I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying the restful holiday period between Christmas and New Year's. Today's tablescape features candid camera shots of our dinner table set for Christmas evening, just the two of us. I took these pictures quickly before we put the food on the table. You can even see our trivets and serving spoons ready to use. Usually my tablescapes feature glass and china from our store Cat Lady Kate's Elegant and Depression Glass and are better lit and posed, but I thought you might like to see how we really live! Do you recognize the stemware? This is Cambridge Rose Point. We bought the footed ice tea tumblers to use as water tumblers and the tall water goblets for wine. Rose Point is my best-selling pattern in our store but the stems we see here are our personal crystal. Dave and I decided to get Rose Point for our personal use a couple years ago when I inherited a set of Rose Point silver flatware from my parents. I showed Dave the pattern in my store and he liked it enough that we bought several pieces for ourselves. I still want to get a relish tray and candle holders for us. The dinnerware is Apple from Franciscan. I used Apple instead of our Blue Willow set because Apple looks great with the Christmas tablecloth. Both have green and red lines with touches of gold or golden brown. Franciscan made Apple from 1940 to 1984 in California, then moved operations to England until 2003 and now produce in China. The California version has carefully hand painted deigns on raised, three-dimensional molded apples, leaves and branches. Sadly the newer stuff is just painted with less detail or care and lacks the relief molding. We had a good sized set of Apple (also from my Mom when no one else wanted it) but the soup bowls, platters and serving bowls were beat up. This fall we got a large set from antique mall figuring to complete the bowls and serving pieces and I could sell what we didn't need. I must not have checked it carefully since many pieces were crazed and I ended up donating a lot of it to Goodwill. But we did get soup bowls. Looking at that small plate in the center I can see it is crazed too. Must have missed that one! Can you see the pretty design of the flatware? Wallace Silver has made Rose Point flatware since 1934. You can get some silver plate too but this is the real thing, vintage sterling silver. Mom and Dad got a few pieces when they got married then filled in for years until they had service for 12. It is a beautiful pattern and looks great with the crystal. I was thankful to get this and treasure it for its own beauty but even more a memory of my folks. A couple pictures make the silver look yellow but I polished it Christmas afternoon and it was shiny bright silver. The yellow must be from the lights or reflection. The next two pictures show the stemware. Can you see how the design matches the silver pattern? And a close up. We don't use center pieces most evenings but Christmas is special. We used flowers we got from our cleaning lady in one of Dave's crystalline glazed vases, a poinsettia, a small vintage Christmas tree and Goebel red birds. Another view with less trivet and more birds. I hope you enjoyed seeing a candid glimpse into Dave's and my home at Christmas. Next week we will go back to our usual tablescape with depression and elegant glass. Merry Christmas! Thank you to Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for hosting this fun event. Shopping Information: We carry Rose Point crystal in our store Cat Lady Kate's Elegant and Depression Glass. Shopping with us is like antiquing with your best friend.
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