THIS IS MY MY NEW YEAR'S EVE TABLESCAPE
I THOUGHT A WHITE TABLECLOTH WOULD BE AN APPROPRIATE BACKDROP TO SHOW OFF THE LOVELY DISHES MY FRIEND MARLENE GAVE TO ME 10 YEARS AGO. IF YOU'D LIKE, YOU CAN READ ABOUT MARLENE'S DISHES AT THE END OF THIS BLOG.
AS PART OF THE TABLESCAPE, I PLACED BOTH PEACH AND CLEAR DISCS IN THE BOTTOM OF THREE ELONGATED VESSELS AND FILLED THEM WITH WATER.
I USED LED LIGHTS THAT YOU CAN SUBMERGE. I FOUND THEM AT BED, BATH AND BEYOND, BUT I KNOW MICHAEL'S HAS THEM ALSO.
I THEN FLOATED PEACH COLORED ROSES AND SOME LILIES ON TOP
I USED A VARIETY OF FUN GOLD NAPKINS RINGS
AND ALTERNATED WHITE NAPKINS WITH THOSE THAT HAVE GOLD SPARKLE
GOLD FLATWARE HELPS TIE THINGS TOGETHER
FIRST COURSE: ARUGULA SALAD WITH ROASTED PECANS, ROASTED FIGS, AND FIG PRESERVE ON TOP
WISHING ALL MY FELLOW TABLESCAPERS A HEALTHY AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING ALL OF YOUR YOUR BEAUTIFUL TABLESCAPES IN 2015.
Marlene was my sister's very best friend from the time they first met, soon after my sister married in 1966. I, being the younger sister and about fifteen years old at the time, loved to babysit for Marlene's children. Not only were her two boys adorable, Marlene also made me the best food to eat while I babysat. While other families I sat for put out a bag of potato chips or a bag of pretzels, Marlene used to whip up fresh chicken salad or whatever I felt like eating. Through the years, Marlene was not just my sister's friend, she was family. And like family, we've also been through some very rough times together-- We lost both Marlene's husband and my sister over twenty years ago.
All though the years when I went to Marlene's house, I loved to look at her beautiful china arranged in her china cabinet. In my eyes, Marlene owned the most beautiful china I had ever seen. Then, for my husband and my 30th wedding anniversary, Marlene gave her gorgeous Rosenthal china dishes (along with her beautiful glassware, I might add) to us as an anniversary gift. Marlene, knowing how much I love dishes and how much I loved her dishes especially, presented my husband and me with this most special and generous gift. Now, whenever I set the table or hand wash these magnificent dishes I think of how over the years my sister, Marlene's husband, as well as many other loved ones who are no longer with us sat around Marlene's dining room table-- All of us together, eating Marlene's delicious food off of these very dishes.
Thank you Marlene!
THIS WEEK I'LL BE JOINING THE FOLLOWING PARTIES:
A STROLL THRU LIFE FOR INSPIRE ME TUESDAY
BETWEEN NAPS ON THE PORCH FOR TABLESCAPE THURSDAY