Wednesday, March 4, 2009

"An Ivy League Luncheon"


It's Tablescape Thursday, join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for this great event!




Come have lunch with me in the "garden"....



These dishes are called " California Ivy"from the PoppyTrail collection, by the Metlox company.




















This pattern, California Ivy was introduced in 1946 and is hand painted.







The Metlox company was started in 1920 and originally made ceramic signs. The name was formed by combining the two words, metal and oxide, which are the substances that give the pottery its vibrant colors.








































37 comments:

carolinajewel said...

What beautiful photographs of a beautiful table! The china is really unique! Interesting company and pattern. :D Jewel

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Your table is so beautiful! I love the way you put in the topiaries and of course bunnies! I have never heard of that pottery. The dishes are beautiful and I love the way you used ivy around the napkins! You are a pro for sure! God Bless! Lauralu :)

Mrs. B. Silly said...

What a lovely first of spring tablescape. I just don't have it in me for some reason. You tablescaping ladies intimidate me. If I ever venture into Tablescape Thursday it will have to be tongue in cheek!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

What a beautiful tablescape! You tied it all into the theme so well. I love those Battenburg lace napkins! I love that kind of lace, and have some curtains in it.

Kady

ceekay said...

I have always loved ivy dishes. In fact, my everyday dishes are ivy! The topiaries look so pretty with the bunnies.

once in a blue moon... said...

very nice, i live in ca, how come i have never seen these! love your topiaries and ivy, great post!

Katy said...

WOW, what a wonderful tablescape! I adore the dishware and how you presented it. Great topiaries, love how they set the table off! Such great designing, thanks for sharing! ~Katy

Susan said...

Gorgeous dishes! Everything looks wonderful!

Shelia said...

Hi Rose! Oh, your table is just wonderful! I love these dishes and they are perfect with your greens and those sweet little bunnies! You're a great photographer too!
You can just do everything, can't you?
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Norwegian said...

The California Ivy dishes are delightful! Love the dreamy quality you put into your photos.
Is there anything fresher than green and white?

Sue said...

Oh Rose....you did good..I like how you gave us a little info on the china...it's really lovely..and great pictures too....now I have to go back to your side link and see what there is a picture of the world's creepiest man...No, not my husband....Simon from the real housewives....

xinex said...

I see what you mean about the ivy. Love them and the topiaries too and the ivy dishes!...Christine

Happy To Be said...

Very pretty Rose..I love the little bunny peaking through there..very spring like table..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Martha said...

I love your ivy dishes. A great table.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Rose, You're so artistic & your tablescape is beautiful, but then they all are... Love your bunny! ♥

Linda/ "Mom..." said...

~ Dear Rose: Such a CHARMING table, with VERY prettttty china and PERFECTLY photographed!!! Yes, "You're the ma'am!"~~~~~ THANKS, and "big smiles to you", Linda

Deb said...

I love these beautiful combinations. It's really beautiful! Deb

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh - I have a "thing" for ivy! Can I just snatch those dishes?
See ya!

Bo said...

How interesting to learn about Metlox...this pattern is so classic...and you have displayed it beautifully. Your photos look so professional...great tablescape!
;-) Bo

~♥~ Monica S said...

fantastic! Your pictures always comes out like art! :-)

Monica

Teacup Mosaics said...

I love the Ivy theme, so springy (it that a word?) I enjoyed learning about its history. I enjoyed my visit.
Kelley

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

I love those dishes. So simple and pretty. And great history lesson about them too! You take such damn good pics, girl.

Justine :o )

tardevil said...

Very pretty! Love the raffia around he napkins, the bunny & candleholders!

Scribbler said...

What beautiful composition and photography! You are gifted...

I too have some old Metlox -- "True Blue" -- mostly some serving pieces. You'll probably see them on T/Th eventually.

Scribbler

Sherri S said...

Hi Rose! Love your table today. What interesting china! Wow and handpainted. So neat. The ivy around the napkins is the perfect touch. Your photos are gorgeous!

ann said...

Oh I love the china,especially the gold on it.It really makes it pop.And the bunny,I adore the bunny.great work,as always...Ann

Janie's World said...

I love your ivy and topiary table! The bunnies are sooo cute!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Gorgeous table! I love the dishes.

nikkicrumpet said...

How very pretty. I'd kill for a garden lunch just about now...but I'd have to wear snow boots and a parka lol

Chandy said...

Beautiful choice for today. I love your dishes! Mine are called "Halls of Ivy" from Noritake.

Have a great Thursday!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Rose, what a great china pattern. I was not familiar with it, so I enjoyed getting the history. Love the way you tied it all together by using the ivy on the napkin rings and on the candle sticks. laurie

Helen said...

Your china reminds me of my favorite (in all the world) ground cover ~ English Ivy. Your photos are lovely and perfect with spring approaching most of our country.

Cass said...

Love the Metlox china -- it is vintage, but it's got such a fresh look. Timeless and beautiful.

Great post!
Cass

LdyDy said...

The pattern on these dishes are just lovely! I really liked the ivy theme of your tablescape!

leigh ann said...

So beautiful! I love the bunnies andso does my 3 year old (she's looking at your blog with me)! Thanks for sharing!!

Mama said...

Your tablescape is so pretty and perfect for spring, the topiary trees and those CA ivy dishes are gorgeous and so fresh looking. Kathy.

Chari said...

Hello Girlfriend...

Ohhh my, Rose!!! You really "out-did" yourself with this fabulous Ivy League tablescape!!! Love the ivy china...it's unique and I like that! I think your centerpiece is genius and looks fabulous with your place settings...love the tall topiaries, my friend!!! What a lovely table...and so perfect for St. Patrick's Day!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari