Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pasta Dinner (chef inspired)

Inspiration comes from many different sources, and for me, just leafing through a magazine can sometimes spark my imagination.  On a recent snowy day, I was looking through an older issue of a cooking magazine, and saw a chubby little chef figurine in one of the layouts.  Oh, I remembered that Mr. B. had given one to me several years ago that was similar.  I loved it because he gave it to me for no particular reason, just thinking that I would enjoy it. 

This tablescape is for Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch by Susan.  This event is one of my favorites.  Be sure to click on her logo on the right hand side of the page and visit all the gorgeous tablescapes that are being presented.

My tablescape for tonight's pasta meal will feature "the gift" and honor it a bit.  Here is the "gift" and the inspiration for my tablescape.  It is the chubby chef standing and holding a platter of bread.

The chef is nothing special as to "who made it", or "being a collector item".....it just caught my husband's eye and he purchased it for me.

The dishes I have chosen to use are my Blue Danube by Lipper....... mine
 are the older ones.   I have always loved this pattern and truly hate that it has been discontinued!  That reminds me to be more careful while using them and storing away.  The salad plate is from a set of four, each with a different chef design, and made by BIA Condon Bleu.  I found the salad plates at Tuesday Morning.

The red tulips were recycled from my Valentine floral centerpiece used at my party last evening.

  The individual spreaders match the salad plates.  I thought I could use the spreaders as individual butter knives.  The stainless flatware is Golden Corsica by Wallace. 

The two figural glasses were made in Western Germany.   The gold rim is 24k gold. Each glass hold 6 ounces.  The figural stem is a Hummel figurine made by Goebel and the glass is made by Boeckling in Germany. I have a set of six and have always loved using them.  Even though my are old, they are still made today.

The container matches the salad plates and spreaders.  It is actually a utensil holder but I think it is a cute bread stick bucket.

The plates are held by a red charger with beaded edge from the discount store.  Not everything on your table must be costly.  Have fun and experiment with some of your favorite things.  I never save anything but try to enjoy and really use my "treasures" that are special to me.  It is not the cost value that makes an item a "treasure".....you heart deems it to be one.

Dinner is almost ready to be served.  Mr. Piggy is looking like he has it all under control this evening.

The napkins are from Ross and the napkin rings are Blue Danube that match the dishes.

  Bon Appetit, Mr. B !

Thank you for stopping by and visitng my blog.  It is always fun to see what others are doing on their tablescapes, and I appreciate each visitor.  Please, leave a comment if you have a moment to do so.  You are always welcome here!


Ainsley said...

Would love to share on The Lemon Leaf Face Book page. Very creative!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Phyllis,
Don't think I have ever visited you before, but think your tablescape is really cute. Like the blue plates with your adorable lil chef plates,
very cute! Also liked your lil chef carrying the bread, so cute!
I got red tulips for Valentines day too, I just love tulips, don't you???
Well, you have a lovely day tomorrow.
Blessings, Nellie

Debbie said...

I really like that place setting with all the blue and white. Actually, the whole table looks great, and the little pig and chefs make it fun to boot.

Kathleen said...

I love your chef, so cute! Those plates are adorable, and the monk glass brought a smile to my face!
So nice to meet you! Hope you will join in my St. Pat's Party on 3/15, lots of fun!
Great table and delicious food!

Marlis said...

Oh I love your Blue Danube.. It's so lovely and the old set is very much more detailed. I'm sure if you needed to replace a piece Replacements or ebay will come to the rescue. I love the red with it. and your German glasses are great. I have the big monk but have never seen the glasses myself. Love the chef!!

Kathy Eickholt said...


Love the blue and white place settings. The chefs give it that fun and cute look.

Donnie said...

What a fun tablescape especially for an Italian meal. Looks like you really like little chefs. Loved your post.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I love your little chef theme. I, too, have the full set of those Hummel wine glasses. They add a lot to a table, I think.

xinex said...

Oh Phyliis, I am in love with your figural stems, so unusual and so pretty. Your tablescape is very pretty, your chefs are very cute.....Christine

Lana said...

Ooooh...wonderful setting! Lovely color/photo of the flowers, too! So vivid!
I also truly loved the story of your parents that Susan featured!!! Mine just celebrated 50 years and it filled me with such joy that I can't imagine how joyful with your parents fantastically long union! What a blessing!
Please feel free to come visit in Italy--I'm a Southerner and always open my door. We can teach the kids together!!!

Entertaining Women said...

I've noticed that we blue and white lovers tend to use our favorite colors almost as a block certain weeks during Tablescape Thursday. Wonder if it has anything to do with the full moon. LOL. I so love the Blue Danube. Maybe I'll figure out a way to justify, er...rationalize, having some one day. In the mean time, I'll thoroughly enjoy yours. I also adore that you hubby bought you the chef just because he thought that you'd like it...way cool! Your tablescape is wonderful...the pop of red makes it 'dance.' I wonder if you could modify it to celebrate Abe and George's birthdays? Thank you for sharing your charming design and for stopping by my post. You know, it really could be tatting. I'm no expert at either skill...crochet was probably just a default term that came to mind. Come visit any time. Cherry Kay

Liz@http://infusewithliz.blogspot.com/ said...

I love this pattern, I think my other in law has it. It's classic. I love the ruby glasses and the red chargers pull it together nicely! Love the pig too...I want one of those some day.

Diann said...

This is such a fun table! I love all the accessories and I really love that you added the red into the mix! Just perfect. And those figural goblets are fantastic!!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Cute, cute, cute!! Very original, I've never seen this theme before!

I enjoyed browsing through your blog!


Martha said...

A pretty table and a great dinner! Of course, I love anything blue and white!!!! Love the chef theme -- that is so cute!

Marigene said...

Phyllis, the spaghetti is making my mouth water! Beautiful table...I love the blue and white, especially with the red charger plates. The little round chef is adorable...my motto is to never trust a skinny chef!