Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Soda Shop Adventure

While the sister and I were busy moving daughters into college and enjoying the Macon local color, the Duchess was home playing with dishes.  This week's tablescape is the fruit of her labor.  It's a vintage inspired ice cream party.

She took us on location to a spot of local color in our own hometown.  This old Soda Shop was a local landmark in the first half of the 1900's. The sign has been grandfathered in to the main street design code because it's home to the  Soda Shop Art Gallery.

The Duchess is passionate about this art gallery.
It's a project of the local Downtown Development and allows local artists to showcase their talents. The building and furnishings were donated, and it's staffed by volunteers. The Duchess coordinates all volunteers.

That's why we get to use the place to play with dishes.

The vintage ice cream churn below is a family piece from the 1930's. It usually resides in her kitchen and sits on top of her refrigerator. Basically, her entire kitchen is decorated with vintage utensils from her mother and grandmothers.

Some day, I'll yak more about them. 

The ice cream scoop is on loan.
It belongs to the family who owned the Soda Shop.

The ice cream dishes aren't family pieces.
They were purchased on separate antiquing adventures,
 one style for sundaes
 and the other for
 ice cream sodas. 

We set the table for both.

Until the invisible people placed their orders...

She used a vintage tablecloth from the trunk that I yakked about last week
 and had a little fun with crafting napkin rings.

Even the ice cream treats were per the Duchess's design.
We just followed orders.

I guess that makes us the Soda Jerks...

Why, Look!
The invisible people cleaned their dishes.

Good thing this is all  just pretend,
and we're dealing with invisible calories...
Well, of course!

Linking to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.



A fun party! I want some ice cream! A lovely, fun table.
~ Julie

Anita Diaz said...

Macon GA?? I was stationed at Robins AFB twice, so I know that area! Anyway, I just love these vintage linens! What a fun table!!

Unknown said...

I FABULOUS tablescape!! Very fun and doesn't red and yellow just belong together :)


A Whole Lotta Magic said...

The Duchess done good! Is there a picture of the Duchess?


Renée said...

I'm screaming for some of that ice-cream! The Duchess rocks. My thanks to her for carrying on in your absence, although you do make a sensational soda-jerk!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

don't that just take the ca...ummm Ice Cream ! Another fabyoulous tablescape, my compliments to the Duchess.
LOVE the Art Gallery and it's focus, that is a wonderful idea.

Entertaining Women said...

Thanks to the Duchess and you for sharing this delightful ice cream party. The vintage tablecloth immediately caught my eye because of the cherries...I'm always a sucker for cherries...go figure! What a priceless location to create a party...every element is perfection and steeped in cherished history. I appreciate your visit to meet Miss Peg Nappy. Happy hunting, and I want to see how you use them when you find them. Cherry Kay...get it?...cherries?

Lynn said...

Really cute, and of course I'm lovin' the tablecloth! Cool ice cream churn too:@) How fun that a bit of local history was turned into an art gallery!

Jennie said...

Would you believe I have those very same sundae dishes? My grandmother left them to my mom when she passed, and my mom passed them on to me. I love them! I usually just make boring old pudding in them though.

This is just so cute I can't stop smiling. The Duchess is are her offspring.

And you (or the invisible people, rather) didn't eat NEARLY enough of those cherries. ;)

Amy Kinser said...

How fun! I love it all! Would love to eat some ice cream with you ladies.

Sharon said...

The invisible people have HUGE appetites!! Must have had some help from the Soda Jerks!!

I'm going to go eat a few scoops of ice cream in honor of those invisible calories you're talking about...


A very blessed lady! said...

I don't care for ice cream, but this makes me want some just so I can sit and eat it out of those adorable glass thingies ;) It all looks adorable, cute idea!

The Charm of Home said...

Your ice cream table is wonderful!! It took me back to childhood. My grandparents always made homemade ice cream for birthdays. We also had a soda shop in our small little town. So wonderful a tablescape and theme!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Debbie! This is just as cute as pie... uh, I mean ice cream! ;-) Soooooo cute! Love it! You and the Duchess are a great team, and I loved seeing this.

Checking in from exile to say, "Hi," and boy, I'm glad I escaped my chains today. This is too cute to miss. Hope all is well with you and that you got everyone all situated for college. I'll see you in September (no pun intended) when I get back from my blog break. Life has been a jealous mistress of late. I'm trying to check in with as many folks as I can before I crawl back into my "go" mode.

Miss you!


Sheila :-)

Leslie {Goodbye, house. Hello, home!} said...



I would have loved to be an invisible person there that day.

Through My Red Door said...

How cute is this?! I'm loving all the green and red and of course your vintage tablecloth. Would go great in my kitchen! Sounds like you had a blast with this setting! Thanks for your very nice words for my table!

Beth said...

This is cute! Love the tablecloth, the old ice cream maker and your soda and sundae glasses. The sundaes look great, too! Fun!
Blessings, Beth

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Absolutely LUV those invisible calories! Such a fun post. Thanks for sharing!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh yum! We'll all be "screaming for ice cream" after this wonderful post. Invisible calories -- I need to find some of those!

Tess said...

What a great I'm craving ice cream!! And I'd love it served like this...

Thanks for sharing!!

Kathleen said...

Great job! I love the tablecloth!
What a fun post!

Marlis said...

Just love the soda jerks comment. still has me reeling. The table is darling. I love the antiques and the colors. So fun.

susan said...

That ice cream churn is really something! I love ice cream parties--such fun dishes and, of course, I love ice cream :) Love the coloful linens!

xinex said...

What a fun tablescape! Very cute!...Christine

Gayle said...

The Duchess gets an A+! I want to be an invisible person next time. Ice-cream is one of my many weaknesses.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"How much FUN it this"!!! I love the vintage kitchen STUFF, and we still use those scoops. I "REALLY" would love to have a set of those old ice cream parlor chairs for my garden...

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Delightful! I have a collection of vintage kitchen utensils and such. Love, love them!

Joanne Kennedy said...

I thought this was a fun tablescape and I loved it. So cute, bright and cheerful.

That old ice cream maker is wonderful!


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Now this is a table I could spend all day at! You carried the vintage theme to the last detail... that is what makes this so special!
My grandmother had an ice cream scoop just like that!
How kind that they let Dutchess use some of those treasures!
Perfect table to beat the heat this summer!
I'll have 2 scoops, please!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Hi Debbie~
What a FUNNNN tablescape! It brings back memories of a simpler day, doesn't it?!
Thanks for the smile!
Thanks for stopping by, too, and for your sweet comment!
Have a beautiful weekend~
;-D Kathleen

Chatty Crone said...

The table scape was lovely - I'm a new follower - who is the Duchess?


Debbie said...

A note about the DUCHESS to answer the two questions posed by Sue and Sandie:

The Duchess is my mother.

This post back in the archives sort of describes her.

Sue, no pictures, but I keep threatening.
Just picture a cross between the Quaker Oats Man and a Red Hat Lady.

Marigene said...

What a happy table!

Wanda Lee said...

This is just beyond delightful!..,

Wow! ~ An old fashioned ice cream social! I love every single exquisite detail and those fabulously yummy ice creams and toppings.., Yum!

I simply must go have some icecream now!

Please also kindly pop by for a wee visit sometime and let's share some 'cyber tea and treats'; my tea party tablescape vignette is set in my dressing room closet this week!

Thanks for sharing today, there are so many innovative and delightful details to feast our eyes upon!

Hugs from Wanda Lee @ and

Sandi (Meme) said...

What a great post, and a fun place to visit! I'm joining you as a follower today, and I hope you will do the same! Have a blessed week! Sandi

The Tablescaper said...

How fun! This is just filled with so much nostalgia. What an awesome job.

- The Tablescaper

Unknown said...

This a fantastic and delicious setting!!!


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

That is so cute! Love all of the vintage-ness on this table. The cloth is fabulous, and those ice cream creations look wonderful..I don't know if they would have lasted long enough for picture taking if they had been in front of me! laurie

Requi Tablescaping Escapades said...

Oh, this is a fun, colorful tablescape for ice cream. I'd like an ice cream soda with invisible calories, LOL. You've done an amazing job creating this vintage tablescape.

Tablescaping Escapades is having is first give-a-way. Please stop by to check it out.

All the Best,


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