Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Quiet Birthday Dinner at Home That Never Happened

A few weeks ago, dh and I celebrated our birthday. We were born on the same day, 3 years apart. I set the table for a nice quiet evening for the 2 of us. Then he came home from work and said, "Let's go out to dinner". Of course I was agreeable since that always beats cooking and slaving away in the kitchen, lol.
Good thing, Susan of is hosting Tablescape Thursday. At least my table setting is not totally wasted. Go on over and visit Susan's site. She and her participants always have the most gorgeous tablescapes.
A friend of ours brought us the colorful cake.

For a centerpiece, I took a Meissen figurine with 2 little girls and placed it on top of a tureen that I turned upside down. Then I picked some roses and some yellow flowers from the garden and placed them on the little bowl between the 2 porcelain girls.
I used our Bavarian Tirschenreuth china in Rosedale pattern. I thought my tablecloth matched both the china and the cake. I bought it from Grand Cayman.
The goblets are Marquis by Waterford in Omega pattern from TJ Maxx. I bought the etched crystal wine glasses from an antique store.
Hey! It looks like the Meissen centerpiece matches the tablecloth too!

Do you see our framed and signed Salvador Dali lithograph on the wall? The art title is "Mad Tea Party" Both that and the pottery oil painting on the left have been moved.

I like this pair of crystal candle holders. I got them from Ebay a while back.

I used the Meissen napkin rings. I got the salt cellars from Ebay also. I think I have 8 of them, I cannot remember. The tiny spoon is from an antique estate sale in Port Gibbons.
Thanks, Susan for hosting one of my favorite memes.
And thank you all for coming by!


Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Christine..those candle holders are exquisite. What a lovely have a husband to die for! Dinner out!! I don't have a husband that likes to go out to dinner..but..he will go get dinner and bring it in. That's fine with me. At least most of the time!
Your table setting wonderful! :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Christine! Have a wodnerful week Katherinellen

Julio Muao said...

Hi Christine!

You have my favorite out today. I love your Meissen collection and that centerpiece is beautiful. The detail on the tablecloth is gorgeous as is the china and crystal. The cake looks delicious.

Kathleen said...

Beautiful Christine! Love the china and chargers! At least you could come home and eat cake!
Happy you and dh too!
And yes, the table didn't go to waste! :)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

The table is beautiful as always but I'm glad you went out.
Happy Birthday and that is so cool that you are both on the same day!

lvroftiques said...

Christine your table setting is beautiful! I love those sweet meissen girls. I'm quite sure no restaurant could match the decor of your own table! But that was really sweet of your hubby. How was dinner out? And again Happy 40th Birthday!*winks* V

Rettabug said...

"Happy Belated Birthday to you both!"
I'd go out to eat any day instead of cooking, too! LOL

Your table is just lovely with all your special finds from your travels. I adore that tablecloth & your Meissen figurine is just darling. What a perfect holder for a few of your pretty flowers from your awesome gardens. Great idea!

Dolores said...

Oh Christine, I'm with you, .... If I'd prepared a big meal... and David suggested going out for dinner.... I'd be ready to go out for dinner.

Your table is lovely...and the cake looks luscious... Hoping you all had a great day!!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Christine, Happy Birthday to you and your husband! YOur table is elegent and beautifully traditional. I love all your crystal. Don't you love how it sparkles?
And the creative way you staged your darling centerpiece, just wonderuful!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Look at all that work you did for a birthday dinner and then you go out. I guess it is a good thing you were able to use the setting for your blog. Pretty cake and belated happy birthday.

Lynn said...

Happy belated B-Day! Very pretty, and I'm sure you had a great night out!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very Pretty! Happy Birthday to both of you!!

Marigene said...

What a pretty table, as always, Christine. i love the candle holders, just beautiful. Happy birthday to you and your honey!

Deanna said...

HaPpY HaPpY BiRtHdAy to you!!!
Lovely lovely table you've set.
d from homehaven

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine! Happy Birthday to you and John!

What beautiful china and that centerpiece! OH! Gorgeous! And even though you didn't eat a meal at the table, it was fun to see it for Tab. Thurs! :-) And the cake looks GOOD!

Hope you two had a super birthday! I love it that you share the same one. What date is it? You need to tell us so we can wish you a happy birthday next year on the actual day!

Happy Tablescape Thursday!


Sheila :-)


Sheila :-)

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

How terrific that you and your DH share the same birthday! (you were meant to be together!)Happy Bday to both of you! Isn't it great that although you set the table and didn't "use" it for the occasion, the rest of us can certainly enjoy it! Your china is beautiful, the centerpiece is perfect and the cake looks delicious! (My bday is April 7th)


Tardevil said...

Happy belated birthday! Your china is beautiful, as always, as is the tablecloth, salt cellars and napkin rings. Don't you love it when the husband decides to take you out? We never eat at my tablescapes either! ;O)

Cass @ That Old House said...

Well first of all, Happy Birthday!

I, too, would always choose going out to dinner over even the MOST beautifully set dining table. Because no matter how beautiful the dishes, I'd just as soon not wash them!

Your table is charming; I especially love the napkin rings, and those little etched wine glasses; how sweet!


Kathysue said...

Hi C, Oh how I love looking at your Meissen pieces they are all so amazing. You have a wonderful collection and thank you so much for sharing it with us,Hugs Kathysue

Diann said...

Hi Christine!

Oh your table is so pretty! Love the china but, I have to tel you, your table cloth has me drooling! Love it!!

Chubby Chieque said...

Am drooling with your candle holders. Hope to purchase such one day when I visit The US again.

Guapita lahat... Perfect...

Hugs to you on TT DAy.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Christine, I wish you both all the best to your and husbands birthday. May you have blessing, luck and delight for the coming years. I surely admire your Meissen figurine because that's a artful work and so lovely design. But you decorated it perfectly on a stand and with that amazing tablecloth. I have never seen a nicer one. Your table is a gorgeous birthday table. Glad, that you shared it with us.
Have a good time, Johanna

nannykim said...

I agree, it is nice to eat out instead of cooking and cleaning up on your birthday. Happy Birthday to you both. Love the cute centerpiece and the tablecloth ties in so nicely with everything. Cute table too!

nannykim at

Blondie's Journal said...

This is such a pretty table, Christine, especially with the Meissen figurine centerpiece. Your china and Waterford is beautiful, too! I think I would have jumped at the idea of going out for dinner as well!! Now the table was set for the following day! ;-D

Happy Birthday to you & John!


Pinky said...

Christine, this table is SOOOO pretty. I LOVE the tablecloth, and it matches your china so perfectly! That was so sweet of your friend to bring the cake, it looks YUMMY! I would have been thrilled to go out too! Happy belated birthday to you both!!!! XO, Pinky

Shelia said...

HI Christine! A belated Happy Birthday to you and your hubby! I'm glad you got to celebrate and isn't that something your birthdays are the same! :) Well, your table did not go to waste - it's a feast for my tiny eyes! It's gorgeous! Your centerpiece is so pretty, the candlesticks and the china! Oh, you have everything! Have I told you that before! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Miss Merry said...

What a lovely table! Your dishes look wonderful on the gold chargers! And your tablecloth is amazing!

The Tablescaper said...

Oh Christine, this is so gorgeous! It's a shame you never got to sit at it, but going out is good too! I love the china and tablecloth together. The salts and napkin rings are outstanding. Just gorgeous!

I would think you're probably asked the same question that I'm frequently asked, "Where do you keep it all?". So in celebration of my first blgiversary, I'm holding a meme entitled just that: "Where do you keep it all?" on June 2, 2010. Come grab my button and join us!

- The Tablescaper

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...


Happy Birthday to both you and your hubby!!
Wow! The fact that you share the same birthday is just the coolest thing!!

Your beautiful tablescape is to die for!!

So pretty and very elegant just like you!!


Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a beautiful birthday tablescape! Lovely tablecloth and the centerpiece is adorable! Very nice that you went out instead of cooking!


Maria said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!
How fun and how pretty you have everything~ The cake looks scrumptious!
Happy Weekend too ~ Maria

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, I LOVE this tablescape. All of the dainty little flowers on the tablecloth, the china, the napkin rings, the salt cellars and that sweet centerpiece just look beautiful! Those sweet little girls holding roses make such a pretty centerpiece, and how smart of you to use the tureen upside down. Glad you got to go out and eat for your b'day, but I'm also glad you had already set this pretty table, so you could show it on your blog. laurie

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