I never thought of myself as a girly-girl because as a younger child (say from 8-12), I was more tom-boyish.
I climbed trees, fished and hunted with my dad.
We set traps along the creek bank near our farm house to catch mink and other critters in the winter…. and we checked the traps in the early morning hours before school and in the late evenings.
I never thought twice about bundling up, putting on snow boots and tromping through 3 feet of snow in 10 degree weather.
In the summertime….there were other chores to do, whether it was walking the wind-rows of Alfalfa, to taking lunch to the wheat fields during harvest…. or even riding along in the hot (no air conditioning) dump truck full of wheat to the grain elevator.
That was what living on a farm was all about…Everyone pitched in and got done what needed to be done.
But in between all that…there were the spurts of girly stuff.
I had a play house set up with apple and orange crates for furniture, nestled among the mulberry trees. I can’t tell you how many berries I used to eat and serve my make believe guests or how many times I went to town with purple stained feet. LOL You see in the summertime, I went barefoot daily.
That was the Rite of Passage that as soon as school was out, the shoes went off.
I also won’t tell you how many Mexican sand burrs and rusty nails I pulled out of my bare feet, but as kids, we didn’t mind…until Mom pulled out the antiseptics of choice in those days… Merthiolate, Mercurochrome or worse case scenario…Iodine. They all left a reddish stain, but the iodine stung a bit more.
However, back to my girly stuff.
In my mind, all my play dishes with their dull ivory turned yellowish colors and chips…were lavender and pink.
I had a vivid imagination.
And my two younger sisters were my captives as I sat them down on makeshift chairs of anything with a flat top and I “entertained” them with special imaginary dinners.
I also planned the colors of my bedroom which one day would be lavender and pink and the next day would be pink and gray.
In my mind of course.
So today’s tablescape is made up of my favorite colors….and flowers and childhood memories!
Purple lilacs are my all time favorites and I can not grow them here in SW Florida! 🙁
I also love roses and pinkish roses remind me of my grandmother….who I miss terribly.
The centerpiece I chose is a clear vase of lilacs and roses.
I added chipped white chargers and topped them with Depression Glass in the pink cabbage rose pattern, both the dinner plate, salad plates, cups and saucers.
I have collected Depression Glass for many years and have a complete 12 place setting in the Cameo green.
If you have missed my post on Depression Glass…check out this link here.
But I particularly love the pale pink cabbage rose Depression Glass.
The flatware I have had for many years, it is an antique pink handled flatware that goes well with the antique dishes.
As I like to combine two napkins, I used a delicate pink napkin with lace edges and a purple/lavender napkin and secured them with cute little jute bunnies with pink and purple ribbons.
The pink water glasses I picked up at Old Time Pottery I believe…I have had them a long, long time so not for sure.
In my opinion, the Waterford purple wine glasses are to die for….if you like purple or lavender.
They have since been discontinued, but you can still find the pattern at Replacements, Ltd I believe.
I used my pink roses salt & pepper shakers on one side of the table and purple salt and pepper on the other side.
I will place my fruit salad in these compote dishes, but will keep in the fridge until time to serve..
The Dinner Menu I am Planning is from one of my Spring time favorite meals.
Garlic Roasted Chicken with Roasted Garden Vegetables
(new red potatoes, carrots, onions)
Fresh Green Beans with Bacon, Cranberries and Slivered Almonds
Deviled Eggs (always a favorite)
Fruit Salad served in individual compote dishes and topped with a Mimosa Whipped Cream
(I’ll use fresh blackberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, strawberries, blue berries and pineapple)
Soft Dinner Rolls served in a basket
Cherry Almond Cupcakes with pink and lavender buttercream frosting
Recipes to follow in another post.
Would you care to join me for my Spring Time Dinner?
I hope you are enjoying your day and I send hugs your way.
Blessings Always and thank you for reading my posts.
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Gerre Smith Tweedy sent this comment:
Very pretty table arrangement Hope all is fine.
Thanks Gerre….I do love to set a pretty table. All is well here, you and John need to come visit us in some of your travels. Hugs Always
Pam Richardson says
Kari, your writing is always captivating. I so enjoyed reading of your childhood. The table is beautifully set in pink and shades of purple with the gorgeous centerpiece of lilac and roses. I have a small collection of pink and green depression glass that I love to use on occasions. It is always a pleasure to visit with you. Blessings and hugs~
Thanks Pam…I love the memories of the yellow depression glass that my mother had. Thank you for your kind comments. Blessings Always
Only daughter says
Such a pretty tablescape love the childhood memories 💜💜
Thanks sweetie….sometimes our memories are all we have and they can be a blessing as I always smile as I remember. Luv ya
PS…I envy you your lilacs and daffodils and forsythia ….boohoo!
Linda Cunha says
I grew up in the “country” amid pear orchards and my brother and I would use the pear crates to build forts/houses. Brings back a lot of nice childhood memories! Your spring tablescape is beautiful, like the rose salt and pepper shakers. I can see myself fixing your spring dinner, it sounds good.
Thanks Linda….I really think those of us who grew up in the country were at a bit of an advantage than our city peers. I know my cousin claims she missed out on so much living in the city. So there are pros and cons both ways. 🙂 thanks for stopping by.
Jane Thebo says
Thank you Jane! So fun to put together.