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Friday, January 2, 2015

Ringing in the New Year 2015


 Ringing in the New Year - 2015

New Year's Day. There is a saying that says that what you do on the first day of the new year is an indicator to the rest of the year. I hope so!!! I did just what I loved, cooked for family, saw dear friends and had the best day of the year!!!

Faux florals in a Hutschenreuter tureen. This also gave me a spot to hide the battery packs for the fairy lights. I purchased all of mine on Amazon. The link is HERE. I have them in 30 foot lengths, 20 foot lengths and shorter. I fell in love with them when I saw the Christmas vignette on Restoration Hardware and then I went looking for a less expensive version. I filled the tureen with cotton balls, regular *stuffing* from the craft store would have been better, but it was icy around here. 

Black napkins were tethered in glimmering beaded napkin rings from Pier One.

Silver trays used as chargers. I had been picking these up at estate sales, but came across a large lot on ebay to round out settings for the multitudes. I used clear glass plates from World Market. These have the cute nobbies around the edge. I haven't seen this version there in a while. Ah, the clocks... I downloaded pictures of clock faces. Many different ones. Printed them, cut them out and placed them under the plates. The placemat on the black tablecloth is vintage. Flatware is from Horchows.

As I eluded in the last post about planning a year ahead, I was able to pick up the lighted trees at Dillards last year on sale. I've really enjoyed them this year. Added a few silver baubles to the centerpiece and I was done. Mikasa Parklane water/iced tea goblets rounded out the placesetting. Champagne glasses were dispensed to those who wanted at the drink station.

It's become second nature to decorate the chandelier.

I added super glittery snowflakes and icicles to the spokes of the chandelier. 

I've always wanted to be a fly on the wall, but I think a fly in the chandelier might be better!!

Yes, we lit the candles at lunch. they really added to the shimmer and shine on the table. We kept the drapes closed behind the table because of the bitter cold. It is a large, expansive window and sitting there can be cool. 

From our clan to yours, we wish you a year filled with health, joy and enough.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how grey the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.
(The copyright for this poem belongs to the author: Bob Perkins)



Pat Cantwell said...

I am so~o~o smitten with your entire tablescape, dear friend!!!
I adore the clock faces beneath the clear glass plates!!!
The overall photo is breathtakingly beautiful!!!
It is my wish that what you did on the first day of 2015, creating this exquisite tablescape, will be something you do all through the year!!!
Happy New Year!!!

Dianne said...

Marlis, This table is so elegant. I love the clocks and the silver trays. I had the idea to do that, but then decided I didn't want to have to polish them. They look wonderful on your table. Dianne


Stunning dear Marlis! I love the silver and black and that H. tureen is gorgeous! What a lovely time you all ust have and in that exquisite table....naff said!
Happy New Year.

The French Hutch said...

Your table is stunning. What a genius idea for the clock faces, I love this so thanks for sharing. You celebrate like we do, family and traditions. Blessings to you and yours in 2015!

Scribbler said...

Beautiful table! You are always so creative, and it is such a treat to visit your blog!

Maria C said...

Ha! I just finished doing a glittery, silver table, too! I love, love that tureen! Happy new year, Marlis!

Alycia Nichols said...

What a great way to cap off this pretty post! I think that sometimes we forget that we must endure the bad to appreciate the good in this life.

GREAT job with the clock faces!!! That's a great idea! I especially like it that you used different ones so that everyone had something just a little bit different than the person sitting next to them.

Beautiful overhead shot of the centerpiece!!!

Happy 2015 to you and your family!!! Get it out there and make it the best year ever!

Rosie M. said...

Absolutely lovely. I love the sparkle and your dish stack. I'm sure everyone there felt very special and are able to start the New Year with a lightness of heart from your obvious care! Happy New Year! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

Sarah said...

Marlis, your table is very elegant. Looks like you brought in the new year in great style. I used the tiny lights with battery pack to light the Eiffel Tower for our Night in Paris dinner party. Just discovered them. ;-)
Thanks for sharing. It's great to see a post from you.
Happy New Year! Wishing you good health and a joyful year.

Candy S said...

Love, Love, Love your beautiful New Years table. I love the sparkle and shine. The silver and black is so elegant, you have created a divine (and crafty) tablescape.... Candy

Karena Albert said...

Dear Marlis I hope that your 2015 is off to a great start. I see you on Instagram a lot so thought I had better come visit, so glad I did!

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Barbara said...

Thinking of you today and hope that you are well. I have finally gotten back to blog land (after some illness and sorrows) and came looking for some of my favorites. It worries me that I don't see a more recent post from you. I hope you are doing well. This truly is a beautiful table, full of the elegance that you do so well.


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