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Monday, December 13, 2010

White And Silver On White



This is the week of Cuisine Kathleen's Christmas/Winter White Event. I was so excited as I hadn't done an all white table before. It was much, much more difficult than I thought...some whites just don't go together at all, they look stark, blinding white, almost gray or have a yellowish cast to them. Please, go visit Cuisine Kathleen to see other beautiful tables...you will not be disappointed.

I will also be joining Kathleen for White Wednesday at Faded Charm, for the first time, and Susan at Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday.

Thank you ladies, for hosting these fun memes. To enlarge any photo, just click on it.

We didn't get snow like in the upper Midwest, but we sure got the wind and freezing temperatures! It was gusting up to 50 mph for most of the past two days. It has finally died down today, we haven't got above the freezing point all day...sure would like a little bit of snow to make it feel warmer.

I started the table with a white damask table cloth and napkins from my stash. I tried layering with just white plates but it was just too stark, so out came the acrylic charger plates I used last week...I didn't care for them, they kind of just blended in with the white of the plates...then I remembered I was going to use the silver trays as charger plates. Oh, what a big difference, so much better!



I layered the plates onto the Oneida silverplated tray starting with Sears Federalist Ironstone, Enoch Wedgwood Hedge Rose, the plate with the pretty raised edging just has a B in a shield stamped on the underside (made in China), and finally the cutest plate with raised pine cones, made by BIA. I found them at TJMaxx a couple months ago.














I don't know the maker or pattern of the "water" glass. I think it may be a parfait glass but am using it for water, tea or lemonade. The wine stems are Towle Leyland.



The centerpiece is some silver glass candlesticks with silver glass tree ornaments, two papier- mâché reindeer, 4 small clear glass votives and the short silverplated candle with very tall candles.





Close up of the reindeer.


White on white is very difficult for me to photograph, so I apologize for the poor quality of the photos. Having a window with white sheers right behind the table doesn't help matters, either.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog...I really appreciate all the comments, that is the only way I can tell who has visited.
I would like to wish you each a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy New Year!

75 comments:

timothygronek said...

OMG! How beautiful is this! You are one talented woman Marigene. I especially like the center display. The silvers and whites are a beautiful combination together. I would love to dine at this fine table.

Anonymous said...

Marigene, I echo Tim's comment-really beautiful. I am partial to silver and the white does compliment it-loved the pinecone edged plates-you always find such neat things!!!

Sue-Phx

Jane said...

Your table looks gorgeous!! It looks so elegant, I love it!
Jane

Anonymous said...

I have always loved silver and white and how nice that you are so talented to put them together like this. Love, Brenda

Anonymous said...

Elegant-Simply beautiful MGP!
Merry Christmas
RC (Toad)

Dishesdone said...

A very beautiful and elegant table, Marigene! Fine dining for sure!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your white table setting is gorgeous! I am afraid to even try truth be told! I love the layers of plates and how they look on the silver tray. Silver and white together..stunning.
Merry Christmas dear friend!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! I LOVE those pine cone plates...gorgeous! And your silvery centerpiece is fabulous! Hope you are having a great week...and staying warm out there in the middle of nowhere! :-)...hugs...Debbie

A Toile Tale said...

Mimi -
How wonderful! I have these pine cone plates, too, but I have only used them in more rustic, informal tablescapes. But, they are so beautiful with the silver. I usually do a silver and white table for New Year's Eve, and I might just try including them. Good choice. Thanks for sharing.
Linda @ A Toile Tale

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

How gorgeous, Marigene! I rarely set a white table but for Kathleen, absolutely ;)

Debbie said...

What a great idea to use the Oneida silverplated tray. At first glance, I thought it was a charger. The pine cone plate is wonderful! This is a gorgeous tablescape Marigene. You are so good at this. Merry Christmas to you!

Marsha said...

I agree with Debbie - you are really good at tablescapes! I especially love how you mix and match different plates and they always look so great together. I love the white & silver combination and I did the same colors on my contribution to Kathleen's party but haven't posted it yet.

Those pine cone plates are really pretty.

Kathleen said...

That looks so pretty, Marigene! I love those pine cone plates, really nice!
I love silver and white together!
Thanks so much for joining the party!
My post is up, but somehow it is below the Nativity one. Have no clue!

Pat said...

Gorgeous all white table. Everything came together beautifully.

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Gorgeous, Marigene! It IS hard to do all white, but you've done it beautifully with this table. I plan to copy your idea of using silver trays as chargers. Silver trays must have been inexpensive back in '71, because we received quite a few as wedding gifts!

bj said...

Such a beautiful table. I love your pine cone plates.

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Marigene...your table is stunning! I love the dishes and the mixing with the silver pieces! So pretty!!

CHRISTmas Blessings!
Gail

Anonymous said...

Oooh! That is very nice. I may have to go re design my table when I get a chance.

Magic

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hi Mimi~ ~
Such a beautiful table. I love the icy look of white and silver too and yours is specially pretty with the blue curtains behind. Wishing you a wonderful Holiday too.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Kathleen Grace said...

Your table is gorgeous! All those pretty plates, love! I found it hard to photograph all white too, but you did a marvelous job showing all the beautiful details:>)

Cindy said...

Very lovely, everything is done to perfection. Really pretty!
Hugs, Cindy

Pam said...

The pinecone plate is awesome. The whole table is gorgeous.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

This is GORGEOUS! I love the plates with the pinecones on them! Sooooo pretty! I don't do tablescapes so I so admire those that have that gift!

Love the silver too!

Lou Cinda

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

How beautiful, Marigene! I love the beautiful textures of your plates and they work wonderfully together. I love the pine cone plate too!

Sue said...

What an elegantly set table! Love the addition of the silver 'charger' to make those pine cone plates just stand out. I never saw those at our local store! Love them. Thank you for your visit earlier! ~ Sue

Pat said...

Hi Mimi,

Another Kansan! Yeah! Love your use of silver tray for charger. Very elegant. The centerpiece is just right, too!

We should shop!

Pat

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is really beautiful and elegant! Those pinecone plates are so neat! Love the silver tray chargers! The white and silver is so pretty, I have white and gold!

Great job!

Katherine

Luncheons at the Junction said...

The centerpiece arrangement is like eye candy. Very pretty.

xinex said...

The table is just magnificent. Love the plate layers and the centerpiece just sparkles..Christine

Rettabug said...

PRETTY!!! Such sparkle & shine....I love it!
Love your new header, too.

I have a dear friend whose last name is "Pine"...she NEEDS those plates!!! I must tell her about them.

How lucky you are to have so many silver trays to use as chargers. They are beautiful & were just the right touch.

Merry Christmas to you & yours,
Rett

Sherrie said...

Oh my gosh. I think this is one of your best tables, although they are all gorgeous and put my tablescapes to shame. I love the silver and white...soo pretty.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

what a gorgeous holiday table setting. happy WW!

Scribbler said...

Gorgeous! Just a lovely composition. The pine cone plates are very unusual.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Breath taking table! Those silver reindeer are gorgeous and perfect for this tablescape. It's amazing how many of us used silver and white on our tablescapes, and yet they all look so different. Your china is so pretty. laurie

Johanna said...

Hello Mimi,
you made a wonderful table. I know, how difficult it is to get nice photos from white and silver. Very difficult for me, too. But the table is just lovely. What gorgeous salad plates with the pine cones, so nice!
Have a very merry Christmas.
Greetings, Johanna

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Such a pretty table! Lovin' the pine cones on the plates and your centerpiece is just beautiful-enjoy:@)

Laura said...

Oh my gosh-
Your tablescape is absolutely stunning.
I hope you have a Christmas season.

Laura
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Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, how festive and pretty! I love those salad plates with the raised design!!! Just gorgeous!

Marlis said...

wow those salad plates are the greatest!!! I love them. Your stack of plates looks wonderful. Love the silver chargers too.

Janie's World said...

Your white table is so pretty. I especially love the top plate with the pinecones. It looks so soft and wintery. I love the silver and white together too.

Jacqueline said...

Your white on whites turned out great. I love the two textured plates and I agree, they look fantastic on the silver chargers. The silver candlesticks and reindeer really add to the magic. It looks great at night too. I love the candlelight photos. Count me in for dinner here!

Shel said...

This is stunning! Wow, I'd love to be a guest here.
Greetings from South Africa.
Shel x

On Crooked Creek said...

Breathtakingly exquisite! I adore the use of silver trays for chargers. The mix of white plates creates a wintery mix. nicely done!
Fondly,
Pat

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your entire tabletop make me feel very merry and bright!

Seasons greetings to you.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

It's just beautiful. And thank you so much for the inspiration. I never thought of using my old silver trays as charger plates. Now I will be on the lookout for more of them at yard sales, etc. Fabulous idea and so elegant! Merry Christmas ~ Lynn @thevintagenest

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love those pretty pinecone plates! This looks so pretty - the white and silver just sparkles.

Maryrose said...

Your table is beautiful. I do love the whites and silvers and your go together beautifully. I am always a sucker for a reindeer or two.
Maryrose :)

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GardenofDaisies said...

Mimi, the pinecone plates on the top are really pretty!!! I love pieces that reflect nature.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Simply lovely. Silver is special to me...but then so is gold. What a beautiful tablescape.

Sherry said...

This is beautiful! Love the elegance this table has. The textures and layers are very eye catching! The mercury glass candle holders are wonderful. You did a very nice job! Like your new header too! Have a very Merry Christmas!
Sherry

The Tablescaper said...

Great table. Love the pine cone plate!

- The Tablescaper

lulumusing said...

You have outdone yourself this time. You met the white challenge beautifully. Happy holidays and thanks for brightening my year.

Barbara said...

What a lovely table! I just love the silver trays as chargers. The textures of the plates are just wonderful. So festive!

Lindy said...

You may not have done it before but you certainly have done it well. Your table setting is beautiful. I love it's simple elegance!

LDH said...

I think you did a wonderful job creating a white theme table! I love it!

Entertaining Women said...

Your white-on-white tablescape is lovely! I am taken with your Wedgwood Hedge Rose...it is a magnificent pattern. The collection of Mercury Glass silver candlestics makes a lovely centerpiece. Great job! Thank you for sharing your charmig design. Cherry Kay

Designs By Pinky said...

What a beautiful table! I ahve never done an all white table either! I don't know if I could pull it off but it is a challenge I might just try! Thanks for the beautiful inspiration!!! XO, Pinky

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Your table and settings are absolutely gorgeous!! I have never realized how wonderful silver and white are together!

Nancy said...

So pretty and elegant! I used to have those same deer. After a couple of moves though, they were ready to retire..to the trash. Seeing yours makes me wish I had mine still! Your table is gorgeous...I love the layers of plates.

Nancy

Abi's Blog said...

Beautiful! And thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Merry Christmas!

Designs on 47th Street said...

Hi! You are way too hard on yourself as this tablescape turned out beautifully! The winter white theme must be very difficult as several others referred to it as being a hard theme. I do truly love your reindeer and white together (and other silver!)

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment on my blog. Do come again. :)

Donna

Betty said...

Wonderful Tablescape. I love the silver and white.
Thank you for visiting My Cozy Corner. I love reading the comments. Everyone in blogland are so wonderful.
xo
Betty

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Cristin @ Simplified Bee said...

Margene,
Your tabletop design is gorgeous! I love the deer and pinecones.

Merry Christmas!

Cristin

podso said...

Such beauty! Each and every photo is beautiful. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Christmas and new year holiday! Thanks for comment on my blog, BTW. It's nice to visit yours.

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

Have a happy Christmas too...it is funny how just a different dish can convey a certain feeling.

Mindy said...

Marigene, thank you for visiting The Howell Blessings, otherwise I would have not found your site sooner! I love the texture on those plates! (Love the blue ones too from previous post!) I hope you have a wonderfully blessed Merry Christmas! Miss Mindy

Sami said...

Very pretty. I love the silver and white - always a favorite of mine!

Laura Wilkerson said...

Ms. Patricia,
This table is so elegant. You've done a beautiful job!
Have a very Merry Christmas!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I'm just getting around to doing my replies, we were gone all weekend!!

Thanks for your comments on my new Nativity!

I have just posted more of my decorations, you are invited to come see!

Katherine

Aledia said...

What a lovely setting! Hi, I am your newest follower and I just want to say Thank You for your recent visit to my blog and for leaving such a sweet comment! I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!

Elisabeth said...

What a beautiful table you set. I love the idea of using silver trays.

Elisabeth @ Treasuring the Moments.net

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Your table setting is so gorgeous. Very stunning and elegant. Merry Christmas.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

flutietootie said...

Stunning. The choices you made are just beautiful. The plates and the centerpiece they all work together in harmony.