Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tablescape Thursday - Victorian Lace

Its ten o'clock Monday morning and I have an idea.  For the last several years, I have met with some girlfriends once a month for a dinner night out.  We usually go to a restaurant for dinner and then go to one of our houses for dessert so we can talk and look at decorating magazines or books or just share our lives.  Well, I decided at the last minute that I wanted everyone to come over for dessert.  It all started when I saw an "Easy Strawberry Cake" recipe on line.  Since I am all for easy, I felt I could bake a cake, set the table for girlfriends, clean the house, and all the other things one does when having company.  When my sweet husband said he would stop by the grocery store to pick up some items I needed, I knew it was a go.  I immediately emailed my friends to tell them dessert was at my house so now I was committed.  This is how the day began.

My house is Mediterranean style but the "Victorian at Heart" in me loves to use lace whenever I can so out came the vintage white lace tablecloth.

Adding a layer of a cream colored lace tablecloth reminded me of a beautiful dress with the petticoat showing.  

The rose crystal candleholders were added next.  The scrunched tablecloth makes the layered background interesting.

The lace just called for my pink dessert plate called "Victorian Lace".  On top I added the pink swirl glass dessert plate for a touch of sparkle.

Since the temperatures have been in the 70's and even made it to the 80's I wanted to celebrate Spring by serving ice tea instead of hot tea so I chose the matching stemware.  I purchased these pink glass swirl pattern dishes many years ago because they reminded me of the vintage depression glassware.

The vintage white napkin was wrapped in a pink rose bud napkin ring...I think it is really a candle ring but it has multi uses.  A floral printed napkin was used to cushion the fork.

 These Rogers forks were purchased at an antique mall.  I want to research the fork pattern.  If you recognize it, I would appreciate finding out more details.  The silverware is like adding jewelry.

Since the tablescape was all about the strawberry cake, I decided to add a faux cake as the centerpiece.

Using my pink Kitchen Aid mixer just makes a strawberry cake that much better.

As you can see,  being in a hurry, I either didn't let the cake cool long enough or I needed more sugar in the icing.  Trust me....no one noticed.  As my friend, Ruth, said "This was the best cake I ever ate".  

We didn't have a problem with eating the cake.
I have to tell you that was one of the biggest strawberries I have seen.

I can't thank Robin at All Things Heart and Home enough for sharing this Easy Strawberry Cake recipe.  Get this easy and delicious cake recipe by clicking here.  Just a little note, Robin used 1 1/2 x of the frosting recipe and I used 2 x...do you think that is why my cake was drooping?  I kept it refrigerated and added a spoon of whipped cream on each piece.   Try for yourself...you won't be sorry.

I would love for you to leave a comment and if you visit with Robin, tell her you found the recipe on
Victorian at Heart.

 I am, also, joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.  Click on TT button on sidebar to take you to some amazing tablescapes.