Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Not A Creature Was Stirring: Tablescaping with Paperwhites & Portmeirion



Twas the night before Tablescape Thursday. . .

When all through blogland. . .tablescapers were arranging dishes inside their cozy lairs.


The dishes were placed on tables with care. . . in hopes that none would show dust, thumbprints or even wild hairs.


The napkins were all nestled in bows and beads . . .while dust motes danced and dazzled over their heads.



That's all the poetry for now. I'm too full of sugarplums to think!









I love any kind of Christmas dish--edible or otherwise--but I specially love the ones that tell a story. The dishes in today's tablescape illustrate "The Christmas Poem."

The pattern is "A Christmas Story" by Portmeirion, and each plate is embellished with artist Susan Winget's inimitable flair.

Bread and Butter plates.....


10 1/2 dinner plates

I found a container (it usually sits on our coffee table and holds feathered balls) for the paperwhites and added sheet moss.



Tablescaping Notes:

Dishes: Portmeirion's "A Christmas Story"
Plaid napkins: Lennox
Glassware: Fostoria "Jamestown" and antique liqueur goblets
Flatware: Wild Rose
Mercury glass votives: Ballard Designs (years ago)
Chargers: Horchow



Visit the talented Susan, author of Between Naps on the Porch for over 100 tablescaping ideas from across blogland.

53 comments:

  1. Your tables are always gorgeous!

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  2. The PM plates are such a wonderful addition to your table setting. Paper Whites are such a nice addition to the Christmas table.
    Joyce

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  3. Evening, Dear Gollum! Honey, you're too much! :) Love your little rendition and your tablescape is too gorgeous! As always!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  4. Beautiful Table. I love paperwhites.

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  5. beautiful, i love narcissus, i can smell them from here...

    good to see you playing again~

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  6. Exquisite setting, the narcissus add that special bling to the whole presentation!

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    Merry Christmas ~
    TTFN ~Marydon

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  7. Until I can scare up more adjectives you're going to have to live with beautiful :-).

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  8. The papperwhites are just wonderful, love them as a centerpiece...The china is lovely with the glasses, it is all beautiful, what a great sunny room...

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  9. Very stylish! I love your table, chairs, and sette. I really like Susan Winget's art, the dishes are lovely.

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  10. Everything is gorgeous! My favorite flower-Paper Whites!

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  11. Great poetry.....love paper white and the forcing process is fascinating.
    You put together a lovely tablescape.

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  12. "Wild hairs"???!!! You crack me up girl! The table is exquisite! I can almost smell the paperwhites! ADORE the dishes, love how they tell the story! It is such a treat to see you back to decorating and tablescaping!!!!! Merry Christmas! XO, Pinky

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  13. What a beautiful table! The plates and the flowers are so pretty!
    And the goodies in your header look delicious too!

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  14. I love your table scape and I love Susan Winget. Would love to have some dishes like yours. Oh and yes the paperwhites, I love them, I have some I am waiting on to open up soon. Hope it happens by Christmas. They are always beautiful in any setting. Christmas Blessings to you.

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  15. Absolutely beautiful! I love the red glass ware.

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  16. The paperwhites are gorgeous, as are the wonderful Christmas Poem plates and every single facet of this tablescape. I even love the gorgeous pillow peeking out from behind the table/on one of the chairs! I'm new too TT but have been following you and Foodie Friday for months now. Your dishes are SO FAMOUS now and even I took a trip to Big Lots and came away with a slightly different pattern, but still a great deal. I'll do an "Homage to Gollum's Dishes" some day soon.
    MANY blessings to you,
    Lana

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  17. Oh I do love paperwhites. We were at Biltmore House last week and their greenhouse was filled with them. Some don't like the smell but I do. It reminds me of Christmas. I heart that container...so perfect for your arrangement. You have the bestest dishes of anyone I know. What a beautiful tablescape. Love it!

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  18. I adore paperwhites -- but to me they are January flowers not December ones!

    What darling plates -- I've never seen them before and they are just adorable.

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  19. Fabulous table, Gollum! And those paper whites are perfection. Love your dishes, too. I don't know that I've ever seen that pattern, and since I'm a Christmas pattern junky, I'm very excited over it!

    Such a gorgeous room and table, both.

    We are so glad you're BACK! I knew we were in for a treat when I read my Google Reader a second ago and saw that you posted. Yea! :-)

    XO,

    Sheila

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  20. * SCRUMPTUOUS, Michael, just SCRUMPTUOUS!... Miss you, Linda *

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  21. Thank you! How could I have forgotten paperwhites? I always force them for the holidays! It is the nice touch of nature I can do up north! Fostoria-no one ever says the name-I have that, too and a beautiful cake and server from a church sale yeeeaaars ago that I treasure!
    ~Nancy

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  22. I loved the elegance, the grand style, the drama ... the gorgeous light sweeping across your table ... captured so perfectly in your amazing photographs. And your poetry ... fall-down funny! What a great reminder to play and enjoy ourselves as we do our tablescape posts! Thank you for a fun read. Reminds me ... gotta ask Santa for one of your books. Hope he's still taking requests!

    Thank you for the generous comments you've left for me lately. I'm truly honored!

    Merry Christmas!

    Bill

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  23. Ihave never seen these plates before! Amazingly beautiful table setting. --Delores

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  24. Darling dishes and a beautiful centerpiece! Such a pretty tablescape.

    Hugs,
    Joanne

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  25. Gollum, Darling plates and a creative poem as you set the table. I have enjoyed visiting your blog each week to see what beautiful things you have put together. Merry Christmas.

    Barbara

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  26. Yay! A Gollum tablescape! I've got dessert/salad plates in the pattern and I was going to do a tablescape with them this week too, but my camera has a bug and I can't take any pictures right now.

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  27. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your blog and follow faithfully. I work in NICU, have for 26 years. Will be a while before I can retire though. Blessings, Marla

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  28. Your red glasses are beautiful!! Love the floral centerpiece.

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  29. Simply picture perfect for sure. Love the container for your paper whites. Dishes, chargers, red glasses ~~~ sigh~~~ it's all so pretty.

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  30. Lov-i-lee, lov-i-lee! The Paper Whites are beautiful and those dishes are so VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.

    I am definitely starting my daughter off on a collection of them to pair with her good China.
    (Hopefully 'Gift Collector' will ship to Canada as they carry all four series.) As she loved your 'Mermaids In The Basement', she shan't be surprised when the gift tag will read "Michael Lee West is responsible for these".
    SMILES and Thank You -Brenda-

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  31. So pretty and elegant. Love the plates.

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  32. Why buy an expensive magazine when you can come here and have decorating "fits" just as easily! I sigh deeply, jerk in wonderful, I drool and collapse! So..why buy an expensive magazine when Gollum has it ALL!!! :)
    Mona

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  33. Your tables are always so elegant. Love your poem.

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  34. STUNNING!! I love the dishes and the paperwhites are gorgeous!!

    CHRISTmas Blessings!
    Gail

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  35. Another lovely table! Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

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  36. What a wonderfully fun post to read! I love your tablescape, the warmth of the wood and the freshness of the flowers are such a nice juxtaposition to one another. How sweet that each dish tells a different part. I can just imagine people sitting around the table, sharing their part of the story as they finish their part of the meal! Thanks for sharing.

    Oh yes, as an aside, I love the drapery on those arched windows. It's beautiful and really lets the architecture shine through! Wonderful choice.

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  37. Like this table it is simple with the main thing the flowers and the plates like that, MB

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  38. Your table is absolutely gorgeous! I also looked at your gingerbread house story. Loved the story and the house!

    Beautiful photos, all!

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  39. A beautiful, beautiful table...the dishes are just perfect for your table and the paperwhites...fabulous.
    See ya tonight...:)

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  40. This is just magnificent, and I swear that I can smell the paperwhites! Nancy

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  41. Breathtaking and so beautiful! What an elegant setting. Simple in design and stunning elements make this a one-of-a-kind tablescape. It is so... you!
    Merry Christmas!
    Yvonne

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  42. Love those dishes and your paperwhites look so pretty. I love how they bend to greet the pretty plates!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

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  43. I love your paper whites and those darling Christmas plates ! Your dining room has such a nice warm glow !
    Kammy

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  44. Oh, Michael - I love the paperwhites, your dishes, your window treatments (!), and all the accompanying decor. Just beautiful!

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  45. This is so pretty -- I adore paperwhites and always start some for the New Year! Love those plates -- I'm so happy that you're able to come back to the cyber tablescape playground and play with us!

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  46. Oh Michael, your little Night before TT poem was so cute! I loved that. Your table looks so pretty. I was going to force some paperwhites this year for sure, but my f-i-l died right after TG, and I totally forgot to get them started. Yours look so pretty in that container. I am loving those chargers. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas. laurie

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  47. Hi lovely lady.
    I love your Beautiful Tablescapes you have on your Blog.I love them all, you know just how to put it all together sweet lady.~~Im one of your followers and new at my blog can you come over to my Blog and become one of my followers Thanks so much .
    Diane

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