Can you guess what time it is in my city???? If you have read my blog previously, you already know that I live in a city of cherry blossoms this time of the year!
It is time for the annual International Cherry Blossom Festival! It is the time of the year that everything turns pink here - fountains, clothing, food and even dogs. Yes, we have pink poodles at our party! This year, the official hashtag is #EatDrinkBeCherry, which is where I got the name for this post.
Every year, I set a table to honor the festival. This year, I used Diamond China "Cherry Blossom" salad plates with J.C. Penney "Coventry" larger, pink salad plates and white Mikasa "Yardley" dinner plates.
The glasses that I chose to use are Cambridge etched "Diane" water goblets and Bavarian clear red balloon goblets.
If you enjoy a little wine or, especially, ale, you definitely want visit the festival this year. One of the newest events is a Beers and Brats Biergarten Celebration. This one sounds like fun...
Since I have been blogging and have been reporting on the Cherry Blossom Festival each year, I have become obsessed (of course - are you surprised?) with pink tableware. I finally had to start a "Pink" board on Pinterest, since I was pinning so many pink items. These wonderful salt and pepper shakers were found on eBay a few years ago. They are Depression glass pieces in the pink "Block Optic" pattern by Hocking Glass (now, Anchor Hocking), which were produced from 1929 - 1933.
We have a pink pancake breakfast, during the festival, so I thought I would add a little pink treat to my table - pink popcorn. All of it did not turn pink, so I think I might have to work on recipe a bit. For you who regularly read by blog, you know cooking is not my greatest talent, but I love reading all of your recipes and seeing your yummy food!
The cherry blossoms on these plates are very pretty, but in no way compare to the gorgeous pastel blooms showing up all over the city in March every year. I live two minutes away from one of the largest collections of the trees, which are on a piece of land called the "Fickling Farm". William Fickling started the festival. He fell in love with the Yoshino cherry trees in 1952! The trees on his family's farm put on a magnificent show each spring and I get to pass by everyday on the way to do errands. What a gift!
Well, enough of my bragging, about our Pinkest Party on Earth! You really should visit for yourself. If you would like to know more about the festival and the activities, you can find all of the information here. You should visit the website, if you cannot make it to the events, just to see how much fun we have each March. However, there is nothing like visiting, when all 300,000 trees are in full bloom. Plan a visit to Macon and tell them Diane sent you!!!
The Fickling Farm cherry trees!
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday