Today is dreary, misty, and actually quite wintery looking. You would never know that we have been experiencing spring-like weather up until now. I am a person who has to live with color around me as it does affect my mood. My tablescape today is the result of this miserable grey day outside.
I love blue and white and yellow...my absolute favorites of all times .....followed by pink. Lemons seem to be a "happy fruit" to me, maybe, because of their sunny yellow hue. Setting my table with these elements, plus a few of my favorite things, should perk me right up!
The lemon tree is from Italy and is 45 years old.....I know because my mom gave it to me when my first child was born. I told you I have always adored "yellow"....now you know that is really true.
The dishes are by Royal Doulton, "Blueberry". These were given away at my Albertson's grocery store a couple of years ago with purchase, and I knew the minute that my eyes made contact, these dishes had "my" name on them. My daughter told me that several years ago this pattern was for sale in Dillard's china department. Perhaps, it was not a big ticket item, and the result was to sell the inventory to the supermarket chain. I honestly do not know how they ended up at my market, but I am ever so happy they did!
I placed the dinner plate in the off-white wooden charger from Pier 1 and then added the salad plate. Next, I placed a clear Depression glass plate to hold the cobalt stem for our dessert. The pattern is called Oysters and Pearls. I bought them early on in our marriage at an antique shop and have had them for more than 40 years.
The beautiful cobalt blue sherbet stem is a treasure that has been in my collection for years. One of my mom's very dear friends gave to me all of her stems which happened to be a wedding present to her in the mid 1930's. They are by Cambridge Glass Co. and the pattern name is Tally Ho. The color is referred to as Royal Blue which was only produced for about 8 years. It has to be the most beautiful blue in the world! I was told that this pattern is difficult to collect but worth the effort. I have 8 waters and 8 sherbets. It would be such fun to add to my collection!
This view of the cobalt stem is from above.......
I have always adored this set of cobalt crystal! The color is fabulous and the clear stems are so interestingly shaped.
The cloche looks as if it is leaning to the left but is not. I suppose it is my skills, or lack thereof, in photography that caused it. Enclosed in the clear glass cloche is a gold metal bird that actually held
Saccharin tablets before Sweet and Low was produced in little packets. Saccharin has been around for 100 years. Those holders are becoming very collectible now. I can remember my grandmother having an elaborate Saccharin holder on her table. I think hers was sterling silver with tiny tongs . The tablets were teeny and difficult to pick up.
The yellow basket filled with Lemons is Venetian glass.
The napkins are white trimmed in yellow rick-rack and the napkin rings are teapots and teacups in blue and white design. I have no idea where I got them.
The yellow Daisy Mums were purchased at the grocery store.
The 45 inch by 45 inch linen cut work tablecloth was purchased on the last day of a local estate sale for half price.
The placemats match the dishes and were made by Royal Doulton which is amazing as they are vinyl. Practical they are, indeed, but sort of shocking that they were not made in linen.
My husband and I just finished our dinner at this tablescape. I was so busy preparing the meal that I did not take any photos, but we had Green Pepper Beef, Wild Rice, Strawberry Spinach Salad, (store bought rolls) and the yummiest Strawberries with light cream for dessert. Mr. B commented that all the sunny yellow did brighten a dreary day for him, too.
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Have a great week and until next time.......Tea Party Everyday......why not?