I wanted to share a beautiful pattern by Johann Haviland called, "Forever Spring." One of the vocalists in my worship team brought me her beautiful set to use. Is that the nicest thing? I wanted to do a simple and elegant lunch table. I'll be joining "Tablescape Thursday" at "Between Naps on the Porch" so be sure to stop by there.
I did not use a tablecloth as I love the rustic look of the wood against the china and silver.
I used vintage silver chargers and vintage napkins belonging to my great grandmother...
The butter knife is mother of pearl and sterling by Landers/Frary/Clark.
The sterling flatware is "Louvre" by Wallace and made in 1893...
The crystal stemware is "Longchamp" by Cristal D'Arques/Durand.
I went around the property and came up with this arrangement, which I put in a vintage Minton bone china pitcher.
This table is for Beth with my thanks:-) My maternal grandmother also had this pattern, so it is very special to me. I don't ever remember her using it, though. She was an incredible woman who loved God first, and shared that love with everyone she met. She did not entertain with fine china and silver, nor did she have very many nice things. She always thought of others first. Her kitchen was always open and there was always something wonderful to eat. She entertained senators, congressmen, staffers, neighbors, family and anyone was always welcome. She delivered "Meals on Wheels" in her 60s. Her hand was always extended in Christian love. She was the woman Solomon talks about in Proverbs 31. She is certainly now getting the reward she earned here on earth.
I tell you that to encourage all of you to give back in your community. I think we all have such access here with blogging, that we have a responsibility to use it for something greater than ourselves. Last week I posted about a wonderful program called "Blessings in a Backpack" that feeds hungry children here in America. How I wish that post had received as many comments as the Mikasa giveaway. Take what you have and give back. You will be so glad that you did:-) One person can make a huge difference!