Planning does make for an easier life and a successful entertaining event! And we are counting down at Chestnut Cottage this week. I am praying for good weather so that we can eat in the garden…and I would greatly appreciate lots of the same prayers from my wonderful readers here at The Collected Room!!!
Speaking of “collected”, our tables Saturday evening will certainly be “Collected Tabletops”! I am planning to have three round tables and use the same blue and white checked cloths that are shown below in the Wine Tasting chapter of The Collected Tabletop.
Since things would have been more formal at a dinner party at Downton Abbey, I decided to use 90 inch white linen hemstitch overlay cloths. I will either use 22 inch white linen hemstitch napkins or some of my antique napkins or a combination of both!
My primary china pattern will be my beloved Old Coalport “Leighton Spray” pattern. I am so blessed to have a great many pieces of this pattern and will mix it with a few other patterns.
For serving the Wild Mushroom Bisque, I will use the lovely cobalt depression glass that is in the Book Shower chapter of The Collected Tabletop.
This pattern is Royal Lace by Hazel-Atlas and is one of the most highly sought after and expensive of all Depression glass patterns. It is so delicate and works wonderfully with the Leighton Spray pattern.
The pieces I purchased for my friend and client, Annette Anderson, (in the Book Shower chapter) will be on loan to Chestnut Cottage this weekend and will be added to my collection of this pattern.
For the fish course of the meal, I will be using an accent plate that I purchased several years ago at Replacements. This pattern is Victoria Blue by Nikko and when I found them on a very tempting sale at Replacements, I purchased 70 of these accent salad plates. They are going to be perfect for my smoked trout course . I also use them regularly for cocktail buffets!
And I will be using them again for the cheese course!
In that I am serving English Trifle for the dessert course, I was able to find individual trifle bowls…would you believe on Amazon!
I am mixing four sterling flatware patterns, my “Buttercup” by Gorham , along with three of my Mother’s patterns… “Processional” by Fine Arts, “Chantilly” by Gorham, and “Prelude” by International . There is LOTS of silver polishing going on this week at Chestnut Cottage!
We will we will be serving five wines, so I have rented 5 wine glasses for each of the 24 guests and I will use my William Yeoward “Pearl” pattern water glasses.
For cocktails, I am going to have a “collection of my “Thistle”, “Lismore”, and “Pearl” on the bar. Our special bar cocktail for the evening will of course be a refreshing Pimm’s Cup”!
I suppose I better get back to all of the planning and polishing. Stay tuned for the party images and to find out who our special guest will be!