It is already spring in the South and in my city that means one thing – Cherry Blossom time! This year is the 30th anniversary of our Cherry Blossom Festival and everything is starting to look pink! The festival calls itself “The Pinkest Party on Earth” and I do believe that it true. Some of you might have seen the cherry trees in Washington, DC – did you know that we have more?
The Yoshino cherry trees are just starting to bloom – all 300,000 of them! It is perfect timing, because the Festival begins on March 16th this year. You should join us for all of the fun activities! You can find the calendar Here.
I have set a table for dessert and coffee for four and pink is the color of the day! I began with a white Battenburg tablecloth with pink placemats layered on top.
Next, I placed a pink “Miss America” dinner plate. This stunning pattern was made by the Hocking Glass Company from 1935-1938. It constantly amazes me that other women lovingly took care of these pieces, so that some of them made it all these years with no chips on these edges!
A pink “Block Optic” pattern salad plate was set on top of the “Miss America” plate. The “Block Optic” depression glass plate was, also, made by the Hocking Glass Company from 1929-1933.
On top, I put a salad plate in the “Mountain Cherry” pattern made by Narumi, which was one of the china manufacturers that Mikasa used. It is my understanding that Mikasa never manufactured any china – they merely sold it under their name. This is one of my favorite patterns by Narumi. Of course, I would love the cherry blossoms on it!
I used matching cups and saucers with the covered sugar and creamer.
The special flatware is sterling by Blackinton. It was made in 1903 and it is called “Cherry Blossom” – perfect!! I am using forks that I have seen identified as old pickle forks and as pastry forks. I am definitely using them as pastry forks for this dessert party.
Also, I am using gold washed “Cherry Blossom” teaspoons, pie server, sugar spoon and sauce ladle.
The pearl handle dessert (or breakfast) knives are by Gorham.
The Fostoria crystal is actually identified as the color Rose. This pattern was used as the blank for the etching on other patterns, such as Fostoria “Versailles”, “June” and “Berry”. Some of the pieces are named Fostoria “Fairfax” and some are simply called pattern #5098/5298. I had to learn the hard way that you can more easily find the stemware under the #5098/5298 identification. I had been looking under Fostoria “Fairfax” and I could find mostly items that were not stemware. The pieces on my table consist of a water goblet and high sherbet, which will hold cherry ice cream of course!
Here is a photo of the underside of the optic bowl on the sherbet. It is the petal shape (six petals) that helps me identify this pattern, along with the single knob on the stem that has six “cuts” in it.
Speaking of cherry ice cream – if you come to our festival, free ice cream is served daily in one of the downtown parks!
I am using another Fostoria “Fairfax” piece, which is a mayonnaise bowl. It is holding a pink cherry sauce to make the cake even more decadent!
I chose pink napkins with white overlays. If you saw my Mardi Gras blog, you might have noticed the gold sheer napkins that I used on that table. I purchased the gold and the white ones from Florida Linens in Panama City Beach, Florida.
The napkin rings were a recent purchase from Steinmart.
If you decide to join us for the festival, be sure and pick up this year’s poster. Some of you might recognize the name of the artist, Steve Penley, a native of this Cherry Blossom city! The posters, also, are available online Here.
For those of you who cannot join us, I so wish you could see our beautiful trees in full bloom. It is a sight to behold, especially, if you love pink!
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