Luncheon/Dessert Tablescape

Come join me for lunch!

I got these cute little luncheon plates at the Goodwill awhile ago.  I loved the purple in them so they were my inspiration.

Many years ago, so many it might have been in a different life, I was a Princess House consultant.  I still have all my Princess House crystal and wanted to use it with my purple dishes.

Goodwill is my new favorite place to shop.  Just on this table alone I got the tablecloth, the purple placemats,  napkins, napkin rings, tea pot, and the stemware piece in the center.

 I think it makes a very lovely sweet table.

For dessert, I served cupcakes which I decorated in cake decorating class.  They are not gorgeous by any means, but they were cute and I’m already getting so much better than this, but I’ll post them anyway.

Remember:  ALWAYS EAT DESSERT FIRST to make sure you have enough room.


Thank you for joining me.

Today I am joining Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life 

For this Wednesday, I will be joining Let’s Dish at Cuisine Kathleen

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  1. how pretty! i love shopping at good will!

  2. akalauni

     /  April 24, 2012

    Ooooh–and here I thought that I owned purple all by myself. So happy to share my favorite color with you! The periwinkles are out at my place and it’s all I can do not to lay down in them. Wouldn’t THAT be a sight. Your table is just beautiful and the crystal is just perfect. :}

  3. janiesporch897

     /  April 24, 2012

    I love the purple touches and those are adorable little plates that you found at the Goodwill store. And I am in love with that little teapot! Great tablescape, Ellen!

  4. Ok, so when am I invited over??? Great setting!

  5. Your tablescape is lovely and the desert YUM!

  6. I never find good things at Good will. I like those dishes and the tea pot very much. Your table is just lovely, I do think you should eat dessert first too. I wanted to say thank you for your sweet comment. I don’t know if it ever gets any easier when you loose your Mom, there always is the desire to pick up the phone and say hi whatcha doin.
    It really means a lot to me.
    Thank you,

  7. First I have to say that your cupcake decorating is so pretty. I wish I could have one as I’m having a sweet tooth attack today.

    Isn’t it amazing what you may find at thrift stores…hidden treasures!

  8. timchildress1

     /  April 24, 2012

    So pretty in purple! The teapot is sweet, and the cupcakes look fantastic!

  9. Pip

     /  April 24, 2012

    Lovely table! I love lavender and purple shades. I also love the little roses on your plates – so pretty!

  10. tweedles

     /  April 24, 2012

    You are so amazing. You find the nicest things, and make things soo pretty

  11. Jan

     /  April 24, 2012

    the stemware centerpiece is breathtaking!!!
    I love the whole tablescape it is absolutely georgous!

  12. What a lovely table! I love purple and the little cupcakes look so yummy.

    How I wish I could find a Goodwill here!

  13. A gorgeous table, Ellen!

  14. Ellen

     /  April 25, 2012

    Well hello there Ellen. I am ellen b. and it’s good to meet another Ellen. I really love those plates you found at Goodwill. Just come over and visit and you’ll see why.

  15. Beautiful dishes! Loving the purple!
    Have a wonderful night!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  16. Adorable teapot and plates! I have no luck whatsoever at GW! Love your cupcakes 🙂

  17. Your Goodwill is much better than the ones around here.. Great great table. It’s just really very pretty. Love the dishes and the glasses.. xo marlis

  18. I love your thrifty table! Goodwill is my home away from home 🙂 I am loving purple this spring and your table is just beautiful!

  19. Hi, Ellen! This is my first visit to your blog. I’m visiting from Cuisine Kathleen’s “Let’s Dish!” blog party. I see that you graced our great state of Missouri for a few years! I am a native Missourian (Kansas City area) and will probably be here for the rest of my life. 🙂 I love all the purple on your table! You made a great find at Goodwill…several great finds as it turns out! have fun in your cake decorating class…that will be knowledge you can use for many years and occasions to come!

  20. Hi Ellen, I have only recently discovered the joys of Goodwill, too. I even took my mom, and now she is hooked too. I think all your purples, especially the dishes, are wonderful and springy! Linda

  21. Your table is lovely…..and I think your cake decorating is coming along nicely.

    BTW….I live in the Cave Creek area….I would love to meet up sometime in the future.


  22. Hi Ellen! Oh, what a lovely table. I love your painted tea pot! You’re getting wonderful at your cake decorating. What pretty cupcakes!
    Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  23. FABBY

     /  April 26, 2012

    I’ve been looking at great tables with purple and yours is no exception! Gorgeous, and the dishes are beautiful, the glass and the pattern ones. I love the placemats and centerpiece. Beautiful everything! Thank you for your lovely and kind comments on my Mil’s tablecloth,which is very special, we were so lucky to have received it upon her death. She and my Fil went all over Europe in 1950 and that’s when they had bought it in Venece, Italy. Lots of hugs,

  24. When I lived in Colorado for a while in the early 1980s, someone sold me a set of those Princess House dishes with the leaves on them. I had never heard of it before, but they were my favorite everyday dishes for a long time. I think I sold them years ago, and now I think maybe I should have kept them. Did you know they will explode in the microwave if you cook a Lean Cuisine on them??? ;-p

  25. Hello, Ellen! Oh, these colors are so beautiful and the crystal goes so beautifully with them. I am seeing a lot of beautiful lavenders and purples today. I like the simple elegance of this table. I am an AZ girl too. Hope it isn’t too hot where you are!

  26. Love all the purple and being from GW makes them real steals, I’m sure! Great napkin rings too!

    I remember the Princess House parties, I have a round butter dish from them!


  27. Great bargains you found at GW. I especially love that sweet teapot. Your cupcakes look delicious.

  28. Your table is beautiful and I so agree that coming from GW makes it even better. Thanks for coming over to my blog and for your very sweet and thoughtful comment. I appreciate that. As I read you bio I knew you were a gal of my heart with your grands and great grands. We have 34 grands and 35 will be born next month. No great grands yet. We have a daughter in Ariz. and when it was SO cold and snowy at our place up north I wondered why we hadn’t moved to Ariz. I think its a smart move. So glad to meet you Ellen. We need to visit each other often!!


  29. What a beautiful table. The dishes and teapot are lovely and I love the deep purple tones.

  30. I have been inspired by purple all Spring and have loved using it in my tablescape. Thanks for sharing your lovely tablescape.

  31. Meeka

     /  April 27, 2012

    Ok, my invite is in the mail, right?
    Love, love, love it! You have an eye for making those pieces work together.

  32. So pretty! I love those delicate salad plates! Your table looks lovely, and what great buys! I couldn’t have left that teapot either, so cute!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let’s Dish!

  33. Penny @ The Comforts of Home

     /  April 30, 2012

    Your table is just beautiful!


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