Wednesday, December 1, 2010

An Everyday Christmas Tablescape & CSN Review

I had such a hard time picking out something to review from CSN stores that I think I'm just going to stick to giveaways from here on out!  It is much easier on me!  After days of going through their website, I finally decided on these dishes.  Aren't they pretty?  This is the Pfaltzgraff Woodland dishes.
I actually found them in the clearance center, which is probably not for everyone.  The CSN clearance center is, apparently, all returned merchandise {that's what it says on the website anyway}.   I did hesitate for a moment, but a 16 piece Pfaltzgraff dinnerware set for under $50.00 is a really good buy and I figured I'd see what it looked like once I got it.

The dishes arrived packaged really well, boxed and bubble wrapped.  I could not see any indication that they had been a return.

I examined each and every piece thoroughly.  I did find that there was some scratches in the paint and a few little paint chips but not chips in the actual plates {does that make sense}.  It is a defect in the making of the plates and not something that CSN caused. 


Of course, I had to play with them and set a table!  These are everyday dishes and so I set the table in my kitchen.  I plan on getting a lot of use out of these during this holiday season.


I started out with these holiday placemats from Kohls {40% off).  I liked that the colors and pattern seemed to match the dishes really well.  I then started with the dinner plate.


Then layered the sandwich/salad plate {whatever meal you might be having}.  The design is a little different but the outer edge and rim is the same as the dinner plate.


The bowls, which could be used for cereal or soup.  You also have your mug for coffee or tea.



I had this little bowl {it may have come from Kohls last year}, and I love how the colors and the poinsettia design work with these dishes.


Of course, all these dishes wouldn’t be used everyday but as Yvonne at Stone Gable says, it looks much nicer when you have them set out this way.


Overall, I have to say that I was pleased with this item and would not hesitate to order from CSN again.  However, if I had purchased these dishes with this manufacturer's defect, I would probably have returned them, and this may well be what happened.

Linking up to:

Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch

*I did half this post in blogger on my old laptop and half in Live Writer on my new laptop, so the first few pictures have no watermark because they are “blogger” inserted pics.


Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Very cute set of dishes. And they are my three favorite colors for, white, and red! I really do like them...Your table looks great!

Blondie's Journal said...

The dishes are darling and you set a very sweet table. Love the place mats. Yes...get a lot of holiday use out of them! :-)


Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

What a beautiful table setting and what lovely dishes! I only have two sets of dishes, a 20 piece place setting of Fiestaware and an 18 piece place setting of Dresden China.

One day . . . . .


Red Door Home said...

Such a fun addition to your holiday table!

Unknown said...

Those dishes are really pretty. I love most anything with birds on it, and these are certainly no exception. I think it's the black in them that appeal to me so much.

I'm just still in shock that it's actually Christmastime!

Marigene said...

Love the placemats and those pretty dishes look so nice on them. I need to go check out the clearance center at CSN!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Those are really pretty! There's not a lot of Christmas dishes that I really like. (I have some but they're not my favorites!) But the colors on these look so vibrant!
Your tablescape is beautiful, too!
Isn't Yvonne something else?!!! So talented!

One Cheap B*tch said...

Good choice - very pretty plates!


Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

They're beautiful. Seconds are fine with me; they're yours with a lived in look!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Kathy,

Very pretty! I got offered a $55 gift certificate for CSN but haven't decided if I want to use it or not. I like your choice, and knowing about the discount part.

Take care,


we three dogs and me said...

What fun to use the pretty dishes every day. It all looks so cordinated. Have a happy holiday

emptynester3 said...

Hi Kathy! I happened to have the fortune of being next to you on the BNOTP list! I love your everyday Christmas table- very pretty and unique colors.

Love, ~Nana~

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Kathy, I love your dishes. They are perfect for the Christmas season. Love the design and the check border. Your tablescape is so pretty, the placemats are just perfect with the dishes. I also really like the mantel in the previous post. It is so lovely.

Thank you for all your precious thoughts and prayers for my family. You will never know how you have Blessed me. I am so grateful. Hugs, Marty

Unknown said...

Very pretty table! Those dishes were a great find!

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

I love those dishes...they are to die for. Love the colours! Angie xo

Beth said...

Hi Kathy, I really like these dishes. So colorful - they are perfect for the holidays, especially combined with your pretty placemats. I didn't know CSN had a clearance center. I need to check it out.
Have a great weekend!
Blessings, Beth

Jacques Weiss said...

I like how that plates and those mats looks when placed together, and still, even though there are paint chips (maybe due to shipping or at manufacturing), they still look good as is.

The Charm of Home said...

Your dishes are just beautiful! Great choice. Thanks for stopping by.

Susan said...

What a great find, it makes a lovely table. I appreciate the fact that these dishes look somewhat non-traditional. I love to peruse CSN stores.

LuLu Kellogg said...

These dishes are soooooo pretty!

Oh....and guess what? YOU won my Giveaway! Pop over and peek!


The Tuscan Home said...

Very pretty, Cathy!! I love the table setting too! Fabulous find....I WANT!! XO ~Liz

Entertaining Women said...

I think that you're right...I'll bet that the dishes were returned for factory defects. You've done a wonderful job with the design. Thank you for sharing your charming tablescape. Cherry Kay

Anonymous said...

You have a nice set of items. My wife would probably pick the same things as you did. She's remodeling (Minnesota-based) our house. She's even planning to have an annual Christmas redecorating, especially for Julia, our daughter. I'd love to share her ideas as well. I'll keep you posted too!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Terrific Christmas table setting, Kathy. Love those dishes. I wish CSN would offer me free stuff. It would be great to shop or do a giveaway.

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