ic Kathe With an E: Exotic Blue & White Table

Monday, May 21, 2012

Exotic Blue & White Table

I haven't set up a table
in a few weeks.
I have been playing outside
when the weather allows.
I have missed putting a table together
so, I took advantage of a recent
rainy day and put this simple one together.
I had purchased the
Johnson Bros. plates,
on sale,
at Home Goods months ago.

I bought them knowing I wanted to 
use them with 
the small blue and white plates 
that were my mother's.
 I don't know where or how she got them. 
 They are marked with 
Made In Occupied Japan
I do know that I have always found them very exotic.
I also have the matching teapot.
It is missing the lid 
and the spout is chipped.
The tablecloth belonged
to Mr. B's grandmother.
He brought it back from Canada
when she passed away last year.
The fence you see on the embossed pattern
almost perfectly matches
the pattern on the dinner plates.
I kept the flatware simple
and used my favorite
dark blue napkins.

I had found these
Oriental soup spoons
at Cost Plus World Market
for only .99 cents each.
Since I don't have the top
for the teapot I used it
to hold an orchid.
A pair of bud vases from Ikea
display a few
stems off my new Knockout Rose bushes
for a pop of color.
The blue wine stems come from the Dollar Tree.

 The candle holders are also from Ikea

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  1. First of all CONGRATS on 100! I bet you never guessed it would go this fast!

    I have the Blue Willow dishes that I use on our "Family Day" celebrations; when we have a special meal and party each anniversary of the arrival of our babies born in Korea. You'll see lots of pieces to the set, thrift stores are a spot to watch for bowls and dessert plates. It looks so cute with your vintage tablecloth! What a thoughtful husband to pick up something meaningful from Grama's estate!


  2. Happy 100th Post!!! I love blue and white and this table is so pretty with those gorgeous plates and that great vintage tablecloth. Love the roses! Hugs, Linda

  3. Pretty Pretty! And I have to say... I almost though your post said Erotic Blue..I was like.. dang Kathe-it's not even Wednesday yet! ;) Erotic or Exotic... I love this table! That blue is a very pretty blue. Hope your Monday is going well my friend- and WHOOHOO on 100!!! You are amazing lady!

  4. I love your Blue Willow Dishes. I have always wanted some,Thanks for sharing Joann

  5. Happy 100th post, I am on my way to 200, don't know where the time goes. Very pretty table, good for Memorial Day and Fourth of July. Visiting from Cozy Home Scenes linky party. xo

  6. A very pretty blue and white table -- it's always my favorite of all the tables capes!

  7. I love your blue and white dishes and that tablecloth is just gorgeous!! Thank You for sharing and have a wonderful week!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  8. I love the blue! That tablecloth is beautiful! Have a great week Kathe!

  9. Beautiful blues, love the design in each. Congrats on your 100th post.

  10. Kathe, I love blue and white dishes and yours look pretty on that white tablecloth. Thank you for sharing at Your Cozy Home Party. Congrats on your milestone! Blogging is fun, isn't it?----- Shannon

  11. Gorgeous! The "Occupied Japan" plates are super cool. I really need to make a better effort in making my table pretty.

  12. Never get tired of the blue plates, yours are gorgeous!

  13. Congrats on your 100th post Kathe! I have the Johnson Bros service for 8 that I bought years ago and I haven't used it in quite a while. Your lovely table is making me think that it's time to get it out and start enjoying it again. :~) Have a great rest of the week and thanks for sharing your beautiful blue and white! ~Mary

  14. They are Blue Willow dishes that are also made by several other companies. I had a set that I picked up at an estate sale but my mom loved them so much, I gave them to her! Blessings, Tammy

  15. Blue Willow is my favorite pattern, really makes for a great table.
    Congrats on your 100th post!

  16. I love your blue and white, Kathe. The red roses look so pretty as an accent.

  17. Love it! I am a huge fan of blue willow and anything blue and white. Wishing you a happy and safe Memorial Day.

    Susan and Bentley

  18. Gorgeous table scape Kathe! How interesting those places made in occupied Japan!!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  19. Oh, how I love blue and white! Just beautiful!

    - The Tablescaper

  20. You can't go wrong with blue and white. That tablecloth is perfect with your dishes.

  21. Your little plates Made in Occupied Japan are really special. I have a child's teaset that my grandparents gave one year to all the little girl grandchildren which bears that mark. It is somewhat worse for the wear because I played with it a lot!

  22. Happy 100th!! I used to have a set of blue willow and loved them so much, maybe I should replace them! The tablecloth is really really pretty. what a sweet remembrance. have a blessed week and weekend, xo marlis

  23. Kathe, I've never seen a textile in the Blue Willow pattern. It's lovely! I have my mom's children's tea set in Blue Willow. Well at least the few remaining pieces. I did a post on it once. If interested, you can find it on my sidebar under the Label - Blue Willow.

  24. Congratulations on your 100th post! That tablecloth is beautiful and so perfect with your lovely china. You are so clever to use the teapot like that. Pretty table!

  25. Hi darling, Congratulations on your 100th post! You have such a treasure in having the tablecloth. Your tablescape is wonderful, I always love a blue and white table. The teapot all decked out is darling. hugs ~lynne~

  26. What a great set of dishes. You were lucky finding them.

  27. Hi there! I've missed seeing you here!!! Congratulations on #100!!! That's gotta feel good! Here's wishing you 100 more in the coming year! Ha!!! You would be one busy little bee if you did that!!! The word you chose, "exotic", is the perfect one to describe the plates and teapot. It really does make you think of old Japan! Great choice on the tablecloth, too. I noticed that the design was very similar to that of the plates. Way to go! Your knockout roses are really healthy and pretty! Love the color!!! Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!!! See you at #101!

  28. What a beautiful table... I love the cobalt blue and white and the pop of color with the roses is the perfect touch. Have a great weekend.

  29. Congratulations on your 100th post!

    Your new dishes are lovely with your mothers plates and tea pot!

    (Recently I found some tea cups of grandmothers that also were also marked made in Occupied Japan - I'd never seen that before.)

    Happy VTT!

  30. The blue and white is heart Kathe! Thanx for coming to the party!:) Hope your week is going well.

  31. Very pretty! Love all your blues. Lovely roses and tablecloth. Congrats on your 100th.

  32. Your blue and white china is gorgeous and so is that beautiful table cloth!

  33. Congrats on 100 posts! I love those dishes!! Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday.

  34. Woohoo - congratulations on 100 posts. I am amazed at the fencing pattern being the same. How fabulous. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

  35. I love that gorgeous blue and white table. Beautiful tablecloth.Thanks for sharing.
    Congrats on 100!
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  36. Beautiful table Kathe. Love your exotic blues! The teapot may have a chip, but it's still so cute. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  37. I like the pop of the pink flowers. Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

  38. Happy 100th post Kathe!

    What a lovely setting you have this week. Blue and white really fit together in whatever season, right? LOVE it all.

    Happy TS & a great w/end to come.


  39. Congrats on 100 posts!
    I love blue and white and you made perfect use of the teapot!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish,see you Tuesday!

  40. Love love your table! I love navy blue and white together on dishes and fabric! Thank you for sharing at Sunday round up!
    Kayla :)

  41. hello Kathe, I can understand getting busy - that's life - it is fun to enjoy different things at different times -do love rainy days to inspire us to be creative! I love your blue and white tablescape - the red roses are a fantastic addition! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  42. Congratulations on 100 posts! Your mom's blue plates are gorgeous...a wonderful cherished treasure. Blue Willow, Knockout Roses, and DT blue stems....you and I obviously think alike in lots of areas...I use mine all the time. Your tablescape is wonderful...glad that it rained and that you came inside to play with the rest of us! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  43. Congratulations on 100 posts! I really love those bigger plates. The table looks great and I like how you incorporated pieces that were passed down by other family members. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

  44. Very pretty Kathe. You so can't go wrong with blue and white! And I love that linen! thank you for sharing at TTF. Have a wonderful day1

  45. Kathe, Congrats on 100th! It's super exciting huh? I had mine not to long ago then started link parties and the followers just started signing up :)

    This is a beautiful table setting and the dishes are amazing! What a treasure :) Thanks so much for sharing at Creative Thursday :)

  46. That table setting is absolutely beautiful! We appreciate you linking up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We love seeing all of the great recipes and fun ideas! Hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

  47. 100 posts - WAHOO! I think at least 75 of them were beautiful tablescapes {all different with 75 sets of dishes!}. This one is another winner.

    Warmly, Michelle

  48. I love the way you tied the blue willow motif in with your tablescape. Absolutely lovely!

    Thank you so much for linking up to “A Little Birdie Told Me…”. I decided to take a week off from the party to allow me the time to visit my friends out in the blogosphere, so…here I am!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  49. Hi Congrats on 100th post! I'm a new follower and found your link at Type A Decorating. Love your blue and white table setting. I collect lots of blue and white and cobalt glass pieces. I started with a vegetable bowl with the blue willow pattern but found it difficult to find many of the pieces. I also have a teapot but not as gorgeous as yours, even with the missing lid. : )
    Hope you'll visit and join in on my Frugal Treasures Tuesday party.

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