Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Cajun Meal and Italian Dessert in a Filipino Kitchen in America

Before I show you my tablescape for today, I just want to show you the centerpiece that I created at my shop's tablescape. I told you about the angel that I saw from the other vendor's booth that I bought it for $5. Then, I brought some holly berry cuttings from the yard and placed them in various vases. I cannot really light candles there since I am hardly there so I used battery operated tea light candles.
There were 3 shoppers browsing around when I left.

Happy December!

It's Tablescape Thursday again and this fun meme is hosted by Susan at

It is also Vintage Thingy time over at

Be sure you check out their posts and their participants' and you will be in for a good treat.

This was my tablescape last week when my stepdaughter and her hubby came for a visit. Since they are from out of town, I decided to prepare some cajun dishes and I tried to set the table as Southern as possible. But what exactly is southern style, I really do not know. You be the judge.

I picked some pansies and some snap dragons from my hanging planters in the back porch and placed them in 3 little glass vases.

I just set the kitchen table. It makes it a lot easier for me cause it is closer to where I am cooking. I used a tablecloth with a soft crinkle material. I love these type of tablecloths cause they do not need to be pressed. I bought it at a bargain from Burlington Coat Factory, dug it out of a clearance bin and it was only $3.99. It would have looked better layered on top of a longer solid one but I did not have time to be more fancy. Remember I had back to back company and I have been cooking and cleaning a lot.

I love these napkins. I think I got them from Ebay. These napkin rings are my favorite. They are porcelain and they are Meissens and I also found them on Ebay.
The white organza placemats were from Horchow. I think they go very well with the napkins.

I bought this white chippy candelabra from a vintage shop in Vicksburg. Do you see the other one on the distant table in the breakfast nook? I was just going to buy one but John said I should get both in case I want to use 2 in the long dining room table for one of my tablescapes. He is adapting fast, isn't he? LOL!

Don't you just love the convoluted arms? I thought it makes it unusual and graceful.

The plates are vintage Bavarian Tirschenreuth dishes in Rosedale pattern. And you got it! I got them from Ebay too! Unfortuntely the cover for the tureen came broken but I am still able to use it without the lid. The seller sent me a cover but it was too small, I think it is for a vegetable server which I do not have. I guess I have to go on a dish hunt.

I used pink wine glasses and clear crystal goblets for drinks.

I really love the shape of the arms.

Look! They named a wine after me!

Simple menu: Shrimp Jambalaya, Chicken stuffed crawfish (you should know by now that I like serving this when we have company) and crawfish etouffee. I did not even make a salad. In fact, John was looking for one when he saw the salad plates. I told him they were just for show. Doesn't he know that by now? And I thought he learned pretty fast! LOL!

For dessert, we had Italian creme cake and Coconut macaroon crunch ice cream. Yummy! You ought to try this ice cream flavor if you can find it, it is so good!

They enjoyed the dinner very much. I did too! Thank you for stopping by and thanks to our hostesses for hosting these fun memes. I hope to be able to visit y'all in a few days.


Debbie said...

I was all set to tell you that my favorite part was the white candelstick(s) with those convoluted arms, and then you put that food on the table, and I lost my train of thought...

Just kinda kidding though it DOES look delicious. I think the whole table is great. I'm like you in that I don't know what constitutes a southern table (and I'm from GA). I just know that it is pretty! Hope you had a wonderful time with family.

Terra said...

You bet they enjoyed the dinner very much, so much great food and lovely table settings; your photos draw me right in. I like the flowers in the center of your table.

Debbie said...

Oh my mouth is watering...the dessert the Jambalya...all so good looking. I love your centerpiece on both tables!

Anonymous said...

Happy December Christine!

I like both your tablescapes and that food, oh my!

mississippi artist said...

Oh my gosh cajun food is my favorite and I am definetly going to look for that ice cream! Of course I will have to hide it as Bobby can't have any!The dishes are lovely, so southern looking.

Blondie's Journal said...

I love the centerpiece you made for your shop, the berries look so festive. And the table you set for your family is gorgeous! I LOVE the tablecloth and the china goes so well with it. Your menu sounds delicious...I will have to look for that ice cream. Love the candelabras, too! it is amazing to know that you still have flowers blooming, it is 27 degrees here!! Brrrrr...


Angela said...

I just love your shop so much. I love how you have it set up so beautiful. A dream of mine one day...Everything looked so beautiful on your table. I really liked those rose glasses,,just beautiful. The plates are SOOOOOOOOO pretty. Your such an awesome bargain hunter and getting such beautiful quality....I always thought I was the diva,,but girl, you definitely are the diva bargain hunter...You inspire me....the meal looks so wonderful...I'm SO ready for that piece of cake thank you very

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I don't know how you find the time and energy to do what you do!! :D Pretty table setting, wonderful food (but not the crawfish - sorry). Well, just a bite - maybe yours' taste better than what I have had in the past. :D
I hope your guests appreciate all you do for them.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

You got me thinking of what a "Southern table" would have on it. I think your placemats fit that description. I guess I think first of Magnolia leaves when I think Southern style (of course what do I know, I live in Illinois)!

The food looks so good and I love the flowers from your yard...unexpected and just at touch of added color.

Mage said...

The candle stick was elegant! I love flower printed wares too there lovely for this season wherein flower seldom bloom in the garden. Those cute flowers looks good in their cute vases. Season greetings!

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Dredd said...

Dinner with family members are the best! I love your table cloth (wish i can find one too). I am impressed that you can still find time to take pictures when there are guest coz in may case, I got too stressed.

all the best/Dredd

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, beautiful tablescapes. Love the table setting in your shop. How is that going? I am really considering doing a booth next year, but not sure.

Traci said...

Very pretty as usual! The food looks delish!! I LOVE shrimp!!

Marlis said...

Christine, your table is lovely. I love the one in the shop with the angel.. how cute is that. And the one in the kitchen is perfect. I love how you arranged the centerpiece to allow for the dishes. What a great lazy susan! I bet you have a good pancit recipe too..

Johanna said...

Hello Christine,
your tablescapes are always great. Love the cheerful one with the angel in the shop. I guess your customers loved it, too.
And your table for the family fantastic. I love this tablecloth, the material reminds me to tussah silk. The printed flowers are so nice with the pink crytal stemware. And this china ist charming. Very very nice table and delicious food.
Greetings, Johanna

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Hi Te Xine,

I can smell the palatable dishes you'd cooked for this dinner.

I spotted the gorgeous cake stand & the cloché. I guess I have exactly but it's just smaller. Am drooling...

So many beautiful treasures. Love them all...

Ingat lagi and hope everybody enjoys.


Dolores said...

Your dishes, tablescape and meal looks absolutely fantastic!!! Love the beautiful rose plates!!

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Beautiful tablescape and I love your new white candelabra! (or plural, I should say!) And your food looks yummy. :)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Beautiful table setting and the food looks yummy.
I also like your little shop, it must be so much fun!

Tammy said...

Beautiful table! Love the candebra and the linens are very pretty! Thanks for the inspiration...

Jan said... the part that the salad plates were just for show! Your table is amazing and the menu sounds so good!

Kathleen said...

Well, being a New "Yawker", I have no idea about Southern style, but it sure looks lovely. DH like Yellow Tail Shiraz. No clue about wine, I don't drink at all!

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