Wednesday, May 4, 2011


I've been thinking about a dinner to make for my wonderful Brit...something new for him.  So I decided to make macaroni and cheese.  He's never had it before but he LOVES cheese.  I am going to try to make a lighter version.   Then I thought I'd make some oven baked pork chops.  I love almost any vegetable, but peas are the only green things on his VERY short vegetable list.   So peas it is.  This is the table I'm planning for dinner.
Here's the table for our first foray into mac and cheese, light style.  Oh dear, red AGAIN????
Believe it or not...these are the same flowers I used
 for Easter... with a little tweaking... 
I love these white dishes...I thought they'd could be used as plates OR platters (and who can't use more platters!). 
Won't this be perfect for the planned menu?
The edge on these plates is so's what caught my eye in the store
 I am going to make the mac and cheese in this cute ramekin.  They come with lids and are oven-safe
 This little server will be great for of my husband's favorites!
This is the side view of the square dish...
...which matches the little ramkin
Close up of the silverplate flatware
If he ends up liking the mac and may become a staple at our house.  Wish me luck!

Now for the dish on the dishes:
  • Those white platters/plates were a find at TJMaxx...I should have bought more!!
  • The ramekins and square dish are Temp-tations "Old World" in cranberry.  I have several pieces and it is WONDERFUL to use (got them on QVC)
  • Red placemats from TJM
  • Damask napkins from ebay
  • Silverplate flatware was my mother's
  • Glasses are Waterford's Marquis line
  • The flowers are in a Paul Revere silverplate that shape
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Love to hear from you!!!



  1. Hi Tess,

    Did you watch the royal wedding? I did -- wasn't it great? The Brits know how to pull out all the stops for a ceremonial occasion. Your table looks so pretty. I love the Revere bowl; I'm just now starting to really appreciate silver. Your little ramekins and server are so cute, and I hope your mac 'n cheese is a big hit with your hubby! We definitely like it at our house.


  2. By the way Tess, I'm your newest follower.:) Have a great weekend!

  3. Love love love those covered bowls and ramekins! Your table is so pretty. You will have to let us know how the mac and cheese went over!

  4. Those ramekins are the use of small platters being used as plates. Beautiful table, Tess. You have never made your hubby mac and cheese, that is a mainstay in our house!

  5. Hi Tess,

    Thanks for your kind comments and for becoming a follower on my blog! I will be getting some of the goodies out of the china cabinet eventually. I'm glad you are a fan of "Summer Solstice". You won't believe this, but the last few years, I have re-read it every December because it's such a cozy, holiday book with a really nice story.

    I'm with you on the princess's hats. What a hoot!! You'd think there would be a milliner out there who would have told Beatrice "I don't think this is the look you need". Seriously? My husband said it looked like Mickey Mouse ears (and it really did from the back); but the funniest was my sister who said she looked like a Who from Whoville in "How the Grinch stole Christmas". I laughed for two days!

    Take care,

    Denise at Forest Manor

  6. Hello Tess,
    Lovely ramekins! I am sure the macaroni and cheese will look amazing in them! Beautiful setting - how thoughtful you are!

  7. Lovely table! I like how you have used the platter as a dinner plate. It really gives the ramekin room and still leaves an area for the other items on the menu.
    I am a big fan of Temptations myself and have the little square servers, in green. I don't have the little ramekins and think this might be a glaring hole in my collection that needs to be fixed!
    PS - Mac and cheese is one of my favorites!

  8. Tess,

    Love to find fellow tea party lovers, and chinaista. Your blog is filled with lovely patterns. My son is concerned that I'm "hoarding" china, not just "collecting." So I am going to tell him you are with me on this passion. Thanks for visiting my blog. It is always fun to read the comments. ~CJ