I love a great pasta bowl. It’s all about the depth; t needs to be deep enough to contain a surfeit of sauce, and shallow enough to twirl a fork gracefully.
These Sunset Rooster bowls from Pier 1 fit the bill nicely. They call them “dinner bowls”, likely a nod to their potential use for stew, paella, or other one-dish meals.
The colourway is unusual – Southwestern colours that warm the heart all year round.
I teamed them up with some cheerfully striped napkins in a heavy linen fabric from Williams Sonoma many years ago.
The rooster motif was an added bonus. There are four of the faithful fowl on yellow, orange, red and mustardy-green glazed bowls. I really like the way the outside of the bowl is fully coloured.
The swirl pattern on the inner edge of the bowl is relaxed and flowing.
Each rooster is different.
But they’re unified by the soft, watercolour effect of the sketches. I think I like the yellow one the best. The rooster is so colourful.
The white open worked ceramic rooster figure came from Pier 1 a couple of years ago and the brown speckled one came from Home Goods.
The red rooster open salts are from Pier 1 a couple of years ago.
The glasses in a shade of acidy-green are from Williams Sonoma several years ago. I didn’t think I’d get much use out of them because they’re a bit of a weird colour, but they’re proved quite useful.
The flatware is Danieli from World Market and still available. The chargers are Acacia wood and from Amazon.
it’s a cloudy day here on the Cape, perfect for catching up on household chores, deadheading roses and sorting photographs. We bid kids and grandkids goodbye this morning after a few wonderful days on the beach together. There is nothing better than watching children splashing in the waves, floating on a giant inflatable duck (this year’s “floaty”), paddling in the tide pools, hunting for hermit crabs, snails, tiny shrimp and minnows to be housed temporarily in buckets before they’re returned to the ocean to swim another day.
We warded off the sudden, silent stillness of the house with a long walk on the beach at the super-low tide, which happens a few days a month. What a gift; almost three full hours to enjoy strolling along the hard sand with shallow waves lapping gently over your feet. Gotta love the summer!
I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.
What a really fun table. All of the roosters are great and it sounds like you had a great visit from family.
Thanks, Lorri! We did have a lovely visit. The little ones are at a terrific age; still young enough to think everything is an adventure, but old enough that they don’t have to be watched every single second. We’re treasuring every minute.
Helen, so glad that one green rim steers away from pulling the blue in the tail feathers and using blue glasses, resulting in a more pedestrian re-white-and-blue scheme (seasonal yawn). The acid green is refreshing and gives a summery vibe. I deal with these trendy big shallow bowls by putting another (dinner) plate underneath. I’m just not a fan of the “rim gap” they produce. However, they are more popular now than dinner plates, say the manufacturers.
Last month I finally found my dinner bowls after a long search…Briefly Villeroy sold an extreme example I encountered at a posh restaurant in Bregenz: pure white with a very deep bowl with huge flat rim that sat on an oversize flat “saucer,” with the bowl tilted at a jaunty angle. The effect was impractical but modern and stunning. Unfortunately I procrastinated buying some ($100/setting may have had something to do with that!) before they disappeared, both from the shops and from their website. After some months I found the perfect $10 stand-in locally, although they aren’t tilted. They are fine creamy porcelain, 12″ wide with a deep 6″ bowl. They’re perfect in spring for mâche salad with a confetti of herbs perched on the rim; in summer for cool avacado soup with a crouton or prosciutto-wrapped grissini; in fall for fusilli with salsiccia ragù (I know, the Bolognese would object, but it avoids the twirling); or in winter with hearty game stew. And because of their diameter and wide rim, they don’t need an under-plate. Until I feel more charitable toward the rooster, there will be none on my table, but I like looking at yours!
Those bowls of yours sound stunning, even without the tilt. I do love plain white china for its versatility and how well it plays with patterned linens. It’s also the best backdrop for food. Well done on tracking down a sensibly priced substitute for the Villeroy & Boch. And of course, your menus sound luscious.
That acid green has grown on me over the years. I’m planning a fall setting with leaf plates that have a tinge of that green. As you say, makes a change from the expected – always fun!
Love the Rooster Dinner Plates.
I may have to purchase a set for
myself. I do not tablescape just
enjoy looking at what others have done.
So glad you like them, Linda. I think Pier 1 still has the generously-sized salad plates in that pattern (and on a great sale right now), although the bowls seem to be gone. Tablescaping is also a spectator sport. 🙂
What a fun and adorable table ! There is something about table settings with hens and roosters, as they are such a darling setting. I just found here three tablescapes with chicks and roosters. Looks like great minds think alike sometimes, as I just posted one to, lol..
I love the rooster bowls, they are awesome !
Just came from Tablescape Thursday.
Thanks, Fabiola. I do love roosters; you can have so much fun with the tablesetting. It certainly was “rooster week” over at BNTOP, wasn’t it? Your sunflowers were gorgeous; so vibrant, and contrasted so well with the cobalt and white. Scrumptious.
I’ve just discovered your posts and I like to think we are kindred spirits. I glow inside everytime you admit to “not needing” more or new beautiful dishes, then buy them. I certainly relate to that. After viewing and adoring a half dozen previous posts, I am compelled to comment on this one. I scored 2 sets of 4 of these rooster dinner bowls. So great with my other rooster kitchen decor, although no way did I need another dish here. Sure wish I’d seen your red rooster open salts at Pier 1. Love em. Lucky you, esp. now that dear Pier 1 stores closed forever during pandemic. Thank you for including menu and family/ guests along with fab table settings. I miss entertaining so much it hurts. To better days….Cheers!
Welcome! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog. Yes, those rooster bowls are a wonderful size for main dish meals. We love them for pasta dishes or even big salads.
I’m somewhat encouraged by the lack of huge discounts being offered at Pier 1. Could they be working out a deal with someone? Fingers crossed.
You make a good point, Helen. I have found a few pieces I missed out on during clearance/ going out of business sale from Ebay sellers. Eleven dinner plates and large salad bowls of beloved ” Hushed Harvest” pattern were snapped up by an early bird an hour before I showed up to purchase 4. It is a suble pattern nice for Spring because of eucalyptus leaves on glossy creamy white and muted happy Autumn table setting using salad plates and medium size pitcher have soft gourds & cream pumpkins. I admire your stance on keeping scary, unpleasant decor off the dining table even though we have much love for Fall.
Your blog gives me great joy!!
Enjoyed revisiting your rooster table today. Was not so long ago I first discovered your blog. I’ve brought out rooster dinner bowls during the fall season. Still hoping to entertain again maybe next year. Thanksgiving will be just hubby & me.
We use those rooster bowls all the time. They’re the perfect size and depth. I hope you enjoy yours!
Happy Thanksgiving, small though it may be. This won’t last forever, and then we will be telling the tale forever about our year of very strange experiences. I’m ready to see the back of 2020, and I don’t think I’m alone in that.
Here in WI, we’re crossing our fingers for the possibility of group Thanksgiving in 2021. Not looking good anytime before that. Your blog is a happy place where entertaining goes on virtually and that will have to be emough for many months yet. Thank you, Helen!
Meanwhile, the red barn salad plates you inspired me to buy have been the fancy touch I’ve used most thru 2020. Men folk of WI really like them. I miss having people over and hostessing decorating tablescapes. I’ve had to learn to do with table for 2, hubby and me, and thankful for that!
It really is time for planning and remaining hopeful. Lots of progress being made on the vaccine front and the numbers are coming down everywhere. We just all have to be patient and do our bit. I often think about the six years of WWII with rationing, bombing, families apart, men on the fronts.
I’ve taken to reading a series by Susanna Gregory set in the time of the Restoration (of Charles II). Nothing like historical misery to put things in perspective. LOL.
“The dour days of Cromwell are over. Charles II is well established at White Hall Palace, his mistress at hand in rooms over the Holbein bridge, the heads of some of the regicides on public display. London seethes with new energy, freed from the strictures of the Protectorate, but many of its inhabitants have lost their livelihoods. One is Thomas Chaloner, a reluctant spy for the feared Secretary of State, John Thurloe, and now returned from Holland in desperate need of employment. His erstwhile boss, knowing he has many enemies at court, recommends Thomas to Lord Clarendon, but in return demands that Thomas keep him informed of any plot against him. But what Thomas discovers is that Thurloe had sent another ex-employee to White Hall and he is dead, supposedly murdered by footpads near the Thames. Chaloner volunteers to investigate his killing: instead he is dispatched to the Tower to unearth the gold buried by the last Governor. He discovers not treasure, but evidence that greed and self-interest are uppermost in men’s minds whoever is in power, and that his life has no value to either” side.”