Cerise. That’s it!  That incredibly rich, deep, clear yet delicate shade of pink tulip. They started out as three rather nondescript bunches plucked from a bucket in the grocery store, and, as tulips do, revealed themselves in all their glory in a couple of days. Tulips are one of the few flowers that continue to grow after being picked, which is why the arrangement which is so carefully trimmed and balanced at the outset becomes a leggy profusion as soon as your back is turned.


Well, clearly these tulips called for tableware that wouldn’t shrink from the task. 


Both plates are vintage patterns by Spode. The salad plate is Romney,  produced between 1952 and 1971. I love the way the pattern bursts across the entire plate. 


The lacy cream pattern underneath is Jewel, and it had a longer production life – between 1926 and 1975. It’s much harder to lay one’s hands on, though.  You can find lots of Romney on eBay, but not Jewel, unfortunately.


Wth the unruly nature of the tulips, an exuberant napkin seemed to be called for. I was hesitant about these French Stripe Napkins from Williams Sonoma at the outset, as they are not really white, and looked dull and unkempt at first. But it turned out the the off white was exactly right against the creamy base of the plates. (They stock these regularly, and go on incredible sale from time to time).



These little compotes are part of the Bristol collection by Fitz and Floyd. They go by the rather stiff name “condiment jars”, I quite like the flowing leaves and creamy texture of the pieces.


The goblet  to the left is a vintage find from Laurel Leaf farms. They’re listed as Hoffman House Thumbprint glasses, and worked really well with the King’s Crown Cranberry Flashed glasses, (available on e-Bay, Laurel Leaf farms and Replacements).

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Think pink!  It’s a happy table, yes?

I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.