Saturday, November 10, 2012

Elegant Fall Table for Two

It is a very nice weekend.  Weather is just amazing..  I have been cleaning the house and organizing the all my china.  I am running out of room.  My collection of vintage treasures keeps growing..  But I think it is time for a break..  I put a good day's work.  And a lovely dinner with my sweetheart sounds like the perfect way to enjoy the rest of the evening.
I wanted to make it special..  It is Saturday night you after all..  So while organizing my basement, I came across my Spode Delamere dishes and thought they were just perfect for the occasion.. I also had a set of beautiful and delicate Irish placemats and napkins that my sister-in-law Lilly brought me from her trip to Barbados.. These will certainly be the main characters and inspiration for my table this evening.  I want easy elegance.  Pretty crystal, elegant flatware, candles, a good bottle of wine.  You get the idea.  Great reward for a very productive day.
Here is my interpretation of a perfect evening with my hubby...

Friday, November 9, 2012

An American Beauty

I did it again... Another set of Tea Cups I could not leave behind.  They were just there waiting for me, looking so sad and lonely..   The colors and the flowers were so soft and delicate.  So femine..  I could not believe that noone had snatch them up yet..  So when I saw the price and learned that they were actually made in the US, I just had to have them. 
These tea cups were manufactured by the china company Homer Laughlin from East Liverpool Ohio. They have been manufacturing pottery since 1871.    My pattern is called Eggshell Georgian circa 1940..  Not rare, just beautiful.  Please take a look..
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  The temperatures are supposed to be pretty nice here in our area.  Perfect for taking my little pooch to the park and antiquing..

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tea At The Plaza's Palm Court in New York

Have you ever wanted to experience classic Afternoon Tea in an refined and iconic setting...Whether you are looking for a special way to spend an afternoon or have a bigger celebration in mind, the Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel will not disappoint.  One of my favorite Tea Rooms in NYC.. There are several options for afternoon tea at the plaza, including The Classic, The New Yorker, Chocolate Tea (with chocolate fondue!) and Eloise Tea (particularly suited to the younger set.)

From the moment the doors opened in 1907, The Plaza became an international icon of splendor and luxury. With a heritage rich in history and history-making events, the legendary quality of The Plaza is unmatched. Over the past 100 years, The Plaza has hosted a variety of celebrated personalities, including the mischievous Eloise, George M. Cohan, Truman Capote, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and The Beatles. Long a part of Plaza tradition, the romantic and timeless Palm Court has served as a setting for scenes in many popular novels and films, most notably, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

Carved from with in the great castle-like landmark, it’s The Plaza’s magnificent public spaces that set it apart as the quintessential grand palace of urban democracy. The authentic Palm Court has been lovingly restored to its original grandeur following a $6.5 million dollar renovation. Known as the heart and soul of The Plaza, this vast, airy landmark space remains bordered by mirrored doors, fleur-de-peche marble columns and is crowned with a domed yellow-and-green skylight. The spectacular re-creation of the Palm Court’s luminous 1,800 square foot stained-glass lay light, like The Plaza itself, continues to contribute to the life, vitality and culture of New York City.

Today, New York’s most fashionable address defines the next generation of style. The Plaza, the ultimate luxury lifestyle destination, is a cultural oasis amid a bustling metropolis. Afternoon Tea, a famous tradition at The Plaza, blends an innovative menu with a formal tea service to provide guests a balance of service and flavorful cuisine. The tea menu is under the artful guidance of Executive Chef, Willis Loughhead, and Pastry Chef, Jasmina Bojic, who have infused Afternoon Tea - a timeless classic, with a contemporary flair. A seamless fusion of traditional and modern and a passion for uncompromising service combine to create an experience that is indulgent, exquisite, and truly unforgettable.

For me, it is a yearly ritual I share with my spouse and/or my good friend Stephanie.  This year however, I will be visiting the Palm Court on my wedding anniversary which is coming up on November 25..  So I will be sure share those photos with you all.   There are other great Tea Rooms in New York which I will be sharing with you guys at a later time, but The Palm Court at the Plaza is so iconic that it should be visited at least once in a life time.  So if ever your travels bring you to New York, do put Tea at The Plaza on yout "Must Do List"..

Friday, November 2, 2012

Vintage Limoges Tea Cups & Butter Dish

Boy..  It truly  has been a testing and difficult week here in the East Coast.  The destruction and loss here has been overwhelming.  I see the images on the news and the desperation of the folks affected by the hurricane and it is heartbreaking.  I can't even begin to imagine how we will recover... But our hearts and faith are strong and sometimes that is just enough to move forward. 
We have been one of the fortunate ones to have power restored.  However, I have many relatives that are still without heat and electricity.
So to try to keep my mind occupied and in a positive note, I am putting together a quick post to share some recent flea markets finds.   I have been putting together a decent collection of vintage Tea Cups and Butter Dishes.  Most of them floral designs.  But I can never leave any pretty Tea Cup behind regardless of its design.
A few weeks ago, I visited the Flea Market in Lambertville, New Jersey,  a great place for us always in the search for vintage pieces, and came across these beautiful and dainty French Limoges Tea Cups and Butter Dish.  I am not sure of the pattern but it does not matter to me anyway.. 
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.