Thursday, December 16, 2010

Foodie Friday: A Winter Tablescape

Winter-white Ironstone heats up the dining room with texture and a touch of gold. Just like snowflakes, nothing matches in this tablescape, yet the elements somehow bind together.



While pristine white can be formal, it seems to work best in everyday settings. A whimsical garden gate tells your guests to expect the unexpected, and to have fun.


White pottery is crisp and peaceful--and it allows the food to be the star.

Mixed patterns in the dishes, glassware, and cutlery are united by white and gold. Crystal echos the ice just outside my door, but it takes on depth and dimension as candlelight casts a cozy glow, bouncing colors across the table.

Instead of a traditional centerpiece, a tureen serves as the focal point. Grocery store flowers can be pricey, but a single bunch of mums or daisies can be put to good use. Pottery creamers are perfect for mini-bouquets.
Clear votives add a bit of romance and make everything sparkle.


Winter White Slideshow

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For tablescaping inspiration, and to view hundreds of tabletop ideas, visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her weekly event, Tablescape Thursday.

Tablescaping Notes

China: Gibson (Big Lots) and Baroque (American Atelier)

Chargers: Horchow

Tureen: Baroque (Replacements, Ltd)

Ecru Napkins: April Cornell

Bee Box: Horchow

Flatware: International Sterling "Wild Rose" mixed with stainless (Barbed Wire and Twig)

votives: Big Lots

White heart placecard holders: Amazon.com

Pitchers and crystal: wedding presents, garage sales, antique malls

39 comments:

  1. Wow, I've never been here before! So much to "look and see"! I found your link via Susan's Thursday Tablescape.
    I linked my post today to your site now.
    Christmas blessings!
    ~Heidi

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  2. I rarely have a tablescape to show off, so I'm thrilled to have the opportunity today. We're all so busy these days, thank you for giving us a chance to show off a bit.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  3. Just delightful! I love all the different patterns combined in such a pleasing way -- especially the mixed flatware styles. They add such charm!

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  4. My son-in-law, who is a chef, always says plates should let the food be the star. Beautiful table and I love those chargers!

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  5. Hi Michael Lee,

    Beautiful, as always! You've created a wonderfully inviting setting. The candlelight and shimmering golds warm the winter whites, and your stunning photography captures it all perfectly!

    Happy Holidays,
    Bill

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  6. With this all white tablescape, it's your wonderful accent pieces (like the miniature gate and the beehive tureen) and the subtle touches (like the "mismatched" flatware) that really make it fabulous...and personal. Beautiful!

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  7. I love the look of the table and it would be such fun for guests...they would be so busy looking at everything, they might forget to eat! The book cover is great!

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  8. What a lovely tablescape! My very favorite colors, so elegant! Thanks for hosting the party.

    I hope everyone will try my peanut brittle recipe. It is so delish and easy!

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  9. I love the interesting shapes of the flatware. Very pretty.
    Cheers!
    @Rita's Recipes

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  10. Very elegant, yet there's a bit of whimsy mixed in. Just the way I imagine your personality to be.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  11. Oh your tablescape makes me feel merry and bright!

    Seasons greetings to you and yours.

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  12. I love the whites in the tablescape! So wintery and pretty! Thanks for hosting this recipe party!

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  13. All the beautiful gold and white is so stunning. Just lovely.

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  14. Beautiful, ML! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  15. Your winter tablescape is so pretty and elegant!

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  16. I love that book cover. Can't wait until it comes out.

    Your table...what can I say? It is just stunning. So beautiful. You really know how to do WHITE right.
    xo bj

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  17. Merry Christmas Everyone, may you all have a wonderful holiday, filled with friends, family and love!

    Oh, and food, lots of yummy food!

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  18. Your table is very lovely. I love the gold accents, especially the beehive!

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  19. I just LOVE all the mix!!! It just somehow all makes sense! And looks GREAT! We got some snow today too, the first of the season! Merry, merry!!! XO, Pinky

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  20. Your white and gold tablescape is unique -- really pretty.

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  21. Sooo pretty...it made me smile inside. Lovely silverware.

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  22. Beautiful tablescapes - and what wonderful silverware! Thank you so much for hosting Foodie Friday :)

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  23. You have single-handedly ruined my tableware budget!

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  24. Beautiful, beautiful table. I adore the white plates. They are stunning!

    Thank you for hosting, this is my first week posting here. I have submitted a recipe for French Onion Soup with a Parmesan Herb Crisp. http://scratchlove.blogspot.com/2010/12/french-onion-soup-with-parmesan-herb.html

    Thanks Again!

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  25. Beautiful post ML. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  26. It is always beautiful where you live! Thank you for hosting Foodie Friday.

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  27. I have linked a recipe for egg less cookie called nan khatai. Beautiful tablescape. Will try one of these for my dinner party.

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  28. This table looks absolutely elegant and amazing. I linked up with the event.

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  29. Hi lovely lady your Tablescapes are Beautiful as all ways sweet lady. I put a Oriental Tablescape on my blog did you see it ?
    I hope you have a Great Day.

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  30. Omgosh! I love the cutlery. The little branch spoons and the loops on the forks! All so very beautiful! I'm putting your books on my Christimas list :-D

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  31. Lovely tablesetting! The beehive is just darling and caught my eye!

    Merry Christmas!

    xo,
    cristin

    ps- here from the linky party #150!

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  32. Gorgeous tablescape! As always!

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  33. The tablescape is gorgeous! I love the beehive soup tureen!

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  34. Gorgeous!! Thanks for hosting!

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  35. Hey Michael Lee...thanks for hosting Foodie Friday because I know how darn busy you are with the book and the holidays! Lovely tablescape and whites/creams are my favorite go-to colors for a blissful time. Have a wonderful weekend and just want to wish you Happy Holidays if I don't get the chance to say so before next weekend. Fondly, Roberta

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  36. Your winter white taablescape somehow managed to evoke thoughts of the Seven Cities of Cibola..warm and gold. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

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  37. Christmas Blessings to you and your family, From my mountain to yours Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  38. A stunningly beautiful table. I love the casualness of the dishes mixed with the formal drinkware.. Breathtaking. Merry Christmas.

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  39. We loved this Winter tablescape so much, we posted the link to it on our Facebook page. Happy New Year!

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There you are! I'm so glad you're here. Love, MLee xxoo

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