Start with a Sweetbriar Charger
October 22, 2019
There’s so much to love about our fresh, white Sweetbriar collection. First, it speaks to our roots. It’s handmade, hand-glazed terra cotta, crafted entirely in Aurora, New York, making it an important part of our Aurora Artisanal collection.
Second, Sweetbriar has so much detail and texture with its combination of checks, stripes, florals, and scalloped edges pressed into each piece.
Finally, and maybe best of all, Sweetbriar is so versatile. It’s great for everyday use on its own, and it mixes and matches with so many of our other patterns. It also makes a terrific base for building extraordinary tablescapes, and that inspired Linda Walker, one of our talented visual designers, to create place settings for Thanksgiving, the holidays, and New Year’s Eve using a Sweetbriar Charger. For each occasion, Linda added ribbon and other accents to the charger’s scalloped edges and topped the look with our dinnerware patterns.
Here’s a closer look at each charger and setting.
For Thanksgiving, Linda added a single vertical piece of ¼-inch burgundy gingham ribbon across the center of the charger and tied it on the back. Then, she placed three feathers on top and added a ribbon bow and place card in the corner. She finished the setting by putting a Black Flower Market Dinner Plate on the charger, topped by a Pheasant Run Dessert Plate and Pheasant Run Bread & Butter Plate. Everything is displayed on the Autumn Leaves Placemat.
Holidays and winter
Our holiday table setting features our new Highbanks collection of enamelware. Highbanks, which mixes wintry images of our Farm with blue tartan, looks beautiful for the holidays. And, here’s a bonus: It can be used well into winter. For this setting, the Sweetbriar Charger is wrapped in ¼-inch white ribbon. On top of that, Linda added pre-cut craft foam snowflakes with an sticky backing, as well as a ribbon bow and a place card. Topping the charger is the Highbanks Dinner Plate and the Highbanks Salad/Dessert Plate. Underneath the charger is the Highbanks Table Runner.
New Year’s Eve
Dress up the Sweetbriar charger with silver and gold. For this setting, the charger is wrapped with ½-inch wired gold ribbon, topped with a ¼-inch silver ribbon. Then, add a few large pieces of confetti, which are secured to the charger’s border with double-stick tape. Top the charger with a Courtly Check Fluted Dessert Plate, which features festive gold lustre on its edges. Underneath the charger is the Snowfall Placemat.
Looking for a couple of ways to show off those ribbon patterns even more? Linda suggests creating a centerpiece of the Sweetbriar chargers without the dinnerware on top. Then, place candles or small accents like pumpkins or Christmas ornaments on top. You could also display the ribbon-decorated chargers upright on a mantel or even hanging on a wall.
Feeling inspired? We hope so, because the Sweetbriar Charger is truly a blank canvas just waiting for your creative touch any time of the year.