Last week’s Peek Into Spring Tea tablescape was a completely different direction than my original plan. Somewhere in my parents’ home, I’d seen a white wicker bed tray. How I wanted to set up a Valentine tray for Painter Artist Mom as she convalesced from surgery!
When I questioned PAM about the tray, she didn’t remember having a white wicker one. But, when she directed me to this tray, the vintage details grabbed me.
Oh, my! I had no idea PAM had this treasure hiding in a closet.
When you flip the tray over, you see the spring-action of the legs and the mechanism for adjusting the angle of the tray.
Similar to a hospital tray, I imagine using this angle to hold a mirror for freshening lipstick and such. When confined to a bed or couch during recovery, we must prepare for visitors, right?
Just look at that beautiful ware and aged texture.
PAM directed me to some vintage needlework and handkerchiefs my grandmother made.
I used PAM’s fine china for the tray scape. I’ve never eaten from this china, for some reason. It originally belonged to my great aunt. She and my great uncle had no children, so their things were dispersed among nieces and nephews.
Their china is from occupied Japan, which I understand means it’s the good stuff. I’ve never heard of Meito China. Have you?
The colors and detail are so pretty.
One of PAM’s friends makes the best biscotti, and we so look forward to her deliveries.
It’s hot tea and biscotti whenever we feel the slightest chill.
The tea-for-one silver set didn’t fit on the tray, so I placed it on the bedside table. My grandmother’s picture was moved aside.
My great aunt’s demitasse sugar and creamer decorate the other bedside table.
Friends have showered us with meals since PAM’s surgery. (What a nice treat for us all!) A sweet visitor brought along this Camellia bloom two days before the tray scape. I wasn’t sure it would last.
PAM doesn’t actually need this tray. She’s up and around, and we should probably tie her down! We’re thankful she’s doing so well. (What did we do before hip replacement opportunities?)
Sadly, I’m leaving today. It’s nice to not worry, though…Dad’s care is more than sufficient.
Have you scavenged through closets of family? There’s just no telling the treasures and trays you might find!
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