Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Memorial Day Table, 2015

We are in Florida but not completely moved in yet. After 2 trailers and a 26 ft truck full of furniture and belongings, about half is still left in Natchez so we have to go back and make another move. We have no prospect buyer yet so we are in no hurry. Besides, my granddaughter's year long treatment ends this week and they want to spend a few days there to enjoy the pool so we are scheduled to go back next month. I still have lots of boxes occupying 1/3 of the garage to open so I apologize if I have not been visiting. I will catch up when this is all over.
 
Anyway, I had to dig up for these Polish Pottery stars dishes so I can create a patriotic table. Maybe around half of my dinnerware sets are still in Mississippi but I gathered enough to create this table.
See our corner china cabinet that used to be in our Natchez dining room home? I am glad I found a good place for it. And to think that we almost sold it because John thought we wouldn't have a place for it here. He was amazed after it was placed how good it looks.

 


 I just looked around the house for something red and found this red and yellow rose or I think it might be a peony.
 I found my blue set of flatware but I thought I would use my Rogers & Sons silver plated flatware set instead. I hardly ever use them and here they were, their wooden case was staring right at me in the garage.
 I bought this set of ceramic napkin rings during one of my trips here in FL in a consignment shop. They are  labeled "FP" in the back, not sure what it means. Please let me know if you do. My other napkin rings are scattered in different bins because we used them as space fillers.


 My daughter Rochelle gave me this set of blue S & P shakers as part of my mother's day gift last year. She bought them in the hospital store because I saw and admired them during one of Rea's chemo admissions last year. Rea, BTW is doing very well. She is having her last admission for immunotherapy and then she is done with all hospital stays. I thank each and everyone of you who prayed and especially those who are still praying for her.


 



 What luck! This Betsy Ross flag plate was packed with one bin of Polish pottery dishes so I had to use it as part of my centerpiece.
 I still do not have my Polish pottery dinner and salad plates here so I used my Pfaltzgraff white "Confetti" dinner plates. I have had some red and white dessert plates with a swirl pattern that I bought here in FL about 2 years ago and I added those too before adding the Polish pottery soup cups and bowls. The wooden plate chargers were bought on sale at Pier 1 on line and were delivered directly here almost right after we bought this retirement home. The plates all share a similar swirly pattern.

 I was looking for my blue goblets in the garage but could not locate them so I just used these crystals that have always been stored here that I bought from a nearby Homegoods. Yes! HG is a 4 min. drive from here and it makes me happy, lol.
 The cruet set looks almost black but they are in between cobalt and midnight blue. I really like the pewter chicken finials.

 I couldn't quite decide what is etched on this pitcher but I like it. Do they look like witches cooking up a potion? LOL! Probably not too patriotic but the color works. Besides, I needed something to stick my flag pole in.



 
And there it is, my very first patriotic table in our retirement home. I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by and special thanks to the hostesses of these parties I am joining. Happy Memorial Day everyone and to those who are traveling, be safe!
 

Paula's What's It Wed
Centerpiece Wed
Sarah's Homemaking party
Kathy's Home and Garden Thursday
Tablescape Thursday
Share your Style Thursday
Home Sweet Home
Kate's Flaunt it Friday
Home Matters
Cindy's Amaze me Monday
Mary's Masterpieces Monday
Kathryn's Make it Pretty Monday
Marty's Inspire Me Tuesday
Maria Elena's Tuesdays at Our Home

 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Girls' Night Out Challenge

 
I wasn't really going to join Kathleen's challenge because I am extremely busy. Only one week and counting , we are moving and I am not done packing.  My son and other imported movers are arriving as early as this Saturday and we are loading a trailer this weekend and the truck next Wed.
 But anyway, as I packed, I saw these Princess House "Pavillion" dinner plates, about to be put in the plastic bin. But wait, I can use these! John was organizing in the garage and needed my help. While assisting him, I saw these strictly feminine salad plates. Aaaah, it's all coming together. And yesterday, I took down 2 busts from the shelves to be packed, so why not use them?
 I took a vase from the foyer and filled it with jasmines that are blooming and climbing the arbor outside, and stuck them in the vase. Hmmm, they smell heavenly! All my napkin rings are all packed away so no rings this time. Same thing with salt and pepper shakers, all packed away too except for the ugly ones my hubby uses everyday and the table is supposed to be pretty, (It's for girls, remember?),  so I did not use them.

 The flatware sets are not packed yet. They are easy, will just throw them in  boxes, unlike plates that I wrap very well, so I will do them last.
 Most of the stemware are packed away but I was able to find these to use.

 Aren't the faces on my busts just sweet?

 Luckily, I still had these glass greenish plate chargers still out so I got to use them.




 Sorry about the box at the end by the wall. I did not realize it was there until I saw this picture.
And there it is! I hope you like it. I think it passed the femininity test.
 
Thanks for stopping by. Now, let's go over at Kathleen's at http://www.cuisinekathleen.com/and look at the other tables.
 
I am also linking with
Home Matters
Cindy's Amaze me Monday
Mary's Masterpieces Monday
Kathryn's Make it Pretty Monday
Marty's Inspire Me Tuesday
Maria Elena's Tuesdays at Our Home
Paula's What's It Wed
Centerpiece Wed
Sarah's Homemaking party
Kathy's Home and Garden Thursday
Tablescape Thursday
Share your Style Thursday
Home Sweet Home
Kate's Flaunt it Friday
 
Thanks Kathleen and to all the other hostesses for these fun parties!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Another Impromptu Dinner Get Together

2 Impromptu get togethers in one day is pretty exhausting but fun nonetheless. And we thought we were only going to church last Sunday! But, after mass, John and I saw our friends and as we congregated outside the church, we got to inviting one another for lunch at  a hibachi reataurant. And so we did! But that was not the end of it.
 
While eating, we were planned about having dinner that night at home and so we did!
 I had to pick plates that were easily accessible in the dining room, especially because at least 75 % of my dinnerware sets are all packed away for the move. But I managed to get this together in such a short time.
 I thought yellow is kinda springy even if my table cloth is fallish. But 80% of my table linens are are boxed up too.
 I just used the vase and flowers that were already on the table and just added a pair of white candelabra


 Everybody brought a dish but I cooked a mussels dish. We also had barbecued pork chops and pancit, a Filipino noodle dish.




 And I made bananas foster for dessert. Yummy!
 For a dinner with no planning, it was a huge success and a lot of fun. Look at these happy faces! We had 9 people including kids so I added an extra chair at the end, actually swapped the big arm chair with  2 smaller chairs from the kitchen.
 and the guys were happy too! Sorry about hubby's shirt. I don't iron, lol, and he loves to wear cotton ones.
Thank you for visit and thanks so much to the hostesses for the ever going fun parties!

Home Matters
Christine's Table it Monday
Mary's Masterpieces Monday
Marty's Inspire Me Tuesday
Maria Elena's Tuesdays at Our Home
Paula's What's It Wed
Centerpiece Wed
Sarah's Homemaking party
Kathy's Home and Garden Thursday
Tablescape Thursday
Share your Style Thursday
Home Sweet Home
Kate's Flaunt it Friday
 
 

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