Thursday, August 12, 2010

I CAN Do Neutrals Too!

If you've spent any time at all here on The Little Round Table,
you know I thrive on lots and lots of COLOR!!  But, I can do neutrals too!

I'm joining Cindy's Show and Tell Friday over at My Romantic Home
Foodie Friday with Michael Lee over at Designs By Gollum
and a new favorite

So here is my take on how to work with Fiesta and other neutrals.
It took lots of effort on my part to keep it neutral and not bring
in just a drop of bright colors!

The base is a vintage tablecloth from Leacock Prints, topped with
Made In China white chargers and Post 86 Fiesta in Ivory, Chocolate and Pearl Grey.
The crystal is Vera Wang's "Infinity", flatware is vintage Dansk with rosewood handles,
napkins came from Crate and Barrels in the 80s, napkin rings from Pier 1 this past
winter, and the covered onion soup bowls are from Wisteria.

And this is NOT the finished product, just the beginning of some really easy and
very tasty onion rings!  I've posted my favorite onion soup recipe here before and
this is just another way to use these great bowls.  Dipping sauces can be served 
in small berry bowls at each place setting.

Cut the largest diameter onion you can handle into VERY THIN slices.
Separate the individual rings.
I use ver HOT Crisco shortening to fry the rings.
I like these very thin and done in batches until quite crispy.
Allow excess batter to drip off before putting in the oil.
I put them in by the small handful so that they come out looking
like a small bird's nest and then place in the onion soup bowls.
If they are cut too thick, they won't cook properly and the batter will be gummy.

You can read more about this vintage tablecloth on my blog:

Thanks for stopping by to visit, I really do appreciate it!


  1. WOW!!!! I am usually not big on neutrals but this is stunning! I am so inspired by your tablescapes that tonight, for the first time in a long, long time, I set the table. Now if dh doesn't get held up at work, we will sit down to a nice dinner.

  2. WOW is right! I do love neutrals, and this table is perfection! The cloth alone is fabulous, but the layers of china on top of it, this table really makes a statement. The individual covered onion soup bowls are unusual. Love this post! ~ Sarah

  3. Even your neutrals are colorful! Beautiful setting. :) Nancy

  4. This is beautiful! I love your table. The tablecloth is really gorgeous. Can I ask about the chairs. They are new? They really caught my eye tonight. Did you buy them that color or did you paint them? They look wonderful.

  5. I love this tablescape! Those soup bowls are the best I've seen! Great job!


  6. Very pretty, I looove your tablecloth and everything else is just perfect with it! I want to add that I think your white lacey chargers are to die for beautiful, I'd love to find some! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

  7. What a beautiful and elegant table. I love all of the layers and I love the neutral colors. The tablecloth is amazing.

  8. I love neutrals and this tablescape is neutrals to perfection. The tablecloth is exquisite. ~~Sherry~~

  9. Another amazing tablescape. It's incredible about how even your neutrals pop and sparkle. Those onion bowls are fascinating, and give a royal finish to a gorgeous design.

  10. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! I'm so excited that you participated this week! Love this soooo much! Those covered onion soup bowls are DIVINE! You have me keeping me fingers crossed as I type that they'll still have them at Wisteria! :) Thanks again for the link back and the participation - I hope you come back every Friday! :)

  11. Oh my, this table is stunning. I love the tiny little casseroles. They are so pretty. Your placesettings and the tablecloth are just beautiful. Wow. You do set the most fabulous tables. Hugs, Marty

  12. The tablecloth colors/design are just lovely. And your dinnerware layering is so pretty, as are those scrumptious covered casserole dishes. Just a beautiful table.

  13. That is the boldest, neutral setting ever! Wow, eyecatching! It just it!

  14. Just love this and white is always my the onion soup crocks and the milk glass chargers! well done

  15. this is absolutely stunning! so elegant. that tablecloth is wonderful.

  16. Fiestaware gone elegant...leave it to you! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  17. What a regal looking table!! Just love it and YUM to homemade onion rings :)


  18. Just gorgeous! I love it all, but most especially those crown soup tureens! Thank you for the shot of beauty in my day, and for sharing your recipe! I will definitely be putting it to use.
    Happy weekend to you!
    xo Isa

  19. Lovely :-) I am hosting a jewelry giveaway on my blog. Would love for you to visit.

  20. What a beautiful place setting! I am just in love with all of the neutral colors...and those soup bowls are fabulous!


  21. What a beautiful table! And the onion rings look yummy...Anita

  22. Oh how I LOOOVE that tablecloth! Gorgeous!! The napkin rings are beautiful and the setting is just wonderful!!! I am going to read about that tablecloth now!!! Have a great weekend! XO, Pinky

  23. So beautiful. So different than your normal tablescapes. Really neat, full of inspiration.

    - The Tablescaper

  24. It's good to exercise the other parts of your brain...the neutrals section! ;)

  25. Thank you all for your very generous comments!

    I am not kidding when I say that it was tough not to just drop a bit of green or blue or yellow into this tablescape! But, I managed without it and I too think it turned out to be very appealing. :-)

    Sherry -
    There was a post called "Earrings On A Pig" that began the whole Gray Paint period ....

    And then the chairs fell victim to more Gray Paint in this post - "Earrings On A Pig Part Deux"

    Debbie - those chargers came from

    LOL Daphne - That section of my brain rarely comes into play and I think it must be very very small.

    EntertainingWomen - There's another post from last Fall that takes Fiesta to a whole other place:

    Again, I thank you all for coming by to visit!


  26. What a lovely, inviting table! the soup bowls/covers are so cool!

    have a lovely Sunday!


  27. I am thrilled to have just found you through Color Outside the Lines. Your table is GORGEOUS! I will be back to visit again and again. Thank you

  28. Thanks Kit and Carol! Do make sure you enter the 1st Anniversary Giveaway!


  29. I had no doubt. Your are amazing. Gorgeous!!

  30. Morning Monica!

    Oh, but it was so very hard not to drop just one piece of brightness into the mix! LOL



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