Mama’s Favorite Tablescape

Mama’s Favorite Tablescape

What’s on your table? This month I have my Mama’s Favorite Tablescape adorning mine.

What a great time of year to show your mama a little love, right?  So why not pay a little homage to the lady that was the glue in your family, she held it all together in times like these. Make some of your Mama’s Favorites recipes then set the table with Mama’s Favorite Tablescape.Setting the table these days is such a lost art these days. Most families are so busy they spend meal time going out to a restaurant or grabbing a bag fast food between school activities. I know a lot of my friends have started to specifically set as side Sunday dinner, as sit down family meal time, with no technology, only quality family time. (Envision kids rolling there eyes and moaning.)With this table setting I wanted to invoke a sense of nostalgia, and take you back to your childhood. These cute bowls inscribed with Home Cooking, Best Ever and Mama’s Favorite’s  were what inspired this entire tablescape. I found them at Hobby Lobby. I know surprise, surprise I shop there a lot. I love that they are a white base, so I can mix and match them with our everyday china.

Designer Tip:I have found over the years, if you stick to only white dishware, you can always mix and match things at the drop of a hat. It allows you so much versatilely when pulling together tables for holidays and parties. 

A FUN PARTY THEME- I also used this fun theme for a Supper Club Party. I invited all the guest and asked them to prepare a family favorite to share, along with 10 note cards with the recipe to share with each of the couples. At the end of the night we all had a splendid dinner and walked away with 10 new recipes to add to our cookbooks. Now obviously the husbands did not care anything about this, but the ladies really enjoyed the thought put into this evening.For this table I decided to add in the cute little milk jug glasses as an homage to drinking milk with every meal. I remember every home cooked meal my mom made when I was a kid, was always accompanied by a glass of milk. “It will make you grow up strong” she would say, with no fear of possible lactose intolerance, since that had not been discovered yet… it truly was an absolutely a different time period.Since I am already on the nostalgia train I would like to take you over for a closer look at the sideboard. I decorated with my mother’s old 1958 Betty Crocker Cookbook. I will tell you, it has seen better days, but that is part of the charm which makes it an authentic family heirloom. The small fabric envelope in out front is as a set of handmade toile napkins. I featured these on my Instagram page recently as a teaser for this very post. Using the #myhouseinjuly, an online decor inspiration page for the month of July, under the topic of #vintage. I found these beauties at the local Green Bean Exchange Antique market and fell in love. I wish you could still buy napkins sets with these cute little storage envelopes. Just another lost art that exhibits the southern graces I grew up on.You may have also notice that I have a small shadow box on the sideboard. This contains my grandma’s prized Chess Pie recipe. It has been a staple in my family for over 50 years, often causing a fight over who got the last piece. I created the shadow box several years ago to protect her original handwritten recipe, on a envelope no less, along with some family photos and other kitchen keepsakes. Finally, no tablescape is complete without a element of fresh flowers. These beautiful limelight hydrangeas were actually clipped out of my very own yard. I just picked up some red roses at the store and added them in to match the linens. They are very easy to work with since the blossoms are so large, and do not require a lot floral arranging skill. Also hydrangeas will act as a oasis or frog to hold other flowers in place like the roses to make a super easy flower arrangement for beginners, which is why they are a prime choice of many bloggers and gardener for cutting gardens, see more at All About Autumn Hydrangea.

If you read my Pet Friend House Plants post last week, you will notice I listed hydrangea as a poisonous plant for pets. So please know, that while these pretty lovely’s were only placed on the table, it was only for the photo shoot. They were promptly removed since my fur babies love to eat things they should not. So what’s for dinner? Well Mom’s meatloaf of course, with a side of homemade mashed potatoes and oven roasted green beans, and don’t forget the milk!! You can find my Mama’s Meatloaf recipe that I have converted to a more modern day take by using ground turkey. Here’s hoping you make the time to have your own family memories and the ability to share a little bit of family history and nostalgia with the future generations at the same time. Cheers!

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  1. How precious that you have these nostalgic items to decorate with and celebrate things of the past. We always had dinner at the table every day with our girls, no TV, no electronics, just all of us chatting and laughing. None of us would trade those dinners and memories for anything.

  2. Glenda

    Just like mom used to make for sure! Are your posting her recipe too?

  3. I love this idea! And those dishes are adorable!!

  4. Ewan Szewski

    I’ll have to say that you are doing a very great job in writing good articles like this.
    I’ve bookmarked you and will gladly follow your upcoming articles. Thanks again.

  5. Stephanie Barnard

    What a sweet little theme for your table. I love this idea of Mama’s Favorite dishes. It would make a great potluck dinner idea.

  6. You are so right!!! Around this time last year I was involved in a supper club and when I hosted the theme was family favorites.

  7. Sergai Potek

    Pretty table, I should probably set mine more regularly. Nice flowers.

  8. Mama Can

    The next time I read a blog, I will always compare it to this one. Love you design ideas and love that you paid homage to your mama.

  9. Addison Wheeler

    I’m thankful for this lovely site and pray you realize what a powerful job that you are providing teaching many people design through the use of your website. Just wanted you to know.

  10. Brainna Hatch

    Another pretty table setting. Are you on Instagram? Are these picture out there? I would love to -> reshare some of them.

  11. Cathy Clausan

    I will be happy to share your beautiful work with all my friends. This would make a great mother’s day table too.

  12. Alicia@ What a Difference A Day Makes

    I have to post this, you are the best. Which is not one thing I often do! I really do take pleasure in reading stuff that can make individuals think, but sometime I just want to see the pretty pictures which is your specialty.

  13. Our Little Fox Hole

    The hydrangeas in this post are so pretty. I love the mama’s favorite recipe theme. what a great idea.

  14. Let's Play House

    My friends have already been viewing the best tips on this blog and referred me over. So glad you have a lot of talent.

  15. Kelly

    I have to express my passion and your kind-heartedness for your mama. This is a awesome table theme. Many thanks, off I go, I must read on.

  16. 100% Cotton

    Thank you for all your effort on this blog. I noticed all relating post to the dynamic tables you present, have very insightful tactics so I learn a great deal. You’re the one carrying out a wonderful job, thanks.

  17. June.n. Felix

    Good day! I simply want to give a huge thumbs up for the good information you have here on this post. I can be coming again to your weblog for more soon.

  18. Beth

    I do appreciate this sentiment of a table dedicated to your mom and it is beautiful.

  19. yellow posties

    Cute table and nice theme for a mother’s day!

  20. Torri Sykes

    I must voice my passion for your kind-heartedness supporting those individuals that must have guidance on setting a table. I also love that you featured your mother. Warm regards from us.

  21. Ashley Meaurs

    Great table setting I love those napkins and plates they are to die for!

  22. Suja aka Sindhuja Kumar

    That’s a wise answer to an age old tricky question.

  23. NVMD

    I must point out my gratitude for your kindness supporting mama’s everywhere, the table turned out lovely too. Many thanks; from everyone of us.

  24. the cheap jordan’s

    I really like this tables setting a lot. It is a unexpected twist for the fall, lime green with hints of red and yet completely acceptable.

  25. April Helmsworth

    Yum I thinkI will make meatloaf tonight, it has been a while. I guess I forgot about the old standards which is weird considering I actually have all the ingredients to make it in the pantry. Just needed your friendly little reminder.

  26. The Wooly Farmhouse

    So now I am just going though all your beautiful tables. I clearly see the influence of your wedding designs. This table is so pretty with the hydrangea’s which are one of my favorite flowers. Nice post too, we should all honor our mom’s.

  27. Urban Farmgirl

    I would like to make this for dinner this week. I am pretty sure I have everything, maybe just missing the onion soup mix and breadcrumbs. I may have to pop out to pick up those items but I got the rest of it covered.

  28. Val Newberry

    I intended to post you a very small note in order to thank you very much the moment you created above. And again for all the great suggestions you’ve documented too. I know there are plenty of fun posts ahead for your blog.

  29. Terry Haide

    Thanks for your own effort on this web page. My mom also takes pleasure in cooking and it is easy to understand why. All of us notice the dynamic form you deliver powerful thoughts via this website and you love your mama!

  30. Alma

    Pretty table and I love that your are honoring our mama and her recipes.

  31. Pilar Jansen

    Hello, I am constantly checking your weblog posts here early in the mornings, since I like to learn more about home design. Thanks!

  32. Christine Boote

    I simply couldn’t leave your website before I left you a word on how much I enjoyed it. Thank you so much for all the entertaining posts.

  33. Leopold

    Keep this site going please, you are doing such great job!

  34. Ashley

    This is so pretty I am such a lover of hydrangeas, and yours a gorgeous!

  35. How cute is this table setting?! I love the Mama’s Favorite dishes. I’d have to get 3 — one for each child lol.

  36. I love these ideas, fresh flowers are the perfect final touch

  37. Karen

    This is one of the cutest tables settings that I have seen- you really have a talent. Also, can’t wait to read your article on Hydrangeas, just noticed I have about 5 in the garden needing to be picked and would love to know what to do with them!

  38. This is stunning and love all the special features. The words on the plates are so perfect!

  39. Bella

    oh this is so pretty! I love the theme.. thanks for sharing this. Ill have to show my mom she would love it

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