This dress rehearsal had been long overdue. Mixing the old, the inherited, and the new on my new forty-eight inch round dining table has worried me for quite some time. I knew it would be a challenge. And after setting up this first arrangement with place mats, it’s now obvious that only four guests can be accommodated. If I were to have five or six guests, I would need to use a linen tablecloth with one or two additional and much smaller chairs, and limit the number of items at each setting. But since I don’t own a tablecloth or the two smaller chairs, I’m only allowed to have three guests for now. If you feel inclined to see more and read up on the details, continue on for more.
This vintage 1950’s heavy iron patio furniture just arrived today. This five-piece Woodard set, which includes two barrel arm chairs and two coil spring barrel chairs, was found on one of my favorite antique websites, Ruby Lane. All five pieces are in great condition with their original finish, and the table’s solid construction is far superior to the flimsy variety that’s being produced today.
Woodard developed their first collection of hand-crafted wrought iron furniture in the 1930s, and this innovation marked the birth of casual outdoor furniture. This particular design, Briarwood, is still being produced today. Well, the chair styles are the same, but not the table. In the near future, I will be replacing the glass top with a stone version. Between the acorns and golfball-sized hail, there’s not a chance this glass will survive any length of time unscathed. Future outdoor dinners will have to wait until after the current annual acorn bombardment.