Welcome to the 441st Tablescape Thursday!
Elena planned a special Valentine’s Day table this year. She wanted it to be extra special for her family, especially since her sister Anna would be attending. Anna had a heart transplant in January 2000 and during the past year she had been very sick.
Unfortunately, Anna didn’t have the opportunity to attend this special dinner in person, although I have no doubt she was there in spirit. She passed away on February 10th. She was 62 years old, only 18 months younger than Elena.
As you can imagine, this has been a very difficult time for Elena since she and her sister were not just sisters, but best friends. Elena said, “I had completed the Valentine’s Day dinner tablescape in January; also in January I had ordered and prepaid the wholesaler for the Valentine’s Day floral arrangements. At the time I planned this family dinner, I thought Anna would be part of the festivities. I had no idea what was about to happen, and I’m glad I didn’t know.”
The special table Elena prepared in January for her family gathering, turned into a lovely memorial dinner for Anna as her loved ones gathered to celebrate her life. It truly is such a blessing that medicine has advance to the place where Anna was given another 16 years of life from the time of her transplant, yet there continues to be so much more to learn. I’m sure a tremendous amount was learned through Anna’s experience and that knowledge is now being used to help others who have a similar need.
Though I never had a chance to meet Anna, I am humbled by her story and the contributions she made throughout her life to this area of medicine. Anna’s struggle and brave fight will have far-reaching results into the lives and future of others who face this same disease.
Regarding the table setting, Elena created this beautiful table with dinnerware by Juliska, found online at Horchow. The red goblets are Marquis by Waterford and the clear wine glasses are Waterford in the pattern, Lismore. The flatware is Grand Baroque by Wallace.
The lovely silverplate chargers were found on eBay.
Elena pre-ordered all the beautiful floral arrangements the month before. They were also used for Anna’s memorial service on Valentine’s Day.
Elena’s sweet kitty, Walterine, especially loves this arrangement and chose it for his daily naps. Sooo cute!
As night closed in, candlelight added a warm glow to this beautiful table setting.
Thanks so much to Elena for sharing this beautiful table setting. Though Anna wasn’t able to be there physically, I have no doubt that her family felt her presence and her love throughout the evening as they dined and shared special moments from her life.
Resources for this table:
Tablecloth– White Lenox Eternal pattern
Red goblets–Marquis by Waterford
Clear crystal wine glasses–Waterford Lismore crystal
Silverplate charger plates–eBay
Sterling silver flatware–Grand Baroque by Wallace
Red and white square plates, bowls and cups–Juliska from Horchow
White organza napkin covers–Always Elegant on eBay
Valentine heart napkin rings–hand-made, supplies from Michael’s
Beaded Valentine’s table runner–Pier One
Crystal pillar candle holders–Marquis by Waterford
Red glitter pillar candles from At Home
Valentine’s Day ribbons/bows from Michael’s
Simple white wax and glass votive candles are from Wal Mart
Buffet and other floral arrangements:
Red and white acrylic crystal foxglove arrangement–foxglove stems from Pier One, curly willow branches from Michael’s, Waterford Lismore Diamond crystal vase
Other fresh flower arrangements on buffet: vases and flowers from Arizona Flower Market; bright pink, red, and pale pink Titanic roses, lavender limonium, Italian ruscus and lemonleaf greenery
Rose arrangement with black cat: same fresh flowers and greenery as buffet arrangements, silver champagne bucket is from my wedding reception, engraved for our wedding day, Sept 1, 1996. For some reason my sweet black cat, Walterine, just loves to sleep underneath this flower arrangement.
All these arrangements plus one more (can’t find the photo) were used as decorations for my sister’s memorial service
Looking forward to all the beautiful tables for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!
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