Although most people refer to the third Monday in February as Presidents' Day, the federal holiday is officially called Washington's Birthday.
After all, Washington had dibs on it first. Way back in 1885, February 22 was made a federal holiday. Then, in 1971, Congress, in its infinite wisdom, moved it to the third Monday in February. That means that the holiday can never land on Washington's birthday. Now, I ask you, "Does that seem fair?" And to muddy the waters even more, Geroge Washington, the Father of Our Country, must now share this day of honor with 44 other presidents. Come on!
Despite the convenience of a three-day holiday, I'll always think of February 22 as the REAL day of celebration. And it belongs solely to the statesman, the planter, the general, the surveyor, the First President of the United States of America.
It belongs to George Washington.
Pewter chargers, water goblets and pistol-handle flatware
are meant to lend a colonial feel to the table.
Are ya feelin' it?
"It proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt," insists the proprietress of the establishment,
"that George Washington dined here."
Speaking of GW and his dining habits:
According to presidential historian Smith Norton, "It was Washington's widely known policy . . . to dine with anyone who turned up to pay their respects at his estate. Thus, the family almost never dined alone."
Obviously, the only reason that policy worked, was because Mrs. Washington never had to do any of the cooking.
Tablecloth: cotton fabric, Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts
Red placemats: Target
Pewter chargers: Country French small chargers, Wilton Armetal, Picnic World through Amazon.com (Shortly after purchasing these, a poster on the Garden Web suggested shopping at The Cozy Pineapple.)
Blue dinner plates: Checquers Collections Stoneware, Kohl's, I think.
White salad plates: Apilco, Williams-Sonoma
White signature plate: Apilco dinner plate + Sharpie pen
Small white pitcher: Yard sale
Red bowls: Waechtersbach, Crate and Barrel
Flatware: Royal Scroll, stainless steel, Reed and Barton, Williamsburg Marketplace
Pewter candlesticks with chimney adapters: gift
Napkins: handkerchiefs, Western Shop
Pewter water goblets: Wilton Armetal, son's tennis trophies
Tankard vase: Goodwill
Individual sterling salt and pepper shakers: inherited
I am linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays and
A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.