Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast

Table setting with Christmas china and red glasses

Gwenn and the Art of Table Setting

Here at Blessings on State, a lot of our attention is directed toward breakfast service. After all, “breakfast” is part of our name! We focus on providing fresh locally sourced food, prepared thoughtfully and served beautifully.

Bananas Foster Pancakes on a china plate with yellow pansy garnish

Bananas Foster Pancakes with Pansy Garnish

Well-designed tablescapes offer a fun way to change the look of our breakfast presentations. Some place settings are seasonal and others are used based on color, shape and size. Although I have full sets of china, I’ve also purchased place settings for two and additional pieces that I mix and match in order to create even more tablescape options. We also have several crystal options that are used to vary the overall appearance.

We use a more formal design for our breakfast tablescapes. This video shows our assistant Kelly demonstrating our basic table setting. Our next blog post video will demonstrate how changing just one item – the charger plate – can change the look of your table. Please follow along as we share our work here at Blessings on State. We hope that you will be inn-spired to use some of these ideas in your own home!


blue Victorian mansion with cream trim and gray shutters with patriotic bunting and flagAbout Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast
Experience a stay in our award-winning Bed & Breakfast located in a magnificently restored 130-year-old mansion in the heart of the historic district. Pampered luxury is our goal, to delight both business and leisure travelers. We offer two upscale guest suites, each with private sitting rooms and private baths. We provide multi-course gourmet breakfasts, 24/7 family-friendly hot and cold beverages and snacks, and cookies and milk at bedtime. Wi-Fi is available throughout our home and each suite has a digital satellite TV and all-season fireplace. We are located just steps away from Illinois College, the Governor Duncan Mansion and Illinois School for the Deaf and our neighborhood is highlighted on one of Jacksonville’s historic walking tours. Escape the standard hotel room and enjoy your own private suite in the finest Jacksonville area lodging.

Many thanks to Steve at Steve Weber Films for his collaboration on our video projects.

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