Join me as I embrace and share truly authentic American country style by reclaiming the past...my family's past. Come along as I make my house a home on a $0 budget with reclaimed, repurposed, recycled and found treasures all out of my grandparent's old house, local junk shops and my parent's attic. And since we have to eat too, I'll sprinkle in some gardening, country recipes, and a whole lot of southern hospitality.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Anniversary...

Hi everyone! I wanted to share some photos from our anniversary dinner. I'll be linking up to "Tablescape Thursday" over at "Between Naps on the Porch," and for the first time to "Vignette Friday" over at Color Outside the Lines.   And now a disclaimer: I am having issues in the photography department, so if you notice different colors, it's because it went from sunny to dark and stormy, then dark and I tried two different cameras. Fun. On to the table...



I really wanted something with some Spanish flavor, so my husband doesn't feel homesick! The closest thing I had was the Pier One "Vallarta" dinnerware. Remember from a previous post, that Dana from Ranch Dressing had some of this she was not using and sent it to me:-) There are some wonderful people here in blogland! 

I layered the "Vallarta" salad plate over a Durand "Cristal D'Arques" ruby glass dinnerplate, and a Mikasa "Italian Countryside" dinnerplate as a service plate. I used a gold charger. The organza napkin came from Walmart several years ago. The gold napkin is from World Market.



I wanted a table for two that would show the base of the table, so I placed the settings at opposite ends of the table, over which I draped five yards of damask layered with a runner I made...




To keep the Spanish feel going, I put a potted palm in a vintage brass and pressed glass punch bowl...



The candle holders are also vintage and family heirlooms.



I am a firm believer that you can set a pretty table with whatever you have, so I have combined a water glass from Walmart with an LG Wright "Daisy and Button" amber wine glass, and a "Sandwich Glass" cordial by Tiara.



I used beautiful square serving platter Dana gave me along with a large serving bowl on the other side.






It started to get dark, so I knew a little candle light would be perfect! 








In keeping with the gold accents, I used Oneida "Golden Julliard" stainless flatware. 








For dessert I made a Hummingbird cake. I'll share that recipe later. For now, Happy Anniversary to my
 sweetheart:-)
Anita




Be sure to visit "Between Naps on the Porch" and "Color Outside the Lines." Also, next Thursday I will have big news about a BIG giveaway from Mikasa! And I mean really big! Be sure and come back! 



25 comments:

  1. Tha's a very pretty table! I love how you mix and match things.

    A big giveaway from Mikasa is very exciting! I love their French Countryside pattern.

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  2. Beautiful Anita! I love the colors you have going on here. So pretty!! I love that your header is showing some fall too. Can't wait for a season change.
    Sherry

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  3. HELLO ANITA,

    WOWEE!!! I LOVE THE WAY IT ALL CAME TOGETHER!!! THIS IS ONE OF MY FAV YOU HAVE DONE...WELL ME BEING SPANISH AND ALL...LOL MY GRANDFATHER WAS BORN IN SPAIN AND MY GRANDMOTHER IN PUERTO RICO :)
    LOVE IT!!! IT SINGS TO ME :)

    HAVE A GREAT REST OF THE WEEK!!!
    XOX~MARI

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  4. Happy Anniversary...so beautiful and sexy too:) Screams romantic, and you captured the wonder Spanish flair and culture here.

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  5. Love your table Anita! So romantic! Happy Anniversary!

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  6. Hola Anita, que preciosa puesta para dos, me encantó la mezcla de elementos y el bello camino.
    Feliz Aniversario!!!

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  7. You prepared a fabulous setting...just beautiful!

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  8. Vibrant, happy colors making my eyes just dance, trying to drink it all in.
    Your entire table is AWESOME & I loved seeing your legs! LOL


    Happy Anniversary to you & Mr. AFAR!
    May you have many, many happy occasions to celebrate together.

    fondly,
    Rett

    p.s. Tell your DH I said he's a doll...."hubba~hubba!!!"

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  9. Anita, your table is stunning...such beautiful rich colors. A very happy anniversary and many more!

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  10. Beautiful, beautiful! The Vallarta looks perfect on your table! Happy Anniversary and many, many more.

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  11. Anita, this is gorgeous! The Vallarta looks perfect in your home. Happy Anniversary and many, many more!

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  12. Happy Anniversary!! It looks just beautiful. So romantic! The perfect Spanish get away!

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  13. Happy anniversary! I just love the way you dressed the table. It is so romantic and rich. The dinnerware fits it beautifully. This has an old world feel to me. I am sorry to hear about your camera problems!

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  14. love the cloth puddling on the floor like a spanish dancer's skirt in the back.
    sharon -Table Escapes

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  15. First of all, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! You have set a beautiful table, I LOOOVE the colors! Your table itself is GORGEOUS! I loved seeing the base. Hope you had a wonderful day together!!! XO, Pinky

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  16. Anita,

    I love your table. I really love the way you draped the fabric - very romantic. The dishes are exquisite.

    Happy Anniversary!

    Carol

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  17. I think you achieved your goal. It looks really nice. I love the fabric all draped on the floor and also love your accents!

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  18. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Regarding our daughters...I have had good results from inviting her friends to sit at a beautiful table. When her guests started raving about the tablescape, she all of a sudden began to show pride....and an interest in the art of tablescaping. I didn't have to say much at all. The next time that we entertained them, she wanted to participate in creating the design...and so it began. Cherry Kay

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  19. And I forgot to say....That runner is magnificent. It creates a marvelous cohesiveness for your beautiful tablescape. Aren't we blessed by such generous friends! The plates are lovely. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

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  20. Hi Anita! This is Megan from Mikasa. We love the way in which you mix your Italian Countryside plates with your other dinnerware. So unique!

    We're sharing this post with our Facebook and Twitter followers!

    http://www.facebook.com/mikasadining
    http://www.twitter.com/mikasadining

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  21. Gorgeous table! Hope you had a happy anniversary and will have many more!

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  22. Happy Anny what a stunning table of Love it is stunning .And the drapeing of materal is just the most perfect touch.Your heart just goes into your scapes and it shows .Oh i dont know if you know this little trick put you candles in freezer and they will burn slower and wont drip :)

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  23. Crash away!!!!! I'm so so so happy that you stopped by and linked up. I meant to invite everyone buy my 9-5 prevented me from being able to get around to do it! But please know, ANYTIME I do a meme, you're invited OVER and OVER and OVER again! :) LOVE THIS! And Happy Anniversary! So cute! :) Oh, and yes - I'll definitely be back for the giveaway! Love Mikasa!

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  24. Thanks for checking out KC's website and her music. I have zero objectivity where she is concerned. Cherry Kay

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