The Christmas tree is put away, the comfortable chairs are back in the window, and there’s a fresh coating of snow outside. It seems like the perfect day to take a visit to Germany in the Winter’s Blue Tablescape.
I’ve talked about my next door neighbor and her dishes many times. The tableware and decor items that I selected (and salvaged from destruction) from her estate sales have been sources of inspiration for tablescapes, including Paperwhites in a Punch Bowl, Family Reunion Gifts Bring a Sunflower Tablescape, and most recently, Downton Abbey Tablescape for the Servantless Home Decorator. Her house remodel is almost finished by the flippers and it is up for sale; hopefully we will soon have a lovely family living in Oksana’s home and bringing life back to it after almost six years. Today I’m honoring her once again with a tablescape inspired by her set of Hutschenreuther collectors’ plates, each with a different scene from a German village.
Starting with the sheer organza snowflake table runner that was a gift from my niece and her husband many years ago, I built the setting for Oksana’s wintery collectors’ plates.
The dazzling blue placemats provide a blast of bold color and a little shine against the oak table. Remember when I talked about the Pantone colors of the year?
I snapped up the antique white wooden chargers when they went on sale at Pier One. They were still more than I wanted to pay, but are a classic addition to my gold and pewter chargers. P.S. They are still on sale at Pier One, and I went back yesterday and bought four more. Everyone needs a solid white charger, and I really like how the Frenchy scrollwork fits in with the snowflake theme.
The Noritake Stanwyck takes on the wintry colors of the setting, and the chameleon-like blue in the flowers blends perfectly with the poinsettia napkins that I made one year as centerpiece starters for our church Christmas suppers. My little Hummel Hansel and Gretel (marked W. Germany) adds a little whimsy to the scene. Topping the stack are the Hutschenreuther collectors’ plates showing wintry scenes. I don’t know if these are food safe — can anyone confirm this?
Because this table is set for just the two of us, I added a beer glass for Music Man’s stout or porter, and a wine glass for a nice Riesling for me.
I saw the silver hydrangea blossoms in the sale bin at Pier One and created a blue and white grouping for the centerpiece. I have several blue and white tea sets and they always add some style and color to the table.
I grew up seeing the Japanese porcelain coffee set on my mom’s special shelf in the kitchen. I don’t remember ever using it, but I’m feeling that some hot chocolate would just hit the spot on this wintry day. Check out this site for some interesting information on hot chocolate from different countries.
After all the cozy home posts over the last couple of weeks, I decided to freshen up my wing chairs in the front window. They are in desperate need of neutral updating as they still have 80s-tastic mauve and blue upholstery, so I decided to cover them with white coverlets and add blue pillows. Please don’t judge — I’m not quite ready to spend the re-upholstery dollars just yet. We’ll sink comfortably into those chairs tonight when we eat our dinner in front of the window and watch the world go by.
- Snowflake Sheer Organza Table Runner: similar here
- Blue Placemat: Dollar Tree
- Carved White Wooden Charger: Pier One Imports
- Noritake Stanwyck Dinner Plate: Replacements
- Hutschenreuther Alzeyer Schloss collector plate: ebay
- Hutschenreuther Eltzer HofEltville am Rheim collector plate: Antiques Navigator
- Pilsner Beer glasses: Libbey (similar here)
- Blue poinsettia napkin: similar fabric here
- Japan Hand Painted Antique Coffee/Chocolate Set; (similar here)
- Indigo Paisley Decorative Pillow: Tuesday Morning (similar here)
I’m linking up today with the creative bloggers at The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict, History and Home Link Party at We Call It Junkin’, Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch, and Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House. Be sure to stop by and say, “Hello!”
Got my bags, got my reservations,
Spent each dime I could afford.
Like a child in wild anticipation,
I long to hear that, “All aboard!”
Music and lyrics by Bud Green, Les Brown and Ben Homer (1944)