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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dining on the Titanic

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Well, sort of!        Last weekend my daughter and son in law hosted their fifth or sixth Mystery Dinner Party. The story line was based on Titanic this year.  This has become an ongoing tradition that their guests truly look forward to and some have actually been known to call early to make sure there is going to be a MDP.  It’s always very close to Halloween and often times the table is decorated with more of a pumpkin/ghostly theme.



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With the theme of this mystery being on the Titanic, Angie wanted a more romantic old age theme for the table.  She gave me her thoughts and I loaded up my car with all my fun stuff and headed over to help her with this exciting plan.  Oh!  I do get excited thinking about decorating a table with a theme.



Angie has beautiful gold rimmed china, beautiful silver with gold and the gold chargers, so I added my brown transferware bread plates for the look of a bygone era.

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Now don’t look too closely or you will surely notice the bronze tablecloth doesn’t quite fit her table.  I had an old finely crocheted one that fit better, but Angie LOVED the bronze and said, “Let’s make it work!”  It was pretty.  The lighting gives it a silvery glow, but it’s actually a shimmery bronze.  I threw the velvet, beaded runner on top and just started layering.


This is the first time I used my silver candelabra recently purchased at a local Junk Jaunt for around $4 or $5.  I had white candles in at first, but then dug around and found 2 gold ones she had.  The gold took on a much richer look and I was off to find more gold candles to fill the base.

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I added the two crystal candle holders from a church sale because of the size of the table.  The candelabra wasn’t quite large enough.


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The bronze and gold faux fine leaves were added using the colors alternately at each place setting.  Gold card holders from a Hobby Lobby clearance sat on top of individual small mirrors to reflect the candlelight.  Oh! The feel was divine!!


Lots of votive holders were scattered here and there on the table.  I had these little individual salt and pepper shakers that were placed around the table for every two people to share as I had four sets.

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A mix of two sets of old butter knives sat across the bread plates.  Don’t you think Leonardo would have been pleased to sit here??  :) :) :)

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You’ve seen the amber glasses before, also from the Junk Jaunt.

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It was QUITE AN EVENING!  I’ll share more in the days to come.  The costumes the guests came in were fantastic!  They always love getting into character and truly have a very fun evening.

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Thank you SO MUCH Susan for continuing with Tablescape Thursday.  I have really learned to play with my dishes and thrifting finds in a whole new way.  It’s really fun to be creative with what we love and to see and get ideas from so many talented bloggers.  Go over and visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for a healthy dose of inspiration!

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Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous table. I love all the beautiful gold and silver and the linens are just lovely. I think you two really went all out. Every single detail is stunning. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

Oh, this sounds like a lot of fun and you really helped your daughter set a very elegant table! Love all the shinbones of it. The layered look of the tablecloths is so pretty! Those candlelabras, the gold candles. Love it all. She is surely lucky to have such a great mother! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

From the Old InkWell said...

Love your gold! Such an elegant table!

Rettabug said...

Well, since I'm a BIG fan of bling & gold, I just LOVE this table! It looks sooo elegant & refined.
All the different layers give it a really lush feeling.

We've been to 2 MMD & they were a lot of work. You really have to prepare ahead of time, as a guest & think a little during the questioning. It helps to stay sober, too. :P

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just beautiful my friend...I loved that it had a theme girls out did yourself with the awesome table...thanks for sharing...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Unknown said...

Beautifully classy table. I love all the details and the overall elegance of it. I've always wanted to have a Murder Mystery Party, I've never even been to one! She truly captured the feel of the theme.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Sounds like great fun -- and what a wonderful setting for the Murder Mystery! Can't wait so hear all about it.

Anonymous said...

What a fun dinner party. You and Angie set a lovely table. The tones are so pretty and I love the layering. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas.

Nancy said...

This must have been so much fun to do. I would love to see all the costumes. Gorgeous table with a vintage flare.

Denise said...

This is gorgeous. And what a fun evening they all must have had. I've never done or been to a mystery night. Sounds great.

Sue said...

Not only does the table look elegant, stunning...the entire idea is wonderful. The fact people come in costume is impressive. You did a wonderful job setting the theme with the tablescape.


Domestic Designer said...

What an elegant table! Just beautiful. I just love the dinner party....can I come? :-)

Kat said...

What a lovely tablescape. I love the theme the Titanic that's so creative. Having the dinner parties sounds lovely. Your table looks spectacular! ~Kat

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Donna...

Ohhh my...what a treat! You and your daughter recreated a perfect table for one of those elegant dinners on the Titanic!!! It's so regal, rich...and down-right decandent, my friend!!! Just as I would have imagined the dining experience to be like on that fabulous ship! I love the shimmery bronze really does just set the tone! The place settings are gorgeous...a simple...yet elegant white china with gold trim! I love that you added your beautiful brown transferware plates to the really does give the place setting that nostalgic feel! Ohhh...and the silver candelabra and crystal candleholders are soooo very beautiful...the really make a grand statement!!! I love the bronze leaves that you used as well! Oooh...a mystery dinner sounds like so much fun! I can't wait to hear more about it and I'm hoping that there will be some photos of the guests in costume!!!

Thank you so much for sharing you and your daughter's lovely Titanic re-creation!!! This was such a treat!!!

Warmest wishes,

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Beautiful table! That's an awesome theme for a MDP and TT! There is a Titanic Museum close to where I live...they built it to look like the ship, complete with iceburg and all! Fun post!

Kammy said...

Wow, that table sparkles ! I love your brown transferware too !

Brenda Pruitt said...

Beautiful table! Sounds like so much fun!

Rita said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. it is such n honor! Love that table decor. So elegant, classy and sparkiing. her MDP must have been a great success also thanks to the wonderful table setting.
With warmest wishes

Marigene said...

What a fabulously elegant table with the mixture of gold/silver/bronze/crystal. And I ♥ the transferware.

Maureen said...

This elegant table really suits your theme. It sounds like a fun evening.

B said...

Love the colors! Very pretty.

Anonymous said...

Long time ago we participated in two mystery dinner evenings and each one was a blast and we dressed the part too. Thanks to your fabulous post (and beautiful table) I think I may plan one for the blah after Christmas winter season. Fun!

Unknown said...

I can't wait to hear about the Mystery dinner. I have never been to one. How does that work? Your table is lovely!!


sherri@lavenderfields said...

Ahhh! Your beautiful table takes us back to a by gone era! What a great effort and it sounded like a really fun party to host. Have a great week. Sherri

Joyce said...

Wonderful and please do share the details in another post. I would love to host this also.

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

I love the theme. What a great idea! And such an elegant table -

Kammy said...

Hi Donna ~
Go to Walmart to buy :
Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint for about $3.50
I just bought 2 more cans - I do
love it :o)

Melissa Miller said...

Oooohhhh Donna how gorgeous! The candles are so beautiful in the center. Love the pretty dishes as well. ~Lovely job!

What a fun theme idea! Titanic was so elegant in the dining room scenes.

Laura said...

What a beautiful table How much fun to take out all of your wonderful things and combine them.


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Unknown said...

What a great idea and table setting!!

The Stylish House said...

Your tablescape and home are both beautiful. I love the rich warm colors you used and especially like the touches of shimmery bronze. I laughed when I read your thoughts on faux. Since I’m not a Rockefeller descendant who can afford fresh flowers weekly, I feel an updated quality silk arrangement is perfectly fine!

Sue said...

Fantastic! The layered table coverings and gold candles give such a luminesent glow. What lucky party goers.

Decor To Adore said...

What a gorgeous table!

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Becca's Dirt said...

Beautiful setting.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Gorgeous! Her dining room looks gorgeous too. I've always wanted to do a Mystery Dinner Party, but can't ever come up with a mystery story. Does your daughter make up her own, or does she find them somewhere? Love your candelabra, and those gold candles are perfect in this tablescape! laurie

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Beautiful table scape, beautiful home, all around beautiful!