The challenge was to find a picture in a magazine or advertisement
of a tablesetting and re-create it.
That doesn't sound difficult! How wrong I was! I spent a couple hours
browsing through magazines and looking online. I found many gorgeous tables.
Hmmm, the dilemma....I don't have 12 place settings and a long farm table, or many silver
serving pieces, or elaborate centerpieces or candelabras.
I recently donated lots of odd dishes and glasses I had thrifted for tablescapes. That
didn't help me either! The shelves are nearly bare. ((SIGH))
I really had been looking forward to joining in the challenge at
Let's Dish, but disappointingly figured I'd have to miss out.
While browsing through one of my vintage tablecloth books this morning,
I spied a page with reproduced ads of vintage Simtex tablecloths. EUREKA!
Why hadn't I thought of that? It's certainly not a perfect recreation,
but good enough to allow me to join in!
Without further ado.....
Sorry the photo is not better, it was a small ad and difficult to capture.
Love the script at the bottom:
SIMTEX COVERS MORE TABLES THAN ANY OTHER MAKER IN AMERICA
& it's guaranteed by Good Housekeeping, see the seal?
Fuzzier but closer photo of the "Quo Vadis" tablecloth by Simtex.
(Quo Vadis = Latin, Where are you going?)
Now here is my version:
Yes, I do own a Simtex "Quo Vadis".
I had to use the porch table because the dining room table is covered
with gifts, wrapping paper and bows. Actually, I like the play of the
sun streaming in, especially after 4 days of rain!
I used my vintage Iroquois Impromptu china. Have no dishes
with a center design, so added the little green bowls to the center.
Clear stemmed water glasses.
Pair of tall candlestick holders. Candles lit, like the ad!
Elevated compote filled with fruit. The one in the photo looks
like some type of metal, so I improvised by using a metal bell in front.
Close up of a place setting. The green fruit dishes are Anchor Hocking "burple" design.
This table feels like it needs more....but in keeping with the challenge, it's done.
I don't know about the others that joined in, but Kathleen sure challenged me!
Looking at all that vintage inspired me to make a vintage type dinner.
A hot "fill your belly and stick to your ribs" casserole like our Nana used to make us.
Mine is filled with eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, spinach, peppers, low fat
cottage cheese (in lieu of ricotta), Italian spices, Parmesan cheese, sauce and a crusty top.
Thanks for visiting! Look for my next post which will be a
Christmas tablescape using my lovely Aqua Wilendur.
My vintage table also is perfect for linking to:
My table sure is thrifty as well as vintage, so linking: