Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Spode Mayflower

Today I would like to share with you one of my "new" china patterns - Spode Mayflower.

This pattern was introduced by Copeland Spode in 1929 and discontinued sometime in the early 1960's. It was re-introduced in 2004-2005. All the items I have are the older, Copeland Spode version.

My mother and father registered for this pattern as their "Everyday China" in 1957. When they were first married, they lived with my paternal grandmother who had her own china. When they built their own house in the 1960's, I was going through a PURPLE phase. I think lots of young girls go through a purple phase! When we unpacked this china, I fell in love!!! I couldn't wait to use it! Sadly, my mother said it had been discontinued and we were just going to put it in a corner cabinet for display. I was heartbroken. Every year on my birthday, my mother asked what I would like as a special meal. My answer was always the same: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and served on the purple plates!

I just inherited these purple plates and I will have to serve spaghetti on them soon! For now,  I am washing and cataloging them. I also set up a few vignettes on my Parlor Piecrust Tea Table.

As you can see, I inherited Dinner Plates, a Luncheon Plate and, Bread and Butter Plates. I really want some salad plates now!

Clockwise, from upper left, Dinner, Luncheon and Bread and Butter Plates
I love how the central design is just a bit different for each plate.


Here is a Tea Time Vignette

I have lots of tea cups and saucers - 22 cups and 21 saucers! I can have quite a tea party!

I love the coffee pot in this pattern!

I also inherited small rim soups and the gravy boat.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing one of my "newest" patterns! I treasure it since it was my parents' and my special birthday pattern!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Independence Day 2017

Here is my table to celebrate the 4th of July or Independence Day this year!

I started with my red tablecloth with the red paisley woven design. I don't know why, but it has always reminded me of fireworks!

 On top of that, I used my First American or Betsy Ross Flag design placemats along with their matching napkins and a gold napkin ring. Then a gold charger, my Spode Tower Pink Dinner Plates, and Royal Staffordshire American Heritage Salad Plates which depict the Boston Tea Party. Flatware with a gold beaded edge and stemware of clear and ruby red crystal complete the place setting.

 An Uncle Sam nutcracker is my centerpiece.

On the tea table in my Parlor, I have a service set up to celebrate Flag Day and Betsy Ross. It is still in the Red, White, and Blue theme for Independence Day!

I hope you have a very Happy and Safe Independence Day with those you love!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easter 2017

Here is my Easter table!

I started with a white cutwork tablecloth and added green ruffled chargers, flatware with a gold, beaded edge, and glasses with a gold Greek Key design.

My plates are Lenox Springdale and on top are Vera Bradley floral napkins with a Target carrot napkin ring. I also used white bunny place card holders from Target.

For my centerpiece, I used a pedestal cake plate and put a glass candy dish on top. In the candy dish, I used faux grass and placed Easter Eggs in the grass. I surrounded this with chicks and eggs.

On the mantle, I have various Easter decor.

I hope you are having a wonderful Spring and have a wonderful Easter!

I will be sharing this with Between Naps on the Porch.

Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day 2017

You don't have to be Irish to love St. Patrick's Day!

I have a gold tablecloth with green felt placemats, white plates, gold napkins with emerald green napkin rings.

My centerpiece is an ornament tree full of glass shamrocks and leprechauns.

An assortment of Irish nutcrackers is displayed on my mantle.

May you have the luck of the Irish! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I will be sharing with Between Naps on the Porch.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Mardi Gras 2017

It's the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, so 
"Laissez les bons temps rouler!" 

The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are Purple, Green,  and Gold, but I couldn't resist adding a bit of Peacock Blue into the mix. My centerpiece is a beaded placemat and a vase of Peacock Blue with a feathered Mardi Gras mask and coins and beads. I even added a few peacocks around just for fun.

I used a gold tablecloth and napkins, Peacock Blue chargers, white plates and gold candelabras.

I added Mardi Gras masks around the table and put a few purple, green and gold coins in the plates to add color.

This reproduction Victorian postcard adds some Mardi Gras fun to my silver service.

So that's my Mardi Gras table for this year! Have a fun day! 

I will be sharing with Between Naps on the Porch. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Presidents' Day 2017

To celebrate Presidents' Day I always get out my Woodmere White House china. Luckily, I have added to my collection this last year! 

I have given very detailed histories of these patterns in past Presidents' Day blog posts, that you can find HERE.

For this post, I will just give you the names of the Presidents.

James K. Polk Dinner and Dessert Plate

Thomas Jefferson Dinner and Dessert Plate

Abraham Lincoln Dinner and Dessert Plate

George Washington Dinner and Dessert Plate

Benjamin Harrison Dessert Plate on top of.....

Andrew Jackson Dinner Plate

Ulysses S. Grant Dessert Plate on top of...

Franklin Pierce Dinner Plate

So far, no new additions! But on my centerpiece, I have 3 new ornaments, thanks to eBay!

That makes 10 ornaments I now own!

I got 3 new Dessert plates over the last year:

The James Buchanan Dessert Plate - all I can find about this pattern is that it was likely a set that Mr. Buchanan owned privately and was the everyday pattern used in the White House. For State Dinners, he used the Franklin Pierce china

The Dolley Madison Dessert Plate - Real pieces of the Madison china are very rare since they were in the White House during the War of 1812 when the city of Washington was burned. I am surprised at how "modern" this pattern looks!

The John Quincy Adams Dessert Plate - this pattern was produced in France and believed to have been obtained by the Adams when they were living abroad before he became president. This was the pattern they used for their everyday meals and they used the James Monroe china for State Dinners.

Here they all are on the wicker tea cart with my Presidential Teapot and Pitcher. These items have a picture of every president from George Washington to Lyndon Johnson.

Here are the last two dessert plates I own: the Zachary Taylor in blue and the James Monroe with the burgundy border. Also on this table are a teapot and cup and saucer in a pattern called "Mount Vernon," a trinket box and cup and saucer in George Washington's White House pattern, a tiny Washington plate and a book called "Dining with the Washingtons."

I hope you have a wonderful Presidents' Day even if you don't get the day off! 

I will be sharing this with Between Naps on the Porch.