I love any excuse to set a pretty table, so when the folks at Mikasa agreed to send me the square Italian Countryside dinnerware, I knew it would be fabulous outside on the porch.
I am in LOVE with square dinnerware and have been since Mikasa sent me the Brava Rooster dinnerware six years ago. As much as I love pattern and color, I am a big fan of white dinnerware that can be mixed and matched with different colors and patterns, so the creamy Italian Countryside is perfect.
For this particular table, I wanted to use the porch where I have, as with the other outdoor spaces, added hot pinks, greens and black. I am using striped outdoor fabric as a tablecloth, and a runner made from the Waverly Wailea Coast Ebony. I love that I can leave this out and not worry about rain, etc.
I used the rattan square chargers for added natural texture, and am happy to have another set of square plates to use them with as they set off this pattern beautifully.
The folks at Mikasa sent me four place settings, including cups and bowls, which I'll use in another setting. I bought four more place settings at Mikasa and paired them with the Italian Countryside flatware, April Cornell napkin rings and iced tea glasses from Walmart. I like the large, chunky glass with the larger plates.
The napkins were eBay finds, and I snapped up 12 so I have plenty.
For a centerpiece, I tied all the colors together with blooms from my mother's garden, which I placed in an inherited brass pot from India.
I draped a sari over the bench, then placed the pillows I got at Ross last week (2 for $15) to make the benches more comfortable.
Inherited brass candlesticks with vintage twist candles will provide a soft glow as the afternoon turns into evening.
I love this colorful table and am enjoying using this square pattern so much.
It adds a contemporary flair and makes this table so much more interesting than round plates would.
So here are the specs on the pattern. You all know how much I love my Italian Countryside dinnerware as I use it a lot. I love the square pattern as well, but you need to know it is stoneware, not porcelain like the round pattern. So, it's heavier and will chip more easily. I do love that I can mix and match all these pieces, and can't wait to show you the cups and bowls.
Mikasa has great deals on their website, plus if you are a first-time customer, you can get 20% off. They also have up to 75% off of some sets, which is a great deal. Definitely check out the site, and I certainly recommend adding the square pattern to your collection, which will give you lots of mix and match options.
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The Mikasa Italian Countryside dinnerware and flatware were provided by Mikasa. All opinions are my own.