Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Birthday Dinner

This time of year is always busy for our family, as my husband, our daughter, and I all celebrate our birthdays.within one week. When our son, who was born in February, was little he asked plaintively, "How come MY birthday is the only one that's not NOW??"

The inspiration for this week's table came from one of my sisters, who sent me a set of beautiful "jeweled" mercury glass votives -- and some chocolates! -- for my birthday. 


I decided the votives called for a "dressy" table, so I chose to use my wedding china, crystal, and silver.  The first time I used them for Tablescape Thursday,  I asked my visitors to suggest other colors to try with my Lenox Windsong china and got several good ideas.  Ellen, who blogs at Scribbler Unfocused, suggested gray or charcoal, so I began to look for some table linens in those colors.  Here I'm using the same charcoal herringbone runner and gray napkins I used with my mother's Castleton Mayfair two weeks ago.


I had three mercury glass hurricanes that coordinated with the new votives, so I used those to hold creamy hydrangea blossoms (thank you, HEB!).

To complete the centerpiece, I added some candles in my candlesticks.


Here's a closer look, in which the herringbone pattern of the runner can be seen more clearly.



Here's a closer look at my silver, Lunt Belvedere --.



and my crystal, Lenox Moonspun. 


A few more table views. . .






And now some views with the candles lit . . .







And, finally, one of the pretty votives from my sister.  Thank you, Leigh Ann!



Thank you for visiting my table this week!  I hope you will leave a comment before you leave to visit all the wonderful tablescapes at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch!






41 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. That's all I can say! At the risk of repeating myself, I have to say this is just gorgeous! I LOVE that charcoal color with the mercury glass. What a striking combination! That color looks similar to the Minton bone china I have, which was hard for me to coordinate. This runner is just fabulous as well as your beautiful china and crystal. Fabulous as always!!

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  2. Very beautiful. I remember looking at Windsong when I chose Snow Lily. Loved them both and you made it it look spectacular. I love your choice in crystal too. Perfect color with your pieces. Gorgeous, stunning.

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  3. Hi Tricia...

    My friend, your table is exquisite!!! I think your china looks gorgeous with the charcoal colored table runner...and all of the silver and mercury glass! Mercury glass is one of my new collections...hehe! I just love it! How sweet of your sister to gift you with the mercury glass votive...it's gorgeous! I love the little jewels on the front! Ohhh...and your mercury glass hurricanes are lovely as well...sooo, sooo pretty with the white hydrangeas! They make a really pretty centerpiece! Well my friend, your china and crystal is fabulous...I love this table!!! Thank you for sharing it with us and Happy (belated) Birthday!!!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  4. A fantastic setting, so elegant, with great pieces!

    Happy Birthday to you!!!

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  5. Looks absolutely beautiful!

    Happy Birthday!

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  6. Lovely. elegant table setting. The dishes are beautiful and the candle sticks go so well with the setting.

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  7. Tricia, we have the same taste!! I have Moonspun by Lenox as my crystal too. Plus, I just plain love your table. The inspiration votives and colors you chose for it are lovely, and those hydrangeas are perfect for the center of the table.

    All the way around, this is plain elegant.

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  8. Beautifully elegant table. I love those candlelabera. Pretty white and silver.
    D

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  9. What a beautiful table! Love the pics with the candles lit-enjoy:@)

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  10. Love your new votives with your silver-accented table! Hydrangeas are my favorite & they are lovely in your mercury glass vases :-)

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  11. I LOVE those Mercury glass votives. Mercury glass seems to be making a comeback as it is all over Pottery Barn these days. I'm so glad because it's so pretty. Lovely table.

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  12. Tricia, this is such a lovely table. Your fine china, flatware and stemware are so lovely, and I love the candles your sister sent as well as the mercury glass vases. I also like the grey runners as a backdrop for the settings. Looks like a lovely evening in a beautiful setting, perfect to celebrate your month of birthdays. Speaking of which, hope yours is/was a happy one!

    Happy Tablescape Thursday to you...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  13. So glad my suggestion worked out! (I would have been rather mortified if it hadn't!) It really does have a very sophisticated New York penthouse look with the charcoal. I may have to try that with my old Lenox -- it is so drab on it's own. The hydrangeas are perfect! White and charcoal really complement your china and all the other lovely things.

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  14. So pretty! Ellen was right -- the grey and silver look beautiful with your lovely china. This is just gorgeous.

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  15. What a pretty dressed up table -- I love your new votives. Yuo have to love a sister who gives such nice gifts. Joni

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  16. What a beautiful, elegant table. Happy birthday, what day is it? Mine is today! The hydrangeas are stunning in those hurricanes.

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  17. This was the china I wanted when I got married, but no one would have given me any so I didnt register. It is fun to see it again. The votive is just gorgeous. I have some of those and they are like little jewels and how fun that she filled it with chocolate! Hope you guys had great birthdays.

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  18. The votives holders will come into play in so many different vignettes. I could see them for a Christmas tablescape that features a pretty light blue, white and silver and features a snowflake motif. Isn't Mercury glass just the best! Your tablescape is beautiful...I think that your sister had your lovely china in mind when she chose your gift. Thank you for sharing your charming elegant design. Cherry Kay

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  19. Lovely table. Happy celebrating. Great votives.

    - The Tablescaper

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  20. Very beautiful Tricia ... a tablscape with such sober and decent colours. and your flowers add the true beauty in your table. China is very elegant.... so simple yet very impressive.
    If you have bit of time can you please pay a visit to me at

    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/

    Love
    Farah

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  21. What a stunning table! Everything looks beautiful
    I especially love your flatware
    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  22. I really love your table! Just beautiful!

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  23. BEAUTIFUL! The votives are a perfect touch to this setting! So happy to see your amazing runner, it is FAB!!!! I drooled when I saw your silver and crystal! WOW! I hope Happy Birthdays are had by all!!!!!

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  24. Happy Birthday! This setting is very elegant and romantic! Love the combination of smoky colors and the mercury glass!
    Kathy

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  25. Happy Birthday! Very pretty table! I love the gray tablerunner with the blue and your candlesticks. Thank you for sharing.

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  26. beautiful...and I so love mercury glass too!

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  27. Your table is so elegant, Tricia. I love the candlesticks. Happy birthday to you all!...Christine

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  28. Your table is beautiful! The mercury glass votive holders look amazing all lit up. :) Your poor son. Well just remind him he gets February all to himself. ;)

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  29. Love the mercury glass! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment about my game tablescape. Loved having you stop by again! Sandi

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  30. Happy Birthday to all.
    Your China and crystal is stunning.
    -Jo
    -LazyonLoblolly

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  31. Elegant and it looks like you could enjoy dinner with friends on this table. Thank you for sharing.

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  32. Tricia, this is beautiful. The runner is the perfect touch with your beautiful china and our beautiful stemware! The mercury glass candle holders are so pretty, and look wonderful in this setting. Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday. laurie

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  33. Beautiful! This is really elegant and classy! I love all the mercury glass!

    I also like your chairs!

    Katherine

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  34. This is so pretty, I just love the mercury glass votives and vases and those white hydrangas are so gorgeous! Everything goes so well together, the herringtone texture on your runner is perfect with your china. So elegant!

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  35. Happy birthday, Tricia! I just love the mercury glass votives and vases. I find myself almost unable to resisit mercury glass. I always love it when you use your wedding china. You always inspire me to use mine too but I haven't posted a dinner with it yet. This is such an elegant table, perfectly set off by those lovely white hydraneas.

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  36. Simply elegant! Your table is so pretty and the white flowers are perfect with your setting.

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  37. Tricia, Happy Birthday to you and your family!! hehe--we have four between Sept. 14 and Oct. 21! Your table is absolutely beautiful! Love your flatware!!!! And the candlesticks too! The mercury glass is wonderful with with the lit candle inside. I did not know how pretty it would be! Have a great day. Linda

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  38. Happy belated birthday Tricia,
    tour table is beautiful. I especially love the candle holders and your new glass votives your sister gave you. The white flowers are lovely. Hope you had a great day1

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  39. How totally elegant and beautiful!!! Come visit me, although I'm new at this, I hope I posted my house and tablescape for Christmas well, who knows, but I will most love your comments Tricia as I admire your work and talent you put in this, I'm sooo excited with you and the others I have met through this passion of mine, which is tablescaping, entertaining and cooking for friends and family.
    Love you.
    FABBY

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