Forty-two years ago, I married my best friend. Our romance and courtship was a whirlwind from a blind date one night to a proposal the next to marriage just a month later. We've celebrated our anniversaries differently over the years. Being married on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving means that every five years or so we celebrate the date not just the two of us but rather with all of the family around the table.
Our anniversary this year wasn't on Thanksgiving (as it was two years ago when we celebrated our 40th) but rather the Saturday after and instead of a romantic dinner in a restaurant, we decided to splurge on a good bottle of champagne and a big steak and have a romantic dinner at home.
The breakfast room is a perfect place for dinner for two. A good damask cloth and napkins, flowers, china and silver.
The china is my grandmothers, Noritake Marcasite. The silver from Jim's grandmother -- her pieces engraved with an "S". The pieces I bought to fill out the set are not! A Waterford champagne flute bought for our fifth anniversary celebration and used every year since whenever we've celebrated at home. The flutes were also used by Daughter Sarah and her Andy for their wedding toast.
Candles lit, classical Christmas music on the stereo and the bottle of champagne chilling.
Some fushia carnations in a silver basket made the perfect centerpiece.
The Waterford champagne glass and the bottle of Veuve Clicquot chilling in the silver wine bucket.
For dinner . . .
A big thick T-bone. Cooked perfectly by Husband Jim on the grill. With a baked potato and roasted asparagus. It was a leisurely meal and a good champagne goes as well with a steak as it does with
A Grand Marnier soufflé which was our dessert for the evening. Timed to come out of the oven as we were finishing dinner.
It was a grand celebration -- just the two of us on this special night.
It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday.