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Tuesday, August 24, 2010


The temperatures in Arkansas finally broke. We are in the 90’s this week! It’s a real cold front! So, it seemed like a good idea to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary outside.
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We’re such old codgers, we’d rather cook steaks on the grill than go to the trouble of going out to eat at a restaurant! ovrhdsrvrs
The “After” (We don’t look like that yet! [@ 2019]) are French dolls that I wanted to buy at a recent estate sale. I couldn’t bring myself to pay the price they were asking for a couple of dolls ($80!), so I passed them up. My sweetheart stopped by on the last day of the sale (when they were marked down to $40) and bought them to give me on our anniversary!! I think I’ll keep him (heck, after 41 years, I might as well!)
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I’m linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.
Thank you so much for joining us for our wedding anniversary celebration. I hope you’ll come back to link up for Favorite Things Saturday. The linky will be here Friday night. laurie


Olive said...

Your hubs was so sweet to buy the french dolls. Congtats on 41 years! The table is lovely and any place else you went would not be so nice I think! hugs♥olive

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Laurie, Happy Anniversary. Such a wonderful idea to stay at home and just enjoy each other and you set the most beautiful table. Your dolls are absolutely fabulous. What a special and thoughtful gift. I am so glad the weather is starting to cool. Not here. The heat index was 122 today. Sooooooo hot. I am so tired of it. Hope you have a super week. Hugs, Marty

Diann said...

Hi Laurie!

Happy Anniversary! This is just a beautiful table!! The dishes are beyond gorgeous! Everything looks so wonderful. You and the hubs are such a wonderful couple! Congrats again!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Oh are married to such a doll! How sweet of him to go back and get the dolls for you!

Your table is beautiful and sooo romantic! I hope you both enjoy a wonderful anniversary! 41 years is such an accomplishmnet! CONGRATS!


Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Oh are married to such a doll! How sweet of him to go back and get the dolls for you!

Your table is beautiful and sooo romantic! I hope you both enjoy a wonderful anniversary! 41 years is such an accomplishmnet! CONGRATS!


Sarah said...

Happy Anniversary, Laurie! Glad it has cooled to the 90s. We hit 107 today. Yikes! But the cool blue of your post is making me feel oh so much better. LOL
Beautiful table. Spode Blue Room is a favorite around here. You should link this post to Alphabe-Thursday Rainbow Summer School. It's BLUE this week. ~ Sarah

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Happy Anniversary!!!! Have a wonderful celebration! Love your blue and whites .
Enjoying the cooler temps and lower humidity.

xinex said...

Happy Anniversay, Laurie and Danny! Your Before and After pictures are so funny, lol! Better keep your dh or you'll never get to look like the "after" pictures. He is such a sweetie! Love your tablescape, so romantic. Love the spode plates....Christine

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Happy Anniversary Laurie...does the Boss know about this ha ha!! Love your beautiful blue table and that flatware is to die 4 girl...where did you get it...I need it and want it..ship it now ha ha!! And look at your sweet wedding photo I bet after all these years your veil still fits...Hugs and smiles to you both my Dear friend..Gl♥ria

ellen b. said...

Wow Laurie 41 years~ that's fabulous! Here's to many more!!

fiberdoodles said...

Happy Anniversary Laurie! What a sweet gift from your dh! Your place setting is just beautiful! Oh I am so thankful it is cooling off ;0)

Enjoy your day!!

Carol said...

Happy 41st to you & the hubby! Your anniversary table looks beautiful.


Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Happy Anniversary to you & your hubby. I love your tablescape. But then I love blue & white china. Sounds like your hubby is a keeper. Here's to 41 more years.

Lynn said...

Congrats on your Anny! Lovin' the blue and white outside, and steaks on the grill sound really good to me too!

Jewel Sauls said...

Congratulations! Such a lovely table and as usual a chuckle with the Before and After. What a great present from Hubby! I love the cool blue Spode for your cool weather (HA) table. And I really love that flatware!!!!

Kathleen said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!
We've already had our first bickering of the morning!
I love your table, the blue and pretty! The glasses are such a great color.
And the dolls! Sit them in the Eiffel Tower chair and they will feel right at home!
Fun post, as usual!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Your anniversary on my birthday, great idea!!! hehe.
This has to be the most elegant and beautiful picnic table I have ever laid eyes on!
The blue's and the china and the silver!
Your hubby must be pleased as punch!
And he's so sweet to have picked up the old charming looking couple for you!
And of course your sense of humor is the best!
I am going to show hubby this table, I love it so much!

Tricia said...

Laurie, congrats on 41 years of marriage! Your dinner table is gorgeous -- can't go wrong with blue and white -- and I am especially fond of your blue glasses. Our heat in Texas broke yesterday, and this morning is lovely!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Oh have a wonderful anniversary!!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Happy Anniversary, Laurie! I much prefer a quiet, beautiful, prepared exactly how we like it dinner at home, too! Your table is lovely and what a prince you have!
Have a beautiful day~
;-D Kahtleen

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! Charles (your neighbor while growing up) and i celebrated our anniversary on the 24th also.
i remember your wonderful mother as i was honored to attend a beautiful luncheon at your home many years ago.
dianna whitley

Debbie said...

Well, happy anniversary!! I'm a bit more prone to stay home than go out year by year, too.

I love your table! The prettiest part is the use of those trays as chargers. I noticed it right away and loved it!

But really, the whole blue and white table is just so pretty, and I love the daisies.

And the dolls! What a sweet thing for him to do.

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Happy Anniversary!! Ahhh... I love the little ole couple. They are so sweet! How nice of your hubby to go back for them. Loved your beautiful blue tablescape. Steaks on a grill sound terrific!! Stay cool! Hugs!

Unknown said...

Blue and white are my absolutely favorite china. Hope you had a Happy Anniversary. You have a real keeper husband, as my Grandmother used to say. What a doll.


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

A beautiful romantic anniversary table for two!

Happy Anniversary Laurie.

We are celebrating 50 degree nights, here in STL!:-)

Slice of Pie said...

What a pretty table ... love the platter/charger idea. Mhy friend Sue ... collects small platters and uses them as buffet plates! Love the blue and white ... Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

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Continue the superb work!

Marigene said...

Happy Anniversary, Laurie and Mr. Bargain Hunter!
You always have beautiful tables, but you have outdone yourself with this is stunning. The blues are so vibrant against the whites.

Lori Lucas said...

Ha! We had our anniversary last week and stayed home to cook too!! I absolutely think your tablescape is one of the prettiest this week. It is just wonderful. I also did not know that about Spode. I am going to be on the look out for sure. And, so glad your hubby went back to get the old couple for you. that you can enjoy them when you are officially OLD!! Congrats to both of you. Lori L

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello sweet friend...

Ohhh my...41 years!!! Happy...Happy Anniversary to you and your honey, my friend!!! What a special day...and I do believe that you set the most beautiful table ever, Laurie!!! Ohhh...I love all of those beautiful blues! Sooo beautiful...sooo romantice...absolutely perfect!!! One of my favorite things about your pretty place setting are those pretty blue and white trays...and the fact that you used them as chargers!!! What a GRAND idea...I love how they look! What an exquisite table...I love that you set it outside! Thank you so much for sharing your pretties with us...and your anniversary, my friend! I love your french have a very sweet honey, indeed!!! They are lovely!!!

I know I'm a bit belated, dear friend...however I am sending my very best wishes and blessings to the both of you for another wonderful year!!! May the Lord bless you both and continue to fill you with His love and love for one another!!!

Love ya, sweet friend!
Chari @Happy To Design

Atticmag said...

I so enjoyed your blue ware. I'm definitely a "blue girl" no question. Yours is lovely stuff. And lucky you to get the santons de provence dolls for your anniversary. You do have a sweetheart.

Some news: We're staring a Giveaway Friday! link-up party tomorrow, 8/27 plus we are giving away a custom backsplash! Please join us to link your giveaway or browse. Jane F.

Entertaining Women said...

Happy Anniversary! We're headed toward our 42nd. I'm such a blue and white girl; I adore your table. The platters as charges...a stroke of genius that I shall immediately copy. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Ginger said...

Happy Anniversary!!! What a sweet hubby you have to go back and buy the figurines for you.
Your table is gorgeous.

Sue said...

Oh Laurie, How sweet of your hubs to know what you really wanted and then go get it for you.... I don't mind cooking us a special dinner for an occasion- I can't rationalize spending $75 apiece on a steak dinner- Give me a nice porterhouse and I'll grill it up on the Weber. I'll spend my money on a good bottle of wine, instead. Or maybe two... LOL
Happy Anniversary. I forgot to post our pics from ours three weeks ago. Oh well- maybe I'll have had my face and boob lifts by then, as well as the tummy tuck, and I'll look really good in those pictures!!! xo Sue

linda said...

We're on year number 41 too! Aren't we lucky to have found lasting love?
It looks like you had a beautiful night.

KBeau said...

Laurie, your blue table is just stunning. Happy 41st. We'll celebrate our 40th in December. My how time flies!

Robin said...

Congratulations on your 41st Anniversary! Your hubby was so sweet to go back and get those dolls for you!


Robin :o)

Fatima said...


Dining Delight said...

Happy Anniversary! When you can set a tablescape like that, why even consider going to a restaurant! It is way more intimate and relaxing to dine at home and grilling some steaks sounds perfect! Love the blue and white 'scape you created and the before/after pics are great! Your hubby is definitely a keeper to buy you those "old codger" dolls!


Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary, Laurie Eve and Danny! 41 were just going to Mrs. Nichol's kindergarten a few years ago! Your blue Spode table look so pretty..hope you toasted to 41 more..that was so sweet of Hubs to go get the Old Couple of dolls for you..what did you get him????
Inquiring Mind of Susie

Lady Katherine said...

Happy Anniversary! Such a sweet husband! Love the dolls! Oh, the table is set so beautiful! All the details! Love the ice bucket! I just love blue and white dishes!

Miss Janice said...

Happy anniversary! This table is gorgeous. I love the dinnerware, crystal, and flatware. Beautiful!!!

Christie said...

Happy Anniversary Laurie to you and your husband! That is something to be so proud of...41 years! God bless you and your marriage! How beautiful is your table and I am sure the steaks...ummmmmm! Christie at Three Pixie Lane