When Cuisine Kathleen posed her wedding china challenge, I thought that I didn’t have much to contribute. We have wedding pink Depression glass, but I gave away all my first wedding china years ago.
While Noritake Savannah’s floral pattern is timeless, I needed to move on from the choices I made at age twenty. My best friend from college also selected this pattern when she married, and since she hosted Thanksgivings for the masses, she now had 24 matching place settings. It was a win-win for both of us.
Since then, I’ve inherited three full sets of someone else’s china, which you have seen here many times. I own my mother-in-law’s Noritake Aberdeen, my mother’s Four Crown Claridge, and my neighbor’s Noritake Stanwyk. Yes — the Claridge looks a lot like the Savannah, because my mom loved the pattern and chose a similar one.
So that brings us to 2014 and the newest bride in our family. My niece is getting married in just three weeks and has asked me to help with her tablescaping. I am honored to be included, and was excited that she has chosen to have mixed-pattern vintage china for her tables. Her tableware will come from the caterer, but my tribute to her comes from my own vaults. Once again, a family story drives this week’s tablescape. I LOVE my family stories and hope that you do, too!
Since I have three full sets of china, it was pretty easy to mix and match these patterns on the table. The napkin rings are (what else?) white porcelain with a gold rim similar to the familiar wedding ring china patterns. They hold an heirloom damask napkin from a friend’s mother’s collection that I inherited.
The bride’s centerpiece theme is birds — another homage to her grandparents and their love of these beautiful creatures. Each place setting has a different bird figurine representing her family history.
And what’s a wedding tablescape without roses? I snagged these faux roses from the sale bin at Joann’s Fabrics and liberally sprinkled them around the tablescape. Of course, nothing compares with the beauty of a real rose, but you get the picture. A mother bird and baby nestles next to my new thrifted stoneware pitcher.
I’ve been saving this birdcage from Goodwill for a “someday” event, and here it is! I filled it with faux philodendron and more roses.
I’m looking forward to a beautiful wedding and a lovely future together for the bride and groom. Cheers!
I’m linking up today with the creative bloggers at History and Home Link Party at We Call It Junkin’, Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style, Wedding China Challenge at Cuisine Kathleen, and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch. Be sure to stop by and say, “Hello!”