"Sometimes adventure calls and we ignore it. We miss the opportunity for a lifetime of memories. Go ahead, be adventurous" ~Maria Villanueva

October 20, 2010


Yesterday we celebrated our 14th Wedding Anniversary.
Wanna know our secret?
love and respect for each other and a whole lot of memories
Did I Ever Tell You You're My Hero?
I set up a beautiful table to celebrate the occasion. The menu included; won ton soup, Chinese chicken salad, kung pao chicken, beef broccoli, fried rice and for dessert, chocolate cake.  These are all family favorites.  Take out from our favorite Chinese food restaurant.

These cute bowls are from Marshalls, they have a black mark on them that says Palm

Wine cork to rest our chop sticks
Cio-Cio San, Madame Butterfly, joined us in this special occasion

I used red ribbon run down the length of the table for a pop of color
I got the chargers at Party City Store

I love the detail on the chargers, they are so perfect for my taste

"Love is the crazy glue that keeps a marriage together for a lifetime and I'm crazy in love"-maria

I hope you enjoyed my anniversary table, may you all have a blessed day.

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  1. I love how you've decorated your table. Very beautiful.
    I've been married for 21 years and i agree, the secret to a good loving marriage is to 'love and respect each other' and never go to bed on an argument lol. (Passed down from my mother!!)
    Happy Anniversary.

    Diana x

  2. Wow! You really went all out with that setup. Happy Anniversary!!!

  3. Happy Anniversary to the happy couple, and love your beautiful family photo! Best wishes to all of you!.. (and it sounds like dinner was delicious!) ~tina

  4. Happy (belated) anniversary Maria and husband! What a beautiful family you have!! You are so right, love and respect, and forgiveness and unconditional love for each other! Wishing you many more wonderful years together!

    what a beautiful table you set! gorgeous! I'm sure it was a wonderful celebration!


  5. Oh Maria, Congratulations to you and your husband and your family!! That's so awesome, 14 years!!

    Your table looks beautiful, and that a lovely dinner, all the family's favorite dishes. I love the madame butterfly! I have one just like her, but sitting down. Very Very lovely.
    All the best!

  6. Maria, Happy 14th Wedding Anniversary! :-)


  7. What a fun, festive table! The black and white with a touch of red spells sophistication. Great idea to get takeout instead of cooking for the anniversary meal! Happy anniversary!

  8. Maria,Happy anniversary!!!..I am a new follower!.Your tablescape is fantastic...and the menu sounds delish.

  9. What an incredibly great idea to use the wine corks as chopstick rests!!! Happy Anniversary, and I wish you many, many more!

  10. Happy 14th Anniversary! My husband and I just celebrated our 20th on Tuesday! Love and Respect - I could not agree more!

  11. Hi Maria! Happy Anniversary! I love your table setting and totally think using the wine corks as chopstick rests is a fabulous idea!

  12. Maria, I hope that you had a wonderful day & enjoyed that fabulous sounding meal! Your table looks beautiful & very inviting my lovely!

    Can I add honesty to love & respect? XXX

  13. Congratulations! Your table is beautiful! I hope you both had a fantastic day.

  14. Happy Anniversary! I love your table and the menu sounds delicious. Wishing you many more. You can do it! We celebrated our 25th this year. Blessings.

  15. Maria, Happy Anniversary and many more happy years together!

    I loved your pretty table, and I know your family did as well.

    Happy Tablescape Thursday...


    Sheila :-)

  16. Happy Anniversary!!! That's so awesome that you're still so happy and in love:) It took me the 2nd time around to get it right but this one is forever!

    You mentioned not knowing I live in So Cal. I'm in South OC now but have lived in Brea, La Habra Heights and Whittier also, where are you located? I'm loooving all this rain we're having!

  17. Happy Anniversary to you both. At first I thought you cooked all that on your special day. glad you got take out. I hope you made more wonderful memories today.

  18. Muitos Parabéns!!
    Happy anniversary Maria, to you and your husband!
    What a lovely table to a lovely ocasion!
    So nice that Madame Butterfly visit you! ;)

  19. Happy Anniversary to you and your handsome hubby!! We celebrated our 30th this year! I love the idea of the wine corks for chopstick holders. Hope you enjoyed your meal at your beautiful table. Linda

  20. Happy Anniversary. I love your table I love the Geisha!

  21. Okay - I'm late - but happy belated anniversary. You have an swesome family there Maria.

    Now for that table setting. IMPRESSIVE. I love it and I loved your menu.

    And many more!


  22. Happy anniversary. Love the photo of you and your family.

    Beautiful table for a special day.

  23. Oh my gosh, Maria, Congratulations!!! This is so wonderful and what a magnificent table and beautiful family--you are so blessed...I love the roses and geisha girl and napkins--I could go on and on with how special this is!!!

    Sending big hugs,

  24. Maria - we definitely are "tocayas." Congratulations on your anniversary and on your very lovely table! I wish I could get my kids to eat chinese food!

  25. Happy anniversary! What a beautiful post. I agree...love and respect are the key. Great idea with the corks.

  26. Happy anniversary! Your table is absolutely lovely -- perfect for this joyous celebration!

    I was impressed that you knew how to make all those wonderful Chinese dishes ... even more impressed when you said it was take-out. Smart lady! Why spend all day cooking when your energy can be better utilized setting a gorgeous table???

    Hope you and yours have a wonderful weekend!

  27. Such a rich scape. Beautiful patterns and bold colors. Love this. So perfect for an Anniversary. Congrats to you!

  28. Happy Anniversary Maria! You have a beautiful family. I love your table setting...it was perfect for such a special occasion!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  29. Happy Anniversary ! What a lovely table-scape !
    Happy Pink Saturday !

  30. Happy Anniversary!

    Your table looks beautiful.

  31. Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing your anniversary with us. Congratulations on 14 years.

  32. A stunning place setting and I like the name for your blog- very creative.

  33. Happy Anniversary and great job on your tablescape! The cork is a darling idea, and I love the graphic effect of the red stripe of ribbon cutting through the middle of your table. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay



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