Monday, June 9, 2014
Set Your Table With Flair--A Classic Father's Day
Hello, friends! Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of blogland. If you've read any of my posts, I'm sure you know by now that I appreciate the old traditions of both France and England. In honor of Father's Day, I wanted to set a masculine yet elegant table steeped in a traditional English theme. I hope you enjoy the post.
I began with a handsome tweed tablecloth. Although tweed originated in Scotland, it is a very popular fabric in the UK, and has long been one of the traditional cloths used in jackets of game hunters and horse riders.
I love the houndstooth pattern of this cloth! Houndstooth and herringbone tweed are such wonderfully masculine fabrics! Here is a closeup.
Next, I stacked three of my Encyclopedia Americana editions. I wish they were Britannica, but those are incredibly expensive collectors' items now that they are no longer printed, and haven't been since 2010.
On top of the encyclopedias, I set a rustic serving dish.
The serving dish was followed by simple white plates,
and brown saucers.
A large goblet and coffee mug came next.
I adore the print of the polo jockey riding full-throttle, mallet ready.
To serve as either ashtrays or as a place to discard nutshells, at each setting, I set one of these wonderful coasters. Each depicts a scene of hunters and hounds. Aren't the English Foxhounds and hunters in classic regalia charming!?
At each setting, I placed a tan napkin adorned with a wooden napkin holder.
Next, I placed one of these handsome hand-painted wooden mallard decoys at each setting.
A tortoiseshell butter spreader was placed next to each mallard. Finally, in the serving dish, I placed pirouette cookie "cigars."
A few more shots of the complete tablescape.
A closeup of the place setting.
From my collection:
White plates, Ralph Lauren Club Collection
Clear plates, generic
Brown saucers, generic, from Tai Pan Trading
Mugs, Ralph Lauren Polo for Wedgwood Collection
Coasters, Lindner Kueps BavariaTortoiseshell spreaders, Ralph Lauren Wentworth Tortoise Collection
Napkins, generic, from HomeGoods
Wooden napkin rings and rustic serving dish, Target Home Collection
Wooden Mallard Decoys, People's Republic of China
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