Thursday, December 30, 2010

Three Generations-A New Year's Table

     It seems as if I've been away from blogging for a long time. I have discovered that when I travel, I just can't keep up with the blogging. I'm either too busy or too tired! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. We enjoyed our time in Orlando with our daughter. We are now home, my dad is here for a few more days and we will be having the grandsons for the weekend. I just found out that my sister and her family are coming tomorrow for a while, it may be a few more days until I'm back to normal blogging.

     I've had this table planned in my head for a while. I wasn't sure if it would all pull together, but I think it did. I don't often mix/match my china, but I liked the idea of using these three different patterns to kick off the new year. I think that we should always look to the future, but never forget the past.

I started this tablescape with a large
cream tablecloth edged in white poinsettias.

     Cream napkins were made into festive "bow ties" by simply adding a small piece of ribbon.

The first china pattern belonged to my maternal grandmother.
It is Meito China, Made in Japan.

Next, we have my mother's china. It is Carlton by Castleton.

Last, is my china. Moonspun by Lenox.

The flatware is my grandmother's sterling silver and the
stemware is Fostoria Buttercup, a pattern shared by
all three of us.

     I wanted an elegant look for this table. I've had a very tall crystal vase for several months. I bought it at a "tag sale" of an interior decorator in Florida. I centered it on the table and filled it with white, silver and gold ornaments.

     The vase is surrounded by a white feather wreath, tipped with silver. I added tiny white lights and some frosted twigs to go with the winter elegance theme. The crystal candlesticks were a wedding gift of my parents. I've had them for many years. A few glittered stars from Pottery Barn are the only added decoration for the table.

This table was really beautiful after dark.

I am very late in joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
for Tablescape Thursday

You still have a few days to enter my

$55 to spend any way you want at CSN!


Sharon said...

Oh my. How elegant and beautiful. So very very special. I love it all.

Marlis said...

Your china is beautiful and they do all mix well on the table. the crystal made my heart pitter patter. Happy new year!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I LOVE the three generations. and EVERY ONE is beautiful! I especially loved the elegance and glitter by candlelight...
Happy New Year,

Pondside said...

What a lovely post today!
It's impossible to keep up when one travels, so I think we should just give ourselves permission not to even think about it!

Vicky Shultz said...

Like a work of art, Suze!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Beautiful, Sue. So elegant!

NYCLQ said...

Stunning tablesetting ~ especially when the atmosphere changed at night! Happy NEW Years to you! Happy to have found you over at Susan's Tablescape Link Party!

:D Lynda

Patrice said...

Oh, Sue, what a beautiful way to start the New Year...very inspirational!

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Donnie said...

That is so lovely. Have a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Nanna said...

love the table setting! Happy New Year!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very Pretty!
Hope you have a healthy, prosperous, Happy New Year!

La said...

I've missed you, Sue!

Your table looks fantastic. I wish only the best for you and your family as we begin the journey into a new year.


koralee said...

So very magical my friend...oh how I would love to come and sit at that table for a while!

Sending you hugs of hope..contentment...promise and pure delight for 2011! xo

Shellbelle said...

A generational tablescape to bring in the New Year with family, how very special!

Wishing you a Happy New Year and sending a special thanks for being just a wonderful and inspirational friend to me this year. I can't wait to see what 2011 has in store for our blogging community!


BrightenedBoy said...

"I think we should always look to the future, but never forget the past."

Very well said, Sue.

And of course your arrangement came together beautifully. I particularly like the darker pictures--your table settings sparkle!

I'm glad you'll be having your family with you. Have a happy New Year!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How pretty all your china patterns are -- fun to have the mixture of three generations on one table. Happy New Year.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Happy New Year Sue
thank you for your kindness and friendship this past year and I hope 2011 brings you peace and joy!!! xxx Julie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a very lovely table, Sue! Just gorgeous.

Dropping by to wish you a Happy 2011! Hope it's filled to the brim with good things for you.


Sheila :-)

xinex said...

Stunning tablescape, Sue, so elegant. I love all the mix and the centerpiece is lovely. Happy New Year!...Christine

DUTA said...

It's perfect. The table looks like a royal table as seen in the movies on festivities of kings and queens.
Have a Happy New Year!

Traci said...

So gorgeous! Happy New Year!

Angie said...

Very elegant indeed! You have three very beautiful china patterns.

Maria said...

This is such a thoughtful tablescape, Sue...
so stunning too ~ love all the decor ~ sparkling and exciting to start the new year with joy...
many blessings to you and may His Peace and Joy fill your heart to overflowing ♥
~ Maria

Sherry said...

I love all of the dishes and they mix together well. The whole table is just beautiful and in candlelight everything just sparkles. I have learned so much about creating beautiful table settings from people in the world of blogging. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year.

Gypsy Heart said...

LOVE the centerpiece! Looks so elegantly beautiful. The dishes and crystal are very nice too. I hope you had a wonderful holiday!


Glenda/MidSouth said...

Me again! :D
Made the pineapple/angel food cake! It was a hit!
I will do a post on it later.
Have a great week.

dee dee said...

this might be one of my favorite tablescapes you've ever done! The beautiful three generations of china create the perfect base to this beautiful setting! I am always terrible with creating napkins that look like anything but badly folded napkins... but your napkins always look so in line with the scape you create! I low the simple "bows" made with a single piece of ribbon wrapped around the napkin! Everything is lovely!
Dee Dee

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