When I heard that Cuisine Kathleen was having a
~~ white plus one party ~~
for Let's Dish
I thought to myself that it would be an easy and quick way to set the table.
Well.....I found out that I was wrong!
I love adding my colorful dishes and linens and little toys to my tables, and of course flowers or candles, too. So being limited to one color was driving me crazy.
~~ Too many other things going on in my head right now for the intense focus needed for this seemingly simple task. ~~
So I actually GAVE UP, until today when I saw
I knew immediately which of my white dishes would star.
My everyday Wedgwood Nantucket dishes are truly my favorites (and I have lots of dishes!) They have a beautiful finish and feel and go with everything.
They (were!) made in England (now discontinued!),
so I thought I would do an English garden table, but as I tried linens I kept coming back to my blue and white checked French Villeroy and Boch placemats.
Hmmm...another challenge...could I make the French and English play nicely together on my American table?
~~ Yes, I decided, I would try, with a little help from Thomas Jefferson and my yard flowers. ~~
Long ago (I wore STOCKINGS on the plane!!) Mr. Fun took me to England for my first time. While traveling in the countryside we stayed in the charming village of Chipping Camden in the Cotswolds, where I fell in love with their local blue pottery.
I still have several pieces, including this butter/cheese dish
and this sugar bowl (filled with honey).
(This tiny spoon adds a dollop of honey and a little bit of love to our tea.)
I also have a matching pitcher, but la vache Emmeline wanted to join the table,
so we went looking for a little flower for her hair.
I always have some flowers from my yard somewhere in the house,
and she selected a pretty rose.
This, however, did not work with the color scheme assignment,
so we later changed to a tiny sprig of white phlox.
To the English dishes and French linens I added my Gorham sterling.
I love it too!
The pattern is “Old French” ... but it is made in the USA.
The lovely crock (lately my weakness is for all things blue and white) is a recent find at a local French antiques shop,
although it is definitely not French!
The blue egg cups, which I use often, are made in France,
but I found them at the France exhibit at Epcot (and Disney is the epitome of an American vacation destination)!
Are we calling them French or American?
My beautiful ruffled cobalt hand blown pitcher was made in America at Monticello,
and is a reproduction of one belonging to Jefferson.
Look at the tiny details.
I just LOVE it!
Travel note: if you have never been to Jefferson’s home, Monticello, put it on your list right now.
Move it up near the top and send me a postcard!
Now, I realize these flowers are looking more purple than blue, but they are in fact my blue hydrangeas which usually are the bluest sky blue imaginable!
With the crazy rains and then intense heat my bushes are very confused. Luckily I planted more white ones this year.
For this challenge I battled the bees -- I’m not frightened by them, but let me tell you, these bushes are absolutely covered in bees who all seem to be intoxicated as they lazily move from one blossom to the next, with several bees perched on each flower. And although they seemed absorbed in drinking the sweet nectar, they woke up each time they heard my clippers snip a branch, and swarmed after the invader (me), so it took several trips outside for me to gather these!
I think it was worth it, but next time I’ll wait until the buzzing stops and they are all happily tucked into the hives with full tummies.
I hope you have enjoyed my blue and white English/French/American table.
I'm looking forward to seeing all the wonderful white plus one tables!