The table was set with an ivory coloured tablecloth, and set for 12 with a coordinating mixture of two patterns of Royal Doulton fine china from England. One that belonged to my mother (the Tumbling Leaves pattern shown here) and one borrowed from M. I could not believe how seamlessly they worked together!
Luckily, I had 12 matching embroidered linen napkins that I had found a year ago at a church bazaar.
The napkins were folded into the jaunty Romanesque fold and set on the side plates ready for guests' laps.
Moss covered with glass domes, a black-sand hour glass, and creamy wee pumpkins all added to the feeling of Victoriana.
The addition of a black grosgrain ribbon tied into a bow, with the addition of a pearl, around the stem of each wine glass was a sweet added touch.
This wonderful butter dish, loaned by R., looked creepily like a coffin. And when opened by the tiny hands...
revealed butter pats for the dinner rolls.
These adorable tiny salt and pepper dishes also added a Victorian feel to the table setting. Thanks M. for loaning these, the glasses, and so many other things that helped to create the party's atmosphere.