A few weeks ago, Cherry Kay from Entertaining Women posed the question: What can we do to make the "good stuff" suitable for use any time of the day? This got me thinking about my mother's china. This is Fukigama china, in a wheat pattern, that my father brought her back from Japan during the Korean War:
I decided to take the challenge and try to make it suitable for an every day dinner. I stacked the soup bowl on top of the dinner plate, and those on top of a gold charger. I stacked the luncheon dish with a 222 Fifth Bella Vista dish for a bread plate:
I also used the same side dish for salt and pepper cellars:
This sweet little spoon was recently purchased in a local antique shop. I love the heart shape on the handle:
I also chose to use my mother's depression wine glasses, placed on leaf coasters and the centerpiece was an PB artificial plant in a hand painted M-C Parchment-style check:
Because I was serving a garden salad, I used bowls matching the smaller dishes, stacked on op of the china bowls (which would later hold a beef stew).
The Waverly napkins were purchased after Christmas at the Christmas Tree Shop for $.25ea and I rolled them into a Pottery Barn napkin ring:
My favorite thing about this china is that it is very plain and simple.
The matching soup toureen will hold the stew for the two of us:
At each place setting I placed a small tea light for a little romance. These were purchased from the MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale, part of their compliment line. Have you seen their new Aurora Enamelware? A few pieces are already on my wish list. They can also be used with this china, for a more "every day" feeling.
I think I have met the challenge of using my china in a more relaxed and comfortable way:
Something I should probably do more often!