Blue & White Tablescape with Meissen Onion

Welcome to the148th Tablescape Thursday!

For this Tablescape Thursday, I’m so excited to share a beautiful table setting created by my friend, Cornelia. Cornelia lives in Switzerland and she recently had a very special, formal dinner event. I rarely entertain formerly so it was exciting to see Cornelia’s beautiful table and to hear about this special occasion.

Have I mentioned lately how much I love the power of blogs? They can take us anywhere, even all the way to Switzerland for a fabulous dinner party!   I’ll let Cornelia tell you (in her own words) all about the table she created for this special evening. The menu sounds wonderful!

Cornelia said, “Yesterday I had a big invitation. We were 8 people.”

“I served Riesling Soup, a wine soup made with a local white wine called Riesling. We had fillet with earl grey tea sauce, noodle and broccoli and for dessert a served fresh local strawberries with a Meringue Parfait (a kind of semi frozen Cream with Mascarpone and Meringue (Baiser).”

“I used my best china which is Meissen, Onion pattern. In central Europe it is considered to be the classical china. Apart from Flora Danica, it is the most prestigious china.”

“I do not know whether it is the same in the USA. Because it is such a must have, there are lots of copies on the market.”

“The real Meissen Onion always has an underglaze cobalt blue marking (crossed swords) on the back…

…and since 1888, on the front, as well.”

“The cutlery is silver by Jezler/Switzerland. The pattern is called La Reine.”

“The napkins are vintage.”

“The wine glasses are Picadilly by Baccarat/France. The crystal water glasses are made by Kosta Boda/Sweden.”

“I used two linen tablecloths by Schlossberg/Switzerland and had a third rectangular in the middle.”

Cornelia placed a lovely bouquet of roses at the center of this beautiful table setting.

She said, The vase is lead crystal from Bohemia.”

I think I’ve fallen in love with this beautiful blue and white Meissen, Onion pattern Cornelia used for her dinner party.

Cornelia, thanks so much for sharing this special event with us. I so loved hearing and learning about some of the formal dining traditions in Switzerland.


I’m looking forward to your beautiful tablescapes this Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. Someone has my mom's set of Meissen blue onion – and it's not me.. seeing this brought back so many wonderful memories. Thank you Cornelia for the lovely table. She's right you know.. Meissen blue onion is very much sought after. Beautiful table.. Thanks for sharing. Thanks Susan for being the every gracious hostess of this lovely event! blessings, marlis

  2. *Chic Provence* says

    What a beautiful setting for a lovely dinner! Wish I had been there…



  3. Beeutiful by Design says

    How much would I love to travel over to Europe to attend that dinner party! Elegant, sophisticated and beeutiful! Jennifer

  4. On Crooked Creek says

    As a student of instrumental and vocal music, I was instructed that "music is the universal language". This post proves that, perhaps, "tablescaping is the new upcoming universal language". This is stunning! Blue and white are classic and it shows here with the crystal, silver and damask table linens! Thank you for sharing this lovely tablescape with us and for hosting this weekly meme full of inspiration!

  5. I love Cornelia's tablescapes. She uses first class when it comes to china, crystals and silverware and then she puts them together so nicely. Can't beat that!….Christibne

  6. Another beautiful and elegant table from Cornelia. It's always a treat to see her lovely home and dining room. Thanks to both of you! ~ sarah

  7. AshTreeCottage says

    Hi Susan! Thank you so much for featuring this beautiful dining room and all of the settings. Just my style and I am loving it! Thanks for being our gracious hostess ~ oh and I may just have to "pin" this!

    Susan and Bentley

  8. Kathleen says

    How beautiful! I will be on the look out for the markings , maybe someone won't know how special they are!

  9. A beautiful setting!!! joining Tablescape Thursdays for the first time.

  10. I always enjoy Cornelia's tables — they are so classy and she has such wonderful things!

  11. Entertaining Women says

    I'm so glad that you shared Cornelia's Miessen "Blue Onion" tablescape. She has been so generous to tutor me about my collection of Miessen, "Blue Onion." She such a wonderful teacher for all of us blogworld. Thanks for all you do to make this fun for us. Cherry Kay

  12. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove says

    A lovely table!

  13. What beautiful china! I love the crisp clean look of this tablescape. Thank you both for sharing and a big Thank You Susan for hosting Tablescape Thursday!
    Have a great night!

  14. carol ann says

    Beautiful table! I especially like the drapes and the pink and white checked fabric on the chairs!

  15. Cottage Rose says

    OH My,,, she has the most beautiful dinning room… I am in love with the china,,,, gorgeous… gorgeous…


  16. Rettabug says

    Hi Susan and Cornelia!

    How wonderful to be able to join in the party with both of you this week! What GORGEOUS china, stemware & accessories you've shared with us! Very, very elegant.

    I used blue & white & so did Yvonne, this week. Must be something in the air! LOL

    Thanks for hosting the best party on the web, Susan.


    and "NO", my DH still has not forgiven you! *wink*

  17. Rettabug says

    In fact, I was trying to talk him into letting me hang billowy white sheers INSIDE the gazebo & he muttered "I bet I know where THAT idea came from!" LOL He knows you too well.

  18. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Rett…hilarious! I'm a trouble maker…just ask my friends. lol

  19. Hi Susan, thank you and Cornelia for sharing this beautiful dining setting. First Class, all the way.
    I can just hear the chatter and clink of glasses, as her guests enjoy her hostessing.
    Love, love, love the china and crystal.

  20. Beautiful table and setting, as always. She is so generous to share her beautiful home with us. Thanks so much.
    I'll come later to link..can't find Mr. Linky….:(

  21. Brambleberry Cottage says

    Blogs ARE an amazing way to link us together around the world! Cornelia's tablescape is lovely, and I liked learning about entertaining in her part of the world. 😉

    Thanks for hosting, Susan.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  22. The Tablescaper says

    Such a lovely table. Thanks so much for hosting.

    – The Tablescaper

  23. FABBY'S LIVING says

    I love it when you post Cornellia's tablescapes, Susan, it's always so wonderful, with that old world elegance! I love the onion pattern, I have it and adore it, it's from Thumbs, from the Chzeck Republic and the company was originally German, 100 yrs. old, or more. Her stem is fabulous and gorgeous silver flatware. So very elegant and thank you for sharing it with us, once more. Love, FABBY

  24. Mary Ellen says

    Beautiful table! Thank you for such a pretty party!

  25. Gorgeous….love, love the gravy bowl and spoon.
    Thanks so much for hosting.

  26. Thank you for hosting.
    I have a page on my site that lists more than 300 hops, memes, and photo challenges… some for each day of the week. Yours is listed there, too! Check under the header for the link to that page. I’ve also started a BlogFrog community that focuses on hops, carnivals, memes, and photo challenges. Go to to visit & participate.

  27. Susan, thank you for introducing us to Cornelia and for letting us see how another part of the world entertains. Cornelia's table is beautiful. Her house is beautiful! There's an understated elegance in her style that is very appealing to me. Well, who needs to be flamboyant when you have such gorgeous china and silver???

  28. Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea says

    Hello Susan, thanks for hosting again and for your nice email yesterday. Always a joy to come visit with you. Your friend does some lovely tables-I have the same onion pattern set, my grandma gave it to me when we got married. Cheers

  29. Curtains In My Tree says

    I use to have that entire set of Blue Onion however mine was not the one with the blue swords marking so was not original set from England

    It makes me want it back but had to downsize from 5 complete sets to 2

    Love tablescape Thursdays

  30. Lizabeth says

    I always enjoy seeing your posts from Cornelia! What a pretty table! Love the china pattern and silverware. She set a very pretty table! Love that big room too and her pretty curtains! She certainly owns a nice collection of china! The menu sounded really interesting, what a treat to have been able to dine there!

  31. Elisabeth says

    What a lovely tablescape. I thought it was especially interesting that after 1880 they started adding the crossed swords on the plate. That kind of reminds me of "Where's Waldo" for some reason.

    Thanks for hosting, Susan.


  32. carolinajewel says

    Lovely table – Gorgeous china! Thanks so much for sharing your dinner party with us!

  33. Mari @ Once Upon a Plate says

    Absolutely exquisite ~ thank you for sharing!

  34. Crystal @ Ordinary Days says

    Beautiful! Love her furniture. 🙂

  35. Simple beautiful and elegant! ~Sara

  36. What an awesome post Susan! One can never have too many blue and white dishes…or sideboards!

  37. Violets Are Blue says

    What a beautiful dining room and perfectly set table. The china is lovely, please pass along a big thank you to your friend for sharing her special dinner with us. I love all her special touches. Patty/BC

  38. bunny The paris house designs says

    I so enjoy when Cornelia is your guest. Her home, talent and superb taste is unsurpassed. What a delightful post and so inspiring. I could live in her dining room..

  39. How pretty! I used to live in Switzerland…now moving back to Europe in two months! 🙂 I love these monday posts!

  40. Hi Susan,
    I love Cornelia's china and the setting is pretty also.
    Thank you to you both for sharing.


  41. tammylovesdishes says

    Cornelia's table is so elegant and yet very inviting. I know I would love to have been one of the eight!

    I am a big fan of blue and white so to see this Meissen Onion table setting is a treat for me. The crystal, silver and napkins create such an incredibly beautiful table.

    Thanks to Cornelia for letting us share in this dinner party.

  42. niartist says

    Oh wow, Susan, to have that gorgeous table, and in SWITZERLAND! WOW! I took pics of my pergola all dressed up this afternoon (with the 2 hour lull in the rain), and I REALLY hope you'll stop by and take a peak! 🙂

  43. i love the blue and white!

  44. Blue and white place settings always create a classic look. Very pretty.

  45. Kathryn Griffin says

    Susan, Thanks for sharing! Beautiful table again from Cornelia! My Great Aunt gave my sister the Meissen Onion pattern when she got married. I've been trying to talk my sister into giving it to me…so far, no luck. lol.

  46. My husband and I attended the most exciting estate sale for us, ever…..and since we’re not sophisticated buyers, we stuck with purchases that we loved, but would have no way of knowing whether we were buying “valuable” items. We toured the Meissen factory in Germany a year and a half ago, and so admired everything in the gift shop…but made no purchases… At the estate sale, I bought a plate with the traditional blue swords on the bottom, and after getting it home, I realized the swords are also in the base of the tree on the top surface. Because of the furnishings of this home and the quality of porcelain, silver and crystal throughout the house, and my mother had blue and white china (not Meissen) this piece had to come home with me. It is about 5 1/2″ in diameter, and has no chips, scratches or dings of any kind. I have seen conflicting information about dating Meissen, especially as relates to the swords on the tops….is it possible to know if my little, precious piece IS Meissen, in fact, and what the other markings on the underside mean? Thanks so much – wonderful, inspiring website! Mary

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