Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Dinner That Wasn't

The Dinner That Wasn't was planned for New Year's Day 2011.  Unfortunately, I started out the new year with a strained back and all of my plans for a lovely turkey dinner with my sister P. and friends didn't happen.  We had a twenty pound turkey and lots of other food for dinner but I spent part of New Year's day in the E.R.

I'm feeling better now and decided to set out at least one place setting and a few accompanying pieces just to give an idea of what might have been :-(   Oh...and there is a blooper on here too...made AFTER Susan's blooper day-so I really have no excuse!

I wanted a poinsettia theme for a few reasons which I will explain later...

I put this place setting on my tea cart...still using my Christmas dishes.
Here is the first view of my blooper.  I don't know what I was thinking, but I put the forks backwards!!!!  But my poinsetta napkin ring shows up nicely
This beautiful table runner is from my husband's cousin in England.  The set also included eight matching placemats!!!  I LOVE them!  This is my poinsettia inspiration and the main reason for the poinsettia theme
Here is a candlelight view.  That is my same Christmas centerpiece but I used white candles instead of the red I had at Christmas
This placement is part of the set from England.  This is my sterling.  Those little cookies were still available for a photoshoot, but they won't be around for long!!
 Another view.  This was all set on my teacart which is in front of one of our built-in cabinets in the dining can imagine what is in there!!!  I could use about one hundred more!!!
In keeping with the "pointsettia" theme, I made new placecards
Here is my blooper close-up and staring right at you.  But this photo does show off the placemat.  I also had live pointsettia to put on the buffet where the desserts would have been
Since we didn't get to have our company for dinner, I am happy to at least share with you a vignette of the table that was supposed to be.   Oh well...the best laid plans!!
(My husband ended up cooking the 20 pound turkey the our freeze has LOTS of turkey in it!)
Wishing everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year!!!
Now for the dish on the dishes:
  • Poinsettia tablerunner and placemats are a Christmas gift from my husband's cousin in England
  • Christmas dishes are Gibson from Winterthur catalogue several years ago
  • Cream soup bowl is Royal Albert "Val D'Or
  • Sterling is Oneida's  "Damask Rose" that I have started to collect
  • The cream soup spoon (silverplate) are from ebay and I have no idea what the pattern is
  • Poinsetta silver napkin ring is a Marshall's find MANY years ago
  • Red hemstitches napkins were found on the internet for next to nothing (less than $2 each)...don't know which site
  • The candle holders are from the dollar store...I bought several so I would have matching ones
Thank you for stopping by...I look forward to your comments!!  Love to hear from you!!


  1. So sorry about your change of plans, and I hope you're 100% very soon! I love the pic of your tea cart in front of the china cabinet. Gorgeous!

  2. Tess, sorry to hear about your back, but glad that you are feeling better enough to give us a peak of what would have been. The poinsettia lines are to die for. I also love the Gibson; it is just bright and pretty. Happy New Year! Joni

  3. I have a post to put on my blog called "The Luncheon That Wasn't."...except my table was completely set...I just left it and invited everyone over when I felt better. Your setting is so pretty. I love the poinsettia linens...what a treasure from a generous friend. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  4. SO sorry to hear about your back troubles, Tess! I, too, get sidetracked by my bad back (herniated discs and arthritis in the spot where I broke my cocyx!), so I feel your pain. Glad to know you are feeling better now and that you were able to put together such a neat table. As for your blooper, blame it on the pain meds! :-) Happy New Year!

  5. Tess-I just found your blog-it is beautiful-I am from Clinton, NY, and yours is the first blog I have found from our area! I spend far too much time reading these blogs-and shopping ebay to find all the items I see in them! Your home is beautiful! Thanks for representing our real "Upstate New York"!

  6. Everything is just lovely! I love the idea of a poinsettia theme. I am sorry to hear about your back and your dinner that wasn't. Glad to hear you are better now.

  7. Oh well, sometimes life gets in the way, doesn't it?

    Look at the bright side -- you have lots of turkey in the freezer and won't have to cook for a while!

  8. Glad you're feeling a bit better. That is a very lovely setting.

  9. So sorry about your back..and glad you are feeling better.
    Your table is really pretty.

  10. Love that poinsettia table runner and placemats.
    Very Beautiful. I decorate with a lot of poinsettias too.
    Lovely placesetting.
    Blessings for a Wonderful New Year!

  11. Sorry to hear you had to cancel your dinner because of back problems. The poinsettia runner and placemats are gorgeous...the dishes are the same as some I have. Those cookies would have been gone in a flash, if I were there!
    A very Happy New Year to you, Tess.

  12. Hi lovely lady.
    I love your Tablescapes, your runner is so Beautiful with the Christmas China and the gorgeous centerpiece sweet lady.Im your newest follower on your post.I hope you come over and see my Tablescapes. I hope you and your family have a Happy New Year.

  13. Oh I'm so sorry that your pretty dinner was cancelled because of your back. At least now you have a pictorial record on how you want to set the table next year so this pretty tablescape can be used and enjoyed. Happy New Year -- hope 2011 is easy on your back.

  14. Your table setting is so pretty and the poinsettia linens are gorgeous. What a wonderful friend you have! Thanks for stopping by my blog ;o) The cardinals are beautiful this weekend with all the snow we received.

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  16. Hope you are feeling much better. Wanted to offer congratulation sweet Tess. You have been awarded the "Stylish Blogger" award.
    I recently received this award and chose to pass this award to you. I chose you because you are one stylish lady. You are kind and caring and have greatly inspired me. Love your tablescapes and kitties.
    Please go to my blog to find out more about the:Stylish Blogger Award
    Your friend, Ginger