The blossoms are out and spring is officially here. The real spring, that is. Not the calendar one, but the one we measure in blooms and blossoms. 

And blooms we have aplenty. In the garden, on the roadsides and captured in delicate sprays spilling all over Castleton Sunnyvale plates. I got these from eBay, and they’re readily available at

Don’t they conjure up visions of June brides of days gone by? Just the kind of pattern that would have been used at a bridal shower or a trousseau tea. Does anyone else remember trousseau teas with the delights of being all dressed up and the raised eyebrow warnings to be on best behaviour? My mother trotted me along to a few when I was a little girl. I had far less interest in the bride’s outfits than the sweet goodies on offer, but I remember the overall sense of excitement and anticipation of the happy bride and her family on these occasions.

I kept the table very simple, using plain white linens and a single jug of glorious flowering cherry blossoms, just on the edge of losing their petals. An obliging neighbour’s tree provided the bounty.

The Cherry Blossom pitcher by Fitz and Floyd (inaccurately described as “Fitz and Fold” on Amazon) was the perfect height and width to hold the exuberant branches. The pattern was produced from 2011 but is now discontinued. Replacements shows a full coterie of pieces that were produced. I happened upon the pitcher on Amazon and that’s all I was aware of, but I see that eBay has a number of pieces.

I went with gold chargers from Pier 1 a few years ago (still available) and continued the gold tones with the twisted Venetian goblets from Elise Abrams Antiques

Even the bunny salt & pepper set from Pier 1 last year have a touch of gilding.

The big pink water glasses were from Laurel Leaf Farms a few year ago. I love the bold, clear pink colour of these hefty Hoffman Thumbprint vintage footed glasses. I see they have another set for sale.

I was delighted use the insect glass napkin rings from Pottery Barn about 10 years ago, though I dropped one on the stone patio as I was taking the table apart. Drat! (I may have used a more choice expression).


Isn’t it just a puuuurty pattern?

Looking at all that foliage, I am reminded what things will look like in a few more weeks – lilacs in bloom, trees fully leafed.  I shot these pictures last year; the sorting and editing sometimes takes a while, so I end up with leftover pictures as the season gets away from me. It’s a bonus to have a few tables “in the can” so to speak when things get really busy, as they have been lately.

We participated in a blossom parade yesterday on the Cape and made it almost to the end before the heavens opened and everyone got drenched. All part of the fun, though! It’s an annual tradition and a real harbinger of Spring.

Spring, Spring, Spring!  Yes!!!

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