Schumann Wild Rose

Schumann Wild Rose
Dishes, dishes, dishes........

Monday, December 30, 2013

New Years Eve Tablescape

With New Years Eve tomorrow night, naturally, the table has to be set. The color scheme is silver, white and purple:
Over view of the table

The place setting

Flatware is "King James" silverplate by Oneida

Pat started the place setting with a small sauce bowl and liner

The pattern is simple - small white flowers on the border with a thin platinum band

Pat used a purple napkin to give separation between the dinner plate and salad plate and add more color

This is just an inexpensive silver lacquer charger

We couldn't resist these placemats when we saw them at Bed, Bath, and Beyond a few weeks ago

Pier I had these glasses in both purple and red

Pat used silver candles to carry out the color scheme

The arrangement consists of small white roses with baby's breath in a silver bowl on a round mirror

Decidedly different place for the sauce spoon....

One last look
Where it came from:
Brocade Tablecloth - from Gottschalk's (a local Department) store several years ago
Silver Placemat - Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Flatware - "King James" Silverplate by Oneida from our Mother
Dinnerware - "Reina" by Noritake from our Mother (a gift from our brother when he was stationed in the Pacific during the late 1960-70's)
Napkin - handmade by Pat
Glassware - from Pier 1 this year
Crystal Champagne Coasters - from Pat's collection
Candle Holders - from Art & Old Things (a local antique store that we love)
Round Mirror and Candles - Michael's
Silver Flower Bowl - from my collection

We will be joining Cuisine Kathleen's "Let's Dish" this Wednesday:

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Eve Tablescape

Local folks are ecstatic - the crab fishermen settled on a price and there is crab aplenty for Humboldt County residents' traditional Christmas Eve meal:  crab, crusty sourdough bread, and lots of beer. Our county is fortunate enough to have a fabulous local sourdough bread (our area has San Francisco's famous sourdough making climate.) Now, those of us [me] "more informed" and "environmentally conscious" [i.e. vegetarian] will be having a tofu burrito with black beans, cilantro,  and homemade salsa...yummy........either way, we will be enjoying family and friends together.

Here's the table Pat designed for the event:
Over view of the table - yes, that's right, a crab shell on the plate......

The place setting - Pat boiled and scrubbed the shells. Like all tablescapers, she will do what it takes to make the table "just right."


Flatware is "Everyday" by Reed & Barton - very sleek and simple

The dinner plate is vintage cobalt blue Fiesta - it's a little lighter than the "new" Cobalt and matches Santa's outfit perfectly

Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer was chosen for the color of the label - not the flavor

Naturally, Pat had to use Crab napkin rings

Love the detail on Santa

Pat wanted just a minimum amount of ornaments on the trees

Close up of Santa's crab

One last look from the other end of the table
Where it came from:
Blue Placemat - Bed, Bath, and Beyond
White Charger - mail order from Maryland China
Dinnerware - Fiesta by Homer Laughlin from Macy's, Replacements, and eBay
Flatware - "Everyday" by Reed & Barton from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Napkin - Pier 1
Crab Napkin Ring - from the Ferndale Emporium (a neat local boutique)
Beer Pilsner - Dollar Store
Tree, Ornaments, Starfish, and Fish Net - Michael's
Glass Balls - Pier 1
Crab Santa - Pierson's Building Supply (our local hardware store that goes all out for Christmas each year)
Crab Shells - courtesy of Pat and her husband's Gym buddy who is retired and now fishes for fun

We will be joining Cuisine Kathleen's "Let's Dish" this Wednesday:

We hope that you have a wonderful Holiday shared with lots of family and friends. Merry Christmas, everyone.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Gold Rush Tablescape

What started out to be a silver tablescape somehow "morphed" into a gold one.....I don't know how, but it happened. Anyway, it turned out gawdy and glitzy, but it was fun to do. So, with our apologies to those who like a more reserve table, here goes:

Over view of the table

The place setting

Handles on the flatware match the charger

First layer of the place setting is an ivory colored lace napkin wrapped in a gold overlay held by a gold and pearl napkin ring

We love this plate (and probably use it too much) - from Pier 1 last year

The pattern is "Mansfield" by Lenox - only thing on the table that is slightly "reserved"

We found the "Baroque-style" chargers at Michael's this year

Another item we probably use too much is the Amber Crackle glassware from Pier 1

Although it does not show well, the Reindeer are covered in gold glitter

As most of you know, on our other Blog, we are featuring a different Santa and different tablescape everyday until Christmas. Gold Santa is just one we couldn't use.

The candle holders match the glassware - amber crackle

One last look....
Where it came from:
Christmas Tablecloth - from our collection
Gold Chargers - Michael's this year
Ivory and Gold Dinnerware - "Mansfield" by Lenox from Replacements and eBay
Gold Salad Plate and Bowl - Pier 1 last year
Gold Flatware - by Rogers & Son from eBay (pattern unknown)
Glassware - "Amber Crackle" from Pier 1
Ivory Lace Napkin - from Art & Old Things (a local antique store)
Gold Napkin Overlay - Handmade by Pat
Gold Santa  - part of our collection
Gold Garland, Poinsettia, Berries, Reindeer, Candles - Michael's
Amber Crackle Candle Holders - Ross

We will be joining Cuisine Kathleen's "Let's Dish" this Wednesday: