Hooray, hooray, it’s March today! Time to celebrate our survival of four dismal weather months of frigid temperatures, capped by two tantalizing days of warm temperatures. In an unprecedented burst of enthusiasm, we hauled out the swing and chair cushions and enjoyed a glass of wine on the porch at the end of the day yesterday. Granted, we were bundled up in coats and blankets, but it was worth it!  Things are supposed to change drastically today; by the sound of it, March will be coming in like a lion in the Great Frozen Tundra of Canada, so let’s enjoy some spring green in anticipation of St. Paddy’s Day.

Pier 1 branched out into some cheeky appetizer plates this spring, including these Greenhouse Plaids offering. How cute are these?

The pattern features four different checks, plaids and stripes. One of them matches the Bold Green Gingham napkins they brought out last year, which are once again available.

Pier 1’s new Natural Greens Plaid napkin coordinates with another plate. 


Both of the napkins are terrific; the fabrics wash very well and have a lovely soft hand. You can’t really go wrong with green plaid napkins – they go with so many table settings. 

For the centre of the table, I used cheerful yellow primroses in a footed wooden bowl, white lanterns and chicken-wire covered smaller lanterns surrounded by green wreaths (items mostly from Pier 1, all discontinued, unfortunately).

Mikasa’s Broadway yellow plates with their bold stripe formed the base of the plate stack. I picked these up from Replacements a few years ago, prompted by one of their emails featuring “seasonal suggestions”.  While we are on that topic, Replacements has undergone a very interesting transformation, with a much more user-friendly website, and an active digital presence including design suggestions on how to combine vintage and modern patterns. They recently promoted this article by the Washington Post on their Facebook page. 

Queen Anne Pillivuyt salad plates came next; they’re still available from Williams Sonoma. The flatware is rose gold Twig from World Market.

Having embarked on the bronze metal tones with the flatware and chicken wire lanterns, I gave these little bird napkin rings an airing.  They were an Amazon find, and fit right in with the spring theme…

…as did the bird and birdhouse salt & pepper from eBay.

The glasses are vintage Buttercup by Fostoria.

They’re available from Replacements and on eBay if you keep your eyes peeled. I particularly love the shape of these, and the feel of the stem. These are my “go to” glasses for an end-of-day glass of wine when we are in the Cape.

Not long now until we start seeing primroses in the garden, not just in the shops.


Daylight savings time starts next weekend. These time changes are a mixed blessing. While I love the additional light at the end of the day, “Spring Forward” results in a bit of backslide in terms of light in the morning. Ah well, can’t have everything 🙂

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