Easter flowers

Today has been an absolutely beautiful day in Michigan.  I can’t remember when the sun, the sky, and the temperature has been this lovely.  My daffodils are blooming and it really feels like Spring has come to stay.

I love flowers for a special table setting, and I always try to have something different for a holiday meal.  I especially love Spring flowers and decided on pink tulips this year for my Easter table.

I used antique Ball pale blue jars for vases and have been admiring the tulips every day since I placed them on the table. There is just something about the colors that are so peaceful and elegant.

Sometimes just a simple table arrangement makes all the difference in presentation of a special meal.  Our family enjoyed a special glazed ham with vegetables this year, along with my classic Easter Egg cookies.  I will always have these memories of the enjoyment I share when preparing a meal for everyone.

thanksgiving table

for the past three years, i have been collecting spode woodland dishes to use during fall meals, and especially for thanksgiving dinner. this pattern has been a favorite of many since 1828.  it features british game animals and the english countryside, bringing elegance to homes throughout the years.
in my small collection, i have the rabbit, red grouse, and other game featured.  i have been using the heavy pewter dishes pictured, for most of the past two decades, for thanksgiving meals. and now, the woodland pattern blends nicely with them.
on a recent shopping trip to cutler’s in petoskey, i found a wonderful collection of spode woodland on display.  they had several tables of the various hunting dogs, fish, game and turkeys.
my enjoyment in collecting several patterns of dishes has grown through the years and my hope is that the memories of the meals and these dishes will live on for many years to come.

buffet service

here is a wonderful presentation for buffet service at your next dinner party.  i simply wrapped the tableware in crisp white napkins and tied with ribbon so they would not fall when carried. it was much easier for the guests instead of balancing them, and the ribbon coordinated with the party’s theme.

this buffet was offered on my kitchen peninsula, and the guests moved to the deck for eating. this was a memorable luncheon during the warmer summer months.