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Monday, January 17, 2011

Chicken Soup Tablescape

Like so many homes right how we have been hit with the cold and flu season.  You would think living in this cold weather that no germ would be able to survive but they do.  Today's tablescape is one of survival, starting with hot tea and chicken soup and ending with chocolate.  It doesn't seem to matter how bad a cold is there is always room for chocolate, there isn't a better remedy for any medical malay in my book .

I've collected these blue and white chicken soup bowls for several years.  The first one I found was when I was traveling south on the Longest Yard Sale.  It was a few years and several  chicken soup bowls later before I realized that they were made for FTD to be used as get well flower containers.




I set this vignette up on the bed in a guest room that is decorated in white, blue and yellow.  The old wicker tray is something I've had for many years, I believe I picked it up at the Allegan Antique market one summer when I had a booth there selling antiques with my friend Chris.


This is without a doubt the best chicken soup I've ever tasted.  I'm sure most of you follow Yvonne over at Stone Gable, this is a recipe she posted from her family.  I have struggled for years to find a recipe for chicken soup that didn't taste and look like dish water.  I'm certainly not the first person to give Yvonne a shout out over this soup but please if you haven't made a big pot of this give it a try soon.  Nani's Chicken Soup from Stone Gable.


The little blue tea pot lamp was a bargain from TJ's, I think I paid $5.  The cut cotton napkin was $.99 from Salvation Army, I picked up eight of them.

The dinner plate is Spode's Blue Room Collection, Rural Scenes, I have six and they came from Goodwill.  The most dear piece is the sterling silver soup spoon that was gifted to me along with several others by my good friend Sheila. The white bone china salad plate stacked next is Bella Lux again from TJ's.  The little blue and white under plate stacked next is Johnson Brother's Coaching Scenes.

The tea mug is Queen's Kitchen Blue Pig and the little square plate is from several I purchased at the Crate and Barrel outlet in Chicago.

Join Marty and a host of talented tablescapers at Tablescape Tuesday 

44 comments:

Sarah said...

What a delightful setting! The chicken soup bowls are really cute. Wish we had a pair for the chicken noodle soup we are having for dinner here. ~ Sarah
PS
Need some of that chocolate too! LOL

tales from an oc cottage said...

Tea and toffee...who could want more??!!

m ^..^

sheila from life @ #17 said...

love me some Blue & White :) and a B & W pig cup! now that is exciting stuff :)

SmilingSally said...

That would sure help me to get to feeling better!

Happy Blue Monday, Char.

Rene said...

Blue & white china is my favorite. Looks perfect to me.

-Rene

Designs on 47th Street said...

Char, what a heartwarming setting. I have really grown to love blue dishes and I am not normally a "blue person". I LOVE IT! It's especially lovely with the white. I am trying not to be GREEN over that wicker bed tray. I would love to find one at a bargain price! :) Thanks for the soup recipe. Somehow I missed this and my chicken soup also taste like dish water. (We must have the same recipe!

Lovely post, Ma'am.

Donna

Donnie said...

What a heartwarming setting. That would sure make me feel better.

Rettabug said...

I HAVE THAT SAME CHICKEN SOUP BOWL!!! You're right, it DID come with some get well flowers in it. LOL How fun that you've found several over the years.

I am totally in love with the little blue tea pot lamp!!! I've coveted my DD's one that is made from a silver teapot for years. I would have snatched that up in a heartbeat, had I seen one like it.

Sorry to hear you've been sick. I know exactly what you're dealing with & it is NOT fun.
Get well quick!

Mary said...

Your lovely blue & white tray with your lamp & bowl of soup is a perfect recipe for cold sufferers! How appropriate the bowls were originally part of a get well flower arrangement :-)

Paula said...

I would never have guessed that your soup bowl started its life as a floral container.

Thanks for the soup recipe recommendation. I'd like to have a bowl right now!

Sue said...

All of these patterns look so good mixed with each other, Char. Love that little lamp, too! I will definitely be on the look-out for more blue once the sales start up in the spring. Thanks so much for your visit! ~ Sue

ShannonPinNOLA said...

Man, I know who I'm going to visit the next time I have the flu! I feel better already.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh this is just stunning. Love all of the blue and white and the little lamp on the tray is just perfect. Your soup looks fantastic. Now I sure wish that tray was for me. Love it. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Cathy said...

Yummy! I'm loving the b&w too.

Debra@Common Ground said...

Well, this just looks so cozy, comfy, and of course yummy!! I'll have to check out this delish looking recipe. Chicken soup and chocolate, sounds like a great combo to me!!
xo,
Debra

Sherry said...

Oh, so so cute! My favorite pattern is coaching scenes. That soup looks fantastic!
Sherry

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I am so sorry you got hit with this flu bug. I am just now recovering after two and a half weeks. I have tried several of Yvonne's recipes and they all have been delicious. You know I am such a fan of blue and white so of course I love your setting. The tray is also wonderful. Feel better!
Hugs,
Sherry

Kathleen said...

I love those bowls! And the soup looks delicious too! Very pretty setting.
Love the chalkboard too! :)

Jacqueline said...

Gorgeous tray and bowls. Could you bring one up in 5 minutes? I am reading blogs in my bed and this would really make it even better.

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. I love your delighful setting with your bowl of Chicken soup ~~~You have a Beautiful Blog. Thanks so much for your lovely comments about my Tablescapes. Im your newest follower !!!I hope you have a Great Evening with your family.
Diane

Debbie said...

I don't know how you managed to do it, but you just made being sick in bed a desirable place to be!

I love all your blue and white. I think I might even remember those get well bouquets. I wouldn't have thought it until you said so.

It's all just lovely and comforting. I need to try that soup. I love hearty soup.

Charlotte said...

A thoroughly delightful post. Love those soup bowls and the soup looks and sounds delicious.
Thank you for the nice comments you made on my Pink Saturday post.
Blessings,
Charlotte

A Perfect Setting said...

This just looks so inviting! I love the blue and white, and the toffee--yumm!! That tray is adorable, too. I tried making chicken noodle soup in the crock pot today, but I didn't have noodles so I used macaroni and the past just disintegrated! lol I will check out the recipe at Stone Gable! Thanks!

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Looks so good! If I were sick those dishes with some yummy chicken soup would make me feel so much better upon seeing it! Thanks for stopping by my tablescape and for the nice comment!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Miss Char... this has got to be one of the cutest tablescapes! I love those blue chicken bowls. I love blue and white, and those are PRECIOUS. I believe I might just crawl up into your guest room bed and never leave, particularly with that delicious bowl of soup. Do I get the keep the bowl if I promise to eat all of my soup???

Happy Tablescape Thursday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

How CHARMING! I mean it. This little tray is just great, and that soup looks heavenly. Now I want soup!

Marie Arden said...

So cozy and almost makes me wish I could catch a cold and have the soup! Nothing as comforting as chicken soup.
This was my first time TT participating and it is fun.
Marie Arden Pink Living

Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan said...

Oh what a wonderful setting. Absolutely delightful and it gently whispers comfort. I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. Wishing you happiness, Katherine

The Tablescaper said...

Would you send that tray my way? Anyone would feel better after having that beautiful tray filled with a warm bowl of soup, served to them in bed!

- The Tablescaper

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

How darling, Char! And how fun to learn that your chicken soup bowls started out as flower containers! Your trayscape looks SO inviting -- you just can't go wrong with blue and white!

Anita said...

You have used all my favorite things right down to the blue and white! Beautiful!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Alycia Nichols said...

GREAT soup bowls! Pretty setting! I have seen several bloggers refer to the Crate & Barrel Outlet and a Pottery Barn Outlet, too. I have GOT to get myself to those places! You find some really great items there!!! Have a great weekend!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Who wouldn't feel better (and pampered) with lovely tray set before them? Soup looks wonderful -- I hope it worked it's charm.

Bella Michelle said...

Gorgeous as usual and so perfect for this cold, cold weather!

Pat said...

I love this. The setting and bed tray are fabulous and the addition of the lamp, wonderful.

On Crooked Creek said...

Char,
Why, yes, chicken soup is good for whatever ills one. . .but I prefer chicken soup even when I'm healthy!
Yours looks delicious. Served on the tray with blue and white certainly adds to it's appeal!Thank you for your sweet comment and visit On Crooked Creek. Hoping you'll stop by again, soon!
Fondly,
Pat

Marlis said...

Loved the cut bowls!!!Your setting is so charming, especially the cute lamp. I think I'm ready for chicken soup! Thanks for dropping in with your kind comments.

Terry said...

Howdy
Oh my what a fabulous post !
Love the chicken soup bowl.
I am so gald you explained about the bowl because I was about to say I have never seen these before :) Will have to keep my eyes open for them now .
Blessings of joy to you .
Until next time
Happy Trails

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Char, I am so intrigued by that Longest Yard Sale! Someday I am going to get there and find some excellent bargains! I hope the chicken soup made you feel better. I agree. Chocolate is a miracle drug. Stay warm. Linda

SavannahGranny said...

Love this tablescape. I could have used this soup since Christmas. Can't seem to get up to par since then. What a cute bowl and to think is was for flowers. What a neat idea. Hugs, Ginger

La said...

Hi Char!

I would love it if someone brought me this lovely tray of delicious TLC.

Have a wonderful week! La

SavannahGranny said...

Hope you got my email. You are the winner of my giveaway. Let me know if you got an email. Hugs, Ginger

Entertaining Women said...

This might have been for survival purposes...but you have done survival with wonderful style...a completely charming trayscape. Thank you for sharing your lovely design and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

Kelly J/Hunters Hill said...

Char, that setting is so charming and inviting. Wow ..... lovely work !