Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Winter Buffet~French Style




I haven't done a tablescape since the holidays. But it seems like the table hasn't been cleared off since then. Having house guests last weekend pulled me out of my post holiday stupor, and pushed me the rest of the way to action.






Not that there's much action involved in a family style buffet done in the classic, simple, French tradition. And that's the beauty of it.





A cozy matelasse cover underneath sets the tone. Elegant, yet unfussy. I love a thick table cover that reduces the clatter of the tableware. (That's just my holiday hangover speaking, I guess--haha) Children on scene keep the decibels high enough.






This super casual supper is served in a big tureen with a platter for a cover in place of the one missing. I could even have put the crescent rolls that the little girls made on top.












An old wooden spoon for a ladle lends a French farmhouse mood as it lays on a thick vintage towel standing ready for drips or spills. I think being ready for anything adds to the romance. But that's just me.










A French pewter jam pot transcends centuries.










Hefty vintage ironstone mugs are hard to turn over accidentally. Bowls are Williams-Sonoma.





Family style meals need big spoons and large linen napkins. 








Supper is ready quicker than you can say "hot buttered rolls with jam"! . . .





























































Are things back to normal for you now too?
 I'm probably the last one.
Stay cozy!

Jacqueline




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56 comments:

lvroftiques said...

Oh how beautiful and serene in white! I love that you used a platter for a missing tureen lid...What a great idea! And yes the croissants would stay nice and warm. I've passed up many a beautiful tureen because of a lost lid....I'll certainly look at it differently from now on *winks* Vanna

Dianne said...

Lovely as usual. That's not just any platter standing in as a tureen lid, that's a beautiful work of art! Dianne

June said...

I am in love with the all white tablescape Jacqueline! Every thing about it is elegant. I also LOVE your beautiful wood kitchen pieces. Gorgeous!
hugs...

jeanetteann said...

That look is to die for. I am in love with your table cover too. All just so beautiful.
xx jeanetteann

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

I agree, that wooden spoon is Lovely with the hook at the end. Beautiful white table you've set. I agree, romantic as well!

Rebecca said...

I just posted about breaking a small tureen's lid! I NEVER thought I'd find a solution so quickly! I'm off to my cupboard to see what "fits"!

Thank you!

Olive Cooper said...

Using the platter is just genius. You are far too smart. Someone is watching this blog and something is going to happen I just know it. We are back to normal. As normal as we get anyway shuffling from house to house but we love it and are happy.

sissie said...

Your table setting proves that a table can be beautiful as well as functional. I just love all the white stoneware and the linens. So pretty.

hugs
Sissie

Entertaining Women said...

Well...the public areas are back to normal, but the back rooms are still piled high with goodies waiting to be organized for the next year. I'm always a sucker for matelasse, and I love your remedy for the missing tureen lid. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

d e l i g h t said...

Everything is just so beautiful! You have some wonderful collections.

Tina said...

So beautiful! I have started collecting white dishes/iron stone lately. You certainly have some beautiful pieces!

elizabeth said...

My favorite things are: that you left your lovely old furniture pieces unpainted wood against the white walls, instead of painting them like everyone else in blogland does, that wooden ladle (LOVE it!), and the little pewter pot.

Pamela Gordon said...

I love the mattlasse table cover. And I see that beautiful English sideboard in the background too. It looks lovely. I hope you can breathe a sigh of relief from entertaining for a bit. Hugs, Pamela

Cozy Little House said...

That first pic just charmed me! Cozy, endearing, pretty spot that is so relaxing to gaze at.
Brenda

Bliss said...

The matelasse for me is the frosting. I just love the look it gives the whole setting.

~Bliss~

Vintage Gal said...

Jacqueline ~ what beautiful pictures. This is just lovely. I would love to have some stew out of that tureen. The whole room oozes french country cozy ;-)

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacquline,
Was it soup, stew or beans for your buffet with guests? Whatever was on the menu, the tablescape says, "Welcome"! I adore the linen napkins and the wooden ladel!Lovely, French post!
Fondly,
Pat

Cindy F. Adkins said...

This is so pretty. I just started collecting white pitchers! Your tablecloth is gorgeous!
Hugs, Cindy

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Still in a stupor here with my dining table full of this and that. Your white always looks so serene.

Cindy said...

I love, love your coffee cups and, well all of it for goodness sake... i collect coffee cups like that, the perfect size and weight and all creamy white. your buffet is so gorgeous with the contrast of the beautiful wood and the white... girl, you can rock a photo!

Cindy

Mark Norkaitis said...

You have a very nice blog! Im happy I got the chance to look!

Mark @ room363

Deb said...

It's all so beautiful. I love the white platter and that jam pot is just adorable. I'd love to find one of those. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

RobinfromCA said...

Wonderful post! I adore all of your white table linens. So much texture and beauty. Love it!

Robin

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Jacqueline,
So nice to meet you here in blogland, this is my first visit and I enjoyed it so much. So many beautiful images. Love your french white look,
and your french hutch looks lovely,
as well as your table vignettes.
Thanks for sharing them all.
Blessings, Nellie

Kim, USA said...

You have pretty dishes and linens. Awesome tablescape.

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Sylvia said...

It evokes a feeling of coziness, warmth, HOME ...Simple and captivating. I love all the whites, and the linens, and the charming pot (which looks a lot like my grandma's beauty).Your cupboard is stunning! I am so behind in visiting blogs so now I am going to read all of your post that I have'n read yet ...what a pleasure ...

Susy said...

Divine. I think I love your outlook on life as much as all of your beautiful treasures.

Riitta Sinikka said...

Hi! I love, I love,I love ALL your things!! Have a very happy day! Greetings Riitta Sinikka.

Cat-arzyna said...

I have dropped in to you and fell in love with your style, your photos, your home and your blog!

Debby S. said...

Simple, elegant...SWOON!!!!!

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Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Beautiful and so elegant in a simple way. LOVE it!

Becky

Tricia said...

Your lovely photos are marvelous eye candy! I enjoyed all the wonderful textures you've included.

Marlis said...

I love using all white for buffets. It's always interesting because of all the different pieces that are pulled in.. You certainly create beautiful tables that jump to life! Are the spoons WMF sterling by chance? xo marlis

Pamela said...

Your dining room is gorgeous and love love your linens!!! The colours are so calming in this room ...truly beautiful!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

an absolutely beautiful and inviting table scape! i would SO love to sit down at your table one day! sigh...

Carolyn said...

Love your diningroom,linens and china! You always amaze me with your inspirational posts.

Carolyn

The Elegant Chateau said...

You have such a beautiful blog and just as beautiful a home, I think I could pack up my bags and live at your house for ever and ever! Diane

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

OH my heart is beating just a little faster...what a lovely group of photos...hats off to you!!! x0

chateau chic said...

Love all the white ironstone and french dishes with the warm woods in your furniture. Lovely group of photos.
Mary Alice

Town and Country Gals said...

Jacqueline,
so simple but oh so elegant! What could be better then white on white! Very clever to use the platter for a lid, love it!
Rebecca

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Absolutely beautiful!
... love the simplicity :)

Greetings from Australia♥

Tricia said...

Everything looks beautiful! I love all your neutrals :)

Fixing My Thoughts said...

Your cupboard, tablescape, and photos are all beautiful, Jacqueline! I am learning a lot from studying your photo technique, although whether that will come through on my blog is another matter. :o) Bess

Ironstone and Pine said...

love what you did with the bedspread, looks beautiful!!

Ruth Sagrario Macotela said...

You have such pretty things around you, the bedspread idea is great!
I'm your new follower :)

Marigene said...

Beautiful, just beautiful.
Do you have any idea of the maker/pattern of the creamy white plate you are using as a lid for the tureen? I have the same plates and would love to know anything about them.

Anne said...

I love white.But I really love white with wood.I think the combination is stunning.And add a little lace to that just adds more charm and softness.

summersoul said...

Jacqueline,

I love the simplicity of it. Happy to have found your blog.

MC

Alycia Nichols said...

I can't keep my eyes off that little pewter jam pot! He's so little, but he really caught my eye!! This is a beautiful way to serve a meal. Buffet style doesn't have to mean "herd 'em in and let 'em have at it!". It can mean fabulousity...like this!!! :-) I hope all is well in your world, Jacqueline! Have a good weekend!

Deidre said...

Hi there! Im just so in love with your pieces and with your whole blog! Im following you please stop over and chat with me and follow me too:)) Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

Janae said...

Wow your home is so gorgeous!!

Honey at 2805 said...

Your post are always so glorious, Jacqueline!

Thank you for sharing this fabulous post to Potpourri Friday!

special 'k' said...

I am always so inspired everytime I visit. Thank you so much for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Sherry said...

The shot of that hutch looks like a fairytale cottage! Just love it! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Linda said...

I think it has all been said, so I'll just say, "Can I sit at your table?!"

Hugs,
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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