Monday, January 21, 2013

Winter Table

This week's theme for Cuisine Kathleen's Let's Dish party is "Snow - Ice - Winter," and I wanted to play along.  However, snow and ice are rarities here in central Texas, and the day I set this table the temperature hit 73 degrees!  Nevertheless, winter brought to mind bare branches, absence of color, and shiny, reflective surfaces, so I tried to include those elements.

I began with an ecru tablecloth, layered with twig placemats.
I chose to use my Lenox Windsong, with its pale pattern and platinum trim, along with my Lenox Moonspun crystal and silver goblets, all of which were wedding gifts (now 40 years ago -- I'm vintage!).
 I'm using the cream soups in the placesetting, as winter menus at our house often feature soup.
Mercury glass, crystal, and silver add shine and reflection to the table.
I added my favorite napkin ring bud vases with a sprig of rosemary from the garden for a bit of nature.  
For the centerpiece, some (faux) pussy willow branches "planted" in coffee beans, add a bit more nature to the table.

Since the days are short in winter, the table needed plenty of candlelight.  I used mercury glass vases for larger votive candles and little "jeweled" tea light holders, a gift from one of my sisters, for each placesetting. 
The view toward the entryway:
The full table:
I like the juxtaposition of the twigs with the silver and china, but I miss the color that flowers add!  Oh, well -- spring will soon be here! 

Here's a candlelight view:

Thank you for visiting my table this week!

25 comments:

  1. Such a lovely table Tricia. The dishes are so pretty. The natural elements really make the table earthy and serene.

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  2. Tricia, it is lovely. I set my winter theme table when it was cold and grey. Now it's sunny and 70s. Wonder if our winter is now behind us. LOL
    Love all the natural elements of your table.

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  3. This table is so beautiful! I love the simple colors - so calm and lovely. You have a gift!

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  4. Beautiful! I just love those napkin rings! One day fresh pansies and rosemary the next! Too fun!
    Karen

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  5. You did a wonderful job on this theme, considering it was warm, sunny and nothing like snow or ice around to inspire you. I like the candle holders and pussy willows but especially the cute little soup bowls in the setting. The twig place mats are a really nice juxtaposition to the china, glass and silver, too. You rock, as always!

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  6. So "icy, cool"....Love how the mercury glass looks so beautiful with your china. And those placemats! Love them. This is a beautiful setting on a lovely room.

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  7. How pretty! Love the idea of the pussy willows...Christine

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  8. Hi Tricia, I am loving your header! When I saw those pussy willows I thought you were lucky to be in a nice warm place, but they are really nice faux! Much better than the real ones that drop the fur balls everywhere. Your table is so elegant. It reminds me of a classy NYC restaurant, especially that candlelit photo! Linda

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  9. Hi Tricia, love your new header. I love the colors on your table, the candlelit shots are wonderful. hugs ~lynne ~

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  10. Wow, your table truly is enchanting. I love the pussy willow!

    xo,
    RJ

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  11. Tricia, this is so pretty. The pussy willow is perfect for this table. Love the shape of your pretty cream soup bowls, and of course, I always love seeing "our" Moonspun stems. laurie

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  12. Really elegant and icy -- which probably is a welcome thing in Texas!

    Love the pussy willow branches, and I need to find some.

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  13. Oh dear Tricia, I love those twig place mats, fabulous! You know, our dishes are quite similar, with dainty little flowers too, very pretty china for a winter's tablescape. Lovely! Thank you sweet lady, I love your visits. Big hugs,
    FABBY

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  14. Oh how pretty. Love your willow branches. I'm with you....not a big fan of winter weather and longing for an early spring.....bring on the flowers!

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  15. This is such a pretty table, Tricia -- you did a great job! Your Lenox dishes are so pretty; I especially love the cream soup bowls. But those Moonspun crystal goblets are my very favorite; the etching and silver trim are just gorgeous!! Your mercury glass votive holders look very elegant, and the twiggy placemats add the perfect touch. :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Denise

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  16. Thank you to stop by.Your table gives a wintery look.love your crystal goblets.the pale blue flower print on the plates are just beautiful.lovely collection....:):)

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  17. Visiting from Let's Dish. Love your table, your china and crystal is so beautiful. I have been wanting to get some of those lighted branches, can't seem to find them in stores. xo

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  18. I love the simplicity of your lovely table. I haven't seen pussy willows in years, they are a sure sign of spring!

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  19. I have looked at those placemats or ones similar several times, and seeing them on your table shows me how good they work. I'm thinking the next time I see some, they will be mine.

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  20. A beautiful, very sophisticated take on a winterscape. I've become very fond of all things mercury glass, too. You used yours to great effect. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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  21. Just popping in to see your beautiful table again, hugs ~lynne ~

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  22. Tricia - love this table. I have wanted to buy some Windsong for many years. I have Solitaire and have always thought that Windsong would be great pattern to mix and match. Beautiful silver goblets, too!

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  23. Such a pretty table setting -- especially as enveloped by the rich colour of your dining room! (and thank you for visiting, and commenting at, my blog)








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  24. Thank you for your very kind comment on my blog this morning. I'm glad that your mother saved your tea set. I understand that mine has been saved too, but I have yet to unearth it. You've created a lovely table here. I love the colors of Mardi Gras!

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  25. This is beautiful! I just love those creamed soup cups!
    Thanks so much for joining in at Let's Dish!

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