Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Special Sunday Lunch

After a lot of traveling and lots of fun playing with my mother's and youngest sister's dishes, I'm back home for a while.  The table today is one I set for a special Sunday lunch recently.  It features the china, crystal, and silver I received as wedding gifts back in 1972.  Any other brides from the 70s out there?

The light in the first photo isn't great, but I included it because I noticed it captured one of our cats, enjoying the spring sunshine.


The china is Lenox Windsong, now discontinued.  I always use it with either off-white or pale-blue linens, but would love your suggestions about other colors to try.  The photo below also shows my Lunt Belvedere silver flatware.



Here's a closer look at the cream soup bowl, my favorite piece in this pattern.


The crystal is Lenox Moonspun, with a platinum band and an etched leaf pattern to echo the leaves on the china.


Here's the host's view of the table:


I realized I had forgotten to add candles -- not needed at lunch, but a pretty addition to the table -- and napkins!  My sweet in-laws gave me the candlesticks years ago.


The simple centerpiece includes white mums and alstroemeria from HEB in an urn from Southern Living at Home that I've had for several years.  Here's a closer look:


Here's the bird's eye view of the table.  Just ignore that slightly off-kilter soup bowl!


Thanks for visiting, and please also stop by Susan's Between Naps on the Porch to see some beautiful tablescapes.





39 comments:

  1. I love that china..and my fave is the cream soup bowls! I want them!
    And your stems are so pretty too! I really like etched glass!
    Beautiful!

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  2. Hi, this china is excellent. I love the silver rim. The tablescape is perfect. I think this unobtrusive blueish grey pattern fits to every pale colored tablecloth. I could also imagine this to a light yellow or purple tablecloth. Very festive china. The flatware and stemware is perfect for this. Give a petting for your cat.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  3. How pretty this is - love your candlesticks. I'm a bride of the 70's as well. 1975. Lots of pewter.

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  4. Lovely table and great use of the traditional place settings. Thanks for sharing

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  5. Simple but very elegant...love your china, Tricia.

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  6. This is very pretty. I love those place mats with it. I really like the cream soup bowls. They are so unique.

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  7. Very, very pretty - classic look - love those creamy soup bowls too.

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  8. Such a beautiful china pattern. Love the etching on the glasses. Very lovely table.

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  9. Your china, stemware, and silverware are all gorgeous and makes a very elegant table setting. I just read your profile and saw that you're a university admin.in Texas. I'll be in Texas for the 1st time next month for my son's graduation from UD!:)

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  10. Your table setting is so elegant. Such beautiful china and crystal--perfect for a special Sunday lunch.

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  11. The table is beautiful. I love the china. The candlesticks are gorgeous. Very nice!
    Carol

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  12. A very pretty table, the flowers on the plates are so delicate!

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  13. Beautiful china and so elegant!! You have exquisite taste!

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  14. Your china is so beautiful.
    Kelly Bookend Diaries

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  15. So beautiful and your dining room gets lovely light! Your china is very pretty and I especially love the shape of your cream soup bowl.

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  16. Elegant, as always, ma'am! Loving that Lunt.

    You asked for suggestions about the table linens: two thoughts -- (1) if it ain't broke, don't fix it! (2) and what about charcoal or other grays? Even something with a silver or pewter sheen?

    Scribbler

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  17. Love those candle holders! The china is gorgeous and so is your flatware and stemware. Those soup bowls are amazing! I too am a 70's bride.
    Blessings, Beth

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  18. How lovely! Great china and I should know, I used to work in the china department at Dillards. I am a bride of the 80's (83) but fell in love with the "wedding event" in the 70's. "Why do birds...suddenly appear? Everytime, you are near?" Perhaps I should have said, "We've only just begun..." Great tablescape.

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  19. Very elegant and classic. I really enjoyed catching up with your other tablescapes as well. Love the brown transferware with dogs!

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  20. Having exquisite taste in china must run in the family. Your china are gorgeous too, just like your mom's and your sister's. I love cream soup cups too. I think they are pretty neat!...Christine

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  21. I'm a 1974 bride and my china is Lenox Moonspun...my crystal is Fostoria Buttercup. It is fun to get out the pretty things once in a while isn't it? I rarely use mine because it can't go into the dishwasher...but, I do love the "vintage" Lenox patterns just as much now as I did when I picked mine out. Your table is beautiful.

    Sue

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  22. So absolutely stunning! What beautiful china, crystal and silverware. Great choices!

    Thanks for stopping by today!

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  23. Lovely. Since I am attracted to glassware, I find your crystal very attractive.
    By the way, thanks for complementing the ladies. They are really getting into this!

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  24. Very pretty china. I wonder why so many young brides don't get pretty china any more. I think people should use it more often.

    Look at how lovely your table looks.

    Hugs,
    Joanne

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  25. I love the cream on the blue...such a cool and soothing combo!

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  26. I love your blue and silver china. Classic and elegant. Your table is lovely and I appreciate all the views.

    Thanks for sharing ,

    Miss Merry (Bride of 1976)

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  27. Your china is so pretty, I love the etching on the glasses too!! Everything is very classic and elegant!
    Have a lovely evening
    Bunny

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  28. Such pretty china! For drama, I'd try pairing it with red (burgundy-ish), eggplant or black placemats...I think any of those darker colors would really offset the white & pale blue :)

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  29. I love seeing my Moonspun stemware on your blog (our wedding was in '69). I think I've told you that our china pattern was also Moonspun. Yours is so pretty with that light blue color in it. Love those candlesticks. laurie

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  30. Elegant and lovely! Beautiful china and crystal.

    Just for a fun change I would try it with shocking pink, turquoise, or other bright colors.

    Katherine

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  31. Hello Tricia, What a lovely tablecape display. I love your pretty china, stemware, and silverware. A perfectly elegant table that I would love a seat at. I can picture your beautiful Lenox china pared with a yellow placemat or a yellow tablecloth, although the colors you used are perfect. Thank you for visiting me for Tablescape Thursday and leaving your kind comment on my Italian Dinner Display. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by. I hope you have a wonderful evening.
    Hugz,
    Kim

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  32. That is so pretty Tricia! The china is just beautiful!

    Thank-you for stopping over!

    love, kelee

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  33. I love your china and glass collection. Gorgeous table!
    Happy Friday!
    Dena
    sweet pickles and chocolate

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  34. Your china and glassware are exquisite! I do not know if anyone else already made this suggestion but I would use dark linens to bring out the pattern of your china more. Dark green might be nice with greenery in the centerpiece. Just some ideas. Thanks for visiting today. I enjoyed your cute comment about the butterflies! Joan

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  35. Beautiful table setting! I love seeing examples of discontinued china. Yours is such a pretty pattern. I also love your crystal.

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  36. Wow those wine glasses are SO beautiful! Love the whole tablescape!

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  37. The blue enamel flowered china is perfect for your table linens. Your sterling silverware is very special. I am very fond of cream soup cups and their darling handles,soup would taste good in yours.

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  38. I could have sworn I already commented, but I guess not. I am (was) a 1972 bride. The china is just lovely, and the etched glass is so complimentary. Your table is so inviting and elegant. I had to chuckle at the reference to HEB as I am a displaced Texan.

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  39. Beautiful table, love the china and the stemware. I do have to say the soup bowls are my favs.
    Sandy

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