My friend, Marlene, invited Jill and I down to Tennessee to give a presentation of our new book- "Romancing the Home Entertains" to her Collectors Club. We decided to set up tablescapes using antique china mixed with new elements. The homeowner, Sue, had the most beautiful collection of antique china, so it was fun to mix her treasures with new things from our store, such as the over sized croco gold chargers. She had so many beautiful salad plates, that we decided to mix and match them on the table. Using rhinestone brooches as napkin rings on our animal print napkins, we added a touch of whimsy to the elegant cobalt blue table. The local Kroger had just received the vivid blue orchids, so we could not resist them for our centerpiece. Simply placing three in an over sized vintage compote, we filled the outside with fresh greens. Vintage cobalt and gold water tumblers were mixed with Sue's crystal. The cobalt blue taffeta tablecloth was layered over Sue's gold damask cloth. Sue's beautiful home overlooking Centerville Lake was the perfect setting for this elegant table.
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