Sunday, April 6, 2014
Birds, Nests and Eggs - Oh My!!
Once, again, Kathleen of Cuisine Kathleen has issued a challenge. For this link-up, Kathleen has requested that we set a table using Birds, Nests or Eggs. My question to myself was, "Why stop at one?", so I used all of them!
I found these adorable bird salad plates at Tuesday Morning. They had only three designs, but these were originally part of a set of plates featuring reproductions of John James Audubon's birds of America. They were created by I. Godinger for the National Audubon Society. Actually, they are identified as "dessert plates", even though I will use them for salads - wouldn't you love to have the entire set??
I know that black dinner plates seem strange for Spring, but each salad plate had black in the design and I liked the way they popped on the dark color. I shot this post on a very cloudy day and shooting in my dining room is always a challenge, so the photos are not as well lit, as I would have liked! I simply must get my friend, Mona, of The Hidden Art of Homemaking to help me pick out a new camera and teach me how to use it!! If you would like to see her beautiful photographs, you can visit her blog HERE.
I do love birds, so I already owned this beautiful "bird" box that I use in my family room to conceal television remote controllers. I thought it would be a fun centerpiece on this table.
Other birds in white and green found their way to the table. Who doesn't love birds, when you see them - real or faux???
For the nests, I used individual nests that I purchased at Jo-Ann's and added a bit of moss to them. I looked everywhere for tiny eggs, but could not find any, so I resorted to candy ones. Win/win for me - I had plenty left over for the edible nests that I make at Easter. I, also, used a larger nest with eggs on the table, but I did not get one acceptable photo of that - sigh!
I was excited, when I started putting this post together, because I quickly realized that my Fostoria topaz "Versailles" water goblets would be perfect additions to the place settings. I love this crystal and, if you have read my blog previously, you know I have a "slight" obsession with Fostoria products. The topaz-colored "Versailles" pattern is really interesting. The "Versailles" etching was used on several different colored blanks (rose, blue, green and topaz). All of the blanks had the #5098 stem, except for the topaz one. They used the #5099 stem for it. I have no idea why, since all of the "Versailles" pieces were made around the same time - mainly 1928-43. Here is where it gets interesting, though. The same #5099 stem was used on the topaz "Trojan" etching and the rose "Trojan", too. This is probably too much information for most of you, but it is so fascinating to me! Who made these decisions and why? I do love a good mystery!!
This is a photograph of the "Trojan" etching. I own a couple of these water goblets and use them with "Versailles", when I am hosting a meal for ten people.
I decided to use my very Spring-like, sterling flatware pattern, "Bridal Flower" by Watson. This pattern was made in 1910 and created by Joseph E. Straker, Jr., just at the end of the Art Nouveau period. The details on these pieces are incredible!
Now that Spring has finally arrived (the dogwoods and azaleas are blooming!!), this table is not just a dream! Birds are everywhere chirping and singing outside and it feels wonderful to hear them so happy. If Spring has not arrived where you are, I would like to assure you that it is coming and you are in for a treat!!
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays