Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year!

My husband and I are not New Year's Eve party people.  We're lucky if we make it to midnight (are we boring or what??).  BUT... New Year's Day we have one of my sisters and friends for dinner, including her college friend.  We've had them for dinner for a few years now.  So it's become a wonderful part of our holiday season. I decided to break out the Old Country roses.  I usually use these dishes for accent to my Royal Albert white Val D'Or.  Recently I have added to my collection and can set the table with mostly OCR.  I wanted to use holiday colors still...sort of a last hurrah.   And it certainly was colorful!!!

Pretty busy table, but I love lots of color!

I was happy to be able to use my Christmas centerpiece again

These cream soup bowls are Val D'Or.  Doesn't it look like the roses washed off OCR bowls????

I have loved this pattern for soooo long...

Too much holiday??  I don't think there is ever too much holiday...

Placecards with a cardinal.  They just say winter to me...

The bird's eye view of the whole place setting

Desserts were served on the buffet...

All sorts of desserts....

My sweet hubby is always outnumbered by women (he was taking the photo)

Somebody found a nice spot while dinner was going on...

But didn't like being awakened!!!  CRANKY CYRIL!

We had a full turkey dinner with all of the usual sides.  And there were desserts!!   We had so many that I sent some home with my sister, took some to work on my office day, threw cookies in the freezer, and  there is STILL trifle in the fridge!  Certainly not helpful for anyone's New Year's resolutions!! I am finally giving in and admitting that the holidays are over...

I wish everyone a wonderful, healthy, happy, and safe New Year!!!!
I love that you came by and please be sure to visit "Between Naps on the Porch"...Susan's button is up on the right and she hosts a wonderful tablescape party

Now for the dish on the dishes:
  • Of course...all of the Old Country Roses in my china cabinet-wedding gift and lots from ebay
  • Silverplate is Rathmore by Reed and Barton (my favorite)
  • Iced beverage glasses are Waterford Marquis-Brookside pattern from TJMaxx
  • Napkin rings-ebay
  • Placemats and runner-gift from DH's family


  1. Wow, this is beautiful! Your old country rose pattern goes beautifully with the holiday look! Your centerpiece looks marvelous and so does kitty!! The best picture though is of you and your friends- that's the best way to enjoy yourself! Happy New Year~ Liz

  2. Happy New Year! New to your blog! Love that table and your dishes are so gorgeous!

  3. Your table looks beautiful! and love the name holders. Pat

  4. I obviously like lots of color, too...and this is glorious. The Old Country Roses is such a magnificent pattern. Thank you for inviting us for a peak at your wonderful party. Happy New Year! Cherry Kay

  5. Oh my! I'm swooning over that china!! lol...that is just so beautiful!!

    Looks like you had a marvelous time.
    Have a wonderful day!

  6. Your Old Country Roses china looks amazing on that red tablecloth! I've never thought of it as a "Christmas-y" pattern, but it's perfect! I didn't remember the silver you used, but it's a beautiful pattern, too. Reminds me of my mother-in-law's (now my daughter's and son's) Chantilly. (I re-watched the last episode of Season 1 of DA last night, so I'm READY for Season 2 on Sunday!)

  7. Tess, your New Years table is beautiful! I love the traditional Christmas colors as well. Your centerpiece is gorgeous!! Thank you for visiting Take Six.

  8. Hi lovely lady.
    Your tablescape is Gorgeous you know I love the color Red.. You did a Beautiful job putting this all together for New Years Eve dinner Tess.
    I love your China!! I would love to take them off your hands for you. I know No way right ??? I would like to thank you so much for your lovely comments on my Tablescape for New Years Eve.
    I hope you have a wonderful 2012 New Year with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  9. Hi Tess,

    Your table and buffet look sooo pretty! And I'm with you; I like lots of color for the holidays. I really like your silverplate flatware, and love the place cards and holders. I also noticed your built-in cabinets in your dining room; those are just wonderful!!

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  10. Hi Tess! You and your hubby sound like us - we just can't make it till midnight! ;) Your luncheon on New Year's Days sounds fun and what a beautiful table you've set! I've always love the pattern you have so much. It's so pretty!
    Now my dishes are just something I picked up at Target a few years ago - nothing special but I have lots of them! ;)
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. It all works together beautifully! Such a timeless china pattern - just lovely.
    Ummm... I'll be at the dessert buffet if anyone needs me.

  12. This is beautiful. I'd love to see you use this in a Valentine's tablescape. The china is amazing.

  13. Mmmmm... Soooo Beautiful! Wish I'd been there!


  14. Hi Tess...Thankyou for coming to my blog and making a comment. I really appreciate it.

    As I have perused down the page I came to your BEAUTIFUL table. It really is lovely and so well done. My mother had that china in her later life but when she passed my sister got it. And then she passed about 3 years later. I don't know what happened to it. But I have my mothers orignal china and we love it. Our youngest daughter has claimed it. Its really interesting how the older china is much smaller than what they make today. And a 101 yr old friends china (and it was her mothers) china is even smaller than that. Almost like luncheon plates. I think we just eat alot more now. I too love beautiful tables and tea parties and luncheons and dinner parties. You are a gal who I can see appreciates many beautiful traditions and things like I do. I'm giving a luncheon next week and if you lived closer I would invite you but you're clear across the country so I guess that wouldn't work. (smile) I'm going to do a French 'Laudree' tablescape. I just love it.

    I do hope you'll come back to my blog again. I am now following you. Its been so fun to meet you.



    PS I just LOVE your bird photos. When we lived in Texas we had cardinals there too. I think birds are so fascinating to watch. And I know your cute kitties think so too. (big smile)!

    PS I just pressed publish and word verification popped up and I'm really having trouble trying to read it. I finally took mine off and was so glad I did. Its made a difference with the amount of comments I get now too. Hope I can do this. It has taken me several tries already. N.

  15. Beautiful setting! Love the Royal Albert! Btw, it's NEVER too much holiday. :)
    Love your centerpiece as well, nicely done❤❤❤