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Bejeweled Butterflies ~A Spring Tablescape


Wanting to do a very pretty Spring and Easter themed table I was so pleased when my sponsor Heather at Ladybug's Little Lane sent me these pretty eyelet placemats and napkins to use in my post. I love the lavender color.  "It's perfect, I thought".  
I opted to use these in a tablescape that just has a touch of Easter but very assuredly says "Spring has Sprung". Not being able to find my Easter decor did have a little something to do with not going all out with bunnies. 

I began with a vintage, ivory colored Chenille bedspread I found at a thrift shop for $5. It's so cute with pom-pom trim that I had to pull the chairs away from the table to show this to you.  Even Shawn said he'd like this on a bed. 

If you've tuned in to any of my tablescapes you know I'm into layering.
So I brought in this tulle type fabric with silver and lavender and bunched it up along the table.  I tucked little crystallized Easter egg lights around it.  I allowed some ivy to overflow from my centerpiece and run the length of my 'runner'.     I used lights with white wire here as it would more easily blend onto the tablecloth, however I was able to keep all but about a 2" strip from showing by tucking the wires under the fabric and then under one of the placemats, off the table to a plug in. 

For the centerpiece I used an iron topiary form wound with ivy, roses and a Spring wreath.  In the center I placed an ivy topiary.  I thought  the topiary itself needed a bit of 'umph'  to help tie in with the Spring color scheme so I pinned some of the girls and my rhinestone pins and barrettes in butterfly, dragonfly and bee shapes to the greenery and up along the trunk.  I added a tad of lavender Easter grass here and there to for a little spark of color.

I couldn't resist perching this little dragonfly pin on one of the flowers.

 I chose to use the same pale olive green transferware plates in last weeks tablescape under these beautiful lavender transferware on an ivory body plates just to show how versatile it all can be.  I also thought just a little touch of this green would compliment the lavender.  These lavender plates have such a pretty border.  They are by Grindley , entitled Scenes After Constable using John Constable's paintings as inspiration for the engravings.  I did a post about this if you want to read more or see more in this pattern HERE.

To tied some ivory lace ribbon around each of the glass stems and secured butterfly pins to each.
and filled each glass with layered napkins.  I used vintage white lace trimmed napkins with the lavender eyelet napkins from Little Ladybug's Lane 

Isn't the detail so pretty in these?  You can purchase the napkins by the pair or a full set of 4 placemats and 4 napkins HERE or at any of the Little Ladybug's Lane links (that's almost a tonguetwister!) in my post.
Let Heather know I sent you!

Many of you have probably seen the tiered servers.  I put one together with clear glass candlesticks and four different lavender transferware plates.  I topped it off with a plump little birdie.

Care for tea?

Now to sit and enjoy. 

Happy Easter everyone.  I hope you all have a blessed day.

A Poem for your Thoughts (by me)

Let Me

Let me acknowledge You
Through my writing
Let me hear You
Through a book
Let me credit You
For easing my pain
Let me know You
With my understanding
Let me feel You
Deeply in my heart
Let me speak to You
With my prayers
Let me keep You
To share You
Let me give You
More than you give me
Let me be pride to You
Only your eyes can see
Let me remember You
In absolutely everything
Let me stay with You
Until You come for me

©2000 Nancy Roberts 

I'm linking up with the following blog parties:

Tablescape Thursday graciously hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch
Hodge Podge Friday @ It's a Hodgepodge Life
Tea Time Tuesday at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor
Diane at A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words for Second Time Around Tuesday
How Sweet The Sound hosted by how sweet Beverly for Pink Saturday
Notes from A Cottage Industry for Weekly Words to Live By
and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee at Silken Purse



  1. This is a beautiful Easter tablescape! Thank you for the lovely ideas to include in my Easter table.

  2. What a beautiful tablescape. I love butterflies and lilac is my favorite color.

  3. This is such a beautiful table. I love everything about it!

  4. It's a beautiful tablescape. I love the lilac.

  5. So beautiful! You have such an amazing talent, thank you for sharing!

  6. Stunningly beautiful table, Nancy! I am I am looking for lavender/amethyst/purple dishes to do a tablescape and you have an overflowing table of transferware...I am green with envy! I need more than a few more pieces so that I can use the amethyst glasses that we both own.

  7. Love the dishes, and placemats. The rhinestone pins are such a clever idea...I love it.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. I hope you will check back.

  8. I just love your table..purple gorgeous! The chenille bedspread as a tablecloth is wonderful! I love it!

    Happy Easter,

    Miss Bloomers

  9. Oh My Goodness! I love your blog! And I love your table! And I love your transferware! I have just a few pieces of my own! Thanks for sharing! I will definitely be back! God Bless! Lauralu :)

  10. Beautiful Nancy! You're a layering pro!! :) The egg lights are too cute! Happy Easter!

  11. Very pretty table. I especially love your creative use of the chenille tablecloth. I have several vintage spreads, but have never thought of using them on my table. Great idea!

  12. It's all so BEAUTIFUL!! Great job!!

  13. OH my goodness... I think this is the most spectacular table i have ever seen. EVER! Seriously, when it's time for my kids to get married, I want you to come and decorate for the reception! EVerything is beautiful.. the plates the rhinestone pins, the chenille, I just love it ALL!!!

    And I have a question for you. What do you use when you tier the plates so that they will hold together without any permanent damage?

  14. WOW The chenile is just perfect. I love chenile but never thought of putting it on the table. I'll definitely steal that idea! The table is wonderful.

  15. Your table is stunning, definitely says "Spring has sprung" to me! Just beautiful, the dishes, the flowers, the whole thing! Have a very Happy Easter!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and the nice comments :)

  16. How pretty! I love the lavender plates! Thank you for sharing!

  17. First, I love the idea of using the beadspread for the tablecloth. Great idea, and great find.
    Next I love the colors of the table. Love the easter egg lights. Great job.

  18. Hi,

    I am a first time visitor. Wow your table is so beautiful. I absolutely love your china. You did such a wonderful job.

  19. I love everything about your table, Nancy...the pretty lavender place mats and napkins, the butterflies and lights (those are just fantastic), your tiered plates and dishes and finally, your topiary centerpiece which is just stunning. How creative you are. Nicely done!

    I am so happy you shared your beautiful poem with us! Thanks for popping over today!


  20. what an absolutely gorgeous table! did an amazing job creating just the right balance of every little detail! I also love that got a treasure for dirt cheap with that one...I have been searching for one for ages!

  21. It really surprises me how perfect this combination of the different shades in apricot, lavender and little white and pale green harmonizes. Looks like a bowl full of candies. What a charming idea to put the jeweled butterflys and dragon flys in the flowers. Looks like a tablescape made by Faberge. I really enjoyed seeing your tablesetting.

    Have a nice Eastertime.


  22. So Victorian in flavor...I love the Chenille bedspread & boy, does it bring back memories!
    The pale lavender colors throughout are just beautiful & your little touches of *bling* are fun additions that I never would have thought of.

  23. Your 'scape is wonderfully original and I'm so happy to find a fellow transferware fan. Going right over now to see what's in your shop. Happy Easter and thanks for stopping by to see us. -- Jane F.

  24. Love your table setting. What a gorgeous centerpiece. You got a super deal on the vintage bedspread. They sell for much more than that in flea markets.

  25. Your tablescape is a work of art. Every piece compliments the next, it all goes together beautifully. I can imagine sitting and eating at that table Easter Sunday. Beautiful.

    Thank you for visiting junkblossos. We hope you'll come back soon, we love company. Pat

  26. Fabulous table!!!! The centerpiece topiary is so creative, with all the sparkly additions and I love the huge mound of flowers around the base!
    And what can I say about those fabulous lavender dishes other than fabulous?? I love the beautiful lavender colors with the olive plates.
    So very very stunning.

  27. Hello there sweetest lady,

    Nancy, I simply cannot tell you with mere words, yet I shall try, just what a tonic for my 'artists soul', that visiting your lovely blog is to me my dear!

    The experience is bothing short of 'dreamy', oh so exceptionally, exquisitely beautiful and a vision of utter lovliness!

    Every little fantastical detail, is a feast for the eyes!

    The transferware is exceptionl, with that somewhat rare purple hue, and is shown to absolute perfection, ever so artistically arranged and stacked, one upon the other with those glassware pieces!~ The lace, the colours the centerpiece, even those wonderful Easter Egg lights.~ Fabulous my dear!

    Thank you so much for your kind comments as well as for partaking with my little,'Wednesday Tea For Me And Thee', this week at Silken Purse blog!

    You are also most warmly welcome to also join in with the fun for next week's, 'Tuesday Tea For Two', meme @ my, The Plumed Pen blog; (whereas I have noticed consistently lately that many fellow bloggers are also joining in with several 'Tuesday Tea' blog party memes all at once, including myself; I just love it!)..,

    Have a marvelous Easter with your family!

    (I'm delighted once again that you have enjoyed my little 'Burleigh Chintz', cranberry, red and white, cow creamwer; as you may also recall Nancy, I have a blue and white version as well, also by Burleigh).., I hope you'll find one someday!

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

  28. Nancy, this is stunningly beautiful! I absolutely love the lavender accents and the transferware is gorgeous. It really says "spring" and looks so fresh and lovely. You do an amazing job of layering, which creates so much warmth and visual appeal. I particularly love how you added the jeweled pins and barrettes to your centerpiece to add sparkle and shine...simply beautiful! And your soft lighted eggs added the perfect little glow to enhance the ambiance of the entire tablescape. Another fabulous tablescape Nancy! Thank you for your inspiration...always! Happy Easter to you and yours! xo

  29. Wonderful poem to compliment your pretty purple table. I like your idea of stacking the plates with the candle holders. Why don't I ever think of things like that? OK I can cook but can't decorate:) Happy Easter.

  30. Your table is so pretty. Love the chenille you laid on top and the transferware is lovely. Your flowers and all the little jewels. Lovely Easterness!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  31. I covet your lavender transferware! Just gorgeous! Your entire table is a feast for the eyes.

  32. Your table is just stunning, love all the beautiful colors and love the egg lights, they are so pretty, and of course your transferware is just to die for, wow it is beautiful, thanks for sharing all it is sooooo lovely...

  33. Butterflies are a fun theme for an spring or Easter tablescape and yours is simply lovely. Happy Easter.

  34. Truly wonderful! I love your alliterative title, too!
    That tiered server is absolutely stunning--what a fantastic way to utilize those pieces!
    Hugs, L

  35. Hi Nancy,
    Your Easter Tablescape is the prettiest I have seen so far in blogland, I just love all your layering, colour palette and settings.
    The topiary tree in the centre is a work of art.
    Happy Easter.

  36. Am speechless. Love every inch of your treasure. I am like you. Love layerings. But I am far from your taste. I am learning from the best §;-)

    I always pop in here if I don't cope up my posts. So, I know your art.


  37. I absolutely love what you did to this tablescape!~ The layering was very clever....I love to layer my tops, and jewelery, however, I would not have thought of doing a tablescape! Beautiful indeed! Happy Easter to you and your family!

  38. I am following you too now :)
    WOW i love this! So beautiful and the pictures are dreamy!
    Don't forget to enter my give away, i will contact you if you win!

  39. Thank you for following me, following you too now :)
    I adore this! Beautiful and the pictures are dreamy! WOW.
    Don't forget to enter my give away, i will contact you if you win. :)

  40. Thank you for following me, following you too now :)
    I adore this! Beautiful and the pictures are dreamy! WOW.
    Don't forget to enter my give away, i will contact you if you win. :)

  41. So beautiful! It looks like magic. Thank you for sharing and bringing your hodgepodge to my party. I love seeing what you are up to. Hope to see you again.

  42. Bee-You_Tee-Full! absolutely delightful! You both did a great job! I hopped over from Hodgepodge Friday and am so happy that I did. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day soon. Have a fun weekend! until later...

  43. This is lovely -- so many wonderful ideas you've shown us! Happy Easter.

  44. Hi Nancy~ I look so forward to your postings. :)
    I just love, love the lavender transferware. Also, the little details that you have that just finish off the table like the pins. Gotta love the tiered plates and that sweet birdie on top!! Thanks for posting and sharing

  45. super-rific post as always Nancy. Love the purple dishes..just gorgeous. And, to get that bedspread for $5!! You were blessed.

    I love your post!! Maranatha...Lord...come.

  46. Hi Nancy! Thank you for stopping in for a visit, your Easter table is beautiful...I love the topiary with the butterflys...your guests will just feel so special. I'm going to add myself to your followers,love your blog! hugs, Jennifer

  47. Nancy, Everything is so beautiful! I would love to be sitting at your table.
    Happy Easter & Happy Pink Saturday too..xo Tami

  48. Good morning Nancy,
    Your Easter table is simply lovely! Love all the lavender colours and china! The chenille bedspread makes such a delightful table cloth too. Love the topiary with the dragonfly; a sweet touch! Very special for an Easter dinner! Thank you for sharing and Happy Pink Saturday. Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter.


  49. Your blog is beautiful and I loved your poem. I belong to Pink Saturdays too! Thanks for stopping by! Would love to have you in my May Day Swap!

    Visit again for my poem Easter Praise.


    I became a follower today!

  50. Just Beautiful! Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Easter!!

  51. Nancy, your blog is eye candy! I love your creativity and the photography is beautiful. I enjoy table decor too, but will wait to indulge in that after I retire--way too much in the fire right now! Thank you for visiting my blog--I will be following yours too!

  52. This is one lovely Tea! I love how you used the spread! Oh, the China and tea pot are beautiful! The flowers with all the jeweled butterflies, and dragonflies! The napkin and placemats! I love how you stacked your China for a tiered dish! I am so ready for Tea! This setting is just lovely!!!! Thank You so much for joining me for Tea Time Tuesday! I am so glad you did!

  53. adore it all, but especially the details like the rhinestone pins, butterfly, dragonfly and bee shapes...

    those dishes are gorgeous!!!!

  54. Very beautiful table, Nancy. Love your attention to detail, all the small gems that make it all come together.

  55. Nancy, This is a stunniing tablescape! So professional! I really love your attention to detail. SPECIAL!!!

  56. nancy, thank you for stopping by Old Sweetwater and becoming a follower!!! i'm doing a happy dance. ok...huff-puff...that was the longest 12 seconds of my life. *wink* LOL.

  57. There is nothing I don't like about your table. The flowers, napkins, butterflies-I can't name all my favorites. But the lavender transferware calls to me. I love all shades of purple. If you find them missing, it's 'cause I snuck in and liberated them! LOL Just lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  58. This is such a whimsical tablescape. The pompoms are the perfect touch! I'll be back to see more - I'm a new follower :)

  59. Thanks for stopping by my blog and lovely comment

    I love this table setting,especialy butterflies and Eggs

  60. Beautiful tablescape! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  61. The lavender color is so pretty, perfect for Easter!

  62. Nancy thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment i always get so excited when i see a new comment or follower.. Just Love it.. I Love chenile i use it a lot as well, and finding different ways to use it also.. Love your table setting so beautiful, those dishes are amzing having 3 little ones-and a hubby we dont have dishs like that.. They are wonderful.
    Great BLog- a giveaway-love it- i hope to do so soon as well.

  63. Wow! What a pretty tablescape. You take such great pictures too! You did a great job, right down to the little details :) Thanks for the visit today - I'll be back!

  64. You gave me goosebumps! LOVE the poem! I will keep it in my computer, if you don't mind! I'm going to follow you - you got me hooked! Thanks for stopping over to see my Mary Carol Garrity stuff. I loved having you visit!

  65. Oh! I forgot to tell you - you had me at chenille! I collect them, and have them EVERYWHERE, even made a coat out of one!

  66. Wow! Beautiful! I have never seen purple transferware before! Purple is in! I don't know if it will stay in as long as blue or red or other colors that seem to always be popular, but I have noticed more purple in and around the decorating world the last couple of years!

    Yes, I live in Tulsa! Jenks, Actually!

  67. Just sensational, your colors are truly delightful!

  68. How super, super pretty this is! My favorite color is "purple" (lavendar particualarly). Not only is the tablescape lovely but, it is perfect in your room with the maroon in the rug and the "gold" on your walls! Just wonderful fun. I, too, LOVE to set tables and have been trying to cover it up for years now. Now that I'm in the blogging world, I'm relieved to know that I'm not the only one by a long shot. (but, oooooh, how I get teased about my tendency to bring china home!

    Thank you! I've just spent a very pleasant twenty minutes poking around!

    Love, Katy Noelle

  69. Beautiful poem, Nancy, and the table photos are absolutely gorgeous.

  70. You are extremely talented. Have you thought about being a party planner? I'm serious! You have a talent for this. I am sure there are brides that would love to have you design their tablescapes. Have a blessed Spiritual Sunday!

  71. What a beautiful tablescape...the color is wonderful! Your dishes are breathtaking...the whole table a work of art!


  72. Hi Nancy...

    My friend, I remember this fabulous tablescape soooo well! It's one of my favorite...of course, I love the pretty soft lavender but it's those gorgeous mulberry transferware dishes that have stollen my heart!!! Ahhhh!!! I love how you made the stacking dessert plates...sooo pretty!!! This is just a great pretty, Nancy! Thank you for sharing it with us for Sunday Favorites this week, my friend!!!

    So sorry that I'm just now getting by for a visit...I was out of town yesterday!

    Have a marvelous Monday, my friend!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  73. oh my that is beautiful, love the purple transferware and the setting, you do an amazing job. My husband and I were talking today about transferware (acutally I was and he was listening), we really don't see a lot of it anymore and haven't through the years. I have a lot of red, sold a lot of red, but got it at flea markedts not at our auctions. We always had a lot of blue and I have always wondered if different areas had the different colours.I really enjoy your blog,so so pretty.


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