Tuesday, May 28, 2013

FABBY: Table Settings for a Dinner Party

Hello sweet friends!

The days before Memorial Day weekend, as some of you know, I was cooking for twelve of us siblings, Bils and Sils..for a birthday party we were hosting for three of them. We have a little  tradition in our family, which we celebrate different birthdays that fall close to each other in our different houses, so it was our turn and we usually have so much fun. I'm posting the tables from last Thursday's dinner party, without the food, as I was so busy in the kitchen to remember even to take a photo of the entree, which was a Asparagus and leeks quiche, than as main course I served, chicken paprika, (some don't eat red meat) with fresh mushrooms and shrimp, basil green rice with toasted slivered almonds and hot red cabbage salad, as the evenings are cold, or chilly around here. The Banana Caramel topping birthday cake and sugar cookies, to go with herbs tea, or coffee at the end.

Here are at least, the two tables and desserts.

I used the white with gold Noritake dishes, as we were twelve..eight in the formal dinner table and four in the breakfast table, by the window.

I used for this setting the Turkish glass chargers, amber flatware and amber beaded napkin rings, to go along with my Italian amber wine glasses.

I took my pretty cyclamen plant from my kitchen window, as it had so many new blooms and it looked prettier than any flower arrangements. The white and gold porcelain pot was made by us, back at our Ceramic Co.
I decided to flank the cyclamen pot with two small antique hand made crystal candle holders, from Switzerland. I love the cute crystal Italian salt cellers with also glass tiny lil'spoons in a lil' tray!

A sweet friend made the comment that it was nice that I had some knowledge of what my things are, but the thing is that I'm very interested in what I buy, which I learned from hubs, he been so curious pertaining all things, and particularly antiques...but I do buy stuff I don't know from where they are, or don't have brands, just caz I love it, period, lol..

Hand made bread baked by Alejandro was served in the pretty silver-weaved bread basket, that was a gift from my parents, very many years ago.
The round small alabaster table was set with white lace place mats and everything else, as is in the formal dinner table.

The tablecloth I chose for the formal dinner table was a present from hubs from several years ago and it's hand embroidered in Spain, made from Egyptian linen, (I hate to iron it, though, it's pure torture!).
The tea, or coffee station for after dinner and cake. I placed some sugar cookies in my new Lady Carlyle, Royal Albert server...which they left none, hehehe...
In the other corner of my formal buffet I placed the birthday cake.. "Delicious Banana Cake with Caramel  Topping,"  (the link for the recipe is at the end of this post). Wine and fruit in the two tier Meissen server.

Took a shot from the foyer, where my antique French table is, only to show you how I always have it decorated..but my Bil, who owns a professional rose farm brought me a bunch of gorgeous ones the other night and now it looks like this...
The fabulous roses my Bil exports.

Aren't they just too gorgeous!
Whisky in a couple of antique Italian and Czech liquor bottles from my Mil, the Chinese figurines I love and the new French Opaline, antique flower vase I just received in February as one of the Anniversary gifts from hubby.

On top of my Mil's antique American made nesting tables is a pretty Meissen bowl with Bom-boms and a Czech crystal water pitcher.

Thank you so much for coming for a visit, sweet friends, as you always make my day.

Thanking the lovely and gracious hostesses for having me at their great parties!

PS: The cake recipe, if you like, it's just below...believe me, it's great for birthdays, as everyone likes it and the 'caramel topping' is fabulous!

Click below for the recipe of the cake:



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  1. Looks busy, Beautiful friend.

    Hope you had an enjoyable time together with your lovelies.

    Another drooling time for me here §:-)

    /CC girl

  2. Looks busy, Beautiful friend.

    Hope you had an enjoyable time together with your lovelies.

    Another drooling time for me here §:-)

    /CC girl

  3. Oh Fabby, both tables are so elegant. YOur china and all of your accessories are stunning. Such a beautiful setting for a dinner party. Thanks so much for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  4. Oh, my, what an elegant table. I know your dinner party was a special time for all, Fabby. The menu sounds delicious! Happy Birthday to those celebrating a birthday.

  5. What a grand party setting ('course you know I would have begged to sit at the small table by the window)!

    I'm sure it was a wonderful evening celebrating the "blood bond" siblings share.

  6. Hello Fabby,
    Thank you for showing us around your dinner party. Everything looks fabulous! The white is very elegant.
    I love your antique table, you set it up so well. In fact, everything you do is done so well. You have a unique sense of placement. You create peaceful environments : )

  7. Dearest Fabby,
    What a gorgeous table setting for both tables you managed to pull off again. Love the pot for your cyclamen; you sure did produce quite a variety of pretty porcelain at the time.
    You surprised me with the Egyptian linen table cloth, as I had no idea that they too did produce linen. Other than in ancient times they were one of the first to produce flax.
    Ironing is easy if you can take it moist out of the dryer and do it right away. My German build Miele dryer is super for that. Ironing is a breeze. If I'm really busy and can't iron it right away than I fold it up and put it moist in the freezer. Next time you put it out; you still can iron it perfect. Egyptian cotton is the easiest and smoothest for ironing; especially the mercerized quality.
    Hugs to you and thanks for always showing something different and what a lovely roses you got!

  8. Fabby, you sure know how to set a beautiful table or in this case, tables! Just lovely! The menu sounds wonderful and that cake looks so good. Thank you for sharing and coming to tea. Have a wonderful week.


  9. Everything looks so elegant Fabby. I love the gold edged china and gold chargers. I'm sure everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed their evening. Hugs, Pamela

  10. My, what a lovely time & so elegant.

  11. Looks like a fabulous and elegant evening, Fabby. Your decor was gorgeous. The menu sounded great, too.

    You must have worked very, very hard.

    Love the chandy, too! Susan

  12. Fabby- Your beautiful tables are breathtaking. I love how you have all your beautiful china and that you USE it and enjoy it so much.
    I am finally back blogging thanks to a new computer. Blessings to you- I will visit at length more when I am caught up a bit! xo Diana

  13. Your table setting was lovely and definitely very elegant ! Love those hand made crystal candle holders ;-) Thank you for sharing this at the WEDNESDAYS ADORNED FROM ABOVE Blog Hop !

  14. Simply stunning Fabby. You outdid yourself with this setting. Those roses are perfect, wish I had a rose farm. :) Diane

  15. Hi Fabby,
    wonderful table as always. ll looks really elegant and festive. And the Ecuadoran roses are so pretty.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Best rgeetings, Johanna

  16. My goodness, what a fabulous birthday celebration! I'm sure your BILs and SILs love when it's YOUR turn to host! Gorgeous tables, and the menu sounded divine!

  17. What an elegant table...and I totally agree with you on not caring about the origin of things....if I like them I buy them! Great job on the table, I'm sure your family thoroughly enjoyed it!

  18. You really went all out on your table setting. What a lovely way to entertain friends or family.

  19. so beautiful Fabby, how wonderful to have two tables in the same area! I love your family birthday tradition, what fun you must have! Your menu sounded amazing~

  20. Great, informative ideas! This would be perfect to link-up to my Create It Thursday post...it's live now! http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/05/create-it-thursday-4-plus-features.html

  21. All the tables look beautiful, Fabby! The cyclamen and the roses add such a pretty color. I love the candlelight and the tea service. What a hostess you are!

  22. Oh Fabby, this is a wonderful setting for a group birthday. I know all the sils and bils felt so special in your gorgeous home. the tables are beautiful. Love the cyclamen!! Do you put your damp tablecloth in the fridge for a few hours and then iron it damp? It should take no time and come out crisp and elegant. You are the perfect hostess. xo marlis

  23. I love this settings its so elegant and pretty.
    Setting the table is the part I like the most about entertaining. I could spend ages fluffing around and making the table look pretty with candles and flowers etc.

  24. Just beautiful! Filled with such elegance.

    - The Tablescaper

  25. Fabby, you have such a beautiful home! Both of your tables were gorgeous, I'm sure all of your family felt very loved that you took the time to do all of that for them. I really like the potted plant as a centerpiece, I'll have to do that more. Blessings to you - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

  26. Mmmm...chicken paprika! I remember first knowing about that from a movie that had Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. I think the name of the movie was "Foul Play". After watching the movie, I wanted to make it, but Google wasn't around then to look up the recipe. I searched the library until I found a cookbook with the recipe. I remember sitting on the floor, writing it down, and then going to the grocery store to find the ingredients. I was a newlywed (1st husband), and I wanted to impress my husband. Let's just say he was NOT impressed with the results!!! I now have a new husband and a new chicken paprika recipe, and he IS impressed! :-)

    I'm really bowld over that Alejandro baked the bread!!! That's so cool! A man who cooks!!

    The Turkish chargers are absolutely gorgeous, and they really set the tone for these tables. I know you must have been really working hard to get everything done, and you did a wonderful job! The beautiful roses from you in-law topped it all off!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Fabby!

  27. What a wonderful time and the menu sounds fabulous. I know how that goes, you can't get photos of the food or you forget! You always set such a beautiful table. How fun to all be together!

  28. Your table is so beautiful Fabby! I love the elegance and charm of a family celebration. You have certainly gone all out to make them feel special.

    Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

  29. Oh dear Fabby! I dearly love how you set your tables for your guests. those amber chargers are to die for! All of your different flowers set about the room just pop! I'd love to have been a part of this dinner party dear friend!

  30. I only have one word....breathtaking!!! Hugs, Penny

  31. Beautiful and elegant tables, Fabby. I love your chandelier! You always have such beautiful flowers...those roses are gorgeous.
    Have a wonderful week...

  32. Gorgeous table and always wonderful to spend time with family! Diann and I thank you for linking up with TTF.


  33. Oh My Gosh! What a beautiful post. Your dinnerware is amazing and your tablescape is fabulous. Wow! Your home is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
    Betty @ My Cozy Corner

  34. Just gorgeous! I love the gold tones. I would love to have been there! You are such an inspiration, Fabby

  35. "Fabby's Living" has been included in the Sites To See for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point many new visitors in your direction.


  36. You always set the most gorgeous table(s) and your china is so elegant and beautiful. Great tradition of celebrating the birthdays together -- that's what family is all about!


  37. Hi Dear Fabby! Oh, I agree with Carol - always the most beautiful tables! Your tables are always so elegant! Every piece is stunning! Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  38. I could sit and look at these gorgeous pictures for ... hours!

  39. Beautiful! You've got to have lot of patience I think:) How much time it would've taken to set this!

  40. They must have all felt very honored and touched by the way you set the "scenario".
    I'm in love with your home. It is usually awesome - with refined or/and original pieces - but before a party? There's an expectant sigh around that suggests magic and love, and lots of fun, will happen there.
    I love the way even your gorgeous pieces - like the dogs and the oriental figures - seem to be waiting for the guests.
    All so beautiful, Dear Friend.
    I hope you had a blast. You're blessed,

  41. I bet your BILs and SILs just love it when it is your turn to host. Your tables are so elegant, very formal and so stunning. The desserts look by tempting. You are right about the roses, they are gorgeous and I just love the table they are on...Chrisine

  42. Gorgeous tablescape Fabby! I love the cyclamens as your centerpiece-the colours are beautiful.

    Thank you so much for sharing your amazing posts at my Say G'Day Saturday party. I really enjoy seeing what you design and get up to each week!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  43. Oh my goodness, your tables are beautifully set. I know your guests must have really enjoyed that. It's always such a treat to sit at a table like that because we so rarely do.

    I just posted Nancy's Kitchen Tour. She's an old blog friend of mine...I hope you can visit. :)

  44. How wonderful for you all to get together, Fabby. Your tablescape is gorgeous - love the elegant setting. The meal sounds amazing - it sounds like a wonderful celebration feast! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  45. Good Evening Fabby, Wow, I think your table setting has been a hit as I had to scroll past so many wonderful comments before I could leave mine.
    I really love your Turkish Chargers and your Amber cutlery (flatware) it is just so beautiful..... and the two tier Meissen server just took my breath away.
    Fabby, your taste and style is exquisite.
    It is always such a treat to visit you.
    Best Wishes

  46. So Delighted that you shared your elegant table with Home and Garden Thursday,

  47. Fabby, you just amaze me. What a beautiful, beautiful party!! I featured you at this week's Grace at Home--thank you so much for linking up!


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