Inspired by her mom's favorite china pattern, Charlottesville, Virginia, event designer Jennifer Carroll creates a blue-and-white table setting that's ideal for Mother's Day.
For Jennifer Carroll, entertaining on your front porch is the epitome of Spring in the South. Use blue-and-white-china on
your table for a for fun yet timeless feel.
Starting with the painterly floral-print tablecloth, Jennifer introduced bold pops of green to freshen up the timeless blue-and-white
pattern of the Willow china. Satin ribbons, tied simply around the monogrammed napkins, continue the accent.
Table fabric: Dena Home Layla Luna Floral Vine; hancocks-paducah.com.
Attached to florist picks, Granny Smith apples bring an affordable flourish to a lush hydrangea centerpiece. Fill in with
sprigs of lemon leaf and bittersweet vine greenery for a seamless mix of country elegance and chinoiserie chic.
Flower arrangement: Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Designs; 540/948-5611.
Blue Willow transferware pops against the modern sterling-rimmed charger and dinner plate. Mismatched flatware brings a bit
of casual flair and helps the dressy place setting feel at home on the laid-back front porch.
A porch party calls for plenty of beverages. Jennifer took advantage of that necessity by making the glassware one of the
table’s focal points. Here, green fleur-de-lis juice glasses, blue hobnail tumblers, and blue-and-green water goblets make
an elegant trio that adds to the table’s collected look.
Blue glass: Hobnail Tumbler in Turquoise; anthropologie.com.
Juice glass: Fleur-De-Lys Juice Glass in Chartreuse; anthropologie.com.
Drawer pulls add a fun touch to the table by serving as holders for the bamboo-bordered place cards. (Tighten the pulls' washers
a bit to keep the cards secure.) Penning guests' names in green ink continues the color palette.
A dessert station is stocked with iced sugar cookies and a three-layer cake to tempt guests as they arrive on the porch. The
treats are decorated with geometric takes on the Willow pattern for another subtle nod to the star of the table.
Learn how to throw a flawless porch party with tips and more from event designer Jennifer Carroll.