I have been a fan of Johnson Brothers Blue Willow dishes for quite a while. Santa heard about this and brought a set to me for Christmas. Thanks, Santa Baby. My 90-year-old mother-in-law spent a few days last week on her way to Florida, and I thought it would be the perfect occasion to use the dishes for the first time.
I always like to use blue and white during the cold months of winter because blue is a cool color, but it is also a comforting color. I had a great time pairing the traditional design of the new plates with some vintage things my mother-in-law has given me. For instance, the linen tablecloth belonged to her late sister.
And so did the wine goblets. They looked just fine beside the blue water goblets that I bought at the dollar store a few years ago.
If anyone out there recognizes this pattern, could you please let me know? I did some research when she first gave them to me years ago, but I never was able to identify it.
I just love looking at and using these plates. They are such classics.
I used silver napkin rings that were made from old spoons. They were tarnished, but I kind of like how the patina looked with everything else, and so, I didn’t polish them. These napkin rings were a gift from my sister-in-law who is Grandma’s daughter.
For the centerpiece I just used some mums from another flower arrangement and tucked them into a blue vase and added some white votive candles. Our menu was full of comfort foods for a cold January night. We had a spinach salad with feta cheese, dried cranberries, and pine nuts paired with a homemade balsamic vinegar, Bisquick chicken pot pie, and chocolate cake. It was all very tasty.
All of us really enjoyed it. Our son was in town also, and since Grandma is a great lover of card games, we topped off the evening with a new game called “Three-Thirteen.” Have you played it? It is so much fun!
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