Sunday, December 12, 2010

Birthday Party

 My birthday falls in December - and I love it!  What better time of year to be in a mood to celebrate with candles, glittery silver, velvet ribbons and sparkling dishes?  So when asked, "What do you want to do for your birthday?" I quickly responded, "Invite the kids for dinner. I'll decorate, you cook!" 
 My favorite J & G Meinkin Romantic England Ironstone dishes.  The salad plate features three grazing dears in front of Kent 13th Century Penhurst Place, thus transforming this set into a lovely Christmas setting.

This year I found the oversized deer at my favorite store, Home Goods.  I like the modern paired with the vintage.

 I found these water goblets online through, Royal Danube hand and mouth blown glass ($24 for four).  I bought all they had available so I can set a table for 16 on Christmas day.
The snowglobe below, I've had for years, purchased at Home Goods, featuring two deers grazing in the freshly fallen snow.  A winter fantasy! The globe winds up to play "Silver Bells."

 My favorite silver, Community Morning Star.  I first found a set at the local Goodwill, then I've added to it thanks to eBay.

 New from Home Goods, placecard holders Boston Warehouse Reindeer Run (set of four $7.99)

Pearl napkin rings with silver bell ornaments.

 Sideboard Reindeer and Santas and Candles Restoration Hardware 2009.

Built-in cabinet for storing way too many collections of vintage hammered aluminum, Pope Gosser Rose Point china, oversized Martini glasses, silver nativity scene and yet another Santa. Why can't I resist buying them? 

So I've set the table, put up the decorations and I'm looking forward to our grown-up sons, their wives/fiancee and granddaughter coming to visit. Can't wait!


  1. Hi CJ.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such sweet comments. I feel we all get inspired visiting each other. Looks like I am your first follower. Your table is beautiful with the Ironstone. I love the Reindeer! You have created a lovely vignette with the candles and Santas. Great deal on those beautiful glasses. Happy holidays...Linda

  2. The red transferware is perfect for your Christmas/birthday tablescape. The goblets are gorgeous, too! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  3. What pretty china! It's perfect for a festive table, especially paired with those stunning goblets you found. I hope your birthday was as delightful as your table!

  4. Oh your tablescape makes me feel merry and bright!

    Seasons greetings to you and yours.

  5. Dear CJ: First and foremost...HAPPY BIRTHDAY DECEMBER GIRL! I'm sure you had a very merry birthday with your handsome sons...which, by the way, They're in the pics of your pretty home and your gorgeous table. I love it all, the dishes are beautiful, the perfect goblets, EVERYTHING! Thank you for sharing and thank you for visiting my blog and for all the lovely comments, I'm very honored!
    Merry Christmas to you.

  6. Happy Birthday sometime this love how pretty everything is.

  7. Beautiful holiday decor!

    Merry Christmas!


    ps- here from the linky party #150!

  8. Beautiful Christmas decor. Love, love the dishes. Happy birthday to you!

  9. I would love to sit at a Christmas table with that beautiful red transferware. Your new glassware goes so nicely with the dishes...glad that you could get enough for your dinner.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!


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