Saturday, April 17, 2010

Nasturtiums for a New Shape

At last month's International Home and Houseware's Show in Chicago, Homer Laughlin unveiled several new items for the Fiesta dinnerware line, including the much anticipated prep bowls and the jam jar.

Interestingly, another new item, the individual pasta bowl, was not previewed at the show. This wonderful bowl is a Macy's exclusive to go along with the pasta serving bowl and cheese shaker set. Collectors eager to add this piece to their tabletop have been scoping out the best deals for, currently the only source for the bowls.

My big brown box from Macy's arrived on Thursday. It's a rainy, cold day here, so this cheerful vintage Wilendur nasturtium tablecloth from last year's Brimfield excursions seems like the perfect linen to welcome these new bowls to the table.

I fashioned this centerpiece using a metal birdbath holder from our local farm stand. I don't think I'll ever find this method of serving sactioned in any etiquette book, but I will use these bowls for serving steamed clams or mussels. The large pasta serving bowl rests on top of the metal frame. It will hold the shellfish and the broth. The small bowl below can be used for shells or for toasty bread. For a small table, this device is a great covenience!

The individual pasta bowl is being offered in lemongrass, tangerine, sunflower, ivory and scarlet. I've paired the bowls with Fiesta dinner plates in white and shamrock, scarlet flatware and goblets in chartreuse, yellow, persimmon and gray. Additional accessories include the cheese shaker in scarlet, gray salt and pepper shakers, the salad/pasta serving set in scarlet and Pier One striped napkins.

I also shot a few comparison shots with the other P86 bowls. See how the new bowl outsizes the peacock placesetting nappy?

And it's much wider than the scarlet gusto bowl.

The capacity is larger than the rim soup bowl,

while the tabletop footprint is much smaller than the rim pasta plate.

This bowl is closest in shape to the vintage Fiesta individual salad bowl. I don't have any of these bowls in my collection, so here's a Harlequin individual salad bowl for your viewing pleasure.

Need one final comparison? Here's a line-up featuring the placesetting bowl in chartreuse, the pasta bowl in lemongrass and the rim soup in shamrock.

I really love how the shape of the individual bowl mirrors the serving bowl.

Yes, this week's post can almost be a commercial for this bowl, but I do think it's worth an extensive testimonial. I can't wait to test them out with some delicious mussels next month when my friends arrive for Brimfield! Who knows what other treasures we will find to compliment this exciting new Fiesta shape...

P.S. Yes, you'll hear all about the prep bowls and the jam jar in future posts!

Want to see more great tabletops? C'mon over to Between Naps On the Porch for another Tablescape Thursday!

For additional views of this tablecloth with some live nasturium blooms, take a peek here.


  1. Very nice! I love the tablecloth, and this is the first time I think I've seen the goblets.

  2. Thank you! The goblets are from the late 90's and early 2000's. They are discontinued now. Oh how I wish we had this shape in the current production colors!

  3. Thank you for the great pictures!!! I can't wait to hold them in person. I would love for HLC to make one with the red-stripes and another in marigold .

  4. This is so pretty and festive! Love that tablecloth. Be blessed. Cindy

  5. Love your tablecoth!! The fiesta ware and flatware is great too. Pretty table!

  6. A gorgeous fiesta mood of all. Very pretty with the color combo.

    So spring-y!

    Have a happy day!

  7. Love the tablecloth, is it vintage? The colorful dishes look wonderful against it.

  8. I felt like I was back at my Grandmother's house having a summer dinner. WHat a great table. LOve the new dishes and thanks for showing them side by side. Lori

  9. I think Homer Laughlin should hire you! You could sell a LOT of Fiestaware with your lovely table! That vintage tablecloth is just marvelous, and the colors you've chosen to highlight it are perfect. I've never seen Fiesta goblets before -- such a fun piece!

  10. It never ceases to amaze how versatile Fiesta is! You've given me food for thought on how to use mine! I've got to get that pasta bowl!!!!

  11. Hi. Your table looks nice with this tablecloth and the matching dishes in such vibrant colors.
    Greetings, Johana

  12. I really really like the centerpiece. I am sure your dinner party with be a huge success. I am looking forward to seeing all the new Fiesta pieces.