Monday, May 12, 2014

Table for One Wedding China Challenge

Pat and I are joining Cuisine Kathleen's (Let's Dish -  May Challenge this week: design a table using your wedding china or china that was passed on to you (or even special china bought by yourself.)

Pat designed the table using her "good china" - Centura by Corning. Her everyday dishware was "Desert Flowers" by Noritake. (Don't confuse Centura with the inexpensive and rather thin "Corelle" that is made by Corning. Centura china is thicker, stronger and longer lasting.)  Pat also wanted to use her wedding colors - burgundy and pink - for table accents.

Ever practical and very sensible, Pat's choice in wedding china caused quite a stir by the local ladies at the time - plain white? Coupe plate? How could she? Well, many, many years later, and still 16 complete unbroken, unchipped place settings later, with hundreds of dinner parties out of the way, Pat can tell you why she chose Centura - it is sturdy, versatile, and very easy to design and decorate any table with. I am the first to say she was very smart. Start out with a simple dish pattern - you can dress it up for a formal dinner or use it for everyday. And you can always buy a busier pattern later.
Over view of the table

Close up of the place setting

Pat received sixteen 5-piece place settings of flatware as wedding gifts - she can't remember the pattern name

Glassware is "Marquis" by Waterford

To add a bit more color and texture, Pat added a Depressionware "Newport" sherbet and liner (made by the Hazel Atlas Glass Company)

Burgundy charger is Mikasa "Color Spectrum" (Our bridesmaids' dresses were gorgeous burgundy colored velvet - I was a lot thinner then.......oh dear, it's just a memory now....where's Richard Simmonds when you need him????)

To carry through the color theme, Pat added pink and burgundy napkins

The absolutely fabulous sterling silver compote/pot is a family heirloom from Pat's Mother-in-Law gifted to Pat along with a matching Coffee and Tea Service

Where it came from:
Tablecloth -
Napkins - Handmade by Pat
Flatware - Wedding gifts
Charger - "Color Spectrum" Burgundy by Mikasa
Dinnerware - "Centura" by Corning (wedding gifts)
Glassware - "Marquis" by Waterford
Salt and Pepper Shaker on Tray - Depressionware from our collection
Silver Napkin Ring - from Art & Old Things Antiques (our favorite local antique store)
Sterling Silver Flower Compote/Pot - a family heirloom handed down to Pat by her Mother-in-law for a wedding gift

We will be joining Cuisine Kathleen's "Let's Dish" this Wednesday:

We will also be joining Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" this Thursday:


  1. Pink, Burgundy and white! Lovely table!

  2. These dishes are so timeless! A modern bride would still love them. The burgundy and pink are so elegant contrasting with the white dishes. Beautiful! Linda

  3. I love the hat tip to the burgundy bridesmaid dresses. That made me smile. As for the table, it's one of those tables that says "elegant simplicity" to me. I love the white dishes.( I have actually started a "new" white pattern of my own after all these years. I still love my old pink china, but white just plays so well with everything. )

    Your flatware and crystal look wonderful with it.

  4. Hi, I recognize your flatware pattern. I think it is called Venetia by Oneida. Everything looks familiar except the knife shape. It is amazing after 42 years I still have some of this stainless flatware and love it still.

    Lovely post.

  5. Great table and way to show off your wedding china! Looks like you were right to get this elegant, indestructible pattern.

  6. What a lovely table! I smiled at the color scheme, as it's the one I used for my wedding. My bridesmaids wore pink dresses with burgundy velvet boleros. Yes, it was the '70s!

  7. Looked on my stainless and it says Community Stainless. Venetia is correct for the pattern name.

    My knife is different from yours. I will email a picture.

  8. Can't send the picture via email because you do not have an email address in your blog profile.

  9. Beautiful setting with this china and clever to use the colors of Pat's wedding for the details. Great advice for a young bride or anyone starting out with a set of china. Simplicity can be such an asset! Thanks for sharing.

  10. I remember pink and burgundy so well back in the late sixties. I still love that combination. The Centura china by Corning is perfect with the Hazel Atlas sherbert and bowl. My MIL gifted me with Corning plates when my husband and I were first married. I always loved the pure white color.