Thursday, May 26, 2011

Happy Anniversary

This week I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Beverly at How Sweet The Sound for Pink Saturdays, and The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays. It's the merry old month of May, and in addition to celebrating Mother's Day, Mr. Forest Manor and I also celebrate our wedding anniversary.  This Monday, May 23rd, marked our 24th anniversary. I've spent almost half of my life with my "Better Half".  That sounds like the name of a country music song :-)

I set the table for just the two of us this week.  And since we're celebrating the date we got married, we're using our wedding china.  I'll be just like Hyacinth Bucket (or Boo-Kay) and pull out my Royal Doulton china, sans the hand-painted periwinkles.  My pattern is "Juliet" and I really love these dishes!

While we were on vacation a few weeks ago, we were browsing around in some antique shops, and I found these vintage etched sherbets.  I've been looking for some for quite a while now, but could not find any for a price I was willing to pay.  I thought these were a bargain.  I bought six, and the owner threw in the seventh for free.  I haven't been able to find the maker on these yet, so maybe that's why they were a bargain;)  But they seem very well made, and they are very pretty -- just what I've been looking for.

Last weekend we received an unexpected gift, a silver anniversary gift a year early :-)  My husband's mother gave us half of her sterling flatware.  I was so surprised and excited!!!  The other half will go to my husband's brother and his wife.  What a generous gift to the four of us!

A treasured cake cutter/server given to us by my bridesmaids for our wedding gift.  Our initial is monogrammed on the front, with the date of the wedding on the back.

We got some extra place settings of our dishes, so we exchanged those for the bud vase...

and the sugar bowl.

I love the look of the pattern on the coffee cups.

We've had a really busy couple of weeks, and I was so tired last night, I couldn't finish this post. So with no further witty repartee from me, I'll just leave you to enjoy the rest of the pictures.  Hope you all have a great weekend!


On The Table:
China -- Royal Doulton "Juliet"
Vintage Sherbets -- Antique store find
Crystal Stemware -- Gorham "French Cathedral"
Sterling flatware -- International Sterling "Grande Regency"
Cake Plate -- Depression Glass "Cherry Blossom"
Cake Cutter/Server -- Wedding Gift
Crystal Salt and Pepper -- Wedding Gift
Place Mats and Napkins -- Gift from my mother-in-law


  1. Oh, I love it! That RD china is beautiful. If Hyacinth saw it, she would be jealous. (Loved that show). I love that particular style of sherbets and have been eyeballing some similar ones for a while now. I also love the sterling, and what a blessed girl you are to be a receiver. The cake server must be a treasure. I love it.

    The picture at the end with your wedding certificate and rings was the perfect finish.

    Happy Anniversary and two big thumbs up for this table!

  2. Happy Anniversary, Your table is so elegant. Love what you put together. Now I'm wondering what you are cooking for this dinner... I'm happy I stopped in ! Happy Thursday, Jules ♥

  3. Beautiful...elegant...what time should I be there for dinner?

  4. Happy Happy Anniversary! What a truly generous gift! Your new silver is lovely and goes with your extraordinarily beautiful dishes so well. I love your table. it's a perfect place to celebrate. May you have many more happy years. Thanks so much for dropping in and leaving your kind comments. xo marlis

  5. Happy anniversary, Denise! Isn't it wonderful that you still love your wedding china? It IS a lovely pattern! Congrats on the pretty etched crystal sherbets -- they remind me of my mother's Fostoria Navarre, but the stem is different. Your table is just lovely!

  6. Happy anniversary! I love your new etched glasses and your china is beautiful! A lovely table, Denise!

  7. Happy anniversary! Beautiful and elegant table, Denise.

  8. Happy Anniversary to you! Love your new sherbets! Your table is lovely, lighting issues or not. Love the photo of your rose on your napkin!

  9. Happy Anniversary! David and I will be celebrating 22 years this coming Wednesday. I have your Juliet pattern too.

    Susan and Bentley

  10. What a great gift from your Mother-in-law. You will treasure those and pass them down through generations to come. There is nothing more beautiful that vintage silver. Great find on the etched sherbert glasses. Thanks for posting (and for leaving a lovely comment on my post). Have an inspired week! ~CJ

  11. Denise, I think I've visited before but this post was lovely, I love your china and the etched glasses, they don't make glasses like that anymore. I also love the sterling from your MIL, that is a family heirloom. Happy Anniversary! xo,

  12. Beautiful Anniversary table! Hope you had a great time celebrating with your hubby. Your china is gorgeous, that great flatware gift from your mil i s terrific, great present!. Love the place mats and napkinss too from mil. The etched glasses are beautiful, who knows, I have antiques very similar from my mil's and they were Bohemian from Chzeck Rep. and they're etched by hand as they're antique like yours. I enjoyed your elegant tablescape, thanks for sharing. I'm also at SS.

  13. Happy Anniversary. The perfect table for two! Love those sherbets! Happy Seasonal Sunday!

  14. I think you should write that country song. And may I say that your in-law did a wise thing: dividing up the silver and getting it where it should go! Your table is very beautiful and totally elegant.

  15. Lovely table. Happy Pink Saturday!

  16. Happy Anniversary. Lovely table.

    - The Tablescaper

  17. Really Lovely, and Happy Anniversary! Your sherbet glasses are the "lace" on your table and I think it's gorgeous!!

  18. We LOVE "Keeping Up Appearances" at OUR house!

  19. Even if it doesn't have the hand-painted periwinkles, your china pattern is lovely! How wonderful to receive your in-law's silver so you can use now. Even Hyacinth would be pleased, I think.

    Nice find on the sherbets. They are exquisite.

    The yellow roses are a nice touch, as well. Beautiful table!



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