Thursday, September 9, 2010

My Baby's Birthday Table...If Only....Tablescape Thursday


     Today is my baby girl's 26th birthday! The above picture (of a picture) was the day we brought her home from the hospital. If you can tell, her dress is layer upon layer of pink ruffles. She was dressed like that for several years. I guess I understand why she hates pink now! I did the math and realized that my mom is the same age in this picture that I am now. Time really does fly. It took me 9 years to get pregnant, so this little princess was quite the surprise and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't realize how lucky I am to have her in my life. We tease her that she was born an adult. I can honestly say that we have never had a fight or even a serious disagreement. She was my easy child and she still is. Everyone should get at least one of those! She hasn't been home for her birthday in several years. So, in her honor, I'm setting a pretty table that we might use if she were here. Instead, she's going out with friends to dinner at a Walt Disney World resort. I'd pick that too!


     I brought up our extra table to today. It is a bit larger than my glass table in our dining area. It seats 6, but I set it for our family of 4. I was anxious to use the silver chargers that I found on our road trip on the Great River Road. I used our wedding china, Lenox Moonspun, I still love it. They quit making it in 1995. I see that replacements.com has the dinner plates priced over $40 each. I didn't realize I was making an investment when we selected this pattern.



     My wedding crystal is Fostoria Buttercup. It was actually discontinued in 1959, but it was still available through our jewelry store when I got married in 1974. My mother and grandmother had the same pattern and a few of the pieces came from their collections. Now, my sister has my mother's crystal. This pattern obviously is very special in our family. Between us, my sister and I have many pieces and accessory pieces. We could host quite a party.


My sterling flatware was my grandmother's.
It is Alvin Sterling, French Scroll.


     I used a collection of mismatched vintage crystal candlesticks on the table. I love to do this to get different heights. Each is actually half of a pair, but I only used one of each with creamy white candles. The tablecloth I've had for many years. I like that it has both silver and gold threads running through it. See that hint of bling?


     How do I set a table fit for my princess? An antique vase filled with white alstroemeria and vintage rhinestone and pearl jewelry that once belonged to her grandmother and great-grandmother.


     This is an example of how you can think "outside the box" and use almost anything on a table. My cut glass rose bowl is filled with vintage pearls and a very old Eisenberg brooch.


     A vintage necklace is wrapped around a candlestick. I've had many of these pieces of my grandmother's for years. I actually wear them on those rare occasions where I'm really dressed up. Nothing like a little flash to dress up the little black dress!


A simple cut glass water pitcher and the table is done.


I picked a few peach roses from my yard to place
on the vintage napkins to add a hint of color to the table.

Of course any table is prettier by candlelight.




Happy Birthday Baby!

If only I could be with you, I'd be so much happier!

I am linking today with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
for Tablescape Thursday. Make sure you stop to say hello!


39 comments:

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Isn't it hard to not have your babies with you for special occasions. I have the same problem.

I love your blog background with the candycorn. I've been looking for a new template but so far, have found nothing that strikes a chord with me.

Sherry said...

Sue, How beautiful! Happy Birthday to your daughter. This is such a special and gorgeous table truly fit for a princess! Love the jewelry on it too. That is a perfect touch.
Sherry

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Sue Sweetie...
What an EXQUISITE table setting. I love every last little detail, from the history of the plates and fosteria to the beautiful pieces of jewelry accents. Your Baby Girl will love it when she sees it. (She may be at Disney World but I am sure she will read your blog.)

Everything is just beautiful. My favorite photo is the candlelit one. So gorgeous and fitting for a Princess of 26 years of age. My baby girl turned 32 in April and it just about smacked me in the face. Where does the time go?

Have a gorgeous day sweetie, and thank you SO much for sharing this beautiful table with me this morning. I would so love to dine at this setting.

Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Sue, This is a beautiful table and I'm sure your daughter will love the pictures. I am planning to do a birthday table for next week because my baby girl will be 22 on Thursday. I won't be with her, either, because she is away at college. The years go by but I still remember every minute of the day she was born and the awe I felt holding her! And I love your grandmother's sterling! Beautiful table. Linda

Teri said...

Happy Birthday to your Baby Girl! She is going to love this tablescape. It is absolutely stunning! I have never seen more beautiful chargers! They are gorgeous!
Have a blessed day as you celebrate the birth of your daughter!
Teri

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Sue, I'm sure your Birthday girl would be proud to sit at this beautiful table with you...How special this is girl..I really love the shot with the sun on the cyrstal candle sticks WOW!! This is beautiful my Dear friend...and Happy Birthday Baby girl..and PINK rocks ha ha!! Hugs and smiles to you my friend Gl♥ria

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

Very beautiful and elegant!

Donna

Blondie's Journal said...

This is one of the prettiest tables I have ever seen, Sue! I adore crystal and yours is beautiful. Everything ties in so nicely with the tablecloth {I want that}, the candles and the pretty flowers. Excellent job and I can see where you got your inspiration! Happy Birthday to your Princess. She would feel much loved sitting at this gorgeous table!!

xoxo
Janie

Shellbelle said...

Out of all the tablescapes I've seen on your blog, and though I love every single one, this is my favorite! Gorgeous, stunning and definitely befitting a princess, even one who is not able to be there. Still a special tribute.

I wish her a Happy Birthday and you a Happy Giving Birth Day. My son started calling me on his birthday and saying that almost twenty years ago. I love it and it always takes me back in time. After all, it is a special day for mother's too!

Thanks for your sweet words on my upcoming move. I wish you were here too, I could certainly use the help. I'm overwhelmed, but confident I'm making a good decision. I've been goggling the area and it looks as though I'll have lots of good stuff to blog about again!

Hugs across the miles on your special family day.

xinex said...

So beautiful and so eleagant!..Christine

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

What a special table, and the chargers are stunning-enjoy!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sue, what an elegant table setting. Happy birthday to your daughter. Our birthdays are very close. Mine is tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely setting. I love the picture of your mother and Kels.

Artist Terri Smith said...

This is the most beautiful gathering of china, jewels, and flowers I think I've ever seen! What a fabulous idea to think outside the box! And to experience it all by candlelight was over-the-top GORGEOUS! I love those charger plates! They are fit for a White House dinner :)) I feel badly you aren't going to be able to share this lovely table setting with your sweet daughter. When she sees these photos she'll understand what a special time she missed.

Hugs of Southern Sunshine, Terri

Bill said...

This is truly beautiful -- not just the table itself (which is spectacular), but the sentiments and the memories you've described. Seeing the jewelry reminded me of things my mother used to wear and brought tears to my eyes. Wonderful photography, and the new chargers are fantastic!

A Perfect Settng said...

OK, I can't help but shed a tear on that one!! Very sweet post, and those chargers are to die for!!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Sue,
Your table is just breathtaking! I adore your china and crystal. And Happy Birthday to your daughter, she will be honored by this post.
Hugs,
Cindy

Mimi said...

Your beautiful table is truly magical in candlelight! How wonderful you have a table full of memories. A happy birthday to your daughter.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a beautiful table setting. Happy Birthday to your Daughter!!
Enjoy your weekend.

koralee said...

What a special table setting for a special day...happy birthday to your daughter!!!

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

Such a pretty table setting... fit for a princess!

I love that the silverware has been spanned, shared and enjoyed through the generations.

Happy Birthday to your baby girl. The first picture is so special. Thank you for sharing.

Kathleen said...

BEAUTIFUL! Happy Birthday to your dd!
The table look gorgeous. Now tell me about those chargers! They steal the show!

Maria said...

Hi Sue!
Oh she's 26, my daughter, Amanda is 27... time does fly doesn't it!
What a beautiful "living card" you made for her with this tablescape...
The shimmering whites, silver and golden glow are just beautiful~
How special that bond is as is the love of a mother ~ Happy Birthday to your daughter, Sue!
Sending her lots of wishes for joy and happiness~
*Maria

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Sue,
Your table is just stunning. those chargers are to die for!! Everything looks so elegant, and love the roses on the napkins, nice touch. Loved everything it was all very pretty, and a delight to the eyes.
So sorry you couldn't be with your daughter on her birthday, bummer!! Maybe next year, I hope. Neat that our daughters are the same age.
Thanks for coming by and for your sweet comments hon. Have a good weekend,
Blessings, Nellie

Entertaining Women said...

My precious daughter's birthday was September 3. She celebrated the evening with a party with her friends. We'll celebrate another day in the next week or so. I've always said that any woman worth her salt can make her birthday celebration last at least a month! Your tablescape is lovely. I am so on the same page with you when it comes to the china, crystal, silver that we chose many years ago as young brides are now significant investment items. Who knew? Thank you for sharing your charming and beautiful design. Cherry Kay

Monica H said...

Bringing out the good stuff for your special daughter. I know just how much she is loved.

Happy birthday to her!

LindyLouMac said...

What a beautiful table setting in honour of your daughters Birthday. Our youngest was also 26 earlier this year :)

bj said...

This is a lovely table, Sue...I love every single thing about it. I did a table last year and used my mother's jewelry, too. I need to re-post that one.
Your table is just stunning...

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Gorgeous table! I love how you used the jewelry.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh Sue! This is such an elegent table. This is right up my alley! I think a well appointed table is a true work of art! And yours is the most gorgeous table I have seen in a long time.
What a lovely way to remember your daughter's birthday. Happy Birthday to your daughter. Our daughter's are the same age. Doesn't time fly!
xo Yvonne

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Your tablescape is stunning! and I love those chargers!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

LOVE your Moonspun china! I think we've had this discussion before, but as another 70s' bride, I love seeing people still using their wedding china. Your table looks so elegant with the silver and crystal!

Barbara said...

Happy birthday to your baby girl! I have a 26 year old daughter too. Both our children live far away but we always celebrate their birthdays, whether they are here or not. This is such a lovely table. Each detail is so lovingly chosen.

BrightenedBoy said...

A very happy birthday to your daughter. The tablescape is classic as always. By the way, I noticed the picture of you in your sidebar! You look different than I imagined.

Relyn said...

As always, you set a STUNNING table. And by candlelight? WOWWOWOWOWOWOW!!!!!!!

FrugalMom said...

Happy belated birthday to your daughter...and you Sue! She shares my oldest son's birthday, what a special day it is.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How pretty this is -- and stunning in the candlelight. Happy Birthday to your sweet daughter. Love the picture with your mom -- what a sweet post.

Lyneen said...

WOW another amazing setting with beautiful tableware.... STUNNING!!!!
Happy Birthday to your baby!

Low Tide High Style said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your daughter! What a lovely table you set in her honor!

Kat :)