Wednesday, February 2, 2011

You're MINE Valentine Ode to Tablecloth

So, there I was browsing in Williams-Sonoma while they gift wrapped a birthday gift for my husband.  Just looking at wondrous things that I don't need and don't have space to house, and suddenly my eyes fell on a scarlet red linen table cloth....the red of bright cherries topping a frosty sundae.  You know that red.  Delicious. Touching the cloth, I knew it was quality, perfect cutouts, meticulous weave and turned corners.  Price?  $122.  WAIT.  Were my eyes deceiving me?  Could it be true?  I picked up the tablecloth, approached the clerk..."Am I reading this tag correctly?  Is the sale price $19.99 or am I missing a digit?"  "No, that's correct. We finished inventory last night and found it in the back."

Love music seemed to play in the background, "You're MINE!"  I said and hurried to pay for it before they changed their mind.  

Safe at home, I unfurled my new tablecloth (keeping the tag on the cloth so I can share with amazed friends) and created a Valentine's tablescape.  

Factoids about china pattern, Royal Doulton Sarabande:

In music, the sarabande (It., sarabanda) is a dance in triple metre. The second and third beats of each measure are often tied, giving the dance a distinctive rhythm of quarter notes and eighth notes in alternation. The quarters are said to corresponded with dragging steps in the dance. 

Royal Doulton Sarabande At A Glance

Brand: Royal Doulton     Pattern: Sarabande     Pattern #:H5023
Manufacturer Status:  Discontinued   In Production:  1972-1998
Description: Platinum trim and verge, Thin black border, Black intertwining circles, White background

This Sarabande pattern was manufactured for 26 years by the Royal Doulton China company, based in the UK. Sarabande is the classical one size fits all pattern. It is almost as versatile as an all white pattern, and can be easily dressed up or down. It's understated elegance and quiet charm make this china set a perfect fit with many crystal and flatware patterns and is easy to mix and match with other china patterns as well.


  1. What a price on the tablecloth! Apple red, silver, white and black is always elegant. Happy Valentine's Day.

  2. Very elegant table. Nice red tablecloth, and the touch of black adds a bit of drama to the table.
    like how you put the lil red hearts (are they candy or plastic) in with the candle. Looks great!
    Blessings for a Great Valentines day,

  3. great deal on the tablecloth.. and you can use it for so many occasions! love your table. it's really very pretty and great for valentine's

  4. What a beautiful table. The rich red of the cloth just pops with the little crystals. Nicely done!

  5. Oh, don't you LOVE it when things happen that way?? They don't happen often, but when they DO, it's wonderful! Your table looks marvelous -- the china seems MADE for a lovely red background. I also love your red dessert dishes!

  6. What a beautiful table and great find on the tablecloth-enjoy:@)

  7. I'm not sure it gets any better than a beautiful tablecloth and a great deal;-) Your table is lovely!

  8. Wow, that was a wonderful find...beautiful shade of red. Lovely, elegant table.

  9. Beautiful table -- love the red -- don't you just love an amazing deal?

  10. what a find and just in time for tIt really set your table off beautifullyhe holiday.i bet you tee heed all the way home.

  11. I should have previewed my comment it looks all screwed up. I hope you get the gist of it.


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