Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Romancing the Bridal Luncheon

Several years ago, a bride would be honoured at a trousseau tea, in anticipation of her wedding day.
Unlike todays bridal shower, it was customary for her mother or aunts to host it at the bride's home, and fete her with a girly girl party that brought out all of the finest.

This would be my take on it today.

Playful, not too serious florals in vintage head vases from the forties and fifties.The operative word being vintage!!

Pearl handled, sterling flatware in a cut glass spooner would not be too extravagant for the ladies!

A few touches with the colour white to evoke images of veils, tulle, her wedding gown, and of course her trousseau.
This was endowed to her by her mother or grandmother, and consisted of expertly hand sewn
bed linens, towels,and tablecloths and monogrammed napkins.

A beautiful example of broderie anglais, or English cutwork, which required hours of handwork
 and patience, not to mention needleart skills.

Lovely lattice edged milk glass cake plates mirror the same designs embroidered in the linens.

A romantic notion....celebrating the present while embracing loved heirlooms and traditions from the past.

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