Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Five O'Clock Tea Club Tablecloth, 4.9.18

 In the 20's, 30's, 40's, and 50's our Nana belonged to The Five O'Clock Tea Club with many of her friends, all of them wives of highly successful leaders in our city.  After decades of wonderful times with the other club ladies, the 60's had rolled around, and Nana was probably one of the last living members.  As a result, I'm guessing that she was the club member left in charge of the Five O'Clock Tea Club tablecloth.  Last week I was blessed to  share a selection of my collection of china, silver, and antique linens with The Oklahoma Art League for their April Guest Day Meeting.  One of those items was the Five O'Clock Tea Club's tablecloth.  Once again, it found its way to the center of a lovely ladies' tea. I'll primarily let you get a look at our tea table and the centerpiece for the group of about 80 ladies.  Come on in and join us...
For the third time in less than 30 days, tulips are the flowers of choice.  By now you're familiar with the Accent Decor tulipiere.  The flowers were arranged at my house three days prior to the meeting.  They were in full bloom this day.  I chose the colors for a painterly effect.  I kept thinking of a painter's palette covered with dabs of color.  

 The Herend Queen Victoria tureen was a unanimous choice by the hospitality committee.  It's also making a third appearance this month; it's hard to get tired of this lovely dame.  Teapots here include Wedgwood, Coalport, Royal Albert, Bernardaud Limoges, and a darling pink stoneware teapot.

When I go to estate sales, I frequently add to my collection of oriental wooden stands.  Today some of them combined to charming effect as we elevated each of the elements in our centerpiece. 

Nana's pair of silver pedestal shells were just right for the lemon curd, which accompanied cranberry-orange scones.  You can't have a tea without scones, right?!

It seems rare that anyone takes coffee or tea after a meal anymore, so it was really fun to pull out an assortment of teacups for the ladies to sup their tea.  We served a French Caramel Crème Brûlée tea by Teaoli. Find it if you can.  So delicious!  This is another of Nana's cutwork linen cloths.  Teacups included Lenox Beltane, Castleton Laurel, Royal Copenhagen God Fan. and Coalport Countryware. Replacements were waiting in the kitchen.  Tea was served from a pair of Silver Urns at either end of the table.

 Here's a pretty good look at the tea club's tablecloth.  It's about 100 years old now.  It's over 200" long, and I had to create a pair of folds to reduce the length for today's table.

 Teapots included Russian china, Meissen Blue Onion, Bernadaud Limoges Artois, and a Mad Hatter teapot that KC brought me from one of her trips to Australia.  The empty spots on both sides of the table would soon be filled with silver trays laden with a fresh assortment of tiny tea sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches were mandatory, of course!

 Lace cookies with milk chocolate filling, Macarones, and the Cranberry Orange Scones waited to be uncovered.  The tea party was enjoyed after the group's business meeting and program.

 I pulled several patterns of luncheon plates for the ladies as they selected their goodies.  Here, the Schumann Empress Dresden Flowers reticulated plate.

 Coalport Sèvres Group luncheon plates.

It was indeed a job for our committee to pull, pack, transport, unload, layout each item for our tea, clear, wash and dry, and then repeat the process to return everything home, but it was so worth the time and effort.  The happy faces of our guests, the enthusiastic conversations that permeated the fellowship hall, the pronounced lack of leftovers...all of these were more than enough to make me willing to do it again the next time the occasion presents itself.  The next time you have the opportunity to share your lovely things with one of your organizations, go for it!  You'll be tired, of course, but there will be no denying the contented smile on your face.

This week I'm joining:

Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch

Inspire Me Tuesday with Marty @ A Stroll Through Life

Life and Linda @ Dishing It and Digging It Blog Party

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tulip Palooza, March 24, 2018

Note: 4.15.18  Thanks so much to Linda @ Life & Linda for featuring my blog in the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party #196.  Linda is the host this week.  Please, be sure to visit Linda and the other blog hosts this week!  You'll find an abundance of talent and inspiration.

The tulips have captured my heart this Spring.  I posted about our Easter table last week, and today I want to share an intimate Baby Shower Brunch that I recently hosted with several other friends.  Once again, the tulips held centre stage.  I set two tables for 16 guests.  Brunch was set out in the breakfast room.  Pull up a chair. This is a photo intensive post, but what else is new.  Enjoy if you're up for it...or just scroll quickly.  Either way, I'm so grateful that you stopped by for a visit.

The front doors were already decked out for Palm Sunday and Easter week....
The table in the center of the foyer...

...and the demi-lune just inside the front door gave guests their first peek of what lay just beyond in the living room and dining room.

Guests gathered in the living room to greet the mom-to-be's family.

Chloe, the Lop, that I sculpted years ago, was in charge of oversight in the kitchen...

Her crew made sure that the St. Louis ice bucket was filled for drinks and plenty of room was available for drink preparations

More of the bunny patrol made certain that the counter was clear for mixing the fresh berries salad and the oven was hot and ready for the Eggs for Brunch Bundt Cakes to bake.

Tucked away in the breakfast room...

The breakfast room was prepared with serving dishes for the brunch menu which consisted of: Orange Cranberry Scones with Lemon Curd,  Eggs for Brunch Bundt Cake,  Fresh Berries Salad, and dessert consisting of Petit Fours, and iced cookies decorated with the new baby girls initials.  Now, the tables...

In the living room, I prepared a table for six guests at the games table.  The ever reliable flip-top table top was pressed into use, yet again.  Gifts were placed on the marble topped refractory table that lives on the wall between the living room and the kitchen.  At one point I entertained opening up that wall for an open concept kitchen/dining room.  I thought that I could use the large table as a kitchen island.  Didn't happen.  I decided that I like my walls in my house. 


I prepared a pair of the green tulipieres as a centerpiece for the games table.  Didn't happen.  The tulips were so successfully dancing by the morning of the party,  I only had room for one container on the table.  Do you remember where you've already seen the partner arrangement?

With few exceptions, both tables were pretty much the same.  One difference was the old fashioned champagne goblets, used to serve Prosecco, a sparkling wine.  Here is the champagne goblet that belonged to my mother-in-love.  I don't know for certain, but I believe that it is Rock Sharpe Crystal. I don't know the pattern name.  Remember, brides from 1938, through the end of World War II, in 1945, were no longer able to register for European crystal or china.  During this period, American manufacturers came into prominence.  Now, the dining room...

Spring has arrived in full color.  The tulips could not have been more cooperative.


No tablecloth today.  The Mottahedeh Blue Lace Charger was placed on the preserved boxwood placemats.  I actually have to spritz/bathe these placemats with water once per month, so they don't dry up and curl up.  The flatware on both tables was Reed & Barton Francis I.

Both tables were set with Coalport Sevres Group.  There are multiple varieties of bouquets on the plates.  Perfect for Spring....really for any season.  This is one of my favorite patterns.

This time the old fashioned champagne was our Nana's antique French crystal.  Antique dealers agree that it is French and antique.  So far no one can identify the maker or pattern name.  Some day! On both tables, the champagnes were paired with the Waterford Simply Pink Goblets.

I was pleased to have enough of the tiny salt and peppers to share with each guest.  I never tire of the lovely whimsy of these tiny works of art.

A quartet of Accent Decor "Rose Bowl" tulipieres...

...flanked the Herend Queen Victoria tureen and underplot.  This piece always makes my heart beat faster.

I could be happy sitting on either side of the table.  The bunnies on the buffet look quite whimsical...

And the contents of the crystal cabinets keep my eyes happy, too.

Spring is always so welcome at our house...

...and definitely on our tables!

Thank you so much for indulging my passion and spending your precious time here.  I absolutely do not take you for granted.  If you ever pass my way out here on the prairie, please, let me know.  I'd love to set a table for you.  We can visit into the evening and get to know each other better.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Easter, April 1, 2018

Resurrection Sunday is my most important day of each year. And it is so appropriate that as Christ came back to life for you and for me, so each year our loving God gives us a world where the bareness of winter surrenders to spring and its own annual renewal of life. Trees unfurl their tender new leaves, and buds bless our world with hope for another year filled with the fragrances and the beauty of bountiful blooms in our gardens.  Easter is a time for grateful hearts in celebration, so on Sunday evening, I was blessed to gather family and friends around our table for dinner.  Tonight I set a table for ten in the dining room,  Come on in and join us, please.

Our guests were asked to arrive at four o'clock for a dinner to begin at five.  Remember, we still function on Toddler Standard Time.  The grandkids needed to be through with dinner in time to head home for their early bedtimes. 

A plethora of tulips and bunnies set the tone for our dinner this Easter.

When I opened the closet doors to the dining room tablecloths, this Williams Sonoma Spring Jacquard tablecloth immediately caught my eye.

I loved the way it paired with the Mottahedeh Cornflower Blue Lace charger.  The blue in this plate is capable of taking your breath away.  It is such a gorgeous color.

The Wedgwood/Coalport Countryware plate was used to serve dinner. The cabbage leaves just demanded a place on the table...

...After all, bunnies eat a whole bunch of cabbage!  Plus the Juliska Bunny Collection...

...came in an assortment of delightful Easter egg colors. The bunnies made a second appearance during dessert... pecan pie, pralines, and fresh peaches with vanilla ice cream.

The clear Tiffin Elyse wine goblet was quietly elegant next to the Waterford Simply Pink and Blue goblets.  I took advantage of the profusion of colors that make up the landscape of Easter to play with mix and match colors in the crystal.

With the addition of the Reed & Barton Grande Renaissance silver, the miniature salt and pepper, the Waterford Ballet Dot napkin, and the iced Easter cookie for a party favor, my place setting was complete.

Without a doubt, the star of the centerpiece design is the parade of tulips...

Arranging the tulips was a no brainer because of the quartet of Accent Decor's tulipiere.  This vase is named the Rose Bowl in the Accent Decor catalog.  I think the name comes from the look of the vase itself.

Bunnies here, bunnies there, bunnies bunnies everywhere...

Anyone want a carrot?  The "petal" carrots found a home on the Wedgwood Patrician tureen and underplate. 

Add a few Dollar Tree votives, and my centerpiece was complete.

Our family and friends would arrive soon.  It would be a cherished time of celebrating with hearts full of thanksgiving for the incredible gift that Christ gave us with His sacrifice on the cross.  He not only paid the price for my sins, He overcame death and in so doing, gave each and every one of us the opportunity to have access to almighty God.  Now there's a reason to celebrate not only this day, but every day of the year. Hallelujah!

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