When the wedding planner asked Natalie to come up with an idea to keep the escort cards in place and secure from the valley winds, she came up with the idea of putting the cards on the tines of silver cocktail forks. So now the hunt was on for a variety of vintage 200 cocktail forks! My friend Christopher and I actually dug through a muddy bag in the back of a junk shop to uncover a handful of forks.
What do you have to do with a mountain of silver? Polish it, of course! My enthusiasm for the project started to wane when I spent over ½ an hour polishing one small cup. With the wedding festivities approaching how would we ever get everything polished?. We figured if we offered margaritas we might get some friends to show up to a silver polishing party. So on a perfectly beautiful July Sunday afternoon a wonderful group of women (including my 88 year old mother) showed up at the house and we donned rubber gloves and spent the afternoon on our deck polishing silver, drinking margaritas and generally making merry….I was amazed by how quickly it progressed and what a relief to have everything polished.
I look back on this and realize that the post wedding planning void and the great fun we had searching for silver was a first step to my starting “Canned Ham Collectables” and becoming the avid collector. And if you see an occasional piece of silver show up- well you can guess where it came from.