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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tablescape & Thrifty Thursday - A Dinner Party



Today is one of my favorite days, I get to play with my dishes. Many thanks to Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for hosting this wonderful event. Be sure to check out her blog to see her wonderful tablescape and a list of all the others participating.



Today I am also linking up with Leigh @ Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday since I am featuring a centerpiece I made using some plastic pumpkins that I transformed with a little spray paint to look like ceramic ones, and china that I found at the Goodwill.

Tomorrow is my DH's Birthday, so I've set the table for a dinner party.


I'm using the floral arrangement that I made with my painted pumpkins as the centerpiece. I've added some gold ribbon loops to give it a little sparkle. To see how I made the pumpkins, check out my previous post.


The light coming in from the window makes the table glow.




The brass candlesticks, the gold chargers and the crystal glisten so pretty with the sun shining through the window.










Each place is set with an embroidered tissue linen placemat and matching napkin. I'm using gold chargers and I've scattered tea lights around for a wonderful evening glow.


The crystal is an assortment that belonged to my Mother and Mother-In-Law. I don't know anything about the patterns ( I bet Bill does), but they are all at least 60 yrs. old.


The china is Formal Garden - by Grace China - Made in Japan and discontinued in 1939. I found it at the GW on one of my very lucky days. I just love it.




As it started to get dark, the candles give the table a wonderful sparkle and glow. I love the look of candlelight glistening off crystal.








Once the family is gathered around the table, that will make it the most special of all.



As a side note, many of you have also asked me where to find cloches. There are a lot available on the Internet, but sometimes the prices are a little high. I posted yesterday about a sale that Wisteria is having (www.wisteria.com). The have their bell shaped cloche with the pretty bird on top on sale. The small is $13 and the med is 8.5 x 12.5 inches and is $15. Just thought I would let you know if you are interested, check them out.


Thanks so much for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits.

66 comments:

  1. Hi Marty!
    Love the warmth of this tablescape, it's beautiful.
    Now, I have an award for you here if you'd like to accept it.
    I realize that some bloggers are "Award Free" and rules sometimes must give way to practicality. So, even if you can't play along please accept this award and my sincere belief that you deserve it.
    Hugs,
    Sandi

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  2. I love your centerpiece more every time I see it. And what beautiful china and crystal. I love the warm glow of the candlelight.

    Happy Birthday to your DH!

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  3. Happy Birthday to your hubby, Marty!

    Your table is gorgeous, from the centerpiece to the linens and dishes! I love it!

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  4. Just beautiful! Love the centerpiece. I've never done tablescapes but I so much enjoy look at them. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Hi Marty, Your table is gorgeous... Love the beautiful China that you found at GW. I love GW, you can find so many great things there. Beautiful Table Marty just beautiful...
    xoxo
    Julie

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  6. Everything is exquisite, but it's amazing how much sparkle and atmosphere those tea lights add! Looks like a table full of joy!

    Grins!
    Pamm

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  7. Love your centerpiece -- it just gets better and better. I love your glasses -- that's an area that I need to work on at my house. Happy Birthday celebration!

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  8. Marty....those goblets are fantastic! You don't find glasses like that much anymore....I love them!!

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  9. Hi Dear Marty! Oh, be very proud of that gorgoues centerpiece you made! You did an outstanding job on it! Love how you changed those little pumpkins. Your dishes are beautiful! I've never seen that pattern before and I just love it. Your glassware is beautiful, too! I'll bet our Dear Bill does know! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  10. Oh yes, I do love sunlight across a wood table, Marty! Just kind of makes you feel warm and cozy. Just like the candlelight off the crystal. So intimate and inviting. Happy Birthday to the DH! Lovely table setting for a party!
    Brenda

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  11. Marty, Marty, Marty!
    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
    Gosh I wish it felt like Fall here! I was afraid to hand my wreaths on the front doors cause I'm afraid they are just going to rot in this unseasonable 100+ weather!!
    Great post!

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  12. Oh how lovely!!! Thw centerpiece you created is beautiful!!! I love the green on your oh so pretty dishes!!! What a wonderful birthday celebration!!!

    Enjoy!!!
    XOXO
    Cathy

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  13. Oh how lovely!!! Thw centerpiece you created is beautiful!!! I love the green on your oh so pretty dishes!!! What a wonderful birthday celebration!!!

    Enjoy!!!
    XOXO
    Cathy

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  14. Really pretty, Marty. And great pics, too.

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  15. Marty,
    What a beautiful table. Your new center piece is just breathtaking and loved your stemware. You were a lucky lady to have found that china at GW, it is just beautiful.
    Sandy

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  16. okay...it is NOT the window light that makes this table glow...it is MAGIC!! what a glorious table sweet lady ! I just so love to stop and see what you share...you make magic with dishes and florals and pretty much anything you touch!

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  17. very pretty centerpiece, love the golden glow of your night shot~

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  18. Loved the centerpiece before and really love seeing it on your table. Especially love the glow by candlelight! :D Jewel

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  19. I just love the way everything is glowing by the candlelight. It is all so pretty, and finding that china at Goodwill must have been such a treat!

    Sue

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  20. Oh my, Marty! What a beautiful combination of rustic with elegance. Your stemware is just beautiful, (especially the etched ones) and so is your china. I love the nighttime glow. I just made a note to go buy more tiny little candle holders!!! :)

    Thanks for inspiring all of us with your talents.

    fondly,
    Rett

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  21. Wow, that centerpiece is spectacular. Beautiful table.

    Christi

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  22. Marty, what a beautiful tablescape. You always do a wonderful job. I love the flower arrangement too. Very pretty!
    Blessings,
    Sandra

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  23. Marty, first off please wish Jim a very happy birthday from me! I know that you will all have a wonderful time. This table is just gorgeous. Your stemware is so pretty, and how special that it belonged to your mother and grandmother. And that was the perfect china for this beautiful table! Have a wonderful celebration. Hugs, Kat

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  24. You did a great job Marty. I would like to stay and chat but I have to go and see how you made those pumpkins. I am intrigued.

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  25. Happy birthday to your dh. Marty. You made him feel so special with this gorgeous tablescape. The centerpiece is so pretty and the crystals are to die for. Beautiful dinnerware and what a lucky find!....Christine

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  26. This is just beautiful!! I love all the crystal! The picture with the shadows on it is great!

    Katherine

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  27. Hi Marty...You have my DR chairs!
    and the plates with the green bands around the edge are so so pretty....

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  28. Marty, your centerpiece is lovely on this very elegant table. I love the way the light comes in and dances across the table, and how the mood totally changes with the glow of the candles. What a perfect table! Love the dishes! Glad they found a home with you. And the crystal is so delicate. My mother's crystal was much like this. I gave it to one of my nieces when she married a few years ago. It's special to pass these treasures down through the family. ~ Sarah

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  29. Oh Girl this is an awesome table you did...HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your Hubs...loved seeing this beautiful china you got from GW no less...You must have the best GW store around...its all beautiful my friend...hope you enjoy your dinner party...thanks for sharing...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  30. Oh Marty Happy Thursday, wow your table assortment is delightfully beautiful. The plates are gorgeous, and so are the crystal glasses. I love the centerpeice with the pretty gold accent ribbon. You have done an amazing job.

    Beautiful post,
    Blessings,
    Heidi

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  31. WOW Marty! I'm really loving this table you've put together! I want to try to do the painted pumpkin idea...I'm a little scared;) I do like your glassware and laughed out loud...I bet Bill will know! Funny! Great job and Happy BD to DH! :)

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  32. HI!!!!
    I love the fall table setting!!!
    The arrangement you made is marvelous my dear!!! Pretty enough to be in a magazine!!!
    have a fun day on hubby's birthday!!!!
    hugs,
    jamie

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  33. WOW MARTY!!! That table centerpiece is TO DIE FOR! You did SUCH a good job with it! I'm jealous! :) Come by and check out my giveaway - I think you'll like them! :)

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  34. Marty - Your table is fantastic! All the golds are just perfect together. Thanks for sharing the setting and I hope his birthday was the best one ever.

    Charla

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  35. Everything is just gorgeous..I love your attention to detail!
    Happy Birthday to hubby!

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  36. It seems to be a pumpkin Thursday! Love your centerpiece -- how clever. Love your whole table, actually! Wonderful dishes!

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  37. Beautiful table!! You do such a nice job with your floral arrangements...I'm sure your husband will have a wonderful birthday sitting down to dinner at that gorgeous table.
    jane

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  38. A-h--h-h-h pretty table ! I never find anything that gorgeous at our GW stores around here.Everything they have looks like it needs to go to the trash and the prices are through the roof, LOL .
    What a great ideal about painting the pumpkins !They look great.

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  39. Your presentation of your table when the lights are turned down low is so stunning. The stemware is beautiful.

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  40. Marty, your tablescape is amazing! I love the warmth and elegance that pretty arrangement brings to the table. Your dishes and table linens are beautiful. I love it all!

    Jane

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  41. So beautiful! Love that centerpiece. China and stems are so elegant ... yet the table is warm, inviting and comfortable. Love it!

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  42. Beautiful table - Happy Birthday to your Husband.

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  43. What a warm and lovely table you've set for your husband's birthday dinner. He and you guests can't help but feel welcome at this table. I'm especially impressed with the centerpiece you've created. It's a work of art. I also love the stemware you are using for the party. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

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  44. Marty, this is just stunning. That arrangement is amazing -- you MADE that? Wow. Double Wow!

    I love that china, too -- yes, that WAS a lucky day at Goodwill. haven't had anything that lucky yet at GW but I keep hoping. :-)

    Gorgeous table - -love the candlelight shots, had to enlarge all of them.
    Cass

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  45. You have a Award waiting for you on my blog. Please stop by to accept it.
    ~Karrie

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  46. That is SO beautiful! I love the center piece and the candles added such a warm glow.

    A truly inviting tablescape!

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  47. Marty...I gorgeous table and wonderful GW china find! I LOVE your centerpiece.

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  48. Hi Marty,
    Your centerpiece is spectacular! As always, you've coordinated everything on the table beautifully, AND there's harmony and unity throughout the living spaces surrounding it.

    The dishes were a fantastic find, and I'm so pleased that they found a home with you! I'm sorry I don't recognize your stemware patterns, but they're all absolutely beautiful!

    A good reference book is "Elegant Glassware of the Depression Era: Identification and Value Guide" by Gene Florence. There are several editions (I'd have to look to see which mine is). I usually do searches on Replacements.com and eBay, using key words that describe the shape, color, type of decoration, etc. I can usually find it eventually. In one case, I e-mailed a photograph to Replacements, LTD and they replied the same day. They offer a free pattern identification service that can be very helpful.

    Bye for now,
    Bill

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  49. Hello Marty,

    I love the warmth of your tablescape, it is quite beautiful! Great centerpiece - I am going to take a peek and see how you did the pumpkins.


    Thank you for sharing!

    ~ Tracy

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  50. Dear Marty,
    This has been a treat for me to visit your post for Tablescape Thursday.

    Your centerpiece is outstanding and yout table so lovely.

    Glad to be able to stop by for a visit to see what you are sharing.

    God bless,
    d

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  51. The arrangement you made looks really great. And the China porcelains are very elegant and classy.

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  52. I did comment on your centerpiece on another post. It certainly is great. I really like those placemats and the matching napkins. Finding those glasses at GW was a real found treasure. I love the photos where you lit the candles. It gave the whole table a beautiful golden glow.

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  53. Your centerpiece added some fun height to your table, so gorgeous. I hope he had a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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  54. Hi Marty,
    I'm late making my rounds today. You have really been busy creating beautiful centerpieces haven't you!! It looks so professional. I like the fullness and colors just remind me so much of fall....or the first day of autumn anyway which was Tues. LOL! I really miss everyone here in blog land but I've been so busy riding these horses to keep them going as much as I can and just exhausted in then! I don't even want to think of winter coming!! You know how much I struggle with gloomy days here in the Midwest! Better get out the old vitamin D! I have a couple of projects in the works so I need to finish soon. I have NOT been painting at all this summer and miss it so I'm going to try to get back into the studio again on a regular basis! I also went color shopping today for the house again....I think they have the leaks in the roof fixed? Crossed fingers! Have a wonderful weekend! Luanne

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  55. Your centerpiece is fantabulous!!! I'm going to check your post on the pumpkins right now.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Living it up at Lakewood,
    Cindy

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  56. Hello Marty; What a beautiful table scape... I just love your center piece, and wow the china is just gorgeous what a great find... love the evening photo with the tea lights lite.. just so warm and cozy... hope your hubby has a wonderful Birthday..

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  57. It definitely was a lucky day when you found that wonderful, delightful china. Hope the birthday dinner was a glowing success. Happy day DH!

    Thursday BD Blessings.

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  58. Hi--I need to go to bed--just taking a few quick sneaks at some tablescapes. I am still on vacation in the mountains. Love the candlelight pictures and the stemware and dishes--really is wonderful with the play of the lighting. Everything is so pretty. I saw some lacey type stemware (thats what I call it when it has that pretty etching on it) at the antique store --yours reminds me a bit of those

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  59. Marty, What a beautiful tablescape! SO warm and inviting! Thanks for linking to Thirfty Thursday this week! I always enjoy making the rounds to see the treasures that you find! I appreciate your visits to Bloggeritaville, friend! Thanks for your participation!

    Leigh
    Tales from Bloggeritaville
    www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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  60. Good evening Marty,

    A very beautiful setting. Your find at the GW is amazing. Anyone would feel like a very special guest at your table. Thank you for sharing your wonderful table and home with us.

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  61. Happy Birthday to your DH! What a lovely table you have prepared for the special occasion. Your centerpiece is fantastic - spray paint can do magical things! Very pretty dishes and at GW, amazing!

    DD

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  63. Hi Marty!!

    Sorry I am so late. Happy birthday to DH!! What a beautiful table you have set for the party!! It is so inviting with the candles glowing and that beautiful centerpiece. I missed the post so I will go to it after I leave my comment. It is gorgeous!!

    You must have almost fallen over when you spotted the china. I love it. The colors and pattern are so refreshing. Very spring like and elegant...

    I hope you have a wonderful dinner party. I am sure you will receive a lot of terrific compliments on your pretty tsblescape!!

    xoxo
    Janie

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  64. Wow Marty, I love the tablesetting, from the dishes to the beautiful centerpiece and the wonderful find at the GW...Sure wish I could join this beautiful party...Thanks for sharing..Phyllis

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