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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tablescape for Black Heritage Month

Last February a friend called from the church to ask me to come over to see the exhibit she had set up for the church’s first Black History Month exhibit. Several people worked with her to set up the displays. One of the displays that caught my eye was a table setting done to represent mealtime in a poor slave’s home. I am sharing a few photos I took then.

The meal setting utilizes an old card table and two old wood chairs with cane seats. A tin cook pot, two jars of corn, a kerosene lamp and a large soup ladle added to the ambience.


The place settings consisted of dark blue tin plates and mugs she had bought from Wal-Mart. The flatware was unpolished old flatware from a friend.


When they discussed whether napkins would be in order, someone said the slaves would use whatever scarf they might be wearing. My friend looked through her stash of fabric and found some blue bandana fabric that she folded under and placed as napkins.


With a white cloth as a background, this humble table setting is quite a pleasant one.

Be sure to visit our hostess Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for more Tablescape Thursday posts.

Ah-hhh…the thought came to me that this is certainly a thrifty tablescape. So I am also linking to Thrifty Thursday, hosted by Leigh at Tales From Bloggeritaville.

18 comments:

Barbara said...

Very Nice.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I think your friend did a terrific and very thoughtful tablescape -- and it does look pleasant. Thank you for your sweet visit today.

Manuela@TPOH said...

That's great that her church celebrates Black History Month. I'm sure the exhibit was interesting!

Manuela

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is very interesting! She did a really good job pulling it together!

Katherine

The Muse said...

this looks very much like the old photos of my husband's family homestead kitchen. amazing how simple life was...and they were so close back then.

xinex said...

I love this table, very historical!..Christine

Dining Delight said...

The "peasant" and "sparse" nature of this tablescape is so appropriate for today, Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. I really enjoyed the historical part of your 'scape too.

DD

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

What a wonderful thought of having an arrangement like what church shares.

God Bless and have a blessed Thursday.

jennifer said...

This is one of the most creative Tablescape posts that I've seen. Thanks for sharing the photos!

Kathy said...

Very nicely put together.

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Such simple beauty in this meaningful tablescape. Thank you for sharing it!
Cheers, Andrea

Mimi said...

Thank you for sharing this meaningful table. I always enjoy the historical part of certain tables.

Mrs. P. said...

A very humbling table. Thank you for sharing :)

Blessings!
Gail

Shelia said...

Hi Carrie! Oh, this is sweet. How wonderful you had all the precious things to set your table. Aren't be so blessed today?
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Carrie said...

Shelia,
Thanks but the table setting was made by a friend for a display at church. Tshe is very creative and did a fine interpretation of a slave table.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Carrie

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

What a delightful tablescape! Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday this week!
Hugs,
Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a great display for Black History month. Table setting is not something that we often think of in connection with this occasion. She did a great job with the table, and it is such a good reminder for BHM. laurie