A couple of months ago, I did a tablescape that could be used for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. I used mostly items that I already had and very few new things. This tablescape shows not only my tablescaping hobby, but also my passion for vintage dishes.
I am so fortunate to have inherited beautiful dishes from three different wonderful ladies in my life. My grandmother (Grandmommy) was a wonderful Christian example and lived most of her adult life taking care of her mother (Mamaw) and stepfather (Daddy Billy) in addition to her husband (Grandaddy) and son, my daddy. Back in “the day,” no one threw away anything because they all knew hard times and you never know when you might need something. When she went into a nursing home, my daddy sold her house, and we had tons and tons of things to go through. My mother, sister, and I split everything up. Three facts about her life led to my coming into so much stuff: Daddy was an only child, my sister and I were her only grandchildren, and she lived in a multigenerational household that contained lots of VERY OLD things.
Another person that I have inherited from is my Great Aunt Nannie who lived in Devine, Texas. She was married to my Grandaddy’s brother, Uncle Walter. Aunt Nannie and Uncle Walter had only one son, James. Cousin James was a few years older than my Daddy and never married/had kids. When he died, my father inherited his estate. Much like what had happened with my grandmother, we got tons and tons of stuff because there was only my mother, my sister, and I to split it up.
The last person that I have inherited from is my Cousin Ruth. She was the daughter of my Grandmommy’s brother, and she and her husband never had kids. After she and her husband were gone, we once again had a house full of stuff to go through and split up. She did have a brother who had one child, but they lived in another state and took very little of the things that were left. Once again the three of us split up yet another entire household of things.
I tell you all of this background to say that often in the pictures I will use some of the old dishes and say that I can’t remember who I inherited it from. Do you see why? Daddy inherited all of these estates in a relatively short time period, from about 1994-1998.
So here are the pics with some explanation at the bottom:
The entire tablescape uses bright colors and evokes a celebratory atmosphere. I used two different types of margarita glasses which I have had for years. I also used some grapevine-painted goblets which were a recent gift from my mother-in-law, perfect for sangria. This small pitcher has a mark on the bottom which I cannot read. It did not come from Grandmommy, but one of the other two ladies that I mentioned above.
This depression glass tidbit tray belonged to Grandmommy. The color was perfect for this table!This quaint old pitcher was Cousin Ruth’s. It was made in Czecholslovakia, and its colors are perfect for this setting.
The fun black-and-white flatware, colorful small plates, and bright napkins were recent online purchases (my most-used shopping links are at the bottom of the page).
I hope that you like my Cinco de Mayo table and ole’! I made these pics before I started blogging and now realize I need more light and more closeups of some elements, such as the margarita glasses. Please be patient with me as I learn……
*Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1