Monday, August 6, 2018

A Brown Cow ~ Perfect Summer Dessert

August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day.
In honor of this "holiday", I'm sharing a post from the archives.


Several years ago, Cuisine Kathleen challenged us to set a 
 table with white dishes and one accent color.
Easy for me to pull out the dishes we use daily,
Nantucket by Wedgwood.

As you can see my accent color of choice is brown.
Luncheon plates are a design by Kate Spade
for Lenox.  I picked up a set on clearance at TJ Maxx.
Flatware is Talisman by Christophe.

Rattan Chargers ~ Pier I
White Plates ~ Nantucket by Wedgwood
Accent Plates ~ Cordell Place Chocolate by Lenox

All of that topped with crystal stems by Denby and 
brown linen napkins held by Royal Staffordshire 
napkin rings in Tonquin.  

The monogramed napkins are circa early marriage.

The brown and white transfer ware napkin holders 
are Tonquin, a design by Clarice Cliff from the 1920s.
I found three of these at the Round Top Antique Market one year
and luckily was fortunate to add four more from
Nancy's Etsy Shop, English Transferware.
Nancy is a fantastic source for 
transfer ware and a delightful person.
You can find her Etsy shop here 
and her blog, Nancy's Daily Dish here.

The bone dish at the top of the setting is also Tonquin. 
I only have two of these, but thought I'd add them just because.

Colored crystal stems were all the rage 
in the mid 70s when we married.  
Our wedding china is 
Palermo Brown by Richard Ginori
so it seemed to be the perfect choice at the time.  
I still find them beautiful, but colored crystal has its limits.  

The bucolic scene of the transfer ware 
made me think of cows grazing in the countryside.

It wasn't long before my collection of 
cow creamers came into play on this tabletop.

This fancy lady is French, made with beautiful details
that one expects from Limoges china.  

The brown and white cow, another Round Top find,
 is in the Charlotte pattern by Royal Crownford.

These little girls are inexpensive 
and newly made in China.

So there you have it, Cuisine Kathleen
a table set with only white and brown.

My nod to National Root Beer Float Day
 is a quick and easy, but tasty dessert.

It is a favorite from my childhood.
~ A Brown Cow ~

~ Root Beer ~
~Vanilla Ice Cream ~
 ~ Whipped Cream ~

You can see I used the new A and W low calorie root beer, 
and the whipped cream only has 15 calories a serving.  
With a small scoop of ice cream, this is a fairly low cal dessert.

Top it off with some 
chocolate sprinkles or shavings.  

It's so tasty you'll have 
to hurry before the cows drink it.

 ~ Brown Cow ~
Yum ~ Yum
Happy National Root Beer Float Day!


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Love this post, Sarah, the transfer ware, napkin rings, china, the stem ware, the cows (of course I love the cows) and obviously the root beer float! Happy NRBFD!

  2. Such a happy post to bring out of your archives Sarah. Your sweet cows brings a smile to my face, love that collection. I loved and enjoyed the colored crystal so popular in its day too. Your Nantucket is so pretty, I love white china on its on or mixed. The Kate Spade is really pretty. Of course the transferware is lovely and a favorite of mine. Your dessert looks really yummy, I think August is the perfect month for the RB holiday. Have a wonderful week Sarah........

  3. Well--that might be from your archives, Sarah, but it is certainly worthy of another go-round here! That is a beautiful setting and I love the brown transferware. I have a lot of the red transferware and a few pieces of the green but only one piece of the brown. I love it but have never run across it anywhere here.

    I hope you have a beautiful week! xo Diana

  4. Sarah, I love your brown and white tablescape. The collection of cows is perfect as is the transfer ware. The root beer float looks amazing! Happy Monday!

  5. Hi Sarah, your table looks wonderful. So worth the repost. I have some pieces of brown transfer ware from Nancy's shop I purchased years back. She has wonderful collection.

    Have a nice day


  6. Beautiful and tasty! I had no idea a Brown Cow was made with root beer. I've always heard of this but guess I've never tried it. My son would love a Brown Cow!

  7. So elegant! Love transferware..seeing Kate Spade..we always will..she will live forever in our homes and hearts.

  8. What fun! A grand table-scape to celebrate root beer! I love root beer floats.

  9. Loved your post today, Sarah! Your table is PERFECT and a reminder that all of we tablescapers have a soft spot in our hearts for transferware. Yummy-looking root beer floats! Perfect for this time of year. Thanks for sharing, and reminding me about Kathleen's wonderful challenges. They were always so much fun to participate in. Have a great week! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  10. I would never expect a table in brown and white to be so pretty and elegant.

    Now you have me craving a root beer float.

  11. This is so lovely Sarah. Loving the transferware. How sweet to create a white table with 1 accent color. The glasses are unique. The cows looks so cute with florals. A Brown Cow, cute dessert and easy. I love root beer floats and they remind me of my childhood.

  12. I love brown & white transferware, Sarah. Your added KS luncheons are beautiful with the white. I, too, have brown crystal from the 70s. It plays well with certain tables, but you're right, it has its limits. Love the cows in the tablescape pasture! Diet Root Beer is Mr. P.'s choice carbonated beverage with no calories, no caffeine. ;)

  13. I love this sweet repeat Sarah, both the Brown Cow and your wonderful table and transferware pieces. I'm ready for brown and white season...please bring on fall early Mother Nature!

  14. Prerty setting...and your dessert look so delish that my mouth is watering

  15. I never knew brown could look so pretty! And you knew you would love them forever, everyday! Such a pretty table all around. The little cow creamer looks so cute with the bloom!

    We had Brown Cows when we were young but they were called Root Beer Floats. I am absolutely sure we are going to have everything on hand the next time we are at the lake! We are S'mored out! I heard that vanilla ice cream in 7-Up is delicious, too.


  16. Dearest Sarah,
    Lovely setting and never boring for repeating this.
    Your Talisman 'Christophe' of course is Christofle flatware.
    Those cows are cute as well and your dessert looks so yummy.
    Sending you summery hugs,

  17. Sarah!!! We are on the same wave length this week!!! I found it really hard to photograph my root beer float- yours looks so much more scrumptious!!I remember this challenge from Cuisine Kathleen! I miss those challenges.

  18. A root-beer float sounds wonderful and I love calling it a Brown Cow, which is a new name to me. Beautiful table setting.

  19. Sarah,
    I missed National Root Beer day, but think a Brown Cow is just the thing for a hot summer night in August. It's been a LONG time since I had root beer, but plan to remedy that any day now. Thanks for sharing your recipe and brands. The table setting is perfect for a Brown Cow dessert.


  20. I haven't had a root beer float in years, but it would be delicious on these hot days. Your table setting in brown and white is very pretty.

  21. Breathtaking settings. Have a good week


  22. Now you have me craving a Brown Cow, Sarah, and it just so happens that I have some root beer in the fridge! Your table is so perfect, and I so love brown transferware, and your cute cow creamers.
    I also read your barn sale post...such fun for you!!

  23. A beautiful setting and I could just devour that Brown Cow! How now?

  24. My Mama would have loved your lovely china. Brown was her favorite color. I have a question about root beer floats ~ how do you keep the ice cream from getting icy?

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  25. Never had a brown cow but heard of them. Sounds yummy. Love the brown transferware pieces, and the cows! have a few ow creamers and absolutely love them. Hope you're still enjoying yours. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Katheen

  26. Love it when you show your brown crystal and favorite!! That's it, now I have to have a root beer float!!!

  27. Sarah, I love A&W Root Beer in the special fridge cold mug. I have had several this summer with coupons. The root beer float is a great idea! Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Sylvia D.

  28. Sarah, love your pretty table! The brown is a great accent color. I do love a brown cow every now and then. Although, I've never called the that. Think I'm going to have to start. :) I too use the diet rootbeer. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  29. Yum, yum thank you for sharing! Happy Fall, Kippi


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