Thursday, December 23, 2010

Paperwhites, Portmeirion, and Pastry

I love any kind of Christmas dish--edible or otherwise--but I specially love the ones that tell a story. The pattern is "A Christmas Story" by Portmeirion, and each plate is embellished with artist Susan Winget's inimitable flair as she illustrates "The Christmas Poem."

Bread and Butter plates (above)

10 1/2 dinner plates (above)

For the centerpiece, I added paperwhites and sheet moss to a much-loved footed tray.

Tablescaping Notes:
Dishes: Portmeirion's "A Christmas Story"
Plaid napkins: Lennox
Glassware: Fostoria "Jamestown" and antique liqueur goblets
Flatware: Wild Rose and mysterious, mismatched pieces
Mercury glass votives: Ballard Designs (years ago)
Chargers: Horchow
Footed tray: local shop

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  1. Beautiful! Love your paperwhites! I planted paperwhites for the first time this year. I love the look, but hate the smell.

  2. Everything is so pretty!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  3. Happy Holidays and thanks for hosting!
    The recipe that I am sharing this week is my Dairy Free Pumpkin Ice Cream. It tastes great and you won't miss the dairy a bit!
    Designs By Gollum is the only blog that I follow that is not only about food- I love all of the photos of the gorgeous dinnerware and decorations!

  4. Beautiful table made even more lovely by the paperwhites! Love the Portmeiron Christmas plates!

  5. I love the Portmeiron! Thank you so much for hosting us each Friday. I love the beautiful post...your flowers and decorations are amazing.

  6. Everything is beautiful! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  7. Thank you, Michael, for hosting so close to Christmas! This is my first post, and one of the foods that holds many memories for me.

    The Christmas Poem plates are so whimsical and cute!
    Merry Christmas,


  8. Love your dishes. I always plant my paperwhite blubs on New Years day -- always a joy to have something blooming mid-winter and the promise of Spring. Merry Christmas -- looking forward to reading your new book in 2011!

  9. What a beautiful table you have made. I loved all your pieces especially the lovely paperwhite. Have a Merry Christmas.

  10. Beautiful table Michael, lovin' the plates! Merry Christmas-enjoy:@)

  11. Nice tablescape. Merry Christmas to you.

  12. MERRY CHRISTMAS ML! Hope Santa is very good to you!Your table is lovely, and the paper whites are beautiful!
    I hope Santa brings me your new book!

  13. I can almost smell the paperwhites! Your table is so beautiful, I love those dishes!!! Wishing you and your family a very merry. blessed Christmas!!!! XO, Pinky

  14. It all looks gorgeous! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! ~ Sarah

  15. What a gorgeous setting, Michael! I love paperwhites. I have then in a big silver bowl in my living room. They have such a headdy smell!
    Have a very Merry and blessed Christmas, my friend!

  16. What fabulous plates! I love them! Beautiful table too Michael. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  17. Although I haven't been blogging lately, I never miss peeking in on your Foodie Friday which you are so generous to host! I love the paperwhites and especially the Portmeirion dishes-what a treasure!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  18. Your Portmeirion is just gorgeous! I especially love the Christmas designs. I so enjoy Foodie Friday every week - thank you so much for hosting. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  19. Gorgeous decorations, I do hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday!!! Merry Christmas, I know it will be a beautiful one!

  20. What a beautiful table you have set, Michael!! I'm always so impressed with your attention to detail & all the gorgeous, unusual pieces you find to use, like that footed tray. MAGNIFICENT!

    I rarely have any recipes I feel are worth sharing on Foodie Friday but this time I felt I could join in with a really easy-simple & delicious cookie.

    Wishing your whole family a Blessed Merry Christmas & a happy HEALTHY New Year!!


  21. Your table is just exquisite! It is wonderfully festive and welcoming. May many special memories be made in its midst.

    Be merry and bright.

  22. Love your tablescape. Elegant and not overdone. Perfection
    Merry Pinkmas!!
    Marie Arden Pink Living

  23. what a beautiful table setting for Christmas

  24. What a tasteful and beautiful website! Your photos are such a pleasure to view with all the rich wood tones and matching silk swags & cascades (after seeing entirely too much white fabric paired with white painted furniture everywhere lately). I'm going to follow you. Stop by by blog and visit sometime and I hope you will consider following me back ;)

    ~New England Style~

  25. Love this, Gollum! Just gorgeous!

    Am dropping by for a second to wish you a Merry Christmas (let's see, today would be two turtle doves) and a prosperous and happy 2011!


    Sheila :-)

  26. STUNNING Michelle!

    ♪♪♫♪ ♪♪♫♪ :II ♫ Start spreading ♫ the NEWS ♫♪♪♫♪ ♪♪♫♪ It's going to be a GREAT year in 2011!! ♪♪♫♪ ♪♪♫♪

    All the best to you in the upcoming NEW year!
    xo Lynda

  27. That Portmeirion set is just precious! What a treat to have these to serve your holiday meals on. Have a wonderful New Year ahead!

  28. I had never seen those dishes and am delighted that you showcased them.. they are really darling. I loved your plaid napkins with the settings. That footed bowl is lovely, perfect for the paperwhites and moss. Happy New year.

  29. I love your paper whites. They look so fresh and healthy.
    Your book sounds interesting, I know you haven't ran off with a handsomer man or have you? Smiles.

  30. One of my "2011 Goals" is to be a better blog friend! Today, I'm enjoying catching up with your posts...loving every one of the them I've missed! This is a stunning table and the window treatments are just fabulous! Happy New Year to you!