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.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Special Gift . . .

It wasn't on my wedding day nor even on our honeymoon, but early on in our married life I yearned for a special gift for our 25th Anniversary -- a silver punch bowl.  

When the occasion arose, I made my wishes known that when we celebrated our 25th that that was what I wanted and only that.

The month before our 25th wedding anniversary when we were out antiquing, we ran across a Reed and Barton punch bowl with tray with ladle and with cups!

And home it came with us and the very next day, we served punch out of it for a party that we were hosting.

Husband Jim listened!

And it had pride of place for a long time.    It served the punch for many parties at Linderhof -- bridal showers and open houses.    It served punch for Daughter Sarah's engagement party and it served the wedding punch for Daughter Sarah's wedding and Friend Shirley Ann's son, Steven's  wedding.

Then we moved things around and it got relegated to the basement for there was just no room!

It wasn't that I didn't still adore it -- there just wasn't anywhere to store it upstairs!    And during those basement years, it didn't get invited to any parties for it was a bit tarnished and if punch was called for, the glass punch bowl (which also lived in the basement) was much easier for all it needed was a good wash.

Then last year, I realized that I rarely served punch anymore because the bowls were in the basement!    I would make punch but serve them out of pitchers instead!

So, I made a space for them in the very top of a cabinet in the kitchen and even found punch cups that matched my glass bowl on at an estate sale!   The weekend before we hosted a party!    The cups came in very handy!

And there they sat -- but at least they were usable and "at hand" but the silver punch bowl still needed polishing and whenever I needed to use a punch bowl, the glass one was the one I chose.

And then I got the wonderful old serving piece in the dining room.

Down came the silver punch bowl and an evening of television watching with polish and soft cloths . . .

The silver punch bowl got a good polish as well as the tray, all of the cups and the ladle.     The lower shelf of that serving piece is just a perfect place for the punch bowl!     And it is much happier being out where everyone can see and admire her instead of being shut up in a cabinet or (heaven forbid) being relegated to the basement!

I still adore the bowl -- I hadn't really ever fell out of love with it -- it is just that there hadn't been room to store it.    It does, after all, take a lot of room!    I am, however, glad that the new serving piece has a perfect place for the punch bowl.    

The glass one takes up half of the top shelf of a cabinet in the kitchen.   It's easy to get to, if needed, and inside are the 20 or so cups that go with it.      A short climb up a ladder and a good wash is all that it needs to be ready for party day!    And I have a silver ladle for that bowl as well.

And I have one other punch bowl -- that one resides most of the time on my dining room table -- the big  blue and white Oriental bowl.   It's really a punch bowl.      This year, I bought  12  wee Spode Blue Italian cups to go with for I can see that punch bowl at Christmas surrounded by greenery full of holiday cheer!

I am thinking of having a party soon -- just so that we can put the silver punch bowl to use again!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh what an exquisite piece. The silver is stunning and what a special treasure. Hugs, Marty


Oh, that is one gorgeous punch bowl, it sure deserved to come upstairs to the house and ocupy center stage! What a treasure that is too, since it was your 26th. Anniversary gift. I love it where you put it too, in such a pretty piece of furniture. Have a wonderful week.

Babs said...

Martha, Your punch bowl is absolutely gorgeous! I love silver,and I understand finding a place to display/store is. But now it has pride of place on your new server. I wish people served punch more often. It's so nice, especially in the summer. Oh, your drinks tray is really pretty too.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful pieces.

Blondie's Journal said...

Your silver punch bowl is absolutely beautiful, Martha! I love that you have so many wonderful memories using it and now that it is all shined up, many more to come!


On Crooked Creek said...

So~o~o glad that your punch bowl has a new "place of honor" on your sideboard @ Linderhof! I know you must be excited! When I brought the vintage tea cart upstairs and placed my MoMa's Silver tea set on its new was so beautiful in the nearly took my breath away!It still excites me each time I walk past...I'm sure your punch bowl has the same effect on you! Party on, dear friend!

Rhonda said...

Are we invited to the
coming out party for the silver punchbowl?
I know it will be a lovely affair.

I think we have all dropped some of the formality at our parties - it's Mason jars these days! I enjoy both, but I do sort of miss using my silver things - not the polishing part though!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

What a glorious piece! It should be seen that is for sure!

Pondside said...

The silver punch bowl is a beautiful piece and holds many lovely memories. How nice that you are able to have it out where it can be appreciated every day.

Het lijstje van brocante said...

This is beautiful and so English that I adore!!
I sit back and enjoy of your post today

With warm greetings from the so cold Netherland

Southerncook said...

An absolultely stunning piece and it definitely deserves to be seen. Glad you brought it back out. I am envious.


Rose H (UK) said...

Fabulous punch bowl Martha, and I'm pleased you have it out to enjoy it again!