Tuesday, January 21, 2014

In the bleak midwinter...

 With more snow on the ground today and sweep-you-off-your-feet 40 mph wind gusts, a wintry table is seriously in order. 
The new sleigh ride salad plates (more versatile than you could ever imagine) pair nicely with the vintage Old Curiosity Shop plates. 
Black napkins join things together; the woven round placemats give the table a natural feel. 
Vintage crystal by Mikasa hold water and wine, or any other fun combination you can dream up depending upon the meal. Champagne and orange juice are a good brunch combination. 
Toast racks are such fun on a table, but something I seldom see used. Get creative, and use it for holding English muffins, cracker bread, pita bread, waffles, slices of fruitcake or panettone, in addition to triangles of toast. 
My son, Andrew, gave me a set of hottles for Christmas. I love them so much. When I was a little girl, my mother used to take me to lunch at the Jade Room restaurant inside the Famous-Barr department store. We'd dress up for the occasion and, while waiting for our meal to be served, I'd sit wide-eyed watching models sashay around the room in beautiful clothes sold in the store. Mother always ordered tea, and it was served in a hottle like this one. I love little individual serving pieces like these, so am delighted to have a set of my own. There are so many uses for them, tea and coffee, yes, but also milk for cereal, flavored water, juice, Sangria...
My dad gave me the vintage-look flatware from Pottery Barn for Christmas. I love it so much, I don't ever want to put it away. 

Placemats - Pier One
Dinnerware - eBay
Salad Plates - Replacements, Inc.
Flatware - Pottery Barn
Napkins - Made by my mother
Stemware - Mikasa 


Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I love your tablescape. The dishes are so pretty and everything goes so well together. They are perfect for your cold snowie day.

Sarah said...

Your snowy scene plates are adorable and look so nice paired with the Old Curiosity Shop. Lovely tablescape! I'm going to share this post with my niece who has a set of Old Curiosity Shop from my mother. I grew up eating off this pattern. '-)

Ann @ Corner of Plaid and Paisley said...

I'm crushing on those salad plates!! Love them! not just the scene but the polka dot edges. Your table looks great. That flatware was a nice gift from your Dad!!!

Mary said...

Love your snowy scene plates in contrast to the green Old Curiosity Shop dishes! I've never heard the term 'hottles', love that! Hope you're staying warm & cozy. Snow is such a rare occurrence here, I'm still hoping to see a few flakes this winter :)

Carolyn said...

I love the snowy scene plates and the flatware.
Enjoy the rest of winter!