Tuesday, February 5, 2013

2013 Lang Calendar inspiration Tablescape

This week I've set the table to match my dessert!

There's just something special about trifles......don't you think?

Since this dessert has strawberries in it....I've set out my strawberry china and tablecloth.

When I was playing with the napkins....I thought this sort of looked like an envelope.....these would look cute with a little valentine tucked inside peeking out.
My "pearl handled" flatwear.

A red bowl is about perfect for a Valentine's trifle.

I layered the red bowl over a paper doily (that I couldn't get to lay flat to save my neck!) over my Johnson Brothers Strawberry Fair dishes.over my white chargers.

I love the design on these red bowls.

I loved the look of the red napkins, red bowls and red goblets.  All these reds would make this a great table for Valentine's.
And if you don't have flowers for the centerpiece......how about a trifle?

I've enjoyed this strawberry tablecloth that I found on ebay a few years ago.

And one last tabletop photo.

Last year I used a Lang calendar for tablescape inspirations each month.  This year I'm starting out with a new calendar.....

....except this year, each month has a different recipe! 
I guess you can't go wrong when you start off the year with a "Very Berry Triflle"!

As some of you know, I take a treat to work to share each Monday.  Berry Trifle was a hit this week!  I didn't make it exactly like the calendar recipe, but modified it a little.... I'll share my recipe with you.

1 Angel food cake torn into bite size pieces
1 8 oz block of cream cheese softened
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tub of Cool Whip
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 cups of berries (I used strawberries and blueberries)
1 large can of crushed pineapple drained
shredded coconut

Mix cream cheese and milk until smooth, stir in Cool Whip and vanilla.

Layer in trifle bowl:

1/2 of the Angel food cake
1/2 of the cream cheese mixture
1 cup of the mixed berries
1/2 of the crushed pineapple
sprinkle with coconut

If you want you can spread more cool whip over the top.  I did not do that. I made a fancy design with a couple of strawberries and some blueberries.

I'm looking forward to joining Kathleen and Susan this week and seeing all the tablescape inspirations for the month of February.  There are so many themes to choose from.  Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, Valentine's, President's Day.  Can't wait to see them all!

Be sure to stop by and see Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen and all the fun tables!http://www.cuisinekathleen.com/2013/02/it-is-unusuallet-dish-47.html
Also check out the beautiful tables set over at "Between Naps on the Porch"http://betweennapsontheporch.net/valentines-day-table-settings-casual-and-elegant/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BetweenNapsOnThePorch+%28BETWEEN+NAPS+ON+THE+PORCH%29
I'm joining Michael Lee at Foodie Friday -- always a yummy new recipe to try!http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com/2013/02/foodie-friday-february-8th.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DesignsByGollum+%28Designs+by+Gollum%29


  1. Hi, Mizz Martha...your table is stunning and that dessert looks AMAZING...
    I made an angle food cake that totally stuck to the pan...I tore it into pieces, put it in a freezer bag and some evening, I'll try your recipe for a trifle....it sounds so good.
    xo bj

  2. Wow, that dessert sounds fabulous -- and it's pretty, too! Love the idea of setting a table to match a dessert! Your red bowls are perfect!

  3. Beautiful table, Martha...can't wait to try this trifle, it sounds and looks awesome...just need to get some strawberries and bake a cake!

  4. Martha, this table is beautiful. I love that Johnson Bros Strawberry pattern. LOVE the napkin fold, and your trifle looks almost too pretty to eat,but after reading the ingredients, I know I would hesitate to dive into it. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I'm saving it. laurie

  5. I love making trifles and I love that table. It sets the dessert off beautifully. Are you going to share the trifle recipe? It looks very tasty.

  6. You can just send me this, Express! Looks so good. Love the table too!

  7. I love the napkin fold, Martha. The table is so pretty! And the trifle, it looks so delicious!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  8. Your table is absolutely beautiful! Love all the reds especially. Thank you for sharing!

  9. The napkin fold is darling!! Love the dishes and the wonderful tablecloth.. I love trifles and I love love the looks of this one. It's okay if the doily doesn't lay flat.. just makes it more festive.. Love your table.. xo marlis

  10. Martha, I have dish envy...I love those JB strawberry plates!! I love how you're using your Lang calendar again for inspiration. The tablecloth is so pretty. Is it vintage? The trifle sounds delectable and perfect for your centerpiece!

  11. Yummy tablescape! I love berries of all kinds and the trifle looks delicious and a great centerpiece. The strawberry plates are so special with all the berries including your tablecloth!


  12. The table is so pretty - love the napkin trick. I would love to work with you - I would actually look forward to Mondays!! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  13. It has been a LONG time since I made or ate a trifle of any kind. This really makes me want one! They always look so cool, and yours looks terrific with the tablescape built all around it! Fun napkin fold, too! I'm with Marlis on the doily. I think they look cooler kind of cupped up like that. They look flower-like! I hope you're not in the line of Mother Nature's fire up there. I heard on the news this morning that parts of the NE were going to get slammed!!! Take care of yourself!

  14. Well, as much as I love flowers...I think I'd take the trifle as a centerpiece. It looks so good and I haven't made one in a while. Your table looks so pretty. I love the napkin fold/envelope idea. Great chargers!

  15. Cute! I love how you took your inspiration and incorporated it to your table! I love finding inspiration from all sorts of things! Thanks for sharing!

    Miss Mindy

  16. Beautiful table and I am craving for the dessert, Martha...Christine

  17. I love your strawberry table, and I think a dessert makes a great centerpiece, especially a trifle so tall and regal and scrumptious looking. Trifles really are one of my favorite desserts, but I don't make them very often. Your strawberry plates are so pretty, and your envelope napkins are so cute. Love the red bowls too. Joni