I thought I would show the process I went through because there were colors in this china that were difficult to coordinate.
Then I tried white with my crystal...
And decided I would go for a little color with the gold linen napkins...
Here are a few night shots...I picked up the purple color on the plates to combine with the blue and gold.
I actually used a silver ice bucket for the flowers...
I love these crystal sherbet glasses...
And my pride and joy...the "Louvre" by Wallace sterling master butter knife...
These sterling candle holders are "borrowed" from my mother, and I really *hope* she gives them to me:-)
Here are a few daylight shots with a different color napkin...
I love the icy colors on this china.
So there you have my mom's birthday table! We had so much fun getting this ready. My girls, 10 and 7 helped me set the table, clean the house and serve. I do not serve family style as I have learned that the easiest way is to either put the food out buffet style, or serve the plates. We opted to serve this one since it was a very special occasion. She loved it and, I hope, enjoyed letting someone wait on her for once! I will share the chocolate cake I baked from the Watkins Cookbook later:-)
Here is what it all is:
China; Minton "Avignon" from England around 1964
Sterling flatware: "Louvre" by Wallace from 1893
Mother of Pearl and sterling butter knives: Landers Frary and Clark
Crystal: Cristal D'Arques Durand "Longchamp"
Vintage silver chargers
Sterling candleholders passed down from family
Silver Butter dish: Oneida
Gold linen napkins: Marshalls
White linen napkins: vintage family heirlooms
Mother of Pearl napkin rings
Table runner; Walmart (So I confess to using a Walmart runner with bone china! I had this runner because I just liked the colors, though I had nothing to go with it. I then got the china and realized it was the same shade of blue/green.)
Please go look at the beautiful tables waiting over at Between Naps on the Porch!