One of my favorite colors in Spring is orchid. I look forward to getting out the orchid linen tablecloth I made as soon as I get that Spring feeling. It is made out of linen dress fabric so I can wash it. I purchased eight yards of 58" wide fabric, cut it in half and sewed it down the middle. That way it will touch the floor on all sides of the table.
You have heard of "shopping your house" to redecorate with accessories you have put in storage, but I shopped my garage sale for this one. I had a garage sale Friday and everyone picked up these silverplate julep cups but nobody would buy them for $2. So I decided to keep them and use them for this week's dinner. I'm so glad I rescued them back into my stash. I think they were originally candle cups from Pottery Barn years ago and a few now have the brass showing through the plating. Guess that just gives them personality.
The flowers purchased at my local grocery store includes three types of Roses, a pale lavender one called Purple Haze, a pink and white one called Highlander and cluster spray Roses. I also used three types of Chrysanthemums, including Fugi.
For service plates, I am using hand painted garden scene plates by artist A. Rhodes. I do not know who that person was but the painting is expertly done. When I got them they had never been used and were in mint condition. I like guests to appreciate them, but I don't want them scratched with forks so use them to set the tone of the dinner only. It would be a shame to damage them at this stage.
For salad plates I am using these vintage French Haviland scallop-edge plates with wells. I have no clue why such an elegant plate would have a well unless it is for salad dressing to drain down there. I don't think these are oyster plates. If you have seen these described in a Haviland reference book, I would love it if you would write to me and tell me what they said about this style. You might think the chargers are pink until you put pink with them and then you can see that they are orchid. I got a set of 14 of these plates with a large platter at an estate sale around 18 months ago. You know me, the china addict, I leave no china behind -- sort of like the federal government's program Leave No Child Behind. I just can't help myself when I find something this lovely in perfect condition.
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