Tablescape Thursday: Celebrating Storks and Babies

We were privileged to be a part of beautiful baby Lindsay’s baptism and celebratory party. Lindsay’s flowers and her adorable photo served as the inspiration for today’s baby shower tablescape. I tucked Lindsay’s photo from her baptism invitation into a cranberry glass box.

Of course, Lindsay’s party needed to be centered around PINK so I created a floral centerpiece in my favorite hobnailed cranberry glass bowl. Everything looks good in this vase.

When planning this centerpiece, I grabbed the wood carving that my father created for my children of a stork delivering a baby.

When my mother and father visited the Netherlands, my father became intrigued with the rooftops and chimneys in the lovely cities.

Pewter chargers laid on a cream lace tablecloth and cream and pink floral placements set the stage for the place settings.

Every hostess should own at least twenty plain white plates to use as a base for table settings. Mine are Pfaltzgraff Filigree and can go from the most formal table to an outside party on the patio.

On top of the white service plate, I layered a rimmed soup bowl (Claridge from Four Crown China); this was my mom’s china and these bowls work well for salad or soup.

We received eighteen Cristal d’Arques wine and water glasses for our wedding thirty years ago. We assumed some would break along the way — we still have all thirty-six glasses! Our swirly champagne glasses would certainly be filled with pink champagne for this event.

To add a little pink flair, each place setting is topped by a cranberry juice glass with a sparkly daisy.

Setting this table was special for me, as it features both my family heirlooms and the darling grandchild of my heart. Every time I see my dad’s stork carving, I want to visit the Netherlands and find out what inspired him. He’s not here with us any longer to tell me, so I’ll have to see it for myself.

I’m linking up today to Between Naps on the Porch. Stop by Susan’s blog to see some fabulous tablescapes to inspire you!




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12 thoughts on “Tablescape Thursday: Celebrating Storks and Babies

  1. The tablescape is so beautiful! I remember making lovely centerpieces … before children! 😉

    It’s always interesting to see something new about Grandpa or Grandma. Those roofs ARE fascinating!

    • Jessie, there are many more stories to tell in the ephemera of a life well lived and I love telling family stories in my tablescapes. Your day will come again, darling girl. XOXO

  2. Where to start, where to start? When I first laid eyes on that stork, I thought to myself that it must be something of value in your family. It had a look to it. I can’t express “the look” in words, but it had a look to it. It is SO cool that you have this treasure to enjoy and pass on within your family! It pays tribute to your Dad’s memory as well as to the newborn (or soon-to-be newborn) being celebrated. I’ve never been to the Netherlands, either, but I hope you get there someday very soon. I’d be interested in getting your take on the rooftops & chimneys there. Hooray on having all of the original 36 pieces of your wedding crystal! That’s quite a feat!!! I agree with you that every hostess should try to stock up on as many white plates as she can find space for. They are a staple for large group entertaining!!! What a pretty shower table packed with good memories! Have a beautiful day!

    • Alycia, your comments keep me coming back with new ideas and your support of other bloggers is inspirational. Thank you.

  3. What a lovely table for a lovely occasion! The hobnail vase is beautiful; perfect for a baby girl event, and that stork and baby is so precious. You sure don’t see much of storks these days, and I think it’s such a sweet idea. I remember believing that storks DID bring babies!! 🙂 so I’m really touched by this one, especially with the story behind it. Lovely. ~Zuni

    • I am enjoying telling these family stories about all my “stuff” instead of being annoyed that I have to store it all when I love it so much. Thanks for your support, Zuni.

  4. I’m new to your blog, visiting from TT. So happy to find you! Love the stork carving that your dad made for you. How special to have this handcrafted treasure.
    I’ve not been to the Netherlands, but when we were in Marrakech I was fascinated with the huge nests built by the storks. If you visit my blog, you can find a post that shows some photos of these. They are amazing!

    • Those huge stork nests are kinda scary, but I love the idea around my dad’s artistic interpretation. Thanks for visiting!

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