8/22/2019 1 Comment
August 22nd, 2019
Good evening, all! Tonight I would like to talk about 2 different topics. The first topic is the progress on the Open House preparations, and the second topic is a fun way to entertain.
First of all, the storefront has seen some renovation in the last few weeks! Walls have been removed, flooring has been tweaked, walls have been painted, some display furniture has been set up, and of course some arrangements have either been displayed or created to later be placed when the renovation is finished. We still have a lot of work to do, and September is quickly approaching! I am excited about some of the ideas we hope to implement, but the most exciting thing is sharing the storefront with you, perfected or not! Please keep in mind that while we plan to make the storefront as beautiful and enticing as possible, it is still a work-in-process and will continue to be worked on after the Open House. One more thing, we are going to try to be open some Saturdays between the Open House and a few weeks before Christmas, for those of you who just want to come visit us, or for those of you who couldn't make it to the OH, or....for those of you who want more beautiful goodies! I do know that we will not be open the two Saturdays following the OH as we have other obligations, but please email or message us or just drive by to see when we will be open!
Now for the second topic...This may seem like a new idea to some, and to others, they may be wondering why this is even being mentioned, as they have entertained this way as a general rule. We love using "nicer" dishes when entertaining friends and family. Yes, we use paper goods at times, but when we can, we like to use our slowly-growing collection of glassware from various antique stores and flea markets. I don't think we have a complete set of any one collection, but it sure is fun to set a table with clear glassware, or all white, or colorful depression or carnival glass, or even porcelain and china sets! We try to get glassware that can be placed in the dishwasher, but it really isn't that much of a chore to wash those that probably should not go in the dishwasher....after all....we wash most of the cooking pots & pans by hand. Using different glassware mixed with different napkins can give several different looks. For instance, you could use your clear glass dishes with a white tablecloth and gold or silver chargers, candlesticks, and neutral napkins for a clean, timeless look. You could also use the same clear dishes with a colorful tablecloth or place mats, colored water goblets and fun napkin rings! Match....or mix it up! Dishes can be the inspiration for your entire table theme using napkins, chargers, place mats, table cloths, table runners, silverware/flatware, drink glasses, candles and arrangements to change it up every time! Not everything has to come from a matched set, either. How fun would it be to use all pink depression-glass dinner plates, for example, but each plate is a different pattern? Heck, you can even mix the patterns and colors of the plates, so long as there is a cohesiveness to the entire tablescape. Our regular dishes don't match, but are different colors and patterns of stoneware, and we love using them all together! Each plate would go with any other plate in our collection. Our bread plates and bowls are the same way. Thing is, there are so many beautiful dishes out there....just waiting to be used again....dishes that were once popular....dishes that have fallen out of favor, but in my opinion, not style! Most of the glassware that I see in antique stores and flea markets are simple, elegant and beautiful. Secret....one of my favorite places to shop/look at glassware is in an antique mall in Verona, VA. They claim to be the largest antique mall in the US (I think this is based on square footage, but don't quote me). I try to go there every time I visit my sister, who lives in the area. There is one whole section, kind of in the middle, that has tons of beautiful glassware. Yes, some patterns and colors of depression glass and of carnival glass can be expensive, based on rarity, but man...you sure can find some awesome pieces at way less than what you might pay for a wedding china set or for some of the more well-known, colorful brands of stoneware. Because of this, you might even feel more free to use the second-hand glassware just because of the relative inexpensiveness of the pieces! Set down your cellphone, turn off the TV....eat a meal served on a beautifully-set table with those you love. I just get so excited when I see glassware sets and wish I could have them all and use them, but that would be silly! Grab your favorite form of coffee, a friend or two and take a trip to an antique store or flea market. Or, go by yourself! Keep an eye out for some glassware that you could use in your own home! Give a set as a gift...even a few pieces. Let me know if you've found your glassware treasure! I sure would like to hear about it!
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Exciting news here at Posh Peony. Getting a storefront up and running, creating inventory....stay tuned!