Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Coffee and Calico: Setting a Table with Antiques and Vintage

What could be more inviting then NEW scents of Pumpkin Spice Apple Muffins greeting guests
 as they make their way up your walk for a morning Coffee Klatch?

A week ago, it was still late summer in Chicagoland, with only the hints of Fall.
Spindly petunias struggled to bloom in the heat,
while the marigolds blended nicely with Fall mums.

A (GREEN) garden pumpkin and a rusty mum were added to our summer planters, 
a great REDO.
Our decorative grass was the most gorgeous shade of mahogany brown.

 But, it was the scents of pumpkin, apples, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and cardamom 
coming from the kitchen that greeted my guests.

An OLD antique saucer (very early McCoy?) filled with fresh and faux produce 
flanked the centerpiece of an arrangement now dried of Hosta leaves, 
Sedum, Marigolds, Zinnias, and grasses from an earlier post. 

Dried gourds, fresh gourds, and faux pumpkins surrounded the blue square glass canning jar vase. 
 I bought one of those NEW gridded arrangement tops
 that screw on--great for arranging.

The OLD kitchen/dining table was my husband's great-grandmother's 
1890's oak table with five leaves. IT IS HUGE! 
The rusty red hopsacking tablecloth was a find in the original packaging 
at a garage sale for $2 and is 90" round, I call this a REDO.
We have added two oak reproduction chairs on each end. It's great for conversations or 
a 'kaffeeklatsch', German for 'coffee noise'.

Inexpensive natural bamboo placemats are perfect for a Fall backdrop. 
Faux leaves are placed under the cups, the dried gourds, and around the silverware. 
The luncheon plates are part of my everyday collection of anything earthenware in blue and white. 
The luncheon plates are 'Calico' pattern made in Staffordshire England, 
and some also marked 'QUEENS' made in Malaysia.
 I've pick them up at TJMax and Homegoods. 
The cups are marked 'CHURCHILL' also made in Malaysia, marked est 1795 
which was the same thing on the Queen's plates.
 NEW nearly matching napkins (IKEA) finished off each placesetting.

 I used my grandmother's OLD Royal Copenhagen Blue Flowers coffeepot, 
creamer, sugar bowl, and leaf plate to serve. 
We've inherited a service for ten for dinner and many more for a formal coffee service. 
I'm such a klutz though, I only use the cups
 when I have help to hand-wash, as they are see-through thin.

I have the kitchen blinds partially closed because the sun was so bright 
from our huge South and East windows
 the photos were nothing but glare.

 My 'Happy Fall' banner was a bargain at Walmart for 99 cents, very early in the season. 
It's simple design was the perfect low-key colors for the kitchen with all the blues. 
Grandparents sign is a craft show piece, 
I'm sorry I don't have the name of the crafter.

 My white shelf is topped with more bamboo placemats, my granny's enamelware coffeepot filled with my only burlap-anything-anywhere (burlap sunflowers-because they didn't smell from the Dollar Store), while Xmas Pig has her own trough of corn and real acorns.

Granny's stoneware mixing bowl was filled with real and faux fruit with 
dark rattan balls found in their original packaging at GoodWill, a great REDO.
 My grandmother's OLD Monk cookie jar looks on...dressed in his golden robes for Fall.
My husband's great-grandmother's OLD wool carders finish off the counter, 
while my mom's OLD porcelain rabbit vase holds a dried gourd.

You can almost hear Xmas Pig snorting over her corn and acorns in her own trough.

Extra muffins were served in an OLD Swedish blue glass compote.

The everyday silverware was tied up with string and a faux leaf.

The Pumpkin Spice Apple Muffins 
were delish as was the conversation...that I will never repeat, LOL.
from a previous post.

Thanks for coming for a coffee klatch.


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  1. everything looks beautiful. I love the blue plates...they really make the other autumn colors stand out.

  2. You did a great job setting the scene for a perfect coffee gathering! I can almost smell those muffins! Loved your Wisconsin photos from your last post.

    1. Thanks for stopping, and the muffins are really delicious and moist, we had some this morning for breakfast--and semi-healthy, lol.

  3. Oh how I love that German word for 'coffee noise'! And granny's teapot, sugar, and creamer are simply gorgeous! Love your vintage bowls and the monk cookie jar just made me smile! I know just how luscious those muffins smelled baking! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  4. Your table setting is lovely! Love the blue calico dishes and the recipe sounds delicious! thanks for sharing, Lynn...have a good week

  5. Hi Sandi, WOW I love your gorgeous home for fall. Everything is extra special and you certainly have the touch. Your fall table for a gathering is so inviting and those muffins look scrumptious.
    Your calico dishes just speak to me. Love them. I have to go back and look at all your photos once again. You inspire me greatly my friend.
    Have a wonderful week! Hugs, cm


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