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Monday, November 5, 2012


We recently had 

the occasion to celebrate.

One of my cousins 

had a milestone birthday.

~ 50 Years ~

I wanted to honor Karyn

with a special luncheon for her and her girlfriends

as we had done ten years prior for her 40th.

It was the perfect occasion 

to use the gorgeous plates that were gifted me by 

Sacred Bird and Butterfly by Mottahedeh

This design is true to the original 

antique Chinese export china used in the 

Nathaniel Russell House in Charleston, SC.

The design is in 

iron red with 22k gold rim.

I chose to pair the plates with a 

woven rattan charger for this table.

The texture seemed to fit with 

the natural linen of the ruffled cloths 

used under each place setting. 

The added textural layers,

 atop the rustic canvas of the drop cloth

recently hemmed as a tablecloth, were each

selected to compliment the natural fall elements on the table.

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To compliment the elegance of the china   .   .   .

Sterling Antique Napkin Rings

Crisp White Linen Napkins

Sir Christopher by Wallace

Napoleonic Bee Stems 

by La Rochere of France

Even the invitations were chosen 

to compliment the design of these special plates.

Small grapevine wreaths 

tied with raffia and a touch of bittersweet 

served as place cards for each guest and then

 taken home as a party favor.

Fall Leaves and Acorns

Baby Boo Pumpkins

Touches of Bittersweet

Were scattered down the center of the table

A nod to autumn, 

the season of Karyn's birth.

Thanks for stopping by to visit today.

And a heartfelt "Thank You!" to my sweet friend,

Cherry Kay @ Entertaining Women.

I adore these plates!

Cherry Kay has also posted a table featuring 

 Sacred Bird and Butterfly 

Click HERE to see a gorgeous tablescape

in Cherry Kay's exquisite dining room.

Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits @ Stone Gable

My tip for this week: 

Buy inexpensive canvas 

drop cloths to use as a tablecloth.  

Just cut and hem to the size needed.


Sacred Bird and Butterfly, Mottahedeh
Rattan Chargers, Pier I
Sir Christopher, Wallace
Napoleonic Bee Glassware, Rochere France
Drop Cloth, Lowe's
Ruffled Linen Hand Towels, Wisteria
Cotton Duck Chair Covers, Wayfair
(Click HERE for a special friend referral code @ Wayfair)
Grapevine Wreaths, Dollar Store

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Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
You're Gonna Love it Tuesday @ Kathe with an E


Entertaining Women said...

I think that you were always meant to have the Sacred Butterfly plates. They are so perfect for your tablescape, and the Bitter Sweet looks like fine jewelry meandering down the table. I must go see if I can find some of this elegant bloom. I look forward to more "Tables for Two" with you. Maybe we'll use Patty's painted teapots as our next inspiration! Thanks for the play date. I had a ball! Cherry Kay

Steph's Stitching said...

Fun, fun, fun.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

How sweet! Such a wonderful tablescape, I really like your wreaths! She will surely feel like a queen!

It's All Connected said...

What a beautiful table setting to honour a fiftieth birthday! It's the perfect blend of nature and the best of man made artifice. ~ Maureen

Pondside said...

Lucky, lucky Karyn! What a lovely table, Sarah. I enjoyed yours and Cherry Kay's designs very much.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

That's a lovely fall table Sarah! Pretty plates and I love the Baby Boos as your centerpiece:@)

Carol at Serendipity said...

What a lovely table. I love the decorations for this time of the year and your plates certainly are perfect. Just delightful.


Tricia said...

Sarah, what a gorgeous table! I know your cousin felt honored by your efforts! I love the juxtaposition of these elegant dishes with the textures you've chosen, and the pumpkins and bittersweet just spell FALL! The individual wreath-placecards are adorable!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sarah, this is just stunning. I love the overhead shot with the table and chairs so beautifully dressed. Love the plates and the centerpiece is perfect.

La Table De Nana said...

Absolutely lovely..So elegant..I loved seeing the whole table!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

Sarah this is a gorgeous table setting! I love every single thing about it.

Shelia said...

Oh, Sarah! What a special celebration. Happy Birthday to your cousin and I'm sure she was amazed at the beautiful table you put together. The dishes are gorgeous and everything you put on the table looks fabulous. That is the most unusual fork I've ever seen. Is it a fish fork?
Thank you for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Sarah this is so lovely. The plates are amazing and the rest of the table a perfect compliment to them. What a wonderful party for your cousin! I love the little grapevine wreath at each chair. Hugs, Linda

Olive said...

Sarah, this is a wonderful table setting. Karyn is blessed to have such a cousin as you. xo, olive

Crystal Grandeur said...

Very Beautiful....:):):)

Sue said...

Sarah, we are all creative In different ways and your forte surely lies in your table decorations.
What a wonderful 50th present to sit at your table with friends and loved ones.

Laurie Ritchey said...

Sarah, this table is gorgeous! I had to pin it. I love every element of this table and this room. Did you have chair covers made, or are those ready-made? I love them, and they are so perfect with the tablescape. I love the ruffle on the ends of those placemats, and the tiny wreaths on the backs of the chairs. What pretty china from Cherry Kay. And of course, your gorgeous silver napkin rings to top off all of this beauty. I also love the placement of the flatware. laurie

Blondie's Journal said...

Your table is absolutely beautiful, Sarah! Every thought and detail so well done. I love the rustic blend of table linens and wreaths with the pretty china and silver. I would have been thrilled to have been a guest! You made the birthday girl very happy!


Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Just lovely! What beautiful dishes and I love your forks!, so unique - You paid attention to every little detail - great little wreaths and all the touches of autumn make it so festive! What a nice gift fromCherry Kay ~ she is one of my favorite bloggers!! i am off to see her table!

On Crooked Creek said...

Such an exquisite tablescape, dear friend! Your Mottahedeh Sacred Bird & Butterfly china is breathtaking! So elegantly displayed with the natural elements of your table! I have used dropcloth table coverings for my trade fair booths, but never thought of using them for dining. I, too, do the inverted pleat at the end...taught by my Grandmother! I adore your individual wreaths given as favors to your guests. What a special birthday!!! I'm sure it will be a treasured memory for your cousin!

Ron said...

What a beautiful table! You are a great friend for sure. Lovely!

20 North Ora said...

Your table is just gorgeous - every inch of it. How dear your cousin must be to you. You really went all out, The plates are beautiful.


Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Beautiful, Sarah! Love the acorns and bittersweet, baby boos, chair slipcovers with wreaths, and your dish choices.

Madge Bloom said...

What a simply gorgeous table scape and your honoring her is sweet! :-)

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

What a lovely tablescape! And a wonderful way to bless your cousin!

Angela ~ Call Her Blessed said...

Wow! Gorgeous!

Maggie said...

Dear Sarah,
Simply perfect, a special event beautifully arranged for a much loved relative. Those of us who have experienced your wonderful hospitality first hand know how much she will have enjoyed her day.

Johanna said...

Hi Sarah,
this is table art at its best. Nothing is more elegant than simple real flowers, fruit and herbs. You mixed them so perfect with the fine china and the rustic canvas. I think, your cousin Karyn was off about this wonderful celebration.
Best greetings, Johanna

Mary said...

Sarah, What a treat for your cousin~ all your details add up to a special celebration from your beautiful china to the wonderful inviations! I love the slip covered chairs and the ruffled cloths. Your wreathed-place cards are the crowning touch!

Suzy said...

Oh Sarah - your table is just lovely! I love all of the colors that you combined together. I bet that your friend was thrilled when she saw the table that you prepared for her!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Just stunning Sarah...just stunning!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, such a beautiful tablescape. I love the chair covers also, everything is stunning to the last detail. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

cathy@my1929charmer said...

What a beautiful tablescpace, love everything, china, centerpiece, table coverings, chair wraps etc. Your friendship must be so special with all the attention to detail your did. Looking for anymore friends? Thanks for stopping by and liking my drop leaf table and chairs.

Marlis said...

Sarah, your table is wonderful. I love that setting! The plates are so pretty and really work so well on this table. I am sure the gals had a blast. Did you make the chair covers, too? Thinking that dropcloths would be fabulous for those, too. xo marlis

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

This table is a WOW! Great job. Love those pretty plates :)

Lina @ Fancy Frugal Life via WOW

Wild Oak Designs said...

I love your table. Simply charming! Did you do the chair covers too? Wow, what a great sister.....

Red Couch Recipes said...

The plates from Cherry Kaye are beautiful and so elegant for this fall tablescape. I love celebrations and this on was special. I love all the white pumpkins and bittersweets. Such a great fall tablescape. Joni

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Your table is gorgeous! I just love silver napkin rings and monogrammed napkins....so classy!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Beautiful, Sarah! Your new plates are so pretty and I love the napkin rings. Thanks for joining my party.

Alycia Nichols said...

I love the idea of the place card wreaths as a take-home favor! What a great idea! The ladies HAD to love that!!! I'm sure your cousin was thrilled with the entire set-up! I love the drape of the tablecloth and the chair covers. The criss-crossed throws are an unexpected and wonderful touch, too. I am really taken with the "Sir Christopher" flatware. I like the Baroque pattern. Your centerpiece is a real knockout, too, with the raised and table-level pumpkins amides the bittersweet and leaves. Tres chic!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love all the pattern and texture to your table. The cover and slipcovers are fabulous. Beautiful table!!

Evi said...

it could not get more gorgeous!!!!
You just always amaze me. What a lovely birthday gift to her.
I was happy to spot the Bee glassware. I own the short and tall water glasses. Now I have to get the stemware.
Sarah, I also wanted to thank you for the very sweet and kind comment you left on Linda's blog. Thank you! The feeling is mutual!!!!!
Warm hugs, Evi

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

What a beautiful tablescape! I LOVE the silverware!!! All of it is just stunning ... and what a lovely room with all the windows!

Sonia said...

Your table is so beautiful..how wonderful you received those gorgeous plates from Cherry Kay! Love the colors and the natural elements on your table! Those white baby pumpkins are so pretty with the bittersweet. Your friend must have so enjoyed her party! Wonderful post!
Miss Bloomers

Lulu said...

I can see why you adore the plates....they are terrific as is your whole table. Talk about making someone feel special.

kitty said...

Gosh Sarah, what a lucky girl Karyn is. She must've felt so special to be honored at such a gorgeous table. I love the gifted dishes and all the sweet touches you made. Those wreaths are so pretty and I love the ruffled cloths atop the drop cloth tablecloth.

Marigene said...

Sarah, you have outdone yourself with this beautiful table! I ♥ everything about it, especially the plates.


Absolutelly gorgeous! I was 60 last Oct. 20, I should have let you know, dear Sarah..bet you would come up with something as exquisite and filled with great detail as this one..like the pumpkins as centerpiece, the lovely dishes you got from dear Cherry Kay and the dressed up chairs with the fall wreath detail in each. Makes a fabulous table, I totally love it!

Scribbler said...

We all know Cherry Kay has fabulous taste, and this is a testament to her great capacity for friendship. You have honored your friend in a beautiful way.

AshTreeCottage said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Sarah! Could not be more perfect.

Susan and Bentley

Infuse With Liz said...

Oh my what a beautiful table! You gifted dishes are gorgeous! Lucky you! I love all the fall accents and the wreaths with their names...fabulous job!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what a beautiful table. Such a special way to celebrate!

Jocelyn @

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Lovely photography!
Beautiful autumn tablescape with gorgeous fall colors.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

xinex said...

This is really beautiful, Sarah. I love how you cobined natural fabric and elements to complement the elegant china. The contrast looks splendid. I will have to remember to buy a dropcloth and try using oit one time. I also love what you used for placemats. I really enjoed this table, thanks for sharing....Christine

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Sarah, what a gorgeous Fall table! Your cousin surely has the most wonderful memories of her milestone birthday celebration. You and Cherry Kay did wonderful Tables for Two this week!

I hope you'll stop by. I'm requesting info from all of my tablescaper friendss...

debra said...

oh my goodness how beautiful! :)

The Tablescaper said...

What a beautiful party and celebration.

- The Tablescaper

Divine Theatre said...

You were royalty in a past life! I just know it!
If you wrote a book I would be first in line to buy it!



Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

That table is gorgeous, and so many lovely details.

French Girl in Seattle said...

Bonsoir Sarah. Thank you for stopping by today. You truly are the "table setting Mistress" :-) I wish you had been around to help me set up for my Julia and Jacques party a few days ago! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

French Girl in Seattle said...

Oh, and one more thing: I forgot to mention I do remember very well the great post you wrote on Julia Child at the end of the summer. You told me about a fun birthday party you had a while back with a Julia impersonator, I believe? :-) Veronique

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Sarah, what a very special table setting to honor a fiftieth birthday! Your cousin must have been smiling!

The French Hutch said...

An absolutely stunning table! What a beautiful way to celebrate a birthday. I'm sure the guest of honor was thrilled. This table is so elegant with the beautiful Mottahedeh pattern. I love how you used fall touches and color for your centerpiece. Just Gorgeous! I will be borrowing your ideas Sarah. The drop cloth from Lowe's is brilliant. You really have a flair for tablescapes and vignettes Sarah. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us............
Hope your weekend is wonderful.

The French Hutch

Karen Harvey Cox said...

What a beautiful table, Susan. I like the tip about the tablecloth. Your cousin must have been thrilled at how gorgeous everything was. Lovely ideas for Thanksgiving too.


Bernideen said...

Oh my this is beautiful - you have done a wonderful thing for her!

Beth said...

Your table looks stunning and very seasonal. I love the tablecloth and chair covers. They set the tone for the table. Beautiful plates and chargers, and your silver is just gorgeous!


Indeed a splendid table for the b'day girl. I'm still crazy about it all..so glad you came by once more, this way I get to peek at this beauty table again too! Have a great weekend, dear Sarah.
Big hugs,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dear friend, this table is so WARM with love and SUPER BEAUTIFUL GOODIES that are a feast in themselves! A beautifully put together table is just as important, to ME, as the meal.

HAPPY CELEBRATION AND thank you for coming to visit! I hardly had time to put my thoughts together on this post, but I appreciate your kind words! Anita

Carolyn said...

That is simply beautiful-all of it!!! I am sure your guests were very impressed-a treat to be there!


Babs said...

OMGosh, Sarah! I can't believe your table cloths are made from drop cloths. Love the color and the chair covers. Of course, your china is fabulous, and the bittersweet and white pumpkins accent it perfectly. LOVE the napkin rings, too, and flatware..so pretty.

The Tablescaper said...

Geat to have Seasonal Sundays back up, running, and having you be part of it!

- The Tablescaper

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Very tastefully done. Love the natural elements.

Ruthie Miller said...

Such a beautiful table! I love all the elements. You complimented those dishes perfectly. Your friend was lucky to have such a birthday celebration. I am sure she appreciated it.
Super idea about the tablecloths.
Ruthie from: http://www.ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com

Jeanne, backyard neighbor said...

Hi Sarah, happy birthday to Karyn. Her party was a beautiful even right down to the gifted sweet wreaths. Just Beautiful in every way.

Chenille Cottage said...

Oh...My goodness! I'm just sure that I have popped in to a party at a five star restaurant..."The Four Seasons", perhaps? What a spectacular table...and, what a precious time you must have all had celebrating together.
I'm so glad you shared this special day, my friend!
Carolynn xoxo

Patty (Patty's Pretty Things) said...

Everything on your table is just lovely. The wreaths were such a nice take home treat!

Patricia Hinkel said...

Your table is decorated with all the fall elements that make it a very pretty table.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Happy 50th birthday to your cousin, Karyn! She is indeed blessed to have you as her cousin and to have such a wonderful party celebration. You tablescape looks beautiful, Sarah. I love the dishes and your creative ways of decorating.

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Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

What a gorgeous table! Love the plates...they are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which goes live at 8am CST on Monday. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com

Judy Bigg said...

What a special table for a 50th birthday. Every element is perfect. Each has its own wow factor: the plates, napkin, napkin rings, and the natural elements are beautiful. All so gorgeous Sarah.

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

This is one of my favorite tables I've seen of yours. I love every detail from the colors to the textures and the wreaths on each chair...such a special touch. I bet your friend Karyn was blown away by this! What a wonderful birthday luncheon, Sarah.

mrs. c said...

Lovely! This is my style of table setting! I like using natural elements as decorations. Hubby and I collected lots of different items but now I am on the hunt for osage apples-I love the bright green. I want to use them in the bottom of my clean glass containers.

French-Kissed said...

You must have had so much fun designing this table setting around those gorgeous plates...love the way you put this one together and I am sure your cousin was thrilled with the party.


Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

What a gorgeous room for a party, with the windows and French doors! Would you tell me where you found the chair covers? The whole setting and place card idea was so well thought out and festive!

Joanne Bischof said...

This is absolutely love. What a special time with friends and loved ones!

Sherry said...

Beautiful Sarah! Love the little wreaths. Thanks for linking up with HSH!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

This looks amazing - what a wonderful celebration! Love the tablesettings - my husband will be celebrating his 50th this year! Good year! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Kathleen said...

Wow! You did a fabulous job! Love all the wonderful details, the chairs, everything decorated so nicely! Your cousin must have been thrilled!
Please excuse the lateness of my visit.

Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily Farm Girl said...

I love this post! New fan here via Sunny Simple Life. I would love for you to come share at my Farm Girl Blog Fest: http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/11/farm-girl-blog-fest-9.html

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