Daffodils abound right now – Cape Cod is awash in them. I’m drinking in every moment of their beauty. But when I was in Trader Joe’s for my fix of Dark Chocolate Caramels, I was seduced by these lusciously painted tulips. One doesn’t have to be monogamous with flowers, thank goodness. It would have been criminal to leave them languishing in the shop.
These Chintz appetizer plates are an old standby from Pier 1. They’re the perfect size for a little snack and lend a touch of colour to Broadway Yellow dinner plates by Mikasa and scallop edge green Aerin plates from Williams Sonoma (discontinued, sometimes available on eBay).
It’s impossible to be grumpy looking at those happy plates.
Colonial Dame glasses by Fostoria took another bow.
The napkin rings are from April Cornell, and I bought the flatware on eBay a few years ago. Gingham handled cutlery is so much fun but very hard to find, for some odd reason. It’s perfect picnic ware with its plastic handles and quite inexpensive. But scarcer than hen’s teeth, as the saying goes.
A profusion of sunny blooms and a bright spring day. Who could ask for anything more?
I completed the first draft of “Entertablement – Much Depends on Dinner” yesterday, so there is much rejoicing in our household. Glenn, because he will now be able to get regular meals and not whatever I’m preparing to photograph for the book. “You won’t mind Chestnut and Celeriac soup for breakfast, will you dear?” (It’s not that bad, but I felt like it sometimes). In the next day or so, the first printed copy will be winging its way towards me and Mary Plumstead, my editor. We will do the combing through all the typos and finish the Table of Contents and Index, which are done last as the page numbers can change. I will keep you posted as things progress. I learned a lot last time around, and the process has been much smoother this time.
I will keep this post short and let everyone get back to their Sunday mornings. Have a great rest of the weekend, all.
A lovely Sunday table indeed!
Congratulations on the book!!
Thank you so much! It was a wonderful absorbing project to get through the last months. I owe the book as much as it owes me!
Beautiful tulips! Congrats on the book! A sunny table for a dreary day in upstate New York.
It was pretty dreary on the East coast yesterday, wasn’t it? Looking better this week, though! Thanks for popping by, Maureen.
So nice to see these colorful tulips on this rainy Sunday morning. BTW your chestnut and celeriac soup will be a nice addition to your book. It’s delicious! Best of luck on finishing your next book. Happy cooking!
Thanks, Maura. You and Bill are the most excellent taste testers!
So glad you can get a bit of rest and Glenn a bit of proper food! I like the yellow stripes, gingham green handles, and riotous plates. Tulips are a great mood-enhancer. I was happy to see at our local Leclerc (French supermarket) there is an assortment of pattern-handled flatware. It’s not great quality, but the shapes are very chic and the patterns and colours are fun. I bought some pink to go with the tulips when we get home tomorrow (if they are even blooming yet…so much cold in Europe!) Looking forward to the book.
Yes, the pattern handled cutlery is not stellar quality, but fun! Your pink will be lovely – I haven’t found pink in my journeys.
Safe travels and I hope home is warm and welcoming when you arrive. The tulips are just popping into bloom here.
Helen, the tulips are stunning, but I love the Colonial Dame glasses. On my guilty pleasures list. Today was a magazine full of china. Magazines are way too expensive.
I find magazines relaxing, sometimes more than books. I get them digitally now – less mess and they’re wherever I am. It does increase the screen time, though. Ugh!