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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Dinner for two.......

This Tablescape Thursday and Time Travel Thursday is dedicated to  two ladies, left to their own devices on a week night, while their loving hubbies attend some sports thing. The evening is to include an early supper of Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Mixed Fruit Compotes, and a Pasta Salad, and then, an evening with Clark Gable, Cary Grant, and Tom Selleck.

Since it's just the two of them they'll do something in the Living Room at the Coffee Table where it's a little fancier than TV trays in front of the television.

Here it is all set up ready and waiting.

These are the components of this tablescape............

Cherry Coffee Table with vintage hexagonal mirror and turn-of-the-century hand-tatted lace runner.
I have included one of my new vintage inspired designs onto this tablescape. I have taken a new footed serving plate, attatched a 1940's hand-tatted doily, and added a serving plate to the top to protect the doily.
Some are plain like this one others will be hand-painted to match the doily colors. They will be available soon on my website and Etsy, but if you'd like to custom order one in a special color I'd be happy to create one for you.

The plates are a very special find I made this past week at the Ohio Valley Antique Mall. They are aluminum porceleain clad plates, marked ' Berens Ware,  England'. I know they were probably an 8-pc placesetting in the 40's, but all they had were the 3, so now I'm gonna spend a lot of time trying to locate matching peices...don't ya just hate when that happens ;) They a re each names in the is the Cottage, the other the Arbor, and lastly Friends. To see them closer just click the pic.
I placed the Cottage plate on top od the footed sering dish for the sandwiches.
The napkins pictured are 1940's hand-crocheted hankies, The Iced Tea Spoons are vintage 1950's and the Silver is Onieda Southern Garden form 1993, which is now discontinued.:(
The iced tea glasses are crystal by Kronos. If you look closely the bottoms have a cross pattern with color fused in. The colors match the plates.

The Sugar Bowl in a very old hand-painted porcelain peice that was a gift. I believe it's marked Austria, but it's so worn I can't be sure. I have the creamer too. The pressed green glass pitcher is Fostoria.
And, lastly these are the salad bowls. Really they are 1950's ice cream bowls, but they work.

So, this is my Tablescape  for Thursday and my Time Travel inspired table for Time Travel Thursday. I'm linking to Susan over at Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday of which she so graciously hosts. Don't forget to stop by and see all the incredible tablescape thru Here  I'm also linking to Liz at Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday you can visit all the travelers thru Here
And, dont' forget I'm having a little surprize giveaway in my last post. Go here to get more details. Everyone who leaves a comment in my posts this week is entered!


Cinderella Moments said...

Those plates are marvelous! I hope you find more!


Shirley said...

Hi Melody, Your table is set so neat and looks so inviting while hubbies are playing. I like the plates and it is always neat to go see what you can find. The storm came last night with the wind and rain, forgot the lightening and thunder. It rained all night, but thank goodness it let up when I had to go to work. I hope it doesn't rain when we go to the city tomorrow for doctor appointment. We have cooled down this evening. It is 77 degrees as I am typing this. Have a wonderful weekend. Your Missouri friend.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

What a great girls night in! Those plates are great, I know you'll have fun searching for the "missing" pieces-enjoy!

Marlis said...

looks like a fun spot to spend a girl's night. the plates are wonderful. love the idea of the doily under a plate!!

Tess said...

This sounds like a great evening...especially with Cary Grant and company!!!

Your table looks great and is WAY better than TV trays!!

Miss Merry said...

What a lovely collection - and your plates are a wonderful find. All your items add so much to the final table.

Just so you know - Cary Grant is all mine!

xinex said...

Oh what fun and a lovely table! Your plates are so pretty...Christine

Carol at Serendipity said...

The plates are amazing. I like the way you shared step by step.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Anonymous said...


Can you tell me where the giveaway is located and I'll enter? :) I can't seem to find it on your blog :)

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Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Melody,
What an inviting table set for two. I just adore those plates and the glasses with the color at the bottom is gorgeous.
You always share so much inspiration and beautiful collectibles.
Hope you enjoyed the dinner and had fun.

Thank you for stopping by. I am just swamped in the studio lately. Hope to see you again soon.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Kathleen said...

I remember those aluminum cups! My mom had a pitcher and glasses in our summer home. Remember how cold they kept the lemonade!
Fun retro table!
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Allison Shops said...

Hi Melody. Your dishes are beautiful and I love the green pitcher! Hope you are able to find more.
Thanks for your sweet comment on my Metallic Decor post.

Vicki said...

Hi, Melody,
Sounds like a fun girl's night out!! You picked three of my favorite guys to spend it with, too. Your table looks very pretty and inviting. I adore those plates you found and also that gorgeous green pitcher. Happy September, friend~love and hugs~ Vicki

Nancy said...

Lots of fun and interesting combinations. Love the lace runner!

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Sounds like a fun girl's night!
Your table setting is those plates.

Oh, and thanks for the heads up about the giveaway. :-)


Creative Breathing said...

Melody, I have completely forgotten why I have come here because I am completely absorbed by your beautiful dishes! Be still my heart for the green one! What a special find for you. I absolutely love this idea especially with Cary Grant to spend the evening with. My very favorite "old" movie star! I could watch North by Northwest again and again! I loved your college CB story. It is funny to recall those days! Keep on Truck'n! Elizabeth

Entertaining Women said...

You must have had a ball with your girl's night in! Your vintage plates and items worked so well together. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

What fun!! Whenever I see those aluminum type glasses and cups I think of my Dad. That was his favorite thing to drink from as it made cold things really cold.

I look forward to seeing your kitsch Saturday at Vintage Love Saturday!!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

This is very elegant for 2 ladies dining alone. I would probably order pizza! My favorite plate is the sweet. Now you can have the fun of the "hunt" in looking for more.

Texas Tea Party said...

How nice to have more fun than the husbands! Your darling table is just what two ladies deserve. I love the sweet plates. I think the three have the prettiest prints and is hard to chose between. The hunt is on and more fun to come!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Melody, your tablescape is beautiful. I just love those plates!

Thanks for linking to my party. I would love to have you join me for one, or all three, of my parties each week.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage