Vintage style Mothers Day table setting ideas filled with beautiful china, antique flatware, pink peonies and candles. See how it’s done in this post!
Are you going to be hosting or participating this year in a Mother’s Day event? Our moms are so special and in my opinion deserve the best treatment possible.
Setting A Vintage Style Mother’s Day Table
My theme is a vintage style Mothers Day, and I was excited to have a bountiful supply of flowers.
If you’ve followed me for awhile you might know that sadly my own mom passed away last year and of course I’ll be thinking about her on this holiday. As a young girl looking up to mom I always made her little gifts or picked flowers (weeds mostly, lol) to give her.
When I was a teen and started traveling on my own, a pretty gift would come home with me for my mother. My first overseas trip alone when I was just 14 years old was to Paris, where I would spend the summer with French cousins. Little bits of porcelain that I found at the flea market were covered in roses and that’s what she loved.
As a flower lover, mom started giving me some of her porcelain collection in her later years and I still have them…reminding me of her presence. Although she’s no longer with us I decided to dedicate this tablescape to my mom…and all of the flower loving moms out there.
The weather in South Florida is starting to turn to summer, with daily rain showers bringing out the mosquitos. It’s likely the last of entertaining in the garden for us, just the opposite of the rest of the U.S. I took full advantage by heading out to my favorite space out back and enjoyed setting this table as the sun was starting to go down.
It’s so peaceful and quiet and we enjoy being out here as much as we can! The table is an outdoor trestle table and it’s made of concrete that is covered with metal and painted to look like wood.
Are you are looking for outdoor furniture or patio furniture? I have a detailed post here based on my experience with lots of different kinds of materials in this harsh environment over the years. ” What To Consider When Buying Outdoor Furniture ” I paired the table with my favorite French style cafe chairs that are an excellent buy right now (pair is under $175) and you’ll find them here ” French Style Bistro Chairs – Set Of Two ”
I knew that I wanted a vintage look, so I grabbed several antique chocolate pots from my collection for the flowers. If you’re not familiar with what a chocolate pot is, the Smithsonian has an excellent article. Using them as flower vessels just gives a vintage vibe and it’s something unexpected.
Flower Arranging Tip
When arranging your flowers remove all of the leaves that aren’t necessary to display. Leaves under the waterline will make it cloudy and grow bacteria that may smell and shorten the life of your flowers.
I used ruffled linen placemats under each place setting, because they are flirty and feminine. Perfect for my vintage style Mothers Day tablescape. Next I layered white porcelain lace look dinner plates with vintage roses china. The cups are antique chocolate serving cups and they are really just for display, since they are so small.
The napkins are sweet vintage and printed with flowers, circa 1940’s – 50’s. I love to loosely place napkins into napkin rings so that they look all floppy. These are hand painted with roses and that adds to the vintage style Mothers Day theme! The flatware is a family silver service that is solid and heavy and yet finely detailed. I would much rather use vintage silver flatware then anything new when possible!
When we dine al fresco it’s almost always too windy to use candles unless they are protected. In this case I have some pink mercury glass votive holders with tealights inside. Sweet and romantic idea for a table setting indoors or outdoors.
Everyone asks me to source the pink wine glasses or compotes. They are no longer being made (to my knowledge) and are ACRYLIC! I have seen some great acrylic stemware recently at HomeGoods and they are almost indistinguishable from their glass counterparts these days until you handle them.
Twinkle lights in the trees add to the ambiance and there you have it!
Please my talented friends who are joining me today…
Rooms for Rent | Craftberry Bush | Modern-Glam | Shabby FuFu
Zevy Joy |Amber Tysl | Almafied | My Sweet Savannah
genie steger says
Lovely tables setting and your Mom is honored in a beautiful way!
My mother is gone too, I have really good memories of one special Mother Day, we had the dinner outside under our flowering apple trees, it was fun day…
Those memories are beautiful Genie….so glad that you have them!
Janet you certainly honored your mother with this setting I always admire your collections of dishes.
Mother’s day is one of the toughest times for me. I would have thought her birthday. After 20 years I still struggle with the day.
Thank you so much Cindy and hugs from here on Mother’s Day xo
Love the vintage vases! They add such a sweet touch.
Thanks so much Amber!
Carol Heartfelt Whimsies says
What a beautiful table set in honor of your mom! Thinking of you and others whose mothers are no longer here.
Awww, thank you so much Carol and wishing you a wonderful Easter!
Oh this is gorgeous Janet! PEonies and twinkle lights are my favorite combo!!! xoxo
Thanks Ashley! xoxo…Janet
I do enjoy reading about your love of French design and sharing all the information regarding your dishes, glasses and flatware. I love French design and collect dishes too. Thanks for sharing. Jean
Such a pretty tablescape! I love ranunculus and I’ll be using them in my Easter tablescape this year too!
Love your tablescapes. I have mine set right now with florals and pink and green elegant glass. It makes me feel so good every time I walk by.
Thank you Ruth…it’s all about happiness and beauty!
Susan Krauss says
I used to collect vintage china but at one point, I’d gotten in over my head and had amassed far too much of it. 🤦🏻♀️ I had to pare it down to a more manageable amount. (Which was very sad, truth be told). I did, however, keep the pieces which I truly loved and the ones that meant something to me.
I hear you! Definitely I’ve pared down and am about to donate a bunch more myself Susan!