Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Charcuterie Boards Fit for Westeros

Are you a fan of Game of Thrones? I hadn't paid attention to it for the first few years, then got caught up in it when I was laid up with a broken ankle and went into general TV binge watching! I think the story and characters are engrossing, with multiple twists and turns in the plot lines. I have not read the books, so each episode is new and surprising. And I love, love the music!

As we waited for the season premiere, G and I decided to set up charcuterie boards fit for any Westeros table! For the theme, we looked no further than dragons.

There's a tiny cast silver dragon on the board above, shared with a selection of pancetta, salami and prosciutto. His mate can be found on another board.

We set up our Westeros charcuterie on our new island, luxuriating in the amount of space we have compared to our previous two-level island. I used another of G's dragons from his collection for a focal point in front of a candelabra. You may remember the dragon on an earlier table.

Irish cheddar is paired with a soft cheese wrapped in more prosciutto. I've presented the food on several artisan-made boards purchased at various craft shows.

To bring color to the spread, I partnered soft blue napkins with Bordallo Pinheiro plates that G surprised me with as we waited in an antique mall for the storms to pass over Sunday.

Smoked Wisconsin cheddar, Spanish Manchego and chunky French bread. I seem to be drawn to chevron-patterned boards!

Cast goblets entwined with dragons definitely say we're in Westeros! They're for wine or possibly hard cider since their bowls are a generous size. G found these many years ago at craft fairs.

Blueberries and strawberries in a silver bowl bring color to the other side.

I love the detail on these! Do you think the Mother of Dragons would approve?

A regal purple decanter delivers sparkle and elegance.

Mixing materials, textures and craftmanship provides a varied sensory experience.

The direwolves know they'll get tidbits, lol!

We had fun arranging a thematic charcuterie spread for ourselves -- G in charge of the food and drink, me handling the styling -- with the look and feel of the lands of A Song of Ice and Fire.

With just minor changes to the accessories, this could work for any theme, TV inspired or not!

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Springing towards Easter Meadows

I don't know about you, but we seem to be bounding, leaping, hopping, gamboling and springing towards Easter! With it coming later this year, you wouldn't think that would be the case!

We have been invited to Easter lunch by my husband's cousin. Since Miss J won't be able to come with us (heavy course load this semester), she requested that we have a small dinner with her favorite foods. That's all it took for me to set a pretty table for us.

I don't know how many times I went to the store for these plates, only to decide I didn't really need them. But the bunnies proved irresistible, and when they went on sale last year, well, I got the salad plates.

There are four designs, each featuring cute, fluffy bunnies, pretty meadow flowers, spring-green grass and butterflies.

The scenes on the plates inspired the other elements on the table. The stiff string place mats, that are totally impractical for protecting the underlying tablecloth, remind me of tall meadow grasses.

The centerpiece is taken from the plates as well, with a bunny settling down in a nest of sorts. Centerpiece lilacs (faux, because this is Georgia where lilacs won't grow) and lavender napkins amplify the purple flowers on the plates and tablecloth. I've probably made quite the faux pas by using a tablecloth that coordinates with the plates, but it was equally charming!

Sparkle is provided by gold flatware that belonged to G's mother and vintage brass napkin rings bought for a song at an antique mall.

Speckled eggs in green Depression glass bowls,

and vintage amethyst water glasses (used here and here) bring color to the table and refract the sunlight prettily.

Daylight savings time and ever longer daylight hours has changed the way tables photograph in what I call the garden room. The room is on the lower level and opens directly onto the patio and garden. The large oak trees that will shade it heavily throughout the summer have not yet leafed out. So I was happy to take advantage of the light!

I added a simple combination of green candlesticks and faux flowers to the sideboard next to the table.

Purples and greens make a wonderful spring pairing.

Bunnies from the meadows (seen previously in Bunnies and Blossoms) signify spring has arrived.

Happy Easter!

Table resources
Salad plates | Williams Sonoma 'Floral Meadow'
Water glasses | Fostoria 'Classic'
Bunny | Fitz & Floyd 'Woodland Spring'
Dinner plates | Royal Doulton 'Alice'
Napkins | Lenox 'French Perle'
Napkin rings | Baldwin Brass

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French Country Cottage
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Metamorphosis Monday   
A Stroll thru Life
Celebrate Your Story
Make It Pretty
Keep in Touch   
Tuesdays at Home 
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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Spring Tablescape with Azaleas and Birds

With sunlight streaming into the house I wanted to set a spring tablescape that would mirror the view outside our windows -- azaleas bursting in bloom...

Thursday, March 28, 2019

A Simple Vignette - My First on the New Island

Well, I couldn't contain my excitement any longer! After 18 long weeks of renovation chaos, we have a finished kitchen! Well, almost...there's still a relatively small punch list of things for the contractors to do. But it's a working kitchen that I can't wait to share with you!