We are back with our second attempt at Tablescape Thursday!!!
Hosted by Susan from betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com
This week we will be entertaining close friends at a morning Bible study...
the beach and at a pre-movie dinner for the 'girls'!!
Join us for the fun!!
The ladies gather amidst geraniums and morning sunshine.
For, lo, the winter is past , the rain is over and gone ; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come , and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land...Song of Solomon 2:11-12
Notice the etched detail on the juice glass. This sweet beverage set belonged to Mom's Aunt Ruth.
Aunt Ruth was a school teacher from back in the day. To call the children into the schoolhouse she rang a brass hand bell each morning!!
These opaque green plates resemble Jadite but are really depression glass. The pattern is named Laurel, as evidenced by the embossed circlet of laurel leaves.
Mom's elegant embroidered napkins were a gift brought to her by a friend from her home in Italy.
Thank you for joining us for a delightful morning of fellowship and devotion.
The off season is drawing to a close.
Memorial Day with it's crowds and excited children looms large on the horizon.
The 'year-rounders' have gathered at your table
On your right, Jane, a retired English professor reads from a book of poetry.
Her rhythmic voice conjures up images of white foam slapping against a sandy shore, fog rolling in over a steel cold expanse and the sad cry of a seagull.
You can't help but think ahead and see
silent, morning beach walks replaced with hot, humid jogs through the kingdom of brightly colored umbrellas.
The air tainted with the smell of faux coconut.
Jane's voice draws you back to the moment and you remember that come September the ferries will depart weighed down with the last diehard sun worshippers and pink faced, tow headed children. Upon their empty, silent return the islanders will breathe a sigh of relief and book in hand, take back their familiar haunts.
I don't remember where I bought the plates. There are no markings on them. I just love the collage feel they have and of course anything with birds or eggs is good!
I found the little ball jars at the GW for .75 each. It was about two days after I saw the PB catalog with the outdoor dining picture. They had mason jars with tea lights in them hanging from between the trees. I knew I had to have that look on my little balcony!! To find them in this wonderful shade of teal was a Bonus!!!
Years ago my dad made me the candle holders from some old table legs. I haven't ever touched them to paint or do anything and they look great to me! I decided to try shabby chic and tied old curtain panels around the backs of the chairs. I think the linen complements the lace perfectly. The orange walls need to go quietly into the night!! So they will be repainted in Fortune Cookie from Martha Stewart.
The chargers are those typical gold ones you get around the holidays. These came from Target. I lightly spray painted them with a Jade color. I was trying to let the metallic feeling come through. They turned out to match the detail on the plates perfectly!! The flatware is by Revere.
I stole the idea of the glass beads reflecting the candlelight from one of the blogs I've been stalking. I'm sorry I cannot remember whose.
Our poetry books are 'Heart Throbs' a collection of poems and little stories compiled from a magazine of the same name. First published in 1911. My maternal Grandfather loved to recite poetry and stories, I received this book when he died. It is a treasure to me. The other is a children's collection of poems, I purchased to read to my children when they were younger.
All the linens are vintage, there are two damask and a hand crocheted one on the top in a color I have decided is 'Driftwood'!! The napkins belonged to my Great Grandmother and have never been used until this table setting.
The napkin rings are mother of pearl belt buckles I have collected over the years, tied with velvet ribbon.
This is the Emily Dickinson poem that made me think of the 'off season' setting for my little dinner!
How about a light dinner with the 'girls' on movie night?
It is always fun to dress up for a night out and let's admit it, we dress for ourselves and each other!! Not for men like they think we do!!!
Of course a little bling will be necessary to complete our looks.
When the guests arrive they are delighted to see the table set in a delicate blue Haviland China.
The tureen from Aunt Carol's hope chest is in a pattern similar to the china
The Rhinestone jewelry is an eclectic collection of new and old pieces garnered from auctions and department stores over the years.