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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

If I can only be young at heart, that is good enough

When I was twelve, I was crazy about two things. One was the music of Ray Charles (I had just discovered him!) and the color combination of green and purple. I was so crazy about green and purple that my friends would look for things in those colors for me, even when they were on vacation!
Eventually, I found other colors that I loved and really forgot about green and purple – until now. I was trying to find something new to use with my Lenox “Solitaire” china, when I saw some purple glass plates that were on sale at Sur la Table. For some reason, the website would not let me purchase the plates and I, eventually, gave up.
A few days later, my sweet daughter found purple Pyrex “Festiva” glass plates at Big Lots and bought them for me. I thought they would look good with Solitaire, but what else could I use?

Another earlier Big Lots purchase had been some lavender place mats, so they went on the table.

I had purple goblets from Pier I.

Then, the great inspiration came! I discovered the most wonderful website, Saffron Marigold, and they had green and purple napkins! You must visit this online store. I have absolutely nothing to do with it, but they have the most marvelous linens. They are hand blocked in India and the cotton fabric is so incredibly soft. You really have to feel it to believe it. Anyway, I ordered the green and purple napkins and they certainly have rekindled my love of that lovely color combination.

A “Solitaire” dinner plate went on the lavender placemat…

Then, I added the purple “Festiva”. These plates are nine inches – perhaps, they are luncheon plates. I am not sure, but the swirl design is really pretty.

Next, I added a “Solitaire” salad plate as an under plate for the soup bowl. I needed something else green to go with the green and purple napkins, so I made a chilled green soup (Creamy and Cold Avocado Soup – recipe to follow). Perfect!

I used Barenthal flatware in an ivory color – a Tuesday Morning purchase.

I bought some yummy rolls at Fresh Market and put them on a "Solitaire" bread and butter plate. The butter spreader is from Steinmart.

The lovely cut glass butter dish was a gift from my mother-in-law.

For the centerpiece, I used a purple bowl that belongs to my daughter and simply placed a bird’s nest in it, in honor of spring – lots of green to go with the color scheme.

With dessert in mind, I added a sugar and creamer, a coffee pot and coffee cups to the table. All are part of my “Solitaire” collection.
Now, maybe I will get out those Ray Charles CDs and entertain my guests with “Hit the Road, Jack” or “Georgia on My Mind”. It is so much fun to feel twelve, again!!
Creamy and Cold Avocado Soup
2 medium ripe avocados, seeded and peeled
2 ½ cups cold water
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves (optional)
1 (7.6 ounce) can of Nestle Media Crema (this is evaporated cream – usually found in the Hispanic cooking section of the grocery store)
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 cloves of garlic, quartered
4 teaspoons of granulated chicken flavored bouillon
Garnish with avocado or cilantro
Place avocados, water, 1 cup cilantro (optional), media crema, lime juice, garlic, and bouillon in blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate one hour. Garnish and serve immediately.


  1. pretty table girlfriend....I love purple and green combination spring like..

  2. Green and purple does make such a pretty color combo...lovely table setting. I love birds nests too...and yours used as a centerpiece is darling :)
    Happy SS!

  3. Beautiful colors and such a lovely tablescape. Thank you for joining my party!

    Years ago I sat next to Ray Charles on a flight to Vegas. He had two body guards seated behind him and he slept the entire flight. I didn't even get to say hello!

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  5. So pretty. My wedding china pattern is Lenox Moonspun (almost Solitare). I'm thinking your silverware pattern is the same as mine too - Old Master?). Love the addition of the purple glass plates. Thank you for linking up. laurie

  6. That soup looks perfect with your china! very pretty indeed! Thanks for linking this up.

  7. Your tablescape is lovely - so fresh and springlike. I think the combination of green and purple is beautiful. As a matter of fact, I have that combo throughout my flower garden right irises and violets.

    Thanks for linking to the party. It's good to have you back. ;)

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage


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