Wednesday, October 07, 2009

My Sewing Group Comes For Lunch

My sewing group rotates the location of each

bi-monthly meeting

between the members' homes

We enjoy tea with lunch

before we work on our projects.

I sent out the invitations
to start

the winter meetings (none in the summer)

at my home this week

but only 3 of the 6 ladies could attend.

This works out perfectly for me, since now

I can use the 4 pretty salad plates

I won in Marty's

"Pay-It-Forward" giveaway at her blog,

A Stroll Thru Life.

Thank you, Marty!!

You can read about my Pay-It-Forward giveaway
of monogrammed linen hand towels here.

We'll be seated at the big wooden table

in the kitchen's sunroom where

you can see part of the gazebo out the back windows.

Each salad plate has a different fruit featured in the center.

I wandered around my house, looking for things with fruit

or green to use for this tablescape.

The oval quilted placemats are from Home Goods, last year.

The flatware is my everyday Oneida

"Rose Pendant" pattern which sadly, is no longer available.

The white dishes, cups, saucers & napkin rings

are the Gibson pattern from BL.

With our tea, I'm using my mother's vintage

cut glass sugar & creamer

sitting on a cut glass pickle dish

as well as her vintage Scottie dogs

as holders for the artificial sweeteners.

If you'd like to learn more about

American Cut Glass

go here.

I'm told the glass dogs were given away for free

in boxes of Grape Nuts® cereal a loooong time ago.

I don't think they are antiques yet, though.....just

"cherished collectibles" like in the movie Toy Story.

Here are views of the different plates at each setting.

The green chargers are going

to be great for a St. Patrick's Day table next March.

I thought the water glasses with the outdoor French Bistro scenes

picked up the colors of the salad plates nicely.

I borrowed the idea for the black ribbon & key tied onto

apothecary jar from one of the posters

who participated in Marty's Cloche Party.

I used the front flap of one of my invitations

& tied on a key that was a wedding favor.

It is really a heart shaped bottle opener!

I filled the jar with beaded fruit

Christmas ornaments.

The two little ceramic flower pots

will hold Ranch & Italian dressing for our salads.

I didn't want them to wobble on the plate

while being passed around

so I've anchored them with a tiny smidgen of

candle wax. I use this method for security

many times especially in my

all white dining room.

It works great to hold the gravy boat securely

onto its base plate.

You only need a little bit of each wax disc &

I've never had it stain or mar anything.

I use it to keep lamp cords tucked in place

and out of sight.

Its also great to keep those candles straight.

Nothing makes me crazy like tippy candles!!

I'm making Ina Garten's Eggplant Gratin

because we grew so many eggplants & tomatoes in our garden.

The soup for starters is

pictured below with a

bit of blue cheese melting on top.

It is from Lorrie's recipe blog.

I made a test batch last week & it is WONDERFUL!

Thanks for sharing this one, Lorrie.

I know the ladies will enjoy it & its GREEN

to match my tablescape!

Thank you so much for visiting with me today.

I hope you check out all the other participants in

Tablescape Thursday at Susan's lovely blog

Between Naps On The Porch.

Thank you, too, Susan, for hosting this weekly gathering

of people who love dishes & enjoy setting

pretty tables.


  1. And once again, I felt like I was to be part of the group joining you for lunch. How marvelous your tablescapes are, Rett! I love each and every one from the very formal to the casual. That soup looks like another one I must try too! Yum!!

  2. I'm sure your guests didn't feel like getting up from the table to do any quilting after enjoying the lovely 'scape and delicious food! Those fruit plates are great and how nice you shared with us how you used them. I like the apothecary jar with the "key" on it too! I remember that post but not sure who it was either. Wonderful!


  3. I love what you have done with the apothecary jar. Very pretty!

  4. Pretty table. I love the scotties. Too cute! Thank you for sharing. I can see why everyone wanted to stay at the table longer!

  5. This is just delightful! The green color scheme is perfect for those plates. Love those little vintage Scotties!

    Food looks good too!

    Great job!


  6. What a lovely, cheerful table for your sewing group. They must have felt so pampered!

  7. Love it...I wish I could have been there...but then I would have been 5 and there would have been a different tablescape! Pretty apothecary jar...I love that the key is a bottle opener. How cute!
    Happy TT!

  8. Oh this is all so lovely and you've put those dishes from Marty to such good use! Love the key on the apothecary jar too.

  9. Very nice ... very pretty ...great menu. Hope you'll stop by to visit with me.

  10. What a pretty table! I love all the greens...and the individual salad plates. I really like that they are each different. Your apothecary jar is perfect for the centerpiece and the key bottle opener? How cute is that! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Rett, I always enjoy your beautiful settings. The sun streaming in across your table is so inviting. I wish I were part of your sewing group. I'm sure you girls have a delightful time sewing, visiting, and enjoying the delights of your table. The soup looks delicious. The fruit plates were a nice gift, and you have used them as perfect accents with your other dishes. ~ Sarah

  12. Hi Rett! I'm sure everyone had a wonderful time at your pretty table! Love all the details and your soup looks so good!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  13. Oh! It's fun to have found you. I can tell I will love your blog. I am going to sign up to follow you. Love this whole look PLUS the menu!

  14. The table looks so inviting. I love those salad plates.

  15. Beautiful table, love all the little details and the menu sounds wonderful.

  16. Rett, this is wonderful....everything is so pretty and festive!

    Barb ♥

  17. Pretty table and your menu sounds wonderful!

  18. What a pretty setting for my broccoli soup! Thank you for featuring it!


  19. Hi Rett, What a pretty table! I love all the greens.... The plates from Marty are wonderful on the table...

  20. This will be a spectacular luncheon for your sewing ladies! Gorgeous table, and ummmm... that soup! Put bleu cheese on just about anything, and I'm there.

    Lovely, all of it! I especially like those Scottie dogs, though -- how adorable are they?

  21. This tablescape is just wonderful. You did such a great job using the plates, and I love the pretty green placemats and chargers with them. Your apothecary jar is just perfect with the pretty fruit and tied with the bow and key. Such a great idea. Thanks also for stopping by and your great comment on my TT. I sure wish you were going to be here in Az. also, it would be so much fun to meet you. Thanks again. Hugs, Marty

  22. Great table! I love the plates you won in Marty's giveaway. They look fantastic against your placemats. Those little scottie dogs are just the cutest things I've ever seen. I always think of my kindergarten teacher when I see scottie dogs. She collected them, and I remember giving her a little figurine of one for Christmas. Thanks for sharing your lovely tablescape!

  23. Wow! That looked like so much fun. I don't have a sewing group, but it's a treat just looking at your blog and drooling over all of your pretty place settings.

  24. Oh what a lovely tablecape! Very cute and inviting! Stop by for a visit soon!

  25. Fruits are my absolute favorite and I love the pear plate the best of all. So cute! Your table is lovely! the little dogs sugar and creamer is cute too, scotties! Have a wonderful evening. Thanks for sharing your TT with us.

  26. What a beautiful table and oh you lucky girl for winning those plates! The soup looks delicious. I like the room where you are serving lunch; sunny and cheerful!

  27. I love the checked plates and I adore the sugar and creamer, I love them because they are sparkly. Thanks for sharing, I am a new follower...come visit

  28. Love the little dogs. I've never seen those before. They are precious!

  29. Love your tablescape. I can't believe those beautiful dogs may have come out of a cereal box! Boy, are those days gone!!! You can't even get cheap plastic prizes in cereal boxes anymore. You truly make a house a home and I enjoyed visiting!

  30. That is a very pretty tablescape. I love the key/opener. The little scotty dog is so cute, it just may have got me to buy a box of Grapenuts.

  31. Hi Rett! What fun to have this luncheon/tea tradition with your group. The food you chose sounds so good. I'm sure your ladies enjoyed your table.
    You asked about the napkin rings on my table...they were from Target Christmas clearance last year :0)

  32. I just love your little scottie dogs. So cute and they made me SMILE! It all looks like a fun table for your quilting ladies and the menu is wonderful. I just love all of Ina's recipes. I do not quilt but I posted two quilt posts in Sept on my blog that you may like to view from a Quilt show in my area.

  33. Nice luncheon tablescape! The menu sounds delic!
    Linda Q

  34. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous--you get the idea!! QUITE wonderful!! oOOOO, love those little glass doggies--now why couldn't they give that away nowadays!! Love the green and white--beautiful and love it all on that wooden table. I don't have any chargers--got to start looking, eh?

  35. I love your sunroom! What a wonderful place to host your sewing friends! I have sewing friends too, but we rarely have time to get together.

  36. Oh my, can I come for lunch? It looks so delightful and welcoming. I know you will have a wonderful time. Just beautiful.

  37. How pretty! Looks so nice and crisp and the menu sounds wonderful!
    Your group must love coming to your they all go way out for these lunches??
    Great post!

  38. Hi Rett,
    You do a superb job with your tablescapes! I admire your attention to detail, and you're always very generous in sharing helpful tips and suggestions.

    Hope your weekend goes well. ;)


  39. Thanks for coming by! Definitely try the cake! I cut the oil back a little anyway, but applesauce would be perfect instead. Love your cut glass here so much. Have you tried for the flatware? They have a lot of discontinued patterns there.


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