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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tablescape Thursday: A Winter Luncheon

Winter whites, pale blue (like the winter sky), sparkling cut glass, like ice crystals, all evoke a wintery mood. January in Wisconsin is never as pretty as my winter lunch table! Come join me..........

Blue and white snowflake bowls are perfect for hot soup on a cold day!

I used sparkly white snowflake Christmas tree ornaments as napkin rings. I folded my light blue tea napkins in a simple fold called the "nosegay".

I have about 8 of these small cut glass bread plates; they look like icy stars (or even snowflakes!) A perfect place to put a crusty roll to go with my soup.

This glass pitcher I use frequently in summer for lemonade or iced tea. It looks pretty sitting on a doily as part of my winter luncheon table; perhaps I might use it as a water carafe today.

For my centerpiece today, I have used my vintage Fenton milk glass cake stand and a pillar candle. Underneath the candle, I have used a larger plate that matches the cut glass bread plates. I only have one of the larger plates; I use it as a serving dish or appetizer tray sometimes.

The centerpiece is flanked on either side by these candlesticks with crystal bobeche. These were a Christmas gift last year from my mother-in-law. I wanted the center pillar candle to be taller than these, so instead of using tapers, I placed a short votive candle in the candlesticks.

I thought it made a nice effect! I used one of my vintage white lace-edged dresser scarves as a runner.

My vintage milk glass covered hen dish usually has a place on my dining room table at all times; she usually has nuts or butter mints inside. Today, she will provide decoration! Sometimes I use this dish for butter, but not today, because I have my individual butter domes in service!

Here you can see the butter dome at the top of the cover. And again, I 've used my casual dinnerware, "Emma", from Pottery Barn, and my casual flatware as well. The dusty blue damask place mats I bought many years ago to go with my formal china, which does have some blue in it.

And even though the cloudy, dreary day was not co-operating, I dressed up the chandelier with snowflakes and a glittery silver bead garland, even though I could not get a proper picture. The snowflakes are the same white Christmas tree ornaments I used for napkin rings. Note: I really dislike this chandelier; the previous owners chose it and I loathe it. Eventually I hope to find a really beautiful one for this room to replace it.

As daylight wanes, I add a couple more votives to the table.

A variation here of the place setting, with no bowl and just the pretty glass plate in the center.

Here again is another variation. I can transition my table from a winter luncheon very easily to a winter dinner, with the addition of a wavy glass salad/dessert plate. I have a set of twelve of these and I believe they came from Crate & Barrel.

For the transition from lunch to dinner, I remove the drinking glass and replace with balloon wine goblets.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to visit all the other fabulous folks and their tablescapes for Tablescape Thursday over at Between Naps on the Porch!

Casual dinner ware: 'Emma' collection at Pottery Barn
Casual flatware: J.A. Henckels Vintage, Bed Bath & Beyond
Cut glass plates: vintage, an antique store find
Drinking glasses: Pier 1 Imports
Balloon wine goblets: Crate & Barrel
Blue vintage tea napkins: antique store find ($4 for a set of six of them)
White lace-edged dresser scarf: vintage, $3 at an antique store
Milk glass covered hen dish: vintage, purchased at a large antique mall in Columbus,WI
Fenton hobnail milk glass cake stand: approx  c.1940s-1950s, antique store find
Damask place mats: Boston Store, years ago.
Individual butter domes: Boston Store, about 4 years ago.
Blue and white snowflake bowls: plastic!!! from Target.


Lana Austin said...

I love this winter motif and the cool wintery tones and all the snowflakes, even on the chandelier! And I absolutely adore those crystal candleholders! Divine!
Hugs, Lana

Diann @ The thrifty Groove said...

Hi Lana,

Everything looks really pretty. Love all the "sparkle".

Mimi said...

Beautiful with just a bit of blue...love your milk glass.

D said...

Very pretty and elegant. I love the snowflake napkin rings. Great idea.

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Love the snowflake theme, so pretty in the soft blue and white, love the colors and those snowflake napkin rings are so cute...Phyllis, come visit...

Anonymous said...

A very pretty winter table decor. Simple but you can see the elegance in it's own way.

TY for sharing.

Greetings from Stockholm, Sweden...

Tina Dalgren said...

ok- so when are we lunching???? looks fabulous! makes me want to dress in vintage attire and white gloves!

Sonia said...

I love your tablescape with the snowflakes, and crystal. Especially love the candlesticks and the milk glass chicken..I have one from my grandma! Have a wonderful week! Lovely table!

Miss Bloomers

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Karin :)

Debbie said...

Absolutely Beautiful! I love your Victorian Home!
Debbie@ Debbie-Dabble

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