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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tablescape Thursday - Celebration Dinner With Family

Last Sabbath my niece, Ashley, was baptized. My aunt came in by bus from New York to join my sister, her husband, Ashley and her brother. My mother and I were there also. When we got home from church in Boston, the only thing on anyone’s mind was FOOD. Normally, the table would have been set from Friday, but since there had been a plumbing emergency, the table was not ready when we arrived at my sister’s home.

This tablesetting was a group effort. As the food was being heated after church, my sister, her son, and I set about getting the table ready. In between a few photos were taken of the newly baptized girl with her loving relatives. Knowing that any minute the eating would begin, I took a quick photo of one side of the table, as the table setting work continued:

Besides two tall candlebras at each end, the centerpiece included a tall burgundy and gilt urn with two burgundy candles in silk bags on either side. All is set on a beaded holiday table runner.
My sister enjoys adding and adding to the tablesetting. So she added two egg-shaped music boxes at the extreme ends of the candelabras. They are jeweled and enamelled and play "the Dance of the Flowers from The Nutcracker ballet.

The place setting is 222 Fifth “Belize” dinner plates on gilt chargers, golden flatware, and Italian goblets. (My 23-year old nephew put the forks on the right side of the plates, and laughed in surprise as I transferred them over to the left!) This had to be the most rushed table setting ever! We usually spend a long time adding and arranging things until it looks just right.
Photo of the cake made by a friend of the family for Ashley’s baptism.

Besides the cake there were two pies and Grape Nut ice cream for dessert.

Thank you for stopping by today. Come again soon!

Be sure to visit our hostess Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for more Tablescape Thursday posts.


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Congratulations on the Baptism. You did a fabulous job of setting the table. It is just gorgeous, and sounds like the whole family had a great reunion. Hugs, Marty

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

The table turned out beautifully. It's hard to believe that it was so quickly put together. I don't believe anyone could have arranged a prettier tablescape if they'd done it days in advance. laurie

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

what a pretty table for such a quick setting!! Looks like you all must have had a wonderful time.

Rettabug said...

That is an amazing tablescape in such a short time! Mine don't come out that nice & I spend days working on them.

You've got some awesome items to work with, which really helped to make it really special.
I ♥ your Belize plates!!!

Thanks for sharing & Happy Thanksgiving!


susan said...

What a gorgeous table for such a special occasion--and how wonderful to have lots of family to celebrate it! Everything is beautiful--love the centerpiece and the plates. You did a great job--especially in a hurry :)

Jeanette said...

The table is just lovely. Those plates are beautiful.

Carrie said...

Hello everyone and thanks for your lovely comments!
About the speed of setting the table –
We didn’t have to put out everything since my sister always keeps her dining table partly, if not fully set.

So already on the table were: the table runner, the two tall candelabras, and the chargers.
We added the dinner plates, flatware, goblets, paper napkins, the urn, and two egg music boxes.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Just beautiful. Love the urn. Such pretty plates. And congratulations on the baptism.

Mimi said...

Beautiful table, love the dishes and that urn is awesome...

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Baptisms are such delightful family gatherings! This is all beautiful.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

It sounds like a wonderful family celebration! The table certainly doesn't look like it was put together in a rush! It is beautiful. What is Grape Nut ice cream?


Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is gorgeous! The urn is fabulous! Love the china as well!

Looks like a lovely celebration, a wonderful family gathering!


skoots1mom said...

what an exquisitely set table...love those colors and the furniture. Blessings on the baptism :D

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. You've really created a lovely tablescape. The candlelabras are just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Wow! The urn and the dishes are awesome. Just lovely!

Christi @ A Southern Life

Dena said...

What a beautiful tablescape for such a special occassion :)


The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

The tablesetting is beautiful! I love the urn and colors look so rich and beautiful!


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Many Thanksgiving Blessings to you and your family….Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria