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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Tablescape Tuesday

"The dinner table is the heart of the home, a magic place where moments are treasured and memories made. Family events, anniversaries, and holidays are all celebrated at the table, a place where children are taught, business is conducted, and romance is found, a setting that greets with a silent message: 'Welcome. A place is prepared for you.' " (from The Art of Tables and Table Manners by Suzanne Von Drachenfels)
I have always loved a nicely set table, whether with a touch of formality or whimsy and fun. The past few months I've followed Susan's "Tablescape Tuesday" and been very inspired by the beautiful tablesettings posted each week.
We rarely sit at the table to eat because that's how Greg likes it, but now and again I will insist, and he'll oblige. He was grilling filet mignons for supper on New Years Day, so I set the table and threw together a quick centerpiece so we could enjoy a nice meal together, and I could participate for the first time in Tablescape Tuesday.A white tablecoth was layered with a gold runner. I'm kind of a minimalist and like to keep any centerpiece simple. Some Christmas tree balls and candles did the trick for me.

The napkin rings were picked up last summer. My dishes are Mikasa French Countryside stoneware. These are the dishes we registered for when we got married 27 1/2 years ago. Simple black chargers underneath.
The water glasses are also Mikasa French Countryside, a Christmas gift this year. I set champagne glasses since we were celebrating the New Year.
It was fun to put this table together, simple as it is. If you want to see more, visit Between Naps on the Porch every Tuesday!


Susan in SC said...

This is a beautiful table! Thank you for sharing. I know that Greg appreciated your extra efforts for a special day!!

The Charm House said...

HMMMM........ Someone had a beautiful romantic New Year's Dinner!!!! Stunning!
Hugs and Blessings in 2009,

Kay said...

very nice indeed! I really like the candle holders.

Shelia said...

Morning, Tammy! I love your table - everything is so lovely! Elegant! Happy Tuesday!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Your table looks great! I have those Mikasa dishes too...they are soo versatile!

BTW the photo you got of teh votives is very artistic. I'm really trying to notice details like that so that I can improve upon my photography.

White Iris Designs said...

Very nice...I like the etched glass candle holders!

prof en retraite said...

Ohhh! What a romantic dinner for two! Love the centerpiece! Very elegant!...Debbie

Envoy-ette said...

Simple COUNTS! It makes sure your food gets the ooo&awww's! I suppose it's smart to break the man in slowly..he may find out he really enjoys it!

ellen b said...

Hi Tammy!
What a great festive table you have set. I really like the gold and white. Have a wonderful week!!

Lady Katherine said...

Romantic and elegant. Love the glass candle holders so pretty.

Melissa Miller said...

~Beautiful~ :)
Very elegant napkin rings.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Tammy...this is so elegant! You had great taste even as a young bride...I love your choice of china. Thanks so much for posting this lovely tablescape for Tablescape Tuesday! Susan

Lana G! said...

Love it! Happy New Year!