It’s my husband’s birthday this week so I went with a blue and gold table setting for his alma mater, University of Delaware (the Blue Hens).

The tablerunner is from Divine Designs and the pattern is called Valentina in Blue (One Kings Lane). I thought this pattern perfectly captured the rich blue and gold theme.

The centerpiece is a bouquet of sunflowers, red roses, and gold gerbera daisies in a pumpkin base (from J&M Garden, Madison, NJ).

The golden brown beaded candlestick rings are from Home Sweet Home in Chatham, NJ.

Birthday cake will be served on these gorgeous plates (Summit Antiques Center, Summit, NJ) featuring a beautiful design of gold scrollwork interspersed with cobalt with an inner border of pink and violet florals. The beaded rim has additional gold gilt trim for that extra touch of elegance-on fine English bone china.

Each plate has a double stamp: England Coalport and Gilman Collamore, New York pattern Z1024. These plates are dated circa 1930’s.

I adore these wave tissue dinner napkins in indigo from Divine Designs (One Kings Lane).

I picked up these gorgeous real leaf napkin rings at Laura Clare Design in Bernardsville, NJ. They are made of real leaves that are preserved with copper and then dipped in 24k gold. They can also be purchased online at

The silver is Wallace Windsor Rose (1948) and belonged to my husband’s grandmother.

These vintage champagne glasses were a special discovery by my mother-in-law while we were antiquing a few months ago at Main Street Antiques in Newark, Delaware. They are so festive-perfect for celebrations like birthdays and New Year’s Eve.

This set of fine English bone china tea cups and saucers was produced by the Royal Worcester porcelain factory which is the oldest, continuously operating, english porcelain factory still in production today. This pattern is called Regency and has been produced in various colors. The markings on the underside of the pieces date this set around 1956-1958

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