I gathered lilies, "butterfly weed," coreopsis, daisies, black-eyed susans, ferns, mums, zinnias and queen Anne's lace from my mom's property and mine. I used a vintage cookie jar to hold the flowers. See the runner? That is from April Cornell online.
Again, I used my everyday candleholders, chargers, flatware and napkin rings just to show you that you can change only a few items and create a whole different look. Now, I think some vintage "Bakelite" flatware would be perfect with this table, and if I get lucky enough on ebay to win some, I'll show you when I set this basic table again for fall.
The gold napkins are from World Market. I made the red and green ticking napkins from fabric I bought at a local store. I was looking for something for everyday napkins, and I just love this. It washes very well also, which for me is very important.
I started out with only the red, but it looked too "Autumnal" so I added the green, and I kind of like the randomness of using both!
These are Hull "Brown Drip" dinner plates and salad plates. You will notice I used a cream plate with brown edging on each end. I really wanted to keep it as light and summery as possible with all the dark, warm colors.
These iced tea glasses are "Argus" by Fostoria and were made in the 1970s. These are pretty much our everyday glasses as I use them with the Franciscan Ivy also. I had eight 3-piece place settings, and my mom just added four more for me:-)
I am desperately trying to get better photos, but I'm not sure hanging from the ceiling is a good idea!
So there you have another way to use beautiful April Cornell linens with everyday dinnerware. I encourage you to shop vintage, antique, used, etc., for dinnerware because it's the "greenest" thing you can do. There are so many beautiful dishes, glassware and flatware patterns that were made in American factories, and they are of a much higher quality than the "stoneware" out there today.
I'll be joining Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" for "Tablescape Thursday" so stop by there to see some wonderful tables!
Thanks so much for stopping by here:-) I have some vintage pink and blue "Melmac" for a fun 1950s table coming soon!!