A Simple Spring Desert Rose Tablescape

You may remember when I found these Franciscan Desert Rose dinner plates at the thrift store and shared them with you in TTT Week 39 Vintage Finds.   

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Production of Desert Rose by Franciscan began in 1941.  Pieces made in the USA and England prior to 2004 when production moved to China are a bit different and more valuable.  Sadly my five dinner plates are from China.   I do have a few older pieces made in the USA.

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 The round platter/chop plate under the vase in the middle of the table is an older piece made in the USA between 1953 and 1958 based on it’s back-stamp. Information for dating Franciscan Desert Rose found here.

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I’ve wanted to do a simple tablescape with this Desert Rose china since I found it but wanted a pink tablecloth.  Of course, I didn’t want to pay a fortune for it so I waited until one became available at the thrift store.

Jadeite Chicken

The hen on a nest is a new piece of jadeite.

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It is said by many that Desert Rose is the largest selling casual tableware pattern in the history of dinnerware!

Pink Carnations

Thanks for stopping by today!


      • Chargers: Candle Plates – Ikea
      • Ironstone:  Fransiscan Desert Rose – Thrift Store in TTT Week 39 – Vintage Finds
      • Crystal: Swirl Pattern – Thrift Store
      • Flatware: Portmeirion Botanic Garden – Home Goods
      • Pink Tablecloth – Thrift Store
      • Floral Print Napkins by April Cornell – Home Goods
      • Monogrammed Napkin Rings: Thrift Store in FTT Week 66 – Vintage Finds
      • Jadeite Chicken and Salt/Pepper Shakers – World Market
      • Green Vase – Thrift Store
      • Carnation Bouquet – Kroger

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  1. My mom has her set from the 50’s. She has had them forever!

  2. Beautiful. Love the table, you did a great job.

  3. JaneEllen says:

    Seeing your beautiful table with Desert Rose makes me wish still had set hubs old Hawaii room mate sent us for wedding gift. Since there were five of us at time didn’t use it except in KY where had place to show it on buffet/hutch. We recvd. that set in 1968. Would have been concerned to use dishes with two small rowdy boys at time. Gave dishes to hubs and my daughter maybe 3-4 yrs. ago. Don’t think she’s ever used them either. (3 older kids had before hubs/I married). They were 4 1/2, 6, and 8 when we married in late Nov.1968. Had our daughter April,1970. Where have yrs. gone?
    Loved seeing your lovely table Sharon, hope you had great Easter? Happy week.

  4. Oh, Sharon, this is so pretty! In a blogroll full of new posts this morning, this is the one I gravitated toward first! I just love this mix of colors. The jadeite hen, the cloth, the flowers, the chargers/placemats (what are those, and the source? pretty!) – you made it all look so much more than your title of simple says!

  5. Pink and green say spring perfectly! So lovely…

  6. Oh how I love the pink Sharon! I’m a pink loving girl and it’s so lovely! My craft room is pink and green and it’s my favourite place in my house. In my world pink and green are made for each other.

  7. loveyoumoredesigns says:

    Such a beautiful and springy pattern! I’ve never seen it before. Some trivia -My wedding china is the best selling dinnerware china in the world (little did I know!) Old Country Roses….love the pink and the green, jadeite is another favorite of mine. Lovely table, Sharon! xo Kathleen

  8. What a pretty tablescape. I love the pink stemware and tablecloth. They set up these dishes in a nice soft way. As a child I remember seeing these dishes at one of the neighbor’s homes. They meant nothing to me since I was so young but somehow I still remember them! I think it’s a great pattern and one you can play up or down with elegance or casualness!

  9. The soft colors here are so lovely and ultra-feminine, I think it would be great for a Mother’s Day celebration. Just right. I love your jadeite hen, he is adorable!

  10. A beautiful table. Thank you for the info on this pattern. I want to get 4 dinner plates to use for tablescaping, and I will look out for the original pattern, rather than the ones now produced in China. You have accented these lovely dishes perfectly with your pink tablecloth and jadeite pieces. I can see why this has long been a popular pattern! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  11. Your table setting is so perfect–love the pink and green together! Love your jadeite hen too!

  12. Very pretty table. Who doesn’t love those plates. Your colors are perfect together. Loving your centerpiece.

  13. Lovely! Looks to me like your pink glassware is by Fostoria, Jamestown Pink. I think yours are iced tea goblets……lucky find……I love the older USA Desert Rose. You did a fab job!

  14. Dear Sharon:
    I personally still love the pink and green color combination as my favorite. I know that many are using the pink and robin’s egg blue now but I guess I prefer the colors of your plates and your table is wonderful. I can see you have fun blogging and have a clever idea to market your business this way. I enjoy it all and wish you a terrific week! Thanks for sharing and linking. Today marks 2 weeks since we moved and I am down to 3 boxes of dishes to unpack – progress has been made. My hubby still has lots of boxes of books, trains and office.

  15. Your table is beautiful, Sharon. I love your jadeite with the soft pinks. Thanks for sharing with us at Talk of the Town.

  16. Your tablescape is beautiful with the mix of pink and green together. Those two colors truly are a lovely combination.

    Thank you for sharing your style with Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. 🙂

    Olivia, co-hostess
    Reinvented Collection

  17. Sharon, pink and green are amongst my favorite colour combinations! This is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. Hope to see you again on Friday! Love, Mimi xxx

  18. Your table looks beautiful with the vintage dishes. Desert Rose is such a gorgeous pattern and the green adds a touch of color perfectly. It is all so lovely.


  19. Gorgeous!! My mom has the exact same pattern! xoxo Olivia

  20. I love those pink carnations!! I recently wrote a post talking about the flowers on each country and ours here is Spain is carnation. I still can remember its smell…

    Thanks for linking up at Sweet Inspiration Party, have a wonderful week!

  21. Happy Pink Saturday, Sharon. I love everything about this pretty table setting. Thank you for joining us and sharing.

    Your post is being featured on my Pink Saturday post this week as “the one that caught my eye”.♥

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