Thursday, May 11, 2017

One Small Change

Most of my dishes and my tablecloths are hand-me-downs. 

Don't get me wrong. I love the pink flowers on ivory Franciscan "Desert Rose" my mother-in-law gave me. I probably wouldn't have chosen it, but this was her wedding china and we've used it for nine years now so it is part of our family legend and I'm not about to get rid of it.

In all the world, my favorite color is blue, but I also really like yellow, and spring green (real spring green like the grass and trees right now), and red and...but blue catches my eye. My blue and white dishes are a treasure. They were actually "handed down" from my daughter-in-law who in turn was given them second hand. The Johnson Brothers "Coaching Scene" dishes are fascinating to find the detail in. 

To go along with those, my sister-in-law found some Spode "Blue Room" china at Marshall's and bought me six place settings so I would have enough along with the others. Each one is a different design so I can intersperse all the blue and white plates and feed quite a few. They are beautiful and perfect for Italian food.

My Dollar Tree fake Fiesta Ware is a lot of fun. Bright solid colors in red, blue, yellow and green. For everyday, I probably use these dishes more than any others. 

And my tablecloths come from my aunt, my mother, and my mother-in-law downsizing. They are very nice and I can use them on Sundays and for certain guests. But I was looking for a "casual" tablecloth. Something that would work when we have more than six (because more than six placemats just doesn't work) and yet I don't want it to say "fancy" like lace or shiny damask does.

I finally found one. It is the perfect shade of blue. It goes with all my blue and white dishes and my dollar store ones as well. It fits my table with one leaf, the most common size when we have more people. And you know what? It made me excited to have company over! It was just one small change, but I looked forward to making dinner and sitting down at my nice looking table.

If you think you have no motivation to make dinner for your family. Think about one small change for your table. For you it could be fresh flowers in a vase, a pretty candle centerpiece, new placemats, eating outside, using your "good" dishes, or making lemon water instead of regular. Think about what could make you happy and give it a try. You might be surprised at how happy it makes you feel.

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  1. Sharon, I love blue and white dishes, too! And I so agree with you about the importance of families sitting down at the dinner table together. Its power cannot be overestimated!

  2. This is such a pretty table setting! I'm reminded that I need to get out the good dishes more often and bring the family around the table.

  3. One small change makes such a difference! I try to always light a candle to bring some sort of peace to our chaotic meal times. I love that setting. Blue is my color!!!



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