Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Table for Two on New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve 2009


Layers, layers, layers.

A red toile bedspread makes a colorful tablecloth, and it tells a story of French milkmaids, chateaus, and courting couples.



My mother brought a ton of ivy, and I wound it though organdy napkin sheaths, dishes, crystal, old silver, and a glass candle stick. For the centerpiece, I used a clock.
Our menu will appear on Foodie Friday--well, unless I burn something.
Here lately, I've even been burning toast. The kitchen gods are not pleased. But Mr. Linky will be here Thursday evening if you want to share your menu.

I bought the pink champagne glasses a long time ago. The white dinner plates are Wedgwood, mixed with retro china from the 1950s.

Tablescaping Notes:

Mixed china

organdy napkin sheaths -- Horchow

red checkered napkins by DII



Please stop by http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/2009/12/welcome-to-71st-tablescape-thursday.html to visit with our sweet hostess of Tablescape Thursday, Susan, and to enjoy beautiful tablescapes from across blogland.

63 comments:

  1. Beautiful setting and images.

    I hope you and Dr. Gollum have a very Happy New Year!

    Hugs, B.

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  2. Lovely! We spend our New Year's eve with just the two of us here. Quiet and nice - Mardi Gras may be another story :)

    Happy New Year!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

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  3. Love it ~ How romantic! and I love the clock!
    Happy New Year!

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  4. Happy New Year!

    It's a great tables -- love the bedspread as a table cover!

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  5. be still my heart, i swear i uttered those very words... this is my very favorite table you have done, LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! oh i love love love this~ that first shot could win a prize...

    have a happy happy real blue moon new years eve, thanks for the big smile, i loved my visit!

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  6. Very pretty, ML!You could play Romeo and Juliet over the landing! LOL..
    And yes, I made something tonight for Foodie Fri.. I have been absent of late!
    Cheers! Good health!

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  7. Exquisite Michael!

    Also want to wish YOU and YOUR FAMILY.......A HEALTHY, HAPPY and PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR and may your new book be on the 2010 Best Seller List.

    Many hugs -Brenda-
    P.S: 'The Mice' were a big hit with both young and old alike.

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  8. With this setting you and Dr. are bound to have a very special, romantic evening! The bedspread is inspired and the clock the perfect centerpiece! LOVE the red!!!! I wish you and yours a happy, HEALTHY and prosperous (great book sales) New Year!!!!!! XO, PInky

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  9. Love your style. Looking forward to your posts in 2010.

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  10. Love that toile paired with the ivy. The pink champagne glasses are pretty--I gave up pink champagne many years ago---it had a tendency to make me fertile :) Hope you have a lovely quiet NY eve and a happy and healthy 2010!

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  11. Absolutely lovely! I love the combo of the red and ivy. Such a romantic setting!

    Happy New Year!
    ~Liz

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  12. I did a table for two too. Yours is just incredible! I love the red toile tablecloth. Happy New Year! --Delores

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  13. This is so very romantic! Love the clock, the tablecloth/bedspread, and the ivy. The black is so stately...I love it on the banister, your chairs, and the champagne! Thanks so very much for sharing. This was truly a treat! Have a happy new year!

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  14. Oh how beautiful! I love ivy and I was almost panting when I read your title with toile! I adore toile! This table is perfect for a romantic new year's eve dinner!

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  15. Wow! That's the first word that comes to mind. I LOVE that first photo of the toile tablecloth next to the staircase. Just beautiful. I love toile and you created a very striking table with the beautiful fabric, the organza napkins, the ivy and the telephone just sets it all off. Beautiful!!!!!!

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  16. Whoa! How oh so lovely this table for two is. Love that toile cloth...gorgeous.
    Everything is just perfect.
    A very Happy New Year to you and yours!!

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  17. I just love the red toile! I think I must have a red toile tablecloth by next Christmas. So pretty with the red checks and ivy...Have a Happy New Year! Miss Bloomers/Sonia

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  18. Gorgeous and soooooo elegant! And that iron railing, what can I say?? Beautiful!!

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  19. We'll spend New Year's Eve just the two of us here at home. My favorite way to celebrate! Love the idea of the toile bedspread on the table and the clock as a center piece is the perfect choice to bring in the new year. Clever!
    Cheers to you ... Sarah

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  20. WOW Michael, I echo Food with Style's comments, in fact that is exactly where I was when I saw your top photo and was so delighted when I clicked and found it was yours. A perfect table in a perfect setting. May all your wishes come true in 2010, hugs, Kathy.

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  21. Beautiful Gollum...As usual!
    A charming table for two..
    Toile is so versatile isn't it!
    We're both doing a table for two this evening;;;
    Happiest of new Years to you and yours...
    xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  22. Wow!!! Michael I adore your toile bedspread used as a tablecloth.. Fantastic idea for a romantic table set for 2.. had to giggle when you said you've been burning toast lately... I hope you have a fantasic 2010.. Happy New year my friend.. hugs ~lynne~

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  23. Happy New Year! I have so enjoyed your blog and look forward to your 2010 creations.

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  24. This is just gorgeous…what it not to love about it all. The staircase, the tablecloth and I even love the chairs. This belongs in a magazine. Happy New Year's!

    Susan

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  25. I love the toile. This just looks so romantic.

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  26. Hello, Michael. Yours was the first Tablescape Thursday post I visited this evening (well, after Susan's ... of course)! I'm always delighted when I see that you're a participant. I know we're in for a visual treat and a healthy dose of that sparkling wit of yours!

    I made Turkey Doodle Soup for Foodie Friday and took a slightly unappetizing photograph. Now I just have to remember how I made it and write down something that resembles a recipe.

    Your toile table is truly romantic and absolutely gorgeous. Your beautiful photographs captured it perfectly!

    Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

    Bill

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  27. I love the unexpected little nook where your beautiful toile tablescape is set. Such an intimate table for two and perfect for New Year's Eve! The clock is a great touch!
    Happy 2010!
    DD

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  28. Okay, I'm DRIVING UP RIGHT NOW TO YOUR HOUSE (you're in TN, right?) and WEATHER BE DAMNED because I LOVE that toile. Just kiddin' ya...I'm not a stalker, I promise :)
    But...
    Dang, dang, dagnabbit it......I AM ECSTATIC about the toile. And it's not your every day toile, no siree, it's DIVINE!
    Hugs, Lana Austin

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  29. I had trouble with my google account so I don't know if what I originally said was submitted or not. It's good to have you back in the TT mode. Besides (Queen Susan), your's are among the best.

    Julio's are over the top. He must live in a palace.

    Hope your book does well in 2010. Jackie

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  30. I just love that red toile tablecloth, Michael. Your tablescape is stunning. Great idea of the clock for the centerpiece. Happy New Year!...Christine

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  31. Michael, I've never heard of napkin sheaths. What a pretty and unique idea. Even my napkins might look pretty with some of those. Aren't you clever to use that pretty toile bedspread as a table cover. Happy New Year! laurie

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  32. I just love the toile! It is beautiful! The layers of white, the glasses, The clock for Midnight Kiss! You and Doctor Gollum and Mister have a Happy New Year! Not sure what we are doing I thinking hubby may go to a casino, and I be home alone. I need to put a plan together for New Years Day, I'm sure the kids will be coming in. I showed my new things with my Candy land Peppermint/gingerbread dishes. Check out my brownies. I took pictures to show how to make them. Happy New Year.

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  33. Hi,
    I love your toile tablecloth and your clock made me smile and think of Cinderella...I have grand-daughters ;). Your vintage champagne glasses are a classic favorite of mine.
    Enjoy a happy healthy new year.

    Maryrose

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  34. * Dear Michael~

    Now THAT'S the way to start the NEW YEAR off ~~~~ with "THE RIGHT STUFF"!!! (I'M SMITTEN with all that DELICIOUS BEAUTY!!!)~~~

    Sending the VERRRRY BEST to you, & all those you love & hold dear, for a HEALTHY, HAPPY and BEAUTIFUL NEW YEAR!!! (OMG, that RHYMES!)~

    Love n' hugs,
    Linda, Jim & Belle *

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  35. What a stunning table at the foot of the stairs! Love the red toile and the layers of napkins. It is a perfect setting for a romantic supper. Who would think to add in a clock? What thought and effort went into this!
    Hope the upcoming new year is all that you would like it to be.

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  36. Excuse me while I put my slipper-socks back on....you just knocked 'em off with this one, Michael! It is glamorous, engaging, aesthetically pleasing, clever,(♥ the bedspread/tablecloth) poetic & soooo genteel. I'm running out of adjectives to describe how I feel about it. You are truly talented, Lady!

    I have enjoyed your blog so very much this past year. Thank you for sharing your beautiful world & I hope that you and Dr. Gollum have a very happy & healthy 2010.

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  37. What an elegant table for two! The toile bedspread gives such and warm but regal touch. It's wonderful how you intertwined the ivy, but my favorite are the napkins! I hadn't noticed those in the Horchow catalog. I'll have to take a closer look.

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  38. Oh, I love your idea of using the clock as the centerpiece. That is brilliant.

    I adore the toile tablecloth. I have been looking for a red toile tablecloth. Where in the world did you find one?

    And, those organza napkin sheaths.♥♥♥

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  39. Seems like a very special evening you have set. I wish you and yours the best for the New Year and I will keep coming back to read more and more posts.

    You can visit my small blog at your leisure as well.

    Happy 2010!

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  40. Beautiful table for 2. Love the color.

    Happy New Year!!

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  41. Oh, all my favorite things..red toile, ivy and a romantic staircase! Thanks so much for sharing..I loved it.

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  42. Love your romantic little corner with the beautifully set table. Nice idea using the old clock covered in ivy as the centerpiece. A very Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  43. Oh, Michael - I love how cozy and beautiful your little niche is. Beautiful!

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  44. This looks so pretty, and the clock centerpiece is so perfect for a New Year's Eve dinner! I could never use those napkins though. Way too pretty.

    Justine :o )

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  45. BEAUTIFUL!!!!
    Happy New Years and thx for visiting & following my new blog!!!

    ChEERS!!
    :D Lynda

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  46. Greetings Michael!

    What a beautiful vignette at the bottom of a fabulous staircase. The red toile fabric is so visually rich. I love it. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration.

    Julio

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  47. OH! The bedspread/tablecloth and clock/centerpiece are my favorites!

    Happy New Year ..... CHEERS!

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  48. Wow, Michael...I don't think I've ever seen red toile that vibrant and gorgeous...beats the heck out of the tablecloths you find in the stores. Those napkin sheaths are beautiful...will have to look for some of those. I like how they don't add a lot of bulk...just right. LOVE the clock centerpiece and a fabulous clock, it is! Happy New Year! Drink lots of bubbly...2010 is going to be awesome!

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  49. It looks so lovely! It will be just my husband for dinner at home tonight..I am looking forward to it!

    A happy healthy and prosperous 2010 to you and yours!

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  50. Happy New Years to You Michael Lee. I hope it brings only good things. I love your tablescape...and I have to admit I am coveting your red toile. I'm smitten.

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  51. This is truly lovely. Thank you for sharing this elegant table with us. Happy New Year!

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  52. Just gorgeous!! Of course, I love the red.

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  53. What a wonderful way to spend New Year's Eve and what a gorgeous way to suround yourselves with all of that beautiful toile. I love it! Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

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  54. Gollum, you socked it out of the ballpark with this lovely table! It's stunning!

    Happy New Year to you, Dr. G., Bandwith, your dear mother, and Mister! Hope it is a sensational year for one and all, filled with blessings overflowing...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  55. Love the use of a bed spread!

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  56. Love the warm color, perfect for our winter white landscape outside! I'm wondering, how many dishes do you have UNDER the table? You know...I'm always scoping for places to hide my own stash!! LOL!!!

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  57. This is perfect; so bright and cheerful like the new year! I love this tablescape and all it's color.
    Happy New Year.

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  58. Very beautiful tablescape. So creative! I would never have thought to use a duvet! I love it!

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  59. Love this tablescape and always love "dinner for two". btw...Am I the only one that has a hard time with your "dotted" background? It makes my eyes hurt...very distracting...sorry :{

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  60. We just opted to stay home by ourselves this New Years, and now I am inspired to make it a decorative evening! I am smitten with that red toile by the black and white staircase.

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There you are! I'm so glad you're here. Love, MLee xxoo

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