Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day 2017

You don't have to be Irish to love St. Patrick's Day!

I have a gold tablecloth with green felt placemats, white plates, gold napkins with emerald green napkin rings.

My centerpiece is an ornament tree full of glass shamrocks and leprechauns.

An assortment of Irish nutcrackers is displayed on my mantle.

May you have the luck of the Irish! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I will be sharing with Between Naps on the Porch.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Mardi Gras 2017

It's the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, so 
"Laissez les bons temps rouler!" 

The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are Purple, Green,  and Gold, but I couldn't resist adding a bit of Peacock Blue into the mix. My centerpiece is a beaded placemat and a vase of Peacock Blue with a feathered Mardi Gras mask and coins and beads. I even added a few peacocks around just for fun.

I used a gold tablecloth and napkins, Peacock Blue chargers, white plates and gold candelabras.

I added Mardi Gras masks around the table and put a few purple, green and gold coins in the plates to add color.

This reproduction Victorian postcard adds some Mardi Gras fun to my silver service.

So that's my Mardi Gras table for this year! Have a fun day! 

I will be sharing with Between Naps on the Porch. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Presidents' Day 2017

To celebrate Presidents' Day I always get out my Woodmere White House china. Luckily, I have added to my collection this last year! 

I have given very detailed histories of these patterns in past Presidents' Day blog posts, that you can find HERE.

For this post, I will just give you the names of the Presidents.

James K. Polk Dinner and Dessert Plate

Thomas Jefferson Dinner and Dessert Plate

Abraham Lincoln Dinner and Dessert Plate

George Washington Dinner and Dessert Plate

Benjamin Harrison Dessert Plate on top of.....

Andrew Jackson Dinner Plate

Ulysses S. Grant Dessert Plate on top of...

Franklin Pierce Dinner Plate

So far, no new additions! But on my centerpiece, I have 3 new ornaments, thanks to eBay!

That makes 10 ornaments I now own!

I got 3 new Dessert plates over the last year:

The James Buchanan Dessert Plate - all I can find about this pattern is that it was likely a set that Mr. Buchanan owned privately and was the everyday pattern used in the White House. For State Dinners, he used the Franklin Pierce china

The Dolley Madison Dessert Plate - Real pieces of the Madison china are very rare since they were in the White House during the War of 1812 when the city of Washington was burned. I am surprised at how "modern" this pattern looks!

The John Quincy Adams Dessert Plate - this pattern was produced in France and believed to have been obtained by the Adams when they were living abroad before he became president. This was the pattern they used for their everyday meals and they used the James Monroe china for State Dinners.

Here they all are on the wicker tea cart with my Presidential Teapot and Pitcher. These items have a picture of every president from George Washington to Lyndon Johnson.

Here are the last two dessert plates I own: the Zachary Taylor in blue and the James Monroe with the burgundy border. Also on this table are a teapot and cup and saucer in a pattern called "Mount Vernon," a trinket box and cup and saucer in George Washington's White House pattern, a tiny Washington plate and a book called "Dining with the Washingtons."

I hope you have a wonderful Presidents' Day even if you don't get the day off! 

I will be sharing this with Between Naps on the Porch.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine's Day 2017

Just a quick update with my Valentine's Day table! 

I really think my Spode Pink Tower is perfect for Valentine's Day!

Cupids tumbling on the Dining Room Mantle.

Flowers in the Epergne in the Foyer

Some seasonal toothpick in a Pembroke holder.

My tea table in the Parlor in ready for a Valentine's Day tea party.

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day surrounded by those you love!

Friday, December 30, 2016

What are you doing New Year's Eve?

We actually have plans, but that has never stopped me from decorating my table!

My centerpiece is an ornament tree with New Year ornaments that I have collected through the years.

At each place I have a gold charger topped with a golden snowflake plate. Place card of golden ink on ivory held by golden place card holders. I know that flute glasses are better for champagne, but the saucer type look so old fashioned!

I started with an ivory table cloth and a gold sequined runner and gold napkins with gold napkin rings.

Happy New Year!!!

I will be sharing with Between Naps on the Porch.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Tour 2016

 Merry Christmas and welcome to my home!

We'll start in the dining room. I have the table set with a gold tablecloth and a dark red, embroidered runner. I added gold chargers and red brocade napkins, as well as flatware with a golden beaded border.
On top of the charger is a Spode Christmas Grove dinner plate. Spode introduced this pattern in 2004 and I immediately started a collection. I had Cuthbertson Original Christmas tree for my Christmas pattern, but having moved to a Victorian house in 2000, I really wanted a more Victorian Christmas pattern. Spode Christmas Tree Grove is perfect! You can microwave it and put it in the dishwasher if you like and the colors match my reproduction Victorian wallpapers perfectly. I was heartbroken to learn earlier this year that this pattern was discontinued. Luckily, I have collected a full set over the years!
As you can see I found some fun Christmas Crackers at Target to add above each place setting!

For my centerpiece, I used a large apothecary jar and added some old glass Christmas ball ornaments and snuck in a multicolored battery operated lights.

On the mantle, there are Nutcracker Ballet nutcrackers surrounded by candy like the Land of Sweets in the ballet.

And in the dining room bay window, we have a Nutcracker-themed Christmas tree.

There are various Christmas teapots and pitchers on the hanging shelf.

There is a Christmas tea set on the wicker tea cart.

Now let's go to the Foyer.

Next, the Parlor where our big Christmas tree is featured!

Then into the Billiards Room.

The Sun Room is converted to the Town of Bethlehem for the season to display our Fontanini collection.

Next stop is the Library. This is my husband's study and office. He loves military history, so his Nutcrackers are soldiers, not ballet dancers!

I don't have many kitchen photos this year, but I do have a small kitchen Christmas tree!

I got these little kitchen ornaments last year at Sur La Table's after Christmas sale.

That's my home at Christmas this year! I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas season full of family and friends!

I will be sharing this with Rustic and Refined and Between Naps on the Porch.