Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Volunteer Fireman's Table

On January 28th of this year, Fortuna, one of our local towns, suffered a devastating fire that destroyed an entire city block. Fire engines from all the surrounding towns were called in to help battle the blaze - manned mostly by volunteer firemen. The community banded together - bringing the fire fighters food and drinks throughout the day. That night, Pat and her husband (who is a retired fire fighter for the California Department of Forestry/CalFIRE) prepared and served dinner at the Fire Station for everyone. (

Pat wanted to do a table to commemorate the brave men and women who worked so hard and so long to save Fortuna's historic Main Street.
The table

The place setting - what could be better than that spotted salad plate?

Flatware is "Classic Bead" by Reed & Barton

One of Pat's favorite chargers - "Fun Factory" by Waechterbach

Glassware is from Pier 1 years ago

Yes, salt and pepper fire hydrants

From our Mother's Richard Simmons doll collection

Double duty - I use the fire engine at Christmas time with my Fireman Santa Claus

Where it came from:
Red Charger, Black Dinner Plate and Bowl - "Fun Factory" by Waechterbach from Replacements and Tuesday Morning
Accent/Salad Plate - "Kate" from Pier 1
Black Glassware - from Pier 1 years and years ago
Flatware - "Classic Bead" by Reed & Barton from Costco
Napkins - Handmade by Pat
Napkin Ring - PVC pipe cut into 1" rounds and spray painted yellow
Metal Fire Engine - from Ross several years ago
Fireman with Dalmatian - Richard Simmons' "Fireman" by Annie Wahl

We will be joining Christine for her "Table It!" Blog Link Party this Sunday:

We will also be joining Susan for "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch:

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Pretty in Pink Depression Glass Table

For this week's table, Pat decided to use a place setting that we have not used before. She chose Royal Albert's "Blossom Time" since the cherry trees are beginning to bloom. Not a favorite of pink, the table was a bit of a challenge for Pat. She went through the Depression glass that I own and came up with a really unique table.
Pat started with a bright rose pink piece of tulle and covered the plain white tablecloth to make it a soft pink.

The place setting

Flatware is silverplate "Plantation" by Oneida

The charger is pink "American Sweetheart" Depressionware by McBeth-Evans

Glassware is "Rosaline" by J.G. Durand

Instead of a flower arrangement, Pat added a small bundle of roses held together by a pink ribbon

Where it came from:
Dinnerware - "Blossom Time" by Royal Albert from our collection
Pink Glass Charger - "American Sweetheart" by McBeth-Evans from Replacements
Flatware - "Plantation" by Oneida from our Mother
Glassware - "Rosaline" by J.G. Durand
All other pink glassware - Depression Glass from my collection
Salt/Pepper Cellars and spoons - Maryland China Company
Napkin Ring - from a local thrift store
Napkin - Handmade by Pat
Candles, Roses, and Ribbon - Michael's

We will be joining Christine's "Table It!" blog party at Rustic & Refined:

We will also be joining Susan for "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch:

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Jennifer's Birthday Table

Today is my niece's birthday - Pat and I decided to set the table with dishes that Jennifer really likes using a place setting that she came up with on one of her visits to "play with dishes." 
The table

Simple - yet elegant - the "Wild Violet" pattern by Aynsley is gorgeous

Flatware is "April" by Wm Rogers & Son

Jennifer used this pebbled looking charger for more texture (and the color was perfect)

Remember this pattern??? A blast from the past - Princess House.

Pat used small purple sherbets for vases

Poor Jennifer - she even baked the cupcake for her own birthday table setting.......

One last look
Where it came from:
Purple Charger - from Ross years ago
Dishware - "Wild Violets" by Aynsley from our collection
Glassware -  by Princess House years and years old
Flatware - "April" by Wm Rogers & Son from Pat's collection
Lavender Napkin - from
Silver Butterfly Napkin Ring - from Tuesday Morning
Cup cake stand - from Ross two years ago
Purple flower "vase" sherbets and Candle Holder - from TJMaxx last year
Purple candle and silk flowers - Michael's

We will be joining Christine for "Table It!" at Rustic & Refined:
We will also be joining Susan for "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch:

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Remembering Valentine's Day

Pat set a sweet table to celebrate Valentine's Day - full of hearts, flowers, and memories......
Over view of the table

The place setting

Pat made the arrangement using chocolate candy lips

These matching coasters under the red votive holders go well with the charger

I love this figurine. It has so many memories....

One last look
Where it came from:
Red Beaded Heart Placemat - Target years ago
White Charger and Tea Light Liners - from Maryland China Company
Red Dinner Plate - "Fun Factory" by Waechtersbach from Replacements
White Heart Accent Plate - from eBay
Striped Glass - "Verres a vin" from Pier 1
Champagne Glass - "Bubbles" by Maxwell & Williams from Tuesday Morning
Flatware - by Cambridge from Ross and Pier 1
Napkin Ring - from World Market several years ago
Red Glass Heart Shaped Vase - from Target years ago
Figurine - by Annie Wahl from the Richard Simmons collection (our Mother's)
Red Tea Light/Votive Holders - from Bed, Bath and Beyond

We will be joining Christine's "Table It!" at Rustic & Refined this Sunday:
We will also be joining Susan for "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch this Thursday: