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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Swan Soup Tureen

One of my favorite foods to serve during the winter months is a big bowl of hearty soup.   I try to make all our meals as romantic as possible, but that is kind of hard to do with soup....but I'll give it a try!
Soup is great to serve right from the crock pot...but it does add a little elegance to serve it from a beautiful soup tureen.  I only have two soup this swan tureen was an easy choice!
What to do with the ladle as you serve the soup, can't lay it on the .......I like to lay it in a large china "meat server" that matches the dishes at the place settings.
I chose these dishes because the soup bowl is pretty large....I also like to use large "serving" spoons to eat my soup.
The napkin holders are rhinestone crowns, I used battenburg place mats, and vintage silverware.   I love the look of old silver .....
The water glasses are very old and have a great fatina....the pink color is almost completely worn off...
We are having a crusty bread with our soup, so I have included a bread plate at each place setting.   I also thought it would be fun to use vintage butter knife to spread the butter.  When not in use, it will rest on a crystal holder.  I used a heart crocheted piece to rest the knife on...adding a little more romance!
Vintage salt and pepper shakers....

After dinner, we will have some coffee and a little dessert!

If you look closely in the upper left corner of the above photo, you can see piles of wood from our huge apple tree that died.(sad face)   H has it completely cut down and will deliver the wood to our daughter later this week (she will burn it in her fireplace)     On a positive note, we are planning to build a green house where our apple tree was.

Several of you have asked where I purchase the realistic looking flowers that I use in a lot of my floral designs.   I purchase them lots of different places but, these gorgeous silk roses were bought at Michaels a few days ago....spring collection...$6.99 each, but they were 50% off. 

H and I will have a romantic lunch ....hearty soup & bread/butter...yummy!   You ask "what are the big plates for?"  I am using them like chargers to hold the soup they make the table look!



  1. I have a tureen like yours! Mine is white only, but I don't have a soup spoon to match. How lovely! I look at your posts all the time, but don't comment as often as I should (which is every single time!) You are so creative and talented!

  2. Hey- I used to have a swan tureen. The one I had was all white and now I have NO IDEA where it went! What a pretty table you set, Penny. I can tell you are always busy and happy being that way! Me, too! xo Diana

  3. Love all the little details, including the vintage silver and pink glasses. I love your table and table legs too. The apple wood will smell delicious when it is burning!

  4. Your blog is just lovely! It is such a joy to scroll through and see the pictures of your beautiful home! God's blessings be with you during this new year. Love, Cheryl

  5. I have a soup tureen but it's a huge pumpkin. :) I've never used it but I might if I were having a party. No, probably not. I use it in Fall to decorate with..They really are beautiful on a table though, aren't they? I like the way you have displayed your crocheted doilies. Just so sweet! Because of you, I am digging more and more of my doilies out and displaying them. YOU are so good at inspiring me!! I am delighted! Not everyone can do what you do, you know! It's called talent!! :)

  6. Oh my goodness Penny... the swan soup tureen is incredible! I love swans (since we have a pair that live on Golden Pond) and your serving piece is a really "wow" for me. I know you have so much fun serving from it.

    Blessings, Edie Marie

  7. hello
    génial la soupière et la louche
    très belle piece et très belles photos
    iris France

  8. Very pretty!! :Love that swan tureen and ladle!! The table looks great there and I love those chairs!!
    I also noticed the rug under the table ...Stunning!!
    I see the sunshine outside the window and it looks like Spring!! We had snow here today again but it did not stick to the roads, just the grass and trees... I feel it will be a long Winter for us here in Pa.!!


  9. Wow...the swan ladle is such a great piece to own...beautiful as always. Thanks for sharing on the Thursday blog hop!!

  10. Hello Penny,Love your post and always enjoy seeing your lovely home.I don"t know how you do all that you do.Penny can you tell me the name on the dishes,they look like a few pieces that i have of my grandmothers.Thanks if you can send me a reply or email.

  11. Oh my goodness, that's the most gorgeous and unique soup tureen I've ever seen!

  12. I agree with Victoria...this is the most beautiful soup tureen i' ve never seen!!! You are unique, Penny!

  13. Your soup tureen is a real treasure and I love the pattern and shape of your china as well. A lovely table for a special lunch. How romantic!! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  14. Your table is so lovely. I adore the vintage china and that swan soup tureen is amazing! Very romantic setting. thanks for sharing at TTF!

  15. Thanks for stopping in. You have such lovely photos! Have a fantastic weekend!

  16. that soup tureen is amazing! I am so happy you shared this post at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop . Big Hugs

  17. Penny, always so beautiful, romantic and refreshing gorgeous love the swan tureen, magnificent! I love the sweet and prety dishes as well. Enjoy your weekend.

  18. What a beautiful setting and fun tureen. Thanks for linking up to BOTW party!! Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch

  19. Penny, your swan is such an unusual soup tureen. Very elegant! I have a pretty one I found at a thrift that has sweet yellow roses on it. The entire setting is just lovely! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  20. I LOVE that swan soup tureen! Thanks for sharing! =)


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