Saturday, January 9, 2010

Silver and Blue - The Perfect Pair

In my mind silver and blue make a perfect pair, so I'm pairing today's post for both Silver Sunday with Gypsy Fish Journal and Blue Monday with Smiling Sally.

I was thrilled last week when I discovered Gypsy Fish Journal. Beginning last Sunday Beth began hosting Silver Sunday. I arrived too late to participate last Sunday, but wanted to join in the fun for Silver Sunday #2. For those who haven't yet visited Gypsy Fish, you are in for a treat. First she shared a "sweet silver succulent garden", and this week she has silver treasures from her grandmother.

The piece of silver I'm sharing today isn't but a decade old, and it certainly isn't fine silver. But it is a sweet remembrance of a milestone holiday. Remember New Year's 2000? It was the beginning of a new millennium, and the world was filled with excitement. (and worry about the Y2K bug)

This was a gift from my husband for our New Year's 2000 celebration. It is a silver champagne bottle engraved with MILLENNIUM 2000. It was marketed by Twos Company and was made in India. It's not a high quality silverplate so some of the silver has begun to wear a bit. It was just meant to be a souvenir of this historical year.

You can see in the photo above that it screws apart so that one can place a bottle of bubbly within. Then one has a "silver champagne bottle" perfect to bring in a new millennium. I figure that someday it will be a collector's item. Not to mention the fact that I think it was a very thoughtful gift from my husband!

The petite arrangement of blue hydrangeas and orange tulips was a party favor. I've never been to a baby shower before where I went home with a party favor. Have you? The hostesses had lined the centers of the three long dining tables with alternating arrangements: some of blue hydrangeas with orange tulips, some of orange roses, and some of blue hydrangeas with orange kalanchoes. Then at the party's end, they sent everyone home with one arrangement. Don't you think that's the sweetest idea for party flowers?

I came home with one of the tulips and blue hydrangeas. I adore the blue polka dots on the brown ribbon. Have you guessed what the color pallet is for the nursery? Yes, the mother-to-be has used aqua with brown and a touch of vintage cowboy fabrics.

In addition to visiting all the silver spotlighted on Silver Sunday and all the blue on Blue Monday, I recommend a visit to a post I read last week: L' Heure Bleue @ Poppedijne

Thanks for joining me today. I do hope you'll leave a comment to let me know you stopped by to visit.


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Sarah,
    Don't you love discovering new blogs that just "speak" to you and make you want to join in the fun?
    I'll go and visit the two new ones you mentioned soon.
    BTW The flower arrangement from the baby shower is gorgeous.
    Do you believe that I've never been to a baby shower in my entire life!!

  2. I'm in with anything that has polka dots! Tulips are so darned refreshing this time of year.

  3. Sarah, anything to do with flowers, I love. And the arrangement you brought home was adorable. What a clever idea.

    Your husband has to be the most thoughtful one, the champagne bottle is a treasure.

    All of you bloggers are such an inspiration!

    Have a nice Sunday!

  4. OMG, the Y2K bug! Planes were going to fall out of the sky, elevators would get stuck, our world would just stop working! Well, thank goodness that never happened.

    I haven't visited in such a while Sarah, my apologies. I loved this post and the flower arrangement was lovely.

    I got myself caught up with your holiday posts. I loved the buffet you put together and your pink and b/w theme, your lovely tea towels, your Christmas tree and the snow people. I collect snowmen and ladies myself.

    Wishing you a wonderful New Year, Bonnie

  5. What a great piece for a little bubbly...a new year's tradition I'm sure. Thanks for joining the party.
    See You Next Sunday......
    {{gypsy hugs}}

  6. Great bottle. What a thoughtful husband. Man, I do remember the mahmem - Y2K bug, etc. Yikes.

    Love the flower favor, particularly with the weather we're all having. It should bring you a bit of sunshine.

    - The Tablescaper

  7. Hi Sarah! What a pretty remembrance of the year 2000 from your hubby! And I love the arrangement! I was at a baby shower yesterday, too...for Page! We got to visit the candy bar and take home a bag of assorted goodies in the colors of Austin's and brown! I hope you are staying warm! Happy Sunday...hugs...Debbie

  8. How sweet that your husband gave you such a wonderful memento! Your tulips are so lovely and I agree with you about the polka dot ribbon. Too cute!

  9. Your husband sounds like a keeper! :-)

    I'm not a silver snob, I love it 100% silver, silverplate, polished, tarnished, flaking, cheap, expensive or free! So I think your silver souvenir is just lovely!

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  10. What a unique silver piece! I would treasure that one as well!

  11. Hi Sarah,

    What a treasure. Certainly a keeper of an interesting time. The flower arrangement is so unique. I have never come home from a shower with a goodie. Now, that is an idea that is fabulous.

    The previous post.... I adore all things chocolate. I have to tell you that those works of art would not be eaten. How creative.

    big hugs,

  12. Love your silver pieces and your vignettes are just gorgoeus. Hugs, Marty

  13. Oh the anticipation of Y2K, captured in the most exquisite momento! Tulips and Hydrangea with polka thoughtful! He is a keeper and the fact that he brought you the beautiful chocolates as well.
    Your buffet and Holiday decor are just lovely! I must visit more often..I've missed so much!
    Enjoy your day! xOxO Nerina

  14. That wine carafe is fantastic. Never saw anything like it and what a wonderful keepsake! Love it!

  15. The wine cooler is gorgeous! I also enjoyed looking at your cocoa post... What a fabulous career change!
    "If the shoe fits... it's a wonderful journey!"

  16. Sarah,
    That is really quite cool, what a unique piece to have and the flowers look so lovely too!
    Hugs, Cindy

  17. It's great to see things I've never laid eyes on before. Your silver bottle is beautiful! So unique.


  18. Two birds with one stone...clever girl! I love your silver bottle holder AND your floral arrangement. How lovely together. Glad you're part of Silver Sunday. Nice to meet you!

  19. How totally lovely. Made me smile.

  20. How sweet of your husband. My best pieces may not be real silver, but the memories shine just as bright. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Perfect pair in deed. It was a very thought gift from you hubby and I just can't believe 10 years have already gone by.
    You are getting a good start for the week with those pretty flowers too.
    Sunday Evening Blessings ;-)

  22. Hi Sarah!
    Great your silver souvenir from 2000! Hope you have a great Monday and see you again next Silver Sunday!
    :) Laura

  23. What an incredible gift, Sarah. The champagne bottle is beautiful and it was a very cool gift from your husband! And who isn't ready to see some beautiful Spring flowers! The arrangement is gorgeous.
    Have a beautiful new week...Kathy

  24. What a great keepsake from the day of doom that never came to be. TFS Happy Silver Sunday.

  25. Mary Carol Garrity would love your tulip-and-book vignette. I have those same books and treasure them.
    Than you so much for your kind words about my own books. I hope you enjoy them!

  26. Perfect pair!
    Love your silver pieces and your vignettes are just gorgoeus.

  27. Nice post, nice memories. Your pieces are lovely.

  28. Oh, this was sweet! I love your silver pieces, they are so unique and I love that they call to mind nice memories! That is a treasure more precious than gold (or high quality silver!).
    All the best to you,

  29. Good Morning Sarah,

    You have so many treasures! Your hubbie is quite the guy, I'd say he was a "keeper".

    I love silver/blue color combinations. That flower arrangement is really pretty. What a nice party favor!

    That nursery scheme sounds nice--a little cowboy--too cute! Best wishes to the mom-to-be.

    Have a great week.

  30. What LOVELY treasures you share each week. I love silver and blue as well.
    Hugs and blessings,

  31. What a nice memento your silver bottle will be. Everyone was so hipper about Y2K! I love the floral arrangement; the hostess is a terrific floral arranger. What a super idea for a take-home gift! Happy Blue Monday.

  32. What a lovely post! Your silver wine bottle is wonderful memento and the colors of the little arrangement are perfect together.

    Thank you so much, Sarah, for visiting my blog and for your comment. It's a pleasure to meet you and I look forward to reading your posts.

  33. Gorgeous!

    Colored Pencils is my entry! Have a lovely Monday!

  34. Hi Sarah
    I will never forget Y2K... we were in Wyoming at the time. My hubby bought the biggest bottle of Champagne available. It was HUGE. We brought it back to Canada with us, kept it for years, finally after 4 moves... I said that's it it's going in the garbage. Now if I would have had a pretty set like yours, I would be sooo happy!
    Love your precious flowers also. Happy Mommy to be.
    Happpy Blue Monday Sarah.
    P.S. Did you know that Sherri @ Lavendier Fields is one of my real time friends? She's a doll. I love her to pieces.
    We're trying to get her to take her holidays while we do (Julie and I, since her and Julie are good friends also) but with her school schedule it's not working out. Were going to meet blogging girls down South.
    Have a great day.
    Love Claudie

  35. I wonder what it taste the inside of that bottle. Must have been really really good.

  36. What a thoughtful way to commemerate
    that special New Year. That husband of yours has the soul of a romantic :-). I also love how the base looks when filled with flowers. I hope you are having a wonderful Blue Monday.

  37. Your silver pieces are beautiful, and that flower arrangement is so pretty and unusual - love it. Linda

  38. Hi Sarah!

    What an awesome keepsake! I love it.

  39. Hi Sarah, I love your post, because I love silver!!!! The champagne bottle is so unique and is a lovely collectors item. Thanks for leaving a message on my blog- I just happend upon the pillow party. I hope she will have another one too. I didn't know about Silver Sunday! I might have to join that one too!
    Have a great day.

  40. Sarah, that is such a pretty souvenir of the 2000 celebration! I think that husband of yours is a "keeper". What a lovely gift from the baby shower. I've never received a favor at a baby shower either! How nice. laurie

  41. Hi Sarah,
    What an interesting post, and it's perfect for both parties! I've never seen a silver champagne bottle container (and I do like the shiny things in life!). The last photo is beautiful ... love the light and shadow falling across your charming vignette!


  42. I love your silver champagne bottle holder. It is a great souvenir and present from a dear husband. I can't believe it's been 10 years since that very special New Years day celebration of 2000!

  43. Sarah, your posts are pure delights....totally charming. I love your pretty things.

    Hope you are staying warm!

    Barb ♥

  44. Pretty silver! Sweet gift!

    The baby shower favor is really nice, love the colors and ideas for the nursery.


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