Paula’s Perfect Mother’s Day Table

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By Brandon Branch, Design Director for Paula Deen Enterprises

I have learned that a lady looks her most gorgeous in subtle pink lighting. Pink is such a soothing yet playful color. So, setting a Mother’s Day table I knew I wanted to put on the pink!  An intimate spot in the side garden of Paula’s house with all the snap dragons and foxgloves in bloom was the perfect place to do my own version of a “pretty in pink” table fit for a queen.

Think outside the dining room when you are decorating a table for a formal or informal meal. Over the years, I have set tables in bedrooms, cornfields, garages, and even in one master bathroom suite (don’t ask). This Mother’s Day luncheon table was no exception. As May is such a beautiful month in Savannah with all our spring flowers in full bloom, the north garden at Paula’s home offered the perfect perch. A short distance from the chicken coop with a beautiful view of the river and smack in the middle of a cutting garden! What more could a girl or his mother ask for!

Here’s what I used:

imageTable and Tablecloth: The table is an old farmhouse table Paula keeps on hand for extra seating. The wood is so beautiful, I didn’t want to cover it all up, so I just added a simple square tablecloth in the center. Adorned with small pink flowers and green leaves, it is a cheeky vintage textile from the 1950’s and makes for such a sweet and fresh layer.
imageChina, Flatware and Glassware: Keeping with the pink theme, I used antique Haviland chargers and topped them with a mix and match group of gold rimmed antique Limoges floral dinner and salad plates. The glasses I’m obsessed with. They were borrowed from my friend, Brenda Anderson. I’ve been trying to purchase them from her for two years now and she just won’t let them go! The good thing is she is happy to let me borrow them anytime I want. I knew they would be perfect here as they are a simple 1950’s pink iced tea glass. I filled them with strawberry infused water to go along with the Sassy Strawberry Pie Paula made. I used Paula’s own good silver (who says you can’t take the good silver outside?) and the cutest thing of all was the napkin rings around a simple white linen napkin! It was such a fun craft to do and the best thing is I’m giving a set of six to my mom as a Mother’s Day gift. I used vintage buttons, but you could use new. Here’s how to make your own Mother’s Day Button Crafts.
imageCenterpiece: Paula loves cabbage roses, so I knew I wanted to use those. I stopped by the florist for a large bunch that were bright pink in color. The rest of the arrangement was cut from Paula’s garden. The vase I chose was a white antique English ironstone soup tureen. I filled it with water soaked florist’s oasis and just started layering in the bright pink cabbage roses, white garden roses and English Ivy. A perfect centerpiece for mom!

To all the Mother’s out there and especially Paula and my own mom, Sandra, this table is for you. Happy Mother’s Day!

 

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Paula actually found this table in an antique store.

By Jonathan Able on October 26, 2011

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Does anyone know where I can find a farmhouse table like this? Been looking for a while....

By Anonymous on October 17, 2011

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Just beautiful))

By Jeannie Pence on May 07, 2011

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I just love the 50's table cloth with the pink flowers in it. I collect tablecloths and apron's from the 50's. Just love them. I just one like yours cannot be bought. I have aprons that my Grandmother made me out of feed sacks. Would not take a million for them. I am very fortune to have hand made quilts, aprons, dresser scarfs, baby quilt and slip for a baby all handmade by my Grandmother and Great Aunt. I also had an Aunt that crocheted me a bedspread for a wedding gift. I was married 50 years on April 7, 2011. I just love you to death. I know if we ever meet we would become best friends. I see so much of you in me. We both love people, we both love a good time, and most of all we both love our family more than anything. Happy Mother's Day to you Paula, you did it the hard way and was a success, Patsy

By Patsy America Hevener on May 03, 2011

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The Mothers Day Table setting is just Beautiful!

By Kari on May 03, 2011

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OMG...this table is so beautiful...thanks for all your wonderful ideas, and for sharing them with us. Y'all rock !!

By Sandra Lee Lupo on May 03, 2011

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Paula, I have purchased some beautiful silk flowers that match my dining room, but have been searching for just the right container to put them in. The soup tureen you used for this table is very much like one I have and never thought about using. Thanks for the tip. I love the pink roses. They are my favorite.

By Linda Sparks on May 03, 2011

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love the table paula would look good on my new patio. so glad you are back. I hope to get there to see you in person one day.i will start tomorrow to find the patern form the tablecloth.
Gladys Rainesl in Savannah Style: A Spring Table for Two on April 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm

I just want to say this I don't even know if is the right page all I ever wanted to say to Paula Deen welcome back I have missed you. You are my favorite home down girls keep your head up and hang on and feel the love. P.S. from a woman of color.
in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

I just love love love the table and flowers and am so glad that I can still access all of Paula's recipes, her family life, Bobby's lighter versions and Brandon's beautiful work. Truly thankful to see such beautiful tablescapes. You guys are my heros.
Patricia in Savannah Style: A Spring Table for Two on April 13, 2014 at 9:14 am