At the Table: Mikasa Arabella

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 I’m at the table with Arabella,

a casual dinnerware pattern

by Mikasa.

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 Stylized navy tulips and vines mix and rim

the stoneware with a matte glaze border.

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It should come as no great surprise by now that I lean toward a ‘more is more’  philosophy :)

My table this week is simple and ‘less is more’ allowing the dinnerware to be the guest of honor and provide the pattern.

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I’m a fan of using natural or organic materials when possible at the table.  Since it’s soup season, I found myself on the dried bean aisle at the grocery and picked some up to add to a vase with a candle for an easy 5 minute centerpiece.

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The beans provide some color and texture

as well as a secure base for the candle.

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 Textured placemats at the table instead of a tablecloth allow the wood grain to show and provide some contrast and warm color to complement the dinnerware.

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Arabella has been favorite stoneware dinnerware pattern since its introduction in 1986, and is oven, freezer and microwave safe.

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Sherbet dishes are a fun way to present a variety

of desserts~ ice cream, cobblers, or in this case lentils :)

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And 5 inch fruit bowls are versatile for a

servings of fruit, cereal, yogurt or soups.

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You can find all the Mikasa Arabella options here:

http://www.mikasa.com/source?src=MARYMBLOGMKAB201

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 Table Details:

*Dinnerware/ Mikasa Arabella

*Flatware / Mikasa Harmony

Napkins/  Pier 1 (blue) & Target (linen)

Napkin Rings/ Pier 1

Placemats/  Bed, Bath & Beyond

Glass vase/ Target, used here and here

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*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided

free of charge in exchange for

promotional consideration.

Mikasa Arabella

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  21 comments for “At the Table: Mikasa Arabella

  1. February 17, 2014 at 5:23 am

    The placemats were made for that pattern! Now I seem to have a craving for bean soup…:@)

  2. February 17, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Bring on the tulips and spring! I love a dinnerware that goes hot or cold and I don’t have to worry about it. Love the beans, but my kitties would have the beans everyplace except where I’d want them … we’d be chasing beans forever! ;)

  3. February 17, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Good Morning, Mary!
    I love the wood of your table showing with those pretty placemats that just enhance the Mikasa dinnerware. The beans in the hurricane are such a nice, natural touch. xo

  4. Carolyn Ericson
    February 17, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Love the little sherbet bowls and the colors on the Dinnerware.

  5. February 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

    You worked magic with this tablesetting! I adore the added dried beans etc! Blue is so hot right now and I’m thrilled. Wonderful post!

  6. February 17, 2014 at 8:16 am

    This is beautiful, Mary. Arabella is a gorgeous pattern.

  7. February 17, 2014 at 8:23 am

    The Arabella is perfect with the beans and wood table~I love the double napkins and cute cute napkin rings~it’s casual but elegant, beautiful dinnerware!
    Jenna

  8. Poussière d' Argence
    February 17, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Ta vaisselle est très belle, j’aime beaucoup surtout le saucier.
    Les haricots de toutes les couleurs c’est joli en décoration, mais pour les manger j’espère que tu les as fait cuire.
    Autour d’une bougie ça me plait beaucoup et je le ferai surement bientôt.
    Merci pour ce gentil partage.
    Bisous
    Maryse

  9. February 17, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Anything that is microwave, oven and freezer safe is a great buy in my book! And if it looks pretty to boot like this pattern, that’s just icing on the cake!

    Sherbet dishes!!! What a great invention! They just make dessert a more civilized occurrence, don’t they? Amazing how something so simple can carry such an impact. I remember my Mom serving pineapple sherbet for luncheons in them. If I was lucky enough to be allowed to mingle with that afternoon’s guests, I would actually eat with my pinky finger extended when it came to the sherbet!!! :-)

    Very pretty presentation, Mary!

  10. February 17, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I love this pattern…a friend of mine has this pattern and I love it when she sets her table with it for our ladies luncheons….will have to direct her to your post for great inspiration!…So loved that you made your dinnerware “the guest of honor” !! Have a wonderful week Mary!

  11. Martha
    February 17, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Mary, thanks so much for creating such a pretty setting with these dishes. I have had them for years and am always looking for more ways to set them up. Now I have new inspiration! I love all your tablesettings, you are so creative…:)

  12. BamaCarol
    February 17, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I was just thinking of pulling out my blue dinnerware last night and thinking of ways to tablescape them. What a beautiful pattern; where in the world do you store all of your dishes? Seriously, please do a post on storing dishes, napkins, placemats, etc. sometime. I have mine stuffed all over the house and need to find some way to organize them neatly. And I don’t have nearly as many patterns as you do!

    • February 17, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Hi BamaCarol :) I’m in state of organized chaos right now, working on reorganizing! I’ll work on post as soon as I’m done. In the meantime I use several under the bed rubbermaid containers I picked up at Target for extra flatware, placemats and tablecloths. I also use 10-pocket canvas shoe bags that are just the right size to hang in the closet for napkins.

  13. February 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I love that pattern…and the shape of the gravy boat, sugar bowl and creamer! Nice, clean lines. Wish I had room for one more set of dishes!

  14. February 17, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    This is truly a classic pattern! :D Your table is perfect, Mary. I’m loving the textures on it!

  15. February 17, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    This is another beautiful pattern. I am so sorry they closed so many stores. You have made this simple but elegant table shine. It is cozy and relaxing to me. LOVE the blues!!!

  16. February 18, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Love the shapes used in this pattern, and of course the tulip theme. It all looks great with the wood table and those placemats. Great idea to use the beans in with the candle.

  17. February 18, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Beautiful table, Mary, very pretty colors. The napkin rings are very interesting!

  18. February 19, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I love this Mikasa pattern! And I had never seen those wonderful sherbet dishes — what a lovely shape! I wish my Mikasa Windsor Park had those!

  19. February 20, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I love that pattern! Wow! Great table!

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