Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year's Eve Dinner for Two


New Year's Eve is going to be very quiet this year. Just the two of us! I set a table au deux for tonight behind the living room sofa. The drop leaf table comes in handy for this.


The china is our wedding china, circa 1982. It is the "Henley" pattern by Aynsley. I'm not fond of this pattern anymore, but it was fun creating a table vignette with it, using gold chargers and layering the plates.


These are our toasting glasses, also from our wedding. I had them hand painted and loved them at the time. They will come in handy at midnight as we welcome 2010.

These copper colored mercury glass votives set a more modern tone and bring the whole setting into the new century!

The jardiniere holding the amaryllis is Weller Pottery. I think it compliments the china nicely.


It has been more than 20 years since I have used this china. I'm thinking it looks pretty good!

Mr. A has been aging this bottle of wine for 10 years. He set it set aside for our New Year's Eve dinner. Forget the champagne!

In setting the table with our old china, I couldn't help remembering the past and all the memories that went with these plates. The many dinners and holidays we hosted when we were much younger. I am looking forward to next year hoping it will be also filled with wonderful memories.

So without further ado, we wish you a
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Be sure to check out more fabulous tablescapes at Between Naps on the Porch, hosted by Susan.
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26 comments:

Liz said...

Those dishes are beautiful! What a wonderful romantic setting!

Happy New Year!
~Liz

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi sweetie, I adore your china. It is so elegant and rich looking. I love the way you've chosen the mercury glass candle holders. Mercury glass is one of my "many" weaknesses..lol. what a romantic table for 2 you've set...the perfect spot to bring in the New Year. Thank you for coming by and leaving your well wishes.. they mean the world. Due to Mr. P's illness he didn't remember the day.. oh so bitter sweet.. My wish for you is to have a Wonderful New year..
hugs ~lynne~

KD said...

Tell Mr. A I am with him I will take a good wine any day over champagne myself!! We shared an interesting bottle of Shiraz from a winery in Livermore over Christmas. Bink was the name. My Dh liked it but me not so much! Your china is very pretty! Happy New Year!

Dining Delight said...

What a special setting you have created for your New Year's Eve dinner for two! While I think your wedding china is lovely, you seem to have the same feelings about yours as I do mine and mine's from 1982 as well! Like you, I should get mine out and use it even if it is just for the memories of our first dinner parties. Hope you have a lovely evening and all the best in 2010!
DD

Martha said...

What a great setting. Love the drop leaf table -- no, wait, I COVET the drop leaf table! What a great place to eat a quiet dinner for two!

I also love your dishes -- they were a favorite of mine back then -- but I didn't buy any but I looked at them -- they were so pretty!

Enjoy your quiet dinner for just the two of you!

Sarah said...

Beautifully romantic table to bring in the new year with your sweetheart! Love the idea of a drop leaf behind the sofa and set with your wedding china and toasting glasses makes turns it into the perfect spot.
Thanks too for sharing the photos of the holiday windows at Union Square. Such fun! ~ Sarah

xinex said...

This is just so nice and romantic, Delores, Using your pretty wedding china and champagne glasses makes the New Year special. You set a beautiful table. Happy New Year!...Christine

once in a blue moon... said...

such a pretty setting~

Kathy said...

Such a romantic table for two Delores and how perfect to use your beautiful wedding china and flutes to welcome in the new year and an oh so special bottle of wine, have a wonderful evening, happy New Year, Kathy

Gena @ Vintage Rose Studio said...

Great tablescape - such amazing detail!!!! Wish you a great new year!! and thanks for stopping by my blog too!
GEna

Rettabug said...

Such an cozy & inviting little corner, Delores! Your amaryllis in the jardiniere (which DOES echo the china pattern!) makes a lovely backdrop for your beautiful dishes. I'm touched that you would go to the bother of making placecards for just the two of you. Such attention to detail make someone feel so special & show that you care a great deal. I am looking forward to seeing what you create in the coming year.

May you have a happy & healthy New Year together & many more celebrations!

fondly,
Rett

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, this is simply stunning. I absolutely love your china and all of your accessory pieces are so beautiful. What a lovely way to set a table for two. Thanks also for stopping by and leaving such kind and gracious comments. I hope you and all your family have a very Blessed and Happy New Year. Hugs, Marty

Vivian said...

How very pretty. Isn't it funny how our tastes change throughout the years. I love the table for two. I have the perfect sofa table to set for my husband and I to have a candlelight dinner for two in front of the fireplace. Thanks for the idea.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh your wedding china looks so pretty -- what a wonderful way to use it with your darling for a romantic New Year's eve. My hubby would love it if I set the table in the greatroom (as long as he had a view of the TV -- LOL) Hope you have a wonderfully romantic New Year's.

home before dark said...

I am new to your blog, but wanted to say what a lovely and gracious way to bring this decade to close. As empty nesters I turned a small room into a library and here tonight we will have a dinner for just the two of us. If you don't put romance into your life, you'll never have it. Best to you and your husband and many romantic dinners t co come.

Jeanette said...

What a lovely vignette! Happy New Year! I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us in 2010. Happy New Year.

Lauren said...

oh i think the dishes are beautiful!!! what a romantic night you have coming!!! enjoy that bottle & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

xoxo,
lauren

shella said...

Hi there, would you mind telling me what kind of camera you have & if it is very new-user friendly? Your picture quality is fantastic!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

I love your wedding china. It is very pretty with the chargers and the toasting glasses are perfect! Would love to have a sip from that bottle. Looks fabulous!

Happy New Year!

Christi @ A Southern Life

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Such a lovely table set for two. Enjoy! I'm so glad to have found your lovely blog. It's nice to meet you and Happy New year to you.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

...mmm... said...

That is all so beautiful Aighh....

I jut wanted to say thank you for your blog, comments, adn to wish you a very happy new year, vignette!

maggie's garden said...

Hope your evening was as perfect as your table setting. Happy New Year! Love your blog.

Cathy said...

I am so thrilled to have found your beautiful blog tonight!!! I have had the best time viewing all of your gorgeous posts!!!

I look forward to seeing more and getting to know you better in the upcoming new year!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Delores, your romantic NY Eve tablescape is beautiful. I love the china! Maybe we could trade our wedding china patterns. I haven't used mine in a very long time either - mainly because it has a silver rim, which does not tend to do well in the dishwasher. If I can't put something in the dishwasher, I won't use it! Maybe you just needed a break from your china. It really is beautiful. Glad you're liking it better now that you got it back out. What a great idea to have the stems hand painted for your wedding (guess you can't put those in the dishwasher). They are beautiful. laurie

vignette design said...

What really happened for our romantic dinner: We made a spur of the moment decision and left the house at 6:00 pm. We drove 2 and a half hours in the rain to our house in the wine country. Finally ate dinner at 10:00! It was great to ring in the New Year in Asti.

Pinky said...

I LOVE your china, it is very pretty to me! That jardinaire is GORGEOUS and is such a beautiful compliment to the dishes too! It must have been a wonderful meal and evening! Happy New Year! Pinky

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