My sweetie got me a neat book for Valentine’s Day. It’s called OK! The Story of Oklahoma! by Max Wilk, and, as the name implies, it gives all the background scoop on what it was like during the creation, production and early performances of the ground-breaking American musical.
I haven’t been able to put it down. I loved reading about Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart and how they worked together, and eventually didn’t, and so Oscar Hammerstein was eventually partnered with Rogers to come up with the memorable songs and book from this show.
It got us thinking of another song with music by Rogers and lyrics by Hammerstein that’s perfect for this time of year, and the theme for my tablescape today:
It Might As Well Be Spring
We’re at that point in the year, at least here in the Pacific Northwest, where there are days when the sun comes out, the temperatures warm, the bulbs start opening, and you definitely get a sense that spring is nearly upon us.
I wanted a pretty tablescape using some of my thrifted finds that would remind me that spring is almost here.
I liked the idea of green–it reminds me of the awakening earth.
I added in some purple, because purple and green is a favorite combination of mine.
I also wanted some blue, for the clear blue skies that we are enjoying today.
And some bright yellow for the sunshine.
Now, if you happen to know Oscar Hammerstein’s song lyric, which comes from Rogers and Hammerstein’s Academy Award-winning 1945 film musical State Fair, the singer of this song is not someone who, at the moment, is content with her life. In actuality, the song is not sung in the springtime, but the singer is feeling discontent with the current state of affairs in her life, and comes to the conclusion that it “might as well be spring” in the hopes that by joining her family in their annual trip to the Iowa State Fair, she will leave her depressed feelings behind for something better.
(And what do you know, she meets heart-throb Dana Andrews at the State Fair, so things definitely start to look up!)
And frankly, don’t you feel a little bit like that at this time of year, with cold weather still in the offing, but feeling hopeful that something better is just around the corner?
I know I do sometimes.
And, for those who are curious, here is a rendition of the song “It Might As Well Be Spring”, sung by Liz Callaway–enjoy!
Yellow dishes, yellow silk tulips, blue check napkins: Dollar Tree
Purple vase, green and purple serving dish: Salvation Army Thrift Store
Green placemats: Homegoods
Green water glasses, purple floral tablecloth, green coffee mugs, clear glass cakeplate, purple glass serving plate: Goodwill
Green platter: Thrift store going out of business sale
White candle holder, tiny bottles: Camas Antiques
Silverware: Reed and Barton “French Renaissance” pattern
Blue and white plates: from Goodwill, imprint on back says, “Made in Czechoslovakia, Bohemia, Inglazed”
Yellow coasters: Made from tiles from The Rebuilding Center, Portland, OR
Green floral-motif chairs: picked up several years ago as part of a table and chair patio set at a Mother’s Day Plant Sale
Little yellow flowers in tiny bottles: Winter Jasmine Growing Tips post
Does it feel like springtime yet where you live? I’d love to hear from you in the comments, so stop by for a visit!
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