Thursday, February 18, 2010

Valentine Brunch

I wanted to something special this year to show someone special how much I appreciate all he does. My plans were very elaborate, a traditional English tea.  I was going to bake scones and other goodies and have a selection for fine teas, etc. I even bought silver teaspoons.  I thought of putting my small round table in front of the fireplace to make it really cozy.  Lots of candles and romantic music and us just talking....

"The best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry"

And so did mine when we got 16" of snow, and another day of snow predicted.  The children I was going to send to town for the day ended up staying here, even the college student whose classes were cancelled.  Not the romantic tete a tete I had planned.
So I decided to do the best with what I had.
The table got moved to our bedroom. No time for baking or shopping.  A total revamp of menu.
I never had a chance to shop for a romantic tablecloth or pretty dishes or a centerpiece.
I had a couple of very pretty pressed glass dishes that I had out to make a picnic basket set.
They are cobalt blue.  I really wasn't thinking about using blue. But it's what I had.
I remembered there was a red tablecloth with blue flowers at my booth (flea market). So I picked it up.  Funny, every time I try to get rid of it, I find a use for it.
My dear hubby brought me a dozen very pretty roses that I placed in a cobalt blue vase. I also had a faux mercury candlestick that I paired with a glittery glass candle holder.  I had a silverplate bowl that usually holds fruit as a makeshift ice bucket. The two champagne glasses are from our anniversary spot, Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Mo.  Since I wanted some privacy, we brought in the coffee maker and cups along with hot chocolate in the silver heart-shaped basket.  Chocolate-covered strawberries, dipped pretzels and our favorite cookies.  We never had to leave the room.  It was a very relaxing day.

I'm linking this to Tablescape Thursday.  I'm very thankful to all the ladies who put such beautiful tables together. Such wonderful inspiration.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tablescape: Thanksgiving 2009

I have used a lot of things from last year, like the tablecloth (actually 2 twin flat sheets) and the centerpiece.
But it lacked color, so I used the souvenir plates that I collect.  Everyone really liked these and I think it will be fun for my children to see which plate they get each year.  I also added the brown runners (actually a curtain from Wally world that I cut to size).
I also created a desert table.  I wasn't really happy with the coffee urn; so I have replaced it with a silver one.  I've seen that someone painted a crock pot with blackboard paint (sorry I can't remember this clever woman's name), So I may paint this urn.  It would be so great to write what's in it on the side. I got all of these cake plates from thrift stores. I especially like the cut-glass butter dish top that I use to hold dinner mints.