Tablescapes, Sentimental Journey

This time of year we celebrate several anniversaries


It’s important to remember to Enjoy the journey as life takes us to unexpected places…


To celebrate our wedding anniversary last week, I set a little sentimental table for 2

his and hers bowls

One of the special elements of this table was the thankful plates

thankful plate

Concentrating on being grateful gives me strength and joy, and combining my favorite things and memories into a table setting is icing on the cake

anniversary table

Summer blue and white  hydrangeas in the center vase flanked by matching candlesticks


They were surprise Christmas gifts from my husband over the past several years…he’s a very smart guy...


I love the gold polka dots on the ceramic pieces echoed on the table runner

setimental journey 2

The runner has a pair of seahorses at each end, perfect for our table for 2 💑

blue and gold place setting

A blue bowl for him

give thanks

a white bowl for me

jellybean margarita

A jellybean margarita, just for fun

his and hers bowls

Our wedding silver, linen napkins, and gold trimmed glasses that belonged to HH’s parents

table for 2

We dined on our long time favorites, Marinated Filet Mignon topped with Blender Bearnaise Sauce, fresh green beans, and Italian Fries

bearnaise sauce

You’ll want to keep these recipes handy for your own special occasion

filet with bearnaise

Blender Bearnaise

Prep Time 10 minutes
Course condiment
Cuisine American, French
Servings 1 cup


  • 10 sprigs fresh tarragon leaves stripped off stems and chopped
  • 2 shallots
  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 stick unsalted butter melted
  • sea or kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper


  • Make bearnaise reduction: in a small sauce pan, over medium high heat, combine 1/2 of tarragon, shallots, vinegar and wine and bring to a simmer. Cook until reduced by half. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • Blend yolks with bearnaise reduction in a blender, or with an immersion blender, with blender running on a medium speed, add 1/3 of melted butter in a slow steady stream. Once it has emulsified {blended in} turn blender up to high and add the rest of the butter. Add remaining tarragon, season with salt and pepper, blend quickly once more and set aside. Keep warm until serving
  • Makes about 1 cup
Keyword bearnaise sauce, blender bearnaise sauce, easy bearnaise sauce, steak sauce
thankful plate

Eat, drink and give thanks~


And remember to enjoy the journey…


Juicy Details

This fabulous hammered spoon necklace was made by my friend and fellow Gulf Coast Blogger Judy Pimperl.  Judy is a super talented artist, jewelry maker, a seamstress, a thrifter, and a vintage finds maven.  She has a shop, JuJu Queen’s Junk, at Antiques at the Loop in Mobile AL.   Please pop over to visit Judy here to see all her fabulous creations

You can see more hammered spoon necklaces here.

Seahorse runner/TJMaxx  you can see another table using this runner on Coquille and Candlelight

give thanks plate/Marshall’s last fall

vase, candlesticks/McKenzie-Childs


I will be joining the fabulous parties and blogs on my side bar and

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34 Responses to “Tablescapes, Sentimental Journey”
  1. Emily says:

    A lovely table to celebrate you anniversary Jenna. I like the way you think, being grateful, strength and joy! Yes, we need to enjoy the journey. The food looks delicious…………..

  2. Jenna, Happy Anniversary! We just had ours, also, but we didn’t have such scrumptious food or a pretty and happy table! The filet looks and sounds delicious. Hope you are having some cooler temps or at least can hop in the ocean! Linda

  3. Ellen says:

    I would have to agree that HH is indeed a pretty smart guy if he buys McKenzie-Childs! Hope your anniversary was lovely and sweet, and that there will be many more to come.

    • the funny thing is that I asked him for one candlestick, thinking that was extravagant enough, and when the box came he was shocked that there was only one, he thought it was a set of two, and thought he made a mistake so he ordered another one! Then the next year totally surprised me with the vase…I usually give him a pretty detailed list though, just to be on the safe side… 🙂 >

  4. Kitty says:

    Happy Anniversary to you and your sweetheart, Jenna! I love that you celebrated in such pretty style. Enjoy those happy times together.

  5. Happy Anniversary from another “part time” Gulf Coaster! Your tablescapes are always so festive and creative — and the food looks divine! Yes indeed, life is a journey and I’m enjoying all my blessings. All best –Joanne

    • Thanks Joanne! I am headed back to the coast soon for several weeks, can’t wait. Be sure to check out the Gulf Coast Bloggers group, just click the button on my side bar, you might be interested in joining~ it’s a lot of fun!


  6. Rosie M. says:

    Oh, Jenna, what a lovely post today! Happy Anniversary!! Your table is festive and romantic (love the soft colors with pops of gold!) I made copies of all the recipes and will definitely plan the same menu on our next special occasion. Thank you for starting my day this way! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  7. Rhonda says:

    Your meal looks finer than most any from a restaurant! 🙂 Happy Anniversary! Beautiful tablescape, love the vase and candlesticks! Rhonda

    • Thank you Rhonda! My husband always tells me he’d rather eat at home than go out because the foods so much better. Although, that sometimes does NOT work in my favor 🙂 I am delighted he thinks so >

  8. Marigene says:

    Happy anniversary, Jenna and Mr. Painted Apron and many more! (Ours was on the 30th) Aqua is my favorite color for tablescapes…yours is beautiful. Love the table runner. Yummy looking dinner, too.

  9. Happy anniversary Jenna! Your table is amazing. I love the Mckenzie-Childs. The colors are beautiful!!

  10. Lynn says:

    Happy Anny Jenna! And I wish I had a big plate of Italian fries in front of me now:@)

  11. Happy Happy Anniversary. Time certainly goes by fast when you are having fun!! Beautiful setting.

  12. pamelajs56 says:

    Beautiful! I love the table and the sentiment. Happy Anniversary! May God bless your marriage with many happy, healthy years together!

  13. Jenna, The colors in your tablescape are beautiful and the seahorse runner is so cute! Happy belated anniversary.
    ps: I loved reading your Worst Decorating Mistake comment.

  14. Very sweet! Happy anniversary!

  15. Mary says:

    Happy Anniversary Jenna! We’re celebrating ours in a couple of weeks, but I’m hoping someone else will set the table and serve the dinner 🙂 I love the whimsy of your table with your free form bowls, paint-splattered seaside runner, and soft aqua paired with your gold and white! Your hubby is an excellent shopper.:)

  16. Happy Anniversary! What a nice sentimental table. I like how you displayed the runner. I always have problems with those because they’re usually too long for my tables. The dinner looked yummy and that bearnaise sauce sounds wonderful! Kudos to hubby on the candlesticks and vase!

  17. Candy S says:

    Happy anniversary Jenna! Love those sea horse table runners, they were the first thing that caught my eye on this pretty coastal table setting. I just love all of the blues that you have used. Hubby and I celebrated our wedding anniversary last week too.

    • Happy Anniversary to you too Candy! I really didn’t need the table runner, but when I found it on super sale, I just couldn’t resist and since I’ve already used it in two tablescapes, maybe I did need it! Ha! Have a great week~ >

  18. Beautiful colors in this tablescape. That blue is so pretty paired with the gold and white. Happy Anniversary! Have a great week….

  19. Judy Pimperl says:

    What a beautiful way to celebrate your anniversary, Jenna. I LOVE the jellybean margaritas! That’s an example of why I love your style so much…always so fun and festive, and it’s clear to me that you do enjoy the journey. Hope you and hubby had a great anniversary and thank you so much for sharing the spoon necklace and the links back to my blog and shop.

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