Sunday, September 27, 2015

Argentina Table for One

This week's table happens to coincide with the visit of Argentinian born Pope Francis I. Pat and I were talking about this amazing man - you don't even have to be of his faith to see how he has influenced so many people around the world (I especially like him because he chose the name of my favorite Saint - St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals who is also remembered for his care and concern for the poor.)

Anyway, Pat went to our "supply" of napkins and chose one that has flags of all Central and South American countries as the inspiration to this week's table.
The table - complete with Betty Boop dressed to do the "zamba" - a native Argentinian dance that is popular to locals. It is danced in the streets and especially on national holidays in Argentina. 

Since we do not have a lot of red and black, Pat used German made Waechtersbach dishware.

Flatware is "Hammered" stainless steel by Godinger

These glasses are from Libby but you can get them at the Dollar Store

Ahhhhh.....lovely Betty.

Pat made a small bouquet of red roses to match the one in Betty's hair

A glitzy napkin ring to match Betty....

Where it all came from:
Dinnerware - "Fun Factory" by Waechtersbach from Tuesday Morning and Replacements
Glassware - "Martello" by Libby from Kohl's years ago
Flatware - "Hammered" by Godinger from Tuesday Morning
Bread/Butter Plate - Black "Fiesta" by Homer Laughlin from Replacements
Napkin - Handmade by Pat
Napkin Ring - from Pier 1
Candle Holders - Depression Glassware from our collection
Red Candles - from Pier 1 last Christmas
Porcelain Betty Boop Doll - from the Danbury Mint

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

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Royal Doulton Real Old Willow Table

One of my favorite blue and white combination dish patterns is "Real Old Willow." It has been produced by several manufacturers - mine is by Royal Doulton. Pat used it for this week's table and put together a simple but sweet table setting for one.

Pat used a gold leaf charger to bring out the gold on the plate

I love this blue champagne flute - no doubt about it, it is my favorite. I saw it once in a book written by the late interior designer and  tablescaper extraordinaire, Joe Nye, and I knew that I had to have it. It took me months and months checking eBay, boutiques, internet, antique stores, yard sales, etc., and I finally found them.....

Naturally, Pat had to have wine in a blue wine bottle to coordinate with the table

Here's where it came from:
Gold Leaf Charger - from Costco years ago
Dinnerware - "Real Old Willow" by Royal Doulton from Replacements and eBay
Flatware - pattern unknown by F.B. Rogers & Son from eBay
Glassware - "Swirl" from Pier 1 several years ago
Blue Champagne Flute - from eBay years ago
Blue Napkin - Handmade by Pat
Napkin ring and Gold Bowl - from Pier 1
Lead Crystal Candle Holders - from Tuesday Morning
Candles and Silk Roses - from Michael's

We will be joining Christine's "Table It!" Blog Party Sunday at Rustic & Refined:

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

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Scottish Tartan Plaid Table

The inspiration for this week's table came from a gift from a dear friend (the same one that gave me the "Rhine" dinnerware a few years ago used on last week's table.) Living in England and Australia the last forty years, she is here completing estate business, and when we went to lunch, she handed me a bag from the National Trust for Scotland with a lovely tartan plaid placemat and napkin ring in it especially for the "Table For One" blog. WOW! Pat and I couldn't wait to use it.....
The table

Flatware is one of Pat's very favorite - "Image" by Spode

Still one of the best - Dollar Store green glassware

Love these plates - real "work horses." We have them in several colors....."Spice Route" from Pier 1

The inspiration for the table

Vintage dark green Fiesta bread/butter plate - almost a perfect match

The napkin ring was attached to the placemat. I'm not sure of the significance of the acorns....Chaucer's "mighty oaks from little acorns grow" saying in his famous 14th Century "Troilus and Criseyde" perhaps????? I don't know.

The nutcracker was a gift from my niece

Found these nifty red glass candle holders at Ross years ago

Silk roses......remember, water rationing. No water for the yards......

Where it came from:
Tartan Plaid Placemat and Acorn Napkin Ring - a gift from a friend
Dinnerware - "Spice Route" from Pier 1
Bread/Butter Plate - Vintage Dark Green Fiesta by Homer Laughlin from Replacements
Flatware - "Image" by Spode from Tuesday Morning
Glassware - from the Dollar Store
Olive Green Napkin - Tuesday Morning
Plaid Napkin Overlay - from Pier 1 two Christmas' ago
Red Glass Candle Holders - from Ross
Candles - from Michael's
Tartan Plaid Nutcracker - a gift from my Niece years ago
We will be joining Christine's "Table It!" blog party this Monday at Rustic & Refined:
We will also be joining Susan for "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch:

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Spode "Rhine" Table

At a quick glance, people might mistake Spode's beautiful pink "Rhine" with the classic, more commonly known "Pink Tower." Both are gorgeous, but "Rhine" is my favorite. It was only produced from 1962 through 1985 and never was as popular as some other Spode patterns. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly hard to find.
The table - simple and sweet

Flatware is "King James" silverplate by Oneida

Another one of Pat's favorite things to do: layer the chargers. This time she used white Depressionware Cremax "Oxford" by MacBeth-Evans Glass Company with a Burgundy "Color Spectrum" charger by Mikasa

Pat layered the placemats - she used a pink linen one topped with a lace placemat to add just a hint of color

The arrangement is made from silk "old roses" 

Glassware is "Omega" Marquis by Waterford

Close up of the rim

Where it came from:
Pink Linen Placemat - Italian Linen by Sferra from eBay years ago
White Lace Overlay - from Lentz' Department Store (one of our favorite stores in the area)
Dinner Plate - "Rhine" by Spode given to me as a gift from a friend who lives in England
Remaining Dinnerware - from eBay and Replacements (and anywhere I can find it)
White Charger - Cremax "Oxford" Depression Glass by MacBeth-Evans (from our Mother)
Charger - Burgundy "Color Spectrum" by Mikasa from Replacements
Flatware - "King James" Silverplate by Oneida (from our Mother)
Glassware - "Omega" Marquis by Waterford
Vase, Vintage Napkin, and Candle Holders - from our collection
14" White Tapers - from the Ferndale Emporium
Silk Roses - Michael's

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