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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Robert Burn's My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose

Once again it's Tablescape Thursday sponsored by Susan at BETWEEN NAPS ON THE PORCH!

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Thanks Susan for hosting Tablescape Thursday every week!

My table today is inspired by Robert Burns and this poem -

My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose
by Robert Burns

O my Luve's like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve's like the melodie
That’s sweetly play'd in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I:
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry:

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only Luve
And fare thee weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ it were ten thousand mile.

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Robert Burns Day is celebrated by Scots on or near his birthday, January 25th. Some of the foods traditionally served are haggis, cock-a-leekie soup, Scotch Broth and Scotch Whisky.

Now to be honest, I have never had haggis and don't intend to serve it any time soon. But as I hit the after-Christmas sales, I found this plaid tablecloth at Tuesday Morning for 50% off and these plaid napkins and gold napkin rings for 75% off. It seemed like such a shame to put them away for a whole year until I could use them. So I thought maybe a Scottish theme - then I discovered that Robert Burns Day was right around the corner. Red roses for the centerpiece seemed a natural due to the poem above!

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My flatware is "Betsy Patterson" by Kirk Steiff. It was my grandmother's wedding silver which has a place for engraving, but she never had the initials engraved. I thought this would be the perfect flatware since Patterson seemed like a Scottish surname. I did a little research and Betsy Patterson was actually the daughter of an Irish immigrant, who was the wealthiest man in Maryland in the early 1800's. Betsy married Napoleon Bonaparte's brother. I still think the flatware looks nice with the rest of the table, so it's staying Scottish or not! And you will all recognize my "Gollum" china from Big Lots. My stemware is Fostoria Heritage and a pattern with gold and silver Greek keys from TJ Maxx.

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So here's using red and green plaid at other times, not just Christmas AND here's to Robert Burn's day!

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