The berries below weren't grown in Tennessee. We'll have to wait a few more weeks for those.
The "something new" is a beautiful tablecloth that just arrived from April Cornell online, home of beautiful clothes, linens & home decor.
I'd planned to set a table for you on the deck ... but the weather didn't cooperate.
Instead, I dried off a glass-topped square table (with rounded corners) from the lower deck and brought it into the solarium. I've set tables for you in this room before, but on the table for 8 at the other end of the long, narrow space. This end is normally a seating/reading area, but it was easily converted for a cozy brunch.
April Cornell's strawberry theme is my favorite of her current tabletop collections. I love the vintage look and the softness of the colors.
The edges have a weighted feel, and the cloth drapes beautifully.
I thought the space called for a tall, airy centerpiece. What could be more perfect that forsythia? Yes, I went out in the rain to cut it for you! Dedication to duty, or poor judgement? A little of both perhaps. It seemed to have started blooming overnight. Now it seems certain that spring has arrived!
The "borrowed" items include the strawberry glasses and napkin rings. They belong to a lady I know whose kitchen and breakfast room are decorated entirely in strawberry-themed items. Her home has been featured on both American and Japanese television.
A closer view of the forsythia ...
There had to be fresh berries of course! They're being served on "something old," a vintage etched glass compote.
It's a recent estate sale purchase. It was marked "Rose Point." Rose Point was a popular etched design produced by the Cambridge glass company, beginning in 1935. I need to do further research, because I don't recognize the shape of stem (do you know Kat?). I suppose what matters is that I find it beautiful and couldn't resist going ahead and using it on today's table.
The dishes are a mixture of similar vintage patterns by Johnson Brothers and Meakin (from Goodwill).
I set the table with vintage mis-matched silverplated flatware. Some have bakelite handles that echo colors in the strawberry fabric.
A closer view of the glasses. The ones with diamond ball stems are "Claudia" by Bohemia Crystal. The charming small liqueur glasses were a gift from my Canadian friend, Lori of Family Trees May Contain Nuts. If you haven't met Lori, you should. She's possibly the funniest person on the planet, and definitely one of the very nicest!
It's such a gloomy day that I had to light the candles early ... just to add a feeling of warmth to the table.
In trying to decide what to serve, I consulted an official Strawberry Festival cookbook (all strawberry recipes, of course!).
Below is a vintage strawberry cookbook (illustrated by the author) ... from several decades ago. It's sitting atop one of my favorite home decor magazines. If you don't read/subscribe to Veranda ... well, I think you should!
Now for the "day into evening" transformation. The tablecloth is reversible! How affordable is that? Two looks for the price of one!
While I'm reversing the tablecloth, I thought I might as well show you the table's "undergarments!" I covered it with an old sheet and pinned on a skirt made from a new white sheet. It works for round, square, oval, rectangular, octagonal ... well ... any shaped table. If it's a taller table, the skirt can be pinned to the sheet a few inches below the edge of the table.
The drawstring's the secret that allows the fullness to be adjusted and evenly distributed. For larger tables, two or more can be used (overlapping slightly where they meet).