I know I've been MIA for a long time, but travel is done for a while, Mr. Pressed Pants is feeling better, and I'm feeling more like a member of the human race. Between sickness and "stuff", we haven't entertained hardly at all since before Christmas. But today I feel the urge to set a cheerful table and celebrate our good fortune. (More later.) Out came my favorite blue and white dishes to dance with three little pots of tete-a-tete daffodils.
I'll serve breakfast here tomorrow, but since I can't photograph that early, I set this up today. As you can see, blue does not exactly complement my breakfast room furnishings, so it sits on the shelf most of the time. Since Mom is visiting and she's a blue and white girl, this is the time to give it a whirl.
This little wood and wicker stand holds three terra cotta pots perfectly. I added a ribbon of yellow and white gingham.
I further used yellow in the rick-rack edged napkin and the straw coaster. That's enough. Just a hint of sunshine here. The dishes closely resemble Royal Copanhagen's Blue Fluted dinnerware, but they are much heavier and much less precious. They are actually vintage and made by Shenago Pottery. I've been collecting it for years. The blue flatware is so old that I can't remember where I got it. I didn't get a good picture of the napkin rings. They have a blue willow pattern on them. I used a mixture of delft, blue willow, and transferware with these dishes. They all like each other!!!!!
Here's a close-up of the individual salt and pepper shakers taken frrom a post of a Labor Day table. You can see it here.
The juice glasses are just a generic blue glass. Maybe from Pier One???
I have not been able to find the matching saucers for the coffee cups, but I did find the plain blue line saucers, and they are working just fine.
Since I'm serving fruit, I am using these Delft handled fruit knives. We won't need all six, but they look so nice in the holder that they all get to come to the party.
Don't you love them?
I'll serve milk in this sweet French reproduction milk bottle. I found it at World Market at Christmas time and gifted myself with it! It came in red, too, and I'm very proud of myself for not buying the red as well. (yet)
Here's a special little treasure. You have no doubt seen lots of old wooden boards that are carved with "bread". There are also old wooden handled bread knives with "bread" carved into the handle. This was designed to go with them, but for some reason, very few of them survived. Probably because the little tiny transferware plate broke and they were thrown away. I'm very careful with it, because I'd probably never find the right size plate to replace it. The mother-of-pearl handled butter knife got to join us just because it has a white handle!
Not far from us, there was a horrific tornado yesterday that did a huge amount of damage. Some of our friends were impacted, but not physically hurt. There was a death, and I'll hold that person's family and friends in my prayers. Although the rest of the loss was material, I am aware that some of that "stuff" was precious and irreplaceable and I'm so sorry for anyone who has to put the pieces back together from this storm. The flooding is now another issue and it can only add to the misery. This awful situation has snapped me out of my inertia and reminded me that I should celebrate every day!