At the Table: An Early Snowfall and Mikasa Belmont Red


I’m at the table with an early snowfall

and Mikasa Belmont Red Dinnerware!


I had the fun challenge and assignment of using these dishes in a

  Christmas or winter setting to photograph for Lifetime Brands this week.


And photographed them in a fall setting with

pumpkins, mums, and Indian corn for a

Delicious Autumn Table that I shared last week.


Timely, since the NC mountains received an early snowfall on Saturday and parts of South Carolina had the earliest snow in decades, with Columbia, SC, receiving the earliest snowfall in recorded history!


We had howling winds and rain here with the only snow accumulation on my table, to join snowmen, cardinals, and add a light dusting on bird houses and trees!


 Mikasa Belmont Gourmet Basics stoneware is available in an array of colors~

blue, green, black, and red.


Plates are available in a round, traditional shape, or a

 square shape for a more modern interpretation for dining.


Belmont Red is a warm russet or brick hue, the same shade

 as cardinals, nesting on top of excelsior in cereal bowls.


And warm paisley and plaid checked napkins that are paired

with a snowy pine cone and jingle bell napkin rings.


A brown matelasse coverlet, used for my Belmont Red fall table,

is layered with a jute runner for easy snow removal :)


Snowflake-adorned red Christmas ornaments

and pine cones are sprinkled on the table. . .


Along with rock salt and a light dusting of faux snowflakes for a snowy accumulation and wintry mix.


Mr. Cardinal has a light dusting of snow on his wings,

and snowflakes and a sprig of holly adorns his cap!


Pedestals elevate birdhouses for some height on the table. . .


Along with a stack of Belmont Red fruit bowls and provide

a surface for sprinkling rock salt for a snowy landscape.


Belmont Red Table Details:

*Dinnerware /  Mikasa Belmont Red Dinnerware

*Flatware / Mikasa Gourmet Basics Contempo

Snowy Goblets / Kohl’s, several years ago

Placemats / World Market, several years ago

Napkin Rings / Kohl’s, several years ago

 Napkins & Jute Runner / Pottery Barn, several years ago

Matelasse Coverlet / Bed, Bath & Beyond

Birdhouses, Snowmen, Pedestals / Hobby Lobby



You’re welcome to join me at the table for a Delicious Autumn here.


*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.

Christmas Snowfall Table with Mikasa Belmont Red Dinnerware

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  41 comments for “At the Table: An Early Snowfall and Mikasa Belmont Red

  1. BamaCarol
    November 3, 2014 at 5:35 am

    These are just beautiful Mary! I may have to break my promise to myself to not order any more dishes :-) as these would look so good in the sun room when the cardinals are outside, don’t you think? I hope the only snow we see this year is the kind you are showing on your table. When we get snow in Alabama it isn’t fun to try and get around in it. Thank you for another beautiful table setting.

  2. November 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Absolutely beautiful Mary! I couldn’t believe it when I heard it snowed in SC for the first time! Hugs to the girls!
    xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

  3. November 3, 2014 at 6:29 am

    I love the homey rustic look Mary, your setting is beautiful and welcoming! I was amused by the snow this weekend, it was so fun to see it during pre-game up in New England… Sounds like Philly was much like where you are, cold, windy and wet. Happy November:@)

  4. donna zoltanski
    November 3, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Beautiful table setting. Let the holiday decorating begin!

  5. November 3, 2014 at 8:20 am

    I agree with Donna, let the holidays begin! We are having an early snow storm early cold weather, why not make the best of it! Keep the table setting photographs coming! You inspire us all.🎄🎅

  6. November 3, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Mary, I love your clever addition of the salt to the “snow” for a wintry mix. You are so clever!
    Best wishes for a snow-free November, aside from the tablescapes.

  7. November 3, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Beautiful table with those dishes again, I love it. Thanks for sharing with us.

  8. (Mary Michael) Mike Calvin
    November 3, 2014 at 8:54 am

    YOU make my day!!! Such wonderful talent. In your most recent blog the cardinals in the bowls…..please don’t say several years ago! Where might I find them for sale??

    • November 3, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Thanks Mary Michael! They came from Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago, all their Christmas ornaments are 40% off right now :)

  9. Cheryl
    November 3, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I think this is my favorite table so far. I love those dishes. I think like BamaCarol I may have to break my promise and order some more dishes.

  10. Linda
    November 3, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I think I’m in love with the snowman!

  11. November 3, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Gosh Mary, you sure know how to set the perfect table! To be a guest, would be such a delight! Those dishes are so easily adapted from Fall to a wintry setting, aren’t they? Now you’re making me anxious to decorate for Christmas!

  12. November 3, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Let it snow! Those cardinals nesting are so cute with their snowy caps atop a Mikasa plate stack! You have really shown how versatile this dinnerware is, the tones blend well with so many colors. The Americana red folk art accessories are just delightful in your snowy scene ~ I much prefer rock salt on the table instead of the road! I am just watching the news and hearing of the snow storms, it looks like a long winter ahead :( Once again, you’ve thought of everything for your winter table, ready for Christmas and beyond!

  13. Terry
    November 3, 2014 at 8:30 am

    So beautiful! I wish I had a porch that I could possibly eat out on for a holiday dinner!!! So rustic and festive; please give lessons on how you layer your tablesettings.

  14. Lynn R
    November 3, 2014 at 8:38 am

    where did the metal snonman with cardinals come from? I LOVE this table setting – you have inspired me to use some similar table setting ideas for christmas or winter parties. This is so very pretty. I love the rock salt combined with the snow flakes for the wintry mix – very cute.

    • November 3, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Hi Lynn, They came from Hobby Lobby and all the Christmas is now 50 % off. They’re resin instead of metal if you go to look for them. :)

  15. November 3, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I love the Belmont Red. This is the first I’ve seen of it. Using rock salt for snow is a wonderful idea. I’m going to put that on my list.
    Once again, an incredible table, Mary!

  16. November 3, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Red dishes! I am swooning here, and thinking how well these would do double duty for Valentine’s Day, and would have made a deliciously gruesome touch to my Halloween tablescape (that you MUST see, because I filled my “cauldron” with skulls). I love those cardinals as well, of course, being from St. Louis. Mary, you’ve done it again. Superb!

  17. Marilyn Morphis
    November 3, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I so look forward to your posts. You have just the right mix of tablescaping, which I live for, and other fun things but you mostly stay true to the tablescaping and for that I thank you. This table, as always, does your sponsor pround. ~m

  18. November 3, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Beautiful tablescape….love the birdhouses and those wicker chargers!

  19. November 3, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Gorgeous table! Love the snowman and placemats, adorable!

  20. November 3, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    LOVE the red dinnerware! The square plates make such an interesting table! AND Rock Salt instead of loads of that soft fly away snow is a great idea. That stuff just gets everywhere! Enjoyed this so much!

  21. November 3, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    So fun! I would love to play with you someday!

  22. linda kemp
    November 3, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I love the idea of the rock salt combined with the snow. Those precious cardinals are so perfect in the bowls. Thank you for a happy place this morning.

  23. Katie Coates
    November 3, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I adore what you did for your table scape. Simply beautiful!

  24. November 3, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I love the beautiful dinnerware in both settings of Fall and Winter…actually it feels like Winter already here!….you always have the greatest details on your table…the birds are the cutest…and love that napkin from PB…had those made into pillows!

  25. Pat
    November 3, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Adorable Early Snowfall Tablescape, dear friend!!!
    I love the square dinnerware combined with your square placemats!!!
    The birdhouses and cardinals add a nature theme to your tablescape!
    Thank you for sharing this promotional product in your gorgeous tablescaping design!

  26. Gert
    November 3, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Just beautiful! Love winter, snow, red things, especially cardinals! smile..


  27. November 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Both settings look STUNNING!!

  28. November 4, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    This is one of my all time favorite winter tables…gorgeous! I love the color of the dishes, a perfect red, in my opinion. Now I know what to use instead of that lightweight fake snow that blows all over the place…thanks to you, Mary.
    It’s hard to believe winter is just around the next bend…have no idea where the year has gone.
    Have a wonderful week.

  29. November 4, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    How versatile this pattern is with you as the designer for fall or winter. Love how the the paisley and plaid napkins in the winter tablescape unify your color accents and showcase the dishes. Then you flip to a pattern cloth for fall and it showcases the pattern in a different way. Both tablescapes show your great eye for design.

  30. November 4, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Mary, your tablescapes are works of art! You’re a genius to use the rock salt for snow, and I’m in love with those plaid and paisley napkins! We are located an hour from Columbia but we didn’t have any snow. But the cold weather did get me thinking about the holidays!

  31. November 4, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Fabulous! Loved seeing the “dusting” of snow and all the bird accessories which coordinated with the dishes wonderfully. You always do such an amazing job of showing off the best aspects of any table décor! Enjoyed this so much!

  32. November 5, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    lovely tablescape. i wil definitely keep the rock salt in mind when i take out the snow this year. i love the textural depth that adds. so many details to name them all but love the cardinals & birdhouses. also i love, love those chargers and i remember when world market had them. wished i had jumped on them but i figured i could get them later & before i knew it they were gone. anyway found u thru wow us wed. mj

  33. November 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    very cute, love the richness of color and your cute pieces tucker around~

  34. November 7, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Mary, please feel free to box up everything on your lovely table and ship it to me in New York. LOL I LOVE everything about this table setting. I can buy my own rock salt for the wintry mix ;o) Have a great weekend, and thank you for sharing your creativity with us. I know it is time consuming!

  35. Bev
    November 7, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Love, love, love! So refreshing and wonderful…I can’t say enough about this innovative table.

  36. November 19, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    I am SURE I left a comment last year as this is one of my FAVORITEs of your tables! I love, LOVE those snowmen and wish SO much we had a HL. I came over from Susan’s TT to see this beauty again.

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