I created a one color table for Cuisine Kathleen's white plate + one color challenge at Let's Dish and spotlighting a couple fun napkin folds.
Once I had completed this table I thought I was done, even though I wasn't thrilled with it.
There I go thinking again.
After my recent trip to Goodwill, I was inspired to try again using my original color theme...
Silver & White
I found this gorgeous silver coffee set at Goodwill and it's brand new, never been used. There is also a silver tray but I couldn't fit it on this tiny table. It's by International Silver, a lower end silver plate but it's shiny and beautiful and I love it!
To paraphrase one of my favorite authors "I'm crow-like in my affinity for anything that goes sparkle". This love of the sparkly has become more pronounced as the years pass.
I love sterling, it just makes me happy. I don't even mind polishing it to bring out the sparkle and/or luster. While that shiny new coffee set is beautiful (even if it is just silver-plate) the patina of the older pieces is really my favorite. The spoons are like that and the silver bowl, polished many times over the years but still just as beautiful.
I want to give equal time to the dinner jacket napkin. I think my faux bow (tie) looks pretty good. I'm really liking this camera setting as well.
If you have sterling or silver-plate that was a wedding present or inherited from family, I encourage you to use it. It won't break and if you use it on a regular basis you don't have to polish it. Leaving it in a box in a cupboard is a crime.
Life is a celebration and even if you're serving corned beef hash, get out the good dishes, silver & crystal and enjoy them. No, the good china won't break if you leave it in storage but it's very lonely and feeling left out. You deserve the very best you have. Really, what are you saving it for? If you're not special enough, I don't think the Queen herself would convince you to get all the wonderful stuff out on the table.
If you have questions about how to set a table, please send me a message. I'm happy to provide some etiquette guidelines for you. From a casual brunch setting to the most elegant, formal dinner setting; just ask :)
The glasses on the 'orange' table are Reidel
The crown glasses on this table are from Sur La Table - I'm looking for more but Replacements hasn't found any yet
The sterling flatware is from eBay mostly - the spoon pattern is called 'Lily'
Chargers are from Michael's
Stainless Flatware - 'Concannon' by Reed & Barton
Coffee Set - International Silver (Goodwill)