I'm tickled pink to be joining Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for her wonderful Tablescape Thursday.
New Year's Eve at my home was a quiet family night. My DH, two youngest daughters and I had a lovely late dinner and then played games until we rang in the New Year. Dinner was shrimp cocktails, grilled steaks, fries, salad and rolls. Dessert was apple pie served warm with vanilla ice cream.
Although my family's evening was an uneventful one, not so for Alexander and Charlotte. Can't you imagine them at a glitzy, sparkling New Year's Eve ball? Just at the stroke of midnight, Alexander escorts Charlotte out onto the balcony to toast the New Year under a luminous full moon. Sounds like fun, doesn't it! Alexander and Charlotte's evening at the ball was the inspiration for my table setting.
I wanted to bring a little of Alexander and Charlotte's New Year's Eve glitz to my table. Such a stylish gentleman would most certainly have been wearing a black top hat as he arrived at the ball. Charlotte was a vision most lovely to behold in her ball gown. She rests her gloved hand delicately in Alexander's as he smiles and invites her to dance. Can you see her jewels sparkling in the candlelight as Alexander twirls her around the dance floor? Do you hear the tinkling strains of the waltz as the musicians play?
When it's time to dine, Alexander politely pulls out a chair for Charlotte and she sits down to a layered place setting of silver beaded chargers, black dinner plates, white with platinum trim salad plates, and cocktail glasses. Black napkins and silver horns tied together with black and silver ribbon rested on the plates. Black diamond point goblets, crystal champagne flutes and silver flatware completed the setting.
Alexander and Charlotte would surely have dined in elegant style at their New Year's Eve Ball. Wonder how many courses they had? Can you envision how the soft glow of candlelight played off the beautiful ball gowns and jewelry of the ladies?
Sigh...I want to be Charlotte when I grow up. I want to wear beautiful jewels and go to the ball.