Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fading Blooms Tablescape

The blossoms are all beginning to fade here at
Purple Chocolat Home
so I had to quickly do an 
outdoor tablescape
before they were all gone.

I bought these gorgeous salad plates
and bowls at
Home Goods
early in the spring and couldn't
miss a chance to include them out in
the garden for a tablescape.

They are amazing in their detail and shape.

The irridescence is just stunning and
I love the silvered edges.

This is the salad plate.  It is gorgeous 
all by itself.

But top it with the bowl and it is two
more layers of ruffled petals!

I tried a hydrangea bossom in the 
bowl, but it covered everything up
too much.

Wait, they didn't just have pink plates
and bowls, they also had them in 
lavendar (and pale teal).
I felt lucky to get enough.  
Of course I couldn't decide which color
so I got them in all three, although I
only found one teal one.

I decided to use these adorable miniature
forks and spoons with their curved leaf handles.

They are so cute tucked into the
beaded napkin ring.

Here is a closeup of the handles.
I think they are fantastic.

Green bubble glass goblets
go nicely with the garden theme.

The flower plates and bowls
sit atop my favorite wooden chargers
that seem perfect whatever the

Hydrangeas don't winter over here
and they have pretty much lost
their color by now but
we sure enjoyed them all season.

The hydrangea on the right still has specks
of pink.  I will definitely save the dried
blossoms for future use.

It is always sad to see summer end.
It is definitely my favorite season
and I haven't had enough time to
savor it this year.

I haven't done a tablescape all summer but managed
to do at least one post a week and felt badly
but after getting back out reading your blogs
I realized many of you had busy, busy
summers also and hadn't done much

It feels great to do a tablescape again.

Ahhh, so sad to see it all end, but 
what a beautiful ending!

I hope you enjoyed your visit to 
Purple Chocolat Home today.
I have missed you all and hope to
have a lot more time now.

I will be posting this with

Floral plates and bowls - Home Goods
Wooden white chargers - Pier 1
Goblets - Tai Pan
White Plates - Home Goods
Pink napkins and rings - Home Goods
Leaf flatware - Home Goods
Pink vase - Tai Pan
Pinch pleat cream table cloth - Your Chair Covers


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. I am so glad to see you back! Those dishes are exquisite! I haven't seen them and LOVE them, the ruffles are gorgeous! Our hydrangeas look the same, I am gathering them from the old house and drying them. Have enjoyed getting them all summer but wish to God the darn house would SELL!!! Glad you have had a good summer. It has been our wettest summer on record!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  2. Oh my...This dishes are absolutely divine. I love the ruffles pretty and feminine. Hydrangeas are such a beautiful flower. Drying them makes for a beautiful arrangement. I sure miss visiting Home Goods. I hope to visit soon, now that I am starting to feel better.

  3. Such a lovely table setting - absolutely beautiful dishes and the leaf flatware is just perfect.

  4. Your flower plates are very pretty, I love the mother of pearl shine too:@)

  5. Thanks so much for your sweet comment. I'm loving your table. Those plates and bowls are magnificent. They were never at my HomeGoods!

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

  6. So glad to see you again Jacqueline and what gorgeous dishes...perfect for summer's last hurrah at the table! I never saw any dishes blooming so beautifully at my HomeGoods! It's so funny depending on where you live~ I would happily wave goodbye to summer and fling myself into fall but we have at least 6 more weeks of temperatures in the 80s & 90s with high humidity to boot. Gorgeous hydrangeas!

  7. Amazing! I love your table! Hugs from Portugal

  8. Your tables are always beautiful, Jacqueline. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous creativity.

  9. Oh my, those dishes are fabulous! I haven't been to Home Goods in ages, and now I see what I have missed. Enjoy! xo

  10. I know you have had a busy summer with wedding stuff etc. I have missed your beautiful posts! I recently had a shower and used your wonderful cupcake wedding dress idea~ It was such a hit! I found some of the pastel bowls like yours at Home Goods early this year but NEVER saw the plates! Wowza, the plates and bowls look amazing all stacked up in the place settings! Beautiful with the pinky green hydrangeas! Gorgeous table as usual,

  11. oh such gorgeous fluttering colors combined, i love purple and green and your hydrangeas pull it all together so beautifully!

  12. Wow, a pretty table for the end of summer and I love the salad plates. The fact that they came in lavender is perfect for those of us that like this colour.

  13. The bowl and plates are lovely. Glad to see your tables again as they are so wonderful!

  14. Jacqueline, those dishes are perfect for you. Love the iridescence finish. So unusual! Glad you found them in purple. ;-)
    It's good to see you posting again. I know you've had a busy year! ~ Sarah

  15. Those flower plates are so sweet, Jacqueline. How pretty! I love your tablescape...Christine

  16. Beautiful summer table. I just love those flower aqua/lavender one would be beautiful, too. I am really surprised that hydrangeas don't overwinter for you...I especially like them when they are in their green stage.
    Have a wonderful week, Jacqueline...

  17. Welcome back pretty lady. I love your table, it's gorgeous! How pretty is pink with hydrangeas, specially those flower dishes...simply lovely.
    Big hugs,

  18. I have never seen dishes like that - they are gorgeous! Your entire table is beautiful - faded blooms and all. So soft and delicate - everything we girls like! I found you at Let's Dish. Great post!
    His blessings,
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  19. Beautiful table, Jacqueline! Thanks so much for showing your lovely plates and bowls and the fading hydrangeas...I think I love them more in the Fall than any other time...they have character by then.

  20. The table is really the essence of these last days of summer, as they fade and the light changes. Just beautiful.

  21. Ooh, Jacqueline. Your new dishes are gorgeous. I wouldn't have been able to resist them either. Your table setting is stunning.

    You should share this post for Pink Saturday this weekend.

  22. Those plates and bowls are gorgeous...I am so filled with envy. Lovely table!

  23. Your tablescape is absolutely gorgeous!! I love Homegoods--I don't know how I missed seeing those plates.

  24. Those dishes are just gorgeous! Such a stunning tablescape.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  25. I am madly in love with those gorgeous petal plates/bowls, etc. and how utterly fabulous that you found them not only in pink....but some w/ the lavender/your beloved purple.....

    I was just visiting your site a couple of days ago and read all about the truly gorgeous wedding for your daughter...I tried to leave a comment, but my computer went crazy....I loved every detail, but especially all of the aqua brooches....that color motif w/ the Paris/Eiffel tower motif....what a gorgeous convergence....two of my favorite themes, too.

    Divine. What an immense blessing to see your beautiful daughter married so joyfully....and in such true visual splendor.


  26. So, so beautiful! I have never seen dishes like that ~ simply gorgeous. I haven't been in blog land much but always love to visit you!


  27. Everything about this tablescape is elegant and beautiful. I like the way you added a bit of whimsy with the small flatware and the twig wreath. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pieces!

  28. Your salad plates are beautiful! I am glad you shared them.
    Blessings My Friend,

  29. Love all the pink and greens. Those bowls are something special. I too love hydrangeas. Wish they would winter over here. Love the little silverware too. Such a fun fall table. Joni

  30. How beautifully feminine your table is. It is definitely one at which any girl would love to be. Heck, I would have bought the dishes in every color. They are lovely.

  31. Jacqueline,
    You have so many beautiful dishes!....I am envious. I wish I could rent them from you! But I live too far away....I keep adding to my dishes....quietly!!! Yikes...shhhh....don't telll!
    Love he flower plates in all the colors you got! that is so much fun, and that silverware...really charming with the dishes!
    I hope to be blogging more now as well...nice to hear from you! I may be headed your way a few times in the next month!

  32. Bonjour, Jacqueline!

    OH everything here is as lush and fabulous as ever! Those plates, OMG how fun to set those out! I bet you had a wonderful summer? We did, and school is back in session and we are having a heat wave that would make you think we were still in JULY! But all is well and yes, teaching French is a dream. I love to teach, talk, share, EVERYTHING. The only thing for me this year is I'm teaching new grade levels and I need to learn the details of the technology and that is a bit daunting. But the kids are what I love the most.

    Have a wonderful start to Fall, and mille mercis for coming to visit! Anita

  33. Hydrangeas... one of my favorites! There's something about them that's so comforting and pleasant. And your salad dishes are spectacular. They make such a great tablescape with the hydrangeas and other blossoms!

    Have a grand weekend and thanks so much for coming by to see us!!
    Blessings, Edie Marie

  34. Happy Pink Saturday! Beautiful tablescape - lovely colours ...and those bowls are spectacular :) Spring greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  35. I love the pink plates. My Home Goods did not get those. I haunt that place. There is great beauty in the fading flower--did you see Yvonne's patina post at Stonegable? She had hydrangeas also.
    Happy Pink Saturday

  36. Beautiful dishes! I love all the colors as it makes such an interesting tablescape!
    ♥ Jil

  37. So glad you are back! I have not been prolific this summer either.
    I am gaga over this table. Those salad plates and bowls are awesomely beautiful. I am so glad we were not in Home Goods at the same time, cuz I would have been fighting you for these. LOL
    Your Hydrangeas are pretty and great for drying for fall decor. Ours lose their leaves but do not die down to the ground.
    Happy Pink Saturday, xoGinger

  38. Oh, my goodness! Your table and your photography are just outstanding!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  39. Hello Maam J?
    I know you had such a wonderful summer. Lots of fun, parties and family gatherings.

    OMG! How I wish I could grab the lilac set. That's my color this Fall. However, I am looking for more blings for a set.

    Love your style, your food and most of all your gorgeous home. My inspirations and

  40. Welcome back. I took this week off, but I'll be up and running again week. The new plates are intriguing. They look hand formed... So artistic. Beautiful setting. Cherry Kay

  41. What a beautiful tablescape. So pleasing to look at.

  42. Your dishes are stunning..and the hydrangeas are beautiful with them.I hardly ever go to HomeGoods..maybe I should go soon..thanks for visiting..
    Love, Mona


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