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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Bienvenidos a nuestra casa

Welcome and thanks for stopping by. It's raining outside, but in here we are going to be dining on some delicious south of the border delicacies. In honor of your visit, I've used our favorite Talavera pottery dishes; Guatamalen woven runner, place mats and napkins; and our Mexican sugar mold.

It's still early, but do come on in.

Have a nice glass of iced tea, or could this be a cold adult beverage?

Normally we would have live ivy or other trailing plants interspersed with the tea lights, but the streets were flooded this morning and driving required oars. So we'll make do with a bit of faux ivy. I usually go to the nursery and pick up some seedlings (or plants in very tiny 1" square pots), remove them from the pots and place them inside a clear baggy and then place them in on of the cylindrical openings. Then after dinner, I'd love for you to take the plant with you as a remembrance of a great evening.

What is this pattern you ask? It's created by the craftsmen and each piece is an individual pattern. No two will be exactly alike.

The tortilla warmer is awaiting the tortillas and will be placed in the oven just long enough to warm them through.

How did I do this? Oh not so hard. Find yourself a salt cellar and cut a paper the width of the diameter of the cellar. Hold it vertically in the center of the cellar. Pour salt on one side, pepper on the other. Remove the paper. Tap the cellar on the table a few times - lightly. Serve with a salt spoon.

You like our glasses too! Hand blown in France, we brought them home from Santa Fe several years ago.

It's a bright colorful table for sure.

From where did we get the brassware? It was a gift from my mother about 30 years ago. Made in Thailand with rosewood handles.

Watch the opening for a clue as to whether it's salt or pepper. Pepper has 3 openings and salt only has one.

Another intriguing pattern.

Although the openings in the antique are cylindrical, you can insert clear votive holders into the openings and then you can use tea light candles.

The backs of old silver are as interesting as the fronts, don't you think?

Bright and casual for a rainy evening inside.

Click here to find out about what you can do with the 'piloncillo" that comes out of the mold.

A glimpse of one of the plates. So you'd like to sit here?

The Guatamalen linens are all cotton, hand woven, color fast and wear extremely well. Purchased in Santa Fe at the Chile Shop.

Come back again sometime soon, we love having you at Casa de Bennett.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I love to hear from you. It makes my day! I've also linked to the lovely Susan's Tablescape Thursday. Click the picture below to feast your eyes!


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Wonderful colors and designs, and the centerpiece is really neat!
Thanks for stopping by, the silly little duck came from Michaels. Have a great night!

Mimi said...

That bright and cheery table would make anyone smile on a rainy day!

Sharlotte said...

I love Talavera! I have a few pieces and I also enjoy using them. Your table looks so bright and cheery, super inviting!
Thanks so much for sharing!
Ms. Sharlotte's...Southern Reflections

LUCKY 7 DESIGN said...

The colors are beautiful...I ordered Talavera tiles from Mexico so I can tile our patio bar. Your plates are wonderful. Nice job!

Melissa Miller said...

Marlis it is vibrant and happy looking! Love it! :)

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

Bright and beautiful! Love those plates!


Anita said...

LOVE your Talavera!!! I have lots of it but not actual plates. Yours are gorgeous!!

Sherry said...

Oh, your table is just awesome! I love that pottery. It is so pretty. I also love that Mexican brown sugar mold. How wonderful it looks down the center of your table. I transformed a cigar mold into a similar centerpiece once.
thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

Love the salt and pepper idea. Will be using that when I serve dinner Friday night for our GNO sewing time.

Bunny said...

So festive and fun...love it all!

Maria said...

Great trick with the salt and pepper! Your dishes are beautiful!

Johanna said...

das ist ein wunderbarer Tisch. Diese Talavera-Keramik ist so farbenfroh, dass ich beim Anschauen sofort die mexikanische Musik in den Ohren habe. Natürlich würde ich gerne an diesem Platz sitzen, es ist der schönste Teller von allen. Und die Tischläufer passen in den Farben wunderbar dazu. Es ist alles so schön gedeckt und passt wunderbar zusammen.
Vielen Dank auch für deinen Besuch und den netten Kommentar.
Schöne Grüße, Johanna

Mary said...

Lovely table~ wonderful plates! Love your sugar mold :-)

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Marlis, what a gorgeous, colorful table! You have inspired me to pull out the Guatemalan linens a friend brought me after doing fieldwork there back in the late 70s. And I have been lusting after a sugar mold like yours! I know you have fun putting different things into it for your tablescapes! Thanks for leaving a comment on my table this week. We are getting your rain here in central Texas today!

Kathy said...

This is a very festive, world-wide tablesetting! Love the colors and the candles! My eyes widened when you said you had so much rain. We could use it here! Hot and dry!
Hope your day is great today,
I also hope you have opportunity to stop by my two giveaways!

craftyles said...

Your table is so colorful and festive. I love the plates-very unique and also the table runner. Such pretty colors!

Carrie said...

Beautiful dishes and linens.

xinex said...

Muy Bien! I love the Spanish old workd look, very pretty dishes and other table accessories!...Christine

emptynester3 said...

Love the plates and all the color! Clever salt and pepper idea@ Thanks for visiting! Love, ~Nana~

Barbara said...

This looks like home to me. I love talavera! The hard part is deciding which piece to buy. It is always so lovely. Great idea with the salt and pepper!

Kat said...

A beautiful casa and TST! love it. Have a great day!

Pinky said...

GORGEOUS table! Love how colorful it is, so inviting! Love the S and P idea too! XO, PInky

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a delightful tablescape! Love it! The colors are wonderful! Fabulous pottery, glassware, and brassware! I really enjoyed seeing all this! Wonderful!


Boogieboard Cottage said...

Your table is so pretty, I love your dishes! Mary

Deanna said...

Tablescaping is such fun and I enjoy seeing the tables!

Really like what you have done especially the salt and pepper! Neat-o.

Thank you for visiting my tablescape and leaving such a nice comment.

May you have a great week-end and God Bless,
d from homehaven

Anonymous said...

With all the colors in Talavera pottery there is so much you can do to create a fun, delightful table. Yours is certainly an example. Rainy in Houston, too.

Sweetladyelaine said...

Your table is wonderful! I love your plates..so happy on a rainy day!

Sarah said...

Another one I missed earlier. Love the Talavera, the beautiful Guatemalan textiles, and that long sugar mold. I've longed for one of those molds, but never have picked one up. Need to alter that! ;-)
~ Sarah


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