My girls started taking riding lessons this past year and are really into horses. So for Christmas, I bought them the Spode Woodland American Horses dinner plates to help them appreciate a nice table and their love of horses at the same time.
I decided to use lots of sterling with some silverplate mixed in. I just love the brown tones with the silver and white. I chose to use the antique oil lamp in the center with no flowers so the floral pattern on the china, napkins and sterling flatware could take center stage. Hope you enjoy it:-)
There are four of these plates. This one is the American Quarter Horse.
And the Paint...
These vintage napkins have the perfect lace pattern to coordinate with the rim of the Spode, don't you think?
I used vintage silverplate chargers...
I borrowed these goblets from my mom...
The castor cruet set was from my great-grandmother and a true treasure for me.
The sterling gravy spoon is Alvin "Bridal Bouquet." I have several pieces in this pattern as my sterling pattern is so old it is very hard to get extra pieces, and I find that this one coordinates really well with the floral repousse of the "Louvre."
My eight-year-old wanted to have her "Marshmallow" in the photo:-)
View from above...the runners are curtain panels. I wanted a tweed-like fabric for the center and brown silk for each setting.
You might remember the silver oil lamp from a previous post. It belonged to my great grandfather.
I love how the sunlight streams through the french doors in winter...
The brown and white on the table really coordinate well with the brown and white outside!!
Now it's time for dinner...let's light the candles. Do you know that candles should not be on the table before dark? Unless you are having a late afternoon tea then the curtains should be drawn and the candles lighted. That according to this lovely book: "The Art of Cooking and Serving" by Sarah Splint. You can find a copy of the 1932 book on ebay here.
I think the girls enjoyed their dinner on these lovely plates! I hope you enjoy seeing what we put together with items from around the house, or my mom's!
Thank you so much for stopping by! I love to read your comments and see your lovely tables. Please come again:-)
What everything is...
China-Spode Woodland American Horses
Vintage silverplate chargers
Sterling Flatware- "Louvre" 1893 by Wallace
Sterling gravy spoon- "Bridal Bouquet" by Alvin
Silver coffee service is by Leonard
Antique Sterling candle holders
Antique silver cruet-Meridan
Antique silver oil lamp
Silverplate gravy boat- no marks
Silverplate butter dish-Oneida
Runners- curtain panels from Walmart