Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sunday Family Dinner

This Christmas I received a wonderful gift: a set of my great-aunt's china. When I was a girl, Aunt Dotsie always hosted my mom's side of the family on Thanksgiving. These dishes bring back pleasant family memories.

The pattern is Noritake Lila, and it has feminine and delicate pink roses and green ferns. It was produced from 1964 to 1973. They have silver trim and will mix and match beautifully with my Lenox Fedral Platinum.

I love having a formal dining room but with young children, we don't use it that much. I thought it would be nice to have a formal Sunday dinner with my new family china.
For the centerpiece, I layered a platter and an oval vegetable bowl in the middle of the table. I had seen a couple of flowers on my camellia bushes and envisioned a bouquet of pink camellias anchored in oasis in the vegetable bowl, but the two blossoms I had seen had turned brown. There were no more flowers, but there are plenty of buds, so I hope to have some in a few weeks. Look for them in another tablescape!

The linens that I used for this tablescape were a gift from my mother last Christmas. She gave me a tablerunner and twelve napkins embroidered with an H for our monogram. I have two other sets of white linen placemats, but I thought that I would turn four of these napkins on the diagonal to highlight the initial.

The crystal candleholders were a wedding gift. They were recently used in our advent wreath. The sterling salt and pepper shakers belonged to my grandmother.

The crystal clarets are Araglin by Waterford. While replacing my crystal in the china cabinet after Thanksgiving dinner in 2008, a glass shelf fell, and all but three of my Araglin goblets shattered. I am slowly replacing them.
The sterling pattern is Tara by Reed and Barton. This is also my mother's pattern, and I knew that I wanted to register it, as well. While I was still working, I found a great buy on place settings for twelve on Ebay, and I bought it. I have never regretted it!

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susan said...

You must be honored that you were chosen to receive this beautiful china. I love the tradition Sunday family meals that are a bit more formal--it teaches the little ones! Beautiful table. Thanks for sharing it!

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

I love that your table is filled with wonderful family memories. Lovely!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such a beautiful setting for a Sunday dinner. I love the runner and the napkins, everything is so pretty. Gorgeous china and crystal. Hugs, marty

Sandy said...

Beautiful china, and you are so lucky to have recieved it. Thnaks for visiting.

Rettabug said...

Oh Celly...I would have CRIED over that broken Araglin goblets!!! :( I hope you had insurance.

Your great aunt's china is just beautiful as is your dining room!! I love the deep green walls & your table & chairs make me drool. I should never have sold my wood set when moving to FL. :( I thought I wanted all new & cool looking. *kick~kick*

You're making wonderful memories for your children, believe me. Just like I remember the use of my pink depression plates for special occasions.

Thank you for the birthday wishes, too. :D

Mimi said...

A very lovely table with your special your children will have memories of family dinner just as you do. Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh what beautiful china -- and you've set your table just wonderfully with this -- I think family treasures are the best -- how lucky to be the recepient of these lovely dishes.

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Dreamgoddess said...

What a precious heirloom you received in your great-aunt's china. Your table looks so elegant and beautiful.