look of this table setting…

Blue Willow Dishware in a Blue and White Table Setting

Bet you recognize these little birdie salt/pepper shakers…I think every Blogger in Blogland has a set of these! (LOL) I’ve seen them on Shelia’s table (Note Songs)…ummm…let’s see…who else has these? I first spied a set at Judith’s, (Sweet Designs) and she was so nice to share where she found them, Target.  You just never know where you’ll find little treasures for your table. This is the first time I’ve gotten around to using them in a tablescape for TT.  I bought these last summer, but the last time I was in Target, they still had some…so it’s not too late to snag a pair.

Blue Willow Dishware in a Blue and White Table Setting

Maybe we should have a “post your Target, white, bird, salt & pepper shakers day,” all across Blogland…wouldn’t that just be a hoot? We could throw Mr. Linky up and visit all the sites to see all the creative ways they were being used? πŸ™‚ Ok, I’m off on a tangent…where were we? Oh, yes, we were in the midst of a tablescape. (Hee, hee.)

Blue Willow Dishware in a Blue and White Table Setting

We’ve had quite the cold spell this week, even got some snow in…of all places, GEORGIA! So, I decided it was time for some homemade soup.  I love a hardy Vegetable Beef Soup and whenever I make it, I go a little crazy…you’d think I was cooking for a family of 10!   I pull out the big dutch oven and throw everything in…fresh celery, carrots, onion, potatoes…some stewed tomatoes, peas, corn, little butter beans…and of course good hardy chunks of stew beef from Publix. My soups tend to be heavy on the ingredients and light on the “soup.” I love a “stick to your ribs,” kind of soup…would that make it more of a stew?

Blue Willow Dishware in a Blue and White Table Setting


You are having seconds, right?

Blue Willow Tureen in a Blue and White Table Setting

Ummm…a hardy soup for this cool March evening…

Blue Willow Dishware in a Blue and White Table Setting

Hope you enjoyed this classic Blue and White table setting!

Blue Willow Dishware in a Blue and White Table Setting

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Blue Willow Dishware in a Blue and White Table Setting

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  1. Susan, it all looks so pretty and how fitting to use tulips. I love seeing the little touches of spring popping up on the blogs. So refreshing.
    We are experiencing a glorious spring day here in Missouri. High of 75.

    Your soup looks identical to my mother’s, wishing I had some now, even with the warm weather.

    Hope you have a wonderful day,

  2. Dream Mom says

    Beautiful tablescape! It looks elegant and classic, two things that I love. Yellow tulips are my favorite. LOL on the salt and pepper shakers. I’ll have to pick up a pair before they are all out!

  3. Susan, I can't believe I am first to comment! What a wonderful setting you have made, and I love, love, love the yellow tulips. They are so fresh and pretty. Really nice detail to the whole table – love the blue & white! Linda

  4. carolinajewel says

    Susan, what a gorgeous table! I love the Blue Willow with the yellow tulips! I do have a pair of the salt and pepper shakers from Target and I have the candlesticks too!!!! LOL Maybe we _should_ have a special day for them!!!! Your soup looks delicious – perfect for the cold weather! Thanks so much for hosting TT – it is so wonderful to see everyone’s tables! πŸ˜€ Jewel

  5. Such a gorgeous table setting, Susan! and that stu… oh my, it looks “delicioso”!

    Happy day to you my dear!


  6. I absolutely love this tablescape! It is so inviting and beautiful!

  7. leigh ann says

    This is so pretty. Tulips are my favorite flower and I love blue willow…I love it!

  8. Oh I really love this one Susan. It calls out to me. The touch of yellow is very nice! That soup really does look perfect for a cold evening. enjoy…

  9. abeachcottage says

    as ever I pop over here and am filled with inspiration, love it!

    sigh just simply love tulips

    I found some china like that out thrifting and thought of you…


    thanks for hosting, I’m playing this week, this is becoming more addicted *smile

  10. The American Homemaker says

    I love blue & white! And the birds are adorable.

  11. Your tulips and your table are beautiful and I believe I will have 2nds of soup! Thank you!

  12. Oh, Susan! I just LOVE the blue and white dishes. And the daffodils just set it off with the vibrant yellow. And the soup looks hearty! Comfort in a bowl! YUM!

  13. Entertain Exchange says

    Lovely table…love the blue and white with the pop of color with the yellow tulips! I long to see them coming up in the spring.

  14. once in a blue moon... says

    i love your blue and yellow, a perennial fav for me… makes me think of holland~ such a fresh table, perfect for me on a wet gray day. your soup looks delish, just a perfect setting~

  15. Susan, your table is beautiful and the soup looks delicious!

  16. mbkatc230 says

    This is beautiful and classic Susan. Tulips are my favorite, especially yellow, and they are perfect with the blue and white. Just lovely. Kathy

  17. Pat@Back Porch Musings says

    Your table is beautiful, Susan and the soup looks delicious!

    I wonder if Target still has those little birdie salt and pepper shakers. I think I “need” them!!

  18. Painter's Place says

    Your table is beautiful. You absolutely amaze me with what you come up with. I’m going to Target tomorrow to find the bird salt and pepper shakers and maybe attempt a Tablescape for next Thursday.

  19. Beautiful tablescape! The tulips actually look real! The soup looks delicious! I’ve been wanting to make some veggie soup. After seeing yours I think I will!

  20. Yummy…I see my seat…on my way….I’ll bring dessert!


  21. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Angela…the tulips are REAL! πŸ™‚ Promise! I had to toss them out today…they were pass their prime and tulips don’t hold over in GA…if you put them in the ground…you get nothing but foilage the next year…or at least that’s been my experience. Susan

  22. Blue is my favorite color, and the tulips sing “Spring!”, so I love this table.
    The nearest Target for me is 60 miles away, but I’ll be there next week, and I’m going to look for the birdies. :o)

  23. Well, I am bummed. I don’t have the birdie salt and pepper shakers! Where have I been?
    Love the blue and white. Very crisp and fresh…and tulips are so pretty!

  24. Susan… first let me commend you for buying only 1 at WallyWorld… great restraint… I have the same problem…

    second… your table is so beautiful. Love the touch with the napkins… and of course the yellow tulips with the blue and white… sublime…

    I’m missing Tablescape Thursday during my hiatus… but I’ll be back soon.

    Now… guess I’d better scoot off and see a few more lovely tablescapes! hugs. Dixie

  25. Charli and me says

    This is a beautiful tablescape. I am really loving the tulips. It makes me think of spring β™₯

  26. new every morning says

    There’s just nothing like the crispness of blue and white.
    What a great idea for displaying the napkins.
    Love it all!

    I’m doing a series on paint this week. Come join the linky party on Friday … I think your porch makeover definitely qualifies! =)

  27. Raggedy Girl says


    As always your table is just lovely.

    Roberta Anne

  28. Gypsy aka Tam says

    Hi Susan,
    I love the blue and white dishes and the crisp white linens and the wicker chairs. It’s just lovely. I also have those birdie salt and pepper shakers from Target.
    Have a great evening and a wonderful Thursday,

  29. Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 says

    your table is so pretty Susan! Blue, yellow and white you can’t go wrong! I love the way you used candle votives! And I am taking notes on everyone’s napkin exhibits! I love the way you put them under the bowl and coming out over the plate! God Bless!Lauralu πŸ™‚

  30. Hi Susan….first, what in the world is Wally World?? Am I missing out on someplace good?….I love your monogram napkins, so classic so beautiful…there is nothing nicer then a simple clean lines setting…and blue and yellow, it's popping up on everyone's table…And then there's Target…do they not have the best cheapie stuff….My table this week has a pair of S & P's from their $1.00 bin!!

  31. candle light, tulips, and food How can you go wrong? Its gorgeous Susan

  32. Teacup Mosaics says

    Oh I hope your beautiul table means spring is on its way soon. My first TT I have been looking forward to it all week. Thanks for hosting.

  33. Hi Susan… is me again, I have my TH post ready, but can’t see your Mr. Linky’s… would you add me… thank you dear


  34. Beautiful tablescape as usual, Susan! I love blue with yellow and those birds are cute, maybe I’ll get me some from Target when I go out of town. Would you believe we have no Target here? Your Veg. beef soup looks yummy!…Christine

  35. cedwards55 says

    Perfection my Friend. For someone who doesn’t often cook, your soup looks wonderful. I can almost smell it! Love the yellow tulips. I might have to indulge myself!

  36. Amongst The Oaks says

    I love the simple elegance of the blue and white china and the yellow tulips. We’ve been eating a lot of soup lately too.
    Hugs, Laura

  37. jerseygirl211 says

    Hi Susan,

    I posted my table for this week. As usual, yours looks fantastic. I’m too tired to view the others tonight, but I’ll do that with my coffee in the moring. πŸ˜‰

    Nite, nite my friend.


  38. That soup looks delicious, and your table is so pretty. I think I’m hungry.

  39. The minute I saw your blue and white I fell head over heels!

    Love, love, love your soup tureen…gorgeous!

  40. prof en retraite says

    Hi Susan…You know I love your blue and white! The tulips are the perfect touch! Your soup looks yummy! I’m still laughing from Monday!!!…hugs…Debbie

  41. Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity says

    Susan, I love this blue and white tablescape with a touch of yellow. I am so ready for tulips. Your soup looks wonderful. I have been so busy. I can’t wait to get back to blogging. I miss doing tablescapes. LOL
    Hugs, Terrie

  42. The top picture in the table are the draw or take photographs, I feel like are the same as the draw. The following is true of those dishes are exquisite. I want to have an open stomach, eat a big meal. LOL.

    Health is the Greatest Happiness & The World at The Present

  43. You table looks so pretty! I love the dishes. They are almost too pretty to put anything in them. The food looks yummy! Now I am hungry! πŸ™‚

  44. Victorian Garden Gourmet says

    You just can’t go wrong with yellow tulips and all that delicious blue. So very pretty.

  45. Yup! Once I saw the blue and white pot and then your yellow tulips…I knew! Your tablescape as just beautiful! Blue and white is just so classic! Your stew looked so yummy! With a hunk of crusty bread..a little butter..of course not too much! Perfect! Huggy Hugs!!

  46. That is a beautiful tablescape! And your soup looked so yummy!

    I can’t wait until I get to post up my tablescapes πŸ™‚

  47. OH, I love the look of crisp white and blue with the yellow. It is just gorgeous. Pretty tablescape and the soup looks so yummy. Hugs, Marty

  48. Linda/ "Mom..." says

    Sweetest Susan ~ Thanks again for hostessing TT today!!! The blues & whites and those FABULOUS monogrammed linen napkins, along w/ the crisp, spring-like look n' feel of the yellow tulips, is sooooo pretty & just RADIATING "happiness"! You just know how to "do it right", girlfriend! Thank you as always!!! Love, Linda

  49. Miss Janice says

    Susan, I love this clean and crisp tablescape…love the blue china, the white linens, the flatware, the crystal, the flowers and…want some of that soup!

  50. Wow, Susan! You just made me want Blue Willow more! I hope I can find them at a good price soon! Great table! πŸ™‚ My inspirations come from different sources, too!

    Have a great Thursday!

  51. Diane @ Four Paws and Co says

    It's beautiful Susan! Your blue & white pot is gorgeous!!! I love the tulips, but I think you should put some "silk" flowers in it so we can see it more often!

    Wonderful soup too. It looks delicious, so what time should I be there for leftovers??? β™₯

  52. Styling by Coty Farquhar, Australia says

    Hi Susan,

    We must have similar taste, I also have the blue and white plates featured in your beautiful setting.

    Your soup looks delicious……

    Please come and visit and if you were ever in Australia I would love you to join my afternoon tea under my apple tree.

    Happy Tablescape Thursday,

    xx Coty

  53. Bama Belle says

    Oh I love the blue and white. That splash of yellow is stunning!

  54. Your tablesetting is gorgeous like always. I love the blue and white china

  55. The yellow tulips really set off the blue and white china. So pretty and so springy.
    Have a nice weekend. πŸ™‚ Brenda

  56. Gorgeous tablescape, Susan, and the food looks yummy too!
    Here’s my entry! Thanks for being such the hostess with the mostess!!

  57. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    My favorite color combination-blue and yellow! So pretty. laurie

  58. Just love yellow and blue together. Mishelle

  59. puddin07 says

    SUSAN, I love the Blue Willow, and of course the yellow tulips, that soup looks yummy, you are making me hungry! Hugs, Connie

  60. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    I love your yellow and blue together. Now I need to get myself to Target and get some birdie salt & pepper shakers! You must have gone to the same soup making school as my husband — we're always eating his veggie soup for weeks!
    See ya!

  61. Susan,
    I adore your blue and white — SO classic! And now I’m going to have to plan a trip to Target (or tar-shay) to find those little birdies! πŸ™‚

  62. Hi Susan..simple?…yes
    Stunning? a resounding YES!
    and add in the soup & we can call it perfect! πŸ˜‰ Bo

  63. I love it Susan! I have a little bit of Blue Willow and it is definately one of my faves! You set this perfectly and with such a pretty glow. I am sure late getting to mine this week, I think i’m like numer 68. Wow are you popular! cindy

  64. So pretty. I love Blue Willow and the soup looks yummy! I have to get a set of those birdie S&P shakers. Blessings, Loretta

  65. Hi Susan,
    Love the yellow tulips – so classic with the blue and white.

  66. Your table is perfect. I love blue, white, and yellow together–so crisp and clean. I'm feeling left out. I don't have the S&P shakers :(. Thanks for hosting. I look forward to Thursdays!

  67. My favorite blue and white and tulips (had them in my wedding bouquets!)simply lovely.

  68. mmmmmmmm the soup looks wonderful!! And everything looks so beautiful!!! Again as always you do a fabulous job!!!
    Now I want soup! LOL
    Love Lilly

  69. Scribbler says

    Great minds run along the same track, “they” say…

    Blue and yellow inspired me, too, this week, although the yellow tulips in a blue and white pot were only in my head!


  70. tardevil says

    I made a big pot of soup too after that snow. It warmed everyone up. Those tulips are gorgeous. Makes me want spring to get here ASAP! Blue Willow is always good!

  71. "Blossom" says

    Stunning a usual; this is so inviting and I too love soup that sticks to your gut!

  72. White Iris Designs says

    Love the combinatin of the blue & white with the touch of yellow. But…if you purchased the potted tulips at a cost of only $3, then YES you should have bought them in every color. I own a flower shop & I cannot even purchase potted tulips at that cost.
    You don't have to let the blooms dying be the end…plant them in your landscape in the fall & they will return to you next spring!
    I say if they still have them RUN back for more!!

  73. santamaker says

    First off, I’m running to Wally to get me some tulips! How pretty!
    Even though I looove using red as the accent with my blue and white, I have to confess, that nothing is prettier than this combination. Yellow and blue. So fresh. Susan, I love how elegant your napkins look, especially with the monogram!

  74. Fabulous as always.I ‘m really beginning to love that blue willow…oops!…Ann

  75. Just beautiful! As Always! Deb

  76. Blue and white — absolutely classic, and absolutely the best color combination!

    What a stunning and simply elegant table. And that stew looks scrumptious!

    (I have yellow daffodils on my kitchen ledge — the yellow does brighten up a winter landscape!)


  77. Sherri S says

    Simply lovely! Tulips are my 2nd favorite flower. The white and blue with that splash of yellow is stunning. The birdies are adorable. Oh ya’ll so have me wanting more dishes and such to do beautiful tablescapes too! I have noticed I am putting more ‘thought’ into setting the table lately. My daughter and I even had dinner with candlelight this week; which was neat. As always, you inspire!

  78. Hi Susan-
    Joined Tablescape Thursday for the first time and enjoying it so far. Wow…there are so many creative and artistic tablescapers out there! I hope you get to check out mine, and thanks for hosting it.
    -marie @ mariesmarche

  79. Sofia Striffler says

    Nice job on the tablescape. Those plates are beautiful. expressively Sofia

  80. Janie's World says

    Beautiful table! I love your dishes and as usual, you have created a beautiful sparkle…

  81. Absolutely lovely Susan! (As usual)…did you ever send in your video of that beautiful porch to hgtv?

  82. Glenda/MidSouth says

    So pretty! I was at WM the other day & was going to buy tulips and forgot. Yours are beautiful. The soup looks yummy! I always make hearty "its a meal" soups – they are the best. A great looking crowd at the get together – bet everyone had a great time.

  83. Debbie @ says

    Hey Susan you did a beautiful job on your table. Love the crisp white tablecloth and the napkins. I love fabric napkins don’t you. that stew looks delicious…and with all the cold weather lately, soup is perfect. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  84. Alisa Lucas-Brown says

    Hi there Susan!
    Your yellow tulips are just what I needed after the snow storm that hit us earlier this week. Your table is so refined and elegant. I love the blue and white and the yellow tulips were just the perfect accent. Of course you always have lovely tables and I always enjoy visting your blog.

  85. OOH I love tulips! Thanks for letting me join all you lovely ladies and your lovely tablescapes! This looks like so much fun! I hope it doesn’t get too addicting for me! haha

  86. Hello Susan, I am very late but have just posted my tablescape. Ypur blue and white table is beautiful, your dishes, tureen and accessories are so pretty and the yellow Tulips a perfect touch. Kathy.

  87. Lady Katherine says

    Just lovely! Susan
    You have made blue willow look more lovely than the pattern is. I love the tulip in the pot! You made me realize I do not have a blue willow butter dish! I going to take my blue willow off the shelf one day. lol Lovely table!

  88. Paula Bee says

    Dear Susan,

    Another beautiful tablescape! The blue willow is such a classic and I love your little salt and pepper shakers as well as all your tea lights. Very inviting! I can almost smell the delicious soup on the stove! Love, Paula

  89. once in a blue moon... says

    oh goodie i am back for seconds, i hope you have some french bread for dunking!

  90. Whew! I’m doing a double post, Tablescape Thursday and Foodie Friday. I’m late!
    I love your blue willow with the yellow tulips. I loved reading how you are inspired by your beautiful table art.

  91. Hey, I’m back for Foodie Friday! Your stew looks heartwarming, perfect for a snowy day down south.
    More Hugs,
    Your Dishy Friend.
    (Yes, I went back to Big Lots. lol)

  92. I ‘linked in’ to mr. linky on the WRONG post this morning …. but I did participate!

  93. FrenchGardenHouse says

    Oh my, each time I come over here, it is so beautiful. Love the blue and white…and I think I will make the stew this weekend. Thanks so much for sharing all this!
    Happy weekend!
    xo Lidy

  94. Oh, my…your tablescape is just beautiful and the stew looks delicious. ummm!
    Oh, and I have the Target Birds and just bought a set for daughter..
    hugs, bj

  95. I am late getting to here but so glad I didn’t miss it! Imlove the yellow tulips with the blue and white. A little hint about tulips in the south. If you dig them up and FREEZE them (they think they are “up noeth”:):) you can then replant them. I think if you google growing tulips you might get BETTER info! I just know a friend in Fl. always did this, I just don’t know when she replanted???? Love, Pinky

  96. Melissa Miller says

    Hi Susan,
    Love the pop of yellow with the Blue dishes.

    The soup sounds really amazing as well.

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and your kind words on my new blog makeover. I’m really enjoying it!
    ~Melissa πŸ™‚

  97. Momovthree says

    Such gorgeous tulips. The setting is simple beauty. That is a fun idea, a post to show all the bird shakers. I may be the only person in Blogland that doesn’t have them. They are too cute.

  98. Happy To Be says

    Soup looks YUMMY girl and I love your blue and white table…one of my favorite patterns..thanks for sharing…Hugs and smiles Glβ™₯ria

  99. Mary Ellen (megardengal) says

    Another bowl of that tasty soup if you please!! I think I could live on soup and salad- I just love it!

    Such a pretty and springy tablesetting- always set to perfection and just lovely and cozy!


  100. I just can’t resist tulips and I love how you combined them with your blue and white. And that soup looks like it would hit the spot…..even here in Phoenix we’re still getting very cool nights!
    Elaine πŸ™‚

  101. kari and kijsa says

    Beautiful!! Your blue and white is stunning!! we added just our plates…all lined up in kari's new pantry!!

    kari & kijsa

  102. City Living Girl says

    There is nothing more beautiful, classic and timeless than a blue and white tablescape! I am so glad that I found your blog and look forward to joining in on Thursdays and Fridays. Thank you.


  103. ~CC Catherine says

    Hey Susan, The yellow tulips with the Blue Willow is stunning! I love the way you put the monogrammed napkin tucked between the soup bowl and the dinner plate, it looks very nice! Super TT! πŸ˜‰ ~CC Catherine (loved the little birdie S/P’s too)

  104. We have very good friends who live in Greensboro and I was sent photos of the snow coming down! Amazing.

    I love your Georgia style and thank you for mentioning where to buy the adorable bird salt and pepper shakers πŸ˜‰

    Your soup sounds wonderful!

  105. salmagundi says

    Soup and Blue Willow – you can’t go wrong! Comfort food, at its best. Sally

  106. Absolutely beautiful table! Your soup sounds so delicious too!

  107. redsoxmom says

    I think I forgot to post on Thursday because I was so excited about seeing everyone’s tablescapes! LOL I love how you incorporated the yellow tulips with the blue and white–just lovely. I would love to have a meal sitting at this table; it would be memorable, for sure. Wonderful job, my bloggy hostess. πŸ™‚

  108. Wow, you are sooo talented at decorating tables! It’s snowing here today in Canada, so I’m surfing lovely blogs to take my mind off it. I LOVE this table. I have a blue willow set from my Grandma. I used it the other day. Your yellow tulips are stunning in the blue pot. I love your Tablescape blogs. I find myself thinking of them during the week. I think I’ll have to become a follower so I don’t miss anything.

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