Dish nerd stuff: I always think of Blue Danube as the knock off Japanese version of Blue Onion - the classic Meissen pattern that has been in production since 1739. At one time, Blue Danube was fairly inexpensive, but has increased in price over the last 10 years (still cheaper than Meissen - and many people can't tell the difference.) There is no manufacturer showing on the back of the plate - so it is impossible to say who makes it.
Over view of the table
The place setting
Pat tried silver flatware first but it didn't look quite right - she went back to one of her favorite stainless steel patterns: "Image" by Spode
These huge chargers are extremely heavy - "Fun Factory" by Waechtersbach
By now you probably know we have this placemat in several different colors.
Pat made a simple, solid white arrangement in the Soup Tureen to tone down the color a bit
One last look from the other end of the table
Where it came from:
Cobalt Blue Placemats - from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Red Charger - "Fun Factory" by Waechtersbach from Replacements.com
Dishware - "Blue Danube" from Gottschalks (a local Department store long out of business) and Replacements. com after several earthquakes
Flatware - "Image" by Spode from Tuesday Morning
Crystal Salt and Pepper Shakers - "Alexandria" by Crystal Clear from Tuesday Morning
Red Napkin - Tuesday Morning
Red Glassware - Pier 1 several years ago
Blue Trumpet Glass - Probably World Market but purchased on eBay
Red and Blue Votive Holders - Bed, Bath, and Beyond
14" Tapers - from the Ferndale Emporium (a local boutique)
Tea Lights and Silk Flowers - Michael's
We will be joining Christine's "Table It" as Rustic & Refined this Monday: http://www.rustic-refined.com/
We will also be joining Susan's "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch this Thursday: http://betweennapsontheporch.net/
And a big "Thank You" to Joe Nye (wherever you are....) for the hours of inspiration and the fun that I get reading your book, Flair. My copy is now pretty tattered, marked up, and worn out but what a great time I have had reading it.
Definitely not tablescaping stuff:
The reason I even bought the book a few years ago wasn't because of the great entertaining and dish ideas but because of this picture:
It's the author on the floor at Crate and Barrel arranging a place setting. I can't tell you the number of times that my sister has embarrassed me by doing the same thing in any and every store we have gone to together. If not on the floor (because of too much foot traffic) she clears off a shelf to arrange dishes.....the folks at Pier 1 just lets us go in and start pulling out dishes and designing on the nearest table. (They are very patient and kind people.) So - every time I see this picture, I think of Pat.