Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Blue Eggshell Romance

These past 2 months has been my busiest months although next month will be just as busy, I think. I will be going to Cape Coral to welcome the newest member of our family, a grandson. My daughter has another toddler who just turned 2 last Aug. so she wanted me to stay with them for a while to help take care of the babies. And who could ever say no to grandkids? Not me! I am getting really excited.
In Dec, we went on a cruise to the Virgin Islands on the most amazing maiden voyage of the Oasis of the Seas. Then, we went to Florida to spend a few days with my granddaughter AJ, before she went back to school.
This month, we have had 3 dinner parties and the third one is what I would like to share with you today. Let's join Susan at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/ and visit all the other participants too.
I found this long pretty blue quilted runner at Z Gallerie while in FL last month and I just had to have it.
And when I got home, I really wanted to use the runner so I pulled what I have to coordinate with that color and ended up using my Homer Laughlin Eggshell Romance china. I have had this for at least a year but never used them until now. I think they are perfect with the runner, don't you think?
I moved this Meissen musical ladies compote from the corner cabinet and made it my centerpiece focal point. I won this on my very first estate auction and was totally surprised because I thought I was bidding on a chair. LOL! But I totally love it so no regrets here! I took 2 of our smaller Sevres urns from the living room and moved them to the table too. I bought the 2 bejeweled square trays also from Z Gallerie and decided to use them also. I placed an urn on it but it looked a little bare so I took the 2 artichoke (or cabbage?) tea light candles from the living room and 2 bird tea light candles from the kitchen and created a grouping.
Crystal beverage stemware from TJ Maxx (or Marshall's?) and wine glasses from Ross. The silver fluted plate chargers are from Brylane Home. I paid $21 for all 8 of them.
Is that an artichoke or a cabbage? The veins make it look like a cabbage. And isn't that just the cutest salt cellar with its tiny spoon?


For a starter, I served Waldorf salad, recipe of which I copied from Susan of http://thoughtsfromovertherainbow.blogspot.com/ The guests really liked it so thanks, Susan! I served food, buffet style on the kitchen counter. I find this more conveninet than passing the food around the table because the dishes tend to be always heavy with food in them. And with all the decor on the table, there is hardly enough space for food, so buffet is my new way of serving now. We still go back to our seats after getting food to socialize.
I found this salt and pepper shaker from Home Goods when we went to Pensacola and it was so cheap, something ike $5.99. It looks so elegant and has its own tray. Now. I wish I should have gotten more.

Here's the buffet setting in the kitchen.
Marty and Laurie, do you see my cloche? Come and join us for 2 exciting parties soon: Laurie's Valentine party at http://bargainhuntingwithlaurie.blogspot.com/ on Feb. 12 and Marty's cloche party at http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/ on Feb. 19. Mark your blog calendars!

The cheesecake is from Sam's Club and it was good. I was going to make one from scratch, already bought all the ingredients and then I went with my friend to Baton Rouge with the intention of baking when we got back. My friend saw this cheesecake and told me to just buy it so I don't have to bake and we will have more time shopping. LOL! That's a no brainer! Shopping against baking?
Well, I hope you enjoyed my dinner party. Wish you were all there to join us in person. Thanks, Susan, for another fun week!

32 comments:

salmagundi said...

No way could you go wrong with that beautiful centerpiece! Sally

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Gorgeous table! I am in love with the compote centerpiece! Your home is very beautiful. I think that the dishes and everything else match perfectly with that table runner!

Shelia said...

Oh, my goodness, Christine! Your table is gorgeous! I am still amazed at your beautiful things! Everything is so elegant! Love seeing into your pretty kitchen too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Absolutely Beautiful!! I was on the phone while looking at your post and telling someone how beautiful it was. :)

Debbie said...

A M A Z I N G is all I can say Christine! Well no it;s not, if I still lived in Florida I would ask for an invite (would that be rude) LOL!!~ WOW that was stunning!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

You set such a formal table. My friends would be afraid they might break something! I love your china, the color is so soft and is perfect with your new runner. Everything is lovely as always.

Sue

Debbie said...

OK Christine, that makes sense to me now, because everytime I come to your home, I think wow she really has a different Florida home with all the rich tones and wood floors....duh!! I just assumed you where there.......and sure I will come there, I will let you know:)!!~Perhaps in the summer LOL!!~

Mimi said...

S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G. Your table runner couldn't have been more perfect to go with that beautiful china. I love those chargers.
The Meissen is beautiful, as is the Sevre.
Your guests must feel like they are dining in a 5 star restaurant when they are in your home.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful home.

Dining Delight said...

Very pretty colour of blue especially the dishes! So serene looking! Would have loved to be there for that dinner party! I really like the candle-warmer serving dishes you have on your buffet.

DD

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Christine,
Your table is so elegant! I love the soft blues of that china! So pretty and your centerpiece is stunning! Lucky Guests! Cindy

Lisa @ Another Day Today said...

Christine, it's breath-taking! You have such a talent, my friend :)

Sarah said...

Christine, perfect combination of blues! What a stunning table. I know your guests felt special dining at this table!
Have fun with the new grandchild!

Debbie said...

Hi Christine, I wanted to let you know tomorrow will be my first meme, hope you can join me, I left details on my page:)

Fifi Flowers said...

WOW! Sooooo elegant!

Blondie's Journal said...

Christine~~~~~*

Your table is SO pretty. The table runner truly was an inspiration and I wish I had your ability to coordinate things the way you do. Love the Meissen compote. I had just started following your blog when you won that and I thought the story was so funny!

Your table is wonderful. Love the china and the cute salt cellars. Your goblets were a bargain at TJ Maxx!!

It is amazing that you can do all of that work and cooking and still have time to shower!! You have to really enjoy entertaining!!

I hope your dinner party went well. I am sure your guests enjoyed everything!!

xoxo
Janie

Sharlotte said...

Christine,
This table is so pretty, I love the turquoise centerpieces...they are gorgeous. Your china is so pretty too, I love all the blues working together, they compliment each other so well. Thanks for sharing!
Sharlotte

Self Sagacity said...

Yes, I really liked your dinner party. So fancy! I can barely keep up with the food preparations. How do you do it?

Just Breathe said...

Beautiful table. I want to be at one of your parties :)

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Beautiful! And I love the lighting in the rooms. That china is gorgeous!

Blessings & Aloha!
(Dear Christine! Thank you for stopping by! I really look forward to finding your comments :o)
...about our big babies...thank goodness they didnt get bigger! And I am such a wimp to pain, thank goodness, they came fast! :o)

mbkatc230 said...

This is beautiful Christine! I love the china pattern, so glad you finally got to use it. It's perfect with that gorgeous runner. And your centerpiece is stunning. Lovely table, as always. And congrats on the new grandbaby, have fun visiting! Kathy

Patriotic Mom said...

Christine, I love to look at your tablescapes! They are always so elegant and perfect. I would love to attend one of you dinner parties, although I probably wouldn't be a good guest because I would be too busy looking at all you exquisite things. Thanks for sharing. You have such fine taste. Joan @Americana By Candlelight

Kathleen said...

WOW,,WHAT A PARTY! The dishes are fabulous, such a beautiful color.
Sorry I am late, I had computer problems for days last week!

Your serving dishes are fantastic!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh I love the color of that china -- beautiful - everything looks quite elegant -- have a wonderful time with your newest grand!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Absolutely stunning Christine! I love those silver chargers. Everything on this table is just so elegant, and I know dinner was delicious. Yes! I see your "Love" in a cloche! How cute. Thanks so much for mentioning my party. laurie

Natasha said...

Christine, your tablescape today is simply stunning. I also love the way you have set up your buffet in the kitchen area. I must see if I can find those servers with the tealights under them-what a great idea!
Best wishes, Natasha.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is all so gorgeous! You set such elegant and lovely tables!

Katherine

Petite Little Bee said...

Love your table. Thanks for sharing. Lia

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Christine, What a gorgeous table! I love the blue china and all your accoutrements. I would have bought the dessert too to buy me more shopping time! I wish you gave us a peek inside your chafing dishes. I know you're an excellent cook! Wish we could have all been at your dinner party too! I hope to join in all the fun again soon, but for now it's fun just visiting all my blogging friends!

Bill said...

Oh Christine, your posts are cheering me up in a major way on this gloomy, rainy day! I was enjoying your beautiful photos of the rich, elegant table you'd set ... when I got to the part about you winning the Meissen compote when you thought you were bidding on a chair, I laughed out loud! I love the beautiful Laughlin dishes, the silver chargers, the flatware, the runner ... well, I love it all! Your kitchen's gorgeous too, and using all white serving dishes gives it such a clean, professional look.

Bye for now,
Bill

Diann said...

Hi Christine,

Oh how beautiful! I so want to be a guest at one of your dinner parties so I can see all your pretty things upclose! LOL You must always make your guests feel special! What a wonderful quality and gift you have!

Suesue said...

Absolutely Gorgeous table setting and the compote is exquisite too! Christine, you are a wonder! Your guests must love coming to dinner at your home.
Love that roomy kitchen too!

Sue

The Tablescaper said...

Oh, so beautiful!

- The Tablescaper

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