What better way to start the daffodil season than with William Wordsworth’s lovely poem, The Daffodils.
Last week, I had a delightful email from one of my readers here at The Collected Room, Luke Dickerson. Luke described a dinner party he held to celebrate the beginning of the daffodil season. So today, I am featuring Luke’s “collected table” and dinner party menu and his eye for design and entertaining.
Luke shared this image of a beautiful basket full of his daffodils. Luke’s daffodils have two toned yellow blossoms that are usually the first of the season in his garden. These are the Lent Lily daffodils and have been documented in English gardens since the 1200s and have inspired the likes of Shakespeare and Wordsworth.
Kathryn- What was your inspiration for the design of the table Luke?
Luke-Since the daffodils were the inspiration for the table, I went with a green and yellow color scheme with a pineapple and lemons complementing the citrus undertones of the heritage Lent Lily daffodils.
Kathryn- And from there, where did you go to achieve this lovely “collected table” look?
Luke- The china was made by the Warwick Company in West Virginia during the 1940s. The pattern is named Regency. When I bought it, I was told that my Warwick china was originally used in dining cars of the trains that went through Union Station in Nashville and that it was often given to brides as their wedding china during World War II.
Kathryn- Since you live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, I think it is so appropriate that this china has a tie to your state! Tell me about your sterling flatware and your stemware pattern.
Luke- The sterling flatware that I used is in the Virginia pattern by Weidlich and was produced in 1929. The flatware’s clean lines coordinated well with the geometric lines of the salad plates and the Longchamp crystal. The Longchamp pattern is by Cristal D’Arques-Durand and is still in production. The pieces made after 2010 no longer contain lead, but I collect the older pieces since I enjoy the sound of the lead crystal ringing during toasts!
Kathryn- I like your attitude and I believe you said you toasted with a sparkling wine from Crossville, Tennessee. This also gives your dinner party a sense of place. And another thing that I am drawn to on your table is the bright green octagonal Depression glass salad plates! Tell me what you know about the plates.
Luke- I have to admit that I am a little unsure of the green Depression glass. Heisey had a large line of octagonal pieces that they made in the 1920s and 30s.
Kathryn- Yes, I believe that these are likely Heisey. I did a bit of research after seeing your table and found a Heisey green octagonal pattern called Moongleam, that has both octagonal luncheon plates as well as octagonal dessert plates. I also looked at the Hazel-Atlas Glass Company and found a green octagonal pattern, but from your photos, I think it looks more like the Heisey pattern. However, I must say that I am no depression glass authority! And I must also say, that your plates are perfect for your table, no matter what the pattern. Tell me about your menu Luke.
Luke- First of all, I would like to say that with an eight course dinner, I was busy cooking while my good friend Penny Morse was taking photos of the food. And she is delighted to share a couple of her images. So here’s my menu…
Kathryn-Wow, that sounds like a great deal of work Luke, but a lovely spring gift for your friends! Thank you so much for sharing this celebration of spring and daffodils with us. As I say so very often, entertaining friends and family is truly a gift!
So go our this week and pick your daffodils if you are lucky enough to have them in your garden or buy a bouquet from your local flower market. I will leave you with this lovely image from Carolyn Roehm!