We will dine by the light of an antique oil lamp, but first, let's look at the table in the beautiful winter sunlight.
This is Johnson Brothers "Friendly Village" introduced in 1952. Although it is still being made today, these are the oldest. I borrowed them from my mother who has an extensive collection of old and new and tons of serving pieces. These are in mint condition and had never been used, until the first breakfast I served:-) Oops.
I always use the little salt and pepper shakers because it makes it so much easier. I do not like "passing" things at the table especially with children, so I either serve, or set up the food on the breakfast bar so everyone can serve themselves. That way you can always keep your centerpiece on the table too.
I chose to mix in some of the "spring" plates because I just love the colors...
Because I wanted to keep it cool, I used my April Cornell "Poet Jacquard" napkin in forest green and vintage green Fostoria "Argus" glassware. The napkin rings are from Walmart.
I again used the silver chargers to go along with the oil lamp...
The runner is the same one I used through Christmas.
The flatware is vintage "Lasting Rose" by Oneida. I wanted something flowery to go with the china.
I really wanted to use this lamp, and thought it was perfect with the old-fashioned scenes on the plates. It is over 100 years old and belonged to my great grandfather. It's not your typical oil lamp, but is an aladdin style which means the wick is round. It provides a lot more light.
There is nothing like the "blue hour" in winter with snow on the ground...
You will notice I used a lot of my usual things but with some borrowed china and different accessories, it totally changes the mood. Next week I'll be combining the oil lamp with snowmen and hand-crocheted pieces. I figured I might as well embrace the now:-) There are no weeds to pull and no bugs. That will come soon enough!
I'll be joining Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" for "Tablescape Thursday" so be sure to stop by there.
Thank so much for stopping by and remember to take the time to sit down at the table with your family. These are the times you and your children will treasure:-)