Each country has their own interpretation of how a table should be set. The placement of utensils for example is different in the US, the UK and France. I found this little guide of how utensils should be set properly when you have a fancy diner in France. As you will see its a lot of utensils for one plate setting! Now imagine doing this for 6 to 8 guests!
The circles at the top of the main platter represent glasses. One is for water, one for champagne, one for red wine and one for white wine. There should be 4 different knives and forks (appetizer, fish, main course and dessert). It seems like a grand affair. I love eating in French restaurants and at some of my French friends but the meal usually lasts 3 to 4 hours...
At the moment my kitchen is being renovated. I last heard that my granite counter would only be installed at the end of May. My dining room looks like a bomb fell in it. We have stored everything on the table and floor. Once the counter and backsplash are installed then the whole house gets painted. I'm not sure when I will have access to my own china but in the meantime I have to use my imagination (with the help of internet) to post today. I hope you dont mind that I'm posting various pictures but I wanted to participate so that I could get to meet you in the meantime.
This is the set I have now; its by Mikasa. I liked white many years ago, but I now feel I could use more color on my table:
This a set I have my eye on. Its made by Gien a designer in France. Beautiful but oh so expensive.....
Also, I have been interested in a blue dishware made in Poland. I have seen it at T.J.Maxx and Homegoods and have been really tempted in buying a few pieces. The design is intricate and not one piece is really identical. Its made by hand, I believe!
I have been collecting this Portmeirion (fruit collection) set for ages and now I hear its discontinued. I added it to my white set for a splash of color:
To end my post I would like to share a painting done by Henri Matisse in 1897 entitled La Désserte. It confirms my opinion that a beautiful table setting is always inspiring.
If you would like to join Tablescape Thursday and see more beautiful tables please click here. It is "hostessed" by the very talented Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.