Thanksgiving at the Junction

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Green and Gold Luncheon

There are two things I know about myself to be true; I love the color green and anything vintage or that has the look of antiquity. This attraction began as a teenager and has remained true all of my life. Having lived in many of states that were once called the colonies may have something to do with it, or it could be that I do just love history. The dishes featured today are a perfect example. They were added to my collection a year or so ago. I was drawn to them because they have the ornate gold filigree pattern I so often associate with fine antique china. Then of course they were green - gotta have 'em.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Welcome to -
The Green and Gold Luncheon

With all the snow outside
this tablecloth centerpiece
reminded me of the patterns in snowflakes

Because of the square shape of the tablecloth
I added white placemats to the hosts seating

Here you can see the gold trim and filigree
on the dinner plate that gives this pattern
its' vintage appearance.

Shown here with the companion soup bowl,
the name of the collection is Melissa
 sold under the Vintage Home Essentials
and Beyond brand

The candlestick holder was a
GW find in Annapolis 
The little Victorian lady belonged to my
Great Aunt

On the buffet server
I have a few pieces of
vintage linens

My favorite would have to be
 this lace hankie
resting on the cake plate

One last look back.....

I hope you are safe and warm today and take time
to visit with
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch

Thanks for stopping in!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Country Breakfast at the Junction

Hi there! Cold enough for you?
I can see from the news that everyone is suffering through some of the coldest days we have had in years. Record breaking as they say in some parts of the country, and coupled with the five snow storms we have had here, I don't want to venture of out of the house.
This is a good time to have a big country breakfast with the family and I knew just the tablescape for the occasion!

 Country Breakfast at the Junction -

Anyone who knows me, knows I have a thing for roosters. Today I am setting the breakfast table with one of my tried and true friends.

The red and white colors of this beautiful Rooster
worked well with the new Rooster
dishes I found at TJ Maxx just before Christmas

On the same day, I found this tablecloth.
It's one of the new vinyls from Waverly
perfect for informal family gatherings
and the pattern is just delicious!

Here you can see why I was so excited.
The colors are perfect paired with
my little Longaberger Pottery bowls
and everyday red handle flatware

The best part of it all...
Yes! The Rooster dishes!

I added the white cereal bowl from the
Gourmet Basics Collection
by Mikasa.
Notice how the textured weave of the Mikasa
 matches the transferware basket pattern of the dinner plate?
I love when it comes together like this don't you?

Lastly - the pattern on the dinner plate.
Love it!

I also think nothing is better than a big cup
 of coffee to start my day,
so the Mikasa mug was used in place of glasses.

Although my family needs no map to their seat,
I couldn't resist these little place card
holders from Pottery Barn -
on clearance they are even cuter!

Time for your close up!

Fun little pieces like these make all the difference

Thanks for stopping by today. As always I enjoyed your visit.
I hope you start your day off with a good breakfast!

This week I will be joining others who would like to share with you their beautiful tablescape designs.
Click on the buttons to the right for
Seasonal Sundays with The Tablescaper
Between Naps on the Porch with Susan
for Tablescape Thursday
 to see more!

Until next time - be safe and stay warm!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Blue Willow Luncheon

Today marks a special occasion today for me.
I actually won a wonderful Giveaway drawing in celebration of the 200th Tablescape by The Quintessential Magpie!! I am one of those people who never win anything, so this was such a wonderful surprise. Thank you Sheila! 
I always find her posts to be fun and entertaining in addition to being beautiful - her personality just seems to jump off the screen.
I can't wait to share my prize with you!
And well, like the rest of the country I am also up to my ears in snow. I actually heard that there is snow on a mountain in Hawaii! Is there any better time to hunker down and do a tried and true, traditional tablescape? Is there any pattern more recognizable than Blue Willow? 
I consider this post my blogging rite of passage.
I have seen so many amazing posts featuring this china, so the task of putting together something that was at once original, reverent to the history, but also current and functional was somewhat daunting. However, I felt the need to include this setting in my catalog of tablescape posts.
I hope you like it!

The Blue Willow Luncheon

My collection of Blue Willow began over two decades ago
while I was living in Connecticut

The collection was readily available and was well suited
as a companion to my Colonial decor.
How else would you decorate an old
 center hall colonial home
in Connecticut?

Like any other avid collector,
I bought as much as I could find

One of the serving pieces in the collection

The butter dish -
so much detail on this one little piece

When I purchased this set of 12 settings complete
 I never paired it with anything but
Blue Willow - as you can see here -
I got a little carried away!

Under the Blue Willow cereal bowl
 which I used here instead of the soup bowls,
and the bread plate
is a white Mikasa stoneware called
English Counrtyside.
I thought the pairing was an appropriate one with the
English Staffordshire Blue Willow

The Dinner plate is shown here sitting
atop my favorite Home Essentials
Madison Collection Charger

The entire stack rests upon
 this really huge charger
 I just found this year in

Edge view of the entire stack

I have to mention the little Pagoda Centerpiece
I just knew when I saw it, that it would be
 the perfect accent to this tablescape
What do you think?
The crystal pineapple was a gift from my first born
and its' symbolism in colonial times meant

I recall that this was a very
inexpensive find that I just had to have.
Maybe next time I'll include some flowers in the little windows.

I included my Oneida silver plate for a
touch of formality
and a simply folded
napkin sans ring

Here is a better pic of the wine and water glasses
 purchased when I fell in love with
the Blue Willow so long ago

As always I try to include the buffet
in my settings

All ready for coffee and dessert!

The soup tureen featured here is obviously not
part of the Blue Willow Collection
however, it was blue and white and
has a plug in cord that keeps the
soup piping hot!
The little candle was from Bombay Co.
which we all miss dearly!

One last view

Okay, maybe one more -
I loved doing this table!

Thanks for visiting The Junction this week!
I am linking to
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Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites 
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch
Please stop by to see other beautiful tablescapes and creative ideas
 by clicking on the links to the right
Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Evesham Luncheon

One of my New Years resolutions this year is to connect on a deeper level with the friendships that matter to me the most. As many a working wife and mother can tell you, sometimes our friendships take a back seat to the demands of everyday life, so this year I have decided to make time, find time and make the most of my time with my friends.
As reported in Better Homes and Gardens this month, many of us think having a quiet dinner at home with a few friends is better then an evening out. However to a tablescaper, dinner in does not mean that it has to be a casual affair on the everyday dishes. Setting the stage for a casual, comforting dinner is what we do best!

Welcome friends to -
The Evesham Dinner

As an homage to friendship,
 I have to tell you that it was a long ago
meeting of a wonderful woman from England
 who one day while having dinner
at a beautifully set table
 shared with me her passion for collecting
 Royal Worcester Evesham dinnerware

I commented on the numerous fruit patterns
 and number of serving pieces
 to which she responded,
 You must collect!
And so it began.

Shown here is the complimenting
 color banded luncheon plate
'Peach and Blackberry'
Sans the Bordallo Pinheiro
green cabbage leaf soup bowl

Here I have suited the Evesham luncheon plate
with the Queens bone china salad plate called
Hookers Fruit
 This set also has several variations
of the fruit pattern
 that mix well with the Royal Worcester and I was happy to discover could be found at many of our favorite haunts

Tonight I decided to go with the Portuguese
cabbage leaf charger
instead of placemats and/or tablecloth

As mentioned before,
 there are many, many serving
pieces covered and open
each having a distinctive pattern 

View of the top of
the small covered casserole
in the Evesham Gold

This little gravy boat and plate was bought
during a trip to London several years ago.
I had to buy several pieces from the source!

The napkins were a Linens and Things purchase
 many years ago 
and are a perfect match
 to the dishes

The silk orchard has been around for a while
as it can move from room to room depending on need
The candlestick holders are new this year from TJ Maxx

Of course after dinner there is coffee, set on the buffet
The small platter is not part of either set
 but if it was a fruit pattern -
 it was going home with me!

Final view

Thanks for joining me today.
 I wish you beautiful friendships in 2011
 and beautiful tables at which to celebrate them

This week I will be joining
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays
and Susan at
Between Naps on the Porch
Special thanks to you both
Click on their links on the sidebars for more ideas
 from those sharing their creativity this week.