At the Table~ Something Blue


I’m at the table with Something Blue~

An essential part of the Mikasa I Do Collection, inspired by the traditional wedding practice with a modern twist to the concept of blue.

Timely, since I think of August as a wedding month, with my parents and my in-laws having August anniversaries and as we celebrate our 29th anniversary on August 18th!


And with a fun play on the wedding tradition of the four objects that the bride carries with her on the big day as good luck charms. . .

This tradition comes from an Old English rhyme “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Silver Sixpence in your Shoe”.


Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity.


With a blend of rustic and refined, I married the textures of the jute tablecloth and woven chargers with the sparkling surfaces of the crystal goblets and silver wine chiller.


Oxidized silver chargers with their time-worn patina, are used to have and to hold the Something Blue Dinnerware, contrasting with sleek design of the platinum geometric borders.


For my something old, I’m at the table with my mother-in-law’s crystal pattern, chosen 63 years ago for her wedding day.


For something new, I have a new set of chair napkin rings, representing furniture~ budget friendly, and the suggested modern gift commemorating our 29th wedding anniversary :)




My something borrowed is a silver candelabra given to my parents on their wedding day. It’s providing a little romance to a planter and softened with some additional ivy sprigs tying the knot!


With a nod to a bridal gown, a pearl-trimmed napkin (Pier 1) is wed with a patterned one (Raymond Waites, HomeGoods).




Something Blue Dinnerware has a subtle but distinct line pattern in baby blue, framed by a geometric platinum border.


And the teacups have a distinctive and modern shape.



Thrifted silver plate chargers  lend a casual charm with their faded and time-worn patina.


And Hydrangeas and ivy soften and add some additional romance to the union of the tarnished charger and polished wine chiller.






Something Blue Table Details:

*Something Blue Dinnerware/ Mikasa

*Carlisle Flatware/ International Home

Goblets/ Unknown

Burlap Tablecloth/ Couleur Nature, Amazon

Placemats/ Waverly, Tuesday Morning

Napkins/ patterned- Raymond Waites, HomeGoods; white with pearls- Pier 1

Napkin Rings/ Two’s Company, Amazon

Woven Chargers/ World Market

Silverplate Chargers/ thrifted

Wine Chiller/ retail days


*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.

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  52 comments for “At the Table~ Something Blue

  1. Bonnie Keearns
    August 12, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Absolutely stunning and very romantic. I love the color combination and how soft the palate is to the eye. Just Beautiful! Happy Anniversary to You and Your Family!

  2. Penny Aquila
    August 12, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Feast for my ” early morning ” eyes ! Delicate balance ….bravo ! you hit it out of the park……one more time ! Loved it ….

  3. August 12, 2013 at 6:14 am

    The hubby’s birthday is the 18th so I will toast to the three of you.

  4. Sheila
    August 12, 2013 at 7:36 am

    I have just “fou d” your blog recently. Love it!!!!

  5. August 12, 2013 at 7:39 am

    This is SO the reason I follow your blog! Everything is perfectly beautiful. I love the contrast of the elegant against the simple.

  6. August 12, 2013 at 7:46 am

    gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!!

  7. Cheryl
    August 12, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Very elegant today Mary. So appropriate for a wedding day. A very happy anniversary to you and yours.

  8. Peggy Thal
    August 12, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Absolutely beautiful and very romantic. A perfect anniversary table. Love the colors used with the silver and crystal. Happy celebrating!

  9. August 12, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Stunning table….love the silvery touches with the rustic details…and your hydrangeas are beautiful.

  10. August 12, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Oh my goodness, Mary! I adore the wonderful dinnerware and the fabulous colors your chose!!!! Great texture and colors and patterns. This just might be one of my favorites!

  11. August 12, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Romantic in a timeless way, you married the old and new so seamlessly~love the 2 napkins “joined together'” and the candelabra in the planter is just delightful! What a lovely tribute to all your anniversaries! The napkin rings are so cute! Happy Anni coming up!

  12. August 12, 2013 at 9:19 am

    So beautiful. I love that china, oh my it does speak to my heart. Especially with the camels presented here. Just gorgeous. Happy Anniversary! xo marlis

  13. paula
    August 12, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Beautiful, everything just beautiful!

  14. August 12, 2013 at 9:45 am

    This is a romantic, serene, beautiful and charming setting, Mary. I love the soft palette of colors. The addition of the candleabra and wine chiller really brings your theme all together. You have the BEST design skills when it comes to tables. Thanks for this wonderful beginning to my day. Like I said before, soon you are going to need a dish room:):) XO

  15. Franki
    August 12, 2013 at 9:51 am

    What an expression of personal tribute! It is more than lovely. Congratulations to ALL! franki

  16. Marty Larson
    August 12, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! We think of August as wedding month, too. Both of our parents have anniversaries in August and our 27th is August 17th.

  17. August 12, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Beautiful, Mary! I am in love with the crystal and the napkin rings are adorable.

  18. August 12, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous table Mary…and Happy Anniversary!!!!…Mikasa has certainly come out with some gorgeous new patterns lately…this pattern of the I Do Collection is so beautiful in any setting….I love it!…Such a classic pattern!

  19. August 12, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Just beatiful, as always, Mary! That crystal is absolutely gorgeous–do you know the pattern? Love this Mikasa pattern, and love your mix of colors and textures! ~Zuni

    • August 12, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Thanks Zuni! No I sent a photo of it to Replacements to see if they could identify it :)

  20. Lady Delores LeBoeuf
    August 12, 2013 at 11:29 am

    You always amaze me and your arrangements always brighten my day, Love & Blessings to you/yours…

  21. August 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Mary, I so enjoyed this post. If I were a young bride selecting wedding china, I’d be smitten with this pattern. Blue is a favorite for me, and the simplicity of this pattern really speaks to my heart. The way you’ve paired it with the rustic burlap cloth, the aged silver chargers, and that gorgeous crystal makes it totally perfection. I’m off to visit the site for the burlap cloth. Wonderful texture! ~ Sarah

  22. janie gore
    August 12, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Beautiful table, love every aspect of it. The china is gorgeous and the way you displayed it was stunning!

  23. August 12, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Mary, this table is so inviting and lovely! I also had to look at some of your other tables and they are amazing! Loved the “Find the Fairies” Table. You are so talented. Thank you for sharing and the inspiration.


  24. August 12, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    beautiful sentiment and table, i love neutrals, they are always so calming, throw in the lake and there is peace on earth. your wee chairs are darling, love your glassware detail shots. twins again, 29 years for us too, happy anni!

  25. August 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Absolutely exquisite and stunning table! Love your MIL’s goblets! If the Something Blue pattern had been available when I got married, I know I would have chosen it! Beautiful, Mary…just beautiful!

  26. August 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Oh, gosh, Mary you have outdone yourself with this one! This is absolutely stunning. You blended all of the elements together beautifully! Just gorgeous!

  27. August 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    What a lovely table! Everything is so pretty and the colors, patterns and textures are wonderful!

  28. Botanic Bleu
    August 12, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Blue always speaks to my heart and this china plus setting is so pretty. Your description also spoke to my heart. What a beautiful post, both visually and verbally.


  29. August 13, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Beautiful setting. Love the crystal. Would like to know if you find out from Replacements what pattern it is. Just recently found your web site…love your attention to detail.

  30. August 13, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Hi: Your table is picture perfect! I love how you described everything. Thank you for sharing this lovely table today. Blessings, Martha

  31. August 13, 2013 at 5:42 am

    This is AMAZING. I love it all and what a spot to dine by. Love the touches of the hydrangeas…..

  32. August 13, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I have completely run out of adjectives to describe your creations, Mary! I think this has to be one of my favorite tables you have ever done!!! Just elegant…love the Mikasa I Do Collection & I want to run out to HGoods right this minute to see if I can find those Raymond Waites napkins.
    Gosh, you’re SO good at this!

    Wishing you a slightly early “Happy Anniversary” for the 18th of the month.
    May you share many more happy & HEALTHY years together.


  33. August 13, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Oh, Mary……what a lovely table for an anniversary celebration. The something blue plates are neat! :D I hope y’all have a great anniversary celebration this month. Congratulations on 29 years!

  34. August 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful…The way you tied it all together is a work of art. I will pin this for future reference…I have been collecting those silver trays to use for chargers…they look perfect on this table…the whole table looks perfect…and romantic..and bride like…great job..
    Love, Mona

  35. August 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Such a beautiful example of point/counterpoint in design…the results are exquisite. I love using all the good stuff alfresco…the sunlight just makes everything sing. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  36. Pam
    August 14, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Something Blue china is a lovely pattern on your table. The wonderful setting in the outdoors is perfect for this anniversary event! The silver chair napkin rings are so cute. Have a great anniversary!


  37. August 14, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Blue and beige happens to be one of my favorite color combinations. It’s the epitome of casual elegant to me. I love that pattern and think the whole “something blue” inspiration for a romantic table is just lovely. As usual, you do it all perfectly!!

  38. August 14, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Beautiful, charming, lovely, etc, etc,.. Love you table setting always have to look over them more than once. Seems I miss something the first time.

    Cathy’s Cupboard Calamity <;)

  39. Bev
    August 15, 2013 at 6:54 am

    This is absolutely beautiful…I cannot say enough great things about this table. The dishes are lovely; the napkins are wonderful; as usual, you have paid attention to every detail, and it shows!

  40. August 15, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Just breathtaking!!

  41. August 15, 2013 at 10:32 am

    It’s so nice to appreciate the details of this beautiful table close up. And wonderful that you have incorporated such personal items for an anniversary. I love all the symbolism. So much more than a pretty table. Happy anniversary!

  42. creativehomeexpressions
    August 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Beautiful table, Mary! I love everything you’ve put together here. Happy Anniversary!

  43. August 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    We just celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary on July 21! Congratulations on your upcoming big day! Wow! We were probably picking out china patterns around the same time! Your table is beautiful. I particularly like your mother-in-law’s goblets! So beautiful! May your anniversary day be filled with joy! I’m curious, are you planning anything special for your 30th? I’m beginning to toy with the idea of renewing our vows . . . hmm . . .

  44. Kim
    August 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Beautiful table, spectacular view! Happy Anniversary! :)

  45. August 17, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Happy Anniversary!! This is gorgeous! Those little napkin rings…be still my heart.

  46. August 17, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Lovely tablescape Mary – as always! Happy Anniversary tomorrow! May your day and upcoming year be filled with much joy and happiness!

  47. August 21, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Wow! What gorgeous tables! Love all the amazing details. You are so talented. Thank you for all the inspirations. Happy Anniversary!

  48. August 21, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Like Retta said, I am all out of adjectives! What a gorgeous table, the chairs are so cute! Happy Anniversary and many more! Sorry I am late. I had another party to plan for 280 this week, it took lots of time!

  49. J Mann
    August 21, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Absolutely lovely. The blue patterned china and delicate crystal are both gorgeous patterns and I love the way you mixed in all of the other elements.

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