In Loving Memory

Good morning, dear readers. Today, I have a very special tablescape to share with you. I’m sorry that I have not posted in a couple weeks. My family and I have suffered a tremendous loss….the passing of my beloved grandmother. She was the matriarch, guiding light, and comforting soul to our family. My grandmother carried an extraordinary amount of grace and was always there to lend a helping hand if needed.  You always felt warm and welcome in her presence. She was the epitome of the perfect hostess.

I must admit that I won the lottery when it came to grandparents. They were such loving and caring people. As a child growing up, my grandparents made a point to visit me every day and took their role as grandparents with great pride. My children were fortunate to have a close relationship with their great grandmother, and she in turn would often say how blessed she was to be able to see them grow. Their hearts are as heavy as mine.

I have many fond memories of shopping with my mom and grandmother for prom dresses and eventually my wedding dress. We all three gasped and knew when we found the perfect dress. My mom and grandmother relished in helping me plan my wedding, and that memory is one of many that I will always treasure. The picture below was taken over twenty-five years ago with my grandparents on my wedding day.


As I mentioned above, my grandmother was the ultimate hostess. Therefore, I feel that the most appropriate way for me to pay tribute to her is to create a tablescape with her wedding china in her dining room. I hope you will join me at my grandmother’s beautiful table. I know that she would welcome you with open arms and a bright smile.

My grandmother loved classic, traditional style. As I look around her house, I can see where my mother and I inherited our love of decorating.

She adored pink…therefore, I saw it only fitting to adorn her table with pretty pink roses.



These beautiful plates are Rosebud Chintz by Spode. The pattern was retired several years ago.

Lovely pink stemware rounds out each setting.

Adding to the centerpiece are these beautiful crystal and gold candlestick holders. They have set on my grandmother’s dining table ever since I can remember.




Thank you, my dear readers, for allowing me to pay tribute to someone who was so good to me and was such a strong presence throughout my life….my sweet grandmother. My heart is heavy, but it is full of love and precious, wonderful memories. I know I was truly blessed by her love and that heaven gained a truly special angel.


  1. Sylvia Donaghue

    My sincere condolences. I can feel your grief, as much as your love for this lovely lady. Your tribute to her is beautiful and gracious. Feel your feelings, Sharon. You have been missed here.

  2. Sylvia Donaghue

    I’m so sorry I typed your name incorrectly! I meant Shannon!. I guess I was deeply affected by your post.

  3. So very sorry about the loss of your grandmother. I know you, your mother, and she were very close. Peace and comfort.
    Janet Lane

  4. Pat Francoforte

    Thank you for sharing this heartfelt tribute. You were so blessed by each other, that is so apparent…I know she must be so proud of you and your family. You inherited her beauty, talent, and grace. God bless you all, until you are one day united in heaven!

  5. Shannon, I am so very sorry about the passing of your beloved and beautiful grandmother. I can see her beautiful spirit in her eyes and smile. Your table would make her very proud set with her lovely china and pink roses. May you and your family find peace and comfort in the wonderful memories of your precious grandmother. Love and hugs sweet friend. ❤️

  6. Shannon, my deepest sympathy on the loss of your grandmother. I am sure she was a special guiding force in your life. She may not be here on earth, but her spirit will always be with you, and you have so many wonderful memories to cherish. May God Bless you in your time of loss.

  7. Dear Shannon, what a beautiful tribute to your wonderful grandmother. I am so sorry for your loss and I do know it is a great loss. Like you, I was fortunate to have a wonderful grandmother, although I did not get to keep her as many years as I would have liked.
    Your grandmother was a beautiful lady and her lovely spirit shines through in her smile. Goodness, she would be so proud of the beautiful table you set with her gorgeous china. May your love of her and the wonderful times you shared bring you great comfort. Sending you love, my sweet friend. ❤

  8. I am so sorry for the loss of your precious grandmother. I know that in the heartache you are counting your blessings for all the good memories you have. I’m sure she would have loved the beautiful table you have set in tribute to her. May God comfort you and your family in this great time of loss. Love and prayers.

  9. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know you are comforted by all of the wonderful memories you carry in your heart.

  10. I know she is smiling down on you Shannon as you so lovingly pay tribute to her with this beautiful table…her table is simply gorgeous! You are blessed indeed to have had such an incredible relationship with your grandparents. I pray that your heart will heal and you will dwell on all the beautiful memories…

  11. I’m so sorry for you and your family’s loss. It’s wonderful to be able to have those lasting memories of her and the caring she gave. The table is set beautifully. Love that pattern of dish and the pretty pink stemware.

  12. I still miss my Grandma whom I lost in 1991. I learned so much from her and spent a lot of time with her on our family farm. So very sorry for your loss, and glad you had such a wonderful relationship with her, she is a beautiful lady and I think that sharing the table setting from her home with her favorite things is a lovely way to pay tribute to her!?????

  13. Sending heartfelt condolences to you! I am so sorry for your loss.

    Your tribute to your Grandmother with her beautiful China was so wonderful. I felt your closeness to her. What a beautiful woman.

  14. Dear Shannon, I am so sorry for your loss of your beloved Grandmother. What a beautiful tribute to her in not only the special setting of her dining room table, but in whom you have become through what you learned from her. Thank you for sharing with us. Blessings in your grief and in your memories.

  15. Such a beautiful table, what a lovely tribute. I know she was standing near you as it was created and continues to love you as always. You will be together again in time. I know so well the sadness of a big loss and I am sorry for this in your life. I love the photos. It is obvious how kind she was. Keep talking to her, she can hear you.

  16. Robin Wainwright

    I am so sorry to hear of your grandmother passing. Our grandparents are with us for so short a time that we hold their memories close to our hearts. She will always be with you even though she has gone on to a healthy loving life with God.

  17. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your tablescape is a lovely tribute to your grandmother and her memory. Our memories are so precious but allow us to keep our loved ones close to us.

  18. So sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing with us your precious memories of your grandmother.

  19. Sending my heartfelt sympathy your way.

  20. Karen Lande

    I am sorry to learn of your beloved grandmother’s passing. May the wonderful memories that you and she made together comfort you during this difficult time. Know that all of us are sharing your sorrow, and we wish you peace.

  21. My grandmother was also very special to me and guided me through many things in life since I lost my mother at age 12. She is deceased as well and I will always miss her but have many memories and I know you have too. Thanks for sharing. God bless!

  22. What a beautiful tribute to your grandmother. She was very proud of you I am sure and a tablescape in her honor is very sweet and it is beautiful. I love her china and it was very nice to see pictures of your grandparents and you as a bride. Beautiful picture and special memories.
    My sympathies to you and your family.

  23. Shannon, So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family. Grandmothers are a treasure. They provide love, knowledge, comfort and create wonderful special memories that stay with you the rest of your life. Your tablescape is a beautiful tribute to her. May God provide the comfort your family needs during this difficult time. Blessings to you & your family. Clara

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  25. Bobbi Duncan

    Shannon, I am so sorry to hear that your grandmother passed; I could feel the pain and the love as I read your sweet tribute. You are very fortunate to have had the love and care of such a kind lady…the photo of her just exudes her sweetness. I am happy you have so many wonderful memories to sustain and yours. The table setting is lovely. I, too, love pink and have that very stemware…passed down from MY dear grandmom. Big hugs!

    • Thank you, Bobbi, for your very sweet and comforting words. Grandmothers are such a special treasure, and the memories we have are so precious. How special that you have the same stemware from your grandmother, too.

  26. Shannon, I am so sorry you’ve lost your beautiful grandmother. She treasured you I am sure. Just your description of her shows her grace and talents that I can see in you as you share with others. God bless and comfort you during this time.

  27. What a lovely tribute to your Grandmother! May many sweet memories of her bring you comfort.

  28. I had two wonderful Grandmothers! Both different, but loved so dearly by family. I miss them dearly. I have missed my Mother everyday for 19 years now. Losing loved ones is never easy. My heart aches for you and your family.
    Take care.

  29. My sincerest condolences, dear Shannon. This post is a beautiful tribute to your this special lady! Just gorgeous!!

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