A Centerpiece with Memories – Floral Friday

Blue and White accessories and the color scheme of blue and white

in home interiors has always been a classic.

I remember back in the 70’s, I decorated with lots of blue, white and yellow.

I guess you can say that I was in my country phase of gingham and ruffles.

When I was a very young homemaker and stay at home mom, I was constantly sewing.

Whether it be my clothes, or things for the house. I even took a class with

my friend Ruth and we learned how to make t-shirts with the crew necks!

Today,  I am going down memory lane a bit.

A Centerpiece with Memories – Floral Friday

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Today is the third Friday of the month and that means it is Floral Friday

when I join three fabulous bloggers/friends to bring you great floral inspiration.


I guess you all know by now that I am a very sentimental kind of gal.

So many things that occur during the day, often sparks lovely memories.

The other day was no exception when I was creating my centerpiece.

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My dear friend Ruth’s (who sadly passed away several years ago) favorite color combination

was blue and yellow. Our homes were very similar in decor as we spent so much time

together helping each other with creating a pretty home on a very, very small budget.

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When the Country colors of blue and white and yellow of the 70’s gave way

to the jewel tone colors of the 80’s, I got on that train.

The yellow and white gingham curtains in the kitchen came down

surrendering to the colors of rust, greens and golds.

Yet, I still loved using blues and yellow in my bedroom.

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However, my friend Ruth never succumbed to the jewel toned colors.

She stayed true to her love of blues and yellows. Those colors made her happy.

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Her favorite flowers were daisies and yellow roses.

She also loved blue hydrangeas like me, but in South Florida you could not grow

them as the weather was too warm for them.

I was so excited when the house that we purchased years ago in North Central Florida

had gorgeous hydrangea bushes.  Ruth enjoyed them whenever she came to visit.

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Our very last project together was doing a re-design and refresh of her bedroom

where she spent many hours of the day in . . . with the home dialysis machine.

The day at HomeGoods was productive in that we found new blue and white

bedding, and a yellow double gourd ceramic lamp

that replaced the brass one on her bedside table.

Sadly, little did I know that it was indeed our last project together . . .

embracing her love for blue and yellow.

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I love having parting gifts for my guests.

Thus the mini potted Kalanchoe plants that say:

“Take”    “Me”    “Home”    “With You”

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 Today, my table is set with happy colors waiting for friends to enjoy

a casual lunch filled with lots of laughter and good times.

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Today’s Floral Friday is all about Centerpieces.

When I create a centerpiece for a dining event, I try to make certain

that the floral arrangement is not very tall.

You certainly want to see the guest across from you!

The centerpiece today is in a covered casserole dish which is part of the antique Noritake

blue and white dishes that I purchased from my friend Martha.

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Here are my wonderful blogger/friends with more fabulous Centerpiece inspiration

for you today. Their links are below their beautiful images.

Everyday Living-Floral Friday






Aren’t these sneak peeks above amazing?!!!!

I have been a little absent this week from my blog

due to a little bit of life’s happenings and a mid week trip with my hubby

for his first tournament of the “Boys of Summer” season.

Back on blog schedule next week with some room refreshes and more.

Have a most beautiful day and weekend!!


Blue and White China plates and Casserole Dish – Antique Noritake

Egg shaped blue and white accent plates – Pottery Barn

Napkins – Pottery Barn

Blue Wine Glasses – Dollar Tree

Mini Kalanchoe plants – Trader Joe’s

Flowers – Trader Joe’s (flowers are set/arranged in wet floral foam)

Crystal Silverware holders – Princess House Party (a bazillion years ago)

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  1. Shirley, I love the classic combination of blue and yellow! Your covered casserole dish centerpiece in the antique Noritake is stunning and all that more beautiful filled with your sweet memories of Ruth. I love your pretty crystal flatware caddies and embroidered napkins too. Those blue hydrangeas take my breath away and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that our latest cold snap won’t prevent our hydrangeas from blooming like it did several years ago. Thanks so much for inspiring me and sharing your memories and talents. I always look forward to Floral Fridays with you. ♥
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  2. Blue and yellow is a classic that I think never goes out of style. What a sweet tribute to your friend. Happy weekend!
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  3. I loved hearing about your younger days and your friend! Your centerpiece is beautiful.
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  4. I love blue and white also and the yellow is the perfect combination. Your remembrance in honor of Ruth is very special. I am a sentimental girl too. Many times it is the memories that inspire us. You and your friends have done an amazing job. I have had blue hydrangeas combined with yellow vintage buttons on my table all week. Happy weekend.

  5. Shirley, what a stunning centerpiece! In your Noritake casserole dish! I have always loved the pairing of blue and yellow, it makes my heart sing!. The memories of your sweet friend, Ruth tugged at my heart strings. I was at the funeral yesterday of a sweet friend that died way too young. What a gift to refresh her bedroom as your last project together. The mini potted Kalanchoes are a pretty parting gift for your guests. I love sharing Floral Friday with you❤️
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  6. Shirley, a lovely arrangement. Yellow with blue is so pretty and when I see it I always think of the words by Vincent van Gogh, “No blue without yellow.”

    I know you miss your dear friend, but she will always be with you through your treasured memories of wonderful times spent together.

    Have a beautiful weekend!
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  7. Shirley, what a gorgeous arrangement and a beautiful story to go along with it. Blue is such a wonderful color, because it goes beautifully with so many different colors. One of my favorites is the combination you used today. It looks so happy! Enjoy your day!!!
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  8. Your beautiful centerpiece is made even more beautiful because of the precious memories you shared with us! I have had a best friend since before we were married and I can not imagine that loss. I also have the same flatware caddies!!!! I had forgotten where I had gotten them though as yes, they are a bazillion years old:) Kinda like me:) LOVE the blue hydranageas! I was just reading last night about how to change my pink hydranageas to blue. I am going to TRY it this year! Have a wonderful weekend. Hope your first “boys of summer” trip was great!
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  9. Elaine Reese says

    A beautiful tribute to your friend. Enjoy your lunch, the laughter and most of all sweet fellowship. Have a blessed day, The flowers are gorgeous!

  10. Shirley, what a sweet post filled with memories. My best friend from my early days as a wife and mom passed away quite some time ago also, and I carry her in my heart like you do Ruth. I know she would love your beautiful centerpiece! Your table looks so welcoming and warm, just like your heart. xoxo Lidy

  11. I love your blue and white arrangement! My favorite colors too. Your mention of the sewing course also brought back memories for me as I also did that (ours was called “Stretch and Sew”). That summer I made 25 articles of clothing for our family as the course also included bathing suits and other items using stretchy polyester fabric.

  12. Your arrangement is beautiful, as always. I also have the same silverware caddies. They were from Princess House, back in the late 70’s. I still have several Princess House items that were purchased early in my marriage. Thanks for using them in your tablescape. It’s nice to see them on your blog.

  13. What a sweet tribute to your special friend Ruth, I know she is smiling down and enjoying your blue, white and yellow celebration! Your arrangement is so striking Shirley, I love love how you combined the different elements and the flowers you chose. All your blue and white pieces are just gorgeous, and the mini take home pots is such a lovely idea. I love Floral Fridays!

  14. Theresa Keller says

    Beautiful flowers and table setting!

  15. Just beautiful Shirley. Love the blue and yellows together. Happy Friday.
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  16. I wish I had learned to sew as a young woman! It’s still on my bucket list, though . . . one of these days. I love your yellow and blue table and I think have those very same glasses! So cheerful! I agree with you that table arrangements should not be very tall so that you can see your dinner companions on the other side of the table. Also, I really love those white/blue napkins! It gives a little bit of French flare to the table. You are putting all sorts of new ideas in my head for a new table design! Great job!

  17. How sweet and cheerful!Your post is inspiring!Hugs!

  18. What a wonderful tribute to your friend Ruth! I remember when you redecorated her bedroom, and I though what a loving, thoughtful friend you are. It was fun traveling back through time with your post. Back in the 70s, I had yellow and white gingham wallpaper in my kitchen. It was so sunny and happy! I also have a blue and yellow quilt from the same era! Your centerpiece is so beautiful!

  19. Edmee PArdo says

    It is nice to be able to tie your work with sweet memories. The flower arrangements were gorgeous and the color combination priceless.

  20. I love the flower arrangements. So pretty!

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