Setting a Beautiful Summer Table with Dolly Madison China…

Happy Tuesday, friends! It’s time for another Pinterest Challenge hosted by my friend Cindy of County Road 407, thank you Cindy!! If you are just coming over from Laura at Everyday Edits and/or are new to French Ethereal, welcome! I am so glad you all came today as this month our theme is Summer Tablescapes, something dear to my heart…

Our inspiration photo from Sanctuary Home Decor

My takeaway

I love Karen’s table set out on her back patio for a summertime meal! It is so pretty with all the whitewashed wood of her table and chairs, and the pretty soft cream and soft pink peonies.

The flowers look like they are floating above the table set in their clear glass bottles ~ really ethereal!

Her table looks like it is set for a light meal featuring soup and sourdough bread ~ perfect when it it hot outside and we often don’t feel much like eating a big meal.

Blue mophead hydrangeas from my garden

My table

I began my table with spreading out this small summertime quilt given to me by my mother a long time ago, if I remember correctly. She found it at a local church bazaar in Connecticut.

I love all the yellows, greens and pops of red and pink and roses and it is a perfect complement to all of the rose-covered china.

All of the tableware with the exception of the Crown Dorset teapot (right, covered in dark and lighter pink roses, green leaves and smaller yellow roses), was a new gift from my mother-in-law Gini, who is out here visiting with my sister-in-law Jodi and nephew Corey from California.

My husband and mother-in-law at our wedding in 1987.

I have a patio outback but we’ve been cooking outdoors and there is no beautiful grass out there, just dirt, so I chose to stay indoors with my tablescape this time. πŸ™‚

I set the table then realized I hadn’t brought out any clear glassware so I reshot some photos and they will be intermixed.

Collecting vintage china

This vintage china is called Dolly Madison by Castleton and there are enough placesettings for 9 guests. I love the simple centered dark pink rose set into each plate and on each side of the teacups. Next to their IOOF lodge in Sacramento, California, they open a thriftshop on the weekends once a month, I think, and she found these pretty pieces there.

The chocolate pot my mother-in-law also found at the same thriftshop and it is stunning! I have always wanted one and this one is unmarked except for KW 5634. It appears to be an antique French piece and is bone china with gilding around the teapots upper and lower scalloped edges.

Love all of these pieces!!!

Here is our table all set and with several of the remaining hydrangea blooms in small glass containers surrounding the main teapot vase…

We had a loaf of French bread so it is in here, too, helping recreate the look of our inspiration piece.

A sweet table set for sweet thoughtful family!…

I’ve used my older and almost vintage Simply Shabby Chic handkerchief napkins underneath my silverware. These are no longer available but you might find them online or at your local estate sales and thrift stores. πŸ™‚

New plants are settling in nicely outdoors. I’ll share a summer update on the garden soon.

And that’s my recreation of today’s lovely tablescape!

Thank you so much for visiting today! Continuing the tour, we head back up top to visit Cindy at County Road 407. And, here is the list with everyone participating today if you like to jump around, too… πŸ˜‰

Enjoy all these incredible tablescapes,

Barb πŸ™‚

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26 thoughts on “Setting a Beautiful Summer Table with Dolly Madison China…”

  1. Barb,
    Love your tablescape especially your pretty china!! So dainty and charming!! What a wonderful gift from your MIL!!
    The quilt is stunning and what a great idea to use it as a tablecloth!! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Thank you so much, Debbie! With my MIL coming out to visit, this was perfect timing to be able to share her lovely gift and to share with you all. <3

      Glad you enjoyed this post,
      Barb πŸ™‚

  2. Barb, I love your table with the Dolly Madison china. It is such a sweet pattern and is perfect with the quilt. Your table has a lovely romantic feel. Happy Summer!

  3. Barb, I love your table with the Dolly Madison china. It is such a sweet pattern and is perfect with the quilt. The table has a lovely romantic feel. Happy Summer!

  4. Barb, I love your table with the Dolly Madison china. It is such a sweet pattern and is perfect with the quilt. Your table has a lovely romantic feel. Happy Summer!

  5. I just love your gorgeous china and quilt. They are both such perfect additions to your lovely table. Your hydrangea is the perfect touch. So beautiful Barb!

  6. Barb your china is so pretty and what a sweet treasure have and enjoy. Love the quilt square and all the flower patterns. It looks very English cottage to me!

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! I agree that the quilt has an English cottage feel. I’m glad it jumped out at me from the linen closet for this challenge.

      Happy new week to you,
      Barb πŸ™‚

  7. Hi Barb! You’ve set such a lovely table with your vintage pieces! I especially love that teapot too. The detail is so delicate, and it sounds like the pieces on display have sentimental meaning, too. That’s the best kind of tablescape! I look forward to hearing more about your gardens. I’ve really enjoyed having my plants coming back again after the freeze earlier this year. Hugs!

    1. Hi Crissy! Thank you so much, this was a fun table to create!! I will share more of the garden soon. The hydrangeas have been the stars this summer and the white paniculata has been just beautiful blooming out in the new southern garden. Sadly, I lost most of my boxwood so will have to pick some up this fall.

      Enjoy your pretty garden and I’m glad your plants came back,
      Hugs back,
      Barb πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Paula. This “new” china pattern is very simple but the quality of the china itself is very good. It should last for years!

      Happy new week to you,
      Barb πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Niky, I am just seeing your comment here on the 9th of July… Sorry! We’ve been so busy prepping for the new shed to arrive, everything else went out the window! I’m glad you enjoyed my post and the china my MIL brought!! Have a great weekend and I hope your 4th of July was wonderful! Hugs, Barb πŸ™‚

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