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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Big Easy Party

Fat Tuesday is just a few days away and I'm ready for the big party.     I look forward to listening to zydeco music while having a nice dinner of crawfish gumbo and delicious king cake for dessert.   No, I will not be making the gumbo or cake. I will pick everything up at my local Publix.  I may even mix up one of those famous Pat O'Brien's Hurricanes, but only one since I have to work on Wednesday.   I have one of those souvenir glasses stored away from a visit to NOLA years ago.  I remember drinking several hurricanes that trip.   I also learned to make Bananas Foster at the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter.  It's amazing the information the waiters will share with \if you inquire.    I enjoy making it at dinner parties.  Guest always enjoy a flaming dessert.  








I used 3 gold illuminated finials by Valerie in the centerpiece. I wrapped Mardi Gras boas around the finals along with a musical themed garland.  

I adore the colors of Mardi Gras!  

The finals illuminated at night are fabulous!   

I used a purple table cloth with green and gold napkins.  I took several strands of beads and wrapped around the napkins.  I inserted the baby Jesus figurine in each ring.    

I found the pretty kelly green goblets at a local thrift store a few years ago.   I used the  Gourmet Basics By Mikasa Halston gold-plated flatware

I used a different mask at each place setting. 



Overhead view of the table. 

Overhead view of the place setting. 

The plate stack started with a purple table cloth.  The plate rings were purchased from Wisteria a few years ago.   The dinner plates are the MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check pattern. The purple salad plates are from Z Gallerie several years ago.   I topped the stack with a Mardi Gras themed paper plate.

The server is decorated with a gold tinsel wreath adorned with beads,mask and jester cap.  I layered in beads, a musical garland and feathered boas on top of a gold lame scarf.  

I used two illuminated candle holder pedestals by Valerie  on each end of the server.   I placed a gold glittered leaf candle ring by Valerie on top each pedestal.   I wrapped gold, green and purple beads around the candle ring and base of each candle then added a mask.  The flameless candles are from the Lisa Robertson collection. 

I placed a crown on top of my cake plate.  I will add the king cake to this over the weekend. 

I've had the porcelain jester for a few years. It's very delicate and I'm so afraid I will break it. 



Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Catherine
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sweethearts Forever XOXO

My Valentine's table celebrates the forever love of my late Mom and Dad.   I was so fortunate to grow up in a loving home with  parents that adored each other more than anything in the world. They were sweethearts forever here on earth and I know they are together again in heaven.   


Valentine's Day table. 

I think my Mom and Dad would enjoy sitting at this table and having a nice romantic meal.  









I mixed fresh pink roses and greenery with faux cream hydrangeas purchased recently at Pier One.   It's difficult to find fresh hydrangeas this time of year and if you do they only last a day. I've had the chinoiserie bowl for many years.   


I placed the chinoiserie bowl on top of a large silver scroll base mirror pedestal by Valerie Parr Hill.  They are in stock at QVC.  The white and pink crochet doily belonged to my Grandmother.  The heart shaped candy box is covered with a Lilly Pulitzer print.  I added  ball trim to the edge.  

Overhead view of the table. 

The plate stack starts with a large white embossed edge charger plate.  The dinner plate is part of my Mom and Dad's wedding china.  The pink heart shaped plates were purchased at Target years ago. 

I had a difficult time getting a decent photo of my Mom's fine china.  The pattern is Royal Jackson by Vogue Ceramic Industries. I'm not sure when the pattern was introduced, but I know it's at least 60 years old.  

Heart shaped plate purchased at Target several years ago. 

I used  my antique salt cellars at each place setting.   I found the antique spoons on a layover in Windsor Locks, CT over 25 years ago.  The spoon portion is a Peruvian coin.   The top of the spoon has a small alpaca.  I used my Mom's everyday crystal goblets. The pattern is  Park Lane by Mikasa. 

The heart-shaped frame napkin rings by Valerie Parr Hill are currently on sale at QVC.   I placed a picture of Mom and Dad made on their wedding day inside the frame. 

I used a red ribbon rose hand made by my Mom many years ago on the top of each heart shaped plate. 

The illuminated faceted gem hurricane by Valerie Parr Hill  sits atop one of her round mirror faceted glass accent piece.  I added her cascading pearl candle ring to the hurricane.  The illuminated hurricane really sparkles at night. 

Kari over at Me and My Captain posted these beautiful crystal knife rest recently on her blog.   They really add elegance and sparkle to the table.   

I added a decorated sugar cookie on top of a bread plate at each setting. 

I used the red cascading pearl candle rings by Valerie Parr Hill on top of her champagne lit candle holder pedestals.  Valerie offers these in so many pretty colors.  They are currently in stock at QVC.  The flameless candles are from the Lisa Robertson Collection. 

I added a stain glass flower that I made many, many years ago to a smaller pedestal that matches the one in the centerpiece.  I made this for my Grandmother Dorothy Smith's birthday sometime in the 80's.  I loved "breaking glass".  My glass sander and tools are packed away in storage.  Hopefully  one day I will have a place to make pretty pieces again one day.  
The Valentine themed plates were purchased a local thrift stores.  The clear round votive holders are from Z Gallerie.  They have a similar holder in store now.  I added a couple of my favorite candy boxes to each side of the server. 



XOXO

Catherine 


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