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Memories of Mom Tablescape

In Memory of my Mom, I created a table setting using Dishes like those she used when I was a little Girl. I hope you enjoy this table decor inspiration.

Dishes like my Mom used when I was a child.  Tablescape inspired by these dishes in honor of my Mom.

Since this is my first Mother’s Day without my Mom, I choose to create A Memories of Mom Tablescape for the blog hop. These last few months have been about cleaning out her home and bringing home treasured pieces of her life. I recently shared about how to use those treasured old family photo’s, here. Today I’m honoring her memory by setting a table using a set of dishes like she used when I was a child.

The Perfect Setting

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I decided to place my tablescape on our pier. I can remember my Mom taking us to The Ponds and letting us fish while she planted flowers around the little cabin. We couldn’t fish off the pier because she was afraid we’d fall into the pond.

Picture of my Mom from 1957
Here is a picture of my Mom in 1957 on the original pier.

The Dishes – Memories of Mom Tablescape

Close of view of dishes I used in honor of my mom on Mother's Day.
Ever Yours
From Taylor, Smith & Taylor

My mom never had fine china and what she did have was used daily. We grew up with 3 home cooked meals a day. Needless to say, we only found one heavily chipped Boutonniere plate when we cleaned out my Mom’s house. Thankfully, this set of dishes was perfectly preserved to allow me to create this Memories of Mom Tablescape Tour.

These Dishes hold a special childhood Memory of my Mom for me

I have a vivid memory of one wonderful summer that seemed to last forever. I was probably 9 or 10 and we played outside everyday and it was perfect. Everyday that summer, my mom would cook us a fabulous lunch. The garden obviously produced really well that summer. We had green beans, cantaloupe, corn, potatoes, and always home made biscuits. But the one thing that really sticks in my memory about that summer, is eating off these adorable dishes. I really think it’s where my obsession with dishes began.

Table setting inspired by my MOM.

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Where did these dishes come from?

So you’re probably asking yourself “where did these dishes come from?” Well, I never forgot these fun Boutonniere plates although they had long been gone from my Mom’s table. We were out yard sailing, as I like to call it, one weekend and there they were! A whole set for only $10.00. Because I needed more dishes, wink-wink, home with me they came. This inspired the idea to use these dishes in memory of my Mom this Mother’s Day!

Table setting inspired by the dishes my mom used when I was a child.
Table Runner, Place mats from Wayfair
Napkins from Pier One Imports

Last summer, I ran across the glasses to match at a thrift store and you guessed it. I was thrilled. There’s just something special about those childhood memories that come flooding back whenever, I look at these dishes. I know that their value is in their age and my memories. My mom probably got hers as a bonus for grocery shopping or collected green stamps to get them.

Pier view of dishes that inspired a tablescape in honor of my mom.

As we packed away my Mom’s possessions, we didn’t bring home a lot of valuable antiques or family heirlooms. But we brought home memories of a life well lived. Memories of a childhood filled with love, home cooked meal and a Mom who would give you the shirt off her back if you asked for it.

Memories of Mom!

I guess you could say this post isn’t so much about my tablescape but about remembering our Mother’s on their special day. My mom lived to be 98 years old. I was so blessed to have her in my life for so many years. So with tears in my eyes, I’ll say, treasure your moments with your loved ones! And, Happy Mother’s Day!

Photo from 1957 of my mom and dad.
My Mom and Dad before I was born on the original pier 1957.
The new pier was built 2010
Tablescape in honor of my mom's memory.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to HOP over and check out these other fabulous Spring Tablescapes.


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Thursday 13th of May 2021

I love the way you honored your mom with this table setting. Congratulations, your post was most clicked at the Friday with Friends link party! Thank you for sharing this with everyone at the party. RR

Friday 14th of May 2021

Oh Rachelle I am so honored. Thanks so much.

Barbara at Mantel and Table

Friday 7th of May 2021

That's so sweet Rachel - such a beautiful table and wonderful memories! You've inspired me once again as this is our first Mother's Day without my mom. Thanks so much!

Sunday 9th of May 2021

Barbara, Thanks so much for sharing. I appreciate you input.


Sunday 17th of May 2020

Absolutely amazing post!Thank you for sharing.Hugs and blessings.

Monday 18th of May 2020

Maristella, Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I'm so glad you liked it. Rachel


Tuesday 12th of May 2020

Well. This is my first visit. I loved this story. I grew up in the 50's, so it is wonderful to hear about your mom. Pretty dishes, and wonderful you were able to find them so well priced. And glasses too! LOL. green stamps. It was my job to put them in the book and I also spent time dreaming in the catalog. I will be back to peruse other blog stories. Where are the ponds? (What state?) Your style is right up my alley....and don't get me started on the sweet adorable Ruby. Cute cute cute.

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

Jillian, Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I'm in central NC. I look forward to sharing more and your continued support. Thanks for stopping by. Rachel