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Happy 4th Blogiversary!

 

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Hi everyone,

Well it’s that time of year again, time to celebrate another anniversary for DishingwithDiane.com

Hard to believe that DishingwithDiane is

Four Years Old !

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 Four years have flown by so quickly. I absolutely love sharing my recipes, tablescapes, family events and stories.

The more members we have just makes the DishingwithDiane family bigger and better. I deeply appreciate every member.

I wish I could thank each and every one of you in person for signing up to become a member and showing so much love and support for this blog. 

I hope that over the course of four years I have helped you in some way. Perhaps a new recipe that has become a family favorite or new ideas for your tablescapes for parties and holidays. Whatever it is, it has been a labor of love for me.

Please continue to ask your family and friends to like, share, comment and join DishingwithDiane, as we head into year number Five.

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So let the celebration begin and lets start an anniversary tablescape for our

Fourth Anniversary. 

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I knew from the day I bought these dishes that I wanted to use them for my 4th anniversary tablescape. They are pretty versatile. They can be used for any winter celebration and even for a Christmas luncheon.

I think what attracted me to these dishes was the black & white harlequin pattern, absolutely one of my favorite patterns. And they are designed by one of my favorite artists, Susan Winget.

I have been obsessed with black and white in fashion and home decor for many years. I think I fell in love with the bold look of black & white once I saw My Fair Lady and they had the Black and White Ball.

Does anyone remember seeing the movie and how stunning Audrey Hepburn looked in this ensemble?

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 She has always been a favorite actress of mine.

Back to the dishes…

The dinner plate is very festive and it has the black and white harlequin pattern as the border with an accent of amber and burgundy at the edge of the plate. The center of the dinner plate is white framed in an array of fruits in tones of burgundy, amber and green finished with a red bow. Almost looks like a wreath of fruit.

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The salad plate also has the harlequin border with an amber and burgundy edge and each plate features one of the fruits displayed on the dinner plate in the center.

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Unfortunately for me this set does not come with soup bowls, only small ice cream bowls which I chose not to buy. I did purchase the mugs along with a small harlequin rectangular tray (12 X 6) with handles and the creamer and sugar bowl

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I am starting my tablescape with a solid black tablecloth with a woven square pattern. Very basic but I needed the pattern to add something to the table. I think a plain solid tablecloth would be too dull.

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Along with the black tablecloth, I had to add my black and white harlequin table runner.  I originally bought this table runner to decorate a table at Halloween for bowls of candy for trick or treaters. 

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Now for the placemats and chargers. This tablescape needed an accent color from the plates, so I am using a red woven placemat. This will add a pop of color and match the bow on the dinner plate.

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I didn’t want to add any additional color to the tablescape so I am using clear glass chargers. They dress up the table without taking away from the table linens.

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When I purchased the table runner I also purchased the matching napkins and I am so glad that I did. They work perfectly on the table and I decided to use a pearl napkin ring. I love the combination and I am using pearls in my centerpiece.

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My flatware is absolutely fantastic! I was gifted this set of black and white harlequin cutlery and I love it. My son’s girlfriend gave me this set because she knows how much I love black and white and the harlequin pattern. There couldn’t be better flatware for this tablescape.

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Now the glassware. Since there is always a dessert and prosecco celebration for the anniversary, I am using my Waterford crystal flute glasses.

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My centerpiece is the crystal vase that matches the stemware and I filled the vase with black and white silk flowers and a few pearl sprays to accent the flowers and coordinate with the napkin rings.

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For the first time I am using water jewels as a vase filler. These are water absorbing polymer that grows larger the more you hydrate them. When the water evaporates the beads shrink and can be saved in an airtight container for another project.

Normally, I would use these beads for fresh flowers, but I wanted to try them on silk to help the flower stems stay exactly where I wanted them.

Here is the picture of the water jewels I purchased…

(Found at Michael’s Art’s & Crafts).

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My table accents are candles of course and I am using mercury glass votive holders to complete the table along with black, gray and white glass gem table scatter.

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My cake stand is clear glass at the base with a crackled pattern for the cake stand top. It actually reminded me of the water jewels in the vase.

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Now, what is a celebration without a cake? This year I asked for a harlequin print on the cake and I had to go to two bakeries before anyone would accept the challenge. It seems that black frosting is a color that isn’t asked for very much. 

I finally found a bakery willing to try and I think they did a great job. I even kept the filling simple to make it easier for them- just yellow cake and chocolate pudding (can’t go wrong with basic).

And now the finished cake served by candlelight…

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I wanted to add a second accent to the table and decided on some fresh fruit that was featured on the salad plate. I used a white ceramic fruit bowl with pears, apples and grapes. 

(Bob said this looks like a painting).

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Table Setting

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And now, Bob and I will have our traditional toast to another great year along with a toast to all the members of DishingwithDiane that make my dream of having this blog come true.

Thank you

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Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Ask your family and friends to join DishingwithDiane.com and become part of the family!

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Happy “Third” Year Blogiversary

 

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Hi Everyone,

I can’t believe that another year has flown by and DishingwithDiane is now,

THREE YEARS OLD TODAY!

I absolutely LOVE sharing my tablescapes, stories and recipes with all of you. It has been a wonderful experience for me and I have made so many new friends over the three years. You have all become a second family to me.

I want to thank each and every one of you for becoming members and showing the love and support for this blog.

Please continue to ask your family and friends to follow, like, share and join DishingwithDiane.com, as we continue to grow.

And continue to send me your comments, I love hearing from you.

I hope along our journey together, I have inspired you to try a new recipe or given you an idea for you to create a tablescape at home.

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So now let’s start a celebration tablescape to bring us into year number FOUR together…

For this anniversary tablescape I wanted to feature my Italian Deruta dishes. Both my husband and my son bought me new pieces for Christmas to add to my collection and I can’t wait to use them.

Let’s start with the tablecloth. I am using a sunflower gold tablecloth to blend with the rim of the dish.

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I am adding something that I don’t normally use on my tables and that is a table runner. For this particular pattern, I thought the table runner pulled everything together nicely.

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The dishes are one of my favorites, Nova Deruta.

It is an earthenware dish with scalloped edges with a cream background and a sunflower gold & rust rim. The intricate pattern on the dish feature vibrant colors of navy, turquoise, sunflower and rust.

While doing some research about the dishes from Italy, I discovered that this design also originates from a fresco made by a Renaissance master, “Il Perugino” created the frescoes containing the dominant motif of this pattern. If you travel to Italy you will be able to see them in the “Logge del Cambio” in Perugia. 

Deruta majolica artists later adapted the motif to the ceramic art.

The dinner plate has a scalloped edge and a border in sunflower and rust with the fresco design around the rim and a cream center.

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The salad plate also has the scalloped edge with the same design as the dinner plate but the center has the design of the fresco.

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The complete set…

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I chose two colors from the plate for the placemats and chargers. Rust woven placemats and navy beaded chargers.

(With the lighting the placemat looks orange but it is a deep rust).

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These dishes always give me a rustic feel of Tuscany, so I am using wooden flatware to keep the rustic theme going.

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Instead of a solid color napkin from a color on the plate, I chose the Deruta napkins to match the set and wooden napkin rings.

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The glasses will be simple. My clear stemless wine glasses. I didn’t want colored glassware to interfere with the intricate pattern on both the dishes and table runner.

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The new piece that Bob bought me is the soup tureen. I absolutely LOVE it. Not many people can fall in love with a soup tureen, but I can. I didn’t want to make soup for the occasion, so I am going to use this piece as my centerpiece.

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My son bought me the demitasse cups for Christmas and we will use those later with dessert.

Speaking of which, what is a celebration without a cake?

This year I gave the bakery a challenge when I gave them a photo of the plate and told them I wanted to have all the colors of the plate on the cake. I think they did a great job.

The cake is a marble cake with a layer of cannoli and a layer of chocolate pudding.

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I had to buy some additional mini cannolis when I picked up the cake. I couldn’t resist; the smell of the bakery got to me.

I will serve these on one of my Deruta serving trays.

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Since I am going rustic, I am using my Acacia wood pedestal cake stand (this comes with a very large dome).  I ordered it from Crate and Barrel. I wish you could see the detail of the wood in person.

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Of course there must be candles and I am using glass votives in shades of emerald, gold and navy.

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A few pieces of golden glass table scatter on the runner and we are almost done except for the centerpiece.

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I told you it would be the soup tureen, but it had to have something added.

 At first, I thought I would fill the tureen with hydrangea but that didn’t do it for me once I saw the hydrangea in the tureen. Still searching, I came across these little heather floral picks in Michael’s Arts and Crafts.

I dug through the basket to search for colors that would coordinate with my tureen; came home made the arrangement and now I am a happy girl.

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Place Setting

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 We couldn’t forget a bottle of prosecco for a celebratory toast,

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and some demitasse with anisette and our 3rd Blogiversary occasion cake.

We are ready to celebrate. 

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Just a note, I always use a fresh lemon peel for the rim of the cup and anisette sugar in demitasse coffee just like grandma did.

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I have to share one other thing about my day of celebration. 

This afternoon, I surprised Bob with cupcakes for an early lunch, but this time the cupcakes were turkey meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato frosting, chive sprinkles and a grape tomato as the cherry on top.

Served in a cupcake holder with broccoli slaw as a side dish.

I have been celebrating all day.

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I just had to show you. I found the recipe on Skinnytaste.com and for those interested, it is Weight Watcher friendly made with turkey and grated zucchini- delicious. (recipe below)

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

It has truly been a pleasure for me to share three years together with all of you. Spread the word about DishingwithDiane and continue to help me get new members. We have a lot more fun ahead.

Stay well, 

Diane

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Skinny Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting

Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 2 cupcakes • 

Ingredients:

For the Meatloaf Cupcakes:

  • 1.3 lb. 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup grated zucchini, all moisture squeezed dry with paper towel
  • 2 tbsps. onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

For the Skinny Mashed Potato “Frosting”:

  • 1 lb. (about 2 medium) Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 2 tbsps. fat free sour cream
  • 2 tbsps. fat free chicken broth
  • 1 tbsps. skim milk
  • 1/2 tbsp. light butter
  • kosher salt to taste
  • dash of fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tbsps. fresh thyme

Directions:

Put the potatoes and garlic in a large pot with salt and enough water to cover; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat; simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Drain and return potatoes and garlic to pan. Add sour cream and remaining ingredients. Using a masher or blender, mash until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°. Line a muffin tin with foil liners.

In a large bowl, mix the turkey, zucchini, onion, breadcrumbs, ketchup, egg, and salt. Place meatloaf mixture into muffin tins filling them to the top, making sure they are flat at the top.

Bake uncovered for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from tins and place onto a baking dish.

Pipe the “frosting” onto the meatloaf cupcakes and serve.

Makes 12.

 

Happy “Second” Year Blogiversary

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Hi Everyone,

I am so excited that DishingwithDiane.com is TWO YEARS OLD today.

Wow, what a journey. I can’t believe that two years have passed.

As the saying goes, “it seems like only yesterday” that we started.

I have had so much fun sharing my tablescapes, family stories and recipes with you these past two years.

I want to thank all of the DishingwithDiane members for your support and for sharing and spreading the word about the blog as we continue to grow.

Please continue to ask your family and friends to follow, like and share DishingwithDiane.com so they will never miss a post.

It is just wonderful for me to have so many new friends in my life and receive so many comments about the blog.

Continue to send me your comments, I love hearing from you.

I hope that I have inspired you to try a new recipe or given you ideas to create your own tablescapes.

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So now as we start year number THREE, let’s have a celebration!

Let’s set an anniversary tablescape…

I am starting out with a light dove gray tablecloth.

(With the lighting I was working with, I couldn’t get the true color gray from the tablecloth)

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The napkins are black and the napkin rings are silver and black beaded. The sparkle the napkin rings adds to the table is perfect for a celebration.

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The placemats are black woven and I am using black chargers as well. I wanted the focus to be only on the dishes; plus I love the beaded detail around the edge of the charger, it highlights the plates.

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The dishes I chose for this occasion are by Isaac Mizrahi and the pattern is Madison Bloom. They are porcelain and feature a very soft and muted floral design.

The dinner plate and salad plate feature the same soft gray floral design with different color backgrounds. The dinner plate background is in off white and the salad plate is in black.

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Complete set…

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The flatware is acrylic made to look like crystal to coordinate with the stemware.

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And once again, I am using my Waterford crystal champagne flutes.

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I just love my second year blogiversary cake so much, that I decided to use it as my centerpiece.

The cake highlights the dishes perfectly. Three tiers of rosettes in black, gray and white to match the floral pattern on the dishes.

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The cake plate is clear glass. I didn’t want any color to interfere with the rosettes. I am displaying the cake plate on a mirrored disc for a little more sparkle.

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You know I love candles and to go with this tablescape, I am using a pair of black metal and crystal tree tealight candle holders with cup shaped blooms. I wanted to use these to continue my floral theme.

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The more candles the better as far as I am concerned, so I am added a few black and white “damask pattern” votive candle holders to add a soft glow.

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A few pieces of black, pearl and gray table confetti and some 2017 party danglers for the chandelier and the table looks complete to me now.

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Place Setting

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A bottle of prosecco to accompany the cake and we are all set for another celebration.

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This year the filling is chocolate mouse and banana creme with fresh bananas.

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Once again, I am truly grateful to all of you for allowing me to share my passion with so many new friends and members.

With each bite of this anniversary cake, I will be thinking of all of you and your support and well wishes throughout the year.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

On to year THREE of tablescapes, stories and recipes….

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Table Details

Gray tablecloth from Party City

Black napkins from Amazon

Crystal flatware from Amazon

Champagne flutes from Waterford

Black, gray and off white dishes from Isaac Mizrahi

Black and silver beaded napkin rings from Bed, Bath and Beyond

Black woven placemats from Homegoods

Black beaded charger plates from Bed, Bath and Beyond

Black, gray and white table scatter from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Crystal tree tea light holders from Amazon

Damask votive candle holders from Kate Aspen

2017 party danglers from Party City

Blogiversary cake from Alpine Bakery – Smithtown, NY

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Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Diane

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Happy “One Year” Blogiversary!

 

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Hi Everyone, 

I just can’t believe that DishingwithDiane.com is a year old already.

The year just flew by and I have had so much fun sharing my stories, my tablescapes and my recipes with you.

I want to thank all of the DishingwithDiane members for your support and I love your comments and feedback. I feel as if I know you all personally and we are old friends.

Please share and ask your family and friends to become members and join the fun.

Well, we are starting year number TWO, but before we start we have to have a celebration!

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My favorite color combination is black, white and gold and I have the perfect dishes in just those colors.

I am breaking out the fine china. (I really shouldn’t say breaking and fine china in the same sentence. Gives me a chill). Back to the celebration tablescape.

I am using Lenox fine china in the Minstrel Gold pattern. I fell in love with this pattern immediately because of the color combination and the floral shapes. The dishes feature beautiful gold and black flowers on a white background, trimmed in gold.

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The dish description said it was inspired by the Art Deco theme. I am a big fan of Art Deco. I should have been born in the 1930’s.

Choosing a tablecloth was not a hard choice for me. I bought this Kate Spade (love her too) tablecloth last year and had it packed away. You guessed it, I bought it because of the color combination and now is the perfect occasion to use it.

I was originally keeping it for a New Year’s Eve tablescape, but a Blogiversary is a very special occasion.

Black, gold and a pale blush polka dots on a white backgroud. Kate Spade features a lot of polka dots in her collections. If you are a fan of polka dots, Kate Spade is the place to look. I guarantee you will find something you love.

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There is so much pattern going on with this tablecloth, I decided to use black napkins instead of the matching napkins to tone it down a bit. You don’t have to “match” everything- there are no rules.

I still wanted that celebration feeling so I am using rhinestone napkin rings.

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With this color combination, there really was no other choice than to use black placemats and gold chargers. Now everything looks complete.

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Once again, I am using my everyday, silver and gold flatware.

This flatware goes with everything.

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Well, we have to have a “good luck” toast, so this calls for my Waterford champagne flutes. For more sparkle, I set the table with the matching goblets. 

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For my centerpiece I wanted something simple and elegant, so I brought another piece of my Waterford collection out of storage; the matching vase to the champagne flutes. I brought the vase to my favorite florist for an all white arrangement.

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My florist John is simply the best! He knew exactly the vision I had with the white flowers and the crystal vase. John has been my florist for many years.

If you are ever in need of a florist, call

 Raindrops & Roses Florist

 in Bay Shore, NY and ask for John. You will never be disappointed.

To add to the sparkle, I placed the vase on a mirrored disc. 

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You know by now how much I love candles, so I added crystal candlesticks on each side of the vase. These candlesticks are rimmed in gold and I filled in the candle base with gold glass pebbles and I added a clear tapered candle, speckled in gold. They were placed on mirrored discs as well.

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 I had a few gold votive candles that I thought would bring a beautiful glow to the table. These candles are leftover party favors that I once used for a New Year’s Eve party.

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I did mention there would be a celebratory toast, so to chill the Prosecco, I am using a gold wine cooler. I love the bold pop of color the wine cooler brings to the table among all the icy clear crystal.

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I love using confetti on my tables and this table called for “special celebration” confetti in white, silver and gold. A combination of tiny champagne bottles and champagne glasses covered in glitter. 

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I think just a sprinkle around the mirrored discs would be enough. The confetti would get lost directly on the tablecloth with the polka dot pattern.

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And NO celebration is ever complete without some eating involved, especially dessert? My husband bought me a “One Year Blogiversary” cake.

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Of course, decorated in white, gold and black filled with lemon curd and raspberry mousse. Two of my favorite fillings.

I have the perfect cake stand for this occasion and I am so excited to finally have a chance to use it. I found it online during one of my retail therapy sessions and just couldn’t resist the beautiful wavy design of the glass and the gold border. 

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I was waiting for the perfect occasion to use this cake stand, but I never thought that the occasion would be a Blogiversary.

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A last minute touch of some “2016” party danglers hanging from my dining room fixture and my celebration tablescape is complete.

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 Bob and I are going to enjoy some cake and a glass of Prosecco and celebrate this very special occasion.

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 I wish you could join me for DishingwithDiane.com “1st anniversary”.

I will be thinking of you and your support throughout the year.

I am truly grateful to all of you.

On to year TWO of tablescapes, stories and recipes…

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Table Details

Kate Spade “Logan Park” tablecloth from Macy’s

Black napkins from Amazon

Rhinestone napkin rings from Amazon

Black woven placemats from Bed, Bath and Beyond

Gold charger plates from Pier 1

Gold & Silver flatware –every day set

Champagne Flutes and Goblets from Waterford Crystal

Crystal vase from Waterford Crystal

Crystal candlesticks from a wedding gift (1988)

Gold cake stand from Bed, Bath & Beyond

Gold votive candles from Kate Aspen

Mirrored Discs from Michael’s Arts and Crafts

Wine cooler from Target

Confetti from Party City

“One Year Blogiversary Cake” from Alpine Bakery, Smithtown, NY

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Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Diane

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Once you become a member, you’ll never miss a post…

And please continue to send me your comments, I love hearing from you.

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