Vive La France!

July 14 is Bastille Day.  According to, Bastille Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution and the eventual overthrow of the tyrannical reign of King Louis XVI and the beheading of the king and his wife, Marie Antoinette. tells us about the festivals, parades, balls and other cultural events which occur during this national holiday. 

Since a trip to Paris is simply not in the cards this year, I decided to celebrate the occasion with a tablescape inspired by my cousin's Paris Birthday. 

Of course, the centerpiece is an Eiffel Tower with a huge French flag surrounded by silver candlesticks and strings of pearls.

The plates are labeled 222 Fifth "City Scenes".  I found them at T.J. Maxx a few years ago.  They occasionally have pieces in the stores even now including some other "City Scenes" from London and Moscow. The silver is King Richard by Towle.  It looks like it could use a bit of polish. The brass "P" stands for Paris or my last name (or both!). 

Maybe for next year I can learn a little French cooking. Or better yet, travel to Paris! 

I am linking to Tablescape Tuesday on

Happy Bastille Day to you!  Thanks for stopping by! 



  1. I love those dishes! I remember seeing them at TJ's and passing them up. I was having one of those "sensible" moments when I talk myself out of things. Now, of course, I regret not getting them. Wonderful table! Vive la France!

    1. Thank you Maria! I have those "sensible" moments that I later regret as well!

  2. Cute decor! I am a frenchie-fanatic, so I adore this tablescape. I will have to keep my eyes open for similar plates.
    Michelle at
    P.S. I'd like to invite you to pop over to my blog!

  3. Thank you Michelle! I will stop by!

  4. I love your tablescape as I'm also a Paris lover. Those plates were all gone when I tried to buy them several years ago, but last year I was lucky enough to find them at a yard sale. I bought 4 plates, 4 appetizer plates and 2 mugs for $5!!! The husband told me to take them quickly before his wife saw me. He just wanted to get rid of them. What a great buy!

    1. Wow! You were lucky! I hope you are enjoying them!


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