Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Gold, Crystal and Vintage Bling


     Most of the time when I set a table, it is a bit fun and funky. I do however, like to get a little formal now and then. My tablescape today was inspired by the table runner, which was a gift from my dad for Christmas. You will see that not only is it beautiful...it has lights inside of it, how cool is that? 


     The runner is gold and cream, a perfect match for my mother's china pattern. Her beautiful Castleton China Carlton pattern is one of my treasures. My grandmother had the same pattern, so there were enough place settings for my sister and I to both have a full set.


I pulled out the my gold Farberware flatware
and gold napkins to complete the theme.


     You may be noticing my "napkin rings". My mother-in-law's vintage brooches add a little touch of whimsy and sparkle to the table. I actually wear them all the time on my jean jackets and coats. The vintage necklaces were my grandmother's.


     The stemware is Waterford Crystal. The centerpiece is the matching Waterford ice bucket. These pieces were given to my husband for his 35th anniversary at his job last year.


     The crystal candlesticks are garage sale finds and the rose bowls are antique cut glass. I put a crystal votive in each one.



I love white flowers, they are so simple and elegant.





The table runner in the daytime is pretty...at night, it is wonderful!






 


     I did learn a valuable lesson with this tablescape. Zoe (the puppy) was very attracted to the tassel on the table runner. I caughter her just before she grabbed it, which would have pulled the Waterford ice bucket to the hardwood floor. I was very lucky to avoid that disaster.

I am joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
for Tablescape Thursday.


I am also joining Kim @ Savvy Southern Style
for Wow Us Wednesdays


Please take time to visit our lovely hostesses.

35 comments:

Sue said...

That is gorgeous china, Sue! I'm still a fan of gold and this is beautiful. Sweet addition of your MIL's brooches. :-)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

How Pretty!!
Of course you know the vintage bling would be my favorite part. :-D

nannykim said...

Wow, I love all you have done here. What a unique runner!! I love old vintage broaches and what a way to use them!!! It just makes me happy. So glad the doggy didn't get into trouble!!!

Blondie's Journal said...

This is stunning, Sue! You have the right amount of bling with the jewelry and the lighted runner (how great is that?)!! You and your sister are so fortunate to receive this beautiful china...I love it and the Waterford is just gorgeous!!

That Zoe sounds like a little rascal!

XO,
Jane

Linda said...

What a wonderful table...the brooches add so much to it too. So glad you caught Zoe before she brought everything onto the floor!!

Ladydy5 aka: Diane Yates said...

Most beautiful I have ever seen. I have seen old jewelry done like that also. Your runner was so cool to light up like that. Can I come over for dinner, I will get dressed up!

Patrice said...

Such a beautiful blingy table - I love those brooches!!!

dee dee said...

Sue,
What a tribute to your Dad, Mother and Mother-In-Law! Each item is a treasure from the table runner from your Dad, the heirloom China and beautiful brooches!
I have to decorate a table or two for our ladies spring brunch, I might have to borrow some of your ideas!
Dee Dee

xinex said...

I love the glow of your tablescape, Sue. What a great runner, never seen them with lights before. Your china is really pretty, very exquisite. I love all your crystal pieces....Christine

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

What a great table Sue, love your new runner! Watch that pup, they're sneaky:@)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

You really went all out Sue, that table is simply stunning!
I so want one of those runners now, that is just the neatest thing!
And your brooches look gorgeous with the white and the crystal!
Gorgeous, gorgeous!
Hugs,
Cindy
It's nasty cold here, down to -25 windchill tonight! My bones are even cold!

Entertaining Women said...

A table full of treasures...that's for sure! I have my mother-in-love's Catleton "Laurel"; you and I are truly blessed with these beautiful china services. Your daddy has lovely taste...way to go, Dad! The runner is gorgeous, and the jewelry is a wonderful whimsical touch. I always think of my mom when I open your posts. I miss my mom, too. Cherry Kay

MosaicMagpie said...

Where on earth do you come up with all these ideas! I have such a boring table to compared to your masterpieces! The vintage bling is pretty anywhere, but especially here!
Deb

Artist Terri Smith said...

Oh Sue ~ What A Gorgeous Tablescape! Truly Outdid Yourself On This One! And I Have To Tell You, I've Definitely Been Needing Something Beautiful To Set My Sights On And I'm So Pleased To Have Landed Here.

I Want To Thank You Sweet Friend For Your Compassion And Understanding When It Came To Grasping Fully What It Took For Me When Dealing With Packing My Mama's Belongings. Sue, It Was Just As You Defined. I'd Be Going Along Just Fine When I'd Suddenly Come Across Something That Had A Particually Special Meaning, AND WHAM..I'd Sink To The Floor And Weep Like A Child.

It Just Meant A Lot To Me That Someone Really Got Me. Really Understood The Heartwrenching Sorrow I've Been Experiencing. You Are So Right In Saying Until One Walks This Same Path, They Can't Fully Comprehend.

I Immediately Thought Of My Mama When I Opened Your Page. "I Need Mom" Has Never Been Truer For Me. Sending You My Heartfelt Gratitude For Reaching Out To Me. xoxo Terri

Marigene said...

Beautiful table, Sue. I am happy to see the family jewelry is being put to good use! The blue brooch is really very pretty.

Marsha said...

What a pretty table. I love that you treasure the china from your mother and grandmother. How lucky that you can share with your sister, too!

Barbara F. said...

Gold is so warm and inviting, and that runner is fabulous! Lovely 'scape, Sue, and it's great to find lots of ways to display vintage jewelry pieces. xo

lulumusing said...

Fun and funky is just my style, but you added touches of elegance as well. Love the brooches on the napkins. I have several that never come out of hiding so that may be the perfect use for them.

vignette design said...

Such a gorgeous table and I love how you used the broaches as napkin rings. Great idea. May have to steal it! haha Your newest follower....~Delores

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Sue,
what a stunningly gorgeous table, so elegant. Loved the idea of the pretty broches on the napkins, so pretty, and who would ever think of a table runner that lights up, how cool is that. Your Mother's china is lovely and very elegant.

Got my products from Mindful Minerals, isn't it?? Anyway, have tried the exfoliating bar and the mud mask, and loved them both.

Thanks for sharing this delightful
table, and hope you have a good rest of the week hon,
blessings, Nellie

Angie said...

That's gorgeous! And, how lovely are those broaches?!

Style Sisters said...

OOOH I love your tablescape!! The linens and the jewelry are stunning! I have got to dig up some of my grandma's jewelry..I LOVE THIS IDEA!! Just beautiful and very creative.

Karin

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Your table is stunning and festive! I love, love L*O*V*E the brooch idea. How cute!

Tricia said...

Your dad is the BEST, to give you that wonderful table runner! It looks great with your mother's beautiful Castleton. I love your use of the vintage brooches -- they are too pretty to hide away.

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Oh my gosh....how darn pretty is this post...bling,bling,bling love it!! Hope your well,x0x0x

Taunnie said...

What a gorgeous table! That runner is so unique. It looks magical at night. Thanks for sharing!

koralee said...

i love the bling on your table...thank you for sharing such joy! xoxoxoxx Happy weekend

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I love the lighted runner from your dad. Please tell him so!! How thoughtful, and he should know! Thank you for stopping by my blog. My table base is black and white checked. Here is the link to where I purchased it in case you are interested.
http://www.mackenzie-childs.com/Furniture/Tables/

Hope you have a nice weekend!

bj said...

wow...Suz, you have outdone yourself on this beautiful table. Very magical with that awesome runner.
hugs, bj

Alycia Nichols said...

Beautiful, Sue! And your Dad...Way to go, Dad!!! Wow...he deserves a Really Good Guy Award! I don't know too many Dads who would be able to pick out something like that! Also loving the beautiful brooches! I loved it back in the 80s and early 90s when brooches made a big comeback in fashion. I bought as many as my little paychecks would allow. They are a wonderful tabletop accessory! Your napkins are beautiful, too, by the way, and they go so well with the gorgeous china. Beautiful table! Have a great weekend!

Jenny said...

What a clever idea! I have a lot of vintage sparkly pieces...what a fun way to use them!

Tess said...

Oh Wow! Your table is stunning and so elegant. I love the dishes and thank goodness you averted a broken Waterford disaster.

Lana Austin said...

this is fantastic@@@ !!!! I also love that you incorporated the vintage bling....I did the same thing recently and believe "great minds think alike." HA!! Awesome job. I tried to follow you, but it's giving me the "try again" message, so I'll try again soon.

Love/hugs/blessings,
Lana

Alyna said...

I suddenly feel the urge to throw a dinner party after reading this! Very opulent table decorations, I think your runner is fantastic too, I love the pattern on it! :)

Monica H said...

This is such a beautiful table. I'd love to be invited to your house for dinner just because of your creative place settings. that china is stunning.