The 60's had its burnt orange, avocado green and harvest gold for color choices. Flashforward to the 80's and early 90's when seafoam green and peach took over the color wheel! When my husband and I were married in 1988, we hadn't registered for gifts and did not choose a wedding china pattern. It was in the early 90's when we went on a road trip through Arizona (seeking out the Winslow Meteor Crater) that we happened upon a Mikasa Outlet store and I finally picked out the china that would become my "Wedding China" and be used for holidays and special occasions. I'd like to share it with you today.
Here's The Table:
Here's How The Tablescape was Created:
I have used my china with many different tablecloths over the years. It coordinates with cream colored cloths, floral design tablecloths and peach or pink tablecloths. But I decided to use the first tablecloth I purchased to go with my new china at the time. It photographs as turquoise, but it really is a seafoam green that was so popular at the time it was purchased.
I decided to add a cream colored lace tablecloth today since I am celebrating my Wedding China, and felt the lace added a romantic layer to the setting.
I didn't have chargers back in 1991, but today I used my silver chargers from Michael's to accent the silver trim on the plates.
The first layer of my dish stack highlights the dinner plate from my set. These dishes are Mikasa's Ceremony. Unfortunately, the pattern was discontinued the very year I bought it, but I have found extra pieces on Replacements.Com over the years. I love the cream color of the plates and find the pattern that encircles the plate's edge to be delicate and reminiscent of a celebratory floral swag. The flowers are seafoam green and peach, and reflect the era in which they were designed. Note that they are edged in silver.
My next layer is the salad plate from the set. I also have soup bowls, but opted not to feature them today.
I remember purchasing these napkin rings from The Broadway (an old department store, long gone now). I was so excited when I found them because they matched the colors on my china so perfectly! Originally I used peachy pink napkins, but in later years, switched over to these floral napkins.
The place setting is completed with Mikasa Regent Bead flatware. I love that the bottom of the flatware mirrors the fan detail underneath the floral swag on the plate edge. The lead crystal stemware, also a wedding gift, is etched with a pattern that also mirrors this same fan detail. That was just a happy coincidence! The stemware was made by Bohemia and the pattern is Cascade.
The centerpiece consists of a miniature rose plant I received from my stepdaughter this Mother's Day (very timely, since the flowers go so well with my china and the container actually matches my reticulated chargers for this tablescape!). I placed the plant on one of my salad plates, added crystal candlesticks (another wedding gift!) and then added the sugar bowl and creamer in the Ceremony pattern).
Some additional views of the table:
Setting this table brought back so many memories of those early years of being married. Thinking back now, I realize purchasing this china was my first venture into the idea of dressing up a table into a coordinated presentation of china, linen, crystal and flatware. I had no idea then that I was a budding tablescaper!
I'll be linking up with Christine for her Table It! Link Party at www.rustic-refined.com,
Kathleen at www.cuisinekathleen.com for her Wedding China challenge and
Susan at www.betweennapsontheporch.net for Tablescape Thursday. Many thanks, ladies, for hosting these fun parties.
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