Showing posts with label WINTER TABLESCAPE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WINTER TABLESCAPE. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Snow Tablescape

An amazing thing happened at my house last week.  My sweetheart constantly asks why I need so many dishes.  I usually reply that I don’t need them, and I will soon be getting rid of some of them.  (That’s been my reply for about 20 years!)  He had to go to a meeting out of town last week.  He came home with bags and bags of dishes!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Tablescape in Winter

You may have seen my “winter in the woods” mantel in my previous post.  This week, we dined in the winter woods.  (I can’t believe that, once again, I forgot to light a fire before I took these pictures!) 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Blame it on Cuisine Kathleen.  She hosted a Winter Tablescape challenge last week.  If you missed it, I posted my winter tablescape here.  I couldn’t make up my mind what wintery things should go on that table, so I had to post a second winter tablescape to use the left-over wintery things.  I’m linking this post to Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish Wednesday and Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.
A ruffled baby blanket covers the table (and hopefully resembles snow drifts).
plc stg w soup Many of our winter meals begin with soup, so I’ve used my Williams Sonoma covered soup bowls.
dinner plate
The dinner plate is Friendly Village by Johnson Brothers.  Under the dinner plate is a vintage green, glass plate used as a charger.
A snowflake ornament, tied to the napkin with decorative trim, serves as a napkin holder.
snow flks
You may be wondering why these springtime jonquils are popping out of the snow.  I cut these from our garden yesterday! 
jonquils btr
We don’t have snow in Arkansas right now, but we do have jonquils, so I couldn’t do a tablescape without using a few of them to brighten this dreary day.
laurie soup
Have you ever served Laurie’s soup?  You probably have, but that is probably not the title of your recipe.  This soup is so easy and so good that I tend to fix it a lot in the winter.  That’s why my family refers to it as “Laurie’s Soup”.  I should be ashamed to tell you how easy it is, but since most of you have probably made it before, I’ll go ahead and share the recipe in case somebody out there hasn’t served it (Feel free to refer to it as “your name” soup).
1 pound ground chuck
3 cans Campbell’s Minestrone Soup (undiluted)
1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes and chilies
Brown ground chuck, drain grease.  Add soup and Ro-Tel.  Cook for approximately 10 minutes.  Serves 4-6.
(Note:  Some people add canned black beans)
I usually put mine in a crockpot after I brown the meat.  That way, it looks like I’ve been cooking it all day!  It also stays warm for anybody who comes in to dinner late.  I’ve served it in mugs, with a spoon, at a winter buffet.  I told you I serve it often!
You can find Let’s Dish linkups at Cuisine Kathleen and Tablescape Thursday linkups at Between Naps on the Porch.  It was great to have you visit me today.  laurie
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Cuisine Kathleen is hosting a “Snow and Ice Tablescape” challenge this week, and, although we don’t get a lot of snow or ice in Arkansas, I’m joining the party.

Soup Bowl
Salad Plate
Dinner Plate:  Wedgwood Winter FestivalNAPKIN
I used black and white polka dot napkins, because it reminded me of snow in the night sky.  Flatware: Towle Old Master
I’m joining Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish Wednesday and Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.
I hope my tablescape didn’t leave you feeling cold.  Thanks for coming by to visit me.  laurie
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010


tablescape I’m so excited about the Cloche Party Friday at A Stroll Thru Life, I started my party a little early. Tomorrow, I will add a few more cloches to my blog for the Cloche Party. (No, I’m not going to add more cloches to this already over-crowded table!)

Glenda at Dab of This and That plays with her atrium all of the time, and it looks like so much fun. (Actually, I’ve been a little envious of her atrium). Recently, when I found one at Hobby Lobby, I had to buy it (Glenda, I wanna be just like you when I grow up!) Of course, some of the plastic panes were broken, so I got a real deal on it. FLL TBL MOS

See the young lady playing the bagpipes for the Winter Ball? Don’t forget to take your dance card from that young man. I know your card will fill up quickly. You may need to take two cards.


I’m not sure why I have two of the same figurines of a dancing couple, but I was glad that I did, since it allowed me to have a similar view into the atrium from both sides of the table. Most of the figurines were my mother's. Others are from estate and garage sales.

plac setng dnr mos

I used a mirror as a place mat for each setting. (Another purchase at the recent Hobby Lobby sale. These were in the candle department, where everything was 40% off that day). A glass plate is on top of my wedding china (Moonspun by Lenox). I'm using the Moonspun dinner plates sort of like a charger, so that I can leave it on the table when I remove the glass plate to serve dessert. The stemware is also Lenox Moonspun. I used nut cups (purchased at a gift store's "going-out-of-business" sale) for salt cellars, and I used my mother’s flatware.


I’m serving dessert in silver champagne goblets. Yes, I said SILVER! After seeing all of the beautiful silver on other blogs, I finally decided I would go unwrap some of mine and see how it looked. (I previously told you that all of my silver has been wrapped up for years, because I hate to would prefer to not polish silver. I took the aluminum foil off of these goblets and put them on the table. I did not polish them. Of course, you will notice that I dimmed the lights for dessert. (I really dimmed the lights in case the goblets needed polishing.) The champagne goblets were wedding gifts.

I thought that bunching up tulle for a table runner would give the idea of snow drifts. I'm afraid it gives the idea of a mess, but after I got all of that stuff on top of it, I was too lazy to take it all off and start over!

full tbl dsrt
Don’t forget the cloche party tomorrow at A Stroll Thru Life, and please come back to visit me for the party, because I will be adding some more cloches for the big party day! Of course, you will find wonderful tablescapes at Between Naps on the Porch today. Thank you so much for coming to see my table FULL of a Winter Ball. laurie