Fresh, crispy, crunchy and juicy. Fall apple season. Yum!
Known for his vibrant use of colour and heartwarming images, David Carter Brown strikes again with his Apple Orchard series of salad/dessert plates by Sakura.
The series had a short shelf life, produced only from 2001 to 2002, so these were an eBay find. I discovered the pattern a couple of years ago and filed it away in the “explore later” Evernote folder I keep for inspiration. I’d forgotten all about them until I went looking for patterns for autumn and decided I still loved them, The little birds quite stole my heart.
They were a natural choice for serving Leanne’s Apple Bundt Cake with Apple Butter & Bourbon Glaze. I teamed them up with Forsyth by Royal Doulton, a bone china pattern of much the same era (1992 to 2001). Forsyth is one of the very few patterns of which I have the entire service, as it was a wedding registry pattern. It’s a beautiful, traditional, gilded-edged pattern with a deep green ribbon of colour within the gilding. Mixing “old school” china patterns with more casual pieces gives them a modern feel, and saves them from my grandmother’s crocheted doily exile.
The green glass cake stand was purchased from a touristy shop on the Cape many years ago.
I’ve got two cake stands of graduated sizes and three bowls in the green pressed glass. They work well for any tablescape that needs a shot of green, such as Skating Chefs from last Christmas.
These “sipping Scotch” (or in this case, Bourbon) glasses are Riedel’s Sommelier Single Malt glasses. They’re light and elegant, and have a lovely feel in the hand – perfect for enjoying a little nip on a chilly evening.
This post is making me hungry…
The Homestead Harvest Plaid napkins are from Pier 1, this season. The unusual combination of reds and oranges allow them to transition easily from fall right into late winter.
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving and Columbus Day, everyone! Enjoy the week.
I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.
The David Carter Brown dishes are ones that I know will serve you well for years and years to come as have the Royal Doultons! You have such great taste! I fully embrace the notion of marrying old and new school patterns. It’s a great way to keep the look fresh without ditching what we love. The cake is the perfect partner. Oh, how I love a good apple cake! You’ve made me think that I should bake one with cooler weather moving into this area tomorrow. The glaze sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
We seem to enjoy a similar approach to tableware! It’s very nice to find another partner in crime 🙂 Please let me know how your apple cake turns out!
Your dishes make such a statement of simple elegance and would be perfect for my favorite Apple dapple cake.
Thanks so much! The Apple plates are fun, aren’t they? And what’s better than apple dapple cake? :).
Casual Elegance! Love the combo of red & green for a fall table. Wonderful vibe!
Thanks, Arla. Gotta have apples for fall, yes? 🙂
Admiring again your baking skills and lovely green glass cake stand. Nice you find many uses! I had wonderful morning of running a few errands (flower shop to replace dead house plant. Grocery store) maskless. Can’t wait to have friends for tea.
Soon! It’s finally ending, and friends are once again able to get together. Like you, I’m dying for some entertaining!