Wow! Talk about a great present…Royal Hunt by Noritake is one of my all time favorite china patterns which is, unfortunately, retired. I was constantly drawn to it every time I saw it on Pinterest or in a blogger’s tablescape but it is not easy to find and is also pretty expensive. They do have people selling it on eBay but what with shipping prices I really thought I would have to admire it from afar.

My wonderful hubby tracked down the pattern on Market Place and at Flea Markets just so he could surprise me for my Birthday. What a wonderful gift. I’ve had it for about a month but didn’t use it until my actual birthday…fair is fair. My daughter was cooking dinner so all I had to do was set a simple table where the china would shine.

In this picture you can see the stag, pheasant and rabbit that are depicted on the dinner plate and the salad plate. Around the rim of each plate are golden dogs chasing the hunt. The beautiful red and green tartan rim edged in gold make this a Fall and Winter china. It even doubles as a Christmas China. I’m sure you’ll see it featured in my Christmas tablescapes.

I started this table with a white linen tablecloth and laid a place mat on top that echoes the colors found in the china. Then I added a gold terra-cotta charger that picks up the gold in the Royal Hunt. I used my sterling silver, Wallace’s Rose Point, to give a little extra shine to the place setting.

Lenox Opal Innocence crystal compliments the dressy feel of the place setting. I used a gold napkin ring to weight down the matching napkin and to give the table some height.

A simple sugar mold loaded with Mercury glass votives in gold and some pine cone candle holders with gold candles were used as the centerpiece.

We had a lovely Birthday dinner and toasted a new year and my new Royal Hunt China. I know I will enjoy it for many years to come.

Hope your next celebration is as special to you as this one was to me.

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