Daylight & Butterflies

As a lover of green, both indoors & out,  Mikasa’s Daylight Dinnerware appealed to me when I first saw it, with its fresh, crisp design. I loved the vibrant green leaves. . . a shade that reminds of the first tender growth of spring~

 The leaves trail across the contoured plates, wind their way inside the generous soup bowls, and curve around the surface of the tea cups~ serving as a wonderful way to bring nature indoors. . .

Bud vases hold sprigs I cut from our Abelia shrubs, that attracted butterflies last summer with their pinkish-white tubular flowers. I found butterflies with adhesive backing, designed for scrapbooking, that I added to the vases for each place setting.

 I set my table outside among the butterflies, and cut one of my last peonies, along with some unknown blooming greenery at the edge of a field at the lake { ACHOO! } . . . adding some white flowers I picked up at the farmer’s market for a bouquet.

A lover of green (throughout my house, kitchen, even my laptop :-) I had lots available to me to set my table outdoors. I filled an urn from Pottery Barn purchased several years ago for centerpiece, and pulled out a quilt for a guest bedroom, to function as a tablecloth.

I was already sold on the versatility of this pattern, having seen and admired Alycia’s creativity with two different tables, at Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One. One, a garden-inspired table accenting the crisp apple green color, with a sprinkling of violets along with a decorative birdcage, and the other~  Zen-like, a setting both modern and tranquil. I had also admired a table at Creative Journeys~  Easter in theme, Marlis celebrated with a nest of eggs, bunnies, and tulips~ with the daylight filtering in, reflecting off her dinnerware & stems, particularly appropriate for this pattern!

Daylight’s 5 piece place setting includes an 11″ dinner plate, an 8 1/2″ salad plate, a 9″ soup, and a teacup with saucer. I alternated views of my table, using soup bowls with their generous shape that broaden from base to rim, and the salad plates with their sloped rims and raised interiors, on top of the dinner plates.

The Mikasa Daylight collection also includes a 50 oz. Tea Server.

Smooth and fluid in shape with a loop handle that results in a functional design that is durable and modern. Perfect for pouring tea, or an elegant way to serve a broth or bisque soup in the 10 oz. cups!

There are more butterflies to be found~ on my Portmeirion Botanic Garden flatware~ sipping nectar at this table from the flowers on the handles & quilted table covering.

A ceramic garden stool that normally functions as an end table in a bedroom, purchased at HomeGoods years ago, is serving up a tray for tea~

 And more butterflies from Pottery Barn, have fluttered by to light on & hold napkins~

Dishwasher and microwave safe, the Mikasa Daylight collection also includes other serving pieces to further enhance the tabletop including:  a coffee server, a sugar bowl, a creamer, a round platter, a bread and butter plate, a cereal bowl, a mug, a charger, a large rice bowl, a small rice bowl, a small salad bowl, a pasta serving bowl, an oval vegetable bowl and an oval platter.

I removed the chargers from under the plates, so the pattern of the leafy vines appear as if they might be growing from the tablecloth onto the plates~

 And it only seemed appropriate that there were a few tea sandwiches for this table. . .

Open face cucumber sandwiches~  Peel strips of English cucumber and drain on a paper towels. Layer cucumber strips, slightly overlapping, on top of  Pepperidge Farm very thin sandwich bread spread with cream cheese. Use a cookie cutter to cut your shapes, season with salt & pepper, and garnish with parsley or sweet basil leaves.

Thank you to Lifetime Brands and Mikasa~ I enjoyed creating a table with this versatile dinnerware!

 *I am neither an employee nor affiliate of Lifetime Brands, Inc. and received this product from Lifetime Brands at no cost for my review. The opinions expressed here are mine and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Lifetime.*

Daylight & Butterfly Table details:

Dishes/ Mikasa Daylight Dinnerware

Contoured chargers/ World Market

Flat woven chargers/Pier 1

Flatware/Portmeirion Botanic Garden/HomeGoods

Green Goblets/HomeGoods

Napkins/Stein Mart

Butterfly Napkin Rings, Green Urn, Green Cake Pedestal/ Pottery Barn

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  54 comments for “Daylight & Butterflies

  1. May 18, 2011 at 5:09 am

    What a lovely way to start my day. The bright green leaves on the white makes Daylight a favorite of mine. You always delight my senses!

  2. May 18, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Another winner! I also love the green leaves on the white dinnerware…so crisp and inviting. Your photos are stunning.

  3. May 18, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Oh this is definitely gorgeous Mary! I absolutely adore this table setting.
    Wonderful review!

  4. May 18, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Mary, do you accept other requests to apply your incredible skills? If so, come on to my house! I will let you play to your hearts content. Your creation is lovely, right down to the last detail.

  5. May 18, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Oh, wow, Mary! This is absolutely fabulous!!! You did this pattern COMPLETE justice!!! The quilted table covering is a wonderful anchor to it all, and I love the cool little tea sandwiches!!! Fabulous!!!!!!!! Have a great week, and I’ll see you in a few from Savannah!

  6. May 18, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Mary, you certainly did a stellar review for this pattern. The table is exquisite and your descriptions are almost poetic. Love all the details, but of course that is simply how you do things. Perfection! Those little tea sandwiches are so charming. I can see me lingering at this table for sometime. LOL ~ Sarah

  7. May 18, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Absolutely Stunning Mary!!!

  8. May 18, 2011 at 10:46 am

    oh another favorite, but truly, green is my favorite color, its always perfect in nature…

    and that quilt makes it so special, soft and subtle, excellent to the eyes!

    and your butterfly jar… do you ever miss a detail, NOT ONCE!

    wonderful flatware, so pretty in the garden.

    your arrangement is stunning too…

    we even have the same pavers :)

    then you could have knocked me over with a butterfly wing… those little tea sandwiches… does it ever get old with you, no new ideas, a world of black and dull?

    always a bit of heaven here, thanks for a great start to my day :)

  9. May 18, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Oh Mary, Mary, MARY!!! Just when I think you can’t possibly come up with any more spectacular tables than the last, here you go & knock my socks off again!
    This is stunning in its attention to detail. The little scrapbook butterflies are such a darling little thoughtful touch. I know you spend hours creating these exquisite venues & I do SO appreciate all your efforts.

    The Mikasa dinnerware is beautiful…I had missed seeing it on Marlis’ site & will go check out that link in a minute.
    The company should be very pleased with your review of their product. You certainly showed it beautifully.

    fondly,
    Rett

  10. May 18, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Hi lovely lady. Your Tablescapes are all Beautiful sweet lady. I also love the green and white for the summer !!! I hope you have a Great Week.
    Diane

  11. May 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Oh, I love that pattern!!! Your setting is just perfect for displaying such beauitful dishes for spring and summer! Hmmmm….now I am wondering if I need some new dishes! LOL

  12. May 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I just wrote a book about how pretty everything is and it just went away! Makes me mad when I bump something. You outdid yourself again, Mary. It is lovely and the bedspread made it all pop as did your flowers. Great dishes. The achoo shrub is a privet I believe. The blooms are very fragrant and pretty. It is on the envasive plant list because they get a thousand berries that the wind scatters everywhere. It is a beautiful arrangement. So many wonderful details and you present it so beautifully with words and design.

  13. May 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Ah, Mary…..another winning table! Absolutely exquisite in every single detail. The Mikasa pattern is lovely on its own, but your presentation elevated it to glorious heights!

    I made those same cuke sandwiches for a tea this past December!!! I cut mine in rectangles….next time I will use cookie cutters! Thanks for the idea.

  14. May 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    These dishes have such a fresh and crisp look. Your green goblets really bring together the greens in your whole tablescape. Lovely table!
    Tammy

  15. May 18, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Where do I start? First, since I am a foodie – those are the most, most, most beautiful tea sandwiches I have ever seen!!! I had to go back and look closer and read closer! Wow, and I bet they were just so fresh tasting. Second, I just swooned over the tea service set on that lovely ceramic stool. Of course, the Mikasa is stunning and eye catching and goes perfectly with the most beautiful setting ever! I love how you captured the background in your photos. Well done!!!!

  16. May 19, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Your quilt is soooo pretty and really sets off your tablescape, I love your napkin rings! Very nice~

  17. May 19, 2011 at 12:21 am

    This is sooo beautiful…takes my breath away! Those little tea cakes are adorable! They are so elegant but don’t sound too difficult to make…thanks for sharing how to make them. Lovely flatware…so beautiful with the Mikasa china.

  18. May 19, 2011 at 5:22 am

    This is just divine! Truly superb! I’m immensely pleased that I found your fantastic site!
    Hugs,
    Lana In Italy

  19. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    May 19, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Lucky girl, love your new dishes, you did Mikasa proud! I was going to ask you this week if inspiration was harder to come by since Food For Thought isn’t around… guess not!!! Green is such a calming beautiful color and of course your table on the water is just a perfect setting. Great sandwiches, what a fun idea:@)

  20. May 19, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Mary, Your table is amazing. I love the quilt, the chargers, the flowers, the flatware, the mood, the backdrop, the dishes! Oh how I love those dishes. I think they are so versatile, your artistic talents showed them off so wonderfully. I do love the tea pot. I’ve purchased some of the accessories and am delighted with each piece. Thanks for the mention too, so totally unexpected. Your are a gracious person! I am heading to Stein Mart for those green napkins! XO Marlis

  21. May 19, 2011 at 11:56 am

    The scenery is beautiful! You set a beautiful table to match! I just love the quilt, chargers, flowers and the dishes! Your tea sandwiches look delicious. Thank you for sharing…
    Blessings My Friend,

  22. May 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Mary, your table is SO gorgeous! (Not to mention your VIEW!) You really showed off the beautiful Mikasa dishes to perfection. Your green stemware looks wonderful with that pattern, and I admire your flowers!

  23. May 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Your quilt is the perfect piece to feature this gorgeous dinnerware. What a stunning table. Your sandwiches look delicious. I will have to borrow your receive for such delightful sandwiches!

  24. May 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, Mary! That china is so versatile…I love it with the woven chargers. The flowers are gorgeous…I thin the rain and wind are going to get my peonies, just like the lilacs.

  25. May 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I’m sorry – I meant RECIPE (I guess I was wishing I could recieve some!)

  26. FABBY
    May 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    OMG! I just came visiting Marlis and she had your pretty ivy plates too! This is a beautiful tablesetting too , paired with the green, it’s just great! Love the green glasses and stemware, it’s just so perfect! Have a wonderful day. I’m also at TT, BNOTP.
    Hugs FABBY

  27. Donna Tullis
    May 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I ABSOLUTELY love your tablescapes…they are breathtaking!! wish I was your neighbor!!

  28. May 19, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    What a lovely table and with a gorgeous view!! How relaxing….adorable butterfly tea sandwiches!

  29. May 19, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    OMGoodness, this is tunning! You didn’t miss a THING!!! Even the butterfly garden seat!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am in awe! The butterflies on the vases are perfect along with the napkin rings. The DISHES are exquisite!!!!! How wonderful that you got them to showcase! I love your furniture too!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  30. May 19, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    PS, for got to tell you. I also make cucumber sandwiches. I peel and then sice the cucumber and drain it also. Then I mix an 8 ou. cream cheese with 1 envelope of Good Seasons italian salad dressing mix. Spread that on the PF thin bread, cut in quaters and sprinkle with Beau Minde seasoning. I love your idea of using the cookie cutters though! Thanks for that! XO, Pinky

  31. May 20, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Very beautiful tablescape. I love the dishes and they go great with the tablecloth. The flatware is also something special. Everything is so well coordinated.

  32. May 20, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Awwww… your butterflies are adorable! What a great idea.

  33. May 20, 2011 at 11:03 am

    What a pretty setting. So glad I found you from the Designs By Gollum link. If yo get a chance, I’d love for you to swing by Momtrends and share this on our Friday Food Linky.

    http://www.momtrends.com/2011/05/recipe-linky-summer-salads/

  34. May 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I love the tea sandwiches…..very cute idea:)

  35. May 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Well you are not helping with my dish “problem” one little bit! I could look at this table til the cows come home. Just simply beautiful. Love all the creative touches. Oh my! thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment so I could find your creation! Ok, now do tell, where did you find the butterfly cookie cutters? Just darling little sandwiches!!

    Donna

  36. May 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Thank you everyone for your kind comments! The butterfly cookie cutters came either from World Market or Sur la Table, I have several sizes & shapes :-)

  37. May 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    What a perfectly wonderful table…it must be wonderful eating outside there! I love the butterfly cookie cutters too!

  38. May 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Hi Mary, I’m in love with your beautiful blog. I want to be your follower but I can’t find the followers tab….. your tablescape is simply amazing… so creative and inspirational! I love the tutorial on the butterfly sandwiches and all the china is simply gorgeous! I love the quilted tablecloth. All the splashes of green and how creatively you used it is so beautiful. Thank you so much for stopping by and for sweet comment. I’m new at this so if could help me become your follower. Have a nice weekend!~Poppy

  39. May 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Hi there~ What an absolutely stunning table you have set! I love the pretty dishes and flatware and your centerpiece is beautiful as well! Thanks for linking this up to FNF :)

  40. Pondside
    May 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I love all the greens – especially the dark saucer. The teapot is an intriguing shape – I love a different tea pot.

  41. May 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Popped by from FNF and so pleased I did! This is absolutely STUNNING and your attention to detail is fantastic xxx

  42. May 23, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Wow wow wow, a beautiful table Mary. It is absolutely gorgeous.
    Well done.

  43. May 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I’m glad I didn’t miss this! So fresh, with so many exquisite little details. Love the sandwiches! And the centerpiece bouquet is delightful.

  44. May 23, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Mary, I don’t know where to begin with this absolutely beautiful table!! I was thinking of this pattern as quite modern but you have given it an entirely different look–elegant and romantic!! The tablesetting is magnificent and the use of the quilt is inspired. Our peonies are just beginning to open now! I’m going back to look over your table again. Thank you for the beauty. Linda

  45. May 23, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Your setting by the water is just breathtaking! Te table is set so beautifully and I cannot find any superlatives to to describe it deservingly….Christine

  46. May 23, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Great post! Love the green Mikasa plates, white flowers in oversized vase, whimsical flatware and pieced tablecloth. What a lovely table and retreat you’ve created. Thanks for sharing. ~CJ

  47. May 24, 2011 at 11:18 am

    This is absolutely stunning. I love the placesettings and your linens are fabulous. The tray is wonderful. I love it all and the view is totally unreal. I would love to be there. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  48. May 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    What a beautiful table. Your attention to detail is wonderful. Every little butterfly is a delight.

    – The Tablescaper

  49. May 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    What a beautiful table. Your attention to detail is wonderful. Every little butterfly is a delight.
    Hope you’ll be with us for Seasonal Sundays this week.

    – The Tablescaper

  50. May 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Oh wow, What a great setting. Love everything that you did! Jules ♥

  51. Yvonne Euell
    June 2, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I just found your website – Beautiful! I love what you have done with flowers, colors and tablescapes. Thank you.

  52. July 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I HAD to put a link to these ADORABLE tea sandwiches on my blog’s recipes page….I will be doing these in the future….so cute!

  53. July 22, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Wow, this is just gorgeous!! I’m not sure how I have never found your blog, but I’m so glad I did!! Just gorgeous!!

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