Every time I go to Little Rock to visit my parents, I look forward to playing with Mama's dishes. I have blogged about at least two different tables set with Mama's beautiful Castleton Ma Lin china, but this time I wanted to try yet another color scheme. Here's a photo of the pattern from Replacements.com.
I have set a spring table highlighting the yellow in the pattern . . .
and a fall table highlighting the "cinnamon" color, as Castleton described it:
This time, though, I wanted to try a spring table to bring out the pretty greens in the pattern. I knew Mama didn't have any green table linens, so I stuffed some in my roll-aboard suitcase. (The section designed to hold a carefully folded man's suit is perfect for placemats and napkins, if you ever need to know!)
Here's how the placesetting looked with green linens:
The placesetting included Mama's sterling, Reed and Barton's French Renaissance. I love the shape of the salad fork's tines -- perfect for cutting through lettuce ribs or a firm pie crust. I also included the iced tea spoon, since I'm using her iced tea glasses.
Mama's crystal is Fostoria's Navarre, a beautiful etched pattern with the prettiest stem design.
Mama already had the perfect centerpiece on her table to go along with the blue in the Ma Lin design -- blue candles in her pair of double-light candlesticks and an arrangement of silk hydrangeas.
Here's a closer look at one of the candlesticks. If anyone can identify the pattern, I would love to know it! (Oops, you can see my striped shirt in the mirror as I take the photo!)
Here's one more look at the placesetting:
And one view of the table. By the way, the mirror over the table used to hang in my grandfather's jewelry store in a small Arkansas town. He used it to see who had entered the store as he sat at his workbench, repairing watches.
You've heard of The Young and the Restless? And The Bold and the Beautiful? Well, the story of my life would have to be called The Dull and the Dutiful. No one would buy my autobiography, as I had a happy childhood, married a terrific man, and have two brilliant and delightful adult children and three adorable (and brilliant) grandchildren. Oh, and I have a great job at a university.