A dangerous icy snow mix is headed our way; along with a high of only six degrees come Monday. Burr! So, I’m building a snowman inside my warm, cozy kitchen.
Snowman table that is — on my kitchen island.
For breakfast this weekend, hubby and I will be warding off the arctic chill (blast?) with bowls of warm oatmeal and cups of peppermint-flavored coffee.
We’re suppose to be going out to dinner Saturday night as part of Pittsburgh’s Restaurant Week. Not so sure that’s going to happen, as the weather forecast is for icy driving conditions. I sure hope not, as I’ve been really looking forward to dinner at The Roost. On Tuesday night we ate at the Twisted Frenchman. Both are newer, highly rated restaurants we’ve been wanting to try. More frequent dining out is part of our new retirement lifestyle.
Come in from the cold and join me at a snowman table for some frosty fun in the kitchen.
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First, to compliment the black and white colors in the dishes and mugs, I pulled out oval, scalloped-edged placemats.
The placemats are wipeable — perfect if the snowman table starts to melt when things heat up in the kitchen lol!
Although the checked placemats are not a winter print, I also use them in Polar Bear Frolic in Sleigh Ride Tablescape. I like how they set off the seasonal tableware, while coordinating with everyday kitchen decor.
Jolly, Happy Soul
Each of the three snowman dishes or bowls is different. But all have a happy smile, and jaunty black hat perched on top of their heads.
I found the snowman bowls while shopping for craft supplies at Michaels a couple of years ago. Normally, I wouldn’t purchase just three of any style dish or pattern plate.
But the trio of snowman bowls works with three place settings at the kitchen bar.
Magic in that Silk Hat
Each snowman table setting at the island also includes an adorable top hat mug. Another Michaels find! They’re perfect for serving a cup of hot chocolate or coffee.
See the little snowman peeking around the side?
Snowman table settings at the kitchen island compliment the nearby Frosty the Snowman tablescape.
Frosty’s silk top hat was one of 5 Snowman Centerpieces Decorate Winter Table featured last January. Top hat mugs and red flatware were also included in that snowman table.
You might recognize the stuffed snowman from my collection featured in last month’s Casual Christmas Table Set for Season.
Another snowman hangs from a kitchen cabinet as part of Cookie Cutter Cheer.
Let’s Run & Have Some Fun
Red and white handles on the top hat mugs match the candy cane-decorated juice glasses.
I recently picked up the four-glass set during a post-Christmas clearance (Pottery Barn). Next year, I plan to mix and match them with a Christmas tree set.
Most recently, I incorporated those cute glasses into Moose Toboggan Ride Tablescape Winter Fun. And, I’ve also used them in, Enchanting Winter Woodland Tablescape for Christmas.
I love peppermint mocha creamer in my morning coffee. And, I’ll be drinking peppermint hot chocolate mix and flavored coffee throughout January. So, candy cane glasses are OK with me until Valentines tableware comes out the end of the month.
He Began to Dance Around
This is my favorite of the snowman table bowls. He looks like he’s have a jolly ‘ol time.
Which is your favorite snowman?
Catch Me If You Can
Red flatware (Home Goods) flanks either side of each snowman bowl. During the months of January and February, I frequently pair the red flatware with a number of winter and holiday table settings.
One of my Valentine favorites shares the same color palette as the snowman table. It was one of several tables highlighted last year in Decorating with Red Heart Ornaments for Valentines Day.
Red and black in these plaid napkins work well with the rest of the snowman table setting.
Each of the vintage snowman napkin rings is holding a candy cane. Aren’t they cute?
I found them at a Goodwill when I was looking for vintage china for my Alice in Wonderland, Unbirthday Party.
Before He Melts Away
Tonight, hubby and I are having a mug of peppermint-flavored hot chocolate, with a snowman face marshmallow floating on top. Yum!
Later, while watching Stranger Things on our new “smart” TV, we’ll be finishing up the last of the peppermint stick ice cream in the snowman bowls.
What do you do when winter weather keeps you indoors?
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Simply delightful and so is the Valentine’s setting!! LOVE all your dishes!! Hugs
Couldn’t believe I found those snowman bowls and mugs at Michaels! It’s bad enough being tempted at Home Goods, etc. and all the great tablescape posts out there, LOL!
That weather that is coming your way is already here in the Kansas City area!!! It blew in overnight with a vengeance. It’s not as bad as many of the ice storms we’ve endured in years past, but it is s-l-I-c-k out there! The folks further north of us got a bunch of snow as a side dish to all the ice. We dodged that bullet to some extent. We got snow, but it’s blowing around so fiercely we can’t discern how much! The colder temps have hit, too. HUGE NFL event here tomorrow, and I feel sorry for people who will be out there at the stadium freezing their butts off…especially if we don’t win!!!!!!!!!!!! Brace yourselves…this winter storm has teeth!
I like your tablescape in that it demonstrates how a winter look doesn’t have to necessarily translate to a Christmas look. The elements you used are great for conveying the season without back peddling to the holidays. Of course, I REALLY like the use of black & white checks as the foundation! Our kitchen sports the very versatile black & white buffalo checks year round. It hosts just about any accessories to create fresh looks like you’ve created here.
The marshmallow is cute as can be!!!!! I’ve never seen those before!
Sorry your dinner plans may have to change. It’s fun to get out and try new restaurants. I made sure I had everything on hand needed to try creating new dishes at home this weekend. That’s my “go to” when I know we’re going to be socked in. Last weekend we got about 10” of snow, and I cooked and baked terrific, tasty dishes. Homemade donuts this morning!!!
Be careful, watch for those blind ice areas, and stay warm!
Hi Alicia, glad you are safe and snug. I just got back from getting more groceries to last until Tuesday — me and everyone else! My sister-in-law is a big KS fan, but will be cheering them on from her home in DC. Those marshmallows are from William Sonoma — I pick them up every year in post holiday clearance. I wish I loved to cook and bake. Now that it’s just the two of us I’ve lost a lot of my motivation. Boy those donuts sound wonderful!
That table’s as cute as it can be, Debbee! Love the juice glasses and how they tie into the napkin rings. Black & white checks are classic, and make a great base to jump from.
I read Alycia’s comment above….doesn’t look good. I’m hoping we’re far enough south, even if it’s just on the edge of the snow/ice line, but it definitely looks like some frigid temps are coming. Sorry you have to miss restaurant week. That’s a very popular event here in Charleston too (end of Jan-beg of Feb), and many restaurants are booked solid even before their menus come out for the event.
Hi Rita, glad you liked the snowman bar. I’ve got the news on now; hubby and I are still clinging to hope the storm line will shift further south. Right now we are on the ‘mix’ line. Although rain with ice is far worse than snow. Feel bad for the restaurants and their staffs, trying to make a living and having to head into the bad weather. Hate to cancel on them.
You’ve made my day with your fun and creative table scape twist on a frosty winter weekend. It is perfect for little kids and big kids, too! Our 4 year old grandson is coming to stay with us for four days beginning tomorrow while his parents attend a conference in Nevada. Needless to say your inspiration will be reflected in how our kitchen table is set with red handled silverware and napkins along with snowman glasses and plates. Michael’s in not a store that I have shopped for dishes, but I’ll be on the prowl now! You’ve really given me a reason to be excited as the snow flies here in St. Louis. Our 12 inch snow from a week ago has nearly melted so we were due a other go round. Our wedding planner daughter has a wedding today in Kansas City and my heart goes out to the bride and groom as the storm lets loose there. Hopefully they will stride through their special day and appreciate the falling snow. As for me, thanks for your delightful distraction of the snowman place setting. Love it!
Well hi Anita, I’m delighted to hear it! Envy you grandchildren. I’m determined to hang onto all my tableware and holiday decorations so I can share with little ones someday. Hope you do OK out in St. Louis — I’ve never been there and hope to visit sometime. Oh boy, a wedding in KC. Alycia (see her comment) in KC shared the forecast there and doesn’t sound good. My youngest sister got married as a major hurricane went through Orlando. It’s poured and flooded streets but all the guests got to and from OK. No outdoor pix of course! The venue had generators that kept the AC on. In the end, it was still a lovely event, just not exactly as envisioned.
Deb I adore your snowmen….so cute and the black and white checked place mats are perfect as you know. You have such a talent for the unique. I sometimes buy a 2 piece or three piece of something if I think it is cute enough…but you are right, we don’t always find the remaining set up. 🙁
I read Alycia’s comments, and believe me I have been at Arrowhead Stadium (Season’s Tickets when we lived there) when I was so bundled up all you could see was my eyes. LOL I will be cheering and watching for the Chiefs to beat the Pats tomorrow. As I have said many times, “you can take the girl out of Kansas City, but you can’t take Kansas City (Chiefs, Royals and Kansas Jayhawks) out of the girl!!!
I am baking cookies today and made a big pot of ham and beans in “honor” of our cooler temps here in Florida. Each morning this past week, the temps have been around 42-45-50 which for us locals is bone chilling cold.
I know about the cold temps of the midwest, as I grew up there…but for those of us who have lived in Florida for a long time…our blood thins or something happens and we get cold very easy. It is kinda funny to “people watch”……as us Floridians are bundled up and drive every where, while the snow birds and tourists are in flip flops and shorts…and they are walking or riding bikes. …it is a way to tell the locals from the visitors. LOL
Have a warm and cozy week end!
Kari, I really enjoyed reading your comments — especially the part about living in Florida, weather and temperatures. That describes my parents and other family in Florida exactly! When my mom packed to come here at Christmas, you would have thought she was coming to the Arctic LOL! And when we visit, we nearly freeze to death in their AC.
Reading yours and Alycia’s remarks, has me thinking I need to up my game for everyday cooking and baking. I’ve gotten lazy about it. Also, all the KC connections with blog readers! I get your allegiance. Pittsburghers are the exact same. My sons bleed black and gold even though living in Philly and NYC. Doesn’t matter if it’s the Steelers, Pens or Bucks.
A touch of brandy in the peppermint coffee. It’s a marriage.
Just changed the setting on the outdoor thermometer from Celsius to Fahrenheit. The numbers are kinder.
Hubby was just teasing me that while everyone else brought home toilet paper, etc. from the store, I made a second stop for half a case of assorted red wines LOL!
Very Cute—-! Love the red/black and white color schemes. Make it really a cheery winter setting.
Hi Sandi, I hope you got through the weekend unscathed? Saturday’s predicted snow storm during into a heavy rain event here — so we still made our lovely dinner out downtown. Today it’s so cold that even my Scottish Highland Terrier doesn’t want to go outside LOL!
Such a cute table, that snowman plate is just adorable! We are still recovering from all the snow. I think we got about 9 inches, which thanks to the wind gusted into nice tall snow drifts. But at least it finally stopped!
Wow, that’s a lot of snow Christine. We ended up with very heavy rain, but happily not the ice storm and only several inches of snow. Today is sunny but the windchill is below zero, burrr!
So darling, Debbee! You know how much I love a red, white, and black mix. Can’t believe you found the set at Michaels–don’t think I’ve ever seen dishes at our Michael’s. It’s nice to set a winter table, especially when it looks as pretty as yours. Hugs!
I know, who’d thunk of Michaels for dishes? I found the top hat mugs two years earlier than the snowman plates. The mugs go great with the top hat ‘basket’ (also Michaels) I use to hold Xmas cards and in one of the 5 Snowman Centerpieces Decorate Winter Table. Serendipity finds!
Darling! You know I’m a fan of your creative tablescapes, and this one truly makes me smile as I adore snow people. My birthday is January 18, and it is also World Snowman Day! Thanks for sharing the fun! Happy New Year!
Happy early birthday Sarah! And how neat to make the connection with snowman day! I’ll be thinking of you when I use the mugs and dishes this month.
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