Once, again, Kathleen of Cuisine Kathleen has given us a challenge to do a summer post that has something to do with fun summer activities. I always think of the beach. Even though I live on a small lake, we very rarely go out on the lake in our small boat and I do not have a pool - so the beach, it is!
In my much younger days, I took dancing lessons and one year our recital had an under-the-sea theme. Two of my friends and I got to be lobsters. Our mothers made our costumes and they were the most beautiful shades of red and pink! I can still remember how pretty those two colors looked together - wish you could see the colors in this photo. Alas! I was born in the age, when all we had was black and white film - for you younger viewers, yes, cameras had film and it was produced in only black and white! I will let you guess which girl is you-know-who, but I will give you a hint - it was probably the only time in my life, when I was the tallest person in the group - lol!!
Anyway, I fell in love with red and pink together, so when my daughter's family gave me eight darling appetizer/bread "Coastal Life" plates from 222 Fifth for my birthday, I was excited! Guess what colors they had on them?
The plates came in sets of four, each with a different design. However, I received two sets, so I could use them for eight place settings. Yeah!
For each place setting, I first used a very plain white placemat from Belk's. I have had these placemats a very long time and, believe it or not, they clean very well. The cute coastal plates were used as bread plates for this table.
Johnson Brothers' "Rose Chintz" accent dinner plates went down next with red Biltmore "Louisa" salad plates on top of those. I purchased the geometric pink and white napkins from One Kings Lane.
I used silver and mother-of-pearl napkin rings and faux mother-of-pearl Barenthal flatware. Mother-of-pearl comes from the sea, right?
Choosing the stemware is usually my favorite part of setting a table. For this one, I decided to use two different Fostoria goblets.
The first goblet is Fostoria's "Westchester" pattern in the ruby color. There is no way that any photo can do justice to the beautiful red color of these goblets. The stem is #6012. Westchester came in several other colors - all beautiful, but the ruby is definitely my favorite.
The second goblet is Fostoria's #5098/5298 in the rose color. It has a beautiful optic bowl and it, also, came in different colors. This was considered a "blank" which was used for other patterns, which were etched, like "June" or "Versailles".
The little serving bowl is actually a mayonnaise bowl from Fostoria's "Fairfax line". Fairfax was the non-stemware companion to the goblet that I used. The Fairfax line was also used as a "blank" for other patterns. I used a mother-of-pearl spoon with a shell handle with the bowl.
For the centerpiece, I used a red glass bowl with shells inside, which was a Goodwill find. I did not want to use too many shells, because recently I had done a post, where shells were definitely the stars of the table. You can see that post HERE.
Two Tiffin champagne/sherbets were used, as candleholders. They do not have a pattern name, just a number and I will not bore you with that! They do have a pretty optic bowls, though!
I love the way that this table came together and that I had a chance to use red and pink together like my lobster costume of many years ago. I am looking forward to seeing everyone's summer post. Kathleen's challenges are so much fun, aren't they? Also, Carol of Art and Sand - I hope that I did red proud, since I think you are the queen of using red in just the perfect way every time! Love your blog!! I hope my readers will visit you, if they have not already - just click HERE.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer weather!!