Feb 14, 2011

Good Housekeeping, 1955: Centerpieces


Last night I was wondering around in the back of my 1955 copy of the Good Housekeeping Cook Book (aka "A Gem of a Cookbook") because it is just solid good reading. Practical, still useful tips are found there and I'm gleaning as fast as I can!

One page caught my eye with its title and explanation:

Have a Pretty Centerpiece

"The way your table looks is just as important as the way the meal tastes. So set a pretty table, have a pretty centerpiece. It's worth the extra minute or two."

When I read that paragraph, I cringed a bit inside. IF I have a centerpiece at all, it's the one that sits on the table, day after day, collecting dust. It never occurred to me to change it up a bit, except for special occasions. I wanted to share some of the suggestions. I plan to change out my centerpiece a bit more often because it's "just as important as the way the meal tastes!"

Row on Row: Arrange long narrow rows of green or autumn leaves. Top with tangerines, green grapes, nuts, etc.

Potted Plant: Set plant on brass tray. Group oranges and green grapes around it.

Basket:
Set basket on its side, with apples, cranberries, or other fruit (or vegetables--see pic above) tumbling out.

Pansies:
Arrange pansies in several individual casseroles.

Garnet Roses:
Arrange roses in champagne or other goblets, teacups, or egg cups.

For Small Fry:
Fill basket with green leaves; insert large lollipops.

Pie in Center:
Surround pie on tray with green or autumn leaves. Nestle cheese wedges or cheese pumpkins among leaves.

Candles:
Use silver, glass, brass, or pewter candlesticks, with white, ivory, or colored candles. Be sure candle flame is above eye level.

3 comments:

Rocky Mountain Homemaker said...

I love the ideas for centerpieces, especially the pansies since they make me think of springtime. Thanks for sharing some great ideas.

Trixie said...

We have a centerpiece comprised of the mail pile, a book to return, a few post it notes and magazines.

Roxanne said...

Wait, let me write that one down!

Oh, never mind. I already have one of those types.

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