Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tour of Dishes

Several of my favorite blogs (you know who you are) are posting their collections of favorite things, and never being one to shy away from an opportunity to show off my favorite dinnerware collections,  I'm jumping on the band wagon right along with them...

Up firs,t a service for 12 of Noritake china in the Graywood pattern, that is currently residing in my china cabinet.

This set belonged to my mother, and if I'm not mistaken, she bought it at a 'second-hand' store years ago for next to nothing. Both of my kids want this set and since I will not split up the service, I'm on the hunt for another set to keep them both happy.

The simple, yet elegant shape is timeless mid century modern, it went into production in 1959 (the year I was born) and retired in 1971.  I use it for Thanksgiving dinners because the gray and platinum leaves remind me of fall, I also use it for most of my dinner parties.

I use modern wide banded platinum white wine glass for both white and red wine, and the stemless red wine glasses for water.

Up next is a fun, hand made set of zebra plates that I use with solid black stoneware.

 I use this set for buffet style parties because they hold a lot of food... and who doesn't run out of room for food at the buffet line?

When our kids still lived at home, and were past the age of  Trick-or-Treating...  I would have a special Halloween dinner to fill the void, and would sometimes invite friends to join us.  When Trick-or-Treaters would come to the door during dinner, it was customary for the diners to don a witches hat and go to the door to hand out treats.

I use these orangish tinted Fostoria crystal water glasses, Pottery Barn's Spider salad plates and jet black napkins with my solid black stoneware to set the perfect Halloween table.

Next on the dishes tour, is my first of many picnic baskets. This Brookstone willow basket was a Mother's Day gift from my husband when our kids were in grade school.  This basket has seen many a 'winner-winner chicken dinner', and has been to more Forth Worth Symphony's Concerts in the Garden than I could count.

 The glassware that came with this basket are bistro style instead of stemware. The cheese board and the handles of the cheese knives are real wood, the plates as well as the handles on the flatware are stoneware, and all the handles and straps are leather.

This is my favorite set of Christmas dishes, I love the simplicity of the simple reindeer silhouette with the large dots on the rims.

I bought 6 of these napkin rings at Pottery Barn a long time ago. I think they are retired and are now hard to find, if anybody knows where I can get some more please let me know!

I use this set with gold accented stemware. The water glasses were my mothers, and the stemware is from Pier One.

This is the white dinnerware with gold rims that I use with my Christmas dishes, they are currently hanging out on my sideboard/bar in the breakfast nook.

I have a service for eight along with the serving pieces, it made by Sango and the pattern is Empress Gold, it was discontinued in 2001. I love the coffee pot, it's actually held more flowers than coffee.

Now for my personal favorite... Blue Garland by Johann Haviland.  This setting for 12 also belonged to my mother, and I always use it at Easter because the tiny blue flowers remind me of Spring.

 The pieces are really small, making it perfect for brunch or fancy luncheons, and I love the feminine scalloped edges lined in platinum and the sexy curves on the handles.

 I like to use my blue stemware that I bought at a going out of business sale at a Bombay store in Fort Worth.

The last set I will show you is my 'everyday' brown stoneware, that also came from Bombay. It's well worn and comforting with its embossed wide rims and homespun color.

I hope you have enjoyed my 'Tour of Dishes'. I really don't consider myself a collector of anything, but I have acquired a lot of dinnerware over the years and enjoy bringing them out for various family dinners, holidays,  parties and special occasions. And when you have a lot of dinnerware, you have to have a lot of stemware... but that's a whole nother post!

I will be joining these fun parties...

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday

Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday

The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

Delightful Order for Delightfully Inspiring Thursday

No Minimalist Here for Open House Party

Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

A creative Princess for It's A Party!

Privet & Holly for Collectors Edition 

Savvy Southern Style for Wow us Wednesday

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

You are my kind of girl! I also love dishes. Your's are stunning. Your wheat patterned china is a treasure. I love the tradition of using them every Thanksgiving. If that china could only talk...what memories they hold!

Diane said...

Great post. I too am a lover and collector of dinnerware. What is it about dishes that we love so?? Diane


How fun to have so many dishes to choose from.

I happily have my mom's huge set of Noritake, too. Lots of serving dishes, too. (But I would rather have my mom.)

I am coming over from Suzanne's at Privet and Holly.

Glenda (link #27)

Shelia said...

Yay! I see you're another dishaholic like so many of us! You've got some lovely sets. I have the same set as is on your table - the Blue Garland. Isn't it so sweet and dainty?
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Designs By Pinky said...

I, too am a true dish LOVER!!!! I actually get excited when I get new dishes!!! Yours are all so lovely but the wheat ones caught my eye because my Mother also ahd a very similiar set that my daughter now has! Thanks for the tour!!! XO, Pinky

Gypsy Heart said...

I think we're sisters! I love, love beautiful dishes and glassware. I don't have the space anymore so try not to buy anything new...so difficult! I gave my daughter my china and my son all the stoneware...just no space for them.

I absolutely covet your black dishes along with the zebra too! Thanks for sharing your treasures.


Gypsy Heart said...

I think we're sisters! I love, love beautiful dishes and glassware. I don't have the space anymore so try not to buy anything new...so difficult! I gave my daughter my china and my son all the stoneware...just no space for them.

I absolutely covet your black dishes along with the zebra too! Thanks for sharing your treasures.


One Girl Two Cats said...

Ha. And I thought I was nuts for the amount of dishes I have. Nice collection.

tammylovesdishes said...

Thanks for your tour of dishes. It was fun to see your favorites and read about the history behind them.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

What a collection! Those dishes are classy and elegant! Love the blue and white ones! Thanks for sharing:)
Hope to see you on my blog:)

A Perfect Setting said...

Pretty soon we'll all have to join plateaholics anonymous!! Your collection is stunning, I especially love the Noritake! I, also, have the Blue Garland, right now, I think I have place settings for 18! Your stemware is quite impressive as well. I enjoyed my visit!!

we three dogs and me said...

Thanks for your tour of dishes.Love that you have your mother's dishes. Love the holloween dishes.

bella said...

I love all your china. You have great taste. I have 4 sets of fine china, two by Lenox, one by Noritake, and one by Mikasa. I love them all. I know you feel the same way. I am a new follower!

Cathy said...

Your tour of china was great. Love christmas china really I like all of them. We live in the same area of Texas.New follower!
Cathy's Cupboard Calamity

Barbara F. said...

Lisa, what a beautiful tour this was.....I don't know where to start, love love love the Halloween setting (I'm an autumn girl through and through), love the gold and white polka dot with the adorable reindeer, your organizational ability, knocking me out, love it. Now I have to go rearrange some shelves. xo, PS, visiting from BNOTP, and your newest follower)

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Enjoyed seeing your sets of dishes. My favorite set would have to be your mother's set that you showed first. No wonder your two daughters want the set.

Veronica said...

Thanks Lisa for that tour. People like us never tire of looking at gorgeous dishes...sigh. I love your black ones as well as the Christmas ones. Very grand.


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Lisa,
Oohh, I love looking at dishes! I love your Blue Garland especially. I would love to find a few pieces because my mother's maiden name was Garland. Your goblets, on the second shelf, left hand side are the same as mine only mine are pink and burgundy. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.


Alycia Nichols said...

I can clearly see why all of these are among your favorite things. Each and every piece has a quality all its own. Your Mom had very good taste...love the china! I also love the cabinet in which it is stored and the fact that it is on wheels. That would come in SO handy!!! I really like the sideboard bar, too. Beautiful Pottery Barn items, too!!!!

Karin Şen Cankan said...

Your china, your glassware everything so lovely and tasteful.

The settings looks great.

Thank you for sharing.

Lots of Love,
Karin Şen Cankan

Privet and Holly said...

What a glorious
collection of
dinnerware and I
must say, I'm in
love with your
china cabinet,
as well! The set
of Blue Garland
really spoke to
me; beautiful.
Thank you for joining
my collector's party
and allowing us all
to take a little
peek through your
window and all of
your great dishes.
YES, stem-ware should
be next; yowzer you
have some pretty ones!
xx Suzanne

Sharon said...

I have a set of the same Haviland that I got from my Mom and have put the word in that I want Great Grandma's set as well (she is 100)and I remember many fancy dinners at her home which made me sentimental toward this particular set! Loving your reindeer set as well! Hubs and I are 'empty nester's' and I cannot foresee purchasing any additional dishware since we have moved 500 miles from all of our family...


You and I can live together sorrounded by china of all kinds, the inexpensive, the fun the modern, the elegant...this I miss anything?!! I feasted my eyes with all your wonderful china! You're my kind of gal! Thanks for sharing this beautiful post! I just dropped from TT at, BNOTP. LOTS HUGS. FABBY

Sweetladyelaine said...

I loved seeing all your dishes! I have the Blue Garland too. I only owned three sets of dishes when I started tablescaping. It's so funny how we accumulate them so fast!
Enjoy playing with your dishes and showing them off!
Blessings My Friend,

kristinnf said...

Just a reminder I would still want the Noritake when the time comes! Since we're on the subject of dishes and flatware, I now eat with a spoon at all meals (sans fork and knife) and I must say they are much more efficient and deserve more credit than what we give them back in the States.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh I loved your tour of dishes -- they're all quite lovely. I have the Blue Garland as well. Thanks for showing us your pretty tableware.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Wow what a fantastic collection you have!! They are all so pretty- Love your themed collections!Thanks for linking them up at Feathered Nest Friday this week! :)

Sherry said...

You have some beautiful dishes and it is so pretty for all the different holidays. I also love your bar/sidebar. Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

Butterbean Row said...

Your dishes are lovely and evoke special memories for you I am sure.
Loved looking at your photos.
Can a woman have enough dishes? I would love more, but wouldn't know where to put them. If I did, my husband might call up the Hoarder's Buried Alive show and tell them to come help me. LOL

Debra @ Common Ground said...

WOW, that WAS an amazing tour! You have some lovely sets, thanks for sharing the inspiration at VIF!
xo Debra

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Well, Thank you for sharing all your beautiful dishes at the Open House party! I enjoyed seeing your wonderful collection.

housedressingblog.blogspot.com said...

Thanks you all so much for the wonderful comments on my crazy obsession!

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