Hooray for May and Mother’s Day!

To celebrate, I thought a dose of soft pastels and fragrant lilacs was in order.

Don’t let their lowly name, “common” lilacs, fool you. Their scent is divine. 

I paired them with antique Royal Worcester plates in what I think of as an “Eau de Nil” shade.

Translated, it meant Water of the Nile and was a trendy shade for decorating rooms in the late 19th century. 

The centre detail on each plate is different.

Can’t you just smell the lilacs? Mmmmm.

Antique Venetian glass picked up the turquoise shade on the shoulder of the plates.

Lilacs have rather spindly, pathetic stems; they do a poor job of holding up the exuberant blooms. So I cut the stems quite short and used sturdy shot glasses to support the individual bouquets. 

For the larger display in the centre, filled a small tumbler with lilacs and set it on the footed compote that forms part of the Royal Worcester dessert service. All very simple, but it worked.

Lilac Venetian Glass open salts held up the purple end of the glassware.

Gold lustre charger plates and gold-rimmed dinner plates (both discontinued) were from Pier 1.

One last, slow, deep swoon. I do wish you could hang around longer, dear lilacs.

I hope everyone has a lovely Mother’s Day. It’s going to be an odd one this year, though, in some ways, this stripped-down version provides some relief from the relentless commercialisation of the day. Breakfast in bed is always welcome, followed by a chat (video or otherwise) with children and grandchildren. Staying connected is all that matters in the end. 

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