Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring Fever and MacKenzie-Childs

 "It's spring fever. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"  Mark Twain

 I'm always happy to Spring Forward! Mother Nature is teasing us today with warm air and sunshine, but tomorrow we will have a winter blast. That didn't stop me from setting up a spring table with flowers and butterflies. When I was setting the table, I envisioned hosting a party for the gals with a high table and tiers for desserts. Lots of clear glass on that table. Striped pastel chargers were used with the MacKenzie-Childs plates in keeping with a colorful spring theme.

 If I were to host a party for the ladies, I would use a black tablecloth and several vases of flowers including daffodils.  There would be meatless tea sandwiches made with wholesome breads, scones with lemon curd, blackberry and strawberry jelly in a three-section dish and a huge tray of cookies.

I love how the butterflies are flitting about on the tablecloth.

I would have cake pedestals holding three kinds of cupcakes, all in black and white. I took this photo before I decided to put the butterfly tablecloth on. 

MacKenzie-Childs "cupcakes" in honor of St. Patrick's Day and Cuisine Kathleen's St. Patty's party.  I've been working overtime and haven't set my St. Patty's table yet.  This will be my 6th blog crawl and I didn't want to miss it.  

A collage of previous St. Patty celebrations.
Close to my home, in the city of Syracuse, NY, Saint Patrick's celebrations are traditionally begun with the delivery of green beer to Coleman's Irish Pub on the first Sunday of March. Coleman's is located in the Tipperary Hill section of the city. Tipperary Hill is home to the World famous "Green-on-Top" Traffic Light and is historically the Irish section in Syracuse. Saint Patrick's Day is rung in at midnight with the painting of a Shamrock under the Green-Over-Red traffic light.

Did you know that Montreal's flag has a shamrock in one of it's corners? 

 Joe spotted some Mary Ann Shell Pans from the1940's in a shop and envisioned having Patti at Pandora's Box paint them in Courtly Check so we can use them for tea light holders. I love how Patti painted them!

The cast:

Chargers - Christmas Tree Shop many years ago
Plates, Mugs, Casserole dish, Vase, Planter, Heart dish, Cake Pedestal:  MacKenzie-Childs
Butterfly Tablecloth:  Several years ago in Canada
Cupcake Pedestals:  Partylite
Dragonly napkin rings: Pier One

Hang in there, it's almost spring!

I am joining these hostesses:

 Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Cuisine Kathleen for St. Patty's Blog Crawl

Thanks for stopping by!
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. :)
    My gardens are indoors these days..
    Love the tablesetting..so UNIQUE because of all the diversity and whimsy.:)

  2. Beautiful table. I love all of your fun Mackenzie-Child stuff! Especially like the candle holder Joe bought and had painted. So fun!

  3. Simply charming table. I am a sucker for beautiful, charming tablescapes. You've done a great job with this spring theme and MacKenzie Childs.

  4. I love, love LOVE your table!!! I've been eyeing the little Glen Park heart-shaped plates for a while, and I really would like a few. The chargers blend perfectly with the MacKenzie-Childs pieces. So pretty!!!

  5. Love this table. So whimsical and frothy! That Patti can paint anything, can't she? I'm also in love with your chargers, they are perfect with this table. Thanks for sharing, Vicki in Louisville KY

  6. Gorgeous, Debbie, just exquisite. xo

  7. What a beautiful table, Debbie! It's so fun and whimsical; and it really feels like Spring! So pretty!

  8. Your table does look like a breath of spring, Debbie! I love how all of the different MC patterns play so well together :) It won't be plant-buying time here until the middle of May but I love the sign.

  9. Cute table and I LOVE the sign! I did look for my nursery last weekend but it's not open yet. Hopefully soon:@)

  10. Debbie, Your wonderful table incites MacKenzie-Childs fever too :) Love the nursery sign!

  11. What a fun table! The dishes and accessories are uniquely patterned and the runner is perfect with them! Loved your St. Pat's collage of your past efforts! I know how "busy" life can be! Makes you want to cry when you don't have time to do a full Irish post in honour of Kathleen's Blog Crawl!


  12. Now this is MacKenzie-Childs used the way that Victoria envisioned it! Just beautiful! I'm also a huge fan of Patti @ Pandora's Box. The shell pans are delightful. Thanks for inviting us for a peek, Happy St. Pat's Day! Cherry Kay

  13. What a cheerful and colorful set of dinnerware, it makes for such a pretty table. That chocolate shamrock cake from your past table looks amazing! -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com
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  14. Wow all that MC is awesome! Your table is fresh and springy for sure! I like your collage of previous St. Patrick's Day tables! Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  15. Ah...for the love of spring and you definitely have it..love it!!!

  16. Debbie, I stopped by earlier, but couldn't leave a comment. I'm thrilled to be back enjoying this spring table again. In fact, I think I'll visit this one frequently! I'm in love with those striped chargers. I need to get some chargers painted to go with my MCK-C plates in the Taylor series. They are too large to work on the CC chargers I have. Wish I had bought the luncheon size because the dinners are as large as chargers.
    Don't need to tell you I absolutely adore everything about your table. It makes my heart sing a song of sheer happiness. Thanks for sharing all the St. Pat's Day ideas too. Love the sign at the garden center. '-)

  17. Nothing could be finer than a table like this. It is absolutely stunning. Enjoyed your bit of the green, too. :)
    xo bj

  18. So cheery and colorful! Love this table.

  19. I am literally drooling over all your McK-C ! It is a table from heaven! I agree, Patti did a fabulous job on the tins!
    Love the sign too :)

  20. How pretty, Debbie! I love your chargers and of course the MKC plates. Love how the table brings out spring. Iis spring here, I have been gardening already and cleaning the yard, so much work!...Christine

  21. I love M/C..when I used to paint garage sale furniture it was my inspiration. It's just so dramatic!

  22. Precious spring table! My the chargers are beautiful with the flowers and pastel stripes. Your butterflies on the tablecloth are the perfect background! Glad you are having spring fever for the your tablescape is gorgeous. Have a delightful week!


  23. Debbie, what a fun table to usher in spring! I love all the MC pieces...and Patti did a great job on those baking tins to make them into tea candle holders. Thanks for sharing this little bit of sunshine on a dreary day.
    Have a wonderful week.

  24. That sign is funny! And true!
    Thanks for the nod to St. Patrick with your beautiful MCk C. I appreciate you crawling again for the 6th year!
    Happy SPD! At least March is more than half over by then!

  25. Yes! Yes! Yes! This is the way to herald Spring! All this vibrant color with the black & white checks is perfect!

    I see the difference adding that butterfly tablecloth made. Very nice! It really helped to bring a bit more of the Spring feel into the setting as well as soften the overall look. It's cool how the butterflies almost seem to be flitting out from under the centerpiece!


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