Before I begin today’s post, thanks to The Dedicated House for featuring my yellow and blue table on her blog last week. If you have never checked out her blog, be sure to do so. It is divine! My table today is inspired by my new set of dishes. Yes, you read that right; I have a new set of dishes. Are you thinking things like, “She is nuts,” “How many dishes does one person need?”, or even, “I think she might be a hoarder….” To all of the above, I have the following answers: Yes, I am a dish
nut collector. One person does not “need” as many dishes as I have, but one person does want them. I am trying really, really hard not to be a hoarder. I have a strict rule that I don’t buy anything unless I get rid of something else, which is why my living room and dining room are cluttered with stacks of dishes as I am trying to decide which ones to pack up to take to the flea market this week. I think I have made my final decision, the Mikasa pink plates and Noritake white ones featured here. I’ll probably go through and find some more things to purge also, but I will wait for a while since I am still pricing and getting ready to put out purchases from the last couple of weeks.
Speaking of those purchases, do you remember these gorgeous dishes? I put them out last week, and three days later, they sold! Score! I am very excited about selling that set so quickly; it usually doesn’t happen that way. I worked at the flea market on Saturday, so that gave me the pleasure of being able to sell them to a woman who bought them for her sister, a fellow dish
nut collector. Her sister had seen them in the flea market and talked herself out of them (how many times have I done that?). So the lady returned by herself later and purchased them as a surprise for when her sister’s birthday comes up in a couple of months. How sweet is that!
I had seen a set of dishes about a month ago that I really liked but did not see a price on them. The lady who has the booth found the price tag on the floor where it had fallen ($20) and said that I could have them for $17. That is a good price for the dishes, but I just don’t need to buy any more dishes. I told her that I would take some time to think about it. Whether good or bad, I have to pass this booth on the way to the employee rest room and noticed this past Saturday that this china had not sold yet. I went over to look at the set and was floored. She had marked them down to $10! I hesitated no longer, grabbed them and practically raced to the checkout counter. This is a good vintage set; the mark is KPM Germany, which means the Royal Porcelain Company in Berlin, which has been in business for more than 100 years. They are probably from the 1940’s. I got 9 dinner plates, 6 salad plates, and 2 small serving dishes. There are a few “flea bites,” but nothing that bothers me too much for $10.
I am thrilled beyond belief, and, of course, these dishes with their delicate pink floral had to become the basis for today’s tablescape. I just wish you could make out the pretty, feminine pattern better. Not only am I dealing with my normally dark dining room, but also it is very cloudy outside as we are under a winter storm warning, quite unusual for my area of Mississippi.
So I have a pink table for Valentine’s Day, and I started with this gorgeous dinner plate.
I wanted to use my Valentine napkins from the Napkin Lady.
However, the hot pink was a little too loud for these pastel plates, so I layered my light pink napkin between the dinner and the salad plate. I really love this look, and it helps to bring out the pattern in the plate.
I still wanted a top layer, however, so I chose my Haviland Limoges small plate. I think that its soft pastel pink and green floral blends perfectly with the KPM pattern.
My crystal wine glasses and tulip shaped pink goblets are the best choices for this place setting.
Because I really did want to use a little something Valentine’s on the table, I placed the hot pink napkins underneath the serving dishes to bring them out a little. Then I placed a white pillar on my silver candlestick and scattered some red, pink, and white beads around the table.
While my table does not say Happy Valentine’s Day with a scream, I do hope that it says it with a whisper. Happy Valentine’s Day to all and I hope you get some time with those you love. I know that I will as we will be visiting our son and his wife, the first time that we have seen them since the big move. That will be a perfect Valentine’s Day for me!