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January 25, 2012

Swirling with Mikasa

Monday Jan. 16th I was notified by Mikasa that I had won a sweepstakes of theirs! I had entered a tablescape on their new "The Great Dinner Party" web page.  They did a random drawing and I won 8 place settings of a pattern called Swirl.  There were 5 colors to choose from so I chose 
Swirl Chocolate!
 I chose to mix them with a couple of other dishes so they could be highlighted more.  Their dark color proved to be challenging to take pictures of!
 As you can see they are a very deep chocolate color 
I staged them on a charger that has a woven design.  I used a simple white dinner plate between the first two layers
I added in a small red dish to give a punch 
of color and
 I layered their bowl on top, but it still felt like it needed more color
So I added the small square bowl and rolled a napkin thinking of the shape of an egg roll!  I felt like the unique bowl shape of the Mikasa
Swirl dish felt Asian in design so I decided to work with that theme.
This very oversized hurricane was chosen and I put river rocks in the bottom, set a tall pillar candle in the center and used some miniature sea shell covered balls to accent around it.
The white placemats also have a pearly swirl design on them and my white flatware came into play again!
These glasses are unique in their slightly swirled design and I was lucky that their green color worked well with everything else!
I have to admit I started out with a whole different idea, but once I started rummaging through my linens, dishes and flatware my direction took a new course!
It was fun working with these dishes and I want to thank Mikasa/Lifetime Brands for
their generous gift!
Evening is falling...
 We are having a homemade coleslaw, rice, shredded pork and egg rolls for dinner!
After dinner we're having  
Butter Pecan Ice Cream!
Thank-you for joining me!
Liz

Sources:
Mikasa Swirl Chocolate dishes
White dishes by Palm/Restaurant from Home Goods
Red dishes by 222 Fifth called Belize
Chargers by Chris Madden from JCPenney
Flatware from Horchow/Neiman Marcus called Sophia
Green stemware by Impulse called Roma from 
One King's Lane
Placemats from Pier 1 Imports
I'm joining
Between Naps on the Porch
for
Tablescape Thursday


40 comments:

  1. Your table looks fabulous! Great photos Liz! The napkins ~ their texture really shows up in your photos.

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    1. Thanks Pam- my new camera is definitely an improvement!

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  2. What a lovely table, and congrats on winning the Mikasa dishes! xo

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  3. Turned out beautiful Liz!!! Lucky you to win such a nice set!

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  4. Beautiful dishes Liz. They caught my eye on facebook and I had to come see them. What pretty photos too.

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    1. Thank-you Debbie! I had to jazz them up a bit! My new camera helps a lot!

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  5. congratulations on the win and what an outstanding table!

    - The Tablescaper

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  6. Congratulations on winning the dinnerware! That's pretty neat! You've displayed it beautifully with the greens, reds and whites. Everything is lovely. Love your glassware and napkins, too.

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  7. Congratulations on the win! This table is stunning and your meal sounds delicious.

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    1. Thanks Sandra- The meal was good! I'm glad you liked the table!

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  8. Lucky you! I really love the way you've styled the chocolate brown dishes with red and green accents. Your table looks very sophisticated! Great photography, too -- I enjoyed the "birds' eye" views a lot!

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    1. Thanks Tricia! I am loving my new camera. I'm getting much better results! I felt lucky to find some good accents to work with the brown dishes!

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  9. Congratulations on the win! And thank you for that reminder about that site. I remember when it first went up Yvonne of Stone Gables posted about it. I have to go check it out.
    The dishes are beautiful, what a rich color. Love all the natural elements too, very earthy!
    So glad you visited so I could find you and follow you!
    Have a great weekend!
    I am going to poke around your older posts!

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    1. Thanks Kathleen I appreciate your kind words! I heard about the Mikasa sight through Bill @ Affordable Accoutrements as well as Yvonne- I miss her and Bill (he hasn't posted much lately)!

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    1. Thank-you! The new camera helps a lot! Your photos are always amazing!

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  11. Beautiful post. The dishes were a treat to see and you are a lucky person. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a message. Now I can follow your blog.

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  12. Big time congratulations on your fabulous win!!! The deep chocolate will come in handy for a LOT of occasions! I love the way you brought in the white for contrast and the red for pizzazz. Terrific combination! The touch of green pulled from the red floral dishes is perfect, and I love the way you made that napkin stand at attention!!! At first I thought the placemats were made out of actual crushed shell before I realized they were fabric. They have a wonderful shimmer to them! Oooooohhhhh...I'm so excited for you! Have fun with those dishes!

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    1. You know that describes me perfectly! Contrast and pizzazz oh and modesty! :-) I was pleasantly surprised I had won something!!

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  13. Congratulations on winning the dishes! You set a beautiful table with them. The little bits of red and green really complement the chocolate and white. Love the green glassware, it almost looks like a shade of lime.

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    1. You know those glasses are nearly lime in color. I suppose the yellowishness in the green helps them work with the olives too.

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  14. Congratulations on winning.. Your new china is very cool. Love the color (it was my favorite too). The table is so inviting and the colors make you want to sit and linger. xo marlis

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    1. Thank-you Marlis! Always a pleasure to hear from you!

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  15. Wow, Liz! What a fabulous win!!! I don't even know what the other colors were, but I would have chosen the chocolate, too. What a perfect addition to what you already have. I love the layers, the white placemats, the "eggroll" napkins, the pretty goblets, and your elegant centerpiece! Just beautiful!

    Thanks for checking in with me on Elaine's Wonderful World!

    Elaine

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    1. Thanks Elaine!
      Glad to see you back! I think the chocolate was the best color they offered, but that's only my opinion! :-) Thank-you for your compliments!

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  16. Lucky you! They are wonderful. Such a warm delicious color and I love how you paired it with the vibrant red and green. I love the way you placed the napkin too. You will love these forever!

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    1. These are a good basic for sure! I had to punch up the color a bit! After many attempted pairings the red won!

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  17. Hi Liz, thank you so much for visiting me so that I can find you and your beautiful blog. Your table setting is absolutely gorgeous and I love each and every element in it, from the color theme of pearly white mixed with greens and blacks to your beautiful shell balls and pearl flatware. Beautiful inspiration! Thanks for your sweet thoughts! I'm your newest follower and would love to have you as my friend. Have a great weekend!Hugs~Poppy
    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  18. Thank-you Poppy! I appreciate your comments!
    Cheeers to new friends!

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  19. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Tablescape is Gorgeous with your new dishes Liz!! love the way you have put this all together.
    Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my 2011 Tablescape for Valentine's day. I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend. I'am going to put a new Tablescape on this Sunday for Valentine's hope you come see me.
    XXOO Diane

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    1. Congratulations on winning the drawing. You're going to have so much fun creating tablescapes with your lovely chocolate swirl dinnerware. The amendments that you chose for your table were perfect...quite sophisticated. Thank you for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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  20. You are so lucky you won the dishware. Congrats again Liz....you deserve it! Your tablescape is quite charming.
    You have used wonderful elements and it is so creative. I am sure if you choose to give this set to Chelsea, she will be
    most appreciative.

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    1. Thanks Linda! Yes Chelsea is anticipating my giving them to her!

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  21. Hi lovely lady.
    Congrats again Liz. Your tablescape is Gorgeous with your new dishes.
    Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my Tablescape for Valentine's day. I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend. I'am going to put a new Tablescape on this Sunday Yes!! This one is for Valentine's Day..this one will be Victorian hope you come see me.
    XXOO Diane

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  22. Liz, how fun that you got to 'play' with NEW DISHES!! ♫♫ Lucky-Dog, Lucky-Dog ♫♫ Congratulations on winning some awesome pieces.
    I like what you did to accent them, too. I know you'll get lots of use out of these...they're very versatile.

    Hugs,
    Rett

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  23. Liz, I am trying to go back and catch up on blogs. Love this table and how lucky for you to have won some dishes!!! Love the setting you have created. Hope you had a nice Valentine's. XO, Pinky

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