Back then, there were some unalterable traditions that any young southern woman just had to incorporate into the whole engagement scene. The local newspaper covered the wedding showers with full descriptions of the decor, the food and the attendees. Proud mothers set up display tables in their dining rooms to show all the pretty wedding gifts as they arrived, and it was customary for friends to come and ooh and ahh over all the pretties that the bride and groom received.
Our bridesmaids wore big brimmed hats in those days....mine were peach...my favorite color at the time. I guess I've always loved shades of orange!! I even wore a hat that I designed and made instead of a veil.
( Isn't this a hoot!....can't wait for my sister to see this!)
...and yes....I was a blond back then!!
We also registered for sterling silver and "everyday" china in addition to our "good" china. And we got most of it too!
My everyday china was "Just Flowers" by Mikasa.
Isn't it pretty?
It was very contemporary at the time. The shape was modern and the watercolor - look of the design was unusual. I loved it ! And so did my mother! She bought an entire 12 pc. placesetting for herself. We could feed 24 people with the same dishes. It was wonderful.
Then I went through my "red period'....somewhere in the 90's... and I put away my pretty peach and blue dishes.
They came in these beautiful boxes too. They even looked pretty put away!
Tuscany was alive an well in my home with red plates, green and gold salad plates and cobalt blue bowls. I also have a 12pc set of buttery gold, scalloped edge stoneware that I used for the last 5 years or so.
This weekend, I made the switch. I've "de-redded" my home over the last several months....Tuscany is only a place in Italy, and I've adopted a more modern and stream-lined transitional look in my home. And guess what colors I'm using?? Orange, turquoise with the neutrals black, white and khaki.
So my beautiful dishes from 1974 are back in my kitchen. I can't wait to feed friends and family once again with "Just Flowers".
What dishes are gracing your kitchen?
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