Welcome to the "Pinkest Party on Earth"! It is time for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in my city. You probably think that I live in Washington, D.C., but you are incorrect. I live in a city that has more Yoshino cherry trees, than Washington, D.C. You must travel much farther south to find this festival!
For almost two weeks every March, Macon turns pink! Blooming cherry trees are everywhere and pink clothing the is attire of the city. You will never see so many men in pink jackets, ties or shirts. Real men do wear pink - at least here, during the duration of the festival. There are too many events for me to describe, so I suggest that you read about them HERE.
Every year during the festival, I try to set at least one pink table and this year, I decided to change things a little. Instead of doing an all pink table, I chose to set a pink and black one.
The starting point this year was the addition of some new Cherry Blossom salad plates. The last two years, I have used Narumi "Mountain Cherry" plates. You can see those tables HERE and HERE. This year, I spotted a Diamond China "Cherry Blossom" plate on eBay. I fell in love with it, but the seller did not have enough for me and neither did Replacements. I finally found six on the Vintage by Paul website.
The blossoms on these salad plates were painted with black stems. Aha, I thought - a chance to mix things up a bit. I added a larger pink salad plate and a black square dinner plate from Old Time Pottery.
Black napkins with fuchsia napkin tassels were added, as was Gorham "Strasbourg" silver flatware.
All of the sterling serving pieces, though, are "Cherry Blossom" by Blackinton. The only eating utensils that I own in that pattern are four pastry forks and four teaspoons. I have bought many serving pieces, but I have yet to find any real forks or knives. I guess they have been melted through out the years, which breaks my heart. When I think of all of the beautiful sterling silver pieces that have met this fate, I truly want to sit down and cry. To me, it is like losing a Picasso or Monet painting forever. These older pieces of silver truly are works of art. "Cherry Blossom" was made in 1903 and designed by Sidney A. Keller.
Even with the black added to the setting, there is plenty of pink on the table - a pink tablecloth under a Fostoria "Fairfax" mayonnaise bowl and bonbon basket, along with Anchor-Hocking "Block Optic" depression glass salt and pepper shakers.
I mixed pink and black glassware together. The pink goblets are considered "Unknown" on Replacements, but every Carlo Moretti glass this size looks exactly like this one. It is white inside the bowl, just like the Moretti ones. The black water glass is "Ebony" from Celebrity Crystal. I found these six at Smith's Antiques in Destin, Florida for a very good price.
Another great antique store find were the two L. E. Smith (Smith Glass Company) "Mount Pleasant" black glass double light candle holders. I found these at the Emporium antique store in Pine Mountain, Georgia. These were made from 1925-34. They are in perfect condition and look so contemporary. I used pink candles in them to continue my color scheme.
Since it is very difficult to get real cherry blossoms at just the right time to use in a blog, I usually use a variety of pink flowers. This year, I started off with a black two-tiered wire server and flowers from our local supermarket. After Christmas, I was browsing around in Dillard's at their after Christmas sale and spotted these crazy fuchsia sprays. I remembered that I had fuchsia napkin rings and the tassels that I used in this blog. I thought that I might be able to put them together at some point and bought the sprays for half price. I tried them in this centerpiece and I think they worked pretty well with all of the pink flowers. As many of you know, I usually struggle with centerpieces and napkins - I just never seem to have the right ones!!
I really wish that you all could come and visit with us, during the festival. The 300,000 (yep, 300,000!) cherry trees in full bloom are something to behold and the events are fun and family friendly. The welcome mat is out - y'all come!!
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