From what I can tell through BlogLand I have a lot of company. I love, love, love dishes. It's the first thing I head towards at an antique store, thrift store or garage sale. My eyes can move around a store display quickly to see if there is something good. I will pick something up and my mom or sister in law will say "I didn't see that". I guess I really do have an eye for spotting treasures.
When my mother had a very landmark birthday recently I wanted to honor her with a special brunch....after all she is part of the reason I have this dish problem. I am quite sure I learned that from her. She and about four of her friends drove to my house so we could have a day together.
I started out with my brown transferware which I love and looks so fallish. I realized I didn't have enough cups to match and after playing with the table for awhile, I realized since I was using a deep rusty red tablecloth I could mix in my red transferware cups. Oh! I liked it.
If I am hosting a special meal I like to start setting the table the night before so I have time to tweek details. I loved using the faux pears at each place setting (which my guests took home, along with fall recipe cards in which I had shared two of our courses.) In the fall I get such a thrill out of using these old silver pheasant salt and pepper shakers. My mother's parents gave those to her as a wedding present. Click on photo to enlarge.