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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Let There Be White Challenge

This week Cuisine Kathleen  challenged us to do a Let There Be White tablescape. White isn't a color as far as I am concerned...everyone knows I ♥♥♥ lots of real color...so this was hard for me.


I started with a white on white embroidered organdy tablecloth and white Battenburg type napkins.



The sterling flatware is International Frontenac, circa 1903.


The charger plates are Royal Staffordshire. I haven't had time to look up the pattern. The dinner plate is Tabletops Unlimited Chantilly and the salad plate just has a B inside a shield. The chargers and dinner plates were found at Savers and the salad plates at TJMaxx about 5 years ago. I have them in aqua and green also.





The green stemware is also from Savers...$2.99 for 4. Not sure who the maker is, but seems like I have seen similar ones at Pier One Imports.


Today, July 30,  is our 25th wedding anniversary...Howard got me this beautifully colorful bouquet, so it will serve as the centerpiece.





Thanks for taking the time to visit today...do come back the next time.

I will be joining Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish and hope that you will go over to check out all of the other inspiring tablescapes.

49 comments:

Beth (Murraysmom) said...

All white would not be my choice either, but you've done a marvelous job with it. The napkins and tablecloth remind me of pieces I have that were left in a chest of drawers I bought.

The thing I love the best is the beautiful bouquet of flowers! They are gorgeous and all that white just makes them pop right out!!

Happy anniversary, Marigene and Howard!

Anonymous said...

Very simple but lovely. The flowers are gorgeous.....the mixed colors are striking. Also, I loved last week's tablescape...love the greens.
LY,
Delma

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Happy 25th to you and Howard! The bouquet is one of the prettiest I have seen. The white table makes the bouquet really stand out.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking time on your anniversary to delight us with a gorgeous tablescape. Happy day. hugs, bbb

Dianne said...

First of all, Happy Anniversary! I love all the texture you brought to the "lack of color" in this challenge. Love your flowers. Dianne

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary!! You did a good job on the challenge. Tell the "cuz" he did good on the posies. Love you both. Bev

Sarah said...

An all white table is very fitting for a 25th wedding anniversary, and you did a lovely job. I really like all the textures you used. It adds great interest to an all white setting. Well done! Kudos to Howard for selecting the beautiful bouquet of flowers. Happy Anniversary! ~ Sarah

Pat Cantwell said...

Marigene,
Happy 25th Anniversary, dear friend!!! The floral centerpiece is beautiful!!!
An exquisite tablecloth, dear one!!!
Great choice of white dinnerware and elegant flatware!!!
I, too, struggled with the all white challenge! Now that I've met the challenge. . .I'm on to color. . .lots, and lots, and lots of color!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Happy Anniversary! Your bouquet is gorgeous, as is your table. I had the same problem, everything is color. :) Just lovely!

Tricia said...

Happy anniversary! The 25th is a big milestone! I'm with you -- I'm All About Color -- but you've done a wonderful job with this table. I love the textures you've used to add interest.

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Howard!
I love the simplicity yet elegance of this table setting. Everything is so full of details from the place settings to the tablecloth! Love the colors, so calming. Your friend, Sue Z.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Marigene this is a pretty table in all white, but my favorite part is the lovely bouquet from Howard! Congrats on 25 yrs!
hugs,
Linda

Dawn@ We Call It Junkin.com said...

I think it is very pretty! you can't go wrong with Battenburg lace. Well done, very elegant.

Dawn@ We Call It Junkin.com said...

Oh, and a very Happy Anniversary to you!

Sweetladyelaine said...

Your table is very pretty....your flowers are beautiful! Happy Anniversary and many more. Have a great day & weekend. I didn't know that we are suppose to do a white table...I goofed!

Blessings My Friend,

Jan said...

Gorgeous table setting and the centerpiece is beautiful - Happy Anniversary! Even though it's just the two of us now that the children are grown, Bob and I have dinner in the dining room every night with napkins, flatware, the whole shebang. It just makes us feel special! -- Jan

Tea in Texas said...

What a lovely tablescape with the gorgeous linen tablecloth as your background. I love the texture of your stacked china. The bouquet of flowers is fabulous and perfect for your anniversary. Hope your celebration was wonderful and have a terrific week!

Pam

Diane said...

So pretty and I love the shade of green that you chose to use with the white. I have an obsession with silver and your Frontenac is gorgeous!!! Love that tablecloth, too.

Christine Graves said...

I accepted her white dish challenge too...and it was harder then I thought! I love those top plates, well actually all of them. lol

I have a thing for scroll edged plates...your table turned out wonderful, like it always does when I visit. Happy Anniversary!

Mary said...

Marigene~ Happy Anniversary! Your editing of your photos show off the textures so beautifully! I'm swooning over floral details on your flatware!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Marigene, Happy Anniversary! Your flowers are absolutely gorgeous!! And the table is beautiful in all white with your silverware and the green goblets. I found this challenge to be much more difficult than I though it would be, but your almost all white table is wonderful. Linda

thepaintedapron.com said...

hi Marigene, your tablecloth is so pretty, it makes your whole table incredibly special~
Jenna

Pat@BPM said...

It's beautiful Marigene!

Happy Anniversary!

Beeutiful by Design said...

Happy anniversary-that is a wonderful milestone far too many marriages do not achieve in this day and age! The battenburg linens are lovely. Jennifer

Cathy said...

Wow! hope 25th anniversary was a great one. Love all the different texture of your plates. It was also hard for me not to add more color.

Your hubby did well with the flowers.

Cathy' Cupboard Calamity <;)

Rettabug said...

GORGEOUS!!! both the table AND those spectacular flowers. Howard deserves a BIG kiss for those!
Happy Belated Anniversary to you both & many, many more together.

Delicious old linens make my ♥ skip a beat.

Hugs,
Rett

Monica @ Texas Fiesta Ware Fan said...

Happy Anniversary! I hope it was wonderful. Your table is beautiful as always.

The Tablescaper said...

Such a spectacular tablecloth. And that flatware is so amazing. Every time you use it I swoon a bit. I have a single serving spoon from my Mom in that pattern. Until you started posting it, I never realized it was a full set.

- The Tablescaper

xinex said...

Happy Anniversary to you both, Marigene. May you have many, many more happy years together. Love the table, it's very pretty and simple. My faves are the tablecloth and flatware....Christine

Kathleen said...

Happy Anniversary, Marigene. Thanks for taking the challenge, esp since you found it difficult. Your table is beautiful, I love all the texture in the dishes. Gorgeous flowers!

kitty said...

Happy Anniversary Marigene! I love all your pretty and different white dishes. What a beautiful burst of color with your hubby's sweet bouquet of flowers. They make the perfect centerpiece.

Entertaining Women said...

Happy Anniversary! The bouquet is perfect for your centerpiece. The Savers salad plate takes my breath away. What a gorgeous design. The green goblets are Libby. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Debbie said...

Happy Anniversary! I was drawn to that beautiful arrangement of flowers right away.

Your table is lovely, and the loveliest part is the place setting itself. The patterns on the whites could stand all by themselves with no other color at all. The pop of green was just icing on the cake.

And I LOVE your sterling!!

Babs said...

Your tablescape is so pretty. Love all the detail on your gorgeous tablecloth, and on each of the plates. Your hubby picked out a really beautiful bouquet. Happy Anniversary to you both!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

You did a great job, your table setting is beautiful! The dishes are gorgeous and so are your linens. The multi-color bouquet of flowers sure stand out nicely against all the paleness. Fabulous silver flatware!
Happy Anniversary! Big hugs,
FABBY












Crystal Grandeur said...


Happy Anniversary to you.Your table looks lovely with those pretty glasses and white plates.The high light is your flower arrangement on the pretty table cloth.Love sujatha...:):)

Scribbler said...

I believe you are right -- about the great minds. ;>)

Your table is way more elegant than mine, and that fabulous sterling is perfect with the "B" salad plates. If you ever get tired of it.... give me a call.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Your pictures have a very vintage look to them, Marigene. Very pretty!

Happy Anniversary! We just celebrated our 39th a couple of weeks ago :)

Bonnie said...

Happy 25th anniversary. Your anniversary flowers are very pretty on your table.

Everyone seems to find all the bargains. I love your layering plates and I wish for a ceramic charger. I think you did well with the all white tablescape.

Thank you for your visit. I wanted to visit everyone on let's dish but my kids are coming for 20 days and I have had a lot of preparation. I think I am going to take a blogging break although you lose touch when you do.

We celebrate 42 Aug 21st. Congrats again.

Lady of the Manor said...

Happy anniversary to you! We just celebrated our 25th last month. Your table is so elegant! I really love your silverware!!

Lady of the Manor said...

Happy anniversary to you! We just celebrated our 25th last month. Your table setting is so elegant!! I love that gorgeous silver flatware!!

Laurie Ritchey said...

Marigene, I love all of the wonderful patterns and textures in your stack of plates. You knew how to make a stack of white plates look pretty. Your bouquet is gorgeous. Belated happy anniversary. laurie

Sharlotte said...

This table is so pretty! The linens, dishes, and stemware add such texture. I've never seen your flatware pattern before, it's stunning! Beautiful! All the whites (neutrals) of your table are the perfect background to your gorgeous flowers from hubby! Congratulations to you both!!!

Jewel Sauls said...

Beautiful! What gorgeous flatware! Love the whole table!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

A beautifully set table...it reminds me of a table you might see if visiting an elegant home in Europe. Perfect for your celebratory dinner. Congratulations on your anniversary.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Happy 25th Anniversary! The flowers are beautiful and perfect for the all white tablescape. The silver is gorgeous and perfect for the "silver anniversary!"

Katherine

Rosemary and Thyme said...

What beautiful white dishes Marigene. So simple and yet very elegant. Your table is simple stunning. Happy Anniversary.. And thank you for visiting me and leaving me your kind words. I do appreciate it.

Janet

Mona said...

I don't know how I missed this lovely table, Marigene..love it! and Happy Anniversary a week late..
Love, Mona

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

So beautiful, Marigene! Love your flatware. As always, I see or tureen looking pretty in the background!...hugs...Debbie