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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Giveaway part 1 ends Thursday night!!!....Mother's Day Breakfast Table

        Can you believe it's already May?? And a very special week at Casa Bramasole. First of all, we want to say how excited we are to welcome all our new followers and how thrilled we are to welcome you! 
Today we're linking up to Susan's Tablescape Thursday at between Naps on the Porch. Many thanks to Susan for hosting this wonderful party so graciously! 

         As many of you know, we're doing our very first GIVEAWAY!!! And it's a very special 2 parter. Part one ends Thursday, May 6th. We originally said it would end at 10 p.m. Eastern time, but Allie correctly pointed out that midnight would be better, so we're extending the deadline to May 6th at midnight, Eastern time Be sure and go here to enter while there's still time. This is open to ALL our readers and followers! Now on to Part 2!! CSN Stores have very generously offered to give one of our lucky readers a 60 dollar gift card which canbe used in ANY of their 200 stores online!! This is open to residents of the US and Canada and the deadline is May 14th. Go here to enter. Good luck to all!

Nonna, Mom, me and my baby brother

I feel very blessed to come from a family of strong, compassionate, loving women. They are the ones who shaped how I mother my own children and they made me who I am. This Sunday for Mother's Day, we'll have a leisurely breakfast and a quiet family day- maybe a trip to the Flea Market to stroll the antique booths (hint, hint, Honey!). These are the women that will be in my thoughts that day as they are on a daily basis.

My mom on her wedding day in Italy

And on the day of my First Holy Communion

Haviland and Grandma's silver

My Nonna during one of our many road trips exploring the Italian countryside

And watching my Nonno try the great American past-time on a visit to America

Vintage hand stitched linens

My Grandma Josie dancing with Dad at my wedding

Italian needlework on pure linen

My Grandma's sisters- they were as close as can be all their lives. Both my Aunts raised wonderful families

Vintage cut glass, silver, and china

I love the blue and silver

My Grandma had a beautiful smile- it's what I remember best. Here she is with her brother and sister-in-law (another strong and amazing woman)

Love those roses!

Silver, blue, and crystal- a match made in Heaven

My wonderful daughter-in-law. My son could not have made a better choice

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful, strong women we have been blessed to know and love

Join us tomorrow night for Foodie Friday at Gollum's and don't forget to enter our giveaway. As we say in NY:

Ya gotta be in it to win it!!

As Always,

Buon Alimenti, Buon Amici,

Pattie and Allie


  1. Hapy Mothers Day to all. It looks like it will be a special weekend surrounded by those you love.

  2. Enjoyed your post, seeing the old photos. Dropping by from Tablescape Thursday at BNOTP (#1).


  3. Hey Pattie and Allie: Love the photos intermingled with the tablescape shots! Very pretty china. Have been missing your posting--you must be busy. Joni

  4. Pattie, Happy Mother's day to you! Enjoyed reading and looking at your pictues! You have such a beautiful family!

  5. Pattie and Allie, YOur maternal heritage is a very big blessing! Strong, loving women give us the best examples to follow. And the way you honor them is an example to all of us. You do them proud. Good for you! Allie take note!

    Your table is so soft, serene and pretty. Oh I love the linens. They look so rich and are beautiful with the wonderful china. They are paired so well together. ONe of your prettiest tables ever. (SIGH!)

    All the elements make a welcoming scene. Do I see an extra seat at your table?

  6. Happy Mother's Day! I agree...silver, blue and crystal a match made in heaven! Your table is beautiful as always. I enjoyed "meeting" the women of your family.

  7. This is a great post. Loved seeing you tie in your family with photos, stories and the tablescape. Very pretty.

    Great giveaway too!


  8. Beautiful table and gorgeous linens. Always enjoy your old photos so much, too.

  9. Great it ;) Happy Mother's Day <3

  10. Pattie and Allie, what an amazing heritage you have in your family. Thank you so much for sharing it with such pride. Your table is lovely in the blue and silver. I am in love with the vintage table linens so pretty. Happy , Happy Mothers day to you my dear bloggie buddy,Kathysue
    PS be sure and go to my blog tomorrow,Thursday. something is FINALLY DONE!!

  11. Coming from strong women is indeed a blessing and a gift that it appears you are passing down. Sometimes I think we have to become mothers ourselves to realize this! I always love to see your old photos. Have a happy happy Mother's Day!

  12. What a beautiful post and tribute to the strong women in your life. Your family photos and beautiful heirlooms are a treat for the eyes. Thank you for sharing! Happy Mother's Day to you!

  13. Pattie, I hope you have a wonderfully Happy Mother's! I loved looking at your pictues! You have such a sweet family! You are truly blessed!

  14. Happy Mother's Day Ladies! I just love this post. What a beautiful tribute to the women in your lives, past and present.

  15. Love your vintage tablecloth!!! Happy Mother's Day.


  16. Love the photos interspersed with the tablescape. Well done...interesting...and so very personal.

    Have a very happy Mother's Day!
    Jane (artfully graced)

  17. What a beautiful post!! I loved the way you mixed your tablescape in with the family photos and story. Just wonderful!! You have a gorgeous family and wonderful family history and some beautiful things to set your table with!! Loved it all!! Happy Mother's Day!! xxoo

  18. Thank you for your kind gesture! :)

    Loving the vintage table...

    Your daugter in law is lucky to have you as a mum in law!! :D

    Love, Love, Love to both u

  19. I love how you included family pictures with your table setting. Such a blessing to have such beautiful pictures of your family and your past!

    Happy Mother's Day to you!

  20. Morning ladies..
    What a joy it is to visit here. I think I've said before it's like going for a visit to my Uncle Rocco's.. The food, the photos:) I can hear them all talking and smell the scents of my childhood . It fills my mind with memories and my heart with joy..
    Your table setting is lovely...

    hugs to both of you

  21. Hi, Lovely post for Mother's Day. The table settings, linen and crystal are gorgeous and look so nice in dining room with the tall windows and lots of light. Happy Mother's Day to you Pattie! Thank you for sharing. Take care ,Emelia.

  22. Your mom is FABULOUS looking in that communion picture! Wow! How lucky you are to come from such a wonderful family of strong, beautiful women.

    The pictures of the china and crystal and linens...too beautiful for words.

  23. Hi Pattie!

    What a beautiful table! Those linens are gorgeous! Love the tablecloth but, those napkins! Stunning! I just love blue and silver. It's one of my favorite combinaions!
    And it was so fun to see he pictures in between te tablescape.

    I hope you have a WONDERFUL Mother's Day!!

  24. What a lovely post, Pattie. All those wonderful women would be so proud of the woman you've become. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  25. Wonderful post of a beautiful family. Have a happy mothers day. Cheers!

  26. Such a beautiful tablescape. I love the dishes and the linens are stunning. It is so wonderful to honor such beautiful ladies. You have precious memories that will always be there. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed this so much. Hugs, Marty

  27. Happy Mother's Day to all wonderful mum's here. Wow! this is really a wonderful generations to cherrish forever.

    Have a great day, Lady.

  28. What a nice tribute to the women in your family. And such a lovely table, too. Those roses are gorgeous!

  29. What a lovely table you sat. Your Italian linens are something else. I enjoyed seeing your family pictures, too.

  30. Oh, I love the family pictures! I am partial to the dishes too as I have the same set and I love them- love the soup tureen (sp?)! Come over and give me a visit! ~Nana~

  31. What beautiful dishes and linens..just wonderful! You don't see linens like that anymore, how lucky you are to have them.
    The table is very elegant..
    Happy Mother's Day to another strong woman..I suspect it runs in the family!

  32. Your table is gorgeous! Those linens are very special. How wonderful to be able to share about the wonderful women of your family. All the picture are lovely!


  33. I love the beautiful linens...what family treasures... Have a Happy Mother's Day! Allie, are you making breakfast in bed for you Mom??!! lol :)

  34. Happy Mother's Day to all of you. You have a very impressive family. And such nice heirlooms. I love the stiched tableclothes and napkins. So much work and beautiful design. And the china and crystal are really beautiful, too.
    Greetings from Johanna

  35. Thank you for sharing such wonderful family stories and pictures with us! Your table is so elegant.

  36. I LOVE this wonderful about your maternal heritage and a gorgeous tablescape, too!!!!

    Hugs & Happy Mother's day to YOU,

    PS The fact that you do this blog with your daughter says a tremendous amount about both you and her!!!


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