Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Very Grape Tablescape

The first time saw Susan's Ma Maison dishes on, I fell in love with them. Susan told me she'd found them at Homegoods (I hope I'm remembering this correctly), and they were made by Tabletops Unlimited. (
Since I'm a bonafide foodie, the humongous, ruffled soup bowl captured my heart. I looked high and low and couldn't find
these dishes (except at
Of course, this was a long, long time after Susan had bought her dishes, and by the time I began my search, they'd been discontinued.
After relentless sleuthing, I found a similar bowl on Ebay, made by Tabletops Unlimited.
The pattern is Cabaret.
I bought four bowls and four plates (but you knew I would).
Dish mavens often have willpower issues. Many will turn down a triple layer cream cheese brownie for a chance to look at dishes.

My friend and fellow blogger, Marian (Jersey Girl) at
gave me the tall pink glassware, and I dearly loved them.

G for Gollum? How could my dear grandmother have known I'd need a G when she gave me these forks so many, many years ago?

She was from Mississippi, and magnolia gals are just that way.

If you know one, you are blessed indeed.

Tablescaping Notes:

"Cabaret" pottery by Tabletops Unlimited
Tall pink glassware -- Marian "Jersey Girl"
Pink sherbet glasses -- my collection
Silver -- my grandmother's
Napkin sheaths --
Pink plaid napkins -- Traders & Co.
Chargers: Hobby Lobby
Majolica-ish grape pitcher and compote -- collection
Napkin rings: ?? I want to say Jay Strongwater, but they didn't come in the original box, so I just call them the butterfly napkin rings.

Please visit our lovely hostess, Susan, and wish her a happy birthday. I can't wait to see what she and other tablescapers have put together this week.


  1. Oh oh oh. I love anything grape. Am just biding my time until I can post about it. In the meantine, I adore what you did with this tablesetting. The plates and soup bowl are great. The majolica grape compote is stunning as I'm a nut for majolica too. --Delores

  2. Love those ruffled bowls paired with square plates. And the layering on the napkins with the butterfly...! I think I qualify as a maven...I rather like that title :) Happy TT!

  3. Your table setting is Beautiful!! I also, love anything grape.
    Sure do like those bowls!

  4. Michael, I *love* your grape tablescape. Yes, the butterfly napkin rings are definitely Jay Strongwater. I've got those myself. I, too, fell in love with the Ma Maison dishes and that's partly how I came up with my blog name. The only pieces I was lucky enough to find were a pitcher, salt & pepper shaker set, and one plate.

  5. I love that pattern and the glasses go with it beautifully. Who doesn't love monogrammed silver? Perfect!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  6. I love this warm and beautiful with the tuscan colors...I love the grapes and the napkins rings are so pretty! Miss Bloomers

  7. Michael, sometimes your tablescapes just take my breath away. Kimberly Schlegel Whitman has nothing over you, besides her photographs are not as beautiful as yours. Of course, it takes "some one who is willing to turn down a triple layer cream cheese brownie for a chance to look at dishes" to truly appreciate the talent you have in creating these breathtaking tablescapes in the first place. Seriously, you and Susan (BNOTP) should collaborate on a book. Oh, and include Bill as well. Y'all have some of the most incredible talent I've seen anywhere. Fondly, Jackie

  8. Dish Maven? Dish Maven! Now that is a title to strive for! I love it! And this table. Soft and dressy but not fussy.
    The dishes are perfect! They have a shape that you want to hold in a cupped hand. Just Beautiful.
    Your photography is dreamy.

  9. What a beautiful tablescape! I love the grape motif on your dishes and the stemware is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

  10. Beautiful 1 LOVE grapes and these dishes are gorgeous! How nice to have the flatware from your grandmother, that is what makes it so special:-)

  11. Hi Michael~
    Isn't it great to have a source like eBay to find things like this?! The scalloped edges are so beautiful. I can see why you would keep trying to find them~

    The double napkins are beautiful together. The butterflies are symbolic of the light, warmth and inviting look of your tablescape tonight~
    Very, very nice~

  12. Hi Michael,
    I love the way you artfully arranged the napkins to repeat the ruffled edges of the bowls, and your photographs capture the light streaming across your table perfectly. Fascinating about the forks with the G monogram! Are magnolia ladies psychic by chance?

    Warmest regards,

  13. Very beautiful tablescape, love the glasses and adore the napkins and the butterfly...Wow I can't believe the g worke3d out so well, what a wonderful story...

  14. How breathtaking! Absolutley gorgeous, I adore anything grapes. I was born in Mississippi BTW ; )

  15. I adore the butterfly napkin rings...

  16. Your photos are beautiful and the tablescape is stunning! The butterfly holders look so good with the napkins....Christine

  17. Michael, such a gorgeous table. I love the petty ruffle bowls and the napkins looking ruffled to match is just perfect. Everything is just beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

  18. Elegant, gorgeous, divine!

    Michael, the higher end dish/stemware/silverware manufacturers are missing out by not having you do their photo ads.

    Everything you put together says,"BUY ME!"

    You'd be dangerous to spend time around!

  19. Michael,
    I love grapes as well. Your tablescape is gorgeous and the napkin rings do look like Jay Strongwater. I will have to do some research on those.

    Looking forward to your new book.


  20. Beautiful bowls and plates,your tablescape is just perfect.

  21. OK Michael-
    You know the power of suggestion is powerful in blog land.

    I already went on a Singapore Bird quest when I first found your blog.

    I am off again! Yikes!


  22. Hello Gollum,
    Please tell me about your napkin sheths, those lovely gossamer ruffled delights. I have the perfect occasion coming up for them. What size are yours and if you could would you change the size to??? I am considering making some and would appreciate your help. I got my transferware out this week, again.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  23. Better than a cream cheese brownie!

  24. Beautiful! I love the heaviness of the and informality together. I do love grape designs in tableware...


  25. I love this table. I love grape-anything, too, and your tabletop pieces are gorgeous!

    Great tablescape!

  26. Morning Michael,
    Lovely simple lovely pics. I love all your tablescapes and you take absolutely gorgeous pictures as well. You are a woman of many talents that is for sure. I really do enjoy coming over to your blog for a visit. Always something beautiful to behold.
    We did watch Julie and Julia this
    past weekend and it was just a delightful movie, I sooo enjoyed it, and Meryl Streep did an amazing job as Julia Child...sounds
    just like her!! I had been told about it before but it wasn't out on DVD yet, so was glad for the reminder.
    Have a great day,
    Blessings, Nellie

  27. The ruffled bowls are so sweet! I don't think I've seen anything like that before. I will have to keep my eyes open now. Love how you layered everything and the color combo's are fabulous. I love pink goblets, they just have a special glow. The butterfly napkin holders are stunning. Lovely table and great photos!!

  28. Absolutely beautiful, Michael. Gorgeous table and fabulous photography.

  29. Grapes...a welcome delight to scare off this cold winter fright!

    Nicely done!!

  30. Quite lovely .. and so unique!

  31. Girl, my heart did flip flops when I saw your plates.. I have some I got from Bed Bath and Beyond about 10 years ago.. I don't however have the I love your monogrammed flatware, what a treasured gift. Exquisite table.. hugs ~lynne~

  32. Such a pretty tablescape. I love grape dishes, and these are gorgeous!


  33. Hi Michael, Oh so Pretty! Love the stemware! Kathysue

  34. that was fun, very napaish! you know i love the napkin sheaths, don't they make tables perfect~ fab grape piece!

  35. Your sleuthing paid off in spades. The bowls are lovely and you have created another extraordinary post.

  36. Simply stunning! I love all of it ~

  37. The first time you used these napkin sheaths, I was smitten. I've never seen those until you began showing me, and I love how delicate and fancy they look. Your bowls and plates are so pretty, and I love your "G" flatware. The little grape jelly server (I think) is perfect in this setting, and your centerpiece too. What is Bandwith going to cook to put in those pretty bowls? laurie

  38. This turned out amazing. I love the glassware, the dishes and the napkins! It is elegant but cozy too. Love this one!


  39. Simply, utterly, awe-inspiring beautiful. This might be one of your prettier tablescapes. All the elements came together pefrctely. I love the napkin sheaths and how you see a glimpse of the plaid underneath. The napkins rings---yum! Very pretty table G! Hugs, Barb

  40. Hi Michael Lee! Well...I love this one! I think you could put grapes on a stick and I'd have to have it! What is it about grapes? I hope you are staying warm...hugs...Debbie

  41. What a great tablescape! I love the ruffled edges on the bowl and the plate!

  42. Beautiful..and I love how that sunlight streams over the table..
    I have never been anywhere where there was a napkin sheath..what does one do with it when they put the napkin in their lap..leave it on the table?? Just in case I ever go where they have them!

  43. Michael, these are some of your most breath-taking pictures EVAH!! I'm swooning over the butterfly napkin rings, the pink goblets (I've got to find me some!) and the pretty soup bowls!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  44. Wish to sit there with you and your guests. I feel so much welcome. Thanks for that.

    I thank you too to all the info you stated where you bought your things.
    I now order napkins etc for my future use of Susan's meme every Thursday.

    Have a great w/end.

  45. Stunning table! I love the dishes, the way they are ruffled is gorgeous! Your pictures are what I aspire to. So beautiful!!!! I love the square shape of the dish too. I don't know how you do all you do!!!!! XO, Pinky