Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Mother's Birthday with the Minton Bone China!!

Hi again everyone:-) It's nice to be back to Tablescape Thursday, hosted by Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch." I am sharing a table the girls and I did for my mom on her birthday.  We used our "good" wedding china, Minton "Avignon" bone china from England. This was a gift to me from my mother, and I LOVE it!!!! Take a look...

I thought I would show the process I went through because there were colors in this china that were difficult to coordinate.

I thought about using a gold-rimmed stemware and stainless flatware...

Then I tried white with my crystal...
And decided I would go for a little color with the gold linen napkins...

Here are a few night shots...I picked up the purple color on the plates to combine with the blue and gold.

I actually used a silver ice bucket for the flowers...

And my pride and joy...the "Louvre" by Wallace sterling master butter knife...

These sterling candle holders are "borrowed" from my mother, and I really *hope* she gives them to me:-)

Here are a few daylight shots with a different color napkin...

I love the icy colors on this china.

So there you have my mom's birthday table! We had so much fun getting this ready. My girls, 10 and 7 helped me set the table, clean the house and serve. I do not serve family style as I have learned that the easiest way is to either put the food out buffet style, or serve the plates. We opted to serve this one since it was a very special occasion.  She loved it and, I hope, enjoyed letting someone wait on her for once! I will share the chocolate cake I baked from the Watkins Cookbook later:-)

Here is what it all is:

China; Minton "Avignon" from England around 1964
Sterling flatware: "Louvre" by Wallace from 1893
Mother of Pearl and sterling butter knives: Landers Frary and Clark
Crystal: Cristal D'Arques Durand "Longchamp"
Vintage silver chargers
Sterling candleholders passed down from family
Silver Butter dish: Oneida
Gold linen napkins: Marshalls
White linen napkins: vintage family heirlooms
Mother of Pearl napkin rings
Table runner; Walmart (So I confess to using a Walmart runner with bone china! I had this runner because I just liked the colors, though I had nothing to go with it. I then got the china and realized it was the same shade of blue/green.)
Placemats: BBB

Please go look at the beautiful tables waiting over at Between Naps on the Porch!



  1. I've a fondness for Minton and yours is stunning. A nice table for your mother's birthday. I also covet those candleholders! And sterling . . . that makes them even better!

  2. Anita, what a beautiful table. The mats are perfect with the blue of those gorgeous plates. The glassware is wonderful..
    And of course you should have those fantastic candle holders..They were meant for you..(as long as you don't have a sister who wants them..that would start a war..:) )
    Thank you for sharing this truly elegant table! And HB to your mom!

  3. Happy Birthday Anita's Mom!!~ Anita that was so lovely, truly a gorgeous tablescape!! What a beautiful gift from your Mom. I have some pretty china as well, I will feature much work. I have a post as well this week, But I am cheating!!~ LOL well I just did not do the work, which is kinda good!~! See you soon. I am shooting for a Fun foto Friday. Oh and I have a button now if you want to add it as well:) Debbie

  4. What a beautiful your ornate flatware, just stunning.

  5. Anita, this is absolutely beautiful! And I'm still crazy over your Louvre. I think it is stunning, and the china is pretty amazing, too. That was sweet of your mother to gift you with it. The whole table looks lovely... candlelabra, flowers, all!


    Sheila :-)

  6. Beautiful.. The white napkins look crisper, the mustard feel more warm.. I like the sherbert glasses too.. very cute.

  7. Your table is so formal and elegant and I love all your silver pieces and china. Exquisite!..Christine

  8. It is so beautiful and elegant. I am just in love with your collection of serving pieces and china, etc. I think it is fantastic you mixed WalMart and formal is all about how it looks in the end, now where it came from... and your looks AMAZING!
    Holly @ 504 Main

  9. *sigh* Anita, I hope MY DD gives me such a beautiful birthday dinner someday. This just makes my ♥ sing...everything about it is so lovely.
    I immediately noticed how perfectly your tablerunner matched the colors of your china. Don't you love it when that happens?
    I know your Mom was flattered that you went to so much fuss on her account. I wish my Mom were still alive so I could do the same for her.

    Thanks for your well wishes on our Anniversary, too.

    p.s. Good eye on spotting the Venitian vase! We got to see them glow the glass in Venice, Italy, too! Wonderful memories from that trip. :)

  10. Ooops...That should be "Venetian"....fingers going faster than my mind can keep up this morning

  11. Love all the silver and pretty.

  12. Anita, I love the colors of this tablescape. You always have a pretty runner. Great candle holders. I would want them, too. Happy Birthday to your Mom...Kim

  13. Beautiful setting- pretty mother of pearl knives are a nice addition. It is a treat to see what you post

  14. OH, I LOVE your china and the versatility it affords. Absolutely gorgeous silver and your table is stunning! Love it!
    xoxo Pattie

  15. Hi Anita and Happy Birthday to your Dear Mother! Oh, my your table is so beautiful! The china is so lovely and how fortunate for you! Your crystal is stunning and the silver! I have one candlestick like yours. The little butter holder and knife are to die for. Well, swoon, anyway! :) I know your Mother really appreciated all of this beautifulness and special attention and how sweet of your girls to help. Lovely table and thank you for popping in to see us.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  16. Absolutely beautiful table. It is funny how changing one thing can give a differant dynamic to the table. Your silver is beautiful. Love the might want to whisper subliminal messages in your Mom's ear as she is sleeping. Or, maybe you can convince her that she is breaking out in hives and you think that it might be the silver and you will 'keep' it for her so that she does not suffer.

  17. Very Elegant and special:)

    So nice to meet you~~

    Happy TT and Valentines day!

    Kay Ellen

  18. How elegant and beautiful! I know your mom loved not only the beautiful table, but the beautiful hearts that were behind the whole thing! I started a blog! You will have to click on my name and check it out! I am starting with a journal of our trip to Europe and then we will see where we go from there! Happy Birthday to your mom!

  19. This is such an elegant table. I love the Minton china and the sterling is incredible!

  20. Happy Birthday to your Mother.. late or What a stunning table. Your china is over the top gorgeous.. love your crystal sherbert glass... well gosh girl I love it all.. hugs ~lynne~

  21. Anita...what a gorgeous table and such a nice way for you to honor your Mom. Happy Birthday to her!!


  22. Gorgeous table, love all the pretty details.

  23. This is gorgeous! I love the colors you used. The china and glasses are beautiful...but that butter dish is to die!


  24. This is such a gorgeous table! Your china is so pretty and the flowers are stunning. I especially love your silver pieces. Very nice. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

  25. What a beautiful table ! This should be in a magazine!

  26. Hi, I'm a new blogger,i always followed your beautiful rooms on rms.The table looks so beautiful.I love the china!!Stop by my blog and let me know what you think.....Kathy

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