April 6th is National Tartan Day so today I'm sharing my tartan tablescape (with a bit of French toile and English transferware thrown in for good measure)!!!
Whether you're of Scottish ancestry, as were half of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, simply a lover all things tartan, or as I am; are both, then it's time to get your tartan on! National Tartan Day commemorates the Scottish Declaration of Independence (The Declaration of Arbroath 1320), which is said to have been unequalled to in its eloquent plea for liberty of man and from which the American Declaration of Independence was modeled on.
I started my tablescape above...by hanging my favorite tartan umbrella from the chandelier over the dining table.
Rather than a traditional table-cloth I spread 3 of my reversible tartan blanket scarves across the table, green on the ends and a red one at the center. They reverse to a houndstooth on the back side and are perfect for wearing or decorating with. I used several in my office as valances which I hope to share at some point.
I have to tell you, that before I photographed the table I had hoped to get some fresh flowers to mix with the faux ones I'd placed in the antique 'whiskey' decanter. I made the comment to Shawn that some fresh white flowers would be so nice. Suddenly he had his keys in hand and was headed towards the door. I asked him where he was going in such a rush and he said nunya (translation: none of my business) and was out the door in an instant. I didn't even have a chance to get a smart aleck comeback in so I did what we bloggers often do; I grabbed my camera and watched him from my office. I saw him drive down the street to our neighbors house where, lo and behold, their white Azaleas were in full, and abundant, bloom. I see him chat with neighbor and then proceed to pull something from his pocket and heads toward the Azaleas where he proceeds to start cutting! Apparently, he asked if he might trim a few for his wife's tablescape. Wasn't that so sweet of him? In the pic below that's him between the black car and the first tree on the right. The huge trees are blocking the view of our neighbor and all of their Azaleas.
Thank you to my sweet and thoughtful husband and to my generous neighbors for the lovely white Azaleas that were the finishing accoutrement to my table!
These adorable toile trimmed tartan tea towels (talk about a tongue twister) take the place of dinner napkins. The flatware is Barenthal Mabre'.
Each place setting has one of these vintage Scottish glasses which are each uniquely decorated with a Scotsman from a different clan in his kilt. I have one set of 7 in my store right now.
I layered lots of red transferware, some in a wavy tartan, with mixed tartan dinnerware.
I LOVE transferware, toile and tartan together! Do you?
Do you celebrate National Tartan Day? If so, I'd love to know how! Even if you're not of Scottish heritage, it's a great excuse to get out your plaid on!