On the Fourth Day of Christmas: a too-new vintage tableclothPosted: December 29, 2014 Filed under: Holidays, Placesettings, Pyrex & Fire-King, This Old Row House | Tags: Fire King jadeite, jadeite, jadite, McKee, vintage tablecloth, vintage tablecloths 1 Comment
Last night I pulled out a new-to-me Christmas tablecloth and draped it across the dining room table.
I’m tempted to use some goofy eBay description like “perfect except for” or “nearly mint”, but it’s neither perfect or mint. The fabric isn’t crisp so it’s been washed at least once in the past, but boy, the gold areas have so much texture they’re almost crunchy.
I was surprised by the thickness of the gold bits…
And the show stopping color.
And then I realized dinner involved tomato sauce and two small children under the age of seven.
Yes, I chickened out. It was my “too good to use” moment in a house where I’m usually so proud of using all my vintage stuff. (Maybe I should sell this one.)
So here’s what I did instead:
And I’m the one that ended up dropping blobs of tomato sauce on the tablecloth!
Do you have things that are “too good to use”?
I have a red tablecloth, too, and I use it for holiday dinners when our pasta loving friends can join us. When the food’s not messy, and I trust the ‘eaters’, I might put my mother’s old lace tablecloth over the top…but only when I’m feeling very, very secure!
I love your place settings–pretty fun!