Recently, I was asked to decorate a table for a local museum fundraising event, High Tea a The Schepis. I was thrilled as I love decorating and it would give me the opportunity to show off my ‘bargain” china.
My bargain china was a great find of about 100 pieces of Gibson for $40 on a local swap and sell site. I have had if for quite some time but have never really used it.
I chose to accent the china with pink accents; I LOVE pink!
I was able to find a lovely pink tablecloth and pink napkins on Ebay; they matched beautifully. However, when the napkins came in, they reeked of cigarette smoke. I soaked them in hot water, vinegar and baking soda until my water cooled down, rinsed and repeated the process. After 2 vinegar baths, I ran them through the washer on delicate. Viola, the smell was gone!
Several years ago, my mother gave me 4 silver napkins rings. Since I volunteered to set a table of 8, this would put me 4 rings short. I decided to go a more “Bonnie” route. I used vintage brooches and white ribbon to create a one-of-a-kind napkin ring for each guest. I encouraged each guest to choose their seat by picking their favorite brooch and allowed each guest to take home the brooch as a special gift from me.
I chose to use my vintage pink Limoges tea pot as my centerpiece. My local Flower Shop (yes, that is the name) did a wonder job creating the perfect balance of pink roses and white accent flowers. I centered the teapot on a Limoges vegetable bowl, and doilies, and used vintage gloves and pearls to pull the theme together.
I hope you enjoy the picture of my table below: