Sunday, June 26, 2011

Happy Birthday, Elaine!

If you're following my blog, you probably know by now that I'm lucky to run in a fabulous pack of fellow tabletop devotees known as The Divas. Today is Diva Elaine's birthday, and I'm sending her greetings with this vintage lobster and crab tablecloth. Happy Birthday, Elaine!

Our friendship started over a shared quest for the Wilendur lobster tablecloth. I think the cloth I'm using today was inspired by the Wilendur textile. It has a slightly Asian feel to it, so I'm wondering if it is a Japanese interpretation of the Wilendur original. I purchased it from an ebay seller in England, and it came with these interesting silk circular napkins.

I found the napkin rings last week in Newport, Rhode Island. I just can't resist beachy tabletop accessories!

I tried a few shots in the Blue Hour.

Next time I'll start shooting in the first five minutes of the hour rather than the last few seconds! Let's turn the lights back on...

The placesetting features vintage Riviera deep plates on gray Harlequin luncheon plates with vintage Oneida Deauville silver plate flatware. The glasses are contemporary Villeroy & Boch Boston tumblers.

I hope you have a wonderful birthday, E! S&F send their greetings as well.


  1. Great match on the napkin rings. Great table as always. Happy birthday to Elaine!!

  2. That tablecloth is TDF!!!! You did an amazing job!!!!

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  4. Beautiful BD celebration Daphne! The cloth is just YOU and I love those napkin rings. Seems like Sparkle or is that Fizz ..... is all tuckered out from the party. LOL

    Happy BD E!

  5. Trying this again.....I love the table Daphne! The tablecloth and the napkins are soooo cool!

  6. oh, D!! Those lobsters just bring us full circle... who would ever have thought that those crustaceans would have been the catalyst for such a wonderful friendship?? This new cloth is a blockbuster! You know how much i love the greens... thank you so much for making my birthday so terrific!

    I was so happy to get to spend some time with you this morning! Can't get a better present than time with the original Dish Fairy! Love ya, D!

  7. Love, love, love the tablecloth and napkins!