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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tablescape Tuesday – Dinner for Out-of-Town Guests

Tablescape Tuesday is sponsored by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch.

Today I thought I’d share photos of a tablesetting used when mmy sister and brother-in-law were my weekend guests in early spring. I had planned to use different dishes, but decided that since she lived all the way in Florida, and I never got to set the table for her with this bone china set, I would use my Spode "Consul Cobalt" dishes instead. I bought the tea set and some other dishes in 1979 while vacationing in London. I later sent for additional pieces after I returned home.
I like the simplicity of the cream and narrow cobalt blue band. I used a cream damask tablecloth with cream cloth napkins. The centerpiece was a pair of silverplated candlesticks by Oneida and a cobalt blue ginger jar with faux gardenias, set on a doily in one of the salad plates.

Dinner plates – Spode "Consul Cobalt" on brass chargers. For variety I use different pattern dessert plates – Mikasa "Crown Jewels," which has a wider cobalt blue band with gilt embellishment around a cream center.

The glasses are Lenox "Autumn" goblets and the flatware is gilt and cobalt enamel by Yamasaki.

The individual salt and pepper shakers are of pierced silverplate over cobalt glass

These photos were taken the evening before when I finished setting the table. As I looked at the photos the tablescape seems kind of skimpy. The dining table is very large scale – 48 inches wide by 70 inches long, without the two 22 inch leaves -- so it takes a lot of stuff to fill it out. The cream napkins needed the color of a napkin ring of some sort.

I had only four of the napkin rings that I wanted to use – gilt rings with a floral design and embedded with pearl studs in the center of each flower.

So, even though the photos do not show it, at the last minute I put them on the napkins for my mother, my visiting sister, my sister-in-law and my other sister.

At any rate, with lots of talk and laughter, we all enjoyed our meal together.

It's been great having you visit today. For more table settings please see the list of participants at Susan’s blog.


Stacey said...

Very elegant. I love it all - especially tnose wine glasses. :)

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Beautiful table! Love those napkin rings.


Anonymous said...

Hi Carrie!
Your dishes are beautiful. I bought my first tea set in England in 1973 and added to it later to make a full set. I think those napkin rings are so fabulous. I really have a thing for napkin rings! The goblets are a great addition to the table. My eyes have really been opened to the possibilities of what I can do with a table with all these scaping ideas (I wonder if scaping is a word???)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful tablescape. I love being able to talk and laugh and enjoy a meal with guests in a beautiful setting!

Salmagundi said...

Your dishes are wonderful especially since they come with a story. I love the blue band as it is different than the usual gold or silver band. Beautiful!! Sally

tea time and roses said...

Hello Carrie!

What a beautiful table setting! The cream color is so elegant and just lovely! The napkin rings are like beautiful jewelery! :o) Thank so much for sharing!

Thank you for the lovely Kreative Blog Award and Tag! It has been a while since I've been tagged and this one I know I will certainly enjoy!



Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Beautiful elegance! laurie (bargainhunr)

bj said...

Oh, just beautiful. So much elegance at this lovely table...and I KNOW your family so enjoyed the fact that you went to extra trouble to make it all so pretty for them. You made them feel special, I know!!
love, bj

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Oooo, so elegant.
Have a great day!

Charlotte said...

What beautiful table settings. Thank you again for the Kreativ blogger award. I just posted it on my Dolls Dolls Dolls blog and passed it on there.

Schotzy said...

So exquisite! I agree the glasses just set it all off! I love the chargers in combination with the napkin rings! Oh, so elegant! Absolutely divine, actually! Thanks for sharing this!!I wanted to do this but I keep forgetting to sign in on Monday afternoon!
Hugs, Carolyn

Anonymous said...

Oh, what an elegant table you've set! I love your dishes, the glassware, napkins, centerpiece - heck, just everything you've done. I'm sure your guests felt so special.
Be a sweetie and thanks for coming to see my tablescape.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Bo said...

Oh Carrie, this table looks so royal...and do I see some claret colored water goblets as well as the clear goblets?...I so love everything on this table and I don't think it looks skimpy at all. Totally classy... ;-) Bo

Anonymous said...

What elegant settings -- you did a great job!

Susan (Between Naps On The Porch.net) said...

Wow...so elegant! Love your china...I would have sent for more, too...just lovely! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful tablescape today! Susan

La Tea Dah said...

What an elegant and beautiful tablesetting!!!!!