Sunday, December 13, 2015

Winter Wonderland Tablescape

I've set the sunroom for a winter wonderland luncheon, suitable for the holidays or any winter's day, really. Most of the inspiration found on this tablescape is a compilation of past vintage treasures.
Panoply's Winter Wonderland Tablescape, December 2015
Simple in styling, the table is set for four, using a vintage, white matelasse tablecloth as the base, and layering across with a vintage wool, tartan plaid runner, recently sourced. Napkins are vintage damask, and are shaped into a tree fold. I pulled from purse ephemera for place cards, using old picture postcards of women and children in their winter finery. I set each place card upon a fork, repurposed as easel.
Picture Place Cards, Forks as Easels
The place setting itself is also layered, starting with red chargers from Michael's (new). Next, I used vintage white Mikasa 'Magnolia' dinner plate, cup and saucer. Finally, a newer vintage, Ridgway (England) 'Windsor' in a black transferware with florals and birds is used as a salad plate. The water glasses are vintage, crackled and dimpled Blenko, and the ruby red juice glasses are also vintage, Anchor Hocking's 'Georgian'.
Red Charger, Mikasa 'Magnolia' Dinner Plate, Ridgway 'Windsor' Black Transferware Salad Plate
Silver details on the tablescape are also vintage, a mix of both silverplate (flatware and water pitcher) and sterling (creamer, sugar, tongs, marmalade jar details, and tea strainers).
Sterling and Silverplate Utensils
The tea service rests upon a vintage Fenton "Silver Crest' cake platter, and features a hand-painted teapot. A recent purchase from fellow blogger, Celestina Marie, the teapot comes from her Etsy shop (psst, she's running a 20% off sale through December 20th, 2015!).
Tea Service on Fenton 'Silver Crest' Cake Platter
I really love this teapot for several reasons. The hand-painted composition is, overall, beautiful, I love birds, the cardinal is our state bird, and the black and white check pattern on the teapot resembles the MacKenzie-Childs 'Courtly Check' pattern, which I dearly love. 
Teapot from Celestina Marie Design (Etsy)
This tablescape, once completed, gave me the feeling of a winter wonderland. There are birds on the transferware plates, teapot, and claw of the sugar tong. There are floral themes on the plates, flatware, and teapot. There's an overall wintry feel from the table textiles, from the snow white matelasse to the warm woolen tartan runner to the tree shape of the napkins. While the silver utensils and Blenko glasses lend an icy feel, the attire of the subjects in the picture place cards and the teapot, and the fiery reds in the chargers and juice glasses, certainly are all signs of warmth. Together, it all felt very much like what one might (and I have) encountered on a walk in winter - a wonderland.
Panoply's Winter Wonderland Tablescape, Alternate View
Do you like to walk in a winter wonderland or do you prefer to sit by a cozy fire with a warm drink? Or, do you like both? Or, is your idea of a walk in a winter wonderland more like being barefoot, somewhere with white, powdery sand??

Video tutorial for folding napkins into Christmas trees is found here (clicking launches YouTube).
As always, your visits, comments, and readership are very much appreciated!
Rita C. at Panoply
A special thanks to Jann Olson at Share Your Cup #178 for featuring this post!)

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