Let's Dish Challenge!

I'm joining Cuisine Kathleen's Let's Dish Challenge! This month's challenge is Destination.
The Destination I chose is English Countryside. I'm using my Cottage dishes by Thomas Kinkade, these dinner plates were a steal at $3.99 at Marshall's a few years ago:
And the salad plates only $2.99:

These thatch-roof cottages remind me of some you see on an English countryside.

Which is your favorite scene? I'm partial to this one since we have a large painting of it:
They do make a pretty tablescape!

For the centerpiece I used a tea pot and tea cup as I'm sure you find these inside each of the thatch-roof cottages!
The tins of English teas are on the tray.

Left to right: London Tea, Harrod's Special Blend Tea, and English Afternoon Tea.

The white rose is in honor of Princess Diana:

And, of course, English Ivy entwines the tray!

Cream colored napkins and cream handled flatware is used with the spring green tablecloth.

I placed a crystal water goblet along with a small brandy sniffer, because we are likely to be offered a brandy or sherry with a meal at an English table.
I know this because we have a British neighbor who invited us to afternoon tea and she offered us sherry before the tea!

Here's a place for you!

Which tea would you choose?

I hope you enjoyed my English Countryside tablescape!

Back in September 2009 I did another tablescape using this china with a burgundy tablecloth and a different centerpiece. If you would like to see this tablescape, along with most of our Thomas Kinkade wall paintings, click here.

Thanks, Cuisine Kathleen, and to all the ladies who hosts the parties so we can play with our dishes!

I'm also linking to Susan's Tablescape Thursday and Alma's Seasonal Sunday's. Click on their names for looks more inspiration.

English Countryside tablescape

Thanks for visiting!



Anonymous said...

This is lovely. Do you know if these dishes are still made? I would love some!

Kathleen said...

What pretty dishes, I love the cottage scenes. The tea service is perfect for a centerpiece!

Thanks for taking us to England and linking to Let's Dish!

Sarah said...

Thatched roof cottages and English tea ~ wonderful. Thanks for taking us to the English countryside.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

The plates are some of the most beautiful I have seen. I enjoyed the trip to England!

kitty said...

What beautiful plates, Katherine! I think I'd have the Harrod's special blend tea. I do have to tell you that my two youngest sons are artists and one of them painted me a "Thomas Kinkade" painting from a calendar print that I loved. He even put a "K" on the front door. I should take a picture of the painting and send it to you. It's pretty amazing, if I must say.

Gina said...

This is such a pretty table! Your Kinkade dishes are really lovely. I love seeing all the cottages.

Marlis said...

Not sure which tea I'd choose. Your plates are just wonderful pieces. I love the edgings around the beautiful cottages. Thanks for taking us to Merry Old England for a brief soujourn.. loved my visit. xo marlis

A Cottage in the Clouds said...

What lovely dishes! Those are a real treasure.
Thank you for the trip to England... and the tea. Delightful!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Beautiful dishes and I love the green color on them. England and tea is perfect! I would choose the afternoon tea! Hugs, Linda

Creations By Cindy said...

Katherine, this is so lovely. I love your dishes! So good to see you! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Debbie said...

I've always thought that the most perfect place to visit in the whole world would be a picturesque cottage in the English countryside. It all has a Thomas Hardy feeling to it. It's just a natural fit to have Kincaid painting on the dishware.

I really love this whole table and would LOVE to sit at it and sip some tea.

Aledia said...

Those dishes are just beautiful and I love my place setting...Thank You for the invitation!!

Hope your having a great day!
Aledia @ Plum Perfect

xinex said...

These are beautiful, Katherine. how lucky of you to find them at that price. I bought some for my DIL and when I tried to get some for me, I could't find them at a reasonable price...Christine


Gorgeous English dishes and such a price, wow! I'm coveting those dishes and your English destination table is gorgeous! I'm late at Let's Dish caz I had no internet 3 days!

Alycia Nichols said...

What a great find! You will be able to enjoy those beautiful dishes for years and years to come! Their classic good looks will never go out of style! I would not mind packing my bags and hopping a flight to join you in the English countryside. What elegant fun that would be!!!

Cathy said...

What a lovely table, I think you were very fortunate to find those dishes. Thank you for a lovely invite to a English setting.

Cathy <;)

Cottage and Broome said...

Pretty plates, don't you love Marshall and TJ Maxx for dishes! Laura

Tricia said...

Those dishes really ARE pretty -- looks like all your commenters agree! The green border is so unusual -- love it! Thank you for your kind comments on my table this week!

Judy Bigg said...

Great plates, I have never seen them before and with a pretty centerpiece.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I adore Thomas Kinkaide items and these dishes are to die for! may I ask when you bought them? Was it recently?
I will be running to Marshall's today to see if there are any left...