Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dining with Dramatic Red Morgantown Monroe Glassware

Greetings Dear Hearts!

Although Valentines Day has come and gone again I am going to share my table and "Deb"orations which could be used for any occasion.  I love "hearts" and "love" year around.


Here is my 2017 Valentines dinner table.  Just looking at it again reminds me of what a wonderful evening it was to share food, fellowship and fun with beloved friends.

The exquisite red Morgantown Monroe glassware is an American design from the depression era of the 1900's. "Jackie Kennedy, as First Lady, choose a simple Morgantown glassware pattern as the official glassware pattern as the official crystal of the White House. After receiving this recognition, Morgantown marketed the pattern as "President's House" stemware." Here is a brief article about the company:    Morgantown Glassware

Here is a close-up of the Monroe pattern:



Morgantown also manufactured another favorite pattern of mine known as the "Golf Ball Stem" glass.  That pattern comes in clear, ruby red, cobalt blue and emerald green as well as other colors.  It looks like this:

Morgantown Golf Ball Golfball Water Goblet Stem - Spanish Red:  
Morgantown Golf Ball Stem

I was delighted to set a fun tablescape for my guests.  I loved the gold polka-dot tablecloth I found at HomeGoods.  This was my one-and-done time to use it however as some of the polk-dots came off when I laundered it!  I think I will make some wine bags with the fabric that remains unharmed.


Fresh and ceramic roses were selected to beautify the table which complemented the glassware perfectly.  Red napkins saved room on the table by being draped over the dinner plate and topped with the dessert plate and stemware.  Golden Clairhill stemware has been a long-time favorite of mine as it looks more elegant to me than the stamped floral patterns.  Those patterns look better in silver in my opinion.

 I love a table immersed with red glassware.  
It brings a great deal of drama to a tablescape. 
Gold embossed chargers were placed and paired with my cherished name card holders.

Valentines Tablescape set with Morgantown Monroe & Golfball Depression Era glassware



An easily removed "love" sticker was placed on the plate for Valentines fun. 



Champagne flutes and fig jam were ready for crackers to join them and my guests along with the sweet "Love" napkins.


Kim Walker teaware was adorned with red roses and chocolate spoons for coffee.


Handmade garland and a felt heart pillow lent a warm homey look to our fireplace and family room gathering place.

 


Salad with poppy seed dressing, pepitas, and cranberries joined in the fun with candles aglow and wine ready to be poured.


 

For dessert, John's Chocolate Mousse topped with a plethora of raspberries and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Yummmmm!  

The recipe can be found in my book "How To Host A Delightful Tea". 







It's hard to get pictures of the main course!  We were busy indulging in Filet Mignon and lobster, asparagus, and heart shaped dinner rolls.   



Tablescaping and dining with friends is one of my most favorite things to do.  I hope you enjoyed viewing. I am fascinated with Depression Era glass and love sharing it with you.  I love hearing about your favorite glassware, dishes, accessories, embellishments, and dining experiences too.  

I invite your comments in the comment section below.  Just click on "Comments"


Until next time~
 
















Sunday, February 12, 2017

Last Minute, Fun Valentines Gifties for your "Gal"entines

Greetings to my faithful blog followers!  I hope you are well and living a delightful life.
Today, I am going to share some really FUN Valentines gifties I shared with a few of my friends and my sweet sister.  I got this giggly feeling inside when I thought of these and I think my friends got a good giggle too.  This gift proves you don't have to spend a lot of money to give someone a measure of delight.  These were $4 each.  (Sorry friends if you thought I spent more.)  They are very useful too, you'll see.

When I desire to give multiple gifts, I try to find a cost pleasing way to delight my gifties and create things that bring us the delight of giving too.

I trotted my behind down to The Dollar Tree and purchased adorable Valentines socks, a little sparkly manicure set, a bottle of nail polish, and a hair brush.  Stick with me, it will make sense in a minute!

I placed these things strategically in a clear cellophane bag and tied it with a red ribbon.  You could use any ribbon you like.  What made this gift so delightful (in my opinion :-) ) was the little card I attached to the bag.  It read:

 
I Love You...
From the Top of Your Head
To the Tips of Your Toes!

Debbie








I received very positive responses. :-) You, too, can achieve success in delighting others at a reasonable cost.  Another added bonus was that it didn't have any calories and can only be used for good!  :-)

Additionally, here's a fun and inexpensive giftie you can quickly assemble and give by clicking here: Valentines To-Go Gifts

 
 



I will be sharing my Valentines Dinner Party tablescape for anyone who loves to create and view such things in my next post.  If you like Vintage glass, you will love this table.

Until next time~


PS, I always love to read your comments.  They make my heart smile!