December 30, 2010

Hooray for OLD Year's Eve

A New Year's Eve Table for Two

Kick up your heels and get ready to party!
Oh, no wait! We're not doing anything. We're not going anywhere.
Well then, kick off your shoes and get ready to . . . to . . . well, to . . mini-party.
It's going to be a celebration for two!

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You can bet on one thing. I'm definitely NOT going to ring out the OLD. I like OLD.
O.K. Let's see. You've heard of "sweets for the sweet"?
Well, these are OLD decorations for the OLD.
Last year's party decorations have been thrown together for an instant centerpiece.
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Used stemware. . . No, no. Not used stemware. Second hand stemware. . . No, no. Not second hand stemware. Previously owned stemware . . . Oh heck, let's call it what it really is:
OLD stemware.
OLD stemware from the downtown flea market and a black and silver wine bag
add height to the table.
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Layering begins with silver chargers. Then comes white dinner plates followed by OLD black dinner plates. These are topped off with OLD black and white novelty dessert plates.
OLD star crystal tree ornaments (from a Christmas long ago) are grouped together at the base of the centerpiece and around the small table.
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OLD tin noise makers provide an opportunity to raise a ruckus at midnight.
(We seniors can't hear too well, so noise is not really a problem.)
A party necklace is draped over each plate.
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And finally, after dinner, we can enjoy an OLD movie.
Raise your hand if you know who William Powell and Myrna Loy are.

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I'm linking to
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Between Naps of the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


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Tablecloth: Bed, Bath and Beyond
Chargers: plastic, Michael's
Black-stemmed wine and champagne goblets: no information, Pasadena Flea Market
White dinner plates: Apilco, William-Sonoma
Black dinner plates: no markings, Yard Sale
Dessert plates: Millennium, Epoch, Thrift Shop
Sterling: Burgundy, Reed and Barton
Napkins: Inherited

December 29, 2010

It's Monopoly Eve!

Yes, that's right. Tomorrow night is Monopoly Eve. December 31 will mark the 75th Anniversary of the day
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Monopoly board games are sold in 111 countries.
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More than 275 million Monopoly games have been sold worldwide.

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The little man with the top hat on the Community Chest and Chance cards is called
Mr. Monopoly as of the year 2000.
Previously, he was known as Rich Uncle Pennybags.
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The character locked behind the bars is Jake the Jailbird.
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Officer Edgar Mallory, seen below, sent Jake to jail.
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More than 6 billion little green houses and
2.25 billion red hotels have been produced since 1935.




About $50 billion in Monopoly currency is printed each year.



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Over twenty different tokens have been cast since the game was originally produced.
Among them are the thimble . . .
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. . . and the iron.
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For a short history on the development of Monopoly pieces, visit here.


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Raise a glass in honor of Monopoly's Diamond Anniversary.

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(And you thought New Year's Eve was a big deal.)



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I am linking to the following sites:
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The Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingie Thursday.
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Between Naps of the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.

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For additional information, visit Hasbro's Official Monopoly Website.


Chargers: plastic, sprayed yellow, Michael's
Red wine goblets: no information, local Thrift Shop
Red water glasses and pitcher: no information, inherited
Dinner plates: Red Coupe, Crate and Barrel
Black salad plates: no markings, Yard Sale
Black coffee mugs: no markings, eBay
Red Flatware: Splendente Italian Flatware, NapaStyle
Napkins: Target
Thimble napkin holder: small paper mache flower pot, sprayed silver, Michael's
Iron napkin holder: vintage child's iron, sprayed silver, eBay
Large wooden hotels and houses: made from 4X6 scrap lumber.
Placemats: made from two fabric panels, eBay

December 21, 2010

Candy Stripes, Tartan Gold and Rudolph

Three Christmas Tables

We have a small house. We can seat 12 comfortably in our dining area (Notice I didn't say, "dining room."), but there's no way we can fit one more person over a dozen. So I split up the tables into seatings of 8 and 6. I need to find some room to set up a children's table as well.
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The main table (for the oldies) is a variation on the Winter White Christmas Table
posted earlier this month.

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The formal china and crystal have been replaced by casual red and white plates and heavy red goblets. Solid white candles have given way to red and white candy stripes.

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Clear red plates will do double duty as salad and dinner roll dishes.
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The newest items on the table are the chalkboard chargers.
Made from plastic chargers (currently $0.99 at Michael's) and chalkboard spray paint, they can be used year round by changing their chalked-on designs around the rims.

Directions for making the chargers, along with a several different celebratory designs,
can be found at Tatertots and Jello.
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The Thirty-Something's Table sits in the raised entry way.
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Candles from the earlier Winter White Table sit on a hand crocheted doily.
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The Under Nine Table squeezes back of the Oldies Table.
(Grandma sits in the red chair to the right in case of an emergency.)

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Shatter resistant melamaine dishes and mugs
share the table with a stuffed reindeer, books and a flameless candle.
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I am linking to the following sites:
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A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.
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Between Naps of the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.
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Tablecloth on Oldies Table: Target
Tablecloth and topper on 30-Something Table: eBay
Tablecloth on Under Nine Table: yard sale: often used for summer barbecues
Chargers on Oldies Table: Michael's (by way of Tatertots and Jello.)
Chargers on 30-Something Table: woven, ebay
Wine goblets on the Oldies Table: Moonspun, Lenox
Red water goblets and salad plates on Oldies Table: Inherited, no information
Goblets and Salad Plates on 30-Something Table: Inherited, no information
Mugs and Salad Bowls on Under Nine table: Heller Massimo Vignelli
Dinner plates on Oldies Tables: Candy Cane, Pier One
Dinner Plates on 30-Something Table: Tarten Holiday Buffet Plates, Lenox
Dinner Plates on Under Nine: Rudolph, Pottery Barn
Sterling on Oldies and 30-Something Tables: Burgundy, Reed and Barton
Flatware on Under Nine: Pottery Barn Kids
Napkins on Oldies Table: Pier One
Napkins on 30-Something Table: Strouds
Napkins on Under Nine: Target
Napkin rings on the Oldies Table: mismatched sterling set of 12, inherited
Napkin rings on 30-Something Table: felt handmade gift from student
Lighted garland on Oldies Table: Costco
Crocheted doily on 30-Something Table: gift from school secretary
Stuffed Reindeer: yard sale
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