My grandsons, ages 5 and 6 !/2, came to see us today. They went on their first quail hunt with their daddy and Sweet Mister. They both got their first quail...I think that it was more exciting for their granddaddy than for anyone else. Dinner was at my son's favorite burger joint. The boys have had their baths, and they are already in bed, so they'll be ready to leave around 4:30 AM to go on their first duck hunt. Exciting times for my hunter husband and son.
Tonight I'm sharing a planning supper that we hosted. We are going to host a wild game dinner with another couple. I think that it's always more fun to plan a party at a nice table with a delicious meal.
The game dinner will be more of a masculine affair, and I wanted to keep the planning dinner relatively un-fussy, too.
I picked up the black satin Fenton footed compote at a local antique mall for $12.00. I don't think that they knew what they had. The flowers are from my personal florist, Sam's.
Tonight we're using the Rosenthal, "Tulip" goblet and Nana's 1920's Lalique tumbler with palm fronds. The white linen hem-stitched table topper is actually a bridge cloth from Nana's stash. The dinner napkin is a large, heavy linen plain Damask with a simple geometric border...also from Nana. We are grateful to be caretakers for so many of Nana's lovely treasures.
Staying with my un-fussy attitude, I anchored each place setting with a Caspari, Rattan Charger. The middle layer is the Wedgewood, "Countryware" dinner plate, topped with a plain white Haviland dinner plate. Tip: Remember that the French Haviland dinner plates are usually smaller than American or English china. They'll give you more options when you want to 'stack' and mix and match. The dark rattan flatware was a great get at Big Lots, $1.00 per piece. I made the tablecloth from a bolt of marvelous tweed pattern drapery fabric that was a gift from a friend. I've made several cloths from the bolt, and I'm going to have some new drapes made for our den...a very generous friend!
We're ready for our friends to arrive for the evening. I'd love to sit at the table with you some night and plan a dinner party or luncheon. I can just imagine the amazing ideas that we could envision together!
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