We had a delightful 4th of July with friends. They own a home on a lovely private lake, and the residents put on a lovely fireworks show each Independence Day. We dined al fresco with a perfect view of the lake. We strolled down to water's edge where comfy chairs had been situated for our use during the fireworks. It was a beautiful evening. I didn't have an occasion to design a 4th tablescape, so this week I am pleased to share a table set for family last weekend. Our son Haze called last minute to let us know that he was bringing our two precious boys on Friday, to spend the weekend with us. I set a table for the five of us in the breakfast room. The menu was takeout from Outback...my kind of meal. Come on in and join us. There's an extra chair in the corner that I can pull up for you.
A no frills table was perfect for our family this evening. Two men and two teenage boys don't require all the details...just good steaks.
A great frame can make its subject matter come to life. Framing the place setting this evening was the Spode Vermicelli yellow charger plate. Our every day Wallace Antique Bead flatware was paired with the Williams Sonoma Laguiole by Jean Dubost stainless steel steak knife.
Making an encore performance from the dinner party we hosted in early June, the Coalport Athlone Cobalt dinner plate was an eBay find. I like that it can perform just as beautifully in casual as in formal settings.
There is a neat story that goes with the Ralph Lauren Dress Gordon luncheon plate. A blog friend, Jo Anne Buckner, contacted me to see if I might be interested in buying several of her patterns. They were downsizing, and the time had arrived for her to to downsize her china collections. She and I came to an agreed upon price, and I purchased her Dress Gordon luncheon plates. I told her that if her children changed their minds and wanted anything I acquired from her, I would sell them back for exactly the amount I paid her. I prefer to think of them as an opportunity for me to steward them until her children realize that they really want them. I have another set of plates that I shall share with you another time. They arrived the day that I set this table, and I thought that they would be perfect for a "guy's table".
The Dress Gordon stacks up quite nicely with the regal Athlone Blue and the Vermicelli Yellow.
The Spode Vermicelli Tureen in blue sufficed nicely for our centerpiece. The salt and pepper are Coalport Countryware.
As we prepared to take our seats, the last of the sun's rays kissed the table. I have no idea what caused the green reflection under the mobile butcher block piece sitting in the corner. So strange. Chlorophyll gone mad? Maybe there is a little photosynthesis going on over there in the corner.
As of today, I've been blogging for 8 years. It doesn't seem that long. I've climbed some mountains in the last few years, and I'm thrilled to be up and posting again. I relish the long distance friendships that we've made, and I hope to get to know many more of you as we all move forward. I'm pleased to announce that the winner of the Entertaining Women 8th Blogiversary Give Away is .... trumpets, please!...ROBIN OF NORTH/SOUTH BIRDY! Congratulations, Robin. If you will please, email me your contact information, I'll be excited to get the sets of 12 Williams Sonoma Sophia dinner plates and luncheon/salad plates on their way to you! I hope that you will enjoy them for many years to come.
Tonight I'm joining:
Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch