Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tulip Palooza, March 24, 2018

Note: 4.15.18  Thanks so much to Linda @ Life & Linda for featuring my blog in the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party #196.  Linda is the host this week.  Please, be sure to visit Linda and the other blog hosts this week!  You'll find an abundance of talent and inspiration.

The tulips have captured my heart this Spring.  I posted about our Easter table last week, and today I want to share an intimate Baby Shower Brunch that I recently hosted with several other friends.  Once again, the tulips held centre stage.  I set two tables for 16 guests.  Brunch was set out in the breakfast room.  Pull up a chair. This is a photo intensive post, but what else is new.  Enjoy if you're up for it...or just scroll quickly.  Either way, I'm so grateful that you stopped by for a visit.

The front doors were already decked out for Palm Sunday and Easter week....
The table in the center of the foyer...

...and the demi-lune just inside the front door gave guests their first peek of what lay just beyond in the living room and dining room.

Guests gathered in the living room to greet the mom-to-be's family.

Chloe, the Lop, that I sculpted years ago, was in charge of oversight in the kitchen...

Her crew made sure that the St. Louis ice bucket was filled for drinks and plenty of room was available for drink preparations

More of the bunny patrol made certain that the counter was clear for mixing the fresh berries salad and the oven was hot and ready for the Eggs for Brunch Bundt Cakes to bake.

Tucked away in the breakfast room...

The breakfast room was prepared with serving dishes for the brunch menu which consisted of: Orange Cranberry Scones with Lemon Curd,  Eggs for Brunch Bundt Cake,  Fresh Berries Salad, and dessert consisting of Petit Fours, and iced cookies decorated with the new baby girls initials.  Now, the tables...

In the living room, I prepared a table for six guests at the games table.  The ever reliable flip-top table top was pressed into use, yet again.  Gifts were placed on the marble topped refractory table that lives on the wall between the living room and the kitchen.  At one point I entertained opening up that wall for an open concept kitchen/dining room.  I thought that I could use the large table as a kitchen island.  Didn't happen.  I decided that I like my walls in my house. 


I prepared a pair of the green tulipieres as a centerpiece for the games table.  Didn't happen.  The tulips were so successfully dancing by the morning of the party,  I only had room for one container on the table.  Do you remember where you've already seen the partner arrangement?

With few exceptions, both tables were pretty much the same.  One difference was the old fashioned champagne goblets, used to serve Prosecco, a sparkling wine.  Here is the champagne goblet that belonged to my mother-in-love.  I don't know for certain, but I believe that it is Rock Sharpe Crystal. I don't know the pattern name.  Remember, brides from 1938, through the end of World War II, in 1945, were no longer able to register for European crystal or china.  During this period, American manufacturers came into prominence.  Now, the dining room...

Spring has arrived in full color.  The tulips could not have been more cooperative.


No tablecloth today.  The Mottahedeh Blue Lace Charger was placed on the preserved boxwood placemats.  I actually have to spritz/bathe these placemats with water once per month, so they don't dry up and curl up.  The flatware on both tables was Reed & Barton Francis I.

Both tables were set with Coalport Sevres Group.  There are multiple varieties of bouquets on the plates.  Perfect for Spring....really for any season.  This is one of my favorite patterns.

This time the old fashioned champagne was our Nana's antique French crystal.  Antique dealers agree that it is French and antique.  So far no one can identify the maker or pattern name.  Some day! On both tables, the champagnes were paired with the Waterford Simply Pink Goblets.

I was pleased to have enough of the tiny salt and peppers to share with each guest.  I never tire of the lovely whimsy of these tiny works of art.

A quartet of Accent Decor "Rose Bowl" tulipieres...

...flanked the Herend Queen Victoria tureen and underplot.  This piece always makes my heart beat faster.

I could be happy sitting on either side of the table.  The bunnies on the buffet look quite whimsical...

And the contents of the crystal cabinets keep my eyes happy, too.

Spring is always so welcome at our house...

...and definitely on our tables!

Thank you so much for indulging my passion and spending your precious time here.  I absolutely do not take you for granted.  If you ever pass my way out here on the prairie, please, let me know.  I'd love to set a table for you.  We can visit into the evening and get to know each other better.

This week I'm joining:

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