It's Tablescape Thursday...
See that pretty little table up above? That's a circa 1940-50s folding card table. I love these! I had been wanting one for a while and when this presented itself at a yard sale some years back, I snatched it right up. In our former home, I actually had it hanging on a wall in the back hall. Here in NC, it resides in a corner of our family room until I call it into active duty.
These came with a variety of different prints. I love this little cottage, but I've also come across several depicting an English style fox hunt- just charming!
Our family is on the large side, so our tables tend to be rather monstrous in proportion. Our kitchen table is a 60 inch square that seats 8 and the dining room table always has at least one leaf in to accommodate 8-10.
So when a friend calls and says she's stopping by and my mouth happily spews an invitation to lunch (because adult female company is a GIFT and because I forget for the moment that the floor needs washing and the dust bunnies are rolling), I want something a little cozier and appropriate for a relaxing chat. Since our screen porch is currently unavailable (see yesterday's post here), I pull out the card table and set it in front of the living room window so we can at least pretend we're outside.
As many of you know, I love to collect vintage linens. Among them, I have a special fondness for little card table sets from the 1950s and 60s. They bring back many fond memories of my parents and their friends getting together for cards and maybe a little dancing in Grandma's basement.
Mom and Dad circa 1965 in Grandma's basement- check out the hairdos and minis! They DRESSED for house parties
My brother and I would sneak out of bed and try to catch a glimpse and find out what everyone was laughing about. Those were the days when almost everyone smoked (remember those ladies' cigarette holders?- the ultimate in sophistication) and cocktails were de rigeur.
Dad the bartender and his brother Frank
My brother got himself in a bit of trouble once when he was about 5 or 6. He awoke early the morning after one of these shindigs and my mom must have been quite tired the night before as she had left the cleanup till morning. My brother "helped" in the cleanup by emptying all the glasses that had been left- by drinking them. His upset stomach was a lasting punishment, to both him AND my mother!
A vintage retro table!
Just pretend you're looking out the window on this beautiful, sunny day. Unfortunately, facing the window means I can't get a decent picture so I had to drop the shades.
Is this cute or what? Love those 50s colors!
I'm using a peach lustreware ramekin for the asparagus soup I made yesterday. The cups and saucers, including the one I used under the ramekin are vintage Fireking Jadeite- one of my favorites! The Jadeite sugar bowl will hold fresh orange curd to dip some biscotti in
I have a set of 4 of these vintage glasses with a sort of Carnival glass quality. The orange and blue worked perfectly here
In the center of the table is a vintage Italian Deruta flower frog. I have a couple, but the colors on this one worked here and it's a nod to Italy for the table. I'm putting some white daisies from the market in there as soon as I find a minute to cut them :)
I love this old pitcher. It mimics the lustreware and reminds me of the pitcher we always used for juice at the breakfast table. I also used a pair of tiny vintage diner S & Ps at each setting
These card cloths had such cute, fun motifs!
Join us tomorrow for Foodie Friday at Gollum's. There will be something yummy on the menu (as soon as I figure out what's in the pantry)
Buon Alimenti, Buon Amici,
Pattie and Allie