Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tablescape Thursday French/Italian Inspired

My grandson, CJ, turned 10 years old today.  So I wanted to prepare a meal just for him.  The first food item that comes to my mind is.......garlic.  I know that sounds crazy but he wants it on bread, corn, spaghetti, and even waffles among other things.  I guess it could be worse but my daughter has often thought "What must his teachers think when he goes every day to school smelling like garlic".  She is a teacher so I guess that is natural to think about.  Well, the food had to be Italian....spaghetti, green salad, jello, corn, and of course garlic sourdough french bread.

The tablescape started with his favorite food.....bread.  He would always say "Grammy, please make me salt toast".  In the picture above, the bread is fake because his bread has to be sliced and toasted in the oven with ...what else?...garlic. The cutting board is from Pottery Barn and I use it for decoration and for actual use. 

The dome covered cheese plate is the vintage one I purchased at Vintage la Rue that I posted about last month.  This cheese is also fake but looks like Swiss cheese so I included a cheese knife I purchased from Pottery Barn.  It came in a set of four knives with different cheeses inscribed on the handle.  I couldn't get a good picture of the inscription  but you can see it at

 The yellow bamboo placemats were purchased at Ross Dress for Less.  I chose the stoneware because it has a French window scene in different colors and the chargers or dinner plates are in yellow, green, pink, and blue.  The mugs are large enough to serve for cold drinks as well as hot.  I love using the set because it is so versatile.  I recently purchased the French black chateau flatware online at     I just checked and they still have it for sale under Provence Kitchen.

 I hope to post his birthday cake on Foodie Friday.

Happy 10th Birthday CJ, Grammy loves you lots!