I’m at the table with Mikasa Garden Berry Dinnerware,
serving up a fruit-filled table and centerpiece!
Leafy stems of colorful berries branch off along the colorful border of the Garden Berry dinnerware. In addition to being a berry-producer :) it’s crafted of bone china and microwave and dishwasher safe.
When I first saw these dishes, I kept looking at them trying to decide if the color of the border was more yellow or more green. I finally decided the color was Golden Delicious Apple!
Apples, berries and grapes cascade and fill a tiered server/sometimes-cupcake-stand, previously used at the table for Easter Greetingsand Hatching Peeps. I like to use real flowers, fruits or veggies at the table whenever possible, and when your centerpiece is edible it’s also economical!
We had several days with teaser temperatures in the 60s and even though it’s about a month too early to do much planting for our freeze date here in North Carolina, garden centers are starting to fill with tempting flowers and plants.
I found strawberry plants at Lowe’s, the first garden berries and fruit to ripen in the spring, with plans to transplant them in a strawberry pot later this week. A spring frost generally will not harm new strawberry plants here in NC, covering them to protect the blossoms if the temperatures dip back below freezing.
I knew that keeping plants continuously watered and wet will give them protection from freezing temperatures, but I just learned that it was due to the fact that the change of water to ice on the plants, actually releases heat. Apparently I was absent that day in biology,thanks NSCU Co-op Extension Service :) You can read more about planting strawberries in your home garden from them, here.
I went berry picking at the produce department for my fresh and edible centerpiece for the table. Grapes and apples add some contrasting purple and green color.
Salad savoy lettuce with its frilly leaves add some texture and a colorful foundation for blackberries in the stand. I have to confess I’ve never eaten salad savoy lettuce, using only for serving food or garnishing platters.
Developed in California in the 80s, salad savoy is a cross between kale and cabbage, so in addition to being pretty it’s no doubt also nutritious. It’s sold by weight, so it’s usually less than a dollar a head at the grocery store.
I’m counting down to spring and gardening season!
Since I was photographing and playing with dishes rather than dining at this table, I wasn’t afraid of a rusty garden tool or mossy plate for a little garden fun with Mikasa Garden Berry. . .
Keep Calm and Garden On :)
Garden Berry Table Details:
*Dinnerware / Garden Berry, Mikasa
*Flatware / Wallace Tatum
*Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside, Amethyst
Chargers, Pier 1, several years ago
Tiered Stand / World Market, several years ago, used here
Quilt / Bed, Bath & Beyond, many years ago, used here
Green pots / Walmart, several years ago
Napkins / HomeGoods
Keep Calm and Garden On, stamped spoon garden marker/ Etsy, Monkeysalwayslook
*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.