as it happens, when you've collected "things" most of your life, you end up with a
wide assortment of those "things."
sometimes, you even forget what you have because "out of sight, out of mind" is the refrain.
a long long long time ago, one of my best girlfriends and I decorated tabletops for
fine dinner parties, showers, weddings, you name it.
during this process we accumulated lots of different things.
like those brass candelabra in the photo. we had many many pair of the candlesticks, as we used to rent them out for weddings, etc., so they're stood over many happy occasions.
like those antlers underneath all the autumnal berries.
I have a giant air conditioned storage unit filled to the brim with all this kind of stuff,
& probably $100,000 worth of Christmas decorations.
anyway, back to the table...
the other night we decided to have a late "after Halloween" supper...
someone else was taking care of all the food, but I was pressed into service for the table.
off to the storage locker I went.
then on to the grocer, & to Michael's (I love Michael's).
I found the cranberry hock glasses & many other beautiful old items.
you see, my adult kids don't want any of this as their "tastes" are different they say,
or they entertain differently they say...and where I live now there is absolutely no space
for all of this to be stored properly.
I ended up really happy with the result.
it didn't bother me at all that the amber votives didn't match the cranberry hock glasses.
remember, the Italian in me loves opulence.
the hostess had ordered Rock Cornish Game Hens for each diner,
and btw, they make a beautiful presentation of themselves!
an awesome squash casserole souffle-type dish,
stuffed red tomato's with crab meat
& this amazing cranberry ice cream.
as you can see there are a lot of different things going on,
but the white candles blazing away, great Ottmar Liebert music playing,
creating a lovely evening of good friends sitting down to dine.
of course, someone brought some really great wine as well.