Mother’s Day Tablescape

I’m very happy to make my Mother’s Day tablescape in honor of my mother.  She has been gone now 25 years, but I can still hear her voice and see her smile.  My mother was extraordinary.  Her life was devoted to her family.  She always tried to make things special for each of her children and grandchildren.  I remember her at the sewing machine for hours on end when I was a little girl, making all my school clothes and clothes for all my dolls.  She also loved the horses, racing that is.  She asked her minister if she could tithe her winnings.  He said yes, absolutely!  My mother was very lucky too, hm… interesting.

I am fortunate to have received her china.  I don’t know how old it is, but I remember it all my life and I’m 62.  It is plain, white with 24 carat gold rim.  Mother like to use color with her white china.  Today I’m using gold.  I picked it because gold is a treasure, just like my mom.


I chose a linen while table cloth to cover the table and then a delightful gold smaller table cloth that is so very beautiful.

It is one of my treasure I got from the Goodwill store along with the vase, the napkins,the gold chargers and the stemware.

You can’t really see the label on the dishes, but it says

Royal Continental from Germany.

 Of course I got both sets of my napkins at the Goodwill too.  The napkin rings are from Steinmart.

These gold napkins are simply gorgeous.  I couldn’t wait to use them.

Here is my Mother’s Day cake.  Not perfect by any means, it’s only my third cake since I’ve started cake decorating classes.

I enjoyed making it just the same.

I have been scouring the Goodwills for a beautiful cake plate and haven’t had any luck yet.

In the meantime, I have many beautiful crystal plates that were my mother’s so

of course I used this lovely plate for the cake.

I love fresh flowers on my table, but this time it’s just JoAnn’s fakery!

 They still are very beautiful.

 I’m very proud of my 5th tablescape.  I think I caught the bug!   I’m hooked on tablescapes!  I hope you enjoyed my very simple, but I think elegant table.

I will be celebrating with Let’s Dish at Cuisine Kathleen and

 Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life 

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  1. Beautiful words, beautiful cake, beautiful table, beautiful tribute. Happy Mother’s Day. I am sure you have made your mother proud.

  2. Kim

     /  May 9, 2012

    It looks beautiful. Such a lovely tribute to your Mother. The china is gorgeous and so is your cake. Great job with the rosettes.

  3. A lovely tablescape and a great tribute to your Mom. You are fortunate to have her beautiful china.

  4. so pretty and festive!

  5. You never cease to amaze me, Ellen! What a gorgeous table…and I love it that your Mom’s china are the theme.

  6. Ellen

     /  May 9, 2012

    Hello from another Ellen! Oh no…you’ve caught the tablescape bug. It really is a catchy bug for sure. Enjoy!

  7. Jan

     /  May 9, 2012

    A beautiful tablescape!!!
    I bet your Mom is smiling! She has to love such a great honor! The plates are Gorgeous and I LOVE the napkins,and stemware!!! It all looks like it belongs together !
    You are certainly getting good at it and the cake looks yummy!!! the little flowers are lovely,and I know the girls would each love a piece of cake with a pretty flower …I think I would too 😉

  8. What an elegant tablescape and a beautiful tribute to your mom! I bet your mom is smiling and watching over you all the time. The cake looks so sweet and yummy!

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  9. tweedles

     /  May 9, 2012

    Your post is so beautiful-
    remembering your mom- such a beautiful tribute!
    Moms live in our hearts forever.

  10. Thank for your comment, Ellen. It means so much. My sister never was able to have children and she cries and cries on Mother’s Day and doesn’t go to church, and I guess I always feel so bad as I know she would have been the best mother in the world. So I guess I think of all of the people I know and this is a hard time of year for them. Really, I think you hit the nail on the head, I just don’t remember those really good things that happened just the list of those things I did there were just dumb. I was always glad my husband was so level headed. 🙂
    Your table is fantastic. So is that china. I am amazed at the things you have found at Goodwill. Ours always is so packed out with people I never find anything.
    Thank you your comment really touched me today.

  11. I love all your white and gold treasures! How special to have your mother’s china and remember her setting special tables with it all your life! Your cake is gorgeous! Looks like you’ve mastered icing roses!

  12. What a beautiful table setting and such wonderful memories. How fortunate you are to have your mother’s china to remind you of her love for family It sounds like you inherited that from her. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day. Patty

  13. Oh how this post speaks to me. I miss my mom more than on mother’s day. Mine has been gone ten years now and I can see her in my mind like it was yesterday. Miss her dearly.

  14. FABBY

     /  May 10, 2012

    Your memories are the best, how totally wonderful, sweet friend. Beautiful china from your DM and you just made a gorgeous tablescape to honor her, she must be watching her lovely daughter. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY !

  15. While you’ve been taking cake decorating classes, I’ve been enrolled in a photography class….I’m proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks. Your mom’s china is gorgeous…elegant, refined. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  16. Hi there Ellen! You have done a wonderful job on your tablescape!! Your mom reminds me of my mom…same generation I guess!! Your cake decorating is coming right along too! Beautiful cake!! The picture that you asked about the other day was of LadyBug…usually I put in the label of the post which dog it is…I tried to respond back to you via email, but when I click on your name, it just says

  17. Hello Ellen, what a beautiful Mothers Day post… your mama sounds so delightful, I love that she bet on the ponies and won often!…my mama sewed all of our clothes when I was a little girl as well, and I am sure you loved your handmade ones as much as I loved mine,,, no storebought dress could compare to those… your tablescape is just stunning!… and full of happy memories too… wishing you a beautiful Mothers Day and a Happy Birthday to your sister in law too!… xoxo Julie Marie

  18. Hi Ellen! Oh, what a lovely table you’ve set for Mother’s Day! Your mother sounded like a marvelous little lady. Her china is just beautiful and I love how you’ve done your napkins. The stemware and your flower vase match! How pretty. You mother’s cake plate is amazing and the cake is so pretty and looks delicious.
    Happy Mother’s Day to you and be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  19. Lovely table, Ellen. Your cake looks delicious!
    Happy Mother’s Day.

  20. What beautiful china!! Everything matches so well, you did a fabulous job!!

    I love shopping at Steinmart! Thank You for stopping by and leaving me such a sweet comment on my Mothers Day Tablescape. I hope you have a wonderful week!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect


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