Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tabletop Boston

We were fortunate to have family visit for Labor Day. Here's the Boston-themed table I prepared to greet their arrival.

This vintage tablecloth sold by R. H. Stearns department store features the Public Garden, home to the famed Swan Boats. Shouldn't every table inspire your guests for sightseeing?

The gurgling cod pitcher from Shreve, Crump & Low is also a Boston favorite. The pitcher makes an endearing gurgling noise as you pour water from it. Generations of hostesses and brides have received these vessels as gifts in tribute to the fish that played such large role in the colonial economy here.

I received this one as an anniversary gift from my husband. I think the fish looks great with these Hall shell plates.

The shell plates, in turn, were perfect for the Maine shrimp salad we enjoyed. Other items on the table include Fiesta dinnerware square plates in chocolate and buffet plates in peacock, chocolate pyramid candle holders, Oneida Cityscape flatware, stemware from an unknown maker and black-eyed Susans from the garden. The golden flowers, cattails and chocolate colors add just a hit of Fall to the lovely blues!

Thanks for stopping by for this tabletop tour of Boston!

I hope your visit was a memorable part of this week's Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch.


  1. Love the table cloth and how fun to serve guests on it. Never heard of the gurgling fish pitcher but think that is very cute!!

  2. Yummy Choco and blue! I really love your fish!

  3. Great table! Navy, turquoise and brown...really a nice combination with your vintage tablecloth.

  4. That tablecloth is a treasure. I love it.


  5. Hi
    I am your neighbor over at Tablescape Thursday. I love your tablescape and the menu sounds delicious. I would love to visit your area. Some Day!!!!
    Thanks for sharing
    Betty @ http://bettycozycorner.blogspot.com

  6. Thanks for your comments! It's always such a thrill to have visitors at the table!

  7. Oh I loved your Boston tour! I've always loved the gurgling fish pitchers -- what a treasure.

  8. So many precious memories are represented on this tablescape. I didn't know about the gurgling fish...really neat! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  9. Oh, my goodness, what a unique tablecloth! I just love it. You have set such a beautiful table.

  10. What a wonderful vintage table linen and it is in immaculate condition,too. Your pitcher is adorable! The blues and browns of your tablesetting go so well together. Thanks for the peek at Boston!

  11. I love the tablecloth and the darling swan boat. The blue fish pitcher and the story is great. Thanks for sharing the tablescape on Boston.

  12. What great tablescapes! I love Boston and have always had a blast when I have visited.