Winter Memory

Thank you to everyone who left a comment or birthday wish in response to last week’s Tablescape Thursday tribute to Renaissance Man. (Click here if you don’t know who that is.) Your thoughtful kindnesses truly blessed us both!

Many of us have snow at our houses this week — some of you for the first time in a very long time! Are you enjoying it from inside–where it’s warm–like I am?
Hopefully this poem and tablescape will help you keep the memory of its beauty alive a little longer.


A Winter Memory

by Joan Adams Burchell

 Fresh-fallen snow, untouched by man, tops bushes fence and tree;

Click any picture to enlarge.



The strong, gusty wind, whirling it ’round, improves and enriches its beauty.

It sauntered down in the silence of night, leaving a scenic delight;

Now, in the sun, it dances and winks as we drink in the wondrous sight.


This is a picture-post-card scene – winter at its best;

 It leaves a mark etched in our heart of when winter was our guest.


The details:
China – Franciscan “Platina”
Crystal – Mikasa “Helena”
Crystal w/ platinum band – maker unknown – auction
Flatware – Oneida “Michelangelo”
Silver chargers – Big Lots
Ribbed glass chargers – auction
Silver overlay plates and sherbets – auction
Silverplate pierced trivet (below hurricane) – auction
Ribbed silver napkin rings – auction
Linen napkins – both sets from auctions
“Ice” trees – Michaels several years ago
Beaded snowflake ornaments – handmade by me several years ago

If you missed it earlier this week, click HERE for a tutorial showing how to create this winter magic using faux snow.



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  1. I saw your comment on Susan’s about the china you got at auction. Beautiful! We don’t have auctions around here, I see so many of you bloggers get such beautiful things!
    Your table is gorgeous. Love every detail!

  2. Susan, your tablescape is absolutely stunning! I loved every inch. That shot of the glimmery plates and charger was incredible, and I love the pearl-handled forks with the beautiful ferules. Just lovely! Thank you for sharing this and for your tutorial on snow. This makes me want to do a winter tablescape. Instead I did a fall one that I didn’t have a chance to post.

    Happy Tablescape Thursday…


    Sheila 🙂

  3. Oh my goodness, I must have scrolled through this five times. I love it, and my favorite part of all is the centerpiece with those icy trees.

    It’s all just stunning!

  4. Gorgeous!!! It’s Just Gorgeous!!! Every detail… I LOVE auctions… We have a few local ones that are incredible…LOVE your dishes…I LOVE winter for the total contrast of the seasons… We are totally buried in snow here!!!
    Warm Winter Hugs to you,

  5. Your table is so magical looking.Just beautiful…

  6. So absolutely gorgeous! Very inspirational. I love the glow of the candle

  7. Wow! What an incredible table! I am amazed at all the details. I love how you were able to photograph it with different effects. Great job!

  8. Gorgeous tablescape, fabulous photos and terrific poem! Love, Love, Love the frosty wintery look you’ve created and captured with your pics! I went to your faux snow tutorial and have learned lots! Thanks!


  9. surly a winter wonderland. enjoyed it very much

  10. surly a winter wonderland. enjoyed it very much

  11. Oh what a beautiful and icy table you have created. The snow is so wonderful. Love the icey trees and the metal lamps and your handmade lamps. Just love it and I love the snowy weather. Joni

  12. A majestic tablescape…the crystal plates and goblets particularly captured my attention…everything is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your beautiful design. Cherry Kay

  13. After spending our third day snowed in, with, it appears, one more to go, I thought I was OVER snow until I saw your post! What a lovely table. Your vintage pieces add so much to the table. You’ve assembled a beautiful array of treats.
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  14. Your table is gorgeous! Everything sparkles. I was looking in the details to see how you did the snow and was disappointed when there was nothing there. When I saw that you addressed the faux snow in a separate post I was so glad. I think it looks so great. Thanks for sharing it with us. love your blog and am now following.

  15. Your winter tablescape is devine! I love how everything just shimmers like ice! Very well done, it is just stunning!

  16. Wow, this table is spectacular! I love the combination of icy and snowy elements along with the elegant china and crystal. Thanks for including all the details about your “pretties”!

  17. What a lovely table and I also had to look at it longer than most. Gorgeous.

  18. What a positively lovely and elegant table. So Pretty…………
    Love those lil glass plates that are etched. Definitely perfect for the Winter Season! Great job!!
    Don’t you just love plastic snow. I had a very difficult time finding it this year,
    so a friend gave me 3/4 of a bag she had and I had a lil bit left over from last year, but I used all that on my tree, but missed being able to use it for other things while decorating.
    Blessings for a nice Friday and weekend,

  19. What a beautiful snow storm you’ve created on your tabletop!

  20. What a beautiful winter table. Your dish stackings are stunning. Every element of your table is perfection in it’s thought and composition. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Susan,
    Thank you for stopping by and welcoming me back so warmly. Thank you too for encouraging me to go ahead and post late!

    I’m still trying to catch up and have a lot more to look at on your blog, but I had to say, I love this table. Even though I’m not a winter person anymore, this one makes me want to set a winter table, which I was avoiding. But I just might!

    You’ve created a scene that totally makes it feel like real ice and snow! Beautiful!


  22. What a gorgeous post! I get shivers just looking at it! I’d love to have you join Seasonal Sundays sometime.

    – The Tablescaper

  23. Susan, I just read your guest post on BNOTP and just salivated at your auction house! Don’t I wish, but then I would just be spending more and more and more!

    I am sooo envious of the silver overlaid plates. I was looking at some Arte Italica Vetro Silver plates on Horchow and the prices were astronomical. Yours reminded me of those on my wish list!

  24. I’m following over from Vee’s Notecard Party. This is a very beautiful table and perfect for a winter night. Everything is so pretty and elegant. Pamela

  25. Yowza, woman….you have GOT to put this one in Cuisine Kathleen’s Now & Ice Winter Challenge next week!!!!!! This is the epitome of the challenge right here!!! What a beautiful display of such carefully chosen elements! I love those icy trees!!!!!!! The crystal you chose works perfectly with the icy setting, and the dishes were just MADE for this tablescape!!! Very inspired and inspiring!!!!!!