For this Mother's Day I hosting a tea. Since I don't have children myself, I am honoring my Mother-in-law and step-daughter (mother to the most precious 13 month old little girl you've ever seen), and my neighbor, her two daughers and her niece. That is a nice group of seven. All the fellows are off doing whatever it is fellows do when the women run them off - I think they went to Harbor Freight or some gun shop.
At any rate, in honor of Mothers past I used the vintage linens that my MIL brought recently and graciously bestowed on me. I just love them. I am touched by the fact that her mother and grandmother did the stitching by hand and spent hours on these table coverings. Even the hems are done by hand. They are truly amazing, and truly special to me.
I am also bringing out the cream and sugar bowl she handed down to me as well as some pieces of Fostoria that she has given me over the years.
The please a Nippon with the M stamp (there's a story about them I'll have to post one day. And the crystal dishes are Fostoria in the Mulberry pattern.
As you may know I'm not too good at centerpieces, so I used 'blooming tea' things. I tried one of them for drinking and it wasn't bad. Tastes like the water after an arthichoke has boiled. (I am such a hick)
As I look at all the food I am thinking I should have invited the fellas.
I used a polyester lace cloth I've had and layered the vintage things over it. I used tea cups and desset plates as well as monogrammed silverplate that I've collected over the years, in addition to the teapots I've had for a while.
All in all we had a great time and I thoroughly enjoyed getting out all the dishes and spending time visiting. For me it was perfect day with only one hiccup; I forgot about giving out the little favor bags I made up that included a purse hanger, a tea sample and, of course, a handerchief.
Now don't forget to check out Wanda Lee's blog. You will be delighted with all the beautiful things she shares.
Thanks so much for visiting.