Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Reprise - Breakfast in Bed

I had always wanted a breakfast set -- the egg cup, covered dish, wee coffee pot and sugar and creamer and before the days of the internet, I wrote to every antique dealer who had an ad in a Missouri Antique Guide publication.

And one dealer answered -- from St. Louis and he had a breakfast set. It was pricey but I had wanted one for so long that I went ahead and purchased it. It actually was a "breakfast for two" set and so there are actually two egg cups, two cups and saucers, two plates, two bowls. Half the set is stored away in a kitchen cabinet -- the other half I usually keep on the guest room bed on a bed tray.

But, sometimes, when Daughter Sarah comes home, it sees real use.

I'm reposting this for Sunday Favorites because it relates to my Monday post . . . and you'll have to come back Monday to see how!!!!!

Please join Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites on this first Sunday in April!

What is one of the greatest luxuries in the world? Breakfast in bed, of course! Think of hotel room service only at home. Alas, it is not for me but rather for Daughter Sarah when she came for a visit -- alone. Time for me to pamper her as only a mother can. And so, upstairs with the breakfast tray and a favorite breakfast of hers.

A soft boiled egg -- 3 minutes, please. And whole wheat toast kept warm under the dome. A wee pot of coffee accompanied by cream and sugar. For pretty -- a small bouquet of flowers.

Bought years ago because I always wanted one. Think of English country homes and breakfast in bed served by a maid in a black dress with white apron. It has white roses on it and I bought it because I had wanted a breakfast set and this is the first one I found. It's called Adams Antique and it's by Steubenville.

The amazing thing is that the little white roses on it so match . . .

The wallpaper in the room. Papered YEARS after the breakfast set was bought. The breakfast set was not given a thought when the wallpaper was purchased for I wanted a yellow and white rose paper for the room and this one caught my fancy.

However, with the breakfast set on the bed, it truly seems as if it was bought to match the wallpaper.

I don't get a chance to pamper Daughter Sarah often and she appreciated the leisurely breakfast in bed. It's room service -- but at home!


Southerncook said...

Your breakfast set is just gorgeous and I'm sure Sarah enjoyed the pampering. Thats what mothers do. I thoroughly enjoyed this post and had not seen it before.


On Crooked Creek said...

I adore your breakfast set! Perhaps with Mother's Day coming soon you could persuade someone to pamper you! That wallpaper is gorgeous! I adore roses...for rememberances! Thank youfor this lovely post. Enjoy your time with Sarah!

acorn hollow said...

Your breakfast set is so lovely. sunday is my favoite morning we get the paper delivered and have coffee and what ever we feel like cooking.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

How lucky your daughter is to be pampered by her mom. The breakfast set is gorgeous, that is great it is used!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So pretty and very sweet!

podso said...

Such a beautiful breakfast set! I'd love to be a guest in your home.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh what a special treasure and the pattern is stunning. I've never found a complete set either. How wonderful that you have such a beautiful one. I know your daughter loved being so pampered. Hugs, Marty

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a beautiful breakfast set. I hope someone delivers you breakfast in bed soon with all the trimmings. Love that pretty wallpaper.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Martha, your breakfast set is so pretty! I love the delicate rose garland. You are so right, it does match that wallpaper perfectly!

Keetha Broyles said...

Such a beautiful tray setting!!! The FOOD would hardly even matter - - - even burn toast would be good on THAT tray!

xinex said...

This is simply gorgeous! It will really be hard to resist no matter how expensive it is....Christine

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afternoon tea said...

What a wonderful thing to do for your daughter. I love your story of looking for the dishes, they are lovely. I hope you get to be the recipient of breakfast in bed someday.


Pondside said...

I have a sweet Chintz breakfast set that sees little action! My daughter is still at the sleep-into-twelve stage whenever studies and work allow. Perhaps I should take the set out and fill it up and take it back to bed with me.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

My friend, your breakfast set is lovely! What a beautiful pattern...I love anything embossed and that pretty pattern in green...simply gorgeous! How very pamper your daughter with such a special breakfast in bed! You're such a sweet mama!!! I'm sure that Sarah loved it! I know, it's definitely something that I could get used to! wink!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful breakfast set with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party today!

Warmest spring wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

What a lovely little set! Just beautiful!